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Here is What's Happening at the JHCWC
A Stitch In Time Exhibit Opening
Monday, December 2, 2013, 7 p.m.
IRMA PENN (1945 - 2013)
Irma Penn was archivist for the Jewish Heritage Centre and its predecessor, the Jewish Historical Society, from 1999 to 2006 when health problems forced her to retire. Stan Carbone, Director of Programs and Exhibits underlined her contribution at her funeral, “The services that she provided demonstrated the range of her expertise and commitment to all facets of the Heritage Centre. She handled administrative tasks, assisted students in assignments on the historical and cultural formation of the western Canadian Jewish experience and directed family history projects. The self-motivation, determination and focus she brought to each and every endeavour was evidence of an indomitable spirit and boundless energy.” The JHC archives are named in her honour: The Irma and Marvin Penn Archives.
Born Irmgard Annie Epp in Steinbach, Irma graduated from Mount Royal College and worked for the Privy Council in Ottawa and for the United Nations in New York. Returning to Winnipeg, she taught business courses, joined Marvin Penn’s real estate firm, converted to Judaism, and married him.
Irma was a devoted member of the Jewish community who served, among many other activities, as publicity chair for Hadassah, President of the Nadir Chapter of Jewish Women’s International, and member of the Board of Governors of the Jewish National Fund. She donated her papers and photographs to the Jewish Heritage Centre.
An accomplished artist, Irma trained in Israel to become one of the world’s first female Torah scribes. She used her skills to scribe an entire Torah for Winnipeg’s Temple Shalom and the Book of Esther, as well as the Holocaust scroll for Shaarey Zedek. Irma also designed the stained glass windows for the Talmud Torah Beth Jacob Synagogue.
Major Exhibit Planned for 2013
Jews In Winnipeg's Garment Industry
Oral History Project
The Jewish Heritage Centre is embarking on the development of an exhibit on the history of the contributions of Jews to Winnipeg’s garment industry. The first phase consists essentially of an oral history component which encompasses interviews with individuals representative of the industry’s various sectors. Sharon Chisvin and Mona Rich have been recruited to carry out the interviews and to date have acquired an impressive amount of information which will be used for the exhibit and future research purposes. The Heritage Centre gratefully acknowledges the Province of Manitoba’s Heritage Grants Program, the Winnipeg Foundation and Jewish Foundation for providing the financial assistance needed to carry out this initiative.
The Lipton Jewish Agricultural Colony
1901-1951: Pioneering on Canada's Prairies
The inaugural lecture of the Switzer-Cooperstock Lecture Series
By Theodore H. Friedgut, Hebrew University
The lecture was originally presented to the Jewish Heritage Centre of Western Canada on September 8, 2008. The pages from the book (78 pages, 1.77 MB) can now be downloaded.
The Jewish People of Manitoba
Now on Display - Asper Campus
This is the exhibit currently on display at the Marion & Ed Vickar Jewish Museum of Western Canada. View the exhibits anytime during Asper Campus hours.
Expanding Our Archives
This is an ever-ongoing activity of the JHC, but is once again being actively acted on by our Archives and Acquisitions Committee. The JHC will preserve your family's collections and artifacts as they pertain to the Jewish history of Western Canada. Monty Hall recently pledged his collection to us. Preserve your history with us.
Our Digitization Project
Plans are underway to digitize all our material and make it available from our website.
If you would like more information about any of our programs or projects, please .
Preserving the Past. A Gift to the Future
Remember the Jewish Heritage Centre the next time you want to send out a commemorative card for a special occasion or in memory of a family member
or acquaintance. Call: (204) 477-7460
DVD of: Mr Justice Samuel Freedman Exhibit and Opening
This DVD is available for $25 from the JHC Office.
Jewish Radicalism in Winnipeg 1905-1960
Following up on our very successful Radicalism Conference, we have produced a book of papers
from the Conference. This first-of-its-kind documentation of local Manitoba Jewish Radicalism is part of the JHC's Jewish Life and Times series. See our Radicalism Conference page for more details and the complete Table of Contents.
Price: $15 JHC members, $20 non-members.
Our Musical Heritage Project Book
"100 Years of Jewish Musicians and Music in Winnipeg" is still available from the , as well as synagogue gift shops in Winnipeg, the Gwen Secter Creative Living Centre and McNally Robinson's Grant Park Location. Available online for $19.95 plus shipping from McNally Robinson.
Paid membership is the lifeblood of our organization. It shows that you are committed in helping to preserve, promote and present the tangible and
visible records of our Jewish heritage. Your membership support strengthens our position in applying for grants from funding agencies and in raising additional funds in the
community. Please join us!
Without our history, we have no future.
Together, we can ensure our heritage is preserved -
the greatest gift we can give to future generations.