There has been a continuous Jewish presence in Montreal since the 1760s. Today, Montreal’s Jewish population is more than 90,000, making it the second largest in Canada and 15th largest in North America. The community began to grow around the turn of the century. Jews comprise 2.4% of the total population of the city.
While the community is well integrated with the broader Quebec society, it maintains a comprehensive network of institutions and services, including synagogues, cultural venues, schools, senior centres, social services, employment counseling, sheltered workshops for the mentally and physically challenged, and health care facilities, to name just a few. Federation CJA arranges Missions to Montreal in order to sensitize people about the Jewish community.