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North of the Border

Richard Menkis, 6. August 2014
For far too long, Canadian Jewry was not deemed worthy of academic inquiry. This has begun to change. Historians are discovering an unique and vibrant community.




Recently, on the occasion of the 350th anniversary of Jewish history in America, a number of Jewish historians reminisced about the bad old days, when American Jewish history was considered somewhere between trivial and irrelevant. As Paula Hyman pointed out at the... Mehr...
Vancouver

“Free to be and proud to be Jewish”

Johnna Kaplan, 6. August 2014
Facts and Impressions on Jewish life in Canada´s metropolis on the Pacific.

Some Impressions
When my mother came to Vancouver from Calgary in 1947, she told me, “It was a difficult time. We lived in the back of a grocery store. My brother and I shared a sort of room. We had no bathtub, we had no stove, just a hot plate - on which my mother magically... Mehr...
PUBLIC SCULPTURE

“It´s always Been about Building”

Sue Carter Flinn, 6. August 2014
For more than a decade, Ilan Sandler has been illuminating urban landmarks in Canada and beyond with his gentle intellectual humour.

It’s been more than a decade since Ilan Sandler first delighted the city of Toronto with his giant sculpture Double Storey. From May to September 2003, his 5.5 metre-tall stainless-steel lawn chair dominated Toronto’s Sculpture Garden, a small urban park near the city’s... Mehr...
IMMIGRATION

Summers by the Lake with Morgie

Monica Strauss, 6. August 2014
Our author shares childhood memories of Camp Lake Pembina in Quebec province, where Jewish youngsters from Canada and the US bonded for live in the untouched beauty of the Lanaudière region.


Between 1933 and 1948 only 5000 Jews were admitted to Canada, the lowest number of any Western nation. Luckily for future generations of youngsters, Lies and Hans
Morgenstern, a couple from Fürth, Germany, were among the few who made the cut in the late 1930’s. Lies found... Mehr...
COMMUNITY

Diverse, but Strong

Dave Gordon, 6. August 2014
Half of Canada's Jews live in the Greater Toronto Area, making the country›s largest city a major Jewish hub. The community is split by geography, but remains vibrant.


Toronto Jewry’s story is similar to most North American large cities: one of the struggling immigrant pulling themselves up from their bootstraps and in three generations becoming prominent movers and shakers. The Jewish population in Toronto hovers around 190,000 according to a... Mehr...