Temporary exhibition

From May 3 to November 11, 2018

Shalom Montreal

Stories and Contributions of the Jewish Community

The exhibition highlighs how the Jewish community has participated in the city’s growth and development during the 20th century. It features remarkable achievements in a variety of sectors—architecture, heritage preservation, health and science, human rights, business, the arts and culture—that have benefited, and continue to benefit, all Montrealers.

Shalom, a word symbolizing openness to others and friendship! The history of Montreal’s Jewish community reflects the strength of its traditions and centuriesold roots here. Nourished by a fertile cultural and intellectual climate, its many significant achievements attest to a desire to work together and help one another.

Come discover the stories behind these important contributions! Full of personal reminiscences, videos and photos, the exhibition features five different thematic zones: Living Together, Caring Together, Struggling Together, Doing Business Together, Creating Together.

  • Duncan Cameron, <i>Women on steps holding signs “No Nuclear Arms for Canada / Pas d’armes nucléaires pour le Canada,”</i> Montreal, 1961. Library and Archives Canada, PA-209888
  • David Bier, <i>Sephardic refugees arriving at Dorval Airport (now Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport)</i>, Montreal, 1974. Alex Dworkin Canadian Jewish Archives
  • Musée de l’Holocauste Montréal / Montreal Holocaust Museum, photo : Peter Berra
  • Anonymous, <i>Moe Wilensky and customers</i>, Montreal, 1965. Courtesy of the Wilensky family
  • © Marilyn Aitken, Musée McCord Museum
  • David De Stefano, <i>Dipping bagels in sesame seeds, St-Viateur Bagel</i>, Montreal, 2012. Courtesy of St-Viateur Bagel
  • Anonymous, <i>Nurses tending to newborns in neonatal ward, Jewish General Hospital</i>, Montreal, about 1960s. Courtesy of the Jewish General Hospital Historical Archives, ID 1-


Thank you to our donors for their generous support

Claudine and Stephen Bronfman Family Foundation
Anne-Marie & Mitch Garber Family Foundation
Morris and Rosalind Goodman Family Foundation
Alvin Segal Family Foundation
Canderel and the Wener Family

Discover the exhibition through the eyes of our visitors! Introduction by the ambassador of the exhibition, Heidi Hollinger. Comments given during the Opening of the exhibition, on May 1st, 2018.

Experience a journey full of personal reminiscences, videos and photos, through five different thematic zones: Living Together, Caring Together, Struggling Together, Doing Business Together, Creating Together.

What people are saying about it

« A comprehensive and enjoyable look at a small community that has had an enormous impact on almost every aspect of the city. » CJN News
« [...] the exhibition is at once comprehensive and intimate. » Montreal Gazette
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