Jewish life in small towns across Ontario

The virtual exhibit, called Ontario’s Small Jewish Communities, is one of the OJA’s most ambitious projects. It includes approximately 250 pages of original historic text, over 500 photographs, 109 audio and video clips, 94 archival documents and 18 maps and architectural plans chronicling eleven towns including Cornwall, Kingston, Belleville, Kitchener/Waterloo, Niagara Falls, St. Catharines, Peterborough, North Bay, Owen Sound, Sudbury and Thunder Bay.

“This exhibit beautifully illustrates how Jewish communities of all sizes have built and sustained a sense of vibrancy and communal strength wherever they call home. The extensive research and devotion to this project comes through in what is ultimately, a celebration of Jewish culture and commitment to community,” said  Brooky Robins, Chair of the Ontario Jewish Archives.

The Ontario’s Small Jewish Communities Exhibit was made possible by support from the Ontario Trillium Foundation. To visit the virtual exhibit, go to

The Ontario Jewish Archives was established in 1973. The OJA is responsible for acquiring, preserving and making available documentary sources related to the Ontario Jewish community.



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