On Monday, June 18, 7:30 pm you are invited to attend the launch of Guide to Victoria’s Historic Jewish Cemetery written by Amber Woods at Congregation Emanu-El, 1461 Blanshard Street. Copies of the book will be available for sale.
Publishing under the imprint Stories in Stone, the Old Cemeteries Society is pleased to announce a new series of publications dedicated to telling the social history of this and other communities through those buried on our heritage cemeteries. The first in the series, the Guide to Victoria’s Historic Jewish Cemetery by Amber Woods sheds some light on the oldest non-Indigenous cemetery still in use in British Columbia.
The book includes a history of the cemetery, information about Jewish burial customs, and a self-guided tour of the graves of some of the people who helped to strengthen the Jewish community, and/or who were key in Victoria’s early history.
Amber Woods has been doing research about the early Jewish experience in Victoria and has published a number of articles on different aspects of that history. She is one of the tour guides at the synagogue as well as a helper on walking tours which focus on Victoria’s early Jewish history. Early reviews of the book include remarks best summed up in the words of Ed Fitch who said; “This history is a big step up from anything we have had before. It is a very impressive book what makes us all proud.”