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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  • 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 »
  • Quite a history for a very small community. Interesting display boards with lots of local details. Magnificent building. Helpful staff  more »
  • My wife has deep roots in Saint John including our marriage there over a half a century ago.The museum is exceptionally well organized,attractive and informative .There is much evidence of a deep love...  more »
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  • 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.
  • Fist Jewish museum I've been too. Very friendly people and lot of things to see. Also they give you Irish Donuts :D

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The grid-like streets between Harbour Station and the harbor itself represent the most popular places to stay in Saint John, with a range of guesthouses and bed and breakfasts nestled among the historic buildings. If you're looking for a more budget-friendly option, head west along Manawagonish Road and stay at one of the many motels along the way.
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