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Quebec’s Jews: Reconciling Religious Freedoms with Secular Concerns

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Ph.D., Université de Montréal, Editor, Tolerance.ca®
To many observers, the Jewish community in Quebec is highly integrated into Quebec society, yet to others it appears insular. How can this apparent contradiction be explained? How do religious groups, including Jews, deal with the trend towards secularization in Quebec? We raised these questions and others with Dr. Morton Weinfeld. Professor of Sociology at McGill University in Montréal, Dr Weinfeld holds the Chair in Canadian Ethnic Studies. He is the author of Like Everyone Else, but Different: The Paradoxical Success of Canadian Jews (McClelland & Stewart, 2001), a study of the Jewish community in Canada. Dr. Weinfeld is also a recognized authority on Quebec’s Jewish community.

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* Image : Reuters. Ultra-Orthodox Jews recite the traditional New Years prayer of Tashlich as a secular Jewish couple return from an afternoon on the beach. At the close of the Jewish New Year holiday of Rosh Hashana religious Jews should pray nearby running water and symbollically throw their sins into the moving water at sundown. The group are praying on a promenade alongside the main Tel Aviv public beach as the sun set. 




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