Jewish roots, Canadian soil [electronic resource] : Yiddish culture in Montreal, 1905-1945 /
Rebecca Margolis.
imprint
Montreal ; Ithaca : McGill-Queen's University Press, c2011.
description
xxi, 293 p. : ill., map ; 24 cm.
ISBN
0773538127, 9780773538122
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Book
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imprint
Montreal ; Ithaca : McGill-Queen's University Press, c2011.
isbn
0773538127
9780773538122
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Licensed for access by U. of T. users.
contents note
Introduction -- The Montreal Yiddish Press -- Yiddish literary activity in Montreal -- Montreal's secular Jewish schools -- The Montreal Yiddish Theatre -- Transition : 1945 and beyond.
catalogue key
10510726
 
Includes bibliographical references: [237]-275 and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 2011-12-01:
Jews formed the largest single immigrant group in interwar years Montreal, and Yiddish was the city's third language after French and English. In this well-researched volume, Margolis (Univ. of Ottawa, Canada) provides a thick description of Montreal's "Yiddishland," focusing on the "community activists, organizations and publications" that fueled the city's community-based Yiddish culture. The author provides fulsome background and makes a persuasive case for why, given Montreal's distinct binational history, Yiddish thrived there more than it did in Toronto or New York. She builds on an earlier symposium published as An Everyday Miracle: Yiddish Culture in Montreal (ed. by Ira Robinson et al, 1990), where, in a brilliant essay, David Roskies portrayed Yiddish Montreal as a "utopian experiment." Inexplicably, though, Margolis pays less attention than Roskies did to the distinctive roles played by Labor Zionism, Yiddish-Hebrew bilingualism, and an ideology predicated on peoplehood in forging the city's Jewish culture. Her volume fills in many details concerning the Yiddish press, literary activities, the secular schools, and the Yiddish theater, but Rockies' essay is more imaginative and elegant. Summing Up: Recommended. For Canadian libraries and advanced students. J. D. Sarna Brandeis University
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"A welcome addition to the field of Canadian Jewish Studies that will appeal to both specialists and those interested in the evolution of multi-culturalism in Canada." Franklin Bialystok, Centre for Jewish Studies, University of Toronto
"Rebecca Margolis' fine study deepens our knowledge of Montreal and immigrant centers elsewhere. It is not just a local history, but a study with important implications for understanding modern Jewish history, as well as the history of Canadian immigration, in a broad frame." Tony Michels, Department of History, University of Wisconsin
"This is an engaging narrative that contributes greatly to the history of immigration and our knowledge of Canada's ethnic groups." Alexander Freund, University of Winnipeg
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Summaries
Main Description
In 1931, ninety-nine percent of Montreal's sixty thousand Jews reported that Yiddish was their mother tongue. In the succeeding decades, Yiddish culture has continued to have a prominent place in Montreal's social landscape. In Jewish Roots, Canadian Soil, Rebecca Margolis shows that the city's vibrant Yiddish culture is the legacy of a driven group of the city's Jews who devoted themselves to the revitalization of the Jewish community, creating a long-lasting infrastructure and institutions that have bolstered Yiddish identity. Looking at Montreal's Jewish community during the first half of the twentieth century, Margolis explores the lives and works of activists, writers, scholars, performers, and organizations that fuelled a still-thriving community. She also considers the foundations and development of Yiddish cultural life in Montreal in its interaction with broader issues of diasporic Jewish culture. An illuminating look at the ways in which Yiddish culture was maintained in North America, Jewish Roots, Canadian Soil is the story of how a minority culture was transplanted and transformed.
Main Description
In 1931, ninety-nine percent of Montreal's sixty thousand Jews reported that Yiddish was their mother tongue. In the succeeding decades, Yiddish culture has continued to have a prominent place in Montreal's social landscape. In Jewish Roots, Canadian Soil Rebecca Margolis shows that the city's vibrant Yiddish culture is the legacy of a driven group of the city's Jews who devoted themselves To The revitalization of the Jewish community, creating a long-lasting infrastructure and institutions that have bolstered Yiddish identity.Looking at Montreal's Jewish community during the first half of the twentieth century, Margolis explores the lives and works of activists, writers, scholars, performers, and organizations that fuelled a still-thriving community. She also considers the foundations and development of Yiddish cultural life in Montreal in its interaction with broader issues of diasporic Jewish culture.An illuminating look at the ways in which Yiddish culture was maintained in North America, Jewish Roots, Canadian Soil is the story of how a minority culture was transplanted and transformed.
Main Description
Looking at Montreal's Jewish community during the first half of the twentieth century, Margolis explores the lives and works of activists, writers, scholars, performers, and organizations that fuelled a still-thriving community. She also considers the foundations and development of Yiddish cultural life in Montreal in its interaction with broader issues of diasporic Jewish culture. An illuminating look at the ways in which Yiddish culture was maintained in North America, Jewish Roots, Canadian Soil is the story of how a minority culture was transplanted and transformed.
Table of Contents
Illustrations and Figuresp. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Prefacep. xiii
Introductionp. 3
The Montreal Yiddish Pressp. 39
Yiddish Literary Activity in Montrealp. 75
Montreal's Secular Jewish Schoolsp. 123
The Montreal Yiddish Theatrep. 159
Transitions: 1945 and Beyondp. 190
Notesp. 209
Bibliographyp. 237
Indexp. 277
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