[Mendele] Mendele Personal Notices & Announcements--New book on Yiddish culture in Montreal

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April 4, 2011

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Date: Tue, 15 Mar 2011 09:00:14 -0400 (EDT)
From: remargolis at aol.com
Subject: Yiddish Culture in Montreal

New book on Yiddish culture in Montreal

Jewish Roots, Canadian Soil: Yiddish Culture in Montreal, 1905-1945 How 
Montreal's Yiddish community ensured its lasting cultural importance and 
influence. Rebecca Margolis, University of Ottawa

In 1931, ninety-nine percent of Montreal's sixty thousand Jews reported 
that Yiddish was their mother tongue. In the succeeding decades, Yiddish 
culture has continued to have a prominent place in Montreal's social 
landscape. In Jewish Roots, Canadian Soil, Rebecca Margolis shows that the 
city's vibrant Yiddish culture is the legacy of a driven group of the 
city's Jews who devoted themselves to the revitalization of the Jewish 
community, creating a long-lasting infrastructure and institutions that 
have bolstered Yiddish identity. Looking at Montreal's Jewish community 
during the first half of the twentieth century, Margolis explores the 
lives and works of activists, writers, scholars, performers, and 
organizations that fuelled a still-thriving community. She also considers 
the foundations and development of Yiddish cultural life in Montreal in 
its interaction with broader issues of diasporic Jewish culture. An 
illuminating look at the ways in which Yiddish culture was maintained in 
North America, Jewish Roots, Canadian Soil is the story of how a minority 
culture was transplanted and transformed. "Rebecca Margolis' fine study 
deepens our knowledge of Montreal and immigrant centers elsewhere. It is 
not just a local history, but a study with important implications for 
understanding modern Jewish history, as well as the history of Canadian 
immigration, in a broad frame." Tony Michels, Department of History, 
University of Wisconsin, Madison

McGill-Queen~@~Ys University Press
320 pages | 6 x 9 | 25 b&w photos | 1 map Cloth March 2011 | ISBN 
(0773538127) 9780773538122 A volume in the McGill-Queen's Studies in 
Ethnic History series http://mqup.mcgill.ca/book.php?bookid=2622
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