Fun and meaningful ways to celebrate Jewish Heritage Month – BC Alliance for Arts + Culture

Jewish Heritage Month is an opportunity for all of us to celebrate Jewish traditions, art, culture and history and to honor the contributions of Canada’s Jewish community.

Jewish Canadians have made significant and valuable contributions to our communities across all sectors, and have shown a tremendous amount of resilience and bravery throughout history.

Around 400,000 people of Jewish heritage call Canada their home. Despite Canada being the country with the 4th largest Jewish community in the world, Jewish Canadians today continue to experience a rise in the acts of anti-Semitism and xenophobia.

Jewish Heritage month is a time for us to reflect on how we can take a stand against anti-Semitism, violence and xenophobia. It is also a moment for us to commemorate and honor the memory of those lost to the Holocaust.

We encourage everyone to self-educate, reflect on and learn about the profound contributions of Jewish Canadians to Canada, and to find ways of supporting and celebrating Jewish-led organizations, events and communities.

With that in mind, here are a few ways that you can celebrate National Jewish Heritage Month:

VISIT A JEWISH MUSEUM OR A SITE OF HISTORICAL JEWISH INTEREST

Learn more about Jewish history by visiting the Jewish Museum, the Holocaust Memorial Museum, the Jewish Library or the Historical Synagogue.

LEARN MORE ABOUT CANADIAN JEWISH HISTORY

Did you know that Vancouver’s Jewish community emerged through the immigration of people from Victoria? And that Victoria is home to Canada’s oldest continuously operating synagogue that still holds services?

Read this Daily Hive story of the evolution of British Columbia’s Jewish community.

JOIN A JEWISH BOOK CLUB

Join the lively discussions centered around a Jewish novel with chair Helen Pinsky.
Thursdays 1:00 pm
April 28 – “The plot against America” by Philip Roth
May 26 – “The Hidden Palace” by Helene Wecker
June 30 – “Morningside Heights” by Joshua Henkin

TAKE A JEWISH HERITAGE WALKING TOUR

Explore the early roots of Vancouver’s Jewish community in this entertaining family-friendly tour of scenic Strathcona.

ATTEND AN EVENT

Celebrate Jewish music by singing along and learning more about traditional Jewish songs.

  • On May 28, Bridging Water Rituals will come together for accessible and virtual embodied practice, music, song, poetry and celebration

SUPPORT A JEWISH ORGANIZATION

Do your part to strengthen the impact of the Jewish people by supporting Jewish arts organizations and museums in BC, such as the Chutzpah! Festivalthe Norman Rothstein Theaterthe JQTa volunteer-run Jewish queer and trans nonprofit organization, the Peretz Center for Jewish Culture, the Sidney and Gertrude Zack Gallerythe Cherie Smith JCC Jewish Book Festival or the Vancouver Holocaust Education Centerto name a few.

The list above is by no means comprehensive. We hope you find these resources useful in your celebration of Jewish Heritage Month!