Adath Israel (Montreal)

Adath Israel, officially the Adath Israel–Poale Zedek–Anshei Ozeroff Congregation (Hebrew: ק״ק עדת ישראל–פועלי צדק–אנשי אזשעראוו‬), is an Modern Orthodox synagogue located in Hampstead, Quebec, a suburb of Montreal. Until 1980 it was located in the city of Outremont (now a borough of Montreal).

Adath Israel
Hebrew: עדת ישראל‬
AffiliationModern Orthodox Judaism
LeadershipRabbi Michael Whitman
Location223 Harrow Crescent
Hampstead, Quebec
Adath Israel (Montreal) is located in Montreal
Adath Israel (Montreal)
Location in Montreal
Geographic coordinates45°28′51″N 73°39′20″W / 45.480850°N 73.655680°W / 45.480850; -73.655680
Date established1930; 94 years ago (1930)



Adath Israel was established in 1930, initially situated in a rented space above a delicatessen on Van Horne Avenue in Outremont.[1] Construction of the congregation's permanent home at 899 McEchran Avenue began in 1939, and the synagogue was dedicated in 1940.[2] That same year, Charles Bender, formerly of the Spanish and Portuguese Synagogue, became the congregation's first rabbi.[3]

In 1941, Adath Israel became the first synagogue in Canada to establish a Jewish day school—the Adath Israel School—which pioneered the Ivrit b'Ivrit method of Hebrew language immersion.[2]

The congregation moved to the suburb of Hampstead in 1981. In 1992, Adath Israel amalgamated with Congregation Poale Zedek (founded in 1910),[4][5] and, in 2003, with Congregation Anshei Ozeroff (founded in 1918).[6][7]


Installation of stained glass windows by Yehouda Chaki.

Adath Israel's original building at McEachran and Ducharme was designed by architects Milton Eliasoph and Henry E. Greenspoon.[8] Its Bauhaus-influenced modernist style represents a shift from traditional synagogue architecture in Montreal.[1] The building now houses the Saint Anthony the Great Monastery.

The synagogue's Hampstead building is noted for its 30 stained glass panels by Yehouda Chaki depicting Biblical themes.[9]



The following individuals have served, or are currently serving, in clerical roles in the congregation:

Heads Of Security

  • Flight Sargent Joshua Aidan Caminsky (2023-present)


  • Charles Bender (1940–1969)
  • Michael Kramer (1969–2001)
  • Michael Whitman (2001–present)


  • Myer Mandelcorn (1932–?)
  • Eugene Goldberger (?–1965)
  • Benjamin Hass (1965–1987)[10]
  • Joshua Caminsky (1987–1997)
  • Abraham Sultan (1997–2007)
  • Shmuel Levin (2012–2016)


  1. ^ a b Tauben, Sara. "Adath Israel". Museum of Jewish Montreal. Retrieved August 5, 2022.
  2. ^ a b "Our History". Adath Israel Poale Zedek. Archived from the original on September 22, 2001.
  3. ^ "Rabbi is a beacon to several generations". The Gazette. Montreal. April 1, 1990. p. D3.
  4. ^ "Poale Zedek Synagogue". Canadian Jewish Heritage Network. Retrieved October 18, 2023.
  5. ^ Goldenberg, Joel (September 13, 2017). "Ceremony looks back at Poale Zedek congregation". The Suburban.
  6. ^ Singer, D.; Grossman, L. (October 29, 2023). American Jewish Year Book. American Jewish Committee. p. 292. ISBN 9780874951172.
  7. ^ Tauben, Sara. "Adath Israel Poale Zedek Anshei Ozeroff". Museum of Jewish Montreal. Retrieved August 5, 2022.
  8. ^ "Eliasoph, Milton". Biographical Dictionary of Architects in Canada, 1800–1950. Retrieved October 24, 2023.
  9. ^ Brodt, Shirley Muhlstock, ed. (2011–2012). "National Synagogue Directory – Quebec" (PDF). Canadian Jewish Congress. Archived from the original (PDF) on December 27, 2022.
  10. ^ Shulman, David; Jaffe, Steven (March 30, 2020). "Rabbinical Profiles". Jewish Communities & Records — United Kingdom. JewishGen. Retrieved October 24, 2023.