Online Exhibitions

Letters Home


Letters Home

Explore the experiences of Jewish servicmen through the letters sent home in this online exhibtion.

Storefront Stories

Storefront Stories shares the history of Jewish businesses that once thrived in Kensington Market. Using a unique online navigational tool, you can explore all 20 storefronts online or conduct a self-guided walking tour during your next visit to the Market.

Southern African Legacy Project

In 2014, the OJA launched the Southern African Legacy Project (SALP), its first collection development initiative focused on collecting the stories of a specific immigrant group. Explore, listen & learn about these fascinating stories. Watch the highlight reel!

Ontario's Small Jewish Communities

As Jewish life is more frequently associated with urban centres, less is known about Jewish life in the smaller communities across Ontario. This exhibit examines 11 small Ontario Jewish communities, addressing their histories, community development, and social and religious life.

Toronto's First Synagogues

Investigate the history and cultural significance of Toronto's early synagogues. Explore the unique character of the buildings through texts, photographs, historical documents and audio and video clips. Included: Anshei Minsk, The First Narayever, Beach Hebrew Institute, The Kiever Synagogue, and Congregation Knesseth Israel.

History of Toronto's Y.M.H.A.

This exhibition explores the development of the Y.M.H.A movement in Toronto as the Jewish community recognized the need for recreational outlets for the immigrant youth. Programming in sports, education, culture and recreation is examined in the early movement and in today's modern JCCs.  

For King and Country: The Jewish Canadian Military Experience

This exhibition  explores the role of Jewish Canadians in the First and Second World Wars. It was also mounted as a physical exhibition and was on display at the Lipa Green Building from December 2005 to September 2012.

Taking Care of Business: Labour and Business in Jewish Toronto

This exhibition examines the various ways the Jewish community made a living during the first quarter of the century. It examines a number of different professions including peddlers, religious practitioners,  business owners and labourers.


Featured are a selection of historic tzedakah boxes from the holdings of the Ontario Jewish Archives and Beth Tzedec Reuben and Helene Dennis Museum dating from the 1920s to the 1980s.