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Tamar Lipton

Interview with Tamar Lipton on Jewish education in BC. Tamar attended Talmud Torah and King David High School, then Maimonides, in Vancouver. She also has experience with Richmond Jewish Day School as a parent.

Sarah Solomon

Interview with Sarah Solomon on Jewish education in BC. Sarah talks about her experience as the daughter of an educator, her experience attending Talmud Torah and Richmond Jewish Day School (RJDS), and her experience being the parent of a child attending RJDS.

Selina Robinson

Interview with Selina Robinson for On The Record: The BC Jewish Queer & Trans Oral History Project in collaboration with JQT Vancouver. Interviewed by Carmel Tanaka via remote Zoom video call. Selina (she/her) is a Jewish politician who is the mother of a gay son. She is an NDP representative and Member of Legislative Assembly of BC residing in Coquitlam. Selina talks about growing up Jewish in Montreal, and Richmond, BC where the Jewish community was much smaller. She talks about organizing community-led Jewish education in Burquest that focused on inclusion of all sects of Judaism during the ‘90s. Selina talks about working for Jewish Family Services, and their attempts to make safe spaces for gay Jewish kids and their parents. She talks about guidance from her son Aaron, who is similarly pursuing queer Jewish community initiatives. She also tells an anecdote about Aaron’s coming out and how his leaving for university worried her about his preparedness for the world at large. Selina talks about Aaron being openly Jewish growing up and creating positive spaces for him to share his Jewishness with non-Jewish peers, but the difficulties of not knowing the perfect way to parent a queer kid as a straight parent. She also talks about Aaron inviting her to Shabbat dinner with Pride Colours and how proud she was. Selina talks about how Jewish organizations can become more welcoming to queer Jews by including queer Jews in their leadership and becoming more self-reflective.

Booba Harowitz

Oral history interview with Booba Harowitz who was born in Odessa, Russia in 1917. Her family fled the Russian revolution to Canada in 1923. Talks about Haddassa meeting them when they arrived in Canada. Her father started as a peddler in Fraser Valley and Chilliwack area. She talks about her family’s relationship with the Judaism. Her daughter and two others were first in Vancouver to have Bat Mitzvah at Schara Tzedeck. Reflects on her memories of events in the early years of the Jewish community and people who were active and significant contributors to its development. Booba is a member of United Jewish Appeal.

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