This area of Toronto. the centre of the city’s Jewish community in the mid-twentieth century, has been reshaped by successive waves of immigrants. It still retains its vibrant character and some remnants of Jewish life.
More new and old images from Montreal’s annual KlezKanada Yiddish culture festival, from Toronto’s bi-annual Ashkenaz Festival, and portraits of some of Jewish music’s best performers and teachers.
More than seventy years after the Holocaust, Western Ukraine’s Jewish communities have vanished from the public consciousness, but the remnants of their existence are everywhere.
A survey of older industrial buildings within the de-industrialized urban context. Some of these structures have disappeared and many have outlived their original functions.
Montreal was Canada’s most important city for well over a century. Its architectural heritage remains unparalleled in Canada.
For centuries, Poland was the home of the largest and most important Jewish community in the world. Decades after the Holocaust, the Polish landscape is still replete with sites remaining from the history of Jewish settlement.
Near deserted streets and century old brick buildings in dowtown Toronto evoke the atmosphere of Edward Hopper’s depictions of early twentieth century New York.
The cemeteries in Warsaw and Lodz are among the largest Jewish burial sites in the world. Smaller cemeteries, such as those in Krakow, Wroclaw, and Tarnow, are also steeped in history, physically lush, and resonant emotionally.
Portraits and candid images of leading performers, students and fans, in the Klezmer, or Yiddish and Jewish music, revival. Many of these images were made at two festivals: KlezKanada (Montreal) and Ashkenaz (Toronto).
Scenes reclaimed from a mid-century urban childhood: ancient storefronts, street-corner industrial plants, the brick facades of factories. Those streetscapes are almost all gone except in the poorest sections of the city.
Synagogues of the Plateau Mont-Royal, photographed for Sara Tauben in July 2000, and reproduced recently in her new book, Traces of the Past: Montreal’s Early Synagogues.