Bringing BC's Jewish History to Everyone

The Jewish Museum and Archives of BC has a massive collection of photos, audio, and video dating back 150 years. Help us share this collection with everyone!
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Michael Schwartz
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Vancouver, British Columbia
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The Jewish Museum and Archives of BC badly needs a new website that will allow us to bring you world class online exhibits profiling the amazing stories of our community, and make our archival collection available to researchers and students everywhere.

Members of our community have achieved some impressive accomplishments over the past 150 years, working with the many other communities of BC to make our province truly great. Here at the JMABC, it is our responsibility to ensure that these stories are remembered for generations.


Museums around the world are doing amazing things to bring their collections to life through innovative online exhibits. We want to bring you the same quality of exhibits filled with vitality.

The new Jewish Museum website will be your source for all information about the history of Jewish life in BC. If you want to learn about how your family came to BC, this site will be the place to look. If you want to arrange a walking tour of old Jewish Vancouver for visiting out-of-town friends and family, this site will have all the information necessary. If you want to research the growth of Oakridge or the history of your synagogue, our online exhibits will have everything you need to get started.

We’re working hard to make sure this site fills the needs of our community and is easy to use.

It’s a big project and we’re going to need your help to make it happen. We need to raise $18,000 through Indiegogo to supplement the grants and donations we’ve started to receive. We want to do it right – we want to build a strong website that will last for years to come.


We’ve got some great perks lined up to express our thanks for your support. These include:

·  Historic walking tours

·  Personalized archives tours

·  Complementary memberships

·  High-quality prints of some of the best photos in our collection

·  And much more!

** Tax Receipts will be issued for contributions of $36 or more. **


The new Jewish Museum website is an important part of our efforts to make our collection available as widely as possible and engage a new generation in our community’s history.

Teachers and students will benefit from better, more engaging and informative online exhibits made possible by the new capabilities of this website.

The Jewish and non-Jewish communities of BC will benefit from this project by sharing history with each other, fostering a better understanding of each other’s experiences and cultural identities.

Staff and volunteer time required to upload new archival content to the website will be dramatically reduced, allowing us to accomplish these nitty-gritty tasks far more efficiently and instead be able to focus our energies on developing innovative, informative and engaging online and physical exhibits and public learning opportunities.


Since 1970, the Jewish Museum and Archives of British Columbia has been the preeminent and authoritative body for the collection, preservation and sharing of Jewish life in BC. Through innovative exhibits and public programming, the JMABC builds bridges with the diverse communities of BC and heightens awareness of the rich history of Jews in BC.


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    $18,759CAD
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    • $10CAD
      Our Appreciation

      A personal thank you on our website and in our newsletter, The Chronicle.

      1 claimed

    • $18CAD
      Leonard Frank Photo

      Leonard Frank was a photographer who captured Vancouver's astounding years of growth during the early 20th Century. In thanks for your contribution, we'll send you a 5 x 7 in print of one of Frank's most amazing photos.

      7 out of 300 claimed

      Estimated delivery: September 2014
    • $36CAD
      The Scribe 3-Pack

      Take your pick of three back issues of our annual journal, The Scribe. Topics include: The Furniture Industry, Congregation Emanu-El, Recording Community History, Jews in Sports, and The Community Newspaper.

      2 claimed

    • $54CAD
      Complementary Membership

      A one-year membership to the Jewish Museum and Archives of BC includes one issue of The Scribe, three issues of The Chronicle, and notification of all our public programs.

      10 claimed

    • $72CAD
      Strathcona Walking Tour

      Be our guest for a tour of the neighbourhood where our city and our community began. Learn about the rabbi with the wild red beard, and the early entrepreneurs of the Jewish community. (For you and one friend).

      11 out of 30 claimed

    • $72CAD
      Mountain View Cemetery Tour

      Enjoy a walking tour of the original Jewish Cemetery at Mountain View Cemetery. Learn about the families and individuals who established our community and helped to build Vancouver in its early years. (for you and a friends)

      5 out of 30 claimed

    • $180CAD
      Archives Tour

      Join our archivist, Jennifer Yuhasz, for a personalized tour of the JMABC Archives. View a selection of items from the collection and learn how these items are preserved to last for years. (For you and five friends).

      4 out of 20 claimed

    • $360CAD
      Oral History Interview

      Add your story to our archives! Be interviewed by one of our highly trained volunteer interviewers. You will receive a recording and transcript of your interview, and a copy will be added to the JMABC permanent collection. This is a great way to ensure that your family story is preserved for years to come. (You may gift this perk to a community member who you would like us to interview).

      0 out of 10 claimed

    • $540CAD
      Deluxe Package

      Enjoy a tour of the JMABC Archives with a close friend, a walking tour of Gastown and Strathcona with 5 friends, a beautiful Leonard Frank photo, and a complementary oral history interview by one of our trained volunteers.

      2 out of 10 claimed

    • $1,080CAD
      Visionary Package

      Enjoy tours of Strathcona and Gastown, Mountain View Cemetery, and the JMABC Archives, as well as a Leonard Frank photo, three issues of The Scribe, a complementary membership for 5 years, and a complementary oral history interview.

      4 out of 10 claimed

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