Progressives and Purists: A Study of Religiosity in a Canadian-Jewish Community

Progressives and Purists: A Study of Religiosity in a Canadian-Jewish Community

One of the most pressing challenges facing the Jewish community of Windsor today is the struggle to maintain its religious identity in the face of an increasingly secular society. This type of environment prompts the question as to whether Jews have maintained their religious heritage or abandoned it? In order to answer this question, 50 interviews have been conducted with members of the Windsor-Essex Jewish community on their religious beliefs and practices. To measure religiosity, this project employed several indicators, such as belief in G-d, prayer life, Shabbat practices, synagogue life, holidays, and dietary laws. It is the goal of this presentation to highlight the many unique expressions of Judaism in the city.