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Time Traveller: Judge Samuel Davies Schultz was a fierce advocate for Jewish rights

May is Canadian Jewish Heritage Month, and today we recognize Judge Schultz, the first Jewish person in Canada to be named to the judiciary
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Samuel Davies Schultz was born in 1865 in Victoria. He spent his early life there before attending law school at the University of Toronto, and eventually settled in North Vancouver with his wife and three sons.

Schultz was an outspoken advocate for Jewish rights and was an active member of the community. He was elected as an alderman in 1909 and he founded the North Vancouver High School Honour Roll in 1912.

In 1914 he was appointed as a county court judge, making him the first Jewish person in Canada to be named to the judiciary. He died in 1917. 

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