Current Events

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

Wednesday, November 29, 2017 at 7:00 pm

Calgary JCC Seniors’ Lounge

Roberta Kerr will present interesting and somewhat unusual stories of some Jewish veterans of both World Wars who had a significant connection to southern Alberta. JHSSA is offering this program in honour of Remembrance Day in Canada’s sesquicentennial year.  These stories are largely based on information gleaned from veterans’ attestation papers that Roberta has accessed through Library and Archives Canada. The stories of our veterans reveal the diversity of those who served in the military. Military records reveal veterans from rural as well as urban backgrounds, recent immigrants as well as Canadian-born, those with advanced degrees as well as those with little education. There are stories of men who continued to attempt to enlist after an initial rejection and of siblings who all signed up for service.

2017 AGM: Building Community

Monday, October 30, 2017 7:30 pm

Calgary JCC

Everyone is welcome to our Annual General Meeting. Our program will feature historian Harry Sanders’ dynamic presentation of stories and anecdotes of Calgary’s early places and people. Katie Baker will introduce the features of the online tour and highlight some sample sites. As always, the AGM will include a financial report, board elections, and the presentation of certificates in recognition to those in our community who have celebrated their 80th birthday in the past year. For more information, please contact us.

AGM Poster

Cushing Residence

Building Community: A walking tour of historic Jewish Calgary

Sunday July 30, 2017 10:30 am and Thursday August 3, 2017 2:00 pm

Meet in the Municipal Plaza outside of City Hall

JHSSA will unveil the prototype of its Canada 150 project — a walking tour of some of our community’s founding businesses, families and organizations — during Historic Calgary Week this summer.   The tour is being developed as a self-guided experience, available in both paper and digital formats, but for its first outing 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, including houses and apartment buildings, business and meeting sites, office and industrial buildings, even a railway depot.  Some of the locations may be familiar, like the former House of Israel on 18th Ave. S, or the site of Jaffe’s Book and Music Exchange on 8th Ave. SE, but there are sure to be some new ones – and there are always new stories!

Included on the tour, for example, is a stop at Studio Bell, 850–4th St. SE, home to the National Music Centre.   The National Music Centre opened in 2016 in the Downtown East Village, an old mixed-use district that included the homes and businesses of Jews as well as other Calgarians.  Part of the new facility takes a familiar shape — that of the King Edward Hotel, which has been re-created on its original site and clad in its original brick walls.  The Eddie may be best remembered by the identity established in the 1980s when Jewish owner Jack Karp transformed the aging tavern into a popular blues bar.  But the hotel’s Jewish connection goes back to the First World War, when Nate Green was its manager.  His tenure ended in 1918 following a series of unfortunate events – that you’ll learn all about on the tour.

The Building Community tour will be offered twice during Historic Calgary Week, first on Sunday July 30, 10:30 am-12:30 pm, and again on Thursday August 3, 2:00 pm-4:00 pm:  meet at the Municipal Plaza, by City Hall.  For more information, please contact us.

Historic Calgary Week Poster

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.