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Montreal Jewish Community: Attitudes, Beliefs and Behaviors 1990

Sponsor(s): Allied Jewish Community Service, Federation CJA

Study Dates: December 1990

Key Findings:

Extensive Survey report summarizes data on the Attitudes and Behaviors of Montreal's Jews based on data from a National Attitude Survey conducted in December 1990 by the CRB Foundation.

Report includes comparisons with U.S. National and local community studies, and with Toronto"s Jewish respondents.The major thrust of the report stresses that Montreal Jews are more connected to their Jewish lives than are Jews in Toronto and Jewish respondents studied in many American Jewish communities.Intermarriage rates are low; Canada Census data for 1986 indicated a 13% Montreal Jewish intermarriage rate for couples, while the 1990 survey found an 11% rate - compared to approximately 32% for U.S. Jewish couples.Bilingualism (at times multilingualism) is common among Montreal's Jews; 40% are very fluent in French, 91% in English, 22% in spoken Hebrew and 26% in Yiddish;Report includes data on ethnicity: 20% of respondents identified as Sephardim, 75% as Ashkenazim.

Concluding statement: "The overall results of this study place the Montreal Jewish Community,as a leader in terms of quality of life, Jewish identity and affiliation, level of Jewish education, philanthropic and volunteer activity and identification with the state of Israel. Immediate action needs to be taken to ensure its continuity so that Jewish Montrealers will continue to benefit from the highest quality of Jewish life in North America."


In-person interview contacts with Jewish persons combined with a questionnaire which was left with the respondent and later retrieved.

Sample Size: 352 persons of Jewish origin in Montreal completed the survey,as did 409 Toronto and 210 Jewish origin respondents in the remainder of Canada.

Sample Notes:

Data presented for adult (18+) sample only - study of teenager and younger adults (ages 13-24) attitudes and travel to Israel not included.

"The methodology used in obtaining the information involved a 'random path' technique. Interviewers went door-to-door on a random basis to determine if anyone of Jewish origin lived in a household. If a Jewish respondent was found, they were interviewed directly for the first few pages of the questionnaire. The rest of the survey was then left behind [to be completed] and then picked up at a later date."

Areas selected for interviewing were base on census data form 1981 and 1986 which indicated areas of high Jewish residential concentration.

Report indicates marital status variable was weighted to better reflect 1986 Census Canada data on the marital status of Jewish persons.

Language: English


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