The Saint John Jewish Historical Museum will open for visitors from Monday, June 29 to Friday, September 4. Guided tours will be available.
On arrival visitors will be asked to self-assess for COVID symptoms and will be required to leave their name, town of residence and telephone number in the event that contact tracing will be required. All visitors will be asked to sanitize their hands, be encouraged to wear a cloth mask and maintain physical distancing from Museum staff and other visitors during their visit.
Please note that the number of visitors or groups in the building will be limited to ensure that distancing can be maintained
We urge our members and friends to take all necessary precautions and wish all of you well as we continue to make our way through the precautions put in place for the ongoing pandemic.
L'hitraot / See you soon.
Executive Director / Curator
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 Saint John Jewish Historical Museum is working hard to overcome the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. Dozens of archival images have been posted on our Facebook page over the past weeks to help us stay connected and this has resulted in a vibrant exchange of memories about each one, each comment adding a bit more to each image’s story. The comments and stories have brought together several generations of followers, scattered all over the world. We will continue to post from the hundreds of images in the Museum collection and share many more stories.
As we prepare to re-open the Museum for the 2020 summer visitor season, we have made changes in the way things operate. Our tours will be delivered a little differently, with physical distancing and perhaps from behind a mask and we expect a much smaller audience. With the New Brunswick borders currently closed to ensure everyone’s safety, we will miss many of those who had hoped to “come home” for a visit and many hundreds we had expected from cruise ships and vacationers from far away places. We have also had to cancel or postpone indefinitely several fundraising events – and all of this will affect our finances going forward.
There is no doubt that things will be difficult.
But you can help – during the month of June you can participate in the Great Canadian Giving Challenge. For the entire month of June, every $1 you donate to us through www.canadahelps.orgor www.givingchallenge.ca qualifies us to win $20,000! The more you give, the more chances for us to win!
There are many ways to make your donation meaningful:
the donation you would have made had you been able to visit
your appreciation for the opportunity to stay connected or to reconnect with us through Facebook
to send a gift to someone special - sending best wishes for a birthday, a graduation, a Bar or Bat Mitzvah, a wedding anniversary, get well wishes
to send sympathy notes or to remember loved ones on their yahrzeit
to become a museum member - which comes with a bi-annual newsletter, invitations to events and the knowledge you have played a part in preserving a story we think is pretty special.
No matter how you choose to donate or the amount, you will have the assurance that every dollar goes towards ensuring the survival of the Jewish history in Saint John. And if we are lucky enough to win the big prize – just imagine how amazing an experience we could develop for you at the Museum with exhibits and events. And most importantly, preserve the history of this special community.
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91 Leinster Street, Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada E2L 1J2