Dates: October 4, 2021-March 20, 2022

Venue: Prosserman JCC, Sherman Campus, 4588 Bathurst Street, Toronto

Multiracial and multiethnic Jews have a long and rich history globally, and here in Ontario. Yet within our own Jewish community, there exists a lack of understanding of our ethnically diverse Jewish world. Through an exhibition of commissioned portraiture accompanied by a newly produced documentary film, No Silence on Race, in partnership with the Ontario Jewish Archives, explores the lives of multiracial and multiethnic Jews within the community. The project broadens our concept of Jewish identity that has historically privileged Ashkenazi Jewish culture and presents a call to action to the Canadian Jewish community about the need for greater education on Jewish ethnic diversity within the Jewish world both in Ontario and nationally.

Periphery illustrates the ways that Jewish people in Ontario, with intersecting social identities, negotiate a sense of place and recognition and reflect on what periphery means to them. This film bears witness to the rich ethno-racial diversity that exists within the Ontario Jewish community.

Periphery Premiere + Q & A
Thursday, October 28, 2021 | 7:00 - 8:00 pm

Join us online at the Virtual J for the live premiere of the documentary film Periphery (Canada, 27 min.), followed by a Q & A with Director Sara Yacobi-Harris and Cinematographer Marcus Armstrong and featuring: Nobu Adilman, Asha Allen-Silverstein, Ariella Daniels, Maxine Lee Ewaschuk, Devyani Saltzman, Daniel Sourani, Andre Sena, and Fabio Sena. Moderated by Marisa Samek.

Preserving our shared history

Following the exhibition, the photographs and video interview recordings and film will be donated by photographer Liat Aharoni and filmmaker Sara Yacobi-Harris to the Ontario Jewish Archives. This donation will increase the diversity of the OJA’s holdings and preserve and promote access to these stories. The portrait series will also be featured on the No Silence on Race webpage and used as an educational resource for future informal and formal education curriculum. To learn how to preserve your family’s history at the OJA send your inquiry to