In the midst of the spring bloom in May, the province of Ontario proudly celebrates Jewish Heritage Month (JHMO) by acknowledging the plentiful and impressive achievements and contributions made by the members of the Jewish community while honouring Ontario’s Jewish rich culture & heritage.

Since it’s unanimously passing in the Legislature on February 23, 2012, the Jewish Heritage Month (Bill 17)  has provided all citizens the unique opportunity to learn about the history and culture of Ontarians of Jewish heritage, who have made an impact in communities across the province, from Kenora to Cornwall, as well as appreciate the significant contributions made by the Jewish community in the fields of medicine, law, politics, arts, business and philanthropy.

The Jewish Heritage Month Bill was spearheaded by MPP Mike Colle (Eglinton-Lawrence) and co-sponsored by MPP Cheri DiNovo (Parkdale–High Park) and MPP Peter Shurman (Thornhill).

JHMO has gained widespread support among citizens, community leaders, and organizations, including: UJA Federation of Greater Toronto and its advocacy partner, the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA).

Community groups across the province are encouraged to plan celebrations for May 2016, including bringing guest speakers into schools, creating special collections in public libraries, and organizing community celebrations. 


  • Campers and staff at Camp Solelim near Sudbury, 1980s Ontario Jewish Archives, 2007-12/2

  • Canadian gathering of Holocaust survivors on Parliament Hill Ottawa, 1985 Ontario Jewish Archives, accession 2012-3/8

  • Jewish day school students playing music Toronto, ca. 1979 Ontario Jewish Archives, photo 2778

  • David Croll (1900-1991) - Ontario Jewish Archives, fonds 28, series 6, file 252.

  • Canoeing at Camp Northland Haliburton, 1965 Ontario Jewish Archives, fonds 61, series 2-2, file 48

  • Barbara Frum (1937-1992) - Photo courtesy of Dr. Murray Frum

  • Max Rotman recites the blessing over the challah (bread) on the Sabbath Hamilton, 1960s Ontario Jewish Archives, fonds 33, series 3, item 18

  • Students of Congregation Beth Jacob Talmud Torah Sault Ste. Marie, 1954 Ontario Jewish Archives, photo 4835

  • Community Hebrew Academy of Toronto (CHAT) students Toronto, 2007 Photo courtesy of UJA Federation of Greater Toronto.