Jewish Heritage Month

May is Jewish Heritage Month, an opportunity to recognize, celebrate, and learn more about the heritage of Jewish-Canadians.

The Canadian Jewish Heritage Month was established in 2018 through the passing of an official Act of the Parliament of Canada.

About Jewish heritage

Jewish heritage refers to the cultural, religious, and ethnic heritage of the Jewish people. It encompasses a rich and diverse history, language, traditions, customs, and beliefs that have been passed down through generations. It includes:

  • the Hebrew language and alphabet,
  • religious texts such as the Torah and Talmud,
  • holidays like Hanukkah, Passover, and Yom Kippur,
  • traditional foods like matzo ball soup, knishes, and latkes,
  • customs like kosher dietary laws and Shabbat observance, and
  • a history of persecution, resilience, and cultural revival.

There are several Jewish celebrations throughout the year each with its own unique history, customs, and traditions. You can view more Jewish observations on our multi-faith calendar by selecting Judaism.


Attend Jewish Heritage Month: Building Inclusion webinar on May 16, 2024.
Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion.

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Read a Statement by Minister Khera and Special Envoy Lyons on Canadian Jewish Heritage Month.
Canadian Heritage

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Learn more about Jewish Canadians.
Canadian Encyclopedia

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Participate in an online anti-semitism workshop and learn individual survivor stories through Primary Voices: Teaching Through Holocaust Survivor Testimony.
Vancouver Holocaust Education Centre

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Watch a selection of films that celebrate the important contributions that Jewish Canadians have made to Canada’s social, economic, political and cultural fabric.
National Film Board of Canada

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Explore Jewish and other days of significance through our multi-faith calendar.
UBC Equity & Inclusion Office

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