One of downtown Montreal’s district offices (circa 1929) for the campaign to build the Jewish General Hospital.
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.

On August 3, 1931, Canada’s Governor General, Lord Bessborough (centre, with shovel), turned the first sod to start construction of the JGH. Joining him at the ceremony were (from left) Hirsch Wolofsky (with cane), Editor of the Jewish Daily Eagle; A.M. Vineberg, Chairman of the Building Program; Michael Hirsch, Co-Chairman of the 1929 Building Campaign; Joseph Levinson Sr., Treasurer; Rabbi Herman Abramowitz of Congregation Shaar Hashomayim; and Allan Bronfman, Co-Chairman of the 1929 Building Campaign.
85th Anniversary - ArchivesApril 2019

From the archives: Ground is broken to start construction of the JGH

One of the most stirring milestones in the history of the JGH was the day when ground was finally broken, on August 3, 1931, to start construction of the hospital.