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Jack Jedwab

Jack Jedwab

Jack Jedwab is presently Executive Director of the Association for Canadian Studies. From 1994-1998 he served as Executive Director of the Quebec Region of the Canadian Jewish Congress. He holds a doctoral degree in Quebec history from Concordia University. Dr. Jedwab is currently a lecturer at the McGill Institute for the Study of Canada where he teaches Sports in Canada. From 1989-96 he was adjunct professor in the Department of Sociology where he taught a course on ethnocultural minorities in Quebec. He has written essays in books, scholarly journals and in newspapers across the country.

The Diverse Family of Canadians: Documenting the Immigrant Experience in Canada

In this essay, the Executive Director of the Association for Canadian Studies, Jack Jedwab, writes about the importance of family, neighbourhood and community when adjusting to a new life in Canada.


20 Years Later ...
1977, director: Jacques Bensimon

Excerpt (1:32)


A Jewish leader from Morocco now living in Montreal explains that he and other members of the francophone Jewish community need to maintain a strong Jewish identity. He believes that attachment to familiar values helps immigrants feel secure in meeting the challenges of the new milieu. The development of this identity should be understood as a basis for participation in the larger society.

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