The only rabbi in Vaudreuil: Why Alice Frank Patry moved from New York to suburban Quebec

Alice Frank Patry (supplied photo)

After living in New York City for 10 years, Alice Frank Patry moved to Vaudreuil, a suburban town across the river from the Island of Montreal. There, married to a non-Jewish man, an hour’s drive from the Jewish epicentre of Montreal, the artist and poet decided to dig her heels into her Judaism: she became ordained as a Renewal rabbi.

She joins Ralph Benmergui on Yehupetzville, The CJN’s podcast about small-town Jews, to discuss her reasons for moving, her connection to Judaism and how she celebrates her faith in a town with barely any Jews.

Follow Alice Franky Patry on Instagram @uniamory.


Yehupetzville is hosted by Ralph Benmergui. Michael Fraiman is the producer and editor. Our music was arranged by Louis Simão and performed by Louis Simão and Jacob Gorzhaltsan. Our sponsor is PearTree Canada, which you can learn more about at This show is a member of The CJN Podcast Network—find more great Jewish podcasts at