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First survey of Canadian Jewry shows lower assimilation, intermarriage than US
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Mar 15, 2019 8:16 AM 1+ week ago

One of a six-panel series depicting different parts of Toronto where Jews lived and frequented Jewish restaurants over the years, painted for the exhibition by Toronto artist Ian Leventhal. (Courtesy)

An unprecedented, comprehensive survey of Canadian Jewry published this week reveals a growing, connected and cohesive community that -- through markedly low intermarriage and assimilation rates -- may soon become the second-largest Jewish community in the Diaspora.

The 2018 Survey of Canadian Jews was conducted by a team of researchers from the Canadian Environics Institute for Survey Research, the University of Toronto and York University, with funding from the major Canadian Jewish communities and institutions. The study polled 2,335 Canadian Jews in Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver, Winnipeg and Ottawa in 2018.

Largely following the template of the massive 2013 Pew research in "A Portrait of American Jews," the new study asks (a much smaller sample) about their Jewish lifestyles, including observance, education, upbringing and intermarriage. It also delves into political views, such as how strongly ...

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