Bishop’s Hosts Canadian Jewish Experience Exhibit
Over the next two weeks Bishop’s University is hosting a travelling exhibit entitled “Canadian Jewish Experience Exhibit: A Tribute to Canada 150.” On display in the lobby of Centennial theatre, the free display showcases the contributions of Canada’s Jewish communities to core components of the nation’s development as a part of this year’s anniversary celebrations.
“It’s meant to be an educational tool,” said Bishops’ Dean of Arts and Science Michele Murray, explaining that the offer to host the exhibit was appealing in large part because of the broad range of different academic departments that it connects to.
Tova Lynch of the Canadian Jewish Experience (CJE), the charitable organization that organized the exhibit, explained that CJE'S purpose is to share with all Canadians some Jewish aspects of Canada’s story.
“Jewish Canadians have played important roles in all facets of life in Canada, dating back to the mid-1700s,” Lynch said. “Their accomplishments reflect the challenges and successes experienced by this country over the past 150 years. Canada’s 150th anniversary is a time for celebration by all citizens and residents, whatever their faith or ethnicity. The CJE exhibit stresses that Canadians continue to build a country that respects cultural and religious diversity, national unity, fairness and progress.”
The nine bilingual panels of the exhibition are built around nine major themes, including patterns of immigration, war and diplomacy, public service, justice and human rights, economic growth, arts, culture and sports.
Bishop’s held a vernissage for the exhibit on Wednesday, October 11, that Murray said over 50 students, faculty, staff and community members attended. The exhibit will remain on display at Bishop’s until October 26th.
More information on the exhibit and Canadian Jewish history is available online at WWW.CJE2017.COM
L to R are: Bishop’s Principal Michael Goldbloom; Hon. Marie-claude Bibeau, Minister of International Development and La Francophonie, Dr. Daniel Miller, Ms. Sharon Smith, Dr. Michele Murray, Mr. Neil Bronson, all from Bishop's.