Even as it welcomes patients from all backgrounds, the JGH remains proud of its Jewish heritage. Sometimes you’ll even see signs of that legacy peeking out from the most unexpected corners.
On September 22, 1929, more than 3,000 members of the Jewish community gathered at the Mount Royal Hotel to launch the $1 million campaign to build the JGH.
Only the modest personality of Taube Kaplan kept her from being celebrated during her lifetime as a “rank-and-file” founder of the Jewish General Hospital. Today she is remembered as one of the JGH’s earliest and most important grass-roots fundraisers,
Launched in June 1912, the Herzl Dispensary—a forerunner of the JGH—provided vital healthcare services to Montreal’s growing Jewish community.
In March 1984, Montreal Mayor Jean Drapeau unveiled a plaque marking the 50th anniversary of the Jewish General Hospital.
Extensive growth was among the most notable features in the term of Dr. Samuel O. Freedman, who served as Director of the Lady Davis Institute from 1991 to 2000. Under his stewardship, the LDI emerged as one of Quebec’s premier medical research facilities.
On Oct. 5, 1970, in a crisis that made international headlines, British Trade Commissioner James Cross was abducted at gunpoint by the Front de libération du Québec. Released on Dec. 3, Mr. Cross was treated at the JGH.
In 1981, Hope & Cope was launched under the auspices of the JGH Auxiliary to use specially trained volunteers (many of whom were cancer survivors) to support and counsel cancer patients and their families.