Jewish exhibition opens in Nicolet

'Same Cloth, different thread; the Jews of Quebec City' opens at the Musée des Religions in Nicolet

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Photo: Simon Jacobs

Within the exhibition 'Same cloth different, different thread' the museum has recreated the inside of a synagogue, with many religious objects on display.

The exhibition entitled 'Same cloth, different thread; the Jews of Quebec City' opened on November 30th at the Musée des religions du monde in Nicolet, which is located on the south shore of the St Lawrence, opposite Trois Rivieres. Originally prepared by Shalom Québec for the 400th anniversary of Quebec City, the exhibition will run until the 13th of September 2009.  Jean-François Royal, the museum's director has expanded the exhibit from its original format to now include different objects of historical and religious importance to the Quebec City Jewish community. The museum has recreated the inside of a synagogue, based on the synagogue Beth Israel Ohev Shalom in Quebec City. On display are various objects, such as some Talmuds published in Poland in the 1800's, Torah ornaments from the late 19th century, and a Torah scroll that originally came from France, written in the 17th century. Original documents are also displayed attesting to the long history dating back over 250 years of this cultural community. Visitors will also be able to view the documentary ‘Les Juifs de Québec: une histoire à raconter' that was produced for Canal D this summer.

"I think Mr. Royal has done fantastic work in the presentation of the exhibition" said Mr. Simon Jacobs, executive director of Shalom Québec. "By mounting the panels we had prepared and presenting them alongside cultural objects and original documents, he has rounded out the exhibition and created a beautiful ambiance.  It is well worth a visit to the museum." 

The exhibition was shown in the Gare du Palais over the summer to critical acclaim, with an estimated thirty thousand visitors. According to the guest book, approximately 14 % of the visitors were from overseas, 12% from the USA and 53% from the province of Québec. After finishing at the museum in September, it is expected that the exhibition will travel to different places across Canada and possibly abroad.

Also complimenting the exhibit is a web site (www.shalomquebec.org) that has been funded by ‘Canadian Culture on Line', a program of Canadian Heritage. The site, which is continuing to grow, contains fascinating information on the different people that make up the community, both past and present, as well as some spectacular virtual tour photographs of Quebec City.