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The only Shul operating year-round on Cape Breton Island, a part of eastern Nova Scotia that, at one time, had four functioning synagogues and the largest Jewish population in eastern Canada.

By the late 1940s there were more than 400 Jewish families in industrial Cape Breton, with synagogues in Sydney, Whitney Pier, New Waterford and Glace Bay. Many families had thriving businesses. The Sydney congregation has just 57 members, with only a few children, and it relies on a visiting rabbi from Halifax.It is the only remaining synagogue in Cape Breton.