Welcome to the Saint John Jewish Historical Museum, the centre of Jewish heritage, culture, and history in the heart of Uptown Saint John, New Brunswick. We tell the story of the Jewish community of Saint John from its beginning in 1783 to the present day.
Follow the waves of immigration to Saint John and explore Jewish traditions and customs. A series of changing exhibits recall the richness of family, business and organizational life that flourished from the 1920s to the 1960s.
Museum tours led by members of the Jewish community give visitors a unique first-person view of local history and cultural experience.
Connect to your roots - meet your neighbours - share your stories.
The Saint John Jewish Historical Museum is located in Uptown Saint John, just two blocks from Kings Square.
The Saint John Jewish Historical Museum is located on the traditional territory of the Wolastoqiyik, Wəlastəkewiyik / Maliseet people whose ancestors along with the Mi’Kmaq / Mi’kmaw and Passamaquoddy / Peskotomuhkati Tribes / Nations signed Peace and Friendship Treaties with the British Crown in the 1700s that protected their rights to lands and resources.
(adapted from a land acknowledgement written by the Hon. Graydon Nicholas, former Lieutenant Governor of the Province of New Brunswick)
Welcome to the 10th Annual Saint John Jewish Film Festival!
As this is a noteworthy year, we wish to recognize our past contributors and patrons who have made the Saint John Jewish Film Festival a success. Lloyd Goldsmith was the founder of our film festival and we have named our opening night for sponsors Lloyd Goldsmith Night. By doing this, we honour and keep his memory alive.
Once again, we offer you the flexibility of watching these films virtually in your own home or in-person at the the Saint John Jewish Historical Museum at 91 Leinster Street. You can also do a combination of in-home and in-person films – the choice is yours. To enhance your virtual option, you will have a 72-hour viewing window for each film so you can view them at your convenience.
The support we receive for the Film Festival is crucial. By taking part in the festival, you enable the work of the Saint John Jewish Historical Museum to continue. The mandate of our museum is to focus on the history of the Jews in Saint John by developing and expanding our exhibits and to educate students and others about Judaism and the tragedy of the Holocaust. Your generosity makes this possible.
The films being offered during our Film Festival would not normally be shown in Saint John. They are an amazing selection of films from many different countries that explore Jewish history and culture.
If you choose to watch these films virtually, a unique non-transferable link for each film selected will be emailed to you a few days prior to the showing. If you choose to watch in-person, you will receive tickets for your selected films.
To learn more about becoming an event sponsor, please contact the Museum by telephone (506-633-1833) or email email@example.com.
We hope you will share the information about this year’s film festival with family and friends. The festival runs from Saturday October 14 through Thursday October 19. We look forward to seeing you “at the movies” and we thank you for your support.
Lorie Cohen Hackett Richard Osepchook
Co-Chairs, Saint John Jewish Film Festival
The new exhibition for 2023 is "Coming of Age: Bar Mitzvah and Bat Mitzvah Celebrations" - if you have stories and memorabilia that you would like to share as part of this exhibit, please contact the Museum.
Preparing for the Sabbath
From the Cradle to the Grave
Starting a New Life: Holocaust Survivors in New Brunswick
Visitors can also enjoy the Shaarei Zedek Synagogue.
Tours may be available by appointment - please call or email to make arrangements at least two days ahead of time.
Please consider making a donation to help the Museum through the winter - donations can be accepted by e-transfer - firstname.lastname@example.org - or through Canada Helps -