Saint John Jewish Historical Museum, Saint John

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The Saint John Jewish Historical Museum in Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada, preserves and displays the history of the Jewish community in the city of Saint John. The Museum was opened by founder Marcia Koven in 1986. A Jewish Historical Society had already been established in the congregation.OverviewThe Museum is based on a community history model. It is supported through artifact donations and other participation by members of the local Jewish community. The Jewish community in Saint John has roots going back to the mid-1800s. Solomon Hart, a businessman from England, became the founder of the existing Jewish community in the city when he immigrated to Saint John in 1858. The first synagogue in the city was established by Solomon and Sarah Hart in 1889. Immigration from northern and eastern Europe increased the community to about 1400 members in the 1920s. Immigration to Saint John waned after this, and as out-migration to larger cities increased, the city's Jewish population declined to about 300 members in the 1960s. Today there are roughly two dozen Jewish families in the congregation.The Museum has several permanent exhibits, as well as new exhibits each year, and occasional travelling exhibits. Outreach programs include hosting tours from local schools, distribution of educational kits, and hosting tours from cruise ships visiting the city.The Museum also has a library and archive of Jewish history, viewed by appointment.AwardsThe museum has received several awards recognizing its work, including the following: American Association for State and Local History (1987) The Church and Synagogue Library Association (1996) Province of New Brunswick (2000)
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  • This was a highlight of our time at St. John. Our guide was so informative and interesting- I wish I could remember his name but I think he teaches seminars about the many links and threads of Judaism...  more »
  • The Museum is small in historical building offering visitors artifacts, stories, newspaper clippings and other mementos of the Jewish community in Saint John. Guided tours with helpful and attentive staff.
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  • It's an old temple which was nice to see, but they could really make it a more guided tour. I think you're supposed to just walk around and read, but even that was unclear.  more »
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  • This museum is good, but our tour guide needed his young little butt kicked. Show some respect for your faith young man! AND...some appreciation for fact that millions of Jews died in the Holocaust! If you're going to 'guide' then do so! I came to learn and be enlightened. I was dismayed by the nonchalant and disrespectful attitude of the twenty something year old guide who acted as if we were disrupting his Facebook research time. Who stated "I don't practice, believe, all that Jewish stuff"..!! Please, somebody..just spank him.
  • Neat spot and a good preservation of history.
  • good museum with Jewish history
  • Good place to know Jewish history in Saint John nb Canada
  • We had a interesting tour. The synagogue was small but very elegant. I'm glad we stopped here to have a little history lesson of a Jewish community in Halifax. It was easy to walk to.
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