Windsor’s Jews have a strong pitch to grow their numbers. So why aren’t more people moving there?

From feft to right: David Abraham, Maxwell Abraham, Lilah Abraham, Donna Abraham, Mark Abraham, Sarina Abraham and Kelly-Lynn Abraham. (Photo courtesy of Richie Kamen)

Mark Abraham comes from a long line of Jewish community leaders in Windsor, Ont. His grandfather, a Holocaust survivor, arrived in 1953, simultaneous to a great population boom migrating to the area for jobs in the auto industry. Mark’s father became deeply involved in the local Congregation Shaar Hashomayim, acting as president and sitting on its board of directors; his mother was president of her B’nai Brith Youth Organization chapter, among taking other roles over the years.

While past generations inform Mark of his responsibilities to the community, he’s more focused on the future: specifically, getting more Jews in his native city. The Jewish population has stayed stagnant at 1,500 people for years now, but with housing prices skyrocketing elsewhere in the country—and remaining relatively affordable in Windsor—the border city faces a unique opportunity to pitch an affordable lifestyle for young families and retirees looking to flee the Greater Toronto Area.

Mark Abraham shares his family’s story and explains his community’s situation on this week’s episode of Yehupetzville, The CJN’s podcast about Jews living in small communities across Canada and the world.


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