85th Anniversary - ArchivesDecember 2019

From the archives: The campaign to build the JGH kicks into high gear

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.

This resulted in an intensive, multi-year capital campaign which, unfortunately, coincided with the collapse of the stock market and the beginning of the Great Depression. Nevertheless, dedicated donors and volunteers were successful in raising the amount required for the hospital to open in October 1934.

A cartoon in a fund-raising brochure (circa 1930) urges prospective donors to support construction of the JGH, while quoting founder Michael Hirsch about the non-discrimination policy in the proposed hospital.

A cartoon in a fund-raising brochure (circa 1930) urges prospective donors to support construction of the JGH, while quoting founder Michael Hirsch about the non-discrimination policy in the proposed hospital.

Cover of an eight-page fund raising magazine, published in July 1932 to promote financial support for the JGH, which was then under constuction.

Cover of an eight-page fund raising magazine, published in July 1932 to promote financial support for the JGH, which was then under constuction.

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The Jewish General Hospital’s 85th anniversary is an ideal occasion to take a glimpse into the past. By remembering the extraordinary efforts of the hospital’s founders, supporters, staff and volunteers, we honour the enduring legacy of the JGH.

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