Tradition and Innovation in an Ultra-Orthodox Community: The Hasidim Of Outremont

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  • Randal F. Schnoor

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.25071/1916-0925.19956

Abstract

Like other insular religious movements such as Hutterites and Amish, Hasidic communities are faced with the challenge of preserving their distinctive ideals in a technologically advanced, capitalist world. Studies done in the 1960s and 1970s documented the success of Hasidim in safeguarding their convictions and creating well-functioning communities in contemporary North America. Recent evidence has demonstrated, however, that unprecedented growth rates are presenting significant challenges to Hasidim trying to sustain their way of life. Focusing on a case-study of the Hasidic community of Outremont, a residential neighbourhood in central Montreal, this paper outlines the social and economic challenges facing the community and argues that, while some important changes have been implemented, there is a need to modify survival strategies further in order to maintain community viability.

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Published

2002-01-01

How to Cite

Schnoor, R. F. (2002). Tradition and Innovation in an Ultra-Orthodox Community: The Hasidim Of Outremont. Canadian Jewish Studies / Études Juives Canadiennes, 10. https://doi.org/10.25071/1916-0925.19956

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