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 160 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 325 linear metres of textual records, 325,000 photographs and 1,000 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 does not have 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


Alysa Routtenberg – Director of Archives

Marcy Babins – Director of Operations

Elana Wenner – Director of Programming and Development

Board of Directors


Daniella Givon

Immediate Past President

Carol Herbert


Michael Levy


Helen Aqua

Ruthi Akselrod-Pinto

Judith Gurfinkel

Howard Harowitz

Eli Klasner

Cheryl Krasnick-Warsh

Ross Sadoff

Barb Schober

Michael Tripp

Abbey Westbury


Founding President

Cyril Leonoff, z”l (1925 – 2016)

Council of Governors

Gary Averbach

Isabelle Diamond

Marie Doduck

Michael Geller

Bill Gruenthal

Carol Herbert (chair)

Cyril Leonoff, z”l

Richard Menkis

Perry Seidelman

Ronnie Tessler

The work of the Jewish Museum and Archives of BC is made possible through the support of:



And through the support of family foundations and community donors.

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

Digital marketing support by The Status Bureau.