Vered Jewish Canadian Studies Bibliography

The Vered Jewish Canadian Studies Program is proud to offer a variety of programming in Jewish Canadian history, literature, and culture as well as Yiddish that is open to the community at large. All of our events are open to the general public, and most are free of charge.

Upcoming Events

Thursday December 1, 2016 at 8 pm – MHN (Arts), 70 Laurier Ave East, Glenn Clever Room #301

The Department of English and the Vered Jewish Canadian Studies Program present a literary evening with B. Glen Rotchin. B. Glen Rotchin has published poetry, short fiction, essays and reviews, and two novels: The Rent Collector (2006) which was a finalist for the In Canada First Novel Award, and Halbman Steals Home (2012). He lives in
Montreal with his wife and four daughters.

All Welcome – free admission.

Contact: Professor Seymour Mayne 613 562-5800 *1148

Past events

Sunday, March 13th, 2016 at 3pm - Desmarais building, room 1150, 55 Laurier East, University of Ottawa.
The Sephardi Association of Ottawa and the Vered Jewish Canadian Studies Program invite you to a screening and discussion of the documentary Tinghir - Jerusalem, Echoes from the Mellah, by Kamal Hachkar. In the film, filmmaker and historian Kamal Hachkar, a Berber Muslim born in Tinghir, Morocco and raised in France, goes in search of a Jewish community that has vanished - and confronts fundamental questions of his own identity in the process. Professor Boussad Berrichi of the Departement de Francais will be a guest speaker at the event.

Sunday, November 1st 2015 at 11:30am - Limmud Ottawa, Solway Jewish Community Centre, 21 Nadolny Sachs Private.
Come join Professor Seymour Mayne at the Solway Jewish Community Centre as he participates in in Limmud Ottawa, the annual festival of Jewish learning, culture and creativity. Come out for a firsthand introduction to Seymour’s trilingual book of humorous short stories: Soap and Homegrown Laughter. Readings in English, French, and Hebrew. Commentary and discussion with Joanne Desroches, Seymour Mayne and Sara Vered.

Wednesday, November 4th 2015 at 7:30pm - Hamelin Hall (Arts), University of Ottawa campus.
The Faculty of Arts, in collaboration with the Vered Jewish Canadian Studies, would like to welcome the internationally acclaimed poet, David Solway, to read from his newest collection: Installations, published by Signal Editions/Vehicule Press. David Soloway has received many honours for his work, including recognition by the Francophone literary community. He was awarded Le Grand Prix du Livre de Montréal for Franklin's Passage; Le prix Spirale for Le bon prof, and the Bourse de carrière from the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec. A new poetry book, The Herb Garden: from the Poems of Bartholomew the Englishman, is slated for 2017 with Guernica Editions.

Sunday, September 20th 2015 7:30pm – Café Nostalgica, 601 Cumberland, University of Ottawa Campus
In honour of Leonard Cohen’s 81st birthday, The University of Ottawa, in conjunction with the Vered Program,; the UESA and the Faculty of Arts English Department, would like to invite you to a night of poetry and  music. There will be many readings by local Ottawa poets of Cohen’s poetry in different language; the Ottawa group “Towers of Song,” led by Jerry Golland, will perform some of Cohen’s best-loved songs. As well, guest artist Mikhail Rykov will please the crowd with a Russian interpretation of Cohen’s songs.

Monday, November 17th, 2014 – 8:30 p.m. – Café Nostalgica, 601 Cumberland, University of Ottawa Campus
Come out for a night of poetry, music and food. The University of Ottawa’s own professor and poet Seymour Mayne reads from his latest book, Cusp: Word Sonnets, marking 50 years since his first collection was published in Montreal. Professor Mayne's collection of words sonnet offers delightful, moving, and thought-provoking images that are sure to entertain and inspire.
Troubadour Jerry Golland and accordionist Judy Jibb will provide an array of songs for this special occasion, and many local poets will also share some of their own work in honour of Professor Mayne’s book launch.  The evening is co-sponsored by the UESA and Ronald P. Frye & Co.

Sunday, September 21, 2014 – 7:30 p.m. – Café Nostalgica, 601 Cumberland, University of Ottawa Campus
The turn out for Leonard Cohen’s 80th birthday was a huge success!  The Department of English invited students, staff and the community to a reading by Ottawa poets of Leonard Cohen’s poems in different languages.  The Ottawa group Tower of Song led by Jerry Golland performed Cohen’s best loved songs.  Guest artist Mikhail Rykov performed Cohen’s songs in Russian.  The MC for the evening was Professor Seymour Mayne.

Sunday, May 25, 2014 – 7:00 p.m. – Solway Jewish Community Centre
The Sephardi Association of Ottawa, in partnership with the Soloway JCC and the Vered Jewish Canadian Studies Program, presented the documentary film “The Fire Within: Jews in the Amazonian Rainforest” (Lorry Salcedo, 2008), followed by a discussion with Dr. Ariel Segal, a professor from Lima, Peru, and author of the book “Jews of the Amazon: Self-Exile in Paradise”.
Jewish identity flourishes in the most remote of locations.  From China to Uganda, and many places in between, individuals with a strong Jewish connection have reached deeply to cultivate that connection, despite numerous challenges.  This was a unique oppportunity for the Jewish community of Ottawa to discover the story of one of these communities – a community deep in the Amazonian rainforest that struggled to maintain not just a connection to their Jewish identity, but also the traditions of Sephardi Jews.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014 –  7:00 p.m. – University of Ottawa, Faculty of Social Sciences Building, 120 University Private, Rm FSS2005
The Sephardi Association of Ottawa, the Research Group AEPI, and the Vered Jewish Canadian Studies Program presented “From Judgment at Nuremberg to Life is Beautiful: The evolution of the narrative of Nazism and the Holocaust in films,” a lecture with Dr. Ariel Segal, Professor of Political Communication and International Affairs, Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú and the Universidad Peruana de Ciencias Aplicadas (Lima, Peru).
Which were the first films about the Second World War and the Holocaust?  How was the Holocaust initially presented in fiction? How did the representations of topics such as the Aryan race myth, the decision of the “Final Solution”, the survival in death camps, the indifference of the world and the aid provided by the few people who helped Jews and other victims evolve? How can we explain that in recent years screenwriters and directors have utilized humor to approach such a tragedy as the Holocaust? Dr. Ariel Segal answered these questions by analyzing the evolution of genres that deal with Holocaust and Nazism in fiction films.  The lecture was sponsored by the Sephardi Association of Ottawa, the UOttawa Vered Jewish Canadian Studies Program and the Research group ÆPI (Æsthetic and Politics of the Image).

March 2014 – University of Ottawa Campus 
Dr. Freddie Rokem of Tel Aviv University is the Distinguished Visiting Professor at the University of Ottawa. Professor Rokem’s visit is sponsored by University of Ottawa’s program of Distinguished Visiting Professor, the Faculty of Arts, Department of Theatre, and the Vered Jewish Canadian Studies Program.
Information: Dr. Yana Meerzon.
Telephone: 613-562-5800, ext. 2243

Thursday, March 27, 10-11:30 a.m. – Department of Theatre, Room 309 “Publishing-not-Perishing,” a workshop on publishing.
Event for Graduate Students.
This event will be in English.

Thursday, March 27, 2:30-4:00 p.m. – Department of Theatre, Academic Hall “Possessed by Theatre: ‘The Dybbuk’ at Habima, 1922."
All welcome. Free of charge.
This event will be in English.

Friday, March 28, 1:00-2:30 p.m – Morriset Hall (MRT), Room 251 “The Use of Space in Chekhov’s Dramaturgy”
A dialogue with the students of THE 4123, Practice of Dramaturgy.
This event will be in English.

Monday January 27, 7:30 P.M. – University of Ottawa Campus, Arts 509, 70 Laurier Ave E.
The Vered Jewish Canadian Studies Program and the Department of English hosted a reading by 2014 Department of English Writer-in-Residence Nancy Richler, author of The Imposter Bride (2012), Your Mouth is Lovely (2002), and Throwaway Angels (1996). Shortlisted for the 2012 Giller Prize. This event was sponsored by the Vered Jewish Canadian Studies Program, the Department of English, the Faculty of Arts, and the Canada Council for the Arts.

Wednesday, November 20, 7:30 P.M. – Agudath Israel, 1400 Coldrey Ave., Ottawa
Agudath Israel Congregation invited the community to Where is it written? The Midrash of Poetry, an evening with poet and story writer Professor Seymour Mayne who took us on a literary excursion through biblically inspired texts.  For more information:

Monday, November 4, 2013, 4:00-6:00 PM – University of Ottawa Campus, Arts 509, 70 Laurier Ave E.
The Department of English and the Vered Jewish Canadian Studies Program hosted Jerome Rothenberg (poet, translator, and anthologist) on Monday November 4. Mr. Rothenberg discussed his recent experience preparing and publishing Eye of Witness: A Jerome Rothenberg Reader (Black Widow Press, 2013), focusing on the process of constructing a retrospective work. As the leading exponent of ethnopoetics, he has also shaped “an ancestral poetry of my own” drawing on the world of Jewish mystics and history. The event included a formal question and answer period. This event wasco-sponsored by The Department of English, The Vered Jewish Canadian Studies Program, University of Ottawa Food Services, The AB Series, and The Canada Council for the Arts. Masters of Ceremony: Seymour Mayne and margento.

October 23 to November 3, 2013 – Three Events from Ottawa Yiddishkayt
The following events were hosted by Ottawa Yiddishkayt, the student initiative to foster Yiddish culture in the national capital region. For more information:

Wednesday, October 23, 2013– University of Ottawa Campus, Café Alt., 60 University Private, Ottawa, ON
A Yiddishe Maiseh – A Night of Yiddish Story and Poetry
Come listen to Yiddish poetry and stories read in both Yiddish and English!

Sunday, October 27, 2013, 2:30 PM – Soloway JCC Teen Lounge, 21 Nadolny Sachs Private, Ottawa, ON K2A 1R9
Urban Shtetl Ottawa – A monthly Yiddish Singalong group
Come to the launch of Ottawa's newest Yiddish singing group. No prior knowledge required!

Sunday, November 3, 2013, 4:00 PM – University of Ottawa, Desmarais 1160, 55 Laurier Avenue East Ottawa, ON K1N 6N5
A Yiddish World Remembered – Documentary on Yiddish and the Holocaust. Ottawa Yiddishkayt opened Holocaust Education Week with a reflection on how the Holocaust affected Yiddish and its speakers.

October 19-20, 2013 – LIMMUD Ottawa – Congregation Beth Shalom
Professors Seymour Mayne and Rebecca Margolis participated in LIMMUD, the Jewish learningfest of culture and identity. From storytelling, music and meditation to Torah and Talmud, Limmud Ottawa offers inspiration and education – engaging all members of the public and scholars alike.

Saturday, October 19 – Congregation Beth Shalom
A music program of retrospective melodies from Chazzanut, Hebrew songs and from "Music We Love" througout the decades.

Sunday, October 20, 2013 – Congregation Beth Shalom
Sessions on Israel, pluralism, Talmud, documentaries, Yiddish and much more – all day long.

Sunday, October 20, 2013 – Congregation Beth Shalom
Yiddish Is Dead. Long live Yiddish! Although Yiddish has been designated as an endangered language by UNESCO, Orthodox Yiddish-speaking communities have multiplied at unprecedented rates. The media has painted Yiddish as a language breathing its last, but also notes its current revival. This session gave a brief history of the Yiddish language, an overview of who is using Yiddish today and ideas for keeping it vibrant well into the future. Speakers: Seymour Mayne and Rebecca Margolis. For more information

Wednesday, April 3, 2013 – University of Ottawa Campus, Simard Hall, 165 Waller Street
The Vered Jewish Canadian Studies Program and the Department of English presented a musical performance of the songs of the great troubadour Leonard Cohen. Performed in English by Jerry Golland and in Russian by Mikhail Rykov with Peter Crawley (bass), Judy Jibb (accordion) and Ric Kersey (flute and saxophone). Hosted by MC Professor Seymour Mayne. Free admission.

November 19, 2012 – University of Ottawa Campus
Irwin Cotler, Member of Parliament, former Minister of Justice and Atorney General of Canada, and Professor Emeritus of Law at McGill University, delivered a keynote address, "Canadian Human Rights Law, Freedom of Religion, and the Responsibility to Protect 67 Years after the Holocaust: How Far Have We Come?" as we reflect upon and remember the Holocaust during Holocaust Education Month.

March 11, 2012 – University of Ottawa Campus
The Vered Jewish Canadian Studies Program and the Department of English sponsored "Irving Layton: A Centenary Celebration Poets and Members of Parliament celebrate Layton's legacy," a celebration of the writings and legacy of Irving Layton (1912-2006), with readings from his works by Ottawa poets and brief reminiscences from friends and associates who knew him. Participants included Members of Parliament, the Hon. Irwin Cotler who was one of Irving Layton's students and the Hon. Mauril Bélanger, a longtime admirer of Layton's work. This Centenary Celebration was hosted by Professor Seymour Mayne.

February 13, 2012 – University of Ottawa campus
The Azrieli Foundation and the University of Ottawa's Vered Jewish Canadian Studies Program presented "Conversations with a Child Survivor of the Holocaust: A Lecture by Eva Marx." Eva Marx authored One of the Lucky Ones, as part of the Azrieli Series of Holocaust Survivor Memoirs. A child survivor of the Holocaust, Marx shared her experience of survival and the challenges of coming to a new country.

December 7, 2011 – University of Ottawa campus
Montreal novelist B. Glen Rotchin spoke about his debut novel and did a reading from his forthcoming second novel, Halbman Steals Home.

November 2011 – Beth Sholom Congregation
LIMMUD Ottawa: a learningfest for everyone in the Ottawa community featuring lectures and musical performances.

October 2011 – Soloway Jewish Community Centre
An afternoon devoted to the celebration of Yiddish in Ottawa
The awarding of the University of Ottawa’s Ethel Cooper Yiddish Studies Award of Excellence prize to Sarah Gisèle, followed by a musical program by performers from Montreal’s Dora Wasserman Yiddish theatre.

September 25, 2011 – University of Ottawa campus
Jewish Canadian Studies in the Community, featuring the presentation of the The Petigorsky Family Scholarship and guest Speaker, Anna Sheftel (Conflict Studies, Saint Paul University): “'The General Idea Was That We’d Never Make It’: Holocaust Survivors at the Periphery and Centre of Montreal Jewish Life.”

2017-Ruth Panofsky

The Association for Canadian Jewish Studies (ACJS) is very pleased to announce Ruth Panofsky as the 2017 recipient of the Louis Rosenberg Canadian Jewish Studies Distinguished Service Award.

Professor Panofsky is a first-rate scholar who has worked tirelessly over the course of many years, publishing distinguished and consistently solid scholarly work that puts her in the top rank of Canadian literary and Canadian Jewish scholars by general consensus among colleagues in both fields here in Canada and abroad.

Over the past twenty-five years, Ruth Panofsky has edited or written a number of excellent works that have entered simultaneously into the canons of both Canadian literary and Canadian Jewish scholarship. Of special consideration are her pioneering and exceptional books focused on the career and literary achievements of our foremost Canadian Jewish woman writer, Adele Wiseman. Ruth Panofsky produced the indispensable Annotated Bibliography of Wiseman’s work that helped open up the field of research in Wiseman’s literary oeuvre. She co-edited the remarkable correspondence between Margaret Laurence and Adele Wiseman over the decades of their lifelong friendship and association. She wrote a stunning critical work, The Force of Vocation: The Literary Career of Adele Wiseman, which drew insightful attention to the novelist’s classic oeuvre. Ruth Panofsky then topped these scholarly triumphs with a book of excellent studies, At Odds in the World: Essays on Jewish Canadian Women Writers, which singles her out as the pre-eminent national and international authority in this field. In 2014, she published the comprehensive two-volume critical edition of Miriam Waddington’s Collected Poems, a feat of exhaustive and meticulous scholarship, which has received a number of key literary awards. Most recently, she is the editor of The New Spice Box: Canadian Jewish Writing, a two-volume anthology that brings together an eclectic mix of poetry, short stories, and creative non-fiction.

Ruth Panofsky has also taken over the mantle of the editorship of Parchment, the longstanding Jewish Canadian literary annual, serving in this position since 2010. In this role, she continues to perform an invaluable service to all the Canadian Jewish authors showcased in this ongoing journal anthology. She has also edited special issues of Studies in American Jewish Literature, Canadian Jewish Studies/Etudes juives canadiennes, and Room of One’s Own, each devoted to the subject of Canadian Jewish writing.

During the course of her career, Ruth Panofsky has received numerous awards, honours, and grants that reflect her excellence and commitment to Canadian Jewish Studies. She has been the recipient of major funding grants from SSHRC, the Canada Council for the Arts, the Bibliographical Society of Canada, the Bibliographical Society of America, and she has also been awarded a Canadian Jewish Book Award for her second book of poetry, Laike and Nahum: A Poem in Two Voices.

Because of her significant work in the advancement of Canadian Jewish Studies as both a literary and academic figure, the ACJS is delighted to present the 2017 Louis Rosenberg Canadian Jewish Studies Distinguished Service Award to Ruth Panofsky. Our sincerest congratulations go to her for her receipt of this meritorious award.

L’Association d’études juives canadiennes (AÉJC) est très heureuse d’annoncer que Ruth Panofsky sera récipiendaire du prix d’excellence Louis Rosenberg en études juives canadiennes pour l’année 2017.

Professeure Panofsky est une chercheuse de premier ordre qui a travaillé sans relâche au cours de nombreuses années, en publiant un travail scientifique éminent qui la place au premier rang des chercheurs dans le champ de la littérature canadienne et la littérature juive, et ce par consensus général parmi ses pairs dans les deux domaines ici et à l’étranger.

Au cours des vingt-cinq dernières années, Ruth Panofsky a édité ou écrit nombre d’excellents ouvrages qui sont entrés immédiatement dans les canons de la littérature canadienne et de la littérature juive canadienne. Citons notamment ses livres pionniers et exceptionnels axés sur la carrière et les réalisations littéraires de notre première écrivaine juive canadienne, Adele Wiseman. Ruth Panofsky a produit l’indispensable bibliographie annotée du travail de Wiseman qui a contribué à défricher le champ de recherche portant sur l’œuvre littéraire de Wiseman. Elle co-édite la remarquable correspondance entre Margaret Laurence et Adele Wiseman, qui s’étend au fil des décennies, de leur amitié et de leur association. Elle a écrit un travail critique étonnant, The Force of Vocation : The Literary Career of Adele Wiseman, qui pose un regard instructif et judicieux sur l’œuvre classique de la romancière. Ruth Panofsky est ensuite allée au-delà de ces triomphes académiques avec un recueil d’excellentes études intitulées At Odds in the World : Essays on Jewish Canadian Women Writers, qui la consacre en tant que principale autorité nationale et internationale dans ce domaine. En 2014, elle a publié l’édition critique complète en deux volumes de Miriam Waddington, Collected Poems, un exploit témoignant d’une approche méthodologique exhaustive et minutieuse qui lui valu la réception d’un certain nombre de prix littéraires important. Plus récemment, elle est l’éditrice de The New Spice Box : Canadian Jewish Writing, une anthologie en deux volumes qui regroupe un mélange éclectique de poésie, de nouvelles et d’essais littéraires.

Ruth Panofsky a également assumé le rôle de rédactrice en chef de Parchment, la publication littéraire juive canadienne établie, depuis 2010. Dans ce rôle, elle continue d’offrir un service inestimable à tous les auteurs juifs canadiens présentés dans cette anthologie. Elle a également édité des numéros spéciaux de Studies in American Jewish Literature, Canadian Jewish Studies/Études juives canadiennes et de Room of One’s Own, consacrés chacun au sujet de la littérature juive canadienne.

Au cours de sa carrière, Ruth Panofsky a reçu de nombreux prix, distinctions et bourses qui reflètent son excellence et son engagement envers les études juives canadiennes. Elle a reçu des subventions importantes du CRSH, du Conseil des Arts du Canada, de la Société bibliographique du Canada et de la Bibliographical Society of America. Elle a également reçu un prix Canadian Jewish Book Award pour son deuxième livre de poésie Laike and Nahum : A Poem in Two Voices.

En raison de son travail important pour l’avancement des études juives canadiennes à la fois comme une figure littéraire et académique, l’AÉJC est ravie de présenter le prix d’excellence Louis Rosenberg en études juives canadiennes pour l’année 2017 à Ruth Panofsky. Nos plus sincères félicitations lui sont dirigées pour la réception de ce prix méritoire.

2016-Janice Rosen

The Association for Canadian Jewish Studies (ACJS) is very pleased to announce Janice Rosen as the 2016 recipient of the Louis Rosenberg Canadian Jewish Studies Distinguished Service Award.
Janice Rosen has long been the chief archivist of the Alex Dworkin Canadian Jewish Archives (formerly the Canadian Jewish Congress Archives). It is an understatement to declare that all the previous recipients of this award owe Janice a debt of gratitude, as do the range of students of this field, from those who are looking for something specific, such as a record of their relatives, to those who are working on manuscripts. Regardless of the needs of those who enter the archive, they are met with cordiality, and are provided with Janice’s expertise, suggestions, and knowledge.
Janice has also served a critical function in connecting archivists from Jewish institutions across Canada. At the Association’s Conference in 2015 – as in years past – Janice was involved in the organization of a panel of archivists that was remarkable for its depth of knowledge of their respective communities and breadth of expertise in accessing that information. She is a pioneer of utilizing archives electronically, and is a founding member and the coordinator of the Canadian Jewish Heritage Network (, the database-driven website for several Canadian Jewish partner archives and museums.
Not only an archivist, Janice is an accomplished scholar with articles on a variety of topics, including surveys of archival resources and Sephardic practices. Further, she has served on the board of the Association for Canadian Jewish Studies in a number of capacities.
Simply put, without Janice Rosen, the field of Canadian Jewish Studies would not thrive. Most of us would be academically bereft without her. As a result, the ACJS is delighted to present the 2016 Louis Rosenberg Canadian Jewish Studies Distinguished Service Award to Janice Rosen. Our sincerest congratulations go to her for her receipt of this meritorious award.



L’association d’études juives canadiennes (AÉJC) est heureuse d’annoncer que Janice Rosen a été choisie récipiendaire du Prix d’excellence Louis Rosenberg en études juives canadiennes pour l’année 2016.
Janice Rosen occupe depuis longtemps le poste d’archiviste en chef des Archives juives canadiennes Alex Dworkin (anciennement les Archives du Congrès juif canadien). Il n’est pas exagéré d’affirmer que tous les anciens récipiendaires de ce prix lui sont grandement redevables, tout comme l’ensemble des chercheurs de ce champ, qu’ils soient à la recherche d’un document particulier, comme des traces documentaires de leur famille, où qu’ils travaillent sur un manuscrit. Peu importe les besoins de ceux qui visitent les archives, ils sont reçus avec cordialité et profitent de l’expertise, des conseils et de la connaissance de Janice.
Janice occupa aussi un rôle central en vue de lier les différents archivistes des institutions juives à l’échelle du pays. Lors de la conférence de l’Association en 2015 – comme à d’autres occasions dans le passé – elle a organisé une séance regroupant ces archivistes, dont la profonde connaissance de leurs communautés respectives et les judicieux conseils pour accéder à l’information pertinente furent un apport précieux à notre communauté de chercheurs. Janice a aussi œuvré comme pionnière dans le virage numérique des archives et est une membre fondatrice et coordinatrice du Canadian Jewish Heritage Network, ( une base de donnée en ligne qui regroupe plusieurs archives et musées.
Elle s’est non seulement illustrée comme archiviste, mais aussi comme chercheuse en produisant des articles sur une variété de sujets, notamment des recensements de ressources archivistiques et les pratiques sépharades. Plus encore, elle a siégé au conseil exécutif de l’Association d’études juives canadiennes, occupant au fil des ans une variété de fonctions.
Autrement dit, le champ des études juives canadiennes ne saurait prospérer sans Janice Rosen. Dans le cadre de nos activités de recherche, la plupart d’entre nous seraient sans elle pris au dépourvu. C’est pourquoi l’AÉJC est ravie de présenter le Prix d’excellence Louis Rosenberg en études juives canadiennes pour l’année 2016 à Janice Rosen. Nos plus sincères félicitations lui sont réservées pour la réception de ce prix méritoire.

2015-Pierre Anctil

The Association for Canadian Jewish Studies (ACJS) is very pleased to announce that Professor Pierre Anctil of the University of Ottawa is the 2015 recipient of the Louis Rosenberg Canadian Jewish Studies Distinguished Service Award.
Professor Anctil obtained his PhD in Social Anthropology at the New School for Social Research in New York in 1980.  In the 35 years since, he has greatly advanced the field of Canadian Jewish studies by way of an ongoing and rich engagement with the history of the Jewish community of Quebec.  Producing numerous important original writings on the history of that community as well as translations from Yiddish to French of memoirs, historical and literary texts, he has deepened our understanding of the Canadian Jewish experience.  Professor Anctil has amassed a vast body of scholarly publications, including essays, monographs, and translation. His work, Jacob-Isaac Segal (1896-1954) : Un Poète Yiddish de Montréal et son milieu (Les Presses de l’Université Laval, 2012), earned him the 2014 Canada Prize for the best French language book in the Social Sciences from the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences. His most recent work, À chacun ses Juifs 60 éditoriaux pour comprendre la position du Devoir à l’égard des Juifs (1910-1947) (Septendrion, 2014), offers a significant contribution to our understanding of Jewish-Québécois dynamics. This academic work has been complemented by a longstanding commitment to facilitating rapprochement between these two groups.
Dr. Anctil has also committed himself extensively to education in the area of Canadian Jewish studies.  From 2002 until 2008, while director of the Institute of Canadian Studies at the University of Ottawa, he was closely involved in founding and promoting of the university’s Vered Jewish Canadian Studies Program.  As a full professor in the University of Ottawa’s Department of History, he has taught a variety of classes devoted to the history of Jews in Canada at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.  He has mentored numerous young scholars in the field of Jewish Canadian Studies. He has also advanced the cause of Canadian Jewish studies beyond Canada’s borders, serving as Guest professor in 2012 at the Halbert Center for Canadian Studies of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel.

L’association des études juives canadiennes (AÉJC) est heureuse d’annoncer la nomination du professeur Pierre Anctil au titre de lauréat du prix d’excellence Louis Rosenberg en études juives canadiennes pour 2015.Professeur Anctil complète son doctorat en anthropologie sociale au sein de la New School for Social Research à New York vers 1980. Au cours des trente-cinq années suivantes, il contribue grandement au champ des études juives canadiennes par un engagement riche et constant avec l’histoire de la communauté juive du Québec. Par ses nombreux écrits originaux sur l’histoire de cette communauté et par ses traductions du yiddish au français de mémoires, de littérature et de textes historiques, il a approfondi notre compréhension de l’expérience juive canadienne. Professeur Anctil publie abondamment sous différentes formes, incluant articles universitaires, monographies et traductions. Son livre, Jacob-Isaac Segal (1896-1954) : Un poète yiddish de Montréal et son milieu (les presses de l’université Laval, 2012) lui valut le prix du Canada pour le meilleur livre en français dans la catégorie des sciences sociales remis par la fédération des sciences humaines. Son œuvre la plus récente, À chacun ses Juifs : 60 éditoriaux pour comprendre la position du Devoir à l’égard des Juifs (1910-1947) (Septentrion, 2014), offre une contribution significative à notre compréhension des dynamiques entre Juifs et Québécois. L’ensemble de sa carrière est marqué par un engagement à faciliter les rapprochements entre ces deux groups. Dr Anctil s’est aussi dévoué à l’enseignement des études juives canadiennes en milieu universitaire. De 2002 à 2008, alors qu’il occupait la direction de l’institut des études canadiennes à l’université d’Ottawa, il œuvre à la mise sur pied et à la promotion du programme des études juives canadiennes Vered. Comme professeur titulaire au département d’histoire de l’université d’Ottawa, il donne un éventail de cours consacrés à l’histoire des Juifs au Canada, autant au premier cycle qu’aux cycles supérieurs. Ses qualités de mentor inspirent plusieurs de ses étudiants à poursuivre dans le champ des études juives canadiennes. Plus encore, il avance la cause des études juives canadiennes à l’étranger, quand en 2012 il s’illustre comme professeur invité au centre des études juives canadiennes Halbert à l’université hébreu de Jérusalem en Israël.

 2014- Adam Fuerstenberg

Adam Fuerstenberg is Professor Emeritus at Ryerson University where he taught for many years as a distinguished member of his Department and also served as a member of many committees on campus. With selfless devotion, he established the Canadian Jewish Book Awards in 1988, raised interest and funds in the greater Toronto Jewish community to support these pre-eminent awards in Jewish Canada, and ensured their success working with various agencies including a number of generous benefactors and the Federation.

Once retired from Ryerson University, he served as Director of the Holocaust Centre of Toronto and extended its scope and operations, and for a decade and a half was the editor-in-chief of Parchment, the pioneer annual of Jewish Canadian writing that achieved national and international notice. All this he did with great passion and also devotion to the needs of others and the Jewish community, perhaps as a debt of gratitude to the country that took him and his family in after they survived the war and the Holocaust in Europe and then Asian R ussia. In his learned work he was the first to write seriously and professionally as a literary scholar in English on Yiddish Canadian literature, publishing numerous essays, reviews and encyclopedia entries. He was the first to break ground, connecting Yiddish literary culture in Canada to the work and writing life of the first generation of Jewish Canadian English-language writers including A. M. Klein, Irving Layton, Mordecai Richler and others. The work that has followed in the wake of his publications in Yiddish Canadian studies has much to owe him for his groundbreaking achievements. One need only check any bibliography of Jewish and Yiddish Canadian writing to note his trailblazing distinguished contributions.

2013-Ira Robinson

The Association for Canadian Jewish Studies (ACJS) is very pleased to announce that Professor Ira Robinson of Concordia University in Montreal is the 2013 recipient of the Louis Rosenberg Canadian Jewish Studies Distinguished Service Award.

For over thirty years, Professor Robinson has been a major pillar and contributor to the teaching and scholarship of Jewish Studies in Canada. Throughout this time, his contributions have added to such areas as; the history of Jews in Canada, Orthodox Judaism in North America, Hasidism, Judaism and Science, and Jewish mysticism. Of his extensive list of publications, several have been recognized for their outstanding contributions such as: The Thought of Maimonides (1990), An Everyday Miracle: Yiddish Culture in Montreal (1990), Not Written in Stone: Canadian Jews, Constitutions and Constitutional in Canada (2003) and Rabbis & Their Community: Studies in Eastern European Orthodox Rabbinate in Montreal, 1896-1930 (2007).

Furthermore,Professor Robinson has been a regular contributor to several academic journals such as: Studies in Religion, American Jewish History, American Jewish Archives, Canadian Jewish Studies. Heis also been very active in several academic organizations such the ACJS, the Canadian Society for the Study ofReligion, Association for Jewish Studies and the Canadian Society for Jewish Studies – to name a few. He is alsorecognized internationally as dedicated and learned scholar.As an educator, Ira Robinson has been a consistent and enthusiastic part of the promotion of Jewish Studiesacross Canada. Teaching at Concordia University, he is well respected by students and faculty members for hiscontributions to a strong Jewish studies program within the Department of Religion. Many students who have takenhis courses over the years have recognized the value of his knowledge, style, and presentation. He has alwayswelcomed open discussions and provided frequent opportunities for students to express their thoughts or explorespecific areas of interest. As a regular public speaker on Jewish studies, he is well known and recognized for hisskillfulness and extensive knowledge of Jewish affairs.

We look forward to presenting the Rosenberg Award to Professor Robinson on the evening of June 3, 2013 at our upcoming ACJS conference in Victoria, British Columbia.


2012-Harold Troper

Professor Harold Troper (University of Toronto) received the 2012 Award in Kitchener-Waterloo.

By way of this award we wish to acknowledge the enormous contribution that Professor Troper (a past president of the ACJS) has made to the study of Canadian Jewish History. His numerous scholarly publications are well known. A sample of these includes:

None Is Too Many: Canada and the Jews of Europe, 1933-1948 (1983, co-authored with Irving Abella); Old Wounds: Jews, Ukrainians and the Hunt for Nazi War Criminals in Canada (1988, co-authored with Morton Weinfeld) The Ransomed of God: The Secret Rescue of the Jews of Syria (1999) and The Defining Decade: Identity, Politics, and the Canadian Jewish Community in the 1960s (2010).

He has also authored or co-authored many other books and monographs dealing more generally with issues related to immigration, intergroup relations, multiculturalism, ethnic diversity, and the like in which the Canadian Jewish experience is explored. During his many years of teaching at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) of the University of Toronto he has influenced a multitude of students, greatly stimulating their interest in Canadian Jewish history. An eloquent and engaging speaker, Troper has lectured widely and effectively to the general public on subjects related to the Jewish experience in Canada, thus increasing the scope of his influence well beyond the walls of academe.

2011 – Marcia Koven

Marcia Koven founded the St. John Jewish Historical Museum, a distinguished institution of great importance for the perpetuation of the study of Canadian Jewish history. Koven was born in 1926 and throughout her life has been devoted to the Canadian Jewish community, most notably its preservation and teaching its history through the museum. Koven’s museum, opened in 1986, remains the only Jewish museum in Atlantic Canada. Koven travelled to our conference from
her home in Saint John, New Brunswick, to receive the award in person. Beginning with our 2011 conference, our annual “best student paper” award was renamed the Marcia Koven Award.


2010 – Eiran Harris

The ACJS proudly recognizes the exceptional role Eiran Harris has played in preserving and disseminating the history of Jewish Montreal and Canada and in assisting the research of countless scholars of the Canadian Jewish experience, both amateur and professional.

2009 – Seymour Mayne

Seymour Mayne is being honoured for his life-long achievements in creating poetry rich with Jewish themes and images, his dedication and commitment to the scholarship and teaching of Canadian Jewish literature, and for his outstanding contribution to establishing and directing the Vered Program in Jewish Canadian Studies at the University of Ottawa. This honour was presented Sunday, May 24, 2099 in Ottawa.

Professor Mayne is one of Canada’s foremost poets and literary scholars. He has been active for close to four decades as a published poet, and has enjoyed a long and illustrious academic career in the University of Ottawa’s English department. He is author, editor, and translator of more than 50 books and monographs, and his poetry has been widely translated into French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Italian, Polish, Russian, Spanish, and Yiddish. He has promoted Canadian letters for many years through reading groups, journals, anthologies and wide variety of literary forums and events. He is the recipient of numerous prizes, including the Canadian Jewish Book Awards.

Professor Mayne has been instrumental in the promotion of Jewish Canadian StudiesHe rallied for many years for the establishment of a local program in Jewish Canadian Studies at the University of Ottawa. In 2006, he oversaw the founding of the Vered Jewish Canadian Studies Program. The Vered Program was created to promote an understanding of Jewish life, culture, literature, and history in a Canadian context and offers an array of interdisciplinary courses in both English and French, as well as a minor in Canadian Jewish Studies. Professor Mayne continues to serve as the program’s director and most ardent promoter.

2008 – Seymour Levitan

Seymour Levitan of Vancouver is the 2008 recipient of the Louis Rosenberg Canadian Jewish Studies Distinguished Service Award. The Association for Canadian Jewish Studies (ACJS) is proud to recognize Mr. Levitan’s award winning translations of prominent Canadian Yiddish poets and his tireless support and leadership in the field of Yiddish education in Canada.

Levitan was educated at the University of Pennsylvania and Simon Fraser University.  His translations of Yiddish poems and stories are included in numerous anthologies, among them Ashes Out of Hope (Schocken, 1977), The Best of Sholem Aleichem (New Republic, 1979), The Penguin Book of Yiddish Verse (Viking Penguin, l987), A Treasury of Yiddish Stories (Viking Penguin, l989), The I.L. Peretz Reader (Schocken, l990, Yale University Press, 2002), The Second First Art (Editions D’Autrui, l996), Beautiful as the Moon, Radiant as the Stars (Time Warner, 2003).

He has written articles on Rachel Korn for the Encyclopedia of Literature in Canada (University of Toronto Press, 2002) and Jewish Women, a comprehensive historical encyclopedia (Shalvi Publishing, Jerusalem, 2005), and articles on Rachel Korn and Y.Y. Segal for the EncyclopediaJudaica, 2nd Edition (Jerusalem, 2006).

Paper Roses, his selection and translation of Rachel Korn’s poetry, was the l988 winner of the Robert Payne Award of the Translation Center at Columbia University.

I Want to Fall Like This, his selection and translation of Rukhl Fishman’s poems, was published by Wayne State University Press in l994.

He has lectured on translating Yiddish literature for the “Issues in Translation” panel at the Association of Canadian Jewish Studies conference, Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences, Toronto, May 2002; on “Rachel Korn, Eternal Debtor” at the launch of the Rachel Korn website, Jewish Public Library, Montreal, August 2003; on Rachel Auerbach’s memoirs of the Warsaw Ghetto (Jewish Studies program, University of B.C.; Vancouver, February 2003), Nakhman of Bratslav’s tales (Congregation Or Shalom, Vancouver, December 2003); I.L. Peretz’s memoirs (Peretz Centre for Secular Jewish Culture, Vancouver, April 2004, and Temple Am Olam, Seattle, August 2004); on “A Soup Kitchen in the Warsaw Ghetto”, his translation of chapters from R. Auerbach’s Warsaw Testaments at the JCC Jewish Book Festival, Vancouver, November 2007; on “Translating Rokhl Korn” at the Association of Jewish Studies conference, Toronto, December 2007.

He is currently translating Rachel Auerbach’s memoirs of her experiences in the Warsaw Ghetto.

2007 – Cyril E. Leonoff

The Association for Canadian Jewish Studies is pleased to announce that is has granted the 2007 Distinguished Service Award to Cyril E. Leonoff, a resident of Vancouver. The award acknowledges the lifetime scholarly achievements of Mr. Leonoff in Canadian Jewish Studies, and particularly in the documentation of the Jewish History of British Columbia. Mr. Leonoff is also well known for his extensive research on the Jews who settled in the Canadian Prairies, notably the farm settlements in Saskatchewan.

2006 – Irving Abella

2005 – Gerald Tulchinsky

Professor Tulchinsky has played a determining role in the development of Canadian Jewish Studies in the academic world, at a time when there existed few serious monographs and little understanding of what the field entailed in terms of methodology and approach, not to mention even the notion that an Canadian immigrant community could be studied at all. After having left his mark in monumental studies of classic nineteenth century Anglo-Canadian figures, as portrayed in River Barons and in his book on Kingston, Tulchinsky courageously undertook in the early nineties the task of providing a complete historical narrative of the history of Jews in Canada, form the founding of the Shearith Israel congregation in Montreal in 1768 by a handful of persons to the multiple and complex issues faced in the post Holocaust world by one of the largest Jewish communities of the world.

This task was achieved in large part by the publication of two monographs, Taking Root in 1992 and Branching Out in 1998, who have set the standard for all scholars interested today in researching one aspect or another of the long and fruitful history of Canadian Jews. Such is the influence of these two monographs, that virtually all subsequent studies and all teaching in the field has been based on them in one way or another. Professor Tulchinsky has also been instrumental in welcoming new scholars and researchers in the domain of Canadian Jewish Studies. By his enthousiastic guidance of graduate students and by his generosity to younger colleagues, he has attracted talent and retained in the field individuals who would perhaps otherwise have been busying themselves with other historical periods or topics. Professor Tuchinsky has also been particularly attentive in his career to opening the way to dialogue between scholars of different cultural background, thereby bringing into view issues in Jewish Canadian history, notably anti-Semitism and intercommunity relations, that required a balanced judgement and a sound knowledge of several religious traditions.

The Award was presented Sunday, May 28, 2006 at Congregation Beth Sholom in Ottawa.

 2004 – Abraham Arnold

The Award is presented in honour of Abraham Arnold’s life-long achievements in the study and documentation of the Canadian Jewish experience, and to recognize his significant contribution to the understanding of Jewish history and unceasing support of Canadian Jewish archives. The award was presented Sunday, May 30, 2004 in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

2003 – Ruth Goldbloom

2002 – Rabbi Gunther Plaut

2001 – Miriam Waddington

The inaugural presentation of this award was made to Miriam Dworkin Waddington to honour her for her long-time exemplary contribution to Canadian Jewish cultural life as a poet, essayist and short story writer; as a consummate translator from Yiddish into English; scholar of A.M. Klein; editor and anthologist of other Canadian Jewish writers; and for her support of Jewish Studies.

Miriam Waddington, a Winnipeg native and a proud graduate of Winnipeg’s Peretz School, is one of Canada’s premier poets and has been widely anthologized. She has also been a central figure in Canadian Jewish culture, writing searching and haunting poems with Jewish themes, engaging in critical appraisals of A.M. Klein and others, anthologizing Canadian Jewish literature, and offering English speakers sparkling translations of Yiddish writers.

The ACJS and Congregation Beth Israel , in partnership with the Jewish Historical Society of British Columbia, The Isaac Waldman Jewish Public Library and Vancouver Peretz Institute presented a gala evening entitled “And Miriam chanted for them: an evening honouring Miriam Waddington” in Vancouver on Saturday, February 10, 2001.


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