JEWS have been living in BC since the beginning of non-aboriginal settlement. During the 1858 GOLD RUSH, many Jews arrived from California while others came from Australia, Great Britain and Europe. Some worked as miners; others established themselves as traders, merchants and wholesalers. Most of these newcomers settled in VICTORIA; within 5 years there was a community of about 100 Jews there. In 1860 they opened BC's first Jewish cemetery and in 1863 they built CONGREGATION EMANUEL TEMPLE,...

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