No Better Home: Jews, Canada, and the Sense of Belonging

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David S. Koffman
University of Toronto Press, Jan 18, 2021 - Canada - 328 pages

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.

 

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Contents

Introduction What Does It Mean to Ask the Question Has There Ever Been a Better Home for the Jews Than Canada?
3
Canadian Jewries and Other Jewries Canadian Jews and Other Canadians
17
Historical Episodes Literary Creations
115
Personal Stories Language
189
Postscript Thin Canadian Culture Thick Jewish Life
297
Contributors
311
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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.

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