Saint John Jewish Historical Museum, Saint John

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3.8/5 based on 30 reviews on the web
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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  • I never knew about this population. The Jewish population of Saint John peaked at 200 families and there is lots of detail but it never felt tedious. In the fifties and sixties most of the young peopl...  read more »
  • We were shown around by our guide Katherine. The building which once was a private home then a funeral parlour before housing the Museum is alone well worth seeing for its wooden paneling ,fireplaces ...  read more »
  • Although the museum is small, it has a good collection of local Jewish memorabilia. There is a section devoted to the artifacts found in a Jewish home, while another area highlights the Jewish holiday...  read more »
  • Fist Jewish museum I've been too. Very friendly people and lot of things to see. Also they give you Irish Donuts :D
  • 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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