Jewish Heritage Centre of Western Canada, Inc.
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The Jewish Historical Society of Western Canada
Marion & Ed Vickar Jewish Museum of Western Canada
The Freeman Family Foundation Holocaust Education Centre

Genealogical Institute of the JHCWC

Suite C140 - 123 Doncaster Street, Winnipeg, MB, Canada  R3N 2B2   P: 204.477.7460   F: 204.477.7465   W:  Office Hours: Mon to Thu 9-4   
For archival or genealogical requests, please email Ava at .  For all other requests, please email Ilana Abrams, General Manager at


Here is What's Happening at the JHCWC

All Grade 9 Jewish students NOT enrolled in the
Gray Academy of Jewish Education,
together with their parents, are invited to attend a
General Information Meeting on
The Asper Foundation Human Rights and Holocaust Studies Program 2015

Date & Time: Tuesday, October 14, 2014 @ 7:00 PM
Place: Multi-Purpose Room
Asper Jewish Community Campus
123 Doncaster Street

Priel Lisak, a student in the 2013 program writes: "Being a participant in The Asper Foundation Human Rights & Holocaust Program, administered through the Jewish Heritage Centre, has changed my perspective on the world and on the importance of human rights, forever." Read Priel's complete article.

To confirm attendance or for more information, please contact:
Renee Kaplan, Program Coordinator
Jewish Heritage Centre @ 477-7458 or email:

A Viewing of "Under the Same Roof
- Voices of Four Holocaust Survivors"
Wednesday, October 22, 2014, 7:00 p.m.
Berney Theatre, Asper Jewish Community Campus

The Jewish Heritage Centre and Tooz A Crowd Productions are hosting a viewing of this film. Co-produced by Tooz A Crowd Productions and MTS Allstream Inc. Executive Producer: Kyle Bornais. Producer/Director Randy Guest. Featuring Rachel Fink, Carmela Shragge Finkel, Regine Frankel, Betty Kirshner and Belle Jarniewski.

A Stitch In Time Exhibit
On Display December 2013 through Fall 2014
Marion & Ed Vickar Jewish Museum of Western Canada
Asper Jewish Community Campus

IRMA PENN (1945 - 2013)

Irma Penn

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.

Zichronah Livracha

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.

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

Tribute Cards

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
Jewish Radicalism

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.

Join Us!

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.


Home+Events | About Us | Donations | Membership
| Archives | Past Programs

The Jewish Historical Society of Western Canada
Marion & Ed Vickar Jewish Museum of Western Canada
The Freeman Family Foundation Holocaust Education Centre

Genealogical Institute of the JHCWC

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