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Cemetery Plaque Dedication

In honour of the 2014 centenary of the Chevra Kadisha of Calgary, the Jewish Historical Society of Southern Alberta invites the public to the dedication of an interpretive historic plaque on the main gate of Erlton Jewish Cemetery on Sunday afternoon, August 17, 2014. This cemetery has served the community since 1904 and is now fully reserved. The plaque will highlight the significance of this site as to our community’s history.

The plaque dedication will be followed by a communal burial of sacred texts (shamot/shames) such as worn out Hebrew prayer books and bibles in the communal book depository (genizah) on the cemetery grounds. The books or loose pages can be brought to the event for burial. This will be followed at around 2:45 pm by a tour of the cemetery led by historian Harry Sanders who will stop at some gravesites of particular interest – including the earliest 1904 grave of infant Goldie Bell.

This interpretive plaque is the third to be dedicated by JHSSA. In 2011 an interpretive plaque was dedicated at the original site of the Congregation House of Jacob synagogue (now Bow Valley College). A plaque marking the original site of Smithbilt Hats (now Hotel Arts) was dedicated in 2012.

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Cemetery Tour with Harry Sanders

2014 marks the centenary of the Chevra Kadisha – and 110 years since the first burial in the Erlton Jewish cemetery. Join historian Harry Sanders for a tour of the cemetery and for some insights about its history and about some of the Calgarians buried there. This popular tour is part of Chinook Country Historical Society’s Historic Calgary Week. For more details of the numerous interesting programs offered July 25 – August 4, consult the  2014 Historic Calgary Week Brochure.

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.