Connecting People and Places
Jewish Edmonton Stories Online (JESO) is a project for visitors to learn and connect with the stories and places of the Jewish community’s past and present. JESO maps important places in Edmonton’s Jewish history, and documents stories from people in the community who have connections to these places.
Click a Star of David on the map below to discover its location, along with interviews by Jewish community members pertaining to that place. Or, choose from the Index of Interviews and Index of Locations. How to Use This Site will help guide you on your journey, while the Glossary will assist you with any words with which you might be unfamiliar. Want to know who we are and what we’re doing with this project? About The Project and Our Team should answer that. Shalom, and enjoy!
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We are grateful to host Jewish Edmonton Stories Online on Treaty 6 territory, a traditional gathering place for Indigenous Peoples including the Nehiyawak/Cree, Tsuut’ina, Niitsitapi/Blackfoot, Métis, Nakota Sioux, Haudenosaunee/Iroquis, Dene Suliné, Anishinaabe/Ojibway/Saulteaux, and the Inux/Inuit. This place – ᒥᐢᑿᒌᐚᐢᑲᐦᐃᑲᐣ, amiskwacîwâskahikan, Edmonton is connected to the histories, languages, and cultures of these peoples enrich our shared heritage. As Jewish people living in this place, we have a responsibility to uphold the spirit and intent of Treaty, including understanding perspectives and experiences of people who are settlers, Jewish, Indigenous, or a combination of intersecting identities. Too often agreements between nations are excluded from the stories we tell about the past, this place, and ourselves. We must be truthful about what has happened in our communities and make meaningful decisions about who is included, who is represented, and how we reflect.