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Welcome to the online catalogue for the Jewish Museum & Archives of BC!

The Jewish Museum & Archives of BC acquires records that document the rich 160 year history of Jewish life in B.C. With over 330 linear metres of textual records, 325,000 photographs and 1010 oral history interviews documenting the history of hundreds of local Jewish organizations and close to a thousand Jewish families, the JMABC strives to make our archival holdings accessible for research. New content is being added daily, so visit often!

The photographs in the JMABC archives have been made available online through the generous support of Yosef Wosk.

If you know information that can help identify people or events, please contact the archives at

To Access the Catalogue:

  1. Search by using the global search option. Type your search term into the search box. A drop-down menu will offer you some options relating to your search. If you see the record you are looking for in the drop-down menu, click on the record to navigate to it. If you do not see what you are searching for, press enter and all of the search results will be displayed. You can then filter your search results using the menus on the left hand side of the page. You can limit your search results to a specific level of archival description, creator, name, place, subject or media type.

  2. Search by using the advanced search option. There are a number of filters available to narrow your search.

  3. Search by using the browse search option. For your browse options, click the browse button to the right of the search bar OR use the left-hand navigation menu.

(a) You can browse Archival descriptions. Click on Level of Description and select Fonds.
(b) You can browse Digital objects. From the digital objects page, you can refine your results by choosing: Image; Text; Video; Audio.
(c) You can also browse: Persons/organizations; Subjects; and Places.

Many items are catalogued but not digitized, for access to items that are not uploaded in their entirety please contact the archivist. This includes oral history recordings which are only available via email request.

Login is not required to see the catalogue and accounts are only created for staff usage.