Jews & French Quebecers: Two Hundred Years of Shared History

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Wilfrid Laurier Univ. Press, 1991 - History - 187 pages
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Jews and French Quebecers recounts a saga of intense interest for the whole of Canada, let alone societies elsewhere. This work, now translated into English, represents the viewpoints of two friends from differing cultural and religious traditions. One is a French Quebecer and a Christian; the other is Jewish and also calls Quebec his home. Both men are bilingual.

Jacques Langlais and David Rome examine the merging — through alterations of close co-operation and socio-political clashes — of two Quebec ethno-cultural communities: one French, already rooted in the land of Quebec and its religio-cultural tradition; the other, Jewish, migrating from Europe through the last two centuries, equally rooted in its Jewish-Yiddish tradition. In Quebec both communities have learned to build and live together as well as to share their respective cultural heritages.

This remarkable experience, two hundred years of intercultural co-vivance, in a world fraught with ethnic tensions serves as a model for both Canada and other countries.

 

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Contents

I Early Jewish Presence in Quebec 16271882
1
II The Great Yiddish Migration 18801940
25
III The Reaction of French Quebec 18801945
53
IV The Quiet Revolution of Jewish Quebecers 194576
111
V Where Is the Jewish Community Headed?
145
Chronology The Jews in Quebec
153
Notes
161
Bibliography
179
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Father Jacques Langlais was from the Holy Cross Congregation. He was the founder, in 1963, of the Monchainin Center (which became the Intercultural Institute of Montréal in 1990) and its director from 1963 to 1970. He dedicated his life to interreligious and intercultural dialogue.

David Rome was a Canadian historian and the director of the Montreal Jewish Public Library and was part of the Canadian Jewish Congress as the archivist and later historian of the organization. He was officially honoured on several occasions, recieving CJC’s H.M. Caiserman Award and being invested as a Knight in the Order of Quebec in 1987. In addition, he is also the co–author of Les Juifs du Québec, bibliographie rétrospective annotée (1979) and The Stones that Speak/Les pierres qui parlents (1992).

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