Remarkable Addition to the Jacob M. Lowy Collection

Michael Kent, our ACJS treasurer and also curator of the Jacob M. Lowy Collection at Library and Archives Canada, has made a remarkable addition to the library collection: a book from 1944 called (translated into English) Statistics, Media, and Organizations of Jewry in the United States and Canada. Where did it come from? Adolf Hitler’s personal library.

Now with the Library and Archives Canada, the book suggests what could have happened if the Nazis had reached Canada and the United States. After a media launch in January, the story reached far and wide. ACJS president Rebecca Margolis as well as Michael Kent and others share their own insights of the book in the The Globe and Mail, Canadian Press, BBC and others. For more on the story, you can click here and here.

The Robert L. Kemeny Award

This year, a generous donation in memory of Robert L. Kemeny will provide scholarships to all of our full-time student presenters at the ACJS Conference in Vancouver.

Robert L. Kemeny was born in Hungary just before the Second World War and survived the Holocaust in hiding. In 1956, he escaped from the Hungarian Revolution, relocating to London, England and studying mining engineering with the help of a scholarship. After graduating, he went to work in the mines of Chile, remaining in South America for 10 years before his curiosity sent him even further abroad. He moved with his young family to Vancouver, Canada in 1974 where he lived out the balance of his life with a passion for books, art, Judaism, and his family.

He would be delighted to know how a small contribution will help some students learn more about the Jewish experience in his adopted Canadian home.  

CALL FOR PAPERS: Holocaust Writing in Canada

Although the Holocaust has long engaged writers in Canada – those with and without direct links to the historic event – their particular exploration of the subject has received little critical or scholarly attention. We now invite submissions to a collection of scholarly essays on Canadian literary works that treat the subject of the Holocaust.

As the first of its kind, this collection aims to explore a wide range of Canadian Holocaust writing. Essays that examine literary works originally written in Yiddish, Hebrew, English, or French are welcome. For the purposes of this volume, literary works refer to poetry, drama, fiction (for adults and children), life writing, graphic narrative, and creative non-fiction, which could include material published in the press. Since the focus of this inaugural collection is deliberately broad, critical approaches may vary widely. Essays may be historical and/or theoretical, offer comprehensive overviews or case studies. Essays that draw on archival source material or little known primary texts are welcome.

Ideally, we hope to receive essays that, taken together, will trace the Canadian literary response to the world-altering events of mid-twentieth century Europe – ranging from the contemporary to the most recent.

Essays should be around 6,000 words and should use endnotes keyed to superscript numbers. Since McGill-Queen’s University Press has expressed interest in our collection, kindly format submissions according to the Press’s style guide, which is available at  

The editors will be happy to answer any queries. Feel free to contact us at:

Goldie Morgentaler

Ruth Panofsky

Please submit essays electronically to both editors by 15 September 2019.

The Canadian Jewish Studies Journal

Since 1993, The Association for Canadian Jewish Studies has published an annual journal, the Canadian Jewish Studies journal. It is a peer-reviewed journal that is keen to publish scholarship that puts a focus on the Canadian Jewish experience. 

Some great features in this journal are that it is available both online and in print. The online version is available for free at index.php/cjs.
Print copies are available to members of the Association, or by special order.

There are various must-read sections in the journal such as  ‘Archives Matter’. This section is comprised of various short articles about researching the Canadian Jewish experience in Canada using archival resources and collections throughout the country. 

The Translation section contains translations into English or French of texts originally written in other languages, and which are pertinent to Canadian Jewish studies and research. 

There are more sections, and various great articles that we encourage and invite you to read at the online version of the journal

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Past to Present: Generations of Jewish Life in Saint John

You are invited to go back in time and learn about a small piece of history with a rich story. The Past to Present: Generations of Jewish Life in Saint John exhibit launch was announced by the Saint John Jewish Historical Museum! It encompasses “The development and preservation of a small Jewish community”. It tells a fascinating narrative of the Saint John Jewish community dating back all the way from 1783 to the present day. 

The exhibit can be found on the Virtual Museum of Canada website using the following link:

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ACJS Louis Rosenberg Distinguished Service Award 2019 / Prix d’excellence Aéjc Louis Rosenberg en études juives canadiennes 2019

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The Rosenberg Award Committee of the Association for Canadian Jewish Studies is now inviting members of our Association to submit nominations for the 2019 Louis Rosenberg Canadian Jewish Studies Distinguished Service Award.

Submissions should be accompanied by a statement outlining the individual’s or the institution’s background and justifying the suggestion. Since 2001, the award has been presented annually by the ACJS to an individual, group or institution that has made significant contributions to Canadian Jewish Studies in one or more fields. The deadline is March 1, 2019. If an appropriate recipient is identified, the award will be presented at our next annual meeting in Vancouver, British Columbia on June 2-4, 2019.
Please send your nominations to the chair of the award committee, Barry Stiefel,

Lecomité du Prix Rosenberg de l’Association d’études juives canadiennes invite maintenant les membres de notre association à soumettre des candidatures pour le prix Louis Rosenberg 2019. Il s’agit d’un prix remis pour souligner l’excellence dans le domaine des études juives canadiennes.

Les propositions doivent être accompagnées d’une déclaration décrivant la personne ou la vocation de l’institution et qui justifie la candidature. Depuis 2001, le prix a été décerné chaque année par l’Aéjcà un individu, un groupe ou une institution qui a apporté une importante contribution aux études juives canadiennes dans une ou plusieurs domaines. La date limite est le 1 Mars 2019. Si un(e) candidat(e) approprié est identifié, le prix sera remis lors de notre prochaine assemblée annuelle à Vancouver, en British Columbia, le 2-4 juin 2019.
S’il vous plaît envoyer vos candidatures au président du comité de sélection, Barry Stiefel,

250th Anniversary of the Spanish and Portuguese Synagogue of Montreal

Come out to celebrate the 250th anniversary of Canada’s first synagogue, the Spanish and Portuguese Synagogue of Montreal! This synagogue dates all the way back to 1768. They serve a diverse community and they welcome families from various backgrounds. The event will be an exhibition opening at Library and Archives Canada on Sunday November 18th from 2 to 4 pm. This event will include an exhibition, lecture, and reception featuring photos, documents and artifacts that have been put together by historians. Various other events are already scheduled for this special year. Make sure to visit the event website for more!

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J.I. Segal Awards

The J.I. Segal Awards celebrate its 50th anniversary this year! Come out to the awards gala which will take place on Wednesday, November 14, 2018 at 7:30 pm! It will take place at The Jewish Public Library in Montreal!

The categories this year included Yiddish Literature, Hebrew Literature, Poetry, and much more!

The 2018 J.I. Segal winners are:

Dr. Hirsh and Dvora Rosenfeld Award for Yiddish Literature – co-winners

Velvl Chernin, Michael Felsenbaum, Valery Dymshits, Dov-Ber Kerler (editors)
A ring: Antologye: Yidishe poezye – der nokhn-ḥurbn-dor (A Link: Anthology: Yiddish Poetry – The Post-Holocaust-Generation)

(Natsyonaler insṭants far Yidisher ḳulṭur – Israeli National Authority for Yiddish Culture, 2017)

Dr. Hirsh and Dvora Rosenfeld Award for Yiddish Literature – co-winner

Ber Kotlerman
Der sod fun vayse bern (The Secret of Polar Bears)

(Natsyonaler insṭants far Yidisher ḳulṭur – Israeli National Authority for Yiddish Culture, 2017)

Dr. Hirsh and Dvora Rosenfeld Award for Hebrew Literature

Ehud Diskin
בירושלים בודד זאב

 (Lone Wolf in Jerusalem)
(Miskal – Yedioth Ahronoth Books, 2016)

Mona Elaine Adilman English Fiction and Poetry Award on a Jewish Theme

Ariela Freedman
Arabic For Beginners

(Linda Leith Publishing, 2017)

English Non-Fiction Award on a Jewish Theme

Daniel Kupfert Heller
Jabotinsky’s Children: Polish Jews and the Rise of Right-Wing Zionism

(Princeton University Press, 2017)

Shulamis Yelin Award for French Literature on a Jewish Theme

Olga Hazan
Stratégies figuratives dans l’art juif

(Les Presses de l’Université de Montréal, 2017)

Rosa and the late David Finestone Canadian Jewish Studies Award for Best Book in English or French

Pierre Anctil
Histoire des Juifs du Québec

(Les Éditions du Boréal, 2017)

Concordia University Azrieli Institute Award for Best Book in Israel Studies in English or French

Noam Zadoff
Gershom Scholem: From Berlin to Jerusalem and Back

(Brandeis University Press, 2017)

Translation Award for a Book on a Jewish Theme

Vivian Felsen
The Vale of Tears by Rabbi Pinchas Hirschsprung, translated from the Yiddish

(The Azrieli Foundation, 2016)

Michael Moskovitz Award for a Film on a Jewish Theme

Edith Jorisch
L’Héritier (The Heir)

(Sylvie Tremblay, DATSIT Studio Inc., 2016)

Yaacov Zipper Award in Education

(not awarded this year)

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CJLA Awards

The Association of Canadian Jewish Studies was pleased to sponsor the Canadian Jewish Literary Awards last month! The CJLA rewards the finest Canadian Jewish writing in various categories such as poetry, holocaust literature, Yiddish, and much more. The winners come from across the country! They have been declared last month, honoring eight outstanding books for 2018.

The 2018 award winners are:

Fiction: Natalie Morrill for The Ghost Keeper (HarperCollins Patrick Crean Editions)

Memoir/Biography: Kathy Kacer with Jordana Lebowitz for To Look a Nazi in the Eye: A Teen’s Account of a War Criminal Trial (Second Story Press).

Poetry: Rebecca Păpacaru for The Panic Room (Nightwood Editions)

Yiddish: Seymour Mayne for In Your Words: Translations from the Yiddish and the Hebrew (Ronald P. Frye & Co).

Scholarship: Daniel Kupfert Heller for Jabotinsky’s Children: Polish Jews and the Rise of Right-Wing Zionism (Princeton University Press).

History: Pierre Anctil for Histoire des Juifs du Québec (Les éditions du Boréal)

Holocaust Literature: Max Wallace for In the Name of Humanity: The Secret Deal to End the Holocaust (Allen Lane/PenguinRandom House Canada)

Children and Youth Fiction: Anne Renaud (author) and Richard Rudnicki (illustrator) for Fania’s Heart (Second Story Press)


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