Jew or Juif?: Jews, French Canadians,...

Michael Brown`s landmark study offers an unusual perspective on the origins of Canadian-Jewish assimilation in Anglo-Canada and the fear and insecurity that Canadian Jews experienced under the French Canadians.

5 Introduction possibility of separation from the rest of Canada have ranged from the eager enthusiasm of a tiny minority to general “ uncertainty and even fear” among the majority of Quebec’s Jews. 2  Fewer than 20 percent of the Jews polled a few years ago on the issue of  French- Canadian nation-alism indicated definite willingness to live in an independent Quebec. 3 The  depth of the Jewish response to the rise of French- Canadian na-tionalism would seem to indicate that, despite their long history in the province of Quebec, Jews do not feel altogether rooted there. It seems to give the lie to the self- image held by many Canadian Jews only a few short years ago, that as a group they could serve as a bridge between French and Anglo- Canadians. 4  And it is somewhat surprising, since Jews have traditionally tended to  “ understand, even sympathize with the aspirations for self- renewal on the part of French Canadians.” 5  A 1967 study of a small sample of Montreal Jews showed that 72 percent of them felt that at least some of the grievances of French Canadians were well founded. 6  During most of their history in Canada, Jews have had a better record of  bilingualism ( that is, speaking French and Eng-lish) than most other groups. 7  Such Jewish writers as A. M. Klein and Mordecai Richler have written  about French Canadians and their cul-ture with considerable sympathy and understanding. 8  In recent years many Jews, like some French Canadians, have sensed a parallel  between the Jewish nationalist revival in Israel and French- Canadian national-ism.9 And  since the 1950s as many as 30,000 French- speaking Jews havesettled  in Canada, at least half of them in Quebec. Yet, most Jews in Quebec, like those elsewhere in Canada, seem to identify almost exclu-sively with Anglo- Canada, its language and culture. Certainly, Jews came to Canada expecting to acculturate to a greater or lesser degree; they were not looking to establish an autonomous Jew-ish cultural life, such as had existed in eastern Europe before World War II. Moreover, a large number of those who immigrated after 1875— and especially after the turn of the century— knew neither French nor English and thus were set apart linguistically and religiously from both of Canada’s national groups. On the face of it, then, Jews might have integrated into either French or Anglo- Canada. Since so many Jews lived in close proximity to both cultures in Quebec, and since the over-whelming majority in that part of the country was French, the failure of any significant number of Jews today to feel a part of French Canada appears all the more odd. And although it is true that there have been numerous expressions of antisemitism and anti- Israel sentiment among French- Canadian nationalists in recent years, 10  such pronouncements   C h a p t e r Home  | T O C  | I n d e x For use on stand- alone, non- institutional computers only. To purchase Scholar PDF version with advanced functionality, go to www. publishersrow. com

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FRONT MATTERPhoto of Hattie Kellert as Miss Jewish Times,TITLE PAGE Jew or Juif?COPYRIGHT PAGEDEDICATION PAGEACKNOWLEDGMENTSCONTENTSILLUSTRATIONSNotesSelected BibliographyManuscripts and Unpublished MaterialsNewspapers and PeriodicalsPrinted Memoirs and LettersPrinted Sources Contemporaneous with the StudyBOOKS AND PAMPHLETSARTICLESSome Later Works Relating Directly to Canadian JewsBOOKS AND PAMPHLETSARTICLESIndex
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