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In Memoriam: Daniel J. Elazar

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pp. ix-x

As noted in the foreword, this volume was conceived and edited by three people. Unfortunately, one, Daniel Elazar, has not lived to see its publication. His two collaborators on this project dedicate it to his memory. Dan was a cherished and close friend and mentor. An intellectual with a prodigious range, his publication record was nothing less than...

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Foreword: How This Book Came to Be

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pp. xi-xii

The constitutional documents of organized Canadian Jewry appear, on the surface, to be a very narrow focus for a book. In fact, however, the Canadian Jewish community is today the fourth largest in the Diaspora and a key player in world Jewish affairs. Studying Canadian Jewish organizations requires, moreover, an examination of the community in itself and as a part of several broader frameworks: Canadian...

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Acknowledgements

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pp. xiii-xiv

This book has been long in the making. The collection of documents from organizations across Canada took the combined efforts of a number of people: Miriam Eisen, Elisabeth Friedman, Paulana Layman, and Janine Muller. Merle Lightman of the Centre for Jewish Studies at York University has assisted with the project in invaluable ways. In...

PART I: The Setting

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Issues and Contexts: An Introduction

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pp. 3-12

The immediate concern of this book is the political history of the Canadian Jewish community in its two contexts, Jewish and Canadian. As its starting point, however, the book takes one of the major historical problems in the study of modern Jewish political organizations: Are pre-modern Judaic political traditions evident in any way in contemporary...

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Using Foundation Documents in the Study of Jewish Public Affairs1

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pp. 13-32

Constitutionalism has been a pre-eminent aspect of the Jewish political tradition from earliest times. While the Torah, the fundamental constitution of the Jewish people, is traditionally viewed as God-given (assented to freely by the Jewish people through a series of covenants), Jews have nonetheless engaged in a considerable amount of constitutional...

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'Do Justice to Us!' Jews and the Constitution of Canada

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pp. 33-68

In 1906, the tiny Jewish community in Canada asked national legislators for the opportunity to be "good citizens."1 Parliament had legislation under consideration to mandate Sunday Sabbath observance. Jews pleaded for a policy flexible enough to allow them to keep their own Sabbath without disadvantage. Simple words expressed the essence of...

PART II: Analysis and Discussion

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Kissing Cousins: The Early History of Congregations Shearith Israel of New York City and Montreal

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pp. 71-84

New York City's Congregation Shearith Israel (Remnant of Israel), the venerable Spanish and Portuguese Synagogue, was already an old established congregation when prayers of thanksgiving for the conquest of Canada by His Majesty's forces were offered there in 1760. Not only did the conquest establish British hegemony in North America, it...

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Signs of the Times: Changing Notions of Citizenship, Governance, and Authority as Reflected in Synagogue Constitutions

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pp. 85-110

Since the 1960s, the norms of citizenship (that is, membership) and governance among Jews in the Diaspora and in Israel have been undergoing substantial transformation. The pace and nature of the change, though, have varied according to local factors and type of organization. Broadly speaking, Jews have become increasingly secularized. Nonetheless...

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They Work in Faithfulness: Studies inthe Constitutional Documents ofCanadian Jewish Organizations Other Than Synagogues1

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pp. 111-152

Though individual Jews may well have visited the territory that comprises Canada some time earlier, contemporary Canadian Jews look to the British occupation of Quebec in the mid-eighteenth century as the beginning of their documented, ongoing community...

PART III: Selected Documents (Excerpts)

Charitable and Welfare Organizations

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pp. 155-160

Cultural and Educational Organizations

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pp. 161-164

Federations

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pp. 165-171

National Organizations

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pp. 172-176

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Patriotic Organizations

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pp. 177-178

We, citizens, residents, and landed immigrants of Canada of the Jewish faith, who served in the Wars of Canada and/or its allies, in order that we may be of greater service to our country and to one another, associate ourselves together for the following purposes: To maintain true allegiance...

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Professional Associations

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pp. 179-180

Alpha Omega is an International Dental Fraternity, the members of which are selected on the basis of Scholarship, Character, Leadership and Personality. The objectives of the Fraternity are to promote the profession of Dentistry; to establish, foster and develop high standards of Scholarship...

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Secular Organizations

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pp. 181-184

The U.J.P.O. (short form), was formed on the 4th of October, 1945, succeeding the LABOUR LEAGUE MUTUAL BENEFIT SOCIETY, which was established in April of 1926. The U.J.P.O. is a secular Jewish cultural and fraternal organization. Throughout its history the organization has made a significant mark on the life of the Canadian Jewish...

Self-Help Organizations (Landsmannshaftn)1

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pp. 185-187

Social Organizations

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pp. 188-189

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Students' and Women's Organizations

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pp. 190-192

The name of the organization is the Jewish Students' Union/B'Nai Brith Hillel Foundation at the University of Toronto. The abbreviated name of the organization is JSU/Hillel....

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Zionist and Israel-Related Organizations

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pp. 193-196

Paul David, James Cozzi, Michael Winton and Martin Richard Wasserman, all of The Municipality of Metropolitan Toronto, in the Province of Ontario, Solicitors; constituting them and any others who become members of the Corporation hereby created a corporation without share capital under the name...

Synagogues

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pp. 197-278

Contributors

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pp. 279-280