Call for Papers: ACJS 2020 in Ottawa

This just in! The time has come for the annual call for papers for the Association for Canadian Jewish Studies Conference! Mark your calendars, because this year’s conference will be held at the at the Library and Archives Canada in Ottawa, on May 24-26, 2020. This year’s theme? “Canada’s Jews: Maintaining and Constructing Identity in a Multilingual Country.” 

We encourage proposal submissions for paper presentations of 20 minutes in length on any topic relating to Canada’s Jews in both official languages. Paper proposals are due on January 14th, 2020.

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Translation of Rabbi Hirschprung in CJS

In 1941, Rabbi Pinchas Hirschprung escaped nazi-occupied Poland and eventually arrived to Canada that same year. Just three years after his arrival, Rabbi Hirschprung published a remarkable book in Yiddish called “The Vale of Tears”. Continuing his influence, in 1969, Rabbi Hirschprung became the chief rabbi of Montreal. An excerpt from “The Vale of Tears” was translated by Vivian Felsen and is available in Vol 27 of the Canadian Jewish Studies (CJS) Journal. This book has resonated with many people in quite a profound way. Make sure you give it a read on the online CJS Journal (link below!)

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Book Launch in Ottawa: Seymour Mayne

Students, staff, and members of the public are cordially invited to a triple launching of this University of Ottawa special event that is being held at Library and Archives Canada in Ottawa.

Bridges includes the work of published writers who studied with Seymour Mayne and worked with him over the years at the University of Ottawa.  Cusp: Word Sonnets was recently published  in Saint Petersburg, in a Russian edition, and is for sale at bookstores in the Russian Federation; this collection was originally released in English in 2014 and has now appeared in French, Portuguese, and Spanish editions. Nicola Vulpe, author of Insult to the Brain, served as a Visiting Professor at the University of Ottawa and is also an alumnus of Seymour Mayne’s creative writing courses.
The launching will take place on Thursday, October 24, at 7:00 p.m., Library and Archives Canada.   Free and open to the public. Refreshments to follow presentations.

ACJS Bulletin Submissions

The time has come for the biannual call for submissions for the ACJS Bulletin! Please send Adara Goldberg ( your updates for publication in the Fall Bulletin: current research, publications, conferences, seminars, and lectures on Canadian Jewish studies.

 As with the past two issues, we are also soliciting short features on significant, but lesser known, figures in Canadian Jewish history. 
Please send your submissions to with the subject line “Submission – ACJS Bulletin.”
We welcome photos, logos, or other images as accompaniments to your submission – please include these in your email, as well as captions where applicable.
Please note: – All submissions must be in .doc or .rtf format.- All photos, logos, and images must be in .jpg, .jpeg, or .png format.
All materials must be submitted by October 7 to ensure timely publication and distribution. Submissions received after that date will be held for the Spring edition.

“The Keneder Adler and Yiddish community life in Montreal, 1944”

Have you read “The Keneder Adler and Yiddish community life in Montreal, 1944” by Professor Rebecca Margolis? Make sure to read this page turner now available on the online Canadian Jewish Studies Journal! Margolis’s work has focused on Yiddish as it has moved from an immigrant to an ethnic language among Canadian Jews. She is the current President of the Association for Canadian Jewish Studies, and an associate professor at the University of Ottawa.

Make sure to check out her entire article on Vol 27 of the Canadian Jewish Studies Journal!
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Memoirs of a Refugee: The Travels and Travails of Rabbi Pinchas Hirschprung

Have you read “Memoirs of a Refugee: The Travels and Travails of Rabbi Pinchas Hirschprung” by Dr. Steven Lapidus from Concordia University’s Department of Religion? This article explores the extraordinary rescue of Chief Rabbi Pinchas Hirschprung from Poland to Vilna, Moscow, Vladivostok, Kobe, Shanghai, San Francisco, Chicago, Sarnia, and finally Montreal in 1941. In a rare and unprecedented move, the Canadian government, despite its anti-refugee stance, offered a haven to twenty-nine rabbinic scholars – including the son of the Chofetz Chaim – who arrived in Canada on the last passenger ship to leave the Far East prior to the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbour.

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A Big Thank You to our Conference Partners!

The ACJS would like to thank everyone who made the conference the success that it was! You all contributed to making the conference a positive and successful event! A special thank you goes to Richard Menkis and Jesse Toufexis for all of their hard work organizing this wonderful conference! Thank you to our marvellous presenters as well as our community partners:

-Vancouver Jewish Folk Choir
-Concordia Institute for Canadian Jewish Studies
-The Israel and Golda Koschitzky Centre for Jewish Studies
-Vered Canadian Jewish Studies Program
-Peretz Institute for Secular Jewish Culture
-The Jewish Museum & Archives of BC
-Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences

Without you this conference would not have been what it was. We look forward to seeing you all at next year’s conference!

Volume 27 of the Canadian Jewish Studies journal is now available online!

Volume 27 of the Canadian Jewish Studies journal is now available online! 

This annual journal publishes research on various topics on the Canadian Jewish experience. 

The electronic version of journal is free and accessible at

Print copies are available to members of the Association, or by special order.

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Article on ACJS Conference in the Jewish Independent

The ACJS community day at this year’s conference in Vancouver, as well as our Rosenberg Award recipient, Norma Joseph, was just featured in an article by Cynthia Ramsay of the Jewish Independent.

You can find it just below, along with a link to the eventbrite registration. Thanks Cynthia!

ACJS Conference in a Month!

Get excited because the ACJS conference is almost one month away! Check out the sessions below and make sure you get to be part of it all because this year we have some thought-provoking presentations and one of a kind sessions in store! 

Session 1: Jewish Space in Literature and Popular Culture

Session 2: Antisemitism and the Holocaust

Session 3: Media Studies

Session 4: Challenging the Status Quo

Session 5: Religion and Culture

Session 6: Protest!

Session 7: Canadian Mysticism (CSJS)

Session 8: Building Community

CHA/ACJS Joint Holocaust Panel: “Memory Wars” and the Holocaust seen from the German, Polish and Canadian Perspectives

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