Michael Brown

Michael Brown is professor emeritus at York University in Toronto. In 2006, he was visiting professor at the Halbert Center for Canadian Studies and the Institute of Contemporary Jewry of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Publications by Michael Brown

Canadian Jews and Multiculturalism: Myths and Realities

Since the British conquest in 1759, Canada has experienced multiculturalism in three phases: (1) a period of multiculturalism manqué from 1759 to 1971; (2) a period of official multiculturalism that began in 1971 and is still running its course; and (3) the beginning of an open society paying only mild lip service to multiculturalism that has been emerging since the late 1990s. Each period has had advantages and disadvantages for the Jewish collective and for individual Jews. Often the interests Read More »

From Binationalism to Multiculturalism to the Open Society: The Impact on Canadian Jews

With multiculturalism falling out of favor, many in Canada and elsewhere now laud the individualism of the open society. Declining communal participation and rising intermarriage rates among Canadian Jews, however, indicate that both multiculturalism and even binationalism were more conducive to Jewish group survival. Read More »

Good Fences do not Neccesarily Make Good Neighbors: Jews and Judaism in Canada’s Schools and Universities

In the post-World War II years, strict separation of church and state, especially with regard to education, has been viewed as an essential ingredient of social comity
in the United States. In Canada, however, that has not been so. In fact, there, religion and education have been intimately connected since colonial times, and the role of religion in the schools has constitutional sanction. In the years before World War II, the outsider status of Jews and Judaism in schools and universities was demeaning to
them. Ultimately it served to reinforce group loyalty, but Jewish educational institutions did not emerge. Read More »

Do Good Fences Make Good Neighbors? Jews and Judaism in Canadian Schools and Universities

Examining a culture in which the wall between religion and education is not as high as in the United States, and what that means for the Jewish community of Canada. Read More »

Waste Land with Promise: Chaim Nachman Bialik’s America