Bishop’s Hosts Cana­dian Jewish Ex­pe­ri­ence Ex­hibit

Sherbrooke Record - - LOCAL NEWS - By Gor­don Lam­bie

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.

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