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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About the Author
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#8211;author of Les Juifs du Québec, bibliographie r#233;trospective annot#233;e (1979) and The Stones that Speak/Les pierres qui parlents (1992).
Barbara Young is the translator of this book.
Table of Contents
Table of Contents for
Jews and French Quebecers: Two Hundred Years of Shared History, by Jacques Langlais and David Rome, translated by Barbara Young
Preface to the English Translation
The Ultramontane Influence
The Quiet Revolution
Preface to the Original French Version
Relatives, Partners and Neighbours
Decades of Rupture
I. Early Jewish Presence in Quebec, 1627–1882
Travel in New France Prohibited
The First Jewish Families
The First English Sephardic Community
Early Contributions to Political History
The Jews and the War in Quebec
Growth of the First Congregation: The de Solas
The 1882 Reform
The Associations: Emergence of a New Judaism
II. The Great Yiddish Migration, 1880–1940
From Shtetl to America
Insertion into Quebec
III. The Reaction of French Quebec, 1880–1945
A New Phenomenon: Anti-Semitism
Precursors in Quebec
Anti-Semitism in the 1930s
IV. The Quiet Revolution of Jewish Quebecers, 1945–76
Church and Synagogue in Quebec
Arrival of the French-Speaking Jews
The 1976 Crisis
New Community Spirit
V. Where Is the Jewish Community Headed?
The Challenge of Continuity
The Ambivalence of Nationalism in the 1970s
Exodus of Jewish Youth?
From Ethnocentric to Cultural Nationalism
The Future Belongs to Quebecers
Chronology: The Jews in Quebec