Jews in Maritime Provinces of Canada Aid Zionist Cause
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Jews in Maritime Provinces of Canada Aid Zionist Cause

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Jewish communal life in the Maritime Provinces of Canada may be gauged by a review of the strength and position of the Jewish families who constitute part of the population of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island.

Halifax, N. S., is represented with the largest Jewish unit, which numbers 170 families and 769 persons. Charles Zwerling, who serves as president of the local Jewish community, is also president of the local Zionist body and the branch of the Jewish Immigrant Aid Society. Among the active women’s organizations is to be found the Ladies’ Aid Society, which recently celebrated the 20th anniversary of its existence. Halifax contributed $800 towards the recent United Palestine Appeal.

Glace Bay, N. S., with a Jewish population of 85 families and 437 people, nearly half that of Halifax, surpassed the latter city with a contribution of $1,000 toward the Palestine Appeal. Every family is listed among the contributors as well as its six organizations.

Sydney, N. S., has 55 Jewish families with about 200 souls and Whitney Pier, in the same province, 22 families with 60 souls. Both communities have contributed $700 towards the Palestine Campaign.

A larger Jewish community is to be found in St. John, New Brunswick, which counts 150 families with 700 souls. It raised $1,200 for the United Palestine Appeal. The president of the community is A. I. Garsen, who was an aldermanic candidate in the recent municipal elections but failed to win a mandate owing to dissenst### the communal ranks.

Fredericton numbers 23 Jewish families with 120 souls; Moncton 36 families with 200 souls and New Waterford, with its 17 families, boasts of a proportional greater contribution per family for the Zionist funds than any other Jewish community in the Maritimes.

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The digitization of the JTA Archive would not have been possible without the generous support of the following donors:
  • The Gottesman Fund
  • Righteous Persons Foundation
  • Charles H. Revson Foundation
  • Elisa Spungen Bildner and Robert Bildner, in honor of Norma Spungen
  • George S. Blumenthal
  • Grace and Scott Offen Charitable Fund