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Lunch and Learn: The beginning of Jewish life in Canada: Abraham de Sola first Jewish minister in Canada
December 4, 2018 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Tuesday, December 4th at 12:00pm at the Starbucks on Quinpool and Vernon
Professor Calvin Kalman (father of our member Sam Kalman) of Montreal will share with us some fascinating, unpublished personal history about his family’s patriarch, Rabbi Abraham de Sola, his ancestry, his legacy as leader of the first synagogue in Montreal, and his role in North American Jewry. Everyone is warmly welcome to attend.
Abraham de Sola: his ancestry, leader of the first synagogue in Montreal and his role in North American Jewry.
As a conciliatory gesture Dr. de Sola was asked to deliver the opening prayer at the House of Representatives on January 9, 1872. To this day he is the only Canadian minister to be so honoured. Reverend de Sola’s greatness as a scholar is in part attested to by the number and quality of his publications in both the secular and Jewish press. Abraham de Sola frequently visited the United States, and, through his pulpit addresses and numerous contributions to the press, became recognized there as one of the most powerful leaders of Orthodoxy, at a time when the struggle between the Orthodox and Reform wings of the community was at an acute stage.