CSL Library launches Jewish heritage program series

This October, the Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Library is kicking off a series of programs focusing on Jewish heritage and culture, including workshops, lectures, music, theatre, and literature. Library members and non-members alike are invited to participate in the series and explore their family and cultural history.

The series begins with a concert of traditional Sephardic music by the Opus Prize-winning Ensemble séfarade et mediterranéen on Thursday, October 8. The following week on Wednesday, October 14, the library will present Portrait of a People, the latest production by Aviva Ravel’s Performance Playreading Ensemble. The show melds dramatic and comedic stories, legends, and poems portraying the culture of the Jewish people from Biblical times to the present. Tickets for both the concert and playreading are available for sale now at the library.

In partnership with Stanley Diamond of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Montreal, the library is offering a genealogy lecture and workshop designed to help you begin discovering your family’s unique stories. The lecture will take place Thursday, October 15 at 2 pm, and is free and open to the public. The workshop is on Thursday, October 29 at 2 pm and requires registration and payment in advance ($5 for library members; $7 for non-members).

The program series culminates with the library’s annual Côte Saint-Luc Reads literary event on Thursday, October 22 at 6:30 pm. Each year, library staff choose one book to engage CSL residents and foster a reading culture in the city. This year’s selection is Between Gods, Alison Pick’s remarkable memoir about discovering her family’s hidden Jewish history and reclaiming an identity and religion that she had not known before. Alison Pick will speak about her book and engage with readers at this free event.

For more information about these events and programs, visit csllibrary.org or contact the library’s Programs Department at 514-485-6900, ext. 4205.

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