Current Events

AGM: Sacred Service

100 years of Calgary’s Chevra Kadisha

Jewish Historical Society of Southern Alberta invites everyone to join us for our AGM, Monday, October 27 at 7:30 p.m., at the Calgary JCC.  The evening will start with a short business meeting: please note that all members should have received proposed bylaw amendments by mail or email. The meeting will be followed by our feature  program highlighting the stories of the many volunteers, past and present, who have quietly served our community through their commitment to the Chevra Kadisha. As always, we will honour our community’s 80 year olds.

The evening will conclude with dessert and a chance to visit.

For more information, please contact us.

Poster AGM 2014



On the Trail for Treasure:Sheldon Smithens shares stories from Canadian Pickers

Admission: $10 at the door; Free for 2015 JHSSA members

The Jewish Historical Society of Southern Alberta is pleased to host a special fall program featuring Sheldon Smithens, the co-star of the popular TV show Canadian Pickers. Sheldon is also a well-known antiques dealer, appraiser and auctioneer – and past JHSSA president.

Sheldon will present an illustrated talk about his family background in the world of antiques and about his adventures on the trail for the Canadian Pickers TV show. He will also auction off a collection of promotional items from the show.

In conjunction with this talk, JHSSA is hosting a small silent auction of items relating to local family history, Judaica and Western Canadiana. The silent auction items will available for viewing at 6:30 p.m. prior to Sheldon’s presentation.

Contact us for further details.

Call for Volunteers to join the Board

It is our society’s mandate to collect and preserve documents, oral histories and photographs that reflect the history of the Jewish communities of Southern Alberta and to use these materials to educate the Jewish community and the general public about this history in a variety of ways.

We are currently looking for members of the community who have experience in such areas as writing, researching, editing, law, finances, communications, interviewing, public programming or genealogy to join our working Board.

In particular, we seeking someone with a flair for numbers to come forward, as our wonderful Treasurer, Lil Hershfield, will be stepping down this fall.

Please contact us for further information.