Current Events

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.

Sacred Treasure: The Cairo Genizah

March 29, 2017 7:00 pm

Calgary JCC

We are delighted to join with the Calgary Council of Christians and Jews to present Rabbi Mark Glickman of Temple B’nai Tikvah for a talk about his book Sacred Treasure: The Cairo Genizah. 

In 1896, Rabbi Solomon Schechter of Cambridge University stepped into the attic – the Genizah – of the Ben Ezra Synagogue in Cairo, Egypt, and there found nearly 300,000 individual documents, many of which were over 1,000 years old. The Genizah held long-lost books from biblical times, early copies of the Dead Sea Scrolls, the world’s oldest known page of Jewish sheet music, and much, much more. These documents painted a picture of the way in which medieval Jews and Muslims lived together in relative peace – an inspiration for their descendants today. Rabbi Glickman’s multimedia presentation will tell a story of adventure and discovery mixed with religious passion and technological wizardry – a must-see for Jewish and non–Jewish learners alike.

This program is free and open to the public. For more information, please contact us.

All in the Family: The Genealogy Edition

February 14, 2017 10:00 am to 1:00 pm

Calgary JCC Lobby

Drop by the Calgary JCC lobby, JHSSA genealogy guru, Ken Drabinsky, will be on hand to answer questions and give guidance in family history research, just in time for family day!

Journey of Discovery with Izak Paul

February 5, 2017 2:00pm

Calgary JCC

In his illustrated presentation, Izak Paul will recount how a vacation trip to Prague and Vienna developed into an emotional journey, a “journey of discovery” about the fate of his paternal grandparents and great-grandparents who were murdered in the Holocaust. He has documented each stage of his research.

Izak Paul is a recently retired professor of biology at Mount Royal University; he is one of the founders of MRU’s annual Holocaust Education Symposium.

This program will be relevant to anyone interested in history, genealogy, and intriguing stories.

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.