I remember the days where one would have to convert to Judaism just to order a bagel. And I don’t mean the quick way. I mean the whole deal – classes, tests, bar and bat mitzvahs, a bris…
Well, thank G_d at least one city in North America isn’t afraid to share with the Gentiles. And we know this thanks to an entry in Wikipedia, with the academic-ish title “Bagels and Ethnicity”:
Newer bakeries have opened and obtained certification, perhaps reflecting a return to Orthodoxy among the Jews remaining in Montreal, who have not left for other cities in North America and Israel. However, the market for bagels is by no means restricted to the Jewish community, and bagels, pronounced with a soft “g” in French, have become a part of the broader Montreal culture.