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Harry Toban

Oral history interview with Harry Toban who was born in Lithuania in 1895, but family emigrated to Canada in 1911 because his uncle had gone to Montreal in 1895 and his aunts had come to Vancouver from Montreal in 1905. Mr. Toban primarily discusses being a business owner and helping the development of Schara Tzedeck Synagogue on Oak Street.

Lil Shapiro

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.

Anne Wyne

Oral history interview with Anne Wyne who was born in Russia in 1907. She discusses her involvement with Peretz School and as Principal of Jewish Community Centre. Anne's father emigrated to Canada in 1924 and the family followed 1926 due to antisemitism and property confiscations.

Sarah Jacobson

Oral history interview with Sarah Jacobson who was born in Galicia, Austria. Sarah was involved and organized in the Gordonia Club and Pioneer Women.

Ben Wosk

Oral history interview with Ben Wosk who discusses his involvement with Schara Tzedeck; Max Grossman's fundraising contributions for Schara Tzedeck and the Jewish Community Centre - Chairman on both boards; Ben's involvement as chairman of Jewish Community Centre for eight years; and Mayor Campbell's visit to the Wosk family in Odessa.

Marvin Weintraub

Oral history interview with Marvin Weintraub who was born in Poland in 1924. His father moved the entire family in 1930 to Toronto. Marvin studied chemistry and biology at the University of Toronto, doing a Master's and a PhD in botany/plant physiology and ecology. Got a job as a Virologist for the government in Eastern Canada.

Bertha Uniden

Oral history interview with Bertha Uniden who was born in Poland. She has worked for B’nai B’rith

Michael Livni (Max Langer)

Oral history interview with Michael Livni (formerly Max Langer). Conducted as a phone interview, with Michael in Israel, at the time preparing for the 2010 Camps exhibit. Much of the interview Michael speaks of his experiences at Camp Miriam and helped to raise funds for the existing property to be out rightly purchased, where previously it was sustainable to rent.

Barbara Halparin

Oral interview with Barbara Halparin. Interviewed by Catherine Bellamy for SLAIS Oral History class.
Mrs Halparin is a member of Temple Sholom and is very involved with their Hesed Community, and organisation that celebrates life cycle events, such as births, marriages, bar and bat mitzvahs, and deaths, as well as provides outreach services to those in need. She also volunteers her time with Chevrah Kadishah, a service that prepares bodies for burial in keeping with Jewish law or halacha. She was the first convert to Judaism to sit on the board of the women's Chevrah Kadishah in Vancouver. A large portion of the interview was set aside for discussing Jewish death and burial traditions and customs.

Cathy Netter Bregman

Oral interview with Cathy Netter Bregman. Interviewed by Saguna Shankar for SLAIS Oral History class.

A priority for the interview was to record Cathy Bregman's knowledge about traditions and beliefs related to the Jewish life cycle. In particular, the Jewish Museum and Archives of British Columbia (JMABC) specified an interest in documenting the burial and funerary practises in the community. Other topics of interest to JMABC are stories about Jewish faith-based groups, activities, events, and interconnections between community leaders.

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