Cemeteries

Mountain View Cemetery

Mountain View Cemetery is the only cemetery within the city limits of Vancouver. It contains the oldest Jewish cemetery on the mainland and is the final resting place of many of our community’s founders. We are pleased to offer walking tours of this cemetery. The Jewish section of Mountain View Cemetery was consecrated in 1892, and since that time over 450 people have been interred there.

In the mid-twentieth century, other local Jewish cemeteries opened, each operated by one of the local synagogues. As a result, Mountain View was used less frequently, and fell into disrepair. In 2012, a few instances of vandalism brought the cemetery back to the community’s attention and a restoration committee was struck. Through a three-year project led by the Schara Tzedeck Cemetery Board and involving the partnership of the JMABC and many other community organizations, the site was restored to its former elegance, gravestones were cleaned and stabilized, and thorough research yielded much information about the people buried at Mountain View. A rededication ceremony was held on May 3rd, 2015. Watch the video below to learn more about this project.

Cemetery Records

Cemetery records are an invaluable resource when researching local history. There are several Jewish cemeteries throughout BC, each administered by a synagogue or burial society, as listed below.

Prince George

Sunshine Coast

Sunshine Coast Jewish Burial Society – 604.886.4906

Vancouver

Beth Israel – 604.731,4161

Beth Tikvah – 604.271.6262

Har El – 604.925.6488

Schara Tzedeck (three locations: Mountain View, New Wesminster, and Surrey) – 604.733.2277

Temple Sholom – 604.266.7190

Vancouver Island

Congregation Emanu El (Victoria) – 250.382.0615

Oceanside Jewish Kvarot Memorial Society (Cedar) – oceanside.jewish.burial@gmail.com