Deliberately Jewish: Jewish Identities and Expressive Cultures in St. John’s, NL

Jillian Gould (Memorial University of Newfoundland)

The Jewish communities of St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador do not strictly follow denominational models and instead focus on Jewish identities more generally. In broad strokes, this paper highlights how residents are connected to Judaism (either deliberately or unselfconsciously) through community events, as well as everyday and holiday customs. At the heart of this paper is the question: to what extent does Judaism inform the lives of Jews in St. John’s? This paper seeks to identify threads of Jewish culture that are strong throughout lifetimes, as well as to understand how and why traditions endure.

Part of 05-12 Contemporary Jewish Folklore: Re-Thinking Community Practices and Identity, Friday, October 14, 10:30 am–12:30 pm