The Montreal Moroccan Diaspora

History, Memories and Identities

in European Judaism
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  • 1 University of Miami (Florida)
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Abstract

Canada's Moroccan Jewish community is the third largest diaspora in the world after Israel and France. This article introduces Sephardi Voices, a project to collect, preserve and archive audio-visually the life stories of Jews displaced from Arab/Islamic lands and in the process sketches an overview of the resettlement of one Sephardi migration community, the Moroccan to Montreal. Featuring scholars like Joseph Levy, Yolande Cohen and Jean-Claude Lasry, the integration experience of Moroccan Jews into the anglophone Ashkenazi community and the francophone Québécois society is presented, along with their efforts to build a French-Sephardi institutional structure to preserve their heritage. The article highlights the role of oral history and the aesthetics of remembrance as important vehicles to depict how memories are imparted and identities formed. Today, the Moroccan Jews of Montreal are transnationals and proud to add Canadian to their identity chain of Jewish, Sephardi, Moroccan and French.

Contributor Notes

Henry Green, Professor of Religious Studies, is the former Director of Judaic and Sephardi Studies at the University of Miami (Florida). He is the Founding Director of MOSAIC: The Jewish Museum of Florida and Sephardi Voices, an international audio-visual project to document the testimonies/life-stories of Sephardi/Mizrahi displaced from Arab/Islamic lands post 1945.

European Judaism

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