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76 Some who came to Canada from the United States during these years to seek their fortune, had been dispatched by American societies for aiding the indigent and the immigrants. Americans sought to export poverty, as did their Canadian and British counterparts. The Hebrew Emigrant Aid Society, hastily set up to meet the emergency of the unprecedented immigration of 1881-82, worked during its short lifetime to disperse immigrants from New York City. 77In 1901 the Baron de Hirsch Fund in New York established the Industrial Removal Office to help reduce the growing "congestion of the immigrant population in ...

See, for example, American Israelite, November 7, 1901 and January 9, 1902. AMERICAN CONNECTION OF CANADIAN JEWS 35 have been surprising if Canadian Jews had not been drawn to the metropolis much as American Jews were and still are. Reuben Brainin, for instance, served as editor of the Keneder odler for a number of years just before World War I and made a major contribution to the development of the Jewish community of Montreal. He departed for New York after a relatively short stay in Canada, despite ambivalence about Jewish life in the larger city.

AMERICAN CONNECTION OF CANADIAN JEWS 29 from an inhospitable climate and frequent economic depressions. 25So greatly did Europeans favor the United States over Canada, that before 1860, seventy-two percent of all British emigrants went directly there, and still more went southward after only a brief stay in Canada. 26 Among Jews only a tiny minority thought of Canada before 1900. In 1890, in answer to pleas from American Jewish leaders, the Alliance Israelite Universelle suggested to their counterparts in eastern Europe that emigrants be directed away from New York and toward Canada and South America.

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