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  • November 19, 2012

"Sense of Spadina" & Kensington Market Walking Tour

The Ontario Jewish Archive's "Sense of Spadina" Tour explores the history of Toronto's old Jewish neighbourhood surrounding Spadina Avenue.

From the 1920s until the 1950s, the area was home to Jewish residents and businesses and was the focal point for social, cultural and religious activities within the Jewish community. Following the Second World War, Toronto's Jews began to move out of the area, up the Bathurst corridor, and were replaced by new immigrant communities. But remnants of the former Jewish presence remain as a reminder of the community's vibrant past.

It all begins at the Anshei Minsk Synagogue on St. Andrews Street -- one of two historic Orthodox synaogogues in the Kensington Market area -- and winds its way through the intimate streets east of Spadina Avenue. En route, participants visit the former sites of the Labour Lyceum, United Bakers, the Standard Theatre, Eitz Chaim Talmud Torah, Mandels Creamery, Beth Jacob Synagogue and many other important buildings which housed and serviced the early Jewish community. The tour ends at the Cecil Street Community Centre, which was once the site of the Ostrovtzer Synagogue.

Join MPP Mike Colle right after the tour at Caplansky's Delicatessen for the Story of the Jewish Food of Kensington Market

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