The Secret Life of Canada: Jewish Montreal – a culinary history

TIL I learned that the first Jewish person in Canada was Esther Brandeau, who arrived in New France disguised as Jacques La Fargue, a male Catholic. She was found out and  deported back to Old France when she refused to convert.

Also, in Quebec Matzah can only be sold around Passover and only under a special exemption, because it is imported from the US w/o French packaging. Plus: the Lithuanian roots of Montreal-style smoked meat. Great stuff all around. (

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