Celebrating 150 Years of Jewish History in Saint John

Creator(s): Saint John Jewish Historical Museum

The year 2008 marked the 150th anniversary of a Jewish presence in Saint John. The city has seen the arrival of hundreds of Jews from all parts of Europe since the arrival of Solomon and Alice Hart and their children in 1858. Many merely passed through on their way to other centres, some stayed only a few years, some stayed for a lifetime and others for generations. Although never large by the standards of many Jewish communities, those men and women who chose to live here made an impact in the city.

The Jewish Community in Saint John Today

The landscape of the city has changed much over the past 150 years. The Jewish community in 2008 consisted of less than thirty families, most descended from those who arrived in the early years of the 20th century. Only two households can trace their roots back to Solomon Hart. As the city sits on the cusp of new development, there is some hope for the future - that new Jewish immigrants will come to grow and perpetuate the community.

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