Honouring Ruth Goldbloom, an unsung hero of Pier 21

The Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 in Halifax, Nova Scotia. (Wikimedia Commons)

The late Ruth Goldbloom helped found the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21, which has been a national historic site as the gateway to Canada for more than a million immigrants, including tens of thousands of Jews in the 20th century. When Goldbloom died in Halifax nine years ago, more than 1,500 people came to her funeral. A street has been named after her and the museum at Pier 21 named a boardroom in her honour.

But the woman herself still isn’t very well known to the public. A new initiative is hoping to change that. Goldbloom’s cousins in Halifax, Howard Conter and his wife, Karen Conter, are working to have a permanent sculpture of the prominent philanthropist built and placed outside her beloved museum—so visitors can sit beside her and appreciate what she helped build. They’re raising $250,000 for a campaign they call “Honouring Ruth”, which will pay for the sculpture and contribute to a bursary in her name. On today’s episode of The CJN Daily, the Conters join to discuss their efforts.

What we talked about:

  • Learn more about Honouring Ruth at the Atlantic Jewish Council
  • View the website for Canada’s immigration museum at pier21.ca
  • Watch a video of Goldbloom tap dancing at age 88 on YouTube
  • Read Goldbloom’s obituary from 2012 at The CJN

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