Introduction

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Like most of the province’s residents, the Jews of British Columbia are immigrants or the descendents of immigrants who sought a better life here. For many, BC offered safety and security when home countries were in turmoil and the chance to be anything they wanted even if they had to start small.

From the few hundred Jews who lived in BC in the nineteenth century to the approximately 30,000 Jews who live here today, Jewish people have always been a small ethnic group within BC’s total population. Whether involved in business, politics, or agriculture, the individuals and families who made the long journey to Canada helped create a strong Jewish community while being part of everyday Canadian life.