Ties That Bind

Ongoing As British Columbia looks back on its 150+ year history, the Jewish Museum and Archives of BC celebrates the Jewish community’s full participation in the province’s fascinating history. It also celebrates the ties that bind the Jewish community of British Columbia. The Ties that Bind exhibit highlights this story. In this exhibit you will meet the men and women who were peddlers, owners of small businesses and large companies, veterans of wars, volunteers in charitable organizations and holders of political office, such as: • Cecilia Sylvester, a pioneer member of the charitable Hebrew Ladies of Victoria, who entertained Victoria society in her Fort Street home. • Henry Nathan Jr., Victoria’s Member of Parliament, who was the first Jew to sit in Canada’s House of Commons. • Hannah Director, who homesteaded with her family in BC’s interior, played violin in Prince Rupert’s symphony orchestra circa 1910 and later hosted Kitsilano’s Show Boat. • Leonard Frank, a noted Vancouver photographer, came to BC to prospect for gold in 1894. His photography career began after winning a camera in a lottery. • Louis Gold, a Gastown merchant, who jumped into Burrard Inlet to escape Vancouver’s Great Fire of 1886.
• David Oppenheimer, Vancouver’s second mayor, known as the “Father of Vancouver.” He procured the land for, and officially opened Stanley Park. • Leopold Levey, who ensured the tiny Jewish community of Trail marked births, bar mitzvahs, weddings and deaths in keeping with Jewish tradition. Interactive areas in the gallery allow visitors of all ages to learn a little Yiddish, create crafts based on Jewish traditions and share their ideas about Jewish issues that are relevant to all individuals and cultures. Visit our online timeline of the Jewish experience in British Columbia . Download a brief document on Jewish history in British Columbia .