The Museum of Jewish Montreal is proud to announce that we will be welcoming new additions to our organization for the summer. For the next three months, we will be hosting three Research Fellows and two interns from Concordia’s Public History program. They will be assisting the Museum with a number of ongoing initiatives and helping us inaugurate new programming, while also undertaking their own original research that will have a lasting impact on our organization. The Museum is excited to introduce these new additions to our team.
Aaron Dishy – 2014 MJM Research Fellow:
Aaron Dishy is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies and Art History at McGill University. He is passionate about unearthing the cultural and theological footprint produced by Jewish immigrant groups upon the city of Montreal, as well as illuminating the marginalized voices of the Jewish mainstream through documentation and investigation. More particularly, Aaron is interested in exploring Mizrachi Jewish history and the contemporary developments made by LGBT Jews in revitalizing Yiddishkayt as a means to broaden Jewish practice in North America. Upon completion of his undergraduate degree, Aaron hopes to continue his studies on the transnational Jewish diaspora and the religious, ethnic, and cultural legacies Jewish populations leave on the societies they inhabit.
Pascale Greenfield – 2014 MJM Research Fellow:
Pascale Greenfield is a second-year MA student in Judaic Studies at Concordia University. She received her BA in history, also at Concordia, in December 2010. Her research focuses on Second Temple Hellenistic Jewish Diaspora, with a particular emphasis on conceptions of sacrality and negotiation of religious identity. Born in Ottawa, Pascale has been a proud Montrealer since 2008. Her favourite spots in the city include the Atwater Market, Beaver Lake in winter, and the Canada Malting silos. In her spare time she likes cooking, mediocre TV, and spending irresponsibly on travelling to far-flung locations. She has a grey tabby cat named Souq, and she WILL show you photos of him.
Laura Segal – 2014 MJM Researcher:
Laura Segal is pursuing a degree in Art History with a minor in Women’s Studies at McGill University, and is entering the final year of her undergraduate studies. She is specializing in the representation of women in art in order to raise awareness about the social issues concerning the history of the canon of art. Laura has worked for student galleries, student art history journals, publishing companies such as Sternthal Books, and as a curator for festivals such as Art Souterrain. She is enthusiastic about working in the relatively new medium of interactive maps and specialized walking tours, and is excited about shining a spotlight on Montreal’s Jewish history. Her other hobbies include jogging, reading, cooking, going to concerts, learning languages, and traveling.
Rebecca de Sanctis – 2014 Concordia Public History Intern:
Rebecca De Sanctis is currently completing the last year of her BA in the Honours History program at Concordia University. She is a second generation Italian-Canadian who was born and raised in Montreal. As a Montréalaise, Rebecca is fascinated by her city’s culturally diverse and unique history. A feminist and self-proclaimed human rights advocate, she is passionate about history because she believes that an understanding of the past and how it has shaped the present is crucial for the construction of a just and egalitarian society. In addition to history, Rebecca enjoys drawing. One day she hopes to combine her historical knowledge and artistic talents to create a graphic novel that will help further the public’s interest in history.
Jeffrey Yakimchuk – 2014 Concordia Public History Intern:
Jeffrey has lived in the West Island since his family moved there when he was only one year old. After graduating from John Abbott College with a Liberal Arts DEC, he began his undergraduate career at Concordia University in the English Literature and History BA Specialization, and last year switched to the Honours program in Public History. Jeffrey is a sports enthusiast and a strong supporter of Montreal sports teams. He is currently rooting for the Montreal Canadiens and still lamenting the loss of the Expos. His other interests include cinema, literature, and cooking. He is currently working part time as a cook at McKibbins’ Irish Pub in the West Island.