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 Betty Sherwood
Vice President Saundra Lipton
Vice President Paul Finkleman
Treasurer Lil Hershfield
Secretary Karen Roth
Director at large Zena Drabinsky
Directors Rebecca Aizenman
David Busheikin
Emanuel Cohen
Arnold Dvorkin
Brenda Eisenberg
Directors Cont.. Barry Finkelman
Halley Girvitz
Sheila Gurevitch
Naomi Hashman
Barb Joffe
Naomi Kerr
Therese Nagler
Harry Sanders
Alex Sharon
Laura Shuler
Shauna Switzer
Caroline Ullman
Honourary Directors Hy Belzberg
Jack Edelson
Henry Gutman
Librarian and Archivist Agi Romer Segal
Office Staff Katie Baker