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.