With half the local Jewish population now living outside the City of Vancouver, organizations, such as Jewish Federation, are making it easier for people who live in the regional communities to connect with Jewish life.
Connect Me In is an outreach initiative of Jewish Federation focused on fostering connection and engagement with individuals and families who live in the emerging Jewish communities of the Lower Mainland.
Virtual Programming through the Jewish Community Centre of Greater Vancouver
The JCC offers various online and virtual programs that are available to people across the Lower Mainland and North Shore.
Through Connect Me in's partnership with BC Regional Hebrew Schools, they offer bi-weekly Hebrew school programs for primary-school-aged children in both Langley and the Tri-Cities.
Burnaby and New Westminster benefit from close proximity to Vancouver and Richmond as well as the Tri-Cities area, making programming available from all sides. The Burquest (Burnaby, Coquitlam, New Westminster) Jewish Community Association, located in central Coquitlam, also offers a variety of programs and partnerships with Connect Me In
Covering the largest geographical area in the Lower Mainland, the Fraser Valley has both the WRSSJCC and Chabad in the White Rock/South Surrey area, and bi-weekly Hebrew School in the Fort Langley area, as well as a developing community in the North Langley/Guildford/Maple Ridge area.
North Shore, Squamish & Whistler
The North Shore is served by Har El, as well as Connect Me In programs, including the North Shore Shabbat Group, a monthly gathering (now on Zoom), with Har El and Or Shalom.
Richmond, Surrey & South of the Fraser
Served by several Jewish organizations such as The Bayit, Beth Tikvah, RJDS, the Kehila Society, Chabad and more, the Richmond/Delta area has a rich Jewish community life. Even more Jewish life is spread across the region, to areas such as Tsawwassen.
Home of the Burquest Jewish Community Association, Aleph in the Tri-Cities, and a bi-weekly Hebrew School, the Tri-Cities area offers many English and Hebrew-speaking Jewish connections and programs.