About the Author

Sara Ferdman Tauben

Born in Sweden and raised in Los Angeles, this California native worked as fashion designer in Haifa, Israel before moving to Montreal. Today Sara Ferdman Tauben is the leading expert in the early synagogues of Montreal, her adoptive home for more than thirty years.

Sara has degrees in History and Art History from Haifa University, Israel and was part of the first graduating class in Fashion Design at the Shenkar College of Engineering and Design in Tel Aviv, Israel. Before receiving a Masters degree in Judaic Studies from Concordia University in 2004, she was a professional interior designer for more than a decade and has designed several homes from the foundations to furnishings. A volunteer in the Montreal Jewish community for over thirty years, Sara’s leadership has been recognized with multiple awards including The Young Leadership (1988) and the Distinguished Leadership Award (2004). Raised in a Yiddish-speaking home, Sara is fluent in Hebrew and French in addition to her mameloshen. Traces of the Past is the result of the convergence of her unique background, experiences and skills.

Despite being a Montreal transplant, she has real “yichus” in the Montreal of yesteryear. Her maternal grandparents moved to Laurier Street from Sweden, later joining her family in Los Angeles. As a child she spent a summer in the Laurentians only to later meet a Montrealer, born on Laurier Street, while skiing on Mount Hermon in Northern Israel. Sara has two children and lives in Montreal with her husband and their dog. They still ski together every weekend.