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Joseph Kage

KAGE, JOSEPH (1912–1996), Canadian Jewish educator, communal worker, and author. Kage was born in Minsk, Belarus, emigrating to Canada in his youth. He acquired an extensive university education, culminating in a doctorate in history at the University of Montreal. He worked in Jewish education and later in social work with the Jewish Family Services of Montreal. In 1947, he began working for Canada's Jewish Immigrant Aid Society, where he ultimately became national executive director and national executive vice president until his retirement in 1983. In this role, he became an authority on issues of Canadian immigration policy and was chair of the Canadian governmental Advisory Board on Immigrant Adjustment. He was active in numerous civic and Jewish community organizations, and was chair of the Canadian Jewish Congress National Conference on Yiddish and Yiddish culture as well as president of Montreal's Jewish Public Library.

He published With Faith and Thanksgiving: The Story of Two Hundred Years of Jewish Immigration and Immigrant Aid Efforts in Canada (1962) and Chapter One: Sketches of Canadian Life Under the French Regime (1964), which was published bilingually in English and in French.


I. Robinson, Canadian Jewish Studies 1998, 81–87.

Sources: Encyclopaedia Judaica. © 2007 The Gale Group. All Rights Reserved.