Face to Face — Vis à Vis

Portraits from the Ottawa Jewish Archives — Portraits des Archives juifs d’Ottawa

September 7, 2017 - May 31, 2018

The Face to Face exhibition catalogue is available for purchase online here.

To mark Canada's 150th anniversary, a photography exhibition is being presented by the Ottawa Jewish Archives. The exhibition, Face to Face — Vis à Vis, will highlight the contributions made by notable Jewish Ottawans to Canada's public service and political landscape. Whether they were born in Ottawa or came to the city later in life, these individuals led storied lives and are part of the fabric of our community and our country.


The exhibit is comprised of framed photographs arranged in the style of a family photo wall. The proposed configuration serves to reinforce the elements of interconnection, community, family roots, togetherness, and the collective whole.


A modest catalog will accompany the photography installation. This catalog will reproduce the displayed photographs; will include a short biography for each individual, and when possible, reproduce the Ottawa Jewish Bulletin article or editorial the photograph originally illustrated in order to effectively place the individual within the context of a story and Ottawa’s Jewish community history.


A computer workstation in the gallery will allow visitors access to new tools that facilitate discovery of Archives collections.


Selection Criteria:

  1. Individuals are now deceased. (As of April 2017)
  2. Individual lived / had career in Ottawa for a reasonable period of time, preferably with definite community affiliations.
  3. Contributions were distinctive.
  4. Contributions were made in the areas of politics and public service.
  5. Individuals have existing subject files or fonds (collections) within the holdings of The Ottawa Jewish Archives.


The Selection process:

A Federation committee had final say in the creation of the list, not the Ottawa Jewish Archives. Please note also that this list is final, however at the exhibit there will be a special board where visitors can add names and anecdotes about people they wish to celebrate.


List of figures:

Gerald Berger
Maxwell Cohen
Charles Dalfen
Lillian Freiman
Sylva Gelber
Sam Gitterman
Constance Glube
David Golden
H. Carl Goldenberg
Herb Gray
Lawrence “Lorry” Greenberg
Kalmen Kaplansky
Leon Katz
Bora Laskin
Gil Levine
David Lewis
Hon. Abraham Lieff
Bert Migicovsky
Geraldine Migicovsky
Bernard Ostry
Freda L. Paltiel
Louis Rasminsky
Simon Reisman
Max Wershof


Further goals of the exhibition:

The exhibit not only serves to celebrate the Canada’s 150th, it marks the culmination of three major modernization and collections accessibility projects that the Ottawa Jewish Archives has been working diligently to accomplish in the lead up to 2017.


These projects are:


  1. Ottawa Jewish Archives Online – a project that modernizes access to the holdings of the Ottawa Jewish Archives through the development of a virtual collections catalog via the publically accessible Canadian Jewish Heritage Network — a web platform that links and showcases the resources of the major organizations involved in Canadian Jewish archival preservation.
  2. Ottawa Jewish Bulletin Online – a large scale digitization project with the goal of providing free universal online-access to the Ottawa Jewish Archives collection of the Ottawa Jewish Bulletin (1937 to present) — an endeavor undertaken to celebrate the Bulletin’s 80th Anniversary.
  3. Photography Digitization Project – a digitization project with the purpose of addressing the digitization needs of the Ottawa Jewish Archives photographic collections. The first collection of photographic material to be scanned as part of this project is that of the Ottawa Jewish Bulletin fonds. To date, over 3500 photographs have been digitized.

The Face to Face exhibition catalogue is available for purchase online here.


To learn more about the exhibit, please contact archives@jewishottawa.com or call 613-798-4696 ext. 260.