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Photo Gallery

CJE at the Knesset
Givat Ram, Western Jerusalem
June 26, 2018

Canadian Ambassador Ms. Deborah Lyons launched the CJE exhibit at the Knesset on Tuesday, June 26, 2018.

Canadian Ambassador to Israel Ms. Deborah  Lyons with Chair of Absorption and Diaspora
Affairs Committee MK Avraham Neguise (Likud) in front of the CJE panel exhibit at the Knesset.

Canadian Jewish Experience in Saint John, NB
May 1, 2018 to November 2, 2018
Saint John Jewish Historical Museum (SJJHM)
91 Leinster Street
Saint John, NB E2L 1J2


CJE at Parliament
Wellington Street
Ottawa, ON K1A 0A4
May 30, 2018

June 1, 2018
Dear Friends and Supporters of the CJE,

At the inaugural event on the Hill recognizing May as Jewish Heritage month. The event took place last night on Parliament Hill, It  was a very impressive and important reception recognizing  officially dedicating the Month of May as Jewish Heritage month.

A moment of pride for the entire community that appreciates our great country that we call home.

The event was organized by MPs Michael Levitt, Lib, David Sweet of the PC and Randall Garrison of the NDP. Emcee Julie Dabrusin,  Heritage Minister Melanie Joly spoke as well.

All of us enjoyed a wonderful spread of Jewish foods.

The CJE exhibit was on display at this event and many people as well as Parliamentarians viewed the panels and reacted very positively.

The big surprise for me was that the CJE was honoured at this evening along with Irwin Cotler, a great company to share this great honour.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for your support and dedication over the time as without this support and backing this could have not been achieved,

Yours Truly,
Tova Lynch 

Michael Levitt Jewish Heritage Month Reception, Ottawa, ON, on 30 May, 2018.
© HOC-CDCCredit: Bernard Thibodeau, House of Commons Photo Services

Michael Levitt Jewish Heritage Month Reception, Ottawa, ON, on 30 May, 2018.
© HOC-CDCCredit: Bernard Thibodeau, House of Commons Photo Services

Michael Levitt Jewish Heritage Month Reception, Ottawa, ON, on 30 May, 2018.
© HOC-CDCCredit: Bernard Thibodeau, House of Commons Photo Services

Michael Levitt Jewish Heritage Month Reception Ottawa, Ontario, on 30 May, 2018. © HOC-CDCCredit: Bernard Thibodeau, House of Commons Photo Services

Michael Levitt Jewish Heritage Month Reception, Ottawa, ON, on 30 May, 2018.
© HOC-CDCCredit: Bernard Thibodeau, House of Commons Photo Services

Michael Levitt Jewish Heritage Month Reception, Ottawa, ON, on 30 May, 2018.
© HOC-CDCCredit: Bernard Thibodeau, House of Commons Photo Services

Michael Levitt Jewish Heritage Month Reception, Ottawa, ON, on 30 May, 2018.
© HOC-CDCCredit: Bernard Thibodeau, House of Commons Photo Services

Michael Levitt Jewish Heritage Month Reception, Ottawa, ON, on 30 May, 2018.
© HOC-CDCCredit: Bernard Thibodeau, House of Commons Photo Services


CJE at Vaughn City Hall
100 Queen St W
Vaughn, ON
May 11, 2018

Friday, May 11, 2018 – Launch of the Canadian Jewish Experience as part of Ontario Jewish Heritage Month at Vaughan City Hall. Mayor Bevilacqua and City Counselors, MP Deb Schulte participated in this event; the Netivot Choir performed for the guests.

Legislative Assembly of British Columbia
501 Belleville Street
Victoria, BC V8V 2L8
March 5, 2018

CJE at the Israel Association for Canadian Studies
Lea Imenu 4
Modiin, 7176253
February 28, 2018

Ambassador Deborah Lyons, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
of Canada to Israel, at the CJE Exhibition, Tel Aviv, Israel.

McMaster University
1280 Main Street West
Hamilton, ON L8S 4L8
February 2, 2018

CJE Opening at McMaster University, Hamilton, ON, at the Interfaith Dinner in the Celebration Hall

CJE Exhibit
Dr. John Archer Library
University of Regina
3737 Wascana Parkway
University Dr N
Regina, SK S4S 0A2
January 26 to February 2, 2018  




CJE in Newfoundland
(1) Queen Elizabeth II Library
Memorial University
St. John’s, NL A1B 3Y1
January 2018 (12 days)

(2) St. John’s City Hall
10 New Gower St
St. John’s, NL A1C 1J3
January to February 2018

(3) Arts and Culture Centre
Lower Lobby
95 Allandale Rd
St. John’s, NL A1B 3A3
February 2018 Forward

The Canada 150 panels have been on display in Memorial University Queen Elizabeth II Library (12 days in January), the St. John’s City Hall in January and February, and since then in the lower lobby of the Arts and Culture Centre in St. John’s.  We will be retrieving them in the next couple of days.





Ryerson University
350 Victoria Street
Toronto, ON M5B 2K3
January 26, 2018  




CJE Exhibit
Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Ottawa
1247 Kilborn Place, Ottawa, ON K1H 6K9
January 24, 2018







 Cutting the ribbon for the Cecil Hart panel, from let to right: Mark O’Neill, CEO of the History and                                                         war Museum, Rabbi Reuven Bulka of Ottawa, Tova Lynch of the CJE, Guy Lafleur, Deputy Mayor Bob                                                   Monette, Andrea Freedman, CEO of the Ottawa Jewish Federation, Guy Berthiaume, Archivist and                                                       Librarian of Canada, Bill Leonard of the National Capital Commission, Andrew Ross, of LAC who spoke                                             about Cecil Hart and the Hart family, who were the original Jewish settlers to Canada in the 1700s.                                

                                     Guy Lafleur with both Hart Trophies and the Stanley Cup. Cecil Hart panel in the background.

                                     Guy Lafleur with the Hart Trophy and the Menora, in the background is the newly dedicated
                                   Cecil Hart panel.

The Chanukah Celebration on Parliament Hill
Wellington Street
Ottawa, ON K1A 0A4
December 13, 2017

Lighting the Menorah on Parliament Hill hosted by MP Michael Levitt
and Anthony Housefather
Speaker Regan at the exhibit with a Montreal rabbi 
Group of of yeshiva students at the event 
Opposition Leader Andrew Scheer
NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh and Minister Caroline Bennett
With the Ambassador of Israel to Canada, Nimrod Barkan, wife and daughter
With Minister of Foreign Affairs, Chrystia Freeland

The Chanukah Celebration at Stornaway
541 Acacia Avenue
Rockcliffe Park, ON K1M 0M5
December 13, 2017

Huron University College
1349 Western Rd
London, ON N6G 1H3
December 13, 2017  

November 21, 2017

Hi Tova,

 RE: Invitation for Huron College

 Please find attached the invitation that we will share with the Jewish Community in London. We would appreciate it if the invitation for our private reception can also be extended to the Canadian Jewish Experience board, volunteers and sponsors. We are grateful to all the partners in making this exhibition a reality, Huron is proud to host it in London from Nov 20-Dec 22. We will be hosting a reception on December 13 at Huron to celebrate the Canadian Jewish Experience exhibition and also to announce the Jewish Studies Program at Huron. Beginning this year, Huron is the new home to the Jewish Studies Program that was previously administered by Western University.

Thank you very much for your help. I’m not sure what your plans are for December 13 but we would love to see you at Huron if you are in our area.

Kristina Stankevich
Director of Development
Huron University College
1349 Western Road
London, ON Canada N6G 1H3
519.438.7224 ext: 214

Alberta Legislature Building
10800 97 Ave NW
Edmonton, AB T5K 2B6
November 30, 2017

Legislative Assembly of Manitoba
450 Broadway
Winnipeg, Manitoba
R3C 0V8
November 23, 2017

The Canadian Jewish Exhibition was officially welcomed to the legislature
on November 23, 2017. Among the speakers were: Hon. Myrna Driedger,
Speaker of the House; Hon. Cathy Cox, Minister of Sport, Culture and Heritage;
Ms. Gail Asper, President of the Asper Foundation; Dr. Jon Gerrard (Opposition).

London Jewish Community Centre
536 Huron Street
London, ON N5Y 4J5
November 18, 2017

Royal British Columbia Museum
675 Belleville Street
Victoria, BC V8W 9W2
November 14, 2017

CJE Exhibits on display at Queen’s Park (Rotunda), Toronto, November 13, 2017

Winnipeg City Hall
510 Main St, Winnipeg, MB R3B 1B9

Left to Right: Ms. Gail Asper, Mr. David Asper, the Asper Foundation,
Ms. Tova Lynch, CJE, Mayor Bowman, Mr. Adam Levine, Chair of the
Jewish Federation in Winnipeg, Dr. Victor Rabinovitch, Senior CJE Advisor.

University of Toronto
27 King’s College Circle Toronto, Ontario M5S 1A1 

Sir John A. Macdonald Building
144 Wellington Street
Ottawa, ON K1A
October 19, 2017

York University
4700 Keele St, Toronto, ON M3J 1P3
October 11, 2017

Bishop’s University
2600 College Street
Sherbrooke, QC J1M 1Z7 
October 11, 2017

Dear editor,

 I am writing to draw your attention to a newsworthy event which took place 11 October at Bishop’s. 

 The Canadian Jewish Experience a Tribute to Canada 150 (CJE) held a vernissage on Wednesday Oct 11 at Bishop’s University, the exhibit will remain at Bishop’s until October 26th.

L to R are: Bishop’s Principal Michael Goldbloom; Hon. Marie-Claude Bibeau,
Minister of International Development and La Francophonie, Dr. Daniel Miller,
Ms. Sharon Smith, Dr. Michele Murray, Mr. Neil Bronson, all from Bishop’s. 

 Here is more information about the CJE:

 CJE’s purpose is to share with all Canadians some Jewish aspects of Canada’s story through a special ten panel exhibition, a website, and special speakers series. The main goal of the CJE exhibit is to be an educational tool for young and old.  

 Jewish Canadians have played important roles in all facets of life in Canada, dating back to the mid-1700s. Their accomplishments reflect the challenges and successes experienced by this country over the past 150 years. Canada’s 150th anniversary is a time for celebration by all citizens and residents, whatever their faith or ethnicity. The CJE exhibit stresses that Canadians continue to build a country that respects cultural and religious diversity, national unity, fairness and progress.

 The text of the nine panel CJE exhibit is bilingual. The  panels are built around nine major themes, including patterns of immigration, war and diplomacy, public service, justice and human rights, economic growth, arts, culture and sports. 

 The Exhibit Curator is Sandra Weizman Morton with contributions from Dr. Victor Rabinovich, President emeritus of the War Museum and the former Museum of Civilization (now the Museum of History).

 A website provides additional information about historical topics covered by the CJE exhibit and about many extraordinary Canadians. The website also provides information about venues for lectures and other locations where the travelling exhibit can be seen.

 A special bilingual quiz on topics drawn from the exhibition and the website is on our website. Visitors of all ages are invited to test their knowledge and expand their understanding.

 The CJE panel exhibit has established an outstanding record. The  exhibit was first shown in Ottawa, where thousands of visitors have already seen it in this special year. It is on display in three locations: the public lobby of the Canadian War Museum, Ottawa City Hall, and the lobby of a National Capital Commission building at 30 Metcalfe St., two blocks from Parliament Hill. The exhibit will also be on display during 2017 from Newfoundland to Victoria, including the Ontario, Saskatchewan, Manitoba Legislatures, Parliament Hill, Winnipeg City Hall, Diefenbaker Canada Centre, Saskatoon, Western Development Museum, Saskatoon, Halifax Public Library, Calgary City Hall, Heritage Park in Calgary, the Stampede Breakfast in Calgary, Edmonton City Hall, and Vancouver Public Library. The list is still growing. The CJE will have a special tour to 30 universities across Canada, CJE is very proud that universities from Nova Scotia to BC will mont the exhibit. 

  For more information please contact Michele Murray , also copied here.

 There is no charge for hosting the exhibit.

 The CJE is a volunteer initiative funded entirely through private donations and is a charitable organization. 

With thanks,
Tova Lynch
On behalf of the CJE Board


CJE on Parliament Hill
Ottawa, ON
October 10, 2017

                                       Speaker Regan speaks at a reception on Parliament Hill when the Canadian Jewish
                                       Experience, A Tribute to Canada 150, was hosted on the Hill.

                                      Parliamentary Secretary to Heritage Minster Arif Virani, speaking, Speaker Regan,
                                     Tova Lynch from the CJE. Sitting Sharon Sholzberg-Gray, the widow of the late Herb Gray.

                                     Cutting the ribbon: from L to R Neil Finkelman, Tova Lynch both from the CJE,
                                     MP. Michael Levitt, MP. Deb Schulte, MP. Eva Nassif.

Edmonton City Hall

1 Sir Winston Churchill Square
Edmonton, AB T5J 2R7
October 2, 2017


Carleton University
1125 Colonel By Drive
Ottawa, ON K1S 5B6
October 2, 2017

CJE at the Sir John A. Macdonald Building Building
144 Wellington Street
Ottawa, ON K1P 5T3
September 19, 2017

RT. Hon. John G. Diefenbaker Centre for the Study of Canada
101 Diefenbaker Pl
Saskatoon, SK S7N 5A7
September 18, 2017

Calgary Public Library
6  – 616  Macleod Trail
Alberta T2G 2M2
September 1, 2017

Mr. Louis Rasminsky
Soloway Jewish Community Centre (SJCC)
25 Nadolny Sachs Private, Ottawa, ON
July 23, 2017

Great Canadian. Great Jewish Icon.

Halifax Central Library
5440 Spring Garden Road
Halifax, NS B3J 1E9
July 17, 2017

CJE Opening with the Hon. Geoff Regan, Speaker of the House of Commons,
at the Halifax Central Library, July 17, 2017

Left to Right: Ms. Myra Freeman, former Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia,
with her husband Mr. Larry Freeman. Appointed in 2000, Ms. Freeman is the
first woman to hold the position in Nova Scotia’s 400-year history as well as the
first Jewish Lieutenant Governor in Canada.

Heritage Park (Railway Heritage Centre)
1R1, Heritage Park
Calgary, AB T2V
July 14, 2017

Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library
5851 Cavendish Blvd
Côte Saint-Luc, QC H4W 2X8
July 1, 2017

City Hall
110 Laurier Ave W
Ottawa, ON K1P 1J1
July 1, 2017

Calgary City Hall
800 Macleod Trail SE
Calgary, AB T2P 2M5
July 7, 2017

CIJA Stampede Breakfast
Calgary Stampede
1410 Olympic Way SE
Calgary, AB T2G 2W1

July 7, 2017

Calgary JCC
1607 90 Ave SW
Calgary, AB T2V 4V7
June 25, 2017

The Canada Israel Cultural Foundation (4700 Bathurst St., North York, ON M2R 1W8)
Visits CJE in Ottawa
June 18, 2017

CJE at the Montreal Windsor Train Station at a CJPAC (Canadian Jewish Political Affairs Committee)
action party, Montreal, QC.
June 8, 2017

L to R: Tova Lynch, MP Alexander Nuttall (Barrie -Springwater-Oro-Medonte),
MP Anthony Housefather (Mount Royal, QC)
and MP Randeep Sarai (Surrey Centre, BC).

Three Soldiers: 150 Years in Uniform
Westmount Armoury Officers’ Mess
4625 Ste-Catherine Street West
Montreal QC H3Z 1S4

May 29, 2017

Canadian War Museum
1 Vimy Place
Ottawa, ON K1A 0M8
May 8, 2017