(Photo of Montreal Yiddish poets, including Jacob Segal, Chava Rosenfarb, and Melekh Ravitch, courtesy of www.chavarosenfarb.com)
An article in La Presse last weekend told the story of Montreal’s Jewish community, once called the “Little Jerusalem of America.” The community boasted writers, artists, and political leaders, and was predominantly Yiddish-speaking. In 1930, approximately 97% of Montreal Jews spoke Yiddish, the article says.
In a list of what remains of the heritage of Yiddish in Montreal, the article in La Presse mentions the courses offered by the Jewish Studies Department of McGill. The language courses on offer include Yiddish at the introductory, intermediate, and advanced levels; the literature courses include an introductory course, a course in modern Yiddish literature, and higher-level tutorials and seminars.