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250th Anniversary Exhibit

On Sunday, November 18th, Library and Archives Canada opened an important public exhibit of artifacts in its collection illustrating this rich history. 40 members of the Montreal Jewish community traveled to Ottawa for this event. The launch was followed by a presentation by McGill Professor James Archibald on the history of social engagement in Western Sephardic communities including the Montreal synagogue.

This event commemorating the history of Canada’s oldest Jewish congregation in Canada’s National Capital was a wonderful opportunity for all Canadians, including members of the Montreal and Ottawa Jewish communities, to learn about the country’s first synagogue, its rich history, and its valuable contribution to the life of Montreal, Quebec and Canada.

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250 Year History of the Spanish & Portuguese Synagogue Launch at Eleanor London Cote St. Luc Public Library

An exhibit has been put together by historians to showcase the rich history of the Spanish & Portuguese Synagogue through photos, documents and artifacts from its humble beginnings on Saint James Street to their current home on Saint Kevin & Lemieux

Jim Archibald's Presentation:


Opening of Exhibit & Official launch of the 250th Anniversary Celebrations took place on March 20, 2018.

Exhibit Flyer


View Photos  taken by Roland Harrari, Spanish & Portuguese Photographer

View Photos taken by Sylvain Légaré, Ville de Montreal Photographer

View Videos from the Event

Choir of the Spanish and Portuguese

Mr Edmond Elbaz, President of the Synagogue

Lionel Perez, Chef de L'Opposition

Valerie Plante, Mayor of Montreal

Rabbi Avi Finegold

Rose Simon Schwartz

Yolande Cohen, Historian



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