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Baycrest: A Century of Care 1918-2018

November 2017 – November 2018

This commemorative exhibition celebrated Baycrest’s landmark 100th anniversary recognizing the institution’s many milestones from 1918-2018. Items on display reflected Baycrest’s rich heritage of caring, compassion and altruism that have been a cornerstone of the organization since its inception as the Toronto Jewish Old Folks Home in 1918 to its evolution as a global leader in geriatric care, aging and brain health. 

  • Suitcase Stories: Treasures in Transit
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    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.
  • Memory Box: OCAD University Student Art Installation

    Memory Box: OCAD University Student Art Installation

    November 2018 – March 2019

    The exhibit featured 16 creative art projects designed, created and installed by OCAD U students as part of their 4th year course project. Inspired by the “Memory Cabinets” situated outside each resident’s room in the Jewish Home for the Aged/ Apotex, each artwork displayed in this exhibit conveyed a personal interpretation of the “memory box” theme and unique environment of the Baycrest community, while exploring creative textile art.
  • 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.

  • A Caring Community: A History of Health and Medicine in Jewish Toronto

    A Caring Community: A History of Health and Medicine in Jewish Toronto

    May 2015 to March 2016

    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.

  • 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
    Ken Goldman, Israel 

    Second Place
    Joyce Goodman,

    Third Place
    A Bright Idea 
    Ben Herskowitz, Israel 

    Juror’s Choice
    Seder Plate
    Lea Winkler, USA 

    Honourable Mention
    The Wandering Jew
    Ken Goldman, Israel

  • The jurors have selected the following artists to participate in the exhibition:

    Adam Break, 

    Cesan d’Ornellas Levine, 

    Ian Alter, 

    Martin Hirschberg, 

    Andi Arnovitz, 

    Daniela Tiger, 

    Jere Moskovitz,

    Melanie Siegel,

    Barbara Rucket, 

    Danny Kedem, 

    Joyce Goodman, 

    Mona Selnick-Doshay, 

    Ben Herskowitz, 

    Dara Alter, 

    Karen Chisvin, 

    Naomi Kates, 

    Billha Zussman, 

    Debbie Schore, 

    Kathleen Yorba, 

    Naomi J. Schmuckler, 

    Bonnie Askowitz, 

    Elaine Glassman, 

    Ken Goldman, 

    Susan Big, 

    Carol Rubin, 

    Evelyn Burns-Weinrib, 

    Laura Piazza, 

    Susan Cox, 

    Cathy Perlmutter, 

    Gabrielle Pescador, 

    Lea Winkler, 

  • 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!


    Ian Alter, Canada

    Baby Star

    Cathy Perlmutter, USA