As the Jewish community in the Lower Mainland grew throughout the 1970’s, 80’s, and 90’s, it spread geographically away from the Oak Street area that had been the center of the Jewish community in past generations. The community sprawled in all directions; from the North Shore, to the Tri-Cities, and to White Rock and Richmond. This move, and the continued reality of rising housing costs in Vancouver’s city centre, presented several new challenges involved in sustaining a number of smaller, separate communities.
In response to this spreading out of the Jewish community, and the feeling of some suburban communities being excluded by central organizations, The Jewish Federation of Greater Vancouver (JFGV) was established in 1987 “to develop a wider community across the area”. The JFGV was the result of the merger of its two predecessor organizations, the United Jewish Appeal and the Jewish Community Fund and Council.
This section of the exhibit will focus on Burnaby, Coquitlam, New Westminster and the Fraser Valley; Richmond; the North Shore; and White Rock/South Surrey areas of Greater Vancouver as a sample of the scope of the nature of Jewish community in BC.