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About the JMABC

The Jewish Museum and Archives of BC is dedicated to the collecting and sharing of community memories of Jewish life in British Columbia. The ever-growing collection includes documents, photos, and oral histories that recount the history of our community. Through innovative exhibits and programming, the JMABC builds bridges with the diverse communities of BC and heightens awareness of the rich 150 year history of Jews in BC.

Founded in 1971 as the Jewish Historical Society of BC, the JMABC collects and cares for documents, photographs, artifacts and oral histories chronicling all facets of our community’s history.

Our archives are housed in dedicated facilities and comprise over 315 linear metres of textual records, 300,000 photographs and 800 oral history interviews. To explore the full archives, click here.

The archives are available to researchers and form the basis of much of our public programming, including walking tours; online, travelling, and temporary exhibits; and our annual journal, The Scribe.

Visiting The JMABC

Please note that the JMABC has no permanent exhibits on display at our offices. Visitors to Vancouver wanting to participate in our programs are encouraged to contact the JMABC to arrange a walking tour or to learn about special programs happening during your visit.

Contact Info

To learn more about the JMABC or to inquire about opportunities to volunteer with us, please contact  info@jewishmuseum.ca or 604.257.5199

Mailing Address

6184 Ash Street
Vancouver, BC
V5Z 3G9

Office Hours

Monday to Thursday 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Fridays by appointment only


Michael Schwartz – Director of Community Engagement

Alysa Routtenberg – Archivist

Marcy Babins – Administrator

Board of Directors


Perry Seidelman

Immediate Past President

Gary Averbach

Vice President

Carol Herbert


Michael Levy


Gordon Brandt

Executive Member-at-Large

Phil Sanderson


Jerry Berkson

Oren Bick

David Bogoch

Alan Farber

Daniella Givon

Bill Gruenthal

Evan Orloff

Michael Tripp

Founding President

Cyril Leonoff, z”l (1925 – 2016)

Council of Governors

Isabelle Diamond

Marie Doduck

Michael Geller

Bill Gruenthal

Richard Henriquez

Cyril Leonoff, z”l

Risa Levine

Josephine Margolis Nadel

Richard Menkis

Ronnie Tessler

The work of the Jewish Museum and Archives of BC is funded in large part through our community’s generous contributions to Federation Annual Campaign and through the support of the Province of British Columbia.

We would like to thank the numerous foundations and individuals who sponsored the creation of this website.

Digital marketing support by The Status Bureau.