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Vancouver B'nai B'rith Hillel Foundation fonds

  • CA JMABC A.2001.002
  • Fundos
  • 1947-1998

The fonds consists of administrative and operational records (including minutes, reports, and financial statements), correspondence with representatives of other organizations, and publicity materials (including newsletters, flyers, and posters). It also includes reference material (e.g. magazine and newspaper clippings, pamphlets, press releases) on topics relevant to Jewish life such as conflicts in the Middle East, as well as anti-Semitism and the persecution of Jews around the world. While the fonds consists largely of textual records, there is also a small number of photographs as well as a few unique items (such as buttons and stickers).

The fonds is arranged into 6 series: Finances, Publicity, Administration, Relationship with other organizations, Reference and resources, and Programming and outreach.

Hillel: The Foundation for Jewish Campus Life

Faye Davis

Oral history interview with Faye Davis who was born in 1935 in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. Faye worked as a court reporter / typist during the trail of Adolf Eichmann in Israel.

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. In 1945-46, life became too hazardous, so they decided to get out of Israel. Friends suggested either British Columbia or New Zealand, John contacted both governments; B.C. responded first, that decided him to come to BC. Bill applied for various jobs after finishing a typing course, was declined by Imperial Bank of Commerce because he was Jewish, applied and was hired as junior clerk with an insurance company. He has been in insurance since Jan. 1953. Met his wife, Noemi, at a young adult group that met every Sunday night at the JCC. Talks about “Vancouver Diaspora” and the Vancouver Jewish Community. Bill has been a part of the Jewish National Fund and worked for the Vancouver Board of Trade

Langer family

Series contains photographs and some letters of the Langer family, beginning with the marriage of Fritz and Olga. Materials were created on Fritz and Olga's travels before having children, in daily life in Vienna, throughout the family's journey to Canada through France and Palestine, in daily life in Vancouver, and when visiting family in St. Louis. Series also includes photographs of friends of the Langer family.

Sella Heller

Oral history interview with Sella Heller (Sarah Marion Miriam Landau), who was born in Austria, 1909 and her second marriage is to Sam Heller. In Vancouver she was involved in the United Jewish Appeal , National Council of Jewish Women, Hadassah, the Vancouver chapter of the Hebrew University, Ben Gurion University. Sella has been involved in numerous fund raising campaigns and translated her father's memoir - written in German - of being the last surviving member of the Jewish Socialist party in Crackow.

[Group on boat deck]

Photograph depicts a group on boat deck. Samuel Toft, 26 years old, is third from right. Written on verso: “From Palestine 1936.”

David Kaplan and Bill Gruenthal

Interview with Bill Gruenthal and David Kaplan. Bill talks about his involvement with Temple Sholom, and his family's history. David comments as Bill speaks.

Note: Actual interview is approximately 15m30s long.