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Susan Landau-Chark

Associate Director

Degrees:B.Sc, M.A, PhD Concordia University
Phone:613-520-2600 x 1320
Office:1401R-B Richcraft Hall

In 2016, the ZC was pleased to welcome our new Associate Director, Dr. Susan Landau-Chark to its leadership team. Dr. Landau-Chark received her PhD in Religion from Concordia University in Montreal. For the past several years, her research focus has been early Jewish settlement in Canada. Most recently, her research asks the question of whether or not there was a Jewish presence at Confederation (1867).

Her latest publication was “Traversing the 49th Parallel: Seeking Accommodation, Resisting Dislocation: The Canadian Jewish Experience Prior to 1867,” Neither in Dark Speeches nor in Similitudes: Reflections and Refractions Between Canadian and American Jews. Barry Stiefel and Hernan Tesler-Mabe, eds. Waterloo, ON: Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 2016.

In addition to her scholarship, Dr. Landau Chark brings a long history of community leadership and service to the role. Since arriving in Ottawa in 2008, she has volunteered at the Ottawa Jewish Archive, and has also served on the Ottawa Coalition for Violence Against Women Education committee. At present she is President of Congregation Adath Shalom, is part of the Shalom Group, the coordinating committee (representing Kehillat Beth Israel, Or Haneshama, and Adath Shalom) that is working to bring a Syrian Refugee Family to Canada, and is a volunteer at Hillel Lodge.

As Associate Director of the Zelikovitz Centre for Jewish Studies, Dr. Landau-Chark oversees all day-to-day operations of the Zelikovitz Centre and the events it runs in the name of Jewish Education.