Awards

Louis Rosenberg Canadian Jewish Studies Distinguished Service Award

Marcia Koven Award for Best Student Paper

Inaugural Meeting of the Jewish Historical Society, Montreal, 1964

Inaugural Meeting of the Jewish Historical Society,  Montreal, 1964. Louis Rosenberg at the podium. Photo credit: Canadian Jewish Congress Charities Committee National Archives

About the Louis Rosenberg Canadian Jewish Studies Distinguished Service Award

The ACJS established this award in 2001 to recognize the significant contribution by an individual, institution or group to Canadian Jewish Studies.In tribute to the scholarship of Louis Rosenberg, as of 2008 the award was named the “Louis Rosenberg Canadian Jewish Studies Distinguished Service Award.” Louis Rosenberg was a pioneer in the social scientific study of Canada’s Jews. Born in Poland in 1893, he moved with his family to England and studied at Leeds University (B.A., 1914). In 1915 he moved to Canada and, served as the director of settlement of the Jewish Colonization Association between 1919 and 1940. While in Saskatchewan he became active in the CCF and published, under the pseudonym Watt Hugh McCollum, a study of the concentration of wealth in Canada entitled Who Owns Canada? (1935, 1947). In 1939, he published his magnum opus on Canadian Jewry, Canada’s Jews (reprinted, 1993). Using the census data in a comprehensive and profound fashion, Rosenberg had few peers in the area of the study of Canadian demography. In 1945, Rosenberg was appointed to serve as “National Research Director” (and only employee) of the Bureau of Social and Economic Research at Canadian Jewish Congress, and he moved to Montreal. He produced a steady stream of social studies of Canada’s Jews, continuing to use the Canadian census material, but also conducting his own surveys. He wrote the several works of Jewish history, occasionally transcribing long primary sources in the process. His archives are located in both Ottawa (LAC) and Montreal (CJCCC). He died in 1987.

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Since 2001, the Association for Canadian Jewish Studies has presented the Louis Rosenberg Canadian Jewish Studies Distinguished Service Award to recognize a significant contribution made by an individual, institution, or group to Canadian Jewish Studies. We are delighted to announce that the 2022 Louis Rosenberg Award is being awarded to Michael Brown.

Professor Emeritus Michael Brown earned his BA from Harvard College (1960) and his MA from Columbia University (1963) before training for the rabbinate and earning his rabbinic ordination from the Jewish Theological Seminary (1968). He then earned his PhD from the State University of New York at Buffalo (1976). In 1968, while he was still completing his PhD, Michael Brown was recruited by York University to build a Jewish Studies program, ex nihilo.  At York, he developed and taught some two dozen courses to thousands of students over the course of his career at various levels of the curriculum. His published work on Jewish education, including Teaching Teachers (with Alex Pomson and Sydney Eisen, 2000), Creating the Jewish Future (with Bernard Lightman 1999 – translated into Russian in 2001), and Approaches to Antisemitism: Context and Curriculum (1994) are highly influential. In addition to serving as coordinator for York University’s Jewish Teacher Education Program, his leadership activities included his role as liaison between the Faculty of Education and the Holocaust Remembrance Committee of the Canadian Jewish Congress.  In addition to his books, Professor Brown has published some thirty-five book chapters, about half of which focused on Canadian Jewish subjects ranging from bi-nationalism and multiculturalism to antisemitism in the 1930s, from Jewish summer camping to Canadian Jewish women’s history, and from Jewish teacher education to Canadian Zionism. He also published twenty-two articles in refereed journals, again about half of which were on Canadian Jewish topics – on religion, politics, history, and education – in both English and Hebrew. With over thirty additional publications over and above his books, chapters, and peer-reviewed articles, Professor Brown’s output has been impressive. Worth highlighting here are his studies of Rabbi Stuart E. Rosenberg, Jews and Judaism in Canada’s Schools and Universities, the rise of Reform Judaism in Canada, the Hart Affair, aliyah from Canada, the diaspora Hebrew press, and the North American dimensions of key Zionist leaders, including Chaim Nahman Bialik, Vladimir Jabotinsky, and Golda Meir.

Our most sincere thanks go to Professor Brown for his decades of exceptional work in our field, and our congratulations on being presented the Louis Rosenberg Award.

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Depuis 2001, l’Association d’études juives canadiennes a décerné le Prix d’excellence Louis Rosenberg en études juives canadiennes afin de reconnaître la contribution importante d’un individu, d’une institution ou d’un groupe aux études juives canadiennes. Nous sommes ravis d’annoncer que le Prix Louis Rosenberg 2022 est décerné à Michael Brown.

Le professeur émérite Michael Brown a obtenu un baccalauréat du Harvard College (1960) et une maîtrise de l’Université Columbia (1963) avant de se former au rabbinat et d’être ordonné rabbin du Jewish Theological Seminary (1968). Il a ensuite obtenu son doctorat à l’université d’État de New York à Buffalo (1976). En 1968, alors qu’il terminait son doctorat, Michael Brown a été recruté par l’Université York pour mettre en place un programme d’études juives. Durant sa carrière à York, il a élaboré et enseigné quelque deux douzaines de cours à des milliers d’étudiants de différents niveaux du programme. Ses travaux publiés sur l’éducation juive, dont Teaching Teachers (avec Alex Pomson et Sydney Eisen, 2000), Creating the Jewish Future (avec Bernard Lightman 1999 – traduit en russe en 2001), et Approaches to Antisemitism : Context and Curriculum (1994) sont très influents. En plus d’être le coordonnateur du programme de formation des enseignants juifs de l’Université York, il a joué un rôle de premier plan en tant qu’agent de liaison entre la Faculté d’éducation et le Comité de commémoration de l’Holocauste du Congrès juif canadien.  En plus de ses livres, le professeur Brown a publié quelque trente-cinq chapitres de livres, dont environ la moitié portait sur des sujets juifs canadiens allant du binationalisme et du multiculturalisme à l’antisémitisme dans les années 1930, du camping d’été juif à l’histoire des femmes juives canadiennes, et de la formation des enseignants juifs au sionisme canadien. Il a également publié vingt-deux articles dans des revues à comité de lecture, dont la moitié environ portait sur des sujets juifs canadiens – religion, politique, histoire et éducation – en anglais et en hébreu. Avec plus de trente publications supplémentaires en plus de ses livres, chapitres et articles évalués par des pairs, la production du professeur Brown est impressionnante. Il convient de souligner ici ses études sur le rabbin Stuart E. Rosenberg, les juifs et le judaïsme dans les écoles et les universités canadiennes, l’essor du judaïsme réformé au Canada, l’affaire Hart, l’aliyah du Canada, la presse hébraïque de la diaspora et les dimensions nord-américaines des principaux dirigeants sionistes, notamment Chaim Nahman Bialik, Vladimir Jabotinsky et Golda Meir.

Nous adressons nos plus sincères remerciements au professeur Brown pour ses décennies de travail exceptionnel dans notre domaine, et nous le félicitons de s’être vu décerner le prix Louis Rosenberg.

Past Award Recipients

 Learn more about the Award Recipients

2021 – Frank Bialystok
2019 – Norma Baumel Joseph
2018 – Richard Menkis
2017 – Ruth Panofsky
2016 – Janice Rosen
2015 – Pierre Anctil
2014 – Adam Fuerstenberg
2013 – Ira Robinson
2012 – Harold Troper
2011 – Marcia Koven
2010 – Eiran Harris
2009 – Seymour Mayne
2008 – Seymour Levitan
2007 – Cyril E. Leonoff
2006 – Irving Abella
2005 – Gerald Tulchinsky
2004 – Abraham Arnold
2003 – Ruth Goldbloom
2002 – Rabbi Gunther Plaut
2001 – Miriam Waddington

About the Marcia Koven Award for Best Student Paper

In  2011 our annual “best student paper” award was named the “Marcia Koven Award.” Marcia Koven was born in 1926 and throughout her life has been devoted to the preservation and transmission of the history of the Canadian Jewish community. She is the founder of the Saint John Jewish Historical Society and the creator of the Saint John Jewish Historical Museum. Koven received the Louis Rosenberg Canadian Jewish Studies Distinguished Service Award in 2011. This award is sponsored by friends and relatives of Marcia Koven and the Saint John Jewish Historical Museum (http://jewishmuseumsj.com/). There is a cash prize associated with this award.

Marcia Koven Award 2022:

Winner of the 2022 Marcia Koven Award for Best Student Paper:

Tyler Wentzell (University of Toronto): ‘The Vanguard of the Vanguard of the Vanguard’: Revolutionary Jewish Youth in Interwar Toronto, Montreal, and New York

Honourable Mention:

Sean Remz (Concordia University): “The Hungarian Martyrs Synagogue and its Sisterhood: a locus of Holocaust commemoration avant la letter”

Emily Belmonte (York University): Gender & the Canadian Jewish Fur Trader Experience: Expansion & Colonialism in British North America – 1759 to 1812

Marcia Koven Award 2021:

Marcia Koven Award 2019:

The Association for Canadian Jewish Studies (ACJS) is pleased to announce Heather Munro as the recipient of the 2019 Marcia Koven Award for Best Student Paper presented at the 2019 ACJS conference. Rotem Fellus also received honourable mention. This award is sponsored by friends and relatives of Marcia Koven.

L’Association d’études juives canadiennes (AÉJC) est heureuse d’annoncer que Heather Munro a reçu le Prix Marcia Koven 2019 pour la meilleure communication par un(e) étudiant(e) présentée à la conférence annuelle de l’AÉJC. Rotem Fellus a également reçu une mention honorable. Ce prix est commandité par les amis et la famille de Marcia Koven.

Marcia Koven Award 2018:

The Association for Canadian Jewish Studies (ACJS) is pleased to announce Magdalene Klassen as the recipient of the 2018 Marcia Koven Award for Best Student Paper presented at the 2018 ACJS conference, held at the McCord Museum and Concordia University in Montreal on May 12-14, 2018. Vardit Lightstone and Christopher Chanco also received honourable mention. This award is sponsored by friends and relatives of Marcia Koven.

L’Association d’études juives canadiennes (AÉJC) est heureuse d’annoncer que Magdalene Klassen a reçu le Prix Marcia Koven 2018 pour la meilleure communication par un(e) étudiant(e) présentée à la conférence annuelle de l’AÉJC, tenue au Musée McCord et à l’Université Concordia à Montréal du 12 au 14 mai 2018. Vardit Lightstone et Christopher Chanco ont également reçu une mention honorable. Ce prix est commandité par les amis et la famille de Marcia Koven.

Marcia Koven Award 2017:

The Association for Canadian Jewish Studies is pleased to announce Gesa Trojan as the recipient of the 2017 Marcia Koven Award for Best Student Paper presented at the 2017 ACJS Conference held at Ryerson University in Toronto on 28-30 May 2017.  Simon-Pierre Lacasse also received Honourable Mention.  This award is sponsored by friends and relatives of Marcia Koven.

Winner of the 2017 Marcia Koven Award for Best Student Paper:
Gesa Trojan (Technische Universität Berlin): “’Add Matzo meal and stir well’: Food as a Practice and a Representation of Urban Jewishness in Interwar Toronto.”

Honourable Mention:
Simon-Pierre Lacasse (Université d’Ottawa):  “À la croisée de la Révolution tranquille et du judaïsme orthodoxe: l’implantation de la communauté hassidique des Tasher au coeur du Québec francophone et catholique (1962-1967).”

Marcia Koven Award 2016:

The Association for Canadian Jewish Studies is pleased to announce Lindsey Jackson as the recipient of the 2016 Marcia Koven Award for Best Student Paper presented at the 2016 ACJS Conference held at the University of Calgary on 30-31 May 2016.  Daniel Simeone also received Honourable Mention.  This award is sponsored by friends and relatives of Marcia Koven.

Winner of the 2016 Marcia Koven Award for Best Student Paper:
Lindsay Jackson (Concordia) “Bloodless Bris: Intactivism and brit shalom in the Montreal Jewish Community”

Honourable Mention:
Daniel Simeone (McGill) “In Prison for Debt: Jewish Debtors in the Montreal District Prison between 1865 and 1900”

Yosef Robinson (Concordia) “‘Rewritten Bibles’ in Modern Canadian Literature”

Past Award Recipients

2015

Co-winners:

Antoine Burgard (UQÀM)/Université Lumière Lyon 2), Entre exigences administratives et attentes de la communauté, le Congrès Juif Canadien et l’immigration d’orphelins de la Shoah depuis l’Europe de l’immédiat après-guerre

Rebecca Margolis, PhD (University of Ottawa) and Meghan Cavanagh (University of Ottawa), Canadian Yiddish in the Internet Age

Honourable Mention:

Yosef Robinson (Concordia University),Montreal’s Keneder Odler in the 1920s and 1930s

2014

SJ Kerr-Lapsley, McGill University
“Roots, Routes and Bridges: An Introduction to the Involvement of Holocaust Survivors in Holocaust Education in Vancouver”

Honourable Mention:

Allie Cuperfain, Ryerson University
“The Identities of Toronto: An Analysis of UJA’s Annual Campaign 2012”

2013

Amy Coté, University of Victoria
“Analyzing Stories: (Re-)Reading Anne Michaels’ Fugitive Pieces after the I-Witness Field School”

Honourable Mention:

Maxa Sawyer, York University
“The Voices of Birthright Israel: Going Beyond the Jewish Homeland Narrative to Create a Realistic Relationship between the Jewish Canadian Diaspora and Israel”

2012

Kata Bohus, PhD student, Central European University, Budapest
“Standing together or staying apart? Contradictions of integration among 1956-er Hungarian Jewish refugees in Toronto”

Honourable Mention:

Faith Jones, University of British Columbia
“Grade’s Quarrel in Montreal”

2011

Adara Goldberg, PhD student, Clark University
“Left in the West: Orphaned Holocaust survivors in Western Canada”

and

Gary Smolyansky, MA student, York University
“Class, identity and ethnicity in Russian-speaking Jewish communities in post-WWII Canada”

2010

Faith Jones, MA student, University of British Columbia
“‘Di ershte un greste Yidishe bukh stor’: Miller’s Books advertising, 1910-1920”

2009

Tanhum Yoreh, York University
“Religious Geographies: A case study of Haredi consumption patterns in Canada and Israel”