Exhibits and Events


    Exhibits for 2017:


    No Place Like Home

    Pamdenec - The “Golden Days”: 1920 to 1970

    From the Cradle to the Grave

    Starting a New Life: Holocaust Survivors in New Brunswick

    Our Jewish Veterans: Remembering Those Who Served

    Habonim, Hadassah and Hope: Building a Jewish Home


    Shaarei Zedek Synagogue (Conservative)

    Virtual Exibits:

    The Changing Role of Jewish Women in Saint John



    Celebrating 150 Years of Jewish Life in Saint John, New Brunswick


    Virtual Tour of the former Shaarei Synagogue building on Carleton Street


    Events in 2017:


    Holocaust Remembrance Day / Yom Hashoah – Monday, May 1, 2017, 7:30 p.m.


    The 5th Annual Spring Variety Concert, Thursday, May 11, 2017, 7:30 p.m.

    Book Reading - Dr. Harry Rajchgot - Gravitational Fields - Monday, August 28, 2017, 7:00 p.m.

    Join us at the Saint John Jewish Historical Museum on Monday, August 28, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. when Dr. Harry Rajchgot will be reading from his novel Gravitational Fields.

    Harry Rajchgot was born in a displaced persons’ camp in Pocking, in what was then West Germany, after the end of World War II. The son of Holocaust survivors who spent the war years in the Soviet Union, they immigrated to Saint John NB and later to Montreal, where he now lives.  Although he dabbled in writing as a young man, he began again when he was almost fifty. His father’s fatal illness at the time stirred him to try to make sense of his fragmented knowledge of his parents’ early lives. Gravitational Fields is his first novel. Formerly co-editor of the Harvest-HaAsif Literary Anthology, he is currently editor of JONAHmagazine, an online literary magazine. He amuses himself by writing musical plays for the Jewish festival of Purim and is a founding member of the Greene Writers Collective. In his day job of dentist, he is a staff member of the McGill University Health Centre. He is married to Cheryl Everett, formerly of Saint John, and is the father of three adult children.

    Gravitational Fields is a moving, lyrical story, an epic tale of family, adventure, survival, and especially, love. The Holocaust – six million Jews murdered. Then the war is over, a remnant is saved, and all drift back into the normal world. But for those who survived and their children, it is never over. Duvid’s twin sons, Simon and Adam, born in Israel, raised in Montreal, grow up haunted by overheard secret stories from the war, whispered in disconnected bits and pieces. After the death of their father, they discover strange writings on crumbling scraps of cloth hidden in his old suitcase. Are they clues to a hidden past their father always avoided talking about? Simon, his life torn apart by adversity, goes on a quest to find their meaning, both for himself and his father. He doesn't imagine, though, the wonders they will reveal: his father's secret and surprising history. The story shifts from the small town Jewish life of pre-war Poland to the wilds of Russia, from Europe to Montreal, and on to Israel.

    The reading will be followed by a question and answer session, refreshments and the opportunity to view the exhibits in the Saint John Jewish Historical Museum.

     For further information please contact the Saint John Jewish Historical Museum at (506) 633-1833 or sjjhm@nbnet.nb.ca.  

     The 4th Annual Saint John Jewish Film Festival, Saturday, October 21 to Thursday, October 26, 2017


    Chanukah Menorah Lighting, December 12 to 18, 2017