I am proud to have moved the following resolution at the June public meeting of council:

Jewish Public Library in 1942. 4099 Esplanade Street, Montreal.

Jewish Public Library in 1942, located at 4099 Esplanade Street, Montreal


WHEREAS the Jewish Public Library (“the JPL”) located at 5151 Côte-Ste-Catherine, was founded in 1914 and was one of the first public libraries in the Province of Quebec operating initially under the name Yidishe-folks-biblyotek;

WHEREAS the JPL over the past 100 years, became one of largest libraries on the Island of Montreal;

WHEREAS one of the pillars of the JPL statutes is that this is a popular institution founded by the people for the people;

WHEREAS the JPL always was non-partisan and open to all communities;

WHEREAS the JPL possesses one of the largest collections of books in Yiddish, in Russian and Hebrew accessible within Canada in addition to its English and French collections;

WHEREAS the JPL currently has 4,000 members;

WHEREAS the City of Côte Saint-Luc (the “City”), namely through its library, enjoys a positive and collaborative relationship with the JPL;

WHEREAS the City, namely through its library, carry and espouse similar values as the JPL such as giving its patrons the richest quality of books, periodicals and audio-visual materials;

WHEREAS the City, values cultural and intellectual enrichment and endorses the excellent programming offered by the JPL.


THAT the Côte Saint-Luc City Council recognizes the one hundred years of existence of the Jewish Public Library as well as its dedication to its patrons and the community;

THAT the Côte Saint-Luc City Council wishes that the Jewish Public Library success and prosperity in the accomplishment of its mission as well as all of its endeavors.



It’s also very special to me to support this resolution as my late uncle, Issie Nachshen, was a life long supporter and promoter of the JPL and a past president. He was named “elder statesman” by the board in 1998.

Excerpt from Minutes of the Jewish Public Library Board of Directors Meeting, November 16, 2010.

Excerpt from Minutes of the Jewish Public Library Board of Directors Meeting, November 16, 2010.