Interview with William Katzin. Interviewed by Bill Gruenthal. William talks about his family's history and compares Jewish life in Cape Town to Vancouver. William talks extensively about Jewish education and reflects upon the role of Judaism on his life. He also discusses his career as an accountant, and his wife's career as a travel agent.
Oral history interview with Dr. Jack Moscovich, who was born in England but grew up in Alberta. Jack's parents came from Romania where his father served as captain in the Romanian cavalry ca. 1892. Began practice in new clinic setup by Dr. Maurice Fox and Dr. Morris in 1934-35. Jack founded the VGH Outpatients' Department. Stationed in Farnham, England during the Second World War until 1943; than Vancouver unit #11 of Canadian General Hospital. Was director of VGH Outpatients Department and late in 1974 was asked by British Columbia's government to investigate welfare and medical situations. Jack's work directly led to the Medical Services Plan.
Oral history interview with Thelma Ginsberg, who was born in London, Ontario in 1925. She worked at and served the community in the National Council of Jewish Women, the United Artists Corporation - Film Exchange, the Jewish Orphanage of Western Canada and Louis Brier Home for Aged. Her husband Harold tells of his great uncle , sculptor, Mark Antokolsky.
Oral history interview with Lil Shapiro who came to Vancouver in 1936; her grandparents moved to Winnipeg from Russia in the 1880s. She was involved in B'nai B'rith, Youth Aliyah, Federated Jewish Women, Israel Bonds, and was the first regional president of the Hadassah Council. She discusses her love of singing and describes her experiences as Hatikvah singer. She mentions a number of women she worked with in a variety of Jewish organizations in Vancouver.
Oral interview with Bernard Victor who was born in Gomel, Russia in 1893 and came to Vancouver, on April 15, 1923, from Winnipeg. Bernard was involved with Talmud Torah, B'nai B'rith, and the Jewish Literary Club. He describes living through two pogroms in Russia. He served in the Canadian Expeditionary Forces in Europe from 1916 until 1919. His father worked for the Russian Vital Statistics Department and noticed large numbers of Jews leaving, encouraged Bernard and Bernard's brother to leave.
Oral history interview with Soli Jackson who was born in Winnipeg, 1923. His mother was born in Deliatyn, Poland then a part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, now part of Ukraine. He moved to Vancouver in 1946. His brother Davey served in the Royal Canadian Air force and his brother Alex served in the Winnipeg Light Infantry, while Soli joined the Royal Canadian Naval Reserve in 1943. After having children Soli gradually became more active in Peretz School, where he noticed yearly deceases in contributions by the Jewish Federation to Peretz Schul and advocated against selling Peretz's property if the Jewish Community Federation of Canada had any stake in it for complete lack of supporting Peretz.