Canadian Jewish Review

The Canadian Jewish Review was a Canadian weekly newspaper, published in English between 1921 and 1966.[1] The Canadian Jewish Review merged with the Canadian Jewish Chronicle in 1966, to become the Chronicle Review. The Chronicle Review ceased publication in 1976.[1]

Canadian Jewish Review
Typeweekly newspaper
Ceased publication1966


The Canadian Jewish Review was founded in 1921 in Toronto by George and Florence Cohen (née Freelander) as a weekly newspaper, publishing in English. An office in Montreal was opened in [2] 1929 and a Montreal edition commenced publication, also in English. The motivation to establish a Montreal edition was Quebec permitted the commercial advertising of liquor, while Ontario did not.[3]

The paper was initially regarded as being more of a review of social events than a paper containing serious social and political commentary.[3] This social focus is now regarded as making The Canadian Jewish Review an important genealogical source.[4] Much of its social and political commentary was by Rabbi Maurice Eisendrath (1902–1973), spiritual leader of Toronto's Holy Blossom Temple and assistant contributing editor of the paper.[5] Rabbi Eisendrath, who came to Holy Blossom Temple in 1929, contributed a weekly column to The Canadian Jewish Review.[3] His views, opposing Zionism and his use of his weekly column in The Canadian Jewish Review to express these views, were a source of controversy.[citation needed] Rose Dunkelman (1889–1949), wife of David Dunkelman (1880–1978), one of Canada's most successful industrialists and retailers,[6] co-founded a competing newspaper, The Jewish Standard,[7] with a specific objective of countering the views of Eisendrath.[8]

A substantially complete collection of the Canadian Jewish Review, donated by Simon Fraser University Library, has been digitalized and is searchable via the Multicultural Canada project.[9]


  1. ^ a b Uncredited, History of the Canadian Jewish Review Archived 2010-07-20 at the Wayback Machine;
  2. ^ Cohen Hutner, Suzann (Spring–Summer 1982). "Canadian Jewish Review". Polyphony: The Bulletin of the Multicultural History Society of Ontario. 4 (1): 37. Retrieved 2 August 2013.[permanent dead link]
  3. ^ a b c Ben Keyfetz, Recollections and experiences with the Jewish press in Toronto Archived 2006-12-21 at the Wayback Machine. Polyphony, Summer, 1984, 228-231; as reprinted by Tiny Giant Webzine;
  4. ^ Tracing the Tribe: The Jewish Genealogy Blog, Canadian Jewish Review: 40 Years Online, August 27, 2008;
  5. ^ Uncredited, Biographical sketch of Rabbi Maurice Eisendrath Archived 2010-09-18 at the Wayback Machine;
  6. ^ Associated Clothing Manufacturers, Tip Top Tailors
  7. ^ Not affiliated with The Jewish Standard, established in New Jersey in 1931.
  8. ^ Michael Brown, Rose Dunkelman 1889-1949. Jewish Women: A Comprehensive Historical Encyclopedia;
  9. ^ See The Canadian Jewish Review (newspaper) Archived 2010-07-20 at the Wayback Machine. The project was co-sponsored by the Simon Fraser University Library, the Simon Fraser University Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, the Jewish Museum and Archives of British Columbia, the Multicultural History Society of Ontario, the University of British Columbia Library, the University of Calgary, the University of Toronto, the University of Victoria Library and the Vancouver Public Library. Supporting agencies and individuals included the Department of Canadian Heritage, the Sien Lok Society of Calgary, Library and Archives Canada, Hong Kong University Press, Kelli Martin and Warren Gill, among others. List of Multicultural Canada Partners

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