If Saturday mornings find you in or near the Plateau-Mont-Royal district of Montreal, then you are an easy walk to a cozy, informal little shul that would love to see you.

Its home, at the corner of Clark and Bagg Streets since 1921, is Quebec’s oldest living synagogue building. It is recognized as a heritage site by Quebec’s Minister of Culture, by the City of Montreal, and, informally, by the many dozens of visitors drawn every year to its doors by guide books, internet sites, school programmes and religious organizations. Outside, the building is a plain brick box, albeit with a pretty canopy over the front door, and a garden in front that lifts the heart. Inside, the place is a jewel, lovingly cared for and completely original in every way save for the basement, which was renovated in 1998 with generous help from the Government of Quebec. The sole survivor among the two dozen or so synagogues that sixty years ago dotted its immediate neighbourhood, the shul at one and the same time is a relic of a vanished past and a living, breathing, flourishing religious community.

The shul is orthodox. Services are held every shabbos and yom tov — mornings only, from 9:00AM, except for Kol Nidrei and the evening Megila-reading on Purim. There are kiddushes on shabbos and yom tov, seudot at Purim and Hannukah, and a seder at Pesach.

Kiddushes, seudot, seders and High Holiday seats are all free of charge.

11 thoughts on “Home

  1. Hi,
    I am a student studying from McGill University and I was wondering whether it would be okay to observe 3 of the services you offer on Saturdays? It is a requirement for one of the subjects I am studying here. Please let me know either way.
    Kind regards,
    Sarah-Jane Morgan

  2. Hi,
    I am a high school student doing a project with a goal to further expand my knowledge on different religions and to curb intolerance. Would it be possible for me to come and take pictures of some religious symbols pertaining to the Jewish faith? Thank you for your cooperation!
    – Lia Di Giulio

  3. I will be in Montreal over Tisha B’av. I’ll be coming from the west and probably won’t make it on time for Shacharis. Will you have services for mincha & Maariv on that Monday?

    1. Yes! We will have a complete slate of services on Sunday July 26. Shacharit will be at 9:00 AM. Mincha will probably start around 6:30 PM, to be followed by a film, and then maariv around 9:00 PM. Exact times will be confirmed as we get closer. Hope you can come!

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