The first settlers came
from Spain, where they had been wealthy, industrious, peaceful and
law-abiding. In 1768 descendants of the exiles from Spain and Portugal
settled in Montreal, bringing with them the noble, chivalrous
inheritance of their fore fathers, and, with their usual energy
organized the first synagogue.
I came across an old
book in pdf format, "The Jews in Canada", and while it is not in good
condition it is still readable so thought I'd make it available for you
You can download the book here
Hart, Arthur D., ed. The Jew in Canada.
Toronto: Now & Then Books, 2010. 466 pp.
When it was first published in 1926, The Jew in Canada was a pioneering
work that set down nearly everything that was then publicly known about
the Jewish community in Canada. It could fairly be said that this book
both recorded the accomplishments of Canadian Jews, and actively
contributed to Canadian Jews’ growing vision of themselves as a
community. It had long been out of print and was mostly known only to
those specialized in Canadian Jewish history, who mined it for its
riches of information.
It has now been reprinted in an abridged edition. “In order to keep this
volume to a reasonable size and price”, the publisher has eliminated 110
pages of the original edition, mostly consisting of B.G. Sack’s
historical essay. What remains wisely follows the pagination of the
original edition. This publication will be a useful addition to the
libraries of anyone interested in the Canadian Jewish community and its
history in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.
Read this abridged version here in pdf format
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