Arriving in the 1870’s and 1880’s, Vancouver’s earliest Jewish arrivals established businesses and community organizations.
Vancouver grew dramatically in the late 1800’s, attracting immigrants from around the world. Many members of the emerging Jewish community made a home in the ethnically diverse working class neighbourhood of Strathcona, where they established the cornerstones of their community: a synagogue and a school.
As the second Mayor of the young city of Vancouver, David Oppenheimer laid the infrastructure necessary for a thriving metropolis.
Like David Oppenheimer before him, entrepreneur and philanthropist Jack Diamond made countless contributions to the growing city of Vancouver.
Over three generations, the Grossman family contributed to the Jewish community in countless ways, strengthening the community through volunteer and service work.
The Jewish tradition of Tzedakah – helping those less fortunate – has been a part of Vancouver Jewish life from the very beginning. Women have often been leaders in these efforts.