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Adult Events – Spring 2022

Sat | Jan 22 – Feb 19 | 7:30 pm

JPL’s 15th Israeli and Jewish Film Festival 2022: Movie Pass 5 weeks – 5 movies

Sat | Jan 22 | 7:30 pm


Kurdish, Arabic, Hebrew with English subtitles, 124 min

Sat | Jan 29 | 1:00 pm


Hebrew with English subtitles, 104 min.

Sat | Feb 5 | 7:30 pm


Russian, Hebrew, with English subtitles, 88 min.

Sat | Feb 12 | 7:00 pm


Hebrew, with English subtitles, 88 min.

Sat | Feb 19 | 7:30 pm


German, French, Persian with English subtitles, 127 min.

Sun | Mar 6 | 1:00 pm

Rare Books Workshop with the Jacob M. Lowy Collection (LAC)

From San Paternian to St. Urbain Street: Jewish Texts, Canadian Connections

Tue | Mar 15 | 7:30 pm

The Miriam Blacher Glasrot and Joseph Glasrot Endowment Fund presents the Montreal documentary film premiere

Song Searcher: The Times and Toils of Moyshe Beregovsky

Jewish Public Library and KlezKanada Joint Statement on the Screening of Song Searcher

On Tuesday March 15th, we will be screening the film Song Searcher, a documentary on the life and work of ethnomusicologist Moyshe Beregovsky. The film tells a remarkable and all too timely story of Jewish cultural survival in Ukraine under Stalinism and before, during, and after the Second World War.

In recent days, it has come to our attention that the film’s primary financial sponsor is Russian oligarch Roman Abramovich. His name appears prominently at the start and end of the film and is featured on some of the film’s promotional materials. According to many, Abramovich is one of Vladimir Putin’s closest associates, named by imprisoned Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny as “one of the key enablers and beneficiaries of Russian kleptocracy”. At the same time, Abramovich has used his enormous wealth to support a variety of worthwhile endeavours with some of the world’s most renowned Jewish institutions and in support of a range of Jewish cultural projects; this film is one small example of this activity.

While we recognize that much good has come from Abramovich’s philanthropic efforts, in good conscience, we feel we must acknowledge that the source of his largesse is fundamentally compromised. Especially in light of the current Russian invasion of Ukraine, in no uncertain terms we wish to distance ourselves from Abramovich and condemn his activities that enable and support Putin’s regime.

After much careful consideration, we have decided to go ahead with the screening of this film as originally planned. Beregovsky’s story is a vitally important example, especially now, of bravery, ingenuity, and endurance in the face of war, fascism, and genocide. In showing the film, we hope to honour his work and those of the filmmakers, artists, and scholars who bring his story to life.

In solidarity with Ukraine and with those who protest in Russia, let us say

Ні війні

Нет войне

No war

Pas de guerre

לא מלחמה

ניט קיין מלחמה

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Montreal, QC

Sun | Mar 20 | 12:00 pm

JPL presents an online event sponsored by Kathryn Gabinet-Kroo

Online tours of Jewish Rome with Micaela Pavoncello – Session 1

Thu | Mar 24 | 7:00 pm

The Montreal Jewish Public Library’s Francophone Cultural Committee presents As an online premiere in Montreal

Une jeune fille qui va bien / A Radiant Girl 

Sun | Mar 27 | 2:00 pm

הספריה היהודית העממית מציגה בארוע מקוון
במימון קרן רבקה ויעקב גרוסמן

אורן ולדמן שידבר על ספרו נמר בירושלים


Wed | March 30 | 7:30 pm

Sponsored by The Ruth and David Steinburg Foundation

Why does Bach sound different from Brahms? A brief overview of music with Dr. Jaap Nico Hamburger

Sun | Apr 3 | 12:00 pm

JPL presents an online event sponsored by Kathryn Gabinet-Kroo

Online tours of Jewish Rome with Micaela Pavoncello – Session 2

Tue | Apr 5 | 7:30 pm

Sponsored by The Jonathan and Susan Wener Fund

Mikhail Iossel in conversation with Anne Lagacé Dowson: Love like Water, Love like Fire

Sun | Apr 24 | 1:00pm

“Time to Gather: Archives and the Control of Jewish Culture” the ongoing Jewish archival project in the US and Canada.

 Sun | May 1 | 10:00 am – 5:00pm

Meet your favourite YA authors online for an all-day event of readings, panels, games, Q&As, music and amazing keynotes.


 Sun | May 1 | 2:00pm

JPL presents an online event sponsored by The Anita and Rony Gabbay Foundation

Meriel Schindler in conversation with Shelley Pomerance about her novel “The Lost Café Schindler: One Family, Two Wars, And The Search For Truth”

 Tue | May 10 | 7:00pm

The Jewish Public Library presents an online event 

“Son of The Weary Foot”: Jews and First Nations in The Cultural Imagination.

Wed | May 11 | 4:00pm

The Helen Bassel Endowment of the JPL presents

Red Sea Spies with author Raffi Berg

 Sun | May 15 | 1:00pm

The Jewish Public Library will launch the collection, and along with our colleagues at the Montreal Holocaust Museum, honour the life and memory of Lilly Toth. This free event is open to the public (registration required) at the Gelber Centre (5151 Cote Ste Catherine).

A Life in Miniatures: The Lily Toth Miniature Books Collection Launch

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