From the late 1940’s through the mid 1970’s, Oakridge was the heart of the Vancouver Jewish Community. In the immediate post-war years, the newly cleared area appealed to young parents looking for an affordable neighbourhood in which to raise their children. Jewish community facilities soon cropped up nearby along Oak Street. It was a period of affluence and optimism, a time of warm childhood memories for the Baby Boom generation.
In our latest online exhibit, we delve into community memories of this place and time, the last time our community had such a large concentration of families and institutions in one walkable neighbourhood.
Under development for three years, this exhibit is built on the bedrock of over a dozen oral history interviews, and we have made an effort to let these community members speak for themselves. The result is one we are very proud of, an intricate record of an important period in our community history.