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JHSBC Oral History Collection Vancouver Persons
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Abe Jampolsky

Oral history interview with Abe Jampolsky who was born in Lipton like his two brothers. Abe's grandparents were Ukrainians who emigrated to Canada in 1906. Met his wife Ldyia, in Montreal and after having children moved to Vancouver in 1955. Besides running a successful clothing business, Abe participated throughout the Jewish community in Vancouver. He was involved in the B. I. men’s club, the Jewish Community Centre, the Israel Bonds Committee, the Jewish National Fund, Vancouver's Talmud Torah and the Sharey Tefillah congregation. Abe speaks of the changing nature of the business dealing with Chinese clientele in the 80's and 90's when he'd started serving Caucasians as the Asian community had not expanded until the last quarter of the century.

Adam Granot

Interview with Adam Granot. Interviewed by Debby Freiman for The Scribe, 2018. Adam talks about how his family came to open Breka, a chain of bakeries across Vancouver. He describes the challenges they faced in starting and growing the business, and reflects upon Vancouver's changing food scene.

Alf Price

Interview with Alf Price (Abram Alfred Price). Interviewed by Laura Zitron. Alf talks about his family history and their immigration to Vancouver, BC. He discusses the differences in Judaism between South Africa and Canada, and his own involvement in the Jewish community in Vancouver. He also talks about his profession as an accountant.

Alfred Evans on Harry Evans

Oral history interview with Alfred Evans on Harry Evans, the latter of which who was born in 1878. Harry is one the the founding members of the Schara Tzedeck Synagogue in Vancouver.

Barbara Weiser

Oral history interview with Barbara Weiser, born in 1946 in Quebec. She worked for Eaton's and a number of other companies as a Buyer, travelling across Canada. She is a prolific writer and researcher, having published 4 books / papers on the Jewish community with focuses on Synagogues and Holocaust memorials.

Bessie Diamond

Oral history interview with Bessie Diamond who was born in London, England in 1899 but her family emigrated in 1905 to Canada. Bessie worked throughout the Jewish Community in Vancouver such as setting up the Well-Baby Clinic and during the Second World War worked with refugees. Bessie built the Joseph J. and Bessie Diamond Hospital in Israel to her late husband (1964).

Bill Gruenthal

Oral history interview with Bill Gruenthal who was born in 1935 in Netanya, Palestine. His father's side is from Silesia, Germany and his mother's side comes from Lower Saxony and Aachen. Bill has been a part of the Jewish National Fund and worked for the Vancouver Board of Trade

Brett Silberg

Oral interview with Brett Silberg. Interviewed by Debby Freiman. Brett talks about his family's history in South Africa, education, and the Apartheid. He arrived in Canada as a student before eventually immigrating and finding a renewed interest in Judaism.

Cheryl Kalmek

Oral interview with Cheryl Kalmek. Interviewed by Debby Freiman. Cheryl talks about her family's immigration to South Africa and their involvement in the Jewish community. Cheryl was particularly involved with the Jewish Women's Benevolent Society before immigrating to Vancouver.

Claire Ann Kramer

Interview with Claire Ann Kramer. Interviewed by Cindy Rozen. Ann talks about her family's history, the Apartheid, her childhood, and her career as an interpreter. She speaks in detail about her family's experience in Germany just before World War II, and the political state of South Africa which led to the decision to immigrate to Canada.

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