About Us

“To record, preserve and present the history of Southern Alberta’s Jews and the communities they built.”That is the mandate of the Jewish Historical Society of Southern Alberta. The JHSSA is an independent not-for-profit organization with a volunteer board of directors. It is sustained through membership fees, fundraising and donations.The JHSSA was incorporated in 1990, with Jay Joffe serving as president from its inception until his untimely death in August 2006. Since the beginning, the JHSSA has become a major resource for students, historians, genealogists and many others seeking more information about their roots and about the Jewish communities of this area.
House of Jacob Synagogue, around 1967, 323 5th Ave S.E. Calgary. (JHSSA photo #103)

Board and Office Staff

President Saundra Lipton
Vice President Zena Drabinsky
Secretary Laura Shuler
Treasurer Mary Taub
Past President Betty Sherwood
Director at large Shauna Switzer
Directors Rebecca Aizenman
Marc Baron
Emanuel Cohen
Ken Drabinsky
Barry Finkelman
Paul Finkleman
Directors Cont.. Halley Girvitz
Sheila Gurevitch
Naomi Hashman
Lil Hershfield
Naomi Kerr
Jason Nisenson
Karen Roth
Harry Sanders
Allan Sattin
Hilda Smith
Caroline Ullman
Honourary Directors Hy Belzberg
Jack Edelson
Henry Gutman
Librarian and Archivist Agi Romer Segal
Archival Assistant Roberta Kerr
Office Staff Katie Baker