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Ames, Tracy

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Tracy Ames provided contract services to the Jewish Family Service Agency (JFSA) to produce a video and a commemorative book for JFSA’s 50th anniversary in 1986.

Barer, Ralph David

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  • July 8, 1922 - August 15, 2004

Ralph David Barer was born July 8, 1922 to parents Michael and Fanny Barer. He had one brother, Harry Barer, and one sister, Thelma Stein (nee Barer). Ralph grew up in Vancouver, attending Magee Secondary School before going on to UBC, where he received a BASc in Engineering in 1945. This was followed by varied industrial and academic experiences, including a period as an assistant professor at UBC. He completed a Masters degree in Metallurgical Science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1948. Ralph married Aileen (nee Gordon) in Sarnia, Ontario in 1950, after which he spent over a year working for Cominco in Trail, B.C. He then accepted a position in Victoria to head up a new material science and engineering group for Defence Research Canada in the fall of 1952. This group focused on material failures in naval, aircraft and military equipment. He led this group for 36 years, until his retirement in 1988. Ralph enjoyed raising a large family, and was particularly proud of the achievements of each of his children in their own pursuits. Ralph and Aileen had five children: Morris, Denise, Daniel, Philip and Steven. He was able to enjoy the early years of all ten [at the time of this publication in 2004] grandchildren: Justin, Naom, Michael, Ariana, Lisa, David, Benjamin, Elliot, Amichai and Simon. Ralph was an avid hiker, and spent some of his happiest times tramping through the woods of southern Vancouver Island. Walking the woods with him was always an education, as he had extensive knowledge of all things that move and grow in the Pacific Northwest. He was a passionate supporter of many of the environmental groups struggling to protect the dwindling wilderness places in British Columbia and the rest of Canada.

When Mr. Barer arrived in Victoria in 1952, the Emanuel Congregation had a lay rabbi who led infrequent services and a Jewish community which was run by a few individuals. Due mainly to his and his wife’s desire to create a Jewish environment for their growing family of five, Ralph became actively involved in the Jewish community with special emphasis on the revival of the synagogue. This led to over 50 years of dedicated work on many different committees, serving on the board, serving as a president and editing for 12 years the synagogue’s bulletin “Koleinu” (Our Voice). The results of his work were spectacular. Professional Rabbis were hired and took care of the spiritual life of the growing congregation, funds were raised to improve and enlarge the physical structure of the synagogue, Jewish teachers grew the Hebrew school, and as a result membership grew larger.

Bogoch, Abraham

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  • January 11, 1922 - August 17, 2004

Dr. Abraham (Al) Bogoch was born on January 11, 1922 in Regina and passed away on August 17, 2004. Dr. Bogoch graduated in medicine with honours from the University of Toronto in 1946. He practiced as a gasterenterologist until his retirement in 1998. Dr. Bogoch was also a Clinical Professor at the University of British Columbia, as well as an author of numerous medical articles and one of the early definitive textbooks of gastroenterology. Dr. Bogoch was a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, and the American College of Physicians. He was also a member of the American Gastroenterological Association of Canada, the Canadian Association of Gastroenterology, and the Canadian Society of Clinical Investigation. Dr. Bogoch was also heavily involved in the Jewish Community. He was President of the Talmund Torah School, Principle Fundraiser of the school's building campaigns and a member of the school's board of governors. He is also a Past President of the Vancouver Chapter and Regional Chairman of the Hebrew University. He served as President and Campaign Chairman of the Vancouver Community Fund and Council. He was on the board of Camp Hatikvah, the Hebrew Assistance and Social Organization, the Vancouver Chapter of the Friends of the Hebrew University, and the Canadian Shaare Zadek Hospital Foundation and the Canadian Jewess Congress. He was also the Local Campaign Chairman for the State of Israel Bonds, as well as the Regional Director of the Canadian Council of Christians and Jews. He was one of the few Canadians who received the "Amudim Award" by the Torah Umesorah Day Schools for his valuable service and support to Hebrew education.

Dr. Margaret Adele Mullinger Bogoch was born October 22, 1921 in Toronto, and passed away June 16, 2012. Dr. Bogoch graduated in medicine from the University of Toronto in 1946. She, and Dr. Abraham Bogoch moved to Vancouver in 1953. She established a pediatric gastroenterology practice. . She was heavily involved in the medical community; she was a researcher, an author of medical articles, and a teacher to University of British Columbia medical students at the Vancouver General Hospital, and the Vancouver Children's Hospital. She was also an active volunteer in secular and Jewish organizations. She married Dr. Abraham Bogoch in 1950. They had three children (Sarah, David, and Ruth) and six grandchildren (Sam, Alexa, Dan, Adam, Hillel, and Benjamin).

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