Members of the Prince George Jewish community with Mayor Simon Yu. (photo from Eli Klasner)
Members of the local Jewish community were invited to attend the official reading and proclamation of May 2023 as Jewish Heritage Month in Prince George. Mayor Simon Yu made the proclamation at the May 8 city council meeting. It read:
“Whereas: the Canadian Parliament adopted Bill S232, which designates May as Jewish Heritage Month and recognizes the significant contributions of Jews to Canadian society; and
“Whereas: Jewish Heritage Month will celebrate inspirational Jewish Canadians and educate Canadians about Canada’s Jewish community; and
“Whereas: the diverse ethno-cultural heritage of British Columbia contributes greatly to life in this province, and the Jewish population of British Columbia is approximately 30,000 people, making it the third-largest Jewish community in Canada; and Jewish Heritage Month is an opportunity to celebrate the richness of Jewish culture and traditions, and the government of British Columbia encourages all British Columbians to learn more about the history of Jewish-Canadians and to reflect on the many contributions they have made to the province.
“Now, therefore, as mayor of the City of Prince George, I proclaim that May 2023 be observed as ‘Jewish Heritage Month’ in the City of Prince George.”
– Courtesy Eli Klasner