Instruments of Faith: Toronto's First Synagogues

Robert Burley

Robert Burley explores six downtown Toronto synagogues that were established in the early part of the 20th century and remain active today. These buildings served as cultural hubs for a vibrant Jewish community that shaped the Kensington Market neighbourhood and surrounding areas. Constructed by immigrant communities in uncertain social/political times, these modest buildings played an important role in Toronto's development as a major urban centre by creating a focus for a community that grew exponentially in the first part of the twentieth century. This exhibition is part of a web project produced in partnership with the Ontario Jewish Archives with support from Ryerson University, Industry Canada, and the Ontario Arts Council. []