May is Canadian Jewish Heritage Month #announcements #canada

Jan Meisels Allen


In 2018,  the Canadian Parliament unanimously passed a bill proclaiming that the month of May will be marked as “Canadian Jewish Heritage Month” throughout Canada, celebrating the inspirational role that Jewish Canadians have played and continue to play in communities across the country.  From law, to politics, to culture, to sports, this important initiative celebrates the contributions Jewish Canadians have been making to Canada for 250 years. To read the  Canadian Jewish Heritage Month Act go to:


Canada is home to the fourth largest Jewish community in the world.


Jewish Canadian leaders are active in all parts of society and have helped shape the diversity found within it. Canadian Jewish Heritage Month provides an opportunity to celebrate Jewish communities from coast to coast to coast for their valuable contributions in building a more open, diverse, and consciously more inclusive Canada for all.


If you would like to share your family’s contribution, if you are a descendent of a Holocaust survivor who came to Canada, a family member who served in the Canadian Force, and/or a family member who enriched their community as an artist or performer they would like you to tell them your story using the #JewishHeritageMonth hashtag on Twitter or by email  info@.... Please put “My Jewish Heritage” in the subject line.  They will amplify your story and collectively celebrate Canada’s proud history.


Statement by Minister of Diversity Chagger on Canadian Jewish Heritage Month may be read at:


To see the Jewish Heritage Guide go to:


The National Film Board of Canada also has a selection of films in honor of Jewish Heritage Month which may be accessed at:

The films are free and do not require registration.


The Friends of the Simon Wiesenthal Center for Holocaust Studies has a Jewish Heritage Month Resource Guidebook which may be downloaded at:


Jan Meisels Allen

Chairperson, IAJGS Pubic Records Access Monitoring Committee

joannegrosman joannegrosman

Thank you for posting this. I didn't know it was Canadian Jewish Heritage month. I went to the website of the Canadian Jewish Archive located in Toronto and actually came across several items that belonged to my grandfather and donated to the Archive. Does anyone have experience with this Archive? In regular times can you visit the Archive and view items of personal interest? I asked for a scan of the items, however I do not know if they do this sort of thing. I appreciate any additional information about this Archive.
Joanne Grosman
Researching Grosman, Bocian, Kremsdorf, Enzel