The Anne Tanenbaum Centre for Jewish Studies officially opened in 2014 following a community fundraising campaign led by Ken and Larry Tanenbaum, grandson and son of noted philanthropist Anne Tanenbaum.
The New Jewish Press is the inaugural publishing program of Anne Tanenbaum Centre for Jewish Studies. Its goal is to make outstanding books on Jewish culture, history, philosophy and religion available to the broader Canadian and international community.
Its work is made possible thanks to support from the Peter and Eleanor Daniels Charitable Foundation, Friedberg Charitable Foundation, The Ira Gluskin and Maxine Granovsky Gluskin Fund, The B.A. Himel Family Foundation, Norine Rose, Samuel J. & Jean Sable Family Endowment Fund, The Sharp Foundation, Jack Weinbaum Family Foundation and Yaffe Feld Foundation.
Here are the first volumes published by The New Jewish Press.
The New Spice Box: Canadian Jewish Writing, Vol. I
Edited by Ruth Panofsky
How does the past shape contemporary Jewish experience in Canada? How does it feel to be Jewish today? These are the questions in this aromatic blend of poetry, short stories and creative non-fiction by a mix of writers who probe all matters Jewish.
The Evidence Room
Anne Bordeleau, Donald McKay, Sascha Hastings, Robert Jan van Pelt
It was the greatest crime ever committed by architects. In 2000, historian Robert Jan van Pelt authoritatively refuted Holocaust denial in a libel trial by detailing the role of architecture in constructing the gas chambers at Auschwitz. The essays in this book—a companion piece to an exhibition at the 2016 Venice Biennale—evoke the historical testimony presented at the trial that Auschwitz was a purposefully designed factory of death.
The Riot at Christie Pits
Cyril Levitt and William Shaffir
Ethnic tensions had been rising in Toronto throughout the hot summer of 1933. On August 16, at Toronto’s Christie Pits, a baseball game between two local teams—one made up of Jewish players—ignited the simmering resentments. The result was a four-hour race riot. The authors provide a compelling perspective on how ordinary Canadians reacted to the intensifying antisemitism in Europe.
Come Back for Me
Artur is a young Hungarian Holocaust survivor whose desperate quest to find his sister takes him to post-war Israel. Suzy is a Toronto teenager whose seemingly tranquil life is shattered when her uncle’s sudden death tears her family apart. Their stories come together in Israel following the Six-Day War. The book deals evocatively with the scars left by tragedy and the possibilities for healing.
Double Threat: Canadian Jews, the Military, and World War II
“He died so Jewry should suffer no more.” These words on a Canadian Jewish soldier’s tombstone in Normandy inspired the author to explore the role of Canadian Jews in the war effort: the 17,000 who chose to enlist and faced a double threat of being killed fighting or being identified as Jews if captured, as well as those who were drafted but chose to serve at home.