'Cause it doesn't seem possible to do all I did or learn all I learned in just one Monday.
I'll start with last things first, since that is freshest in my mind. I just returned from an amazing Yiddish performance of the Megillah of Itzik Manger at Centre Segal. Even though I don't speak Yiddish, the lyrics appeared on a screen above the stage and the actors were so expressive that it was easy to follow. The show was followed by a lively Klezmer performance. The place was packed with people of every age.
Before crossing the street to Centre Segal, we spent the afternoon at the Jewish community campus. I hear a couple of interesting talks on archives. The first speakers talked about combining 2 different archives into one virtual space. The Canadian Jewish Heritage Network
has lots of search options and includes some great lesson plans using their documents and photographs.
The next speaker, Zev Moses, talked about his work in progress, the Interactive Museum of Jewish Montreal.
While there isn't a lot on the site, it will start to fill up in the next few weeks.
I unfortunately could stay to hear the 3rd speaker - but the first 2 talks really showed how forward thinking archives can be.