Sara Ferdman Tauben is the author of Traces of the Past: Montreal’s Early Synagogues (Véhicule Press, 2011). She has a BA in History and Art History from Haifa University, an MA in Judaic Studies from Concordia University and diplomas and professional experience in Fashion Design and Interior Design. A volunteer in the Montreal Jewish community for over thirty years, her leadership has been recognized with both the Young Leadership and Distinguished Leadership awards. She was raised in a Yiddish-speaking home in Los Angeles and worked as a designer in Israel before moving to Montreal. Traces of the Past is a result of the intersection of all of these interests, experiences, and skills.