Author Archives: Traces

Jane’s Walk: Traces of Montreal’s Jewish Past

Posted on May 24, 2012 by Traces

In May 2012, Sara teamed up with the Interactive Museum of Jewish Montreal (IMJM) to participate in the international Jane’s Walk weekend, offering walking tours to uncover the Jewish past of the Plateau.   We discovered former synagogues and Jewish insititutions …
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100th Birthday Party for the Kiever

Posted on May 8, 2012 by Traces

The festivities around the Toronto book launch continued as we participated in an Open House at the Kiever. More than 50 people dropped in all afternoon to get tours with Sara of the beautiful historic sanctuary of the Kiever Synagogue. …
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Lost & Found Spaces: Toronto Book Launch

Posted on May 7, 2012 by Traces

The Toronto launch of Traces of the Past was part of a wonderful evening set inside the beautiful historic sanctuary of the Kiever in Kensington Market where Sara joined in conversation about rediscovering forgotten urban spaces with Shawn Micallef, editor of Spacing Magazine, filmmaker and architectural …
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Bagg Street Shul Reinvigorated

Posted on May 7, 2012 by Traces

Temple Solomon (or Beis Shloime) is popularly known as The Bagg Street Shul. It is the only pre-war synagogue still functioning in the former immigrant neighbourhoods of the Plateau Mont Royal. The shul was kept open through some four difficult decades …
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Montreal Book Launch

Posted on May 2, 2012 by Traces

Sara shared the hometown launch of her book in November 2011 with her onetime Concordia University professor and award-winning novelist, Norman Ravvin. This standing room only event attended by friends, family and many whose invaluable interviews informed the book, was …
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Skirt Story

Posted on April 9, 2012 by Traces

Published in the Jerusalem Report, January 16, 2012 Before beginning a decade-long research project on Montreal’s early synagogues, Sara had a full career in design – first in fashion design and later in interior design. Here she responds to an …
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Shomrim Laboker: In Honour of a 100th Anniversary Celebration

Posted on April 9, 2012 by Traces

October 2001 Sara was invited to contribute an article detailing the history of the six immigrant congregations that merged to form the current Shomrim Laboker congregation, which celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2001. Click here to read the full article …
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Shuln and Shulelach: Large and Small Synagogues in Montreal and Europe

Posted on April 9, 2012 by Traces

Published by HUNGRY I BOOKS, 2008 Chapbook No. 3 in the Concordia Institute for Canadian Jewish Studies Chapbook Series $10.00 CAN / US This chapbook focuses on a range of subjects, which include synagogue architecture, the development of Montreal’s communal infrastructure, …
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Dos Yidishe Kol: Sara Redt Vegn Montrealer Shuln

Posted on April 9, 2012 by Traces

On March 28, 2012, Sara was interviewed by Mark David on The Yiddish Voice, a Yiddish radio program. Click play to listen to the full interview here. Sara Tauben on The Yiddish Voice “Dos Yidishe Kol”: Sara Ferdman Tauben Vegn Montrealer …
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B’nai Jacob: Then & Now

Posted on April 4, 2012 by Traces

Most of the historic synagogues of Montreal were converted to other purposes as the community moved to post-war neighbourhoods.  Built in 1918, the B’nai Jacob was sold to the College Français in the 1950s. Much of the original exterior remains …
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From the Pen of an Architect

Posted on April 3, 2012 by Traces

Harry Stilman, Montreal architect, shares his sketches and memories of Montreal’s early synagogues. The following is an excerpt of a short memoir written in 1997: In the 1960s and 70s it was my custom to draw my own Jewish New …
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