The Montreal Moroccan diaspora: History, memories and identities

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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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)129-142
Number of pages14
JournalEuropean Judaism
Volume52
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 1 2019
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Identity
  • Jewish
  • Memory
  • Montreal
  • Moroccan
  • Québécois
  • Sephardi Voices

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cultural Studies
  • History
  • Religious studies
  • Philosophy
  • Applied Psychology

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