Faces in the Crowd: The Jews of Canada

By Franklin Bialystok

© 2021

The Jews were the first ethno-cultural minority to arrive in Canada, settling in Quebec in 1759. Their story is analogous to the experiences of subsequent immigrants as they arrived and settled into their new homes.

Faces in the Crowd sheds light on the unique immigrant experience of the Jews in Canada by focusing on three processes: settlement, adaptation, and diversity. Drawing on case studies from the eighteenth century to the present day, Franklin Bialystok introduces the people and personalities who made up the Canadian Jewish experience. An appendix offers profiles of prominent individuals who have contributed to Canadian life since the Second World War, including business owners, rabbis, politicians, academics, writers, musicians, and entertainers.

Exploring the immigrant experience through the lens of the collective, Bialystok adds new research, unique insights, and, best of all, memorable stories to the history of Jewish life in Canada.

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  • Page Count: 424 pages
  • Illustrations: 12
  • Dimensions: 6.0in x 1.0in x 9.0in
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Faces in the Crowd is an exploration of the lives and contributions of Jews to Canada.

Faces in the Crowd: The Jews of Canada

By Franklin Bialystok

© 2021

The Jews were the first ethno-cultural minority to arrive in Canada, settling in Quebec in 1759. Their story is analogous to the experiences of subsequent immigrants as they arrived and settled into their new homes.

Faces in the Crowd sheds light on the unique immigrant experience of the Jews in Canada by focusing on three processes: settlement, adaptation, and diversity. Drawing on case studies from the eighteenth century to the present day, Franklin Bialystok introduces the people and personalities who made up the Canadian Jewish experience. An appendix offers profiles of prominent individuals who have contributed to Canadian life since the Second World War, including business owners, rabbis, politicians, academics, writers, musicians, and entertainers.

Exploring the immigrant experience through the lens of the collective, Bialystok adds new research, unique insights, and, best of all, memorable stories to the history of Jewish life in Canada.

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Product Details

  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 424 pages
  • Illustrations: 12
  • Dimensions: 6.0in x 1.0in x 9.0in
  • Author Information

    Franklin Bialystok is a sessional lecturer at the Centres for Canadian and Jewish Studies at the University of Toronto.
  • Table of contents

    Preface

    Introduction: Who Are the Jews?

    Part One: Foundations, 1760–1900

    1. Creating a Community: The Jews of Quebec
    2. The Jews of the Atlantic, Pacific, and Ontario

    Part Two: Building a Community, 1900–1945

    3. The Great Migration
    4. Yiddish Canada
    5. Organizations
    6. Reformers, Radicals, Rogues
    7. Antisemitism

    Part Three: The Community Matures, 1945–2000

    8. Into the Mainstream
    9. Confronting History: 1945–1967
    10. Filling the Void: 1967–1985
    11. Continuity and Consensus: 1985–2000
    12. Faith, Culture, Scholarship, and Politics: 1945–2000
    13. The Jewish Diaspora Comes to Bathurst Street

    Part Four: Canada’s Jews since 2000

    14. The Ascent of Diversity in the New Millennium

    Epilogue: “Hallelujah”

    Appendix: Faces in the Crowd

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