I grew up on a remarkable street. Of course, we had no idea that it was remarkable. Edgecliffe Avenue, in the Carlington area, was a solidly middle class street in the 1960s. One of its distinctions was the number of Jewish families – it was perhaps 65 per cent Jewish, in a time when that was quite unusual.
All of our shuls had members on Edgecliffe. Indeed, one of our shuls was founded by Morris Kimmel, of blessed memory. We had Holocaust survivors, teachers at Hillel Academy, a cantor, immigrant families, and long-time Canadian families. Almost all of the children on the street went to the only Jewish day school, Hillel Academy. Those that didn’t, went to supplementary school. We were community. We represented the spectrum of Ottawa’s Jewish community, our parents participated in it strongly, and that got passed down to us. [Read more…]