Jewish Heritage Month is officially underway in Ontario, following its inauguration on Tuesday at the Lipa Green Centre for Jewish Community Services on the Sherman Campus in Toronto.
Over 100 people attended the opening celebration, sponsored by UJA Federation and its advocacy arm, The Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA) featuring keynote speaker, Dr. Irving Abella, renowned author and an expert on the history of Canadian Jewry.
The inauguration also featured Liberal MPP Mike Colle, who introduced legislation last year designating May as Jewish Heritage month and co-sponsor Conservative MPP Peter Shurman. The third co-sponsor of the legislation, NDP MPP Cheri DiNovo, could not make it to the meeting but sent heartfelt greetings.
Tuesday night’s program also unveiled Being Jewish in Ontario: A Pictorial Celebration, a travelling photo exhibition in honour of Jewish Heritage Month, which explores the many different ways of “being Jewish” around the province, through photographs from UJA Federation’s Ontario Jewish Archives. By the end of the month, the exhibition, a UJA/CIJA initiative, will travel to 10 venues including public libraries, Jewish Community Centre’s, Toronto and Vaughan City Hall and Queen’s Park—raising awareness around Jewish Heritage across the GTA.
See more photos from the launch here
For more information on Jewish Heritage month and for a listing of the Jewish Heritage Month activities, please visit www.jewishheritagemonth.ca