Welcome to the Saint John Jewish Historical Museum, the centre of Jewish heritage, culture, and history in the heart of Uptown Saint John, New Brunswick. We tell the story of the Jewish community of Saint John from its beginning in 1783 to the present day.
Follow the waves of immigration to Saint John and explore Jewish traditions and customs. A series of changing exhibits recall the richness of family, business and organizational life that flourished from the 1920s to the 1960s.
Museum tours led by members of the Jewish community give visitors a unique first-person view of local history and cultural experience.
Connect to your roots - meet your neighbours - share your stories.
The Saint John Jewish Historical Museum is located in Uptown Saint John, just two blocks from Kings Square.
The new exhibition for 2021 is “The View from Damascus Gate: Travels to Israel, 1855-2018”. The exhibit features photographs of the Holy Land taken in the 1860s, stories of travels to Israel from the 1950s to today, and unique artifacts including clay and stone jars from 2500 BCE, Middle Eastern costume from the 1850s and modern souvenirs.
Preparing for the Sabbath
From the Cradle to the Grave
Starting a New Life: Holocaust Survivors in New Brunswick
Visitors can also enjoy the Shaarei Zedek Synagogue.
Visitors will be asked to follow COVID protocols including the use of masks and hand sanitizer, observing physical distancing and providing information for contact tracing. Please note that the number of visitors or groups in the building will be limited to ensure that distancing can be maintained
Best wishes to all for a safe and healthy 2021.
Please consider making a donation to help the Museum through the summer - donations can be accepted by e-transfer - firstname.lastname@example.org - or through Canada Helps -