Since I am traveling on business to Canada later this year, I decided to do some research on the local Jewish scene. I was particularly interested in Quebec. Well it turns out that the Spanish and Portuguese Jewish diaspora not only spread to the Thirteen Colonies or the Caribbean.

In the cold reaches of historic Montreal, a Spanish and Portuguese synagogue was also established in the 18th century. The community was formally established in 1768 and is Canada’s oldest Jewish congregation.

For more information on this beautiful synagogue, visit the Spanish and Portuguese Synagogue

Posted by Rabbi Juan Bejarano-Gutierrez, the director of the B’nei Anusim Center for Education, and author of What is Kosher?