Yiddish Courses at McGill Connect With Montreal’s Jewish Past

(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.

Click here to see the courses offered by the Jewish Studies Department.

Click here to read the full article in La Presse.

Royal Society of Canada Honours Three Jewish Studies Scholars, Including One From McGill

The fellows of the Royal Society, Canada’s most prestigious academic organization, voted this year to invite three scholars of Jewish Studies to join the group: David Novak and Derek Penslar of the University of Toronto and our own Gershon Hundert, of McGill, who edits the YIVO Encyclopedia of Jews in Eastern Europe, now available online.

“This is a signal that we’ve come of age and we have a place in the academy,” Hundert told a reporter.

Click here to read the full story in The Canadian Jewish News.

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