A journey through 100 years

Creating and Sustaining a Community: Montreal’s Federation CJA in its First Century

Ira Robinson

When the concept of a Federation for the Jewish charities of Montreal was first considered in the second decade of the twentieth century, Jews in Montreal were witnessing a veritable explosion in the Jewish population of the city.  While the 1901 Dominion Census recorded 7607 Jews in Quebec, the vast majority of whom lived in Montreal, the 1911 Census showed there to be 30,758 Jews, a quadrupling in number in just ten years.  This torrent of Jewish immigration did not abate until the interruption of international travel caused by the onset of the First World War in 1914.

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