The Jews of Windsor, 1790-1990

The Jews of Windsor, 1790-1990

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Beginning with the first Jewish settler, Moses David, the important role that Windsor Jews played in the development of Ontarioa€™s south is mirrored in this 200-year chronicle. the founding pioneer families transformed their Eastern European shtetl into a North American settlement; many individuals were involved in establishing synagogues, schools, and an organized communal structure in spite of divergent religious, political, and economic interests. Modernity and the growing influences of Zionism and Conservative/Reform Judaism challenged the traditional and leftist leanings of the communitya€™s founders. From the outset, Jews were represented in city council, actively involved in communal organizations, and appointed to judicial posts. While its Jewish population was small, Windsor boasted Canadaa€™s first Jewish Cabinet members, provincially and federally, in David Croll and Herb Gray. As the new millennium approached, jews faced shrinking numbers, forcing major consolidations in order to ensure their survival.The establishment of Ford Motor Company of Canada in 1904 spawned a fourth Border City a€” Ford City a€” community, which grew rapidly to achieve town status and join the existing border munici- palities. ... Continuing to develop its position as a transportation centre and border gateway, Windsora#39;s ferry service expanded its operations beyond passengers ... and expanded into a true interurban electric railway by 1907, extending from Tecumseh in the east to downriver Amherstburg.

Title:The Jews of Windsor, 1790-1990
Author:Jonathan V. Plaut
Publisher:Dundurn - 2007-05-30


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