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The Jews in Canada

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 to read.

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 considerable
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.

Ira Robinson
Concordia University

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