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The Seidelman Family Fonds

The Seidelman Family Fonds

I am currently working on a project to digitize items from the Seidelman Family Fonds and to assist with the creation of an online exhibit showcasing these items. This fonds set is focused on the family of the current president of the Jewish Museum and Archives of British Columbia, Perry Seidelman. So far, I have been … Keep Reading

Mystery Photo

Mystery Photo

This week’s mystery photo, featured in the Jewish Independent, dates from the mid-1950’s. In it, a group of women from the National Council of Jewish Women pose around a cake alight with candles. We know who a couple of these ladies are – can you help us identify the rest?   From left: unknown, Sandra … Keep Reading

“‘When this happened at the Jewish cemetery…': An Update from a Project Examining Community Responses to Historical Desecration

“‘When this happened at the Jewish cemetery…': An Update from a Project Examining Community Responses to Historical Desecration

In 2011, the Emanu-El cemetery in Victoria, British Columbia was desecrated by vandals. Headstones commemorating the lives of Holocaust survivors were sullied with swastikas and dollar signs. For a community that prides itself on inclusivity and tolerance, this event was profoundly shocking. Within weeks, Victorians from all backgrounds gathered in droves to stand together in … Keep Reading

A Card of Welcome

A Card of Welcome

The swearing in of our new Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, has generated much excitement and some nostalgia for the last time a Trudeau held the same seat. In 1968, one of our regular volunteers arrived with her family from Czechoslovakia (now the Czech Republic). To their surprise, a few years later, they received a holiday card from none other than … Keep Reading

Mystery Photo

Mystery Photo

Readers of the Jewish Independent will be familiar with our frequently appearing Mystery Photos. These are selections from the BC Jewish Community Archives that lack details about the people pictured. We need your help to identify them. If you know the names of any of the gentlemen in this photo, please let us know. You can … Keep Reading