Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures

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Languages, Literatures and Cultures

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Languages, Literatures and Cultures

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Kingston Community

Kingston is one of the oldest small Jewish communities in Ontario. Jews began arriving there in the early 1840s .Between 1881 and 1901, the Jewish population of Kingston increased from 22 to 128, more than a five-fold increase. Kingston's Jewish population stagnated during the following decades until after the Second World War, due to the Canadian government's severe restrictions on the entry of Jews into Canada. The 1950s, however, were a time of growth for the Jewish community. Many families had acquired wealth, and moved from the north-east part of Kingston to more upscale areas in the south and west. (Source: Ontario Jewish Archive. Photo on the right: Princess Street with the Oberndorffer Cigar Factory, one of the earliest Jewish businesses, ca. 1890.Credit: H. Henderson. Queen's University Archives)

The Kingston Jewish Council is passionate about Kingston. It is our mission to strengthen and enrich our city by supporting our vibrant Jewish community. We provide community-wide programs and exciting events that add flavour to local Jewish life.

The Beth Israel Congregation is committed to meeting the religious, educational, social and cultural needs of our members in a warm, welcoming, and supportive atmosphere. Beth Israel is a house of worship and also a meeting place for the wider Jewish community in Southeast Ontario.