Episode 62: The Mystery of Esther Brandeau
In 1738, a young Christian man stepped off a boat in the French colony of Quebec and was doubly outed as a Jew and a woman. Esther Brandeau was born around 1718 in Saint Esprit, a Jewish community on the outskirts of Bayonne, France. Brandeau was the first documented Jew to have set foot on Canadian soil, but she didn’t stay long. Historian and performing artist Heather Hermant tells the story for Can We Talk? and for JWA's revised and updated edition of the Shalvi/Hyman Encyclopedia of Jewish Women.
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Jewish Women's Archive. "Episode 62: The Mystery of Esther Brandeau." (Viewed on September 26, 2023) <https://jwa.org/podcasts/canwetalk/episode-62-mystery-esther-brandeau>.