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Mormons Will Miss Dr. Goldbloom, Builder of Interfaith Bridges

The Canadian members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints recognize Dr. Victor Goldbloom for his significant contribution to interfaith dialogue. Victor Goldbloom (1923–2016) was a remarkable public servant and builder of interfaith bridges. He gave of his time selflessly to advance dialogue among religious faiths and to overcome misunderstandings.

His long-time contributions to the Christian Jewish Dialogue of Montreal and the Canadian Council of Christians and Jews and his work on the Canadian Interfaith Conversation stand as a testament to his commitment to building bridges.

Dr. Goldbloom died Tuesday, February 16, 2016, at the age of 92, but his legacy lives on. He will be remembered by the Latter-day Saint community as the interfaith leader who saw value in opening dialogue with the Mormons.

He welcomed Latter-day Saints to participate in the Christian Jewish Dialogue of Montreal, he championed Latter-day Saint activities and lectures, he participated in events from the Church and he was even a panelist last November when David F. Holland spoke about sacred spaces at McGill’s Birks Chapel.

He encouraged members of the Church to participate in the Christian Commemoration of the Shoah, he welcomed Richard and Claudia Bushman to Montreal as president of the Christian Jewish Dialogue and he enthusiastically took part in service projects like the annual Interfaith EcoAction event, even at the age of 90.

More important than all these was his quiet integrity, which was an example to all. The Canadian members of the Church will remember Dr. Goldbloom and how he invited and encouraged the Latter-day Saints to dialogue with other faiths.

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