Immigration and Charity in the Montreal Jewish Community before 1890

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Immigration and Charity in the Montreal Jewish Community before 1890
Abstract
An examination of how Montreal Jewry in the second half of the nineteenth century approached its religious duty towards the less well-off Jews in the city. The author looks primarily at the work of the Young Men’s Hebrew Benevolent Society, established in the city in 1863, and determines that the tradition of tsedakah (a Hebrew word that translates as “righteousness”) was not very widespread among Montreal’s more prosperous Jews. One of the reasons for this reluctance to support charitable work was due to the ethnic division within the Jewish community, with the longer established and more prosperous German Jews looking down on the later arrivals from Eastern Europe.
Book Title
Immigration in Canada: Historical Perspectives
Place
Toronto
Publisher
Copp Clark Longman Inc.
Date
1994
Pages
155-176
Language
en
URL
Citation
Tulchinsky, Gerald. “Immigration and Charity in the Montreal Jewish Community before 1890.” In Immigration in Canada: Historical Perspectives, edited by Gerald Tulchinsky, 155–176. Toronto: Copp Clark Longman Inc., 1994. http://hssh.journals.yorku.ca/index.php/hssh/article/viewFile/38303/34706.
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