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Sunday Night Live at Virtual AJ

October 24, 2021 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Join us this evening for Sunday Night Live at Virtual AJ featuring Dr. Edward Halperin, MD MA.

His topic of discussion: “We do not want him because he is a Jew: The Montreal Intern’s Strike of 1934. “Speeches by modern-day White supremacists often include such statements as “Jews will not replace us.” In 1934, the French-speaking medical interns of Montreal’s Roman Catholic hospitals went on strike because, they alleged, a Jew “replaced” a Roman Catholic French Canadian. This was the first doctors’ strike in North America. In 1934, Montreal’s Hopital Notre-Dame (HND), a teaching hospital of the Universite’ de Montreal (UM) medical school, hired a French-speaking Jewish graduate of UM, Samuel Rabinovitch. The prospective interns at HND demanded that Rabinovitch be fired, stating, “We do not want him because he is a Jew.” On 14 and 15 June 1934, HND’s interns went on strike to prevent Rabinovitch from taking up his duties. The strike spread to multiple hospitals in Montreal. A Jewish urology trainee at the Hotel Dieu hospital, Abram Stilman, was also targeted. Rabinovitch resigned in order to bring the strike to an end. The strike buttressed the case for American and Canadian Jewish hospitals and medical schools to ensure the education of Jewish physicians, reminds us of the origins of the slogans of modern White supremacists, and reinforces the historical basis of efforts to promote diversity and inclusion in medical education.”

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October 24, 2021
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm


Cantor David Lipp


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