Contemporary Jewry

, Volume 6, Issue 2, pp 26–33 | Cite as

Sephardim and ashkenazim in montreal

  • Jean-Claude Lasry


The first factor, one inherent in the adaptation process of the successive waves of immigrants, disappears as the newcomers integrate into the community and join the Establishment The second factor, the Arabic component of the North African personality, is changing from a tension-inducing factor to a source of pride The linguistic difference, a deep divisiveness between North African Jews and the Anglicized old timers, is also bound to disappear with time, as Francization generalizes in Québec and as its inevitability becomes certain Some communal institutions have already carried out programs to promote the acceptance of Francization. For some Anglophone Jewish community leaders, Norm African Jews may be slowly perceived as a blueprint of their own Jewish future m a French Québec

At the attitude level, the marked preference of our respondents for “Canadian Jews” rather man “Ashkenazim” implies a clear distinction between bora concepts As Canadian Jews will take over from the European-born Ashkenazim the controls of business and community affairs, relations between them and Norm African Jews should improve Selection of Canadian Jews as friends for rae respondents’ children supports this predicton


Adaptation Process Community Leader Religious Study Jewish Community Communal Institution 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jean-Claude Lasry
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  1. 1.Université de Montreal & Department of PsychiatryJewish General Hospital

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