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Arts Round-Up: Calgary Art Exhibition Celebrates Jewish Canadian WWII Servicewomen

Toronto Int’l Storytelling Festival coming up; Sybil Kaplan writes book about 1960’s New York

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In this 1945 image, Bessie Fagin, Estelle Tritt and Rose Novick, three Jewish Nursing Sisters serving in the Royal Canadian Army, stand in front of a field nursing station in Holland. (Image: Lily Rosenberg, “Strong,” 2021. Digital Photomontage.)

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The She Also Served art exhibition opened May 1 at The Military Museums in Calgary, timed with Canadian Jewish Heritage Month. The exhibition has been made possible through funding from the University of Calgary and support from The Military Museums.

The artworks featured in this exhibition reveal the little-known stories of nine of the more than 250 Jewish women who enlisted in the Canadian Military during the Second World War. These servicewomen proudly served their country despite Canada’s “none is too many” Jewish immigration policy that was in place at the time. 

The nine artists are all women, and include Bev Tosh an internationally exhibited artist and the daughter of a war bride, former CBC Winnipeg broadcaster-turned-artist Anne Petrie, and Lily Rosenberg, the daughter of Bulgarian Jewish survivors of the Second World War.

The artworks explore the servicewomen’s experiences, such as Cecilia Feingold’s work in army intelligence and span the Canadian Navy, Army and Air Force.  She Also Served also highlights a wide range of artistry including collaged archival photographs, oil painting, digital prints, and paper cutting.

The exhibit helps visualize a larger research project profiling Jewish Canadian servicewomen’s stories in an online website: https://live-ucalgary.ucalgary.ca/she-also-serves. A digital version of the exhibition can be viewed on the website. 

Opening Event is Sunday May 8 at 2pm at The Military Museums in Calgary.

The exhibition is curated by Jennifer Eiserman, Associate Professor, Department of Art and Art History and Saundra Lipton, Librarian Emerita, University of Calgary. For more exhibition information and images, contact: Jennifer Eiserman at 587-998-1853 or  jreiserm@ucalgary.ca  

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A number of Jewish storytellers are participating in the 43rd Annual Toronto International Storytelling Festival May 6-15, 2022 at the Tranzac. These events will take place in Toronto, with online streaming available shortly thereafter.

  • Eden Nameri will participate in “The Storyteller’s Fire” on May 7. This event will feature stories of community, humour, and healing in a worldly collection of traditional tales as told by Eden, Norman Perrin, and Elinor Benjamin.
  • On May 8, Vicki Juditz will perform in “But That’s Another Story” a monthly series now in its third year. As part of the festival, it will feature stories by and about mothers. Four audience favourites, including Vicki, will offer ninety minutes of touching, funny and inspiring tales.
  • Michael Wex will participate in We Are The Stories We Tell on May 10. It is an evening of traditional and contemporary Jewish tales, featuring Dan Yashinsky, who will be joined by some of the most accomplished storytellers in the city, and perhaps even some from abroad.
  • Raphael Rodan will participate in five events during the festival May 10-14, including We Are The Stories We Tell on May 10.

For more information, go to https://storytellingtoronto.org/festival/

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Journalist and author Sybil Kaplan, who is a regular contributor to Thej.ca was, in her younger years, the first leader of Hatzaad Harishon, a black Jewish youth group that was formed in 1965 in New York. She led the group for five years. Sybil has brought forward the story of what it was like to be a teenager and be identified as both black and Jewish.

How did the youth group get started? In what direction did it go? How did it evolve to become the “public relations arm” of the organization? How did it fit into the mainstream of American Jewish life? How did a small group of youngsters gain national repute for an almost unknown movement? She tells the story of the birth and almost demise of a group which came to represent a movement. 

Here is the story of these young people … as told by their youth leader of five years.

If you are in Canada or the USA and wish to order this book for yourself or as a gift, send a $25 USD cheque to Sybil Kaplan with your address (and don’t forget she can personally autograph it to you or the gift recipient): 

M. Kaplan 

3909 W. 101 Terrace 

Overland Park, Kansas 66207-366 

Available soon in paperback format. 

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