Current Events

Save the date: Attestations: A Military Mosaic of Unexpected Stories

Wednesday, November 29, 2017 at 7:00 pm

Calgary JCC Seniors’ Lounge

In honour of Remembrance Day in Canada’s sesquicentennial year, Roberta Kerr will present stories surrounding some of the individuals included in the Southern Alberta Jewish Veterans of World War I & II Database.  These stories are largely based on information gleaned from veterans’ attestation papers that have been accessed through Library and Archives Canada, and from the research process. These military records reveal the diversity of our veterans — rural and urban backgrounds, recent immigrants and Canadian-born, advanced degree holders and grade-school only — and a range of experiences that is at once unique to each individual, and fundamentally universal.

Celebrating the Canadian Jewish Experience

Sunday, June 25, 2017 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Calgary JCC

Join us for this Canada 150 tribute event featuring the Calgary opening of the national traveling exhibit, The Canadian Jewish Experience. The afternoon will feature the Calgary JCC Klezmer band, guest speaker Sandra Morton Weizman, and stations with stories of the Alberta Jewish immigrant experience.

Admission is free.

This event is co-sponsored by the Calgary Jewish Federation, Calgary JCC, JHSSA, Canadian Jewish Experience, and Canada 150.

Canadian Jewish Experience Poster

Last genealogy workshop of the year

June 25, 2017 7:00-9:00

Temple B'nai Tikvah: 900 47 Ave SW (West Door)

Catch the last of this year’s informal Sunday Genealogy workshops, hosted by JHSSA Genealogy Chair, Ken Drabinsky. The free workshops are open to all levels of genealogist, from novice through experienced researcher, and offer an opportunity to  discuss issues in one-on-one and group settings.

For more information, please contact us.

June 25, 2017 Workshop Poster

Building Community: HCW Walking tour of Historic Jewish Calgary

Join us this year at Historic Calgary Week for an exciting walking tour. Harry Sanders will be our guide to the early Jewish presence in Calgary. His illustrated tour will highlight locations and stories important to the community from the 1880s to the end of the Second World War.

The legacy of this project will be an longer online tour that can be viewed remotely or used for self-guided walking tours. The tour will be available as an interactive map and as a pdf; it will be unveiled at our 2017 AGM, accompanied be additional stories and photos.

Our grateful thanks to the Government of Canada and Calgary Foundation for supporting this project through Canada 150 grant program.

Sunday Genealogy Workshops

Sunday March 26, May 7, May 28 and June 25 7:00-9:00pm

Temple B'nai Tikvah: 900 47 Ave SW (West Door)

Following the success of the Genealogy sessions offered last year, our Chair of Genealogy, Ken Drabinsky, has decided to offer a series of free, drop-in workshops on Sundays throughout the year. These will be more informal sessions with group and one-on-one discussion in which Ken will be available to offer help with an array of research problems and methodology.

Possible topics include online internet searches; Polish, Romanian and Russian Records; WWII Canadian Military records; Yad Vashem searches; and Holocaust databases along with other research advice. Please bring questions, quests, stories, or just your curiosity.

Upcoming Dates:
March 26
May 7
May 28
June 25

All workshops are at 7pm at Temple B’nai Tikvah

There is no fee for these workshops, but Ken would appreciate an RSVP. Please contact us.