Stories from the JPL Archives
Rabbi Avi Finegold and previous JPL Director of Archives, Jessica Zimmerman, pull back the curtains on artifacts from the Archives to explore the people and historical events behind it. Listen to all seven episodes of season one here.
Episode 1 | The Labour Periodical: Leftist Organizer Léa Roback
On the inaugural episode of the Jewish Public Library’s ‘Epilogue’ podcast, hosts rabbi Avi Finegold and archivist Jessica Zimmerman explore a frayed copy of the bilingual periodical ‘The Organizer’ from 1920’s labour organization the International Ladies Garment Makers Union and discuss the influential Canadian trade union organizer, social activist, pacifist, and feminist Léa Roback.
Episode 2 | The Letter: Reuben Brainin’s Dark Secret
Hosts rabbi Avi Finegold and archivist Jessica Zimmerman unpack the surprisingly salacious background of the JPL’s founding father Reuben Brainin.
Episode 3 | The Advertisement: Sam Boulkind’s Trailblazing Pharmacies
Hosts rabbi Avi Finegold and archivist Jessica Zimmerman take listeners beyond The Main as they explore the fascinating history of early Jewish Montreal pharmacist Samuel Boulkind.
Episode 4 | The Violin: Orchestral Conductor and Women’s Rights Pioneer Ethel Stark
Hosts rabbi Avi Finegold and archivist Jessica Zimmerman examine an antique violin as they introduce listeners to musician, orchestral conductor and pioneer for women’s rights, the incredible Ethel Stark.
Episode 5 | The Wax Seal: The 1775 Wheat Trade and the ‘Israelites’
Hosts rabbi Avi Finegold and archivist Jessica Zimmerman carefully handle the oldest piece in the archival collection, a letter dated April 17th, 1775, concerning Montreal’s wheat trade and ‘the Israelites’.
Episode 6 | The Actress: Chayele Grober and the Rise of Yiddish Theatre
Hosts rabbi Avi Finegold and archivist Jessica Zimmerman are joined by JPL Archives Research Fellow Cas Gordon to explore the life, fame and Montreal origins of internationally influential Yiddish Theatre pioneer Chayele Grober.
Episode 7 | The Playwright: Dan Daniels, Storyman
Hosts rabbi Avi Finegold and archivist Jessica Zimmerman are joined by JPL Archives Research Fellow Finn Boyle to explore the life and times of pacifist, ex-communist, Montreal theater legend and former ‘violent seaman’ Dan Daniels.