Brantford used to be home to a dynamic Jewish community. Learn about their important legacy.
Brantford's Jewish Community
Jewish people appeared in Brantford as early as the 1861 census, but the largest influx arrived between 1900 and 1914. They arrived from Eastern Europe, particularly Russia, where they were subjected to suppression, persecution, and forced conversion to Christianity. Hence many chose to emigrate.
The Jewish people arrived in Brantford with little or no money, no English and bereft of skills suited to an industrialized society. However, they brought with them the ability to withstand adversity, devotion to family, strong community bonds and their religion.
Brantford's Jewish community made significant contributions to the city. To learn more about this fascinating history, check out our Gallery below!