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Community Files

  • SJJHM 3
  • Collection
  • ca. 1900 - present

The fonds includes published and unpublished articles, newspaper clippings, information from census returns and city directories, programmes, newspaper clippings, newsletters, scrapbooks, letters, advertisements, memorabilia.

Saint John Jewish community

Genealogy / Personal history files

  • SJJHM 4
  • Collection
  • 188- to present

The material includes family trees, newspaper and magazine clippings, curriculum vitas, letters, programmes, obituaries, and personal memorabilia.

Jewish citizens of Saint John

Synagogue files

  • SJJHM 1
  • Collection
  • 188- - present

Much of the material relating to the history of the history of the congregations before 1933 was destroyed in a fire. Most of the surviving records date from 1949 and were found in 1990 in the balcony of the synagogue. Extensive records of correspondence, annual reports, minutes, financial records, and membership lists were among what was found. There is also a large section of information available on bat/bat mitzvah, marriage and burial records for the genealogist. The cemetery records are the most complete as a database of all burials in the Shaarei Zedek Cemetery was compiled between 1997 and 2011. Material on these lifecycle events generally comes from personal memorabilia and newspaper records. A section on Jewish traditions and holidays is appended to show how these have been observed in this community and elsewhere.

Records for the communities in Moncton and Fredericton are very limited and include information found in public records including newspapers.

New Brunswick and Maine synagogues

Organizations Files

  • SJJHM 2
  • Collection
  • 189- - present

The extent of archival material on each of the organizations varies from only a few sheets to many folders or boxes. Many records suffered the same fate as many of the Synagogue records, being burned in a fire in 1933.

  • Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society - primarily newspaper clippings.
  • Daughters of Israel - minute books, financial ledgers, some reports and clippings.
  • Ladies Auxiliary – minute books
  • Sisterhood Shaarei Zedek - minute books, correspondence, and annual reports
  • Young Mens / Womens Hebrew Association - newsletters, dance cards, and newspaper clippings
  • Boy Scouts, Cubs, Girl Guides and Brownies – records are limited to a few notebooks, booklets and newspaper clippings
  • Jewish Community Players - complete scrapbook of the organization's activities, scripts
  • Hebrew Choral Society - sheet music in English, Hebrew, and Yiddish.
  • Shomer Club (The Guardians) - financial records, minutes, and correspondence
  • Henrietta Szold Chapter of Hadassah-WIZO - minutes, reports, financial records, correspondence, membership, conference material, activity reports, and scrapbooks
  • Ezra Lodge Habonim - minute books, membership records, correspondence, and dinner programs
  • State of Israel Bonds - correspondence, dinner programs and bond certificates
  • Jewish National Fund - receipts and certificates for donations.
  • Young Judaea - minutes, newsletters, general information, and personal memorabilia
  • Canadian Jewish Congress / The Hebrew War Council. - minute book, newspaper clippings
  • B'nai B'rith - booklets, membership lists, newspaper clippings
  • Jewish War Veterans of Canada – most holdings from the national organization. Local activities make up a very small proportion of the material available.

Jewish organizations of New Brunswick

Photographs

  • SJJHM 6
  • Collection
  • 187- - present

The fonds includes mostly original photographs of various sizes and formats, including professional and amateur images. There are black and white copies and negatives for many pictures acquired before the mid 1990s; these were produced by the Heritage Branch, when funding for the duplication of photographs was readily available. These copies were used for displays in the Museum. More recently photographs have been digitally scanned and stored electronically – this is particularly the case for photographs which have been loaned to the museum for brief periods of time for exhibits or research.

Saint John Jewish community. Photographs.