Mountain View Cemetery Restoration Project

 

A new project is underway to restore the Jewish Cemetery at Mountain View Cemetery, located near 37th Ave and Fraser Street.

There are 4 areas of work related to this project:

  1. Research and Documentation – Documenting the 450 burial sites, 150 of which were unmarked. On October 20th, 2013, a ceremony was held where 147 temporary markers were placed in order for these burials to be respectfully recognized and remembered
  2. Community Awareness -  The Jewish Historical Society is involved in creating mobile displays about the project, which will be on view in various locations throughout the Jewish Community.
  3. Physical Restoration – Uncovering, cleaning and restoring the gravestones has beenundertaken by Rosemarie Newall of JB Newall Memorials Ltd. Bill Pechet of Pechet Studio Architecture has enlisted the support of Cornelia Oberlander, in restoring the grounds, creating pathways, adding benches, a washing station, new perimeter fencing of a historical nature and replicating the  ornamental gates
  4. Program Development – Developing guided walking tours, brochures, scripts, and educational tool kits once restoration is completed. Tours will be customized for adults and for young people in both Jewish and public schools. Notable individuals will be highlighted and the story of building a Jewish Community in Vancouver will be told from the graves of those who are interred there. A separate committee under the leadership of Norman Franks is in the process of gathering and recording individual stories of interest.

The Jewish Cemetery at Mountain View is an initiative of the Schara Tzedeck Cemetery Board and has an independent advisory committee under the chairmanship of Shirley Barnett.

The project is expected to be completed in 3 years.

Work has commenced on the following headstones which require various levels of restabilization and restoration.

If you are aware of families or persons related to the following names, please contact:

Myra Adirim
Project Administrator
myra.mvc@gmail.com

Mina

Aptaker

29 Sept 1918

Etta

Levy

29 Mar 1914

Moses

Brasnick

11 May 1914

Phillip

Miller

15 May 1927

Tania

Chernov

14 Aug 1924

Anne

Miller

2 Feb 1964

Arthur Joseph

Cranwell

5 Nov 1919

Harry

Miller

20 Nov 1955

Esther

Giesbrecht

8 Feb 2000

Cecili

Newman

28 Dec 1921

Trude

Glaiserman

26 Apr 1991

Harry

Pinchever

10 Oct 1918

Morris

Gold

19 Oct 1989

Valya

Podolskaya

1 Apr 1992

Dobrish

Haite

2 July 1929

Charles

Raphael

11 Sept 1916

Adella

Harris

10 Oct 1921

Bessie

Rosenberg

25 Mar 1922

Sol

Hirschberg

20 Nov 1918

John

Saphir 16 Nov 1999

Blanche

Hirschberg

23 Jan 1922

Dwight

Segal

15 Nov 1999

Herman

Keller

26 May 1919

D. Berel

Snider

29 Sept 1918

Leah

Knopf 4 July 1914

Gordon

Templeman

25 Oct 1918

Louis

Levy

18 July 1918

Morris Volinsky 28 Jan 1919

Bella R.

Levy

24 May 1932

Joseph Wagner 8 Dec 1918

 

Amalie Zipper 16 Sept 1924