Irving Abella

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Irving Abella
BornIrving Martin Abella
(1940-07-02) July 2, 1940 (age 78)
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
OccupationWriter, historian and academic
Spouse(s)Rosalie Abella
AwardsOrder of Canada

Irving Martin Abella, CM OOnt FRSC (born July 2, 1940) is a Canadian writer, historian and academic.

He specializes in the history of the Jews in Canada and the Canadian labour movement.


Born in Toronto, Ontario, he received his Bachelor of Arts degree (1963), Master of Arts (1964) degree, and Ph.D. (1969) from the University of Toronto.

His books have included Coat of Many Colours: Two Centuries of Jewish Life in Canada (1990) and None is Too Many: Canada and the Jews of Europe 1933-1948 (1982). He is a professor at York University and is a former president of the Canadian Jewish Congress (1992 to 1995).

In 1993, he was made a Member of the Order of Canada[1] and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. He was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal in 2002.[2] In 2014, he was made a Member of the Order of Ontario "for his contribution to documenting the story of Jewish Canadians, and his commitment to the principles of social justice and tolerance.".[3]

He is married to Canadian jurist Rosalie Silberman Abella, who was appointed to the Supreme Court of Canada in August, 2004. They have two sons, Jacob and Zachary. Irving Abella is the cousin of Isaac Abella.


  1. ^ "Order of Canada". 2009-04-30. Retrieved September 26, 2013.
  2. ^ "Golden Jubilee Medal". Retrieved September 26, 2013.
  3. ^ "New Appointees to the Order of Ontario". January 23, 2014.

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Preceded by
Les Scheininger
President of the Canadian Jewish Congress
Succeeded by
Goldie Hershon