No Better Home?

Jews, Canada, and the Sense of Belonging

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Pub Date 16 Feb 2021 | Archive Date 04 Jun 2021

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This book begins with an audacious question: Has there ever been a better home for Jews than Canada? By certain measures, Canada might be the most socially welcoming, economically secure, and religiously tolerant country for Jews in the diaspora, past or present. No Better Home? takes this question seriously, while also exploring the many contested meanings of the idea of "home."
          Contributors to the volume include leading scholars of Canadian Jewish life as well as eminent Jewish scholars writing about Canada for the first time. The essays compare Canadian Jewish life with the quality of life experienced by Jews in other countries, examine Jewish and non-Jewish interactions in Canada, analyse specific historical moments and literary texts, reflect deeply personal histories, and widen the conversation about the quality and timbre of the Canadian Jewish experience. No Better Home? foregrounds Canadian Jewish life and ponders all that the Canadian experience has to teach about Jewish modernity.

David S. Koffman is the J. Richard Shiff Chair for the Study of Canadian Jewry and an associate professor in the Department of History at York University



This book begins with an audacious question: Has there ever been a better home for Jews than Canada? By certain measures, Canada might be the most socially welcoming, economically secure, and...


Advance Praise

"This is a fascinating volume filled with a number of intriguing and thoughtful contributions that approach the somewhat audacious theme from a variety of perspectives. It is a broad collection that mixes the intellectual with the emotional, allowing us to think and feel through the subject and ultimately reflect on the place of Jews in Canada in fresh ways."
Hernan Tesler-Mabé, Department of History, University of Ottawa

"Presented with sound and timely scholarship, and demonstrating a broad scope of research across disciplines, the collection engages an impressive of cadre of scholars to evaluate the quality of home and life for Jews through a variety of factors, including religious participation, encounters with antisemitism, cultural production, and economic success. This book was thoughtfully curated with a wide readership in mind, embracing an interdisciplinary approach to critically examining more than 150 years of Canadian Jewish experiences and the contemporary place of Jews in Canadian society."
Adara Goldberg, Holocaust Resource Center, Kean University

"This is a fascinating volume filled with a number of intriguing and thoughtful contributions that approach the somewhat audacious theme from a variety of perspectives. It is a broad collection that...


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