Morton Weinfeld


"Undoubtedly the most important study of Canadian Jewish life in a generation."
Harold Troper

"There should be a book like this for any and all groups that make up Canadian society. Meanwhile, read this one. You will laugh a little, think a lot, and learn why no one will ever write the last word on the Jews of Canada -- though Morton Weinfeld comes close."
Desmond Morton

"An outstanding analysis of Canadian Jewish life today, written with verve and humour and accessible to all."
Gerald Tulchinski

McClelland & Stewart CAN 2001


The Paradoxical Success of Canadian Jews

Canada's Jews have done more than prevail, despite a troubled history and their continued fears for the future. They are, in fact, on their way to becoming the world's second most important Diaspora community, and enjoy a quality of life unmatched since the Golden Age of Spain.

In Like Everyone Else ... But Different, Morton Weinfeld investigates the complex and fascinating story of Jews in Canada today. In chapters laced with revealing anecdote, the latest research, and classic Jewish humour, he explores their history and diversity, their work lives and family lives, their various communities and religious divisions, their politics and culture.

The Jewish story in Canada is a story based on paradox. Canada's Jews are a diverse and sometimes fractious group, yet that diversity is their strength and the key to their vitality. They are at the leading edge of many trends in our society, yet their cultural traditions and religious observance remain strong. Anti-Semitism is far from gone, but Jews are increasingly an object of admiration or at least curiosity. As a group, they enjoy high incomes, high levels of education, distinction in business, science, and the arts. They are a multicultural group par excellence, a model of how to do it right.

This absorbing, entertaining, and often controversial study, written by an authority in total command of his subject, is essential reading for every Canadian Jew and for anyone connected to or curious about Jewish life and multiculturalism in Canada.

Dr. Morton Weinfeld is a professor of sociology and holds the chair in Canadian Ethnic Studies at McGill University. He has been teaching a course on the sociology of Canadian Jewry at McGill since 1977. He is the author of numerous works, both academic and popular, on modern Jewish studies, history, ethnicity, immigration, and other topics, and writes a monthly column for the Canadian Jewish News. He lives in Montreal.