Victor Goldbloom remembered at gala event
Published Thursday, May 26, 2016 9:43PM EDT
Last Updated Friday, May 27, 2016 7:19AM EDT
Quebec’s first Jewish cabinet minister and former Commissioner of Official Languages was remembered at a gala in Westmount on Thursday night.
Victor Goldbloom passed away in February at age 92.
Among the 700 attendees at the Temple Emanu-El-Beth-Shalom synagogue were Premier Philippe Couillard, who praised Goldbloom’s attempts to build a dialogue between Quebec’s Jews and other communities.
“He made such a great contribution to Quebec society, not because of his political participation (and not) because he was a symbol of tolerance and diversity,” said Couillard. “He was more than that. He was attempting to build bridges between communities.”
The gala was a fundraiser for the synagogue, where Goldbloom served as president between 2000 and 2004.