Housing the fifth largest Judaica collection in North America, Beth Tzedec's Reuben & Helene Dennis Museum opened in 1965 with the acquisition of the extensive Judaica collection of the renowned Jewish historian, Dr. Cecil Roth. The Roth Collection includes more than one thousand ceremonial objects, including silver Torah ornaments, exceptional ketubbot from around the world, rare Esther scrolls, Hanukah lamps, unique life-cycle objects such as the distinctive Berlin double-seated circumcision chair, and items for the Sabbath, Rosh Ha Shanah, Passover and Sukkot. Over the years the Museum’s permanent holdings have grown through donations and purchases, bringing the collection to over 2500 artifacts representing Jewish art and history from ancient times to the present.
The Museum mounts numerous small exhibitions throughout the year including, holiday and life cycle displays, photography exhibitions, hand work of the Pomegranate Guild and travelling exhibitions on many different subjects and interest. Several large exhibitions of great importance have been mounted for example, A Common Thread: A History of Toronto’s Garment Industry. In addition there are special events that take place such as the Kiddush cup Artist’s Competition, and “The Jewish Antique Road Show” event where an expert was available to appraise personal items of Judaica.
Throughout the school year the Museum provides extensive tours for school groups, and adult groups exploring the museum and the outstanding Beth Tzedec building and activities taking place within.
Hours of Operation:
|Monday||11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. (guests must sign in at the main office)|
|Tuesday||11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. (guests must sign in at the main office)|
|Wednesday||10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.|
|Thursday||10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.|
|Friday||11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. (guests must sign in at the main office)|
|Sunday||closed except by special request|
Closed on Jewish holidays, civic holidays and on weekends in July and August.
Tours are arranged by appointment. There is no charge to the public.
For more information, please contact Dorion Liebgott at 416-781-3514 ext. 232.
Restaurant consultant Marvin Greenberg will reflect on the choices made over the generations by Jews in Toronto, recalling memories of former restaurants and the stories that nourished us in their Jewish flavour. Refreshments will be served. RSVPs appreciated.
Exhibit continues through March 2018.
For information about the exhibit or to arrange a guided group tour, please contact Museum curator Dorion Liebgott at 416-781-3514 ext. 232.