The Jewish Archives & Historical Society of Edmonton & Northern Alberta (JAHSENA)

#200, 10220 156 Street, Edmonton


The Society exists to preserve and protect the Jewish heritage of Edmonton and Northern Alberta through the collection of archival documents, artifacts and audiovisual materials for the use of present and future generations.


JAHSENA has established a permanent office for the Society within the Edmonton Jewish Community Centre, where a director, archivist, board of directors, and supporters carry out its diverse activities. These include the publication of both a tri-annual newsletter, Heritage (Yerusha), and The First Century of Jewish Life in Edmonton and Northern Alberta. The Society has also produced two documentary films on the history of the community, “From Pedlars to Patriarchs: A Legacy Remembered,” and “Bittersweet Memories: The War Years.” It has also photographed and described the Edmonton Jewish Cemetery, as included on the Jewish Online World Burial Registry.

An active member of Edmonton’s heritage community, JAHSENA also participates in the Edmonton and District Historical Society’s Historic Edmonton Week through open houses. Moreover, JAHSENA has developed a presence on the Archives Network of Alberta databases and established an institutional membership in the Archives Society of Alberta, where it has participated in several online exhibits entitled:

Growing Up Albertan

Archival High Tech

Alberta’s Built Heritage

Alberta: Celebrating 100 Years

Women who Made a Difference

Feast: Food in Archives

In Defence of Alberta

Archives in the Classroom

Prairie Populism

Additional Information

A Brief History of the Jewish Community in Edmonton


Debby Shoctor - 05 Nov 2015

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Era: City Modern
Themes: Religion
Cultural Groups: Jewish
Area: Northwest

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