This book is about the Jews of Montreal, Canada from the first individuals and families up to the vibrant community of the 20th and 21st centuries. Award-winning author Joe King relates the principal elements of the Jewish experience in Montreal and supplements the narrative with numerous anecdotes about individual Montrealers. The book contains over 300 photographs, many being published for the first time.
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Joe King is an 85-year-old journalist, broadcaster, author and historian. He is also the author of Baron Byng to Bagels, From the Ghetto to the Main and The Jewish Contribution to the Modern World. Born in Toronto, he nevertheless became known as Historian of Jewish Montreal. His career began with The Canadian Press News Agency and then their broadcasting division, Press News, with a time-out to serve in the Royal Canadian Air Force in World War II. He was a pioneer in television public affairs broadcasting and, at CJCHTV, Halifax, originated with the support of Senator Findley MacDonald, the hourlong television news and public affairs telecast. He was one of the first public affairs broadcasters on Canadian television, a cofounder of the CTV station in Halifax (CJCH-TV), and came to Montreal in 1960 to work at CFCF Radio and Television, in part because of the city's much larger Jewish community. Joe King has met and interviewed some of the most important individuals in history, Canadian, Israeli and world. King researched, wrote and hosted a television documentary, Cosmonaut and Capitalist, with the world's first spaceman Yuri Gagarin and Cyrus Eaton, who sought to build bridges between the United States and the Soviet Union during the Cold War.
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