The clubs, councils and organizations people take part in shape their community, their personal identity and their connection to others. Sociologically, some scholars believe Jewish people seem to have a “cultural predisposition for community” that was “externally reinforced for Jewish communities in the Diaspora by anti-Semitism, which forced them to look after their own and fostered a tradition of self governance.”
Leaders emerge at all levels of the community – from enthusiastic children to corporate professionals.
Community leaders plan events, connect individuals, and provide opportunities for others to be involved, following in the footsteps of BC Pioneers. It is the leaders – both lay and professional – who encourage and inspire others to participate in, and maintain cultural and social practices while living in a multicultural, integrated society where keeping up with traditional, cultural practices such as kosher eating or displays of religious affiliation are not the norm.
Philanthropic leaders from BC support and sustain a number of organizations that provide help to both Jewish and non-Jewish groups locally, in Israel, and abroad. Philanthropic initiatives like the Diamond Pavilion at Vancouver General Hospital or the Morris J. Wosk centre at SFU, embody the values and beliefs that are a part of Jewish identity, especially that of “healing the world”.