Jewish Association in Montreal may find its roots since 1759, when the first Jewish settlers arrived in Canada. As a result of socio-economic conditions existing in Russia in the second mid-1800s many Jewish immigrants fled to Canada seeking for asylum and better life for families, most of them chose Canadian city called Montreal.
These immigrants have built very important religious and social institutions that have survived to today in Montreal. In fact, until the early sixties of the twentieth century Montreal served as a “capital” of Canadian Jews. Among other book, the “Israel Medres’book Montreal” tells the story of Canadian jews which was first published in Yiddish in 1947 and has only recently been translated into English by the Vivian Felsen a translator from Toronto. The book is a collection of several articles that previously appeared in installments every two weeks in Montreal Yiddish newspaper called “Keneder Odler” (“Jewish Daily Eagle”). As stated in the Preface, these short articles serve as a nice commentary on the history of the Jewish community in Montreal.
The book is very interesting and instructive for all who want to experience it like to live in Montreal Jewish immigrants at the turn of last century.