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Saint John Jewish Museum

91 Leinster Street, Saint John

 

...opened for its twentieth summer season on Monday, May 30, 2005 and will remain open for visitors until Sunday, October 30, 2005.

Hours of operation are from Monday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and also on Sunday during July and August from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Group tours are also welcomed by appointment throughout the year. The Museum will feature new exhibits for 2005:

  • The Saint John Jewish Community and the Second World War, 1939-1945 which will include photographs of Jewish service men and women, military documents, uniforms and equipment

  • The Stern-Wiezel Family which  includes many family photographs and a number of notable Saint Johners.

  • Aleph Works From My Heritage / Un Homme Se Penche Sur Son Passe, a collection of prints by noted artist, David Silverberg of Wolfville, Nova Scotia. These works represent an exploration of Jewish heritage and will also be for sale. Silverberg is represented in many public and private collections and has exhibited his work in over 200 exhibitions throughout the world.

Falling into the often exotic world of a Silverberg print, the psyche is caught off guard, as dream and reality curl languidly into each other, spilling over forbidden boundaries. But this is only one aspect of Silverberg. With equally lush attention, he can create a market scene in China so realistic in its rendering of minute detail we can almost hear the scuffle of bicycle tires and the babble of voices. His heady, heightened senses re-cast birds, lovers, buildings, flowers, and faces in vivid relief, with moist, lively colours and in delightful, unexpected combinations.

The general public is invited to join the Museums members on Wednesday, June 22 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. for the season opening for these exhibits. David Silverberg will be the guest speaker.  Refreshments and viewing of the exhibits will follow the presentation.

The permanent exhibits include a collection of religious artefacts, chapel, ritual bath and Hebrew School classroom. An archives and library which attract historians and genealogists from around the world is open to researchers by appointment throughout the year. A small gift shop operates in the lobby of the museum.

The museum will be closed on all Saturdays in observance of the Jewish Sabbath and for Jewish holidays (dates as follows: June 13 and 14 and October 4, 5, 13, 18, 19, 25, and 26). The museum will also be closed on Labour Day (September 5) and Thanksgiving (October 10).

 

For further information contact:
Katherine Biggs-Craft, Curator 633-1833;
sjjhm@nbnet.nb.ca

Saint John Jewish Museum

91 Leinster Street, Saint John

 

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