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Neither in Dark Speeches nor in Similitudes

Reflections and Refractions Between Canadian and American Jews

Edited by Barry L. Stiefel & Hernan Tesler-Mabé
Subjects History, Jewish Studies
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Paperback : 9781771122313, 239 pages, December 2016
Ebook (EPUB) : 9781771122337, 239 pages, December 2016

Table of contents

1. The Value of Canadian Jewish History to the American Jewish Historian and Vice Versa: Another Look | Jonathan D. Sarna
2. Traversing the 49th Parallel: The Jewish Experience Prior to 1881 | Susan Landau-Chark
3. Re-evaluating Jew or Juif? Jewish Community and Life in Franco Heritage North America | Barry L. Stiefel
4. Planting the Seed of Identity: The Contributions of the Early Jewish Farmers of North America | Howard Gontovnick
5. Bacon, Beans, and a Fine Dish of “Ditto”: Commonalities in Early Jewish Life and Religiosity along the Pacific West Coast | Lillooet Nordlinger
6. They Who Control the Time: The Orthodox Alliance of Abraham De Sola and Jacques Judah Lyons and the Nineteenth-Century Jewish Calendar | Zev Eleff
Finding a Rabbi for Quebec City: The Interplay between an American Rabbinate and a Canadian Congregation | Ira Robinson
7. “Chasing the Cure” on Both Sides of the Border: Jewish Tuberculosis Sanatoriums in Denver and Montreal | Jeanne Abrams
8. Performing Jewish?  Heinz Unger, Gustav Mahler, and the Musical Strains of German-Jewish Identity in Canada and the United States | Hernan Tesler-Mabé
9. East Meets West: Sephardic and Mizrahi Jews in Canada and the United States | Kelly Train


Neither in Dark Speeches nor in Similitudes is an interdisciplinary collaboration of Canadian and American Jewish studies scholars who compare and contrast the experience of Jews along the chronological spectrum (ca. 1763 to the present) in their respective countries. Of particular interest to them is determining the factors that shaped the Jewish communities on either side of our common border, and why they differed. This collection equips Canadian and American Jewish historians to broaden their examination and ask new questions, as well as answer old questions based on fresh comparative data.