Past Exhibitions

Suitcase Stories: Treasures in Transit
May 2016 to August 2017
Every object tells a story. The items we choose to bring when moving to a new place often hold special meaning, fond memories or a connection to identity and tradition. Through these objects we carry a piece of our former home with us. Suitcase Stories will present the immigration journeys of our community members told through the objects they packed in their suitcases.

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A Caring Community: A History of Health and Medicine in Jewish Toronto
May 2015 to March 2016

Health and medicine - nurses A Caring Community: A History of Health and Medicine in Jewish Toronto will open at The Morris and Sally Justein Heritage Museum during Jewish Heritage Month in May 2015. The exhibition will recognize the important contributions of Toronto’s Jewish community to healthcare in our city and beyond. This special collection of artifacts, photographs and oral histories will explore the early years of the Toronto Jewish Old Folk’s Home and Mount Sinai Hospital, profile trailblazing Jewish healthcare professionals, and inspire with innovative visions of care.

 


Origins of Judaic Symbols: artifacts from our collection
October 2013 to February 2015
The Origins of Judaic Symbols exhibition surveys recurring symbols found on the art and artifacts in the collection of The Morris and Sally Justein Heritage Museum. These images provide a concrete representation of abstract ideas – divinity, identity, and culture – silently communicating significant meaning to the viewer. Artifacts from the Museum’s permanent collection will be on display, ranging from Torah ornaments and ceremonial objects, to personal artifacts and symbols found in the home.

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Cover Thy Head: Headdresses and Identities

Cover Thy Head: Headdresses and Identities opened at The Morris and Sally Justein Heritage Museum on Sunday, October 28, 2012. This exhibit honoured similarities and differences cross-culturally by exploring visible symbols of belief, belonging, and status. Cover Thy Head was an opportunity for the Baycrest community and the community at large to come together to learn, celebrate, and share.

The exhibit presented headdresses representing religious leadership, special life milestones, professional and social groups, and diversity in Canada. This collection of artifacts was been kindly loaned to the museum from a variety of sources including: St. Mark’s Coptic Museum, The Museum and Archives of Toronto East General Hospital, The Jewish Canadian Military Museum, The Archives of the Archdiocese of Toronto, the Toronto Police Service and numerous private lendors. Cover Thy Head also featured a juried exhibition of 50 unique, contemporary kippot created by artists from around the world.

Cover Thy Head was generously supported by FedEx Office, Wm. Prager Ltd. and Gertex Hosiery Inc.


Results of Cover Thy Head: a juried exhibition

Over fifty entries were submitted for consideration in our juried call to artists. Our judges, Sarah Quinton, Curatorial Director at the Textile Museum of Canada, and Chung-Im Kim, artist and Associate Professor at the Ontario College of Art and Design had the difficult challenge of selecting pieces for inclusion in the exhibit and awarding 4 participating artists with prizes. We are grateful for their insights and recommendations.

First Place

Second Place

Third Place

Juror’s Choice

Honourable Mention

With-Without
Ken Goldman, Israel
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Footprints
Joyce Goodman,
USA
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A Bright Idea
Ben Herskowitz, Israel
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Seder Plate
Lea Winkler, USA
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The Wandering Jew
Ken Goldman,
Israel
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The jurors have selected the following artists to participate in the exhibition:

Adam Break,
Canada

Cesan d’Ornellas Levine,
Canada

Ian Alter,
Canada

Martin Hirschberg,
Canada

Andi Arnovitz,
Israel

Daniela Tiger,
Canada

Jere Moskovitz,
USA

Melanie Siegel,
Canada

Barbara Rucket,
USA

Danny Kedem,
Israel

Joyce Goodman,
USA

Mona Selnick-Doshay,
USA

Ben Herskowitz,
Israel

Dara Alter,
USA

Karen Chisvin,
Canada

Naomi Kates,
Canada

Billha Zussman,
Netherlands

Debbie Schore,
USA

Kathleen Yorba,
USA

Naomi J. Schmuckler,
USA

Bonnie Askowitz,
USA

Elaine Glassman,
Canada

Ken Goldman,
Israel

Susan Big,
USA

Carol Rubin,
USA

Evelyn Burns-Weinrib,
Canada

Laura Piazza,
USA

Susan Cox,
USA

Cathy Perlmutter,
USA

Gabrielle Pescador,
USA

Lea Winkler,
USA


Community Choice Award winner

The Morris and Sally Justein Heritage Museum is proud to announce the Community Choice Award winner in the Cover Thy Head juried exhibition. For the past month, visitors to the museum have been invited to place their votes for their favourite kippah in the exhibition and the results are in. The Community Choice Award goes to two recipients who received an equal share of the votes! Congratulations to Ian Alter for his piece entitled keypah and to Cathy Perlmutter for Baby Star. Well done!

Keypah
Ian Alter, Canada

Baby Star
Cathy Perlmutter, USA