Jewish Historical Society of B.C. photograph collection
Max's father Abraham Grossman owned the Hub, Vancouver's first men's wear store. Max was a barrister and was the first Jew in Vncouver to be honoured as a King's Counsel. He was very involved in community affairs and was president of B'nai B'rith Samuel Lodge in 1915, 1918 and again in 1924. He was the first president of the Vancouver Hebrew School and a key mover in the building of the first Jewish Community Centre. However, his greatest contribution to the Jewish community in Vancouver was as Chairman and driving force for the building of the Schara Tzedeck synagog
Quoted in Cyril E. Leonoff's book, Pioneers, Pedlars and Prayer Shawls (1978):
"Rabbi N. M. Pastinsky is addressing the gathering. M. M. Grossman, chairman of the Building Committee, wearing a straw hat is at the far left of the platform. The original Sons of Israel Synagogue is seen in the background.
To raise funds for the building, eight cornerstones were sold that day, honoring deceased parents and grandparents. Several hundred bricks in the foundation were also sold as commemorative objects." (p.137)
Note on verso of photo reads from Bertha to Bea Lubin : "Dear Bea, this picture I had for a long time and thought it was goofy, but if you think this is better than nothing, you can have it. I got it made at a cheap joint on Main Street in the Mexican neighbourhood, but I still managed to reach the stars."