Like Everyone Else but Different, Second Edition: The Paradoxical Success of Canadian Jews

Like Everyone Else but Different, Second Edition: The Paradoxical Success of Canadian Jews

by Morton Weinfeld


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Liberal democratic societies with diverse populations generally offer minorities two usually contradictory objectives: the first is equal integration and participation; the second is an opportunity, within limits, to retain their culture. Yet Canadian Jews are successfully integrated into all domains of Canadian life, while at the same time they also seem able to retain their distinct identities by blending traditional religious values and rituals with contemporary cultural options. Like Everyone Else but Different illustrates how Canadian Jews have created a space within Canada?s multicultural environment that paradoxically overcomes the potential dangers of assimilation and diversity. At the same time, this comprehensive and data-driven study documents and interprets new trends and challenges including rising rates of intermarriage, newer progressive religious options, finding equal space for women and LGBTQ Jews, tensions between non-Orthodox and Orthodox Jews, and new forms of real and perceived anti-Semitism often related to Israel or Zionism, on campus and elsewhere. The striking feature of the Canadian Jewish community is its diversity. While this diversity can lead to cases of internal conflict, it also offers opportunities for adaptation and survival. Seventeen years after its first publication, this new edition of Like Everyone Else but Different provides definitive updates that blend research studies, survey and census data, newspaper accounts and articles, and the author?s personal observations and experiences to provide an informative, provocative, and fascinating account of Jewish life and multiculturalism in contemporary Canada.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780773552814
Publisher: McGill-Queens University Press
Publication date: 03/21/2018
Series: Carleton Library Series , #245
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 464
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Morton Weinfeld is professor of sociology and holds the chair in Canadian Ethnic Studies at McGill University.

Table of Contents

Preface to the Second Edition vii

Preface to the First Edition ix

Introduction: A Paradoxical People: Diversity and Success 3

1 Who Are the Jews? The Elements of Jewish Diversity 16

2 Quality, Quantity, and Conflict: The Socio-demographic Context of Jewish Survival 41

3 Building a Community: Migration and Regional Settlement 55

4 Earning a Living: From Work to Wealth 86

5 The Bonds of Intimacy: Jewish Families and Relationships 116

6 The Communal Foundation of Jewish Life: People, Neighbourhoods, and Organizations 153

7 Between High Culture and Daily Life: From Literature and Art to Klezmer and Kugel 186

8 The People of the Book: Jewish Education and Jewish Survival 218

9 Jews, Judaism, and the Public Square: The Political Behaviour of Canadian Jews 243

10 A Holy Nation: Canadian Judaism between Tradition and Modernity 274

11 Sticks, Stones, and Social Relations: The Evolving Forms of Anti-Semitism 307

Epilogue: A Canadian Jewish Model? 337


1 Counts of the Canadian Jewish Population 345

2 Sources of Evidence 351

3 Bibliographic Essay 353

Notes 359

Index 423

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