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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.

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.

Isa Milman

Oral interview with Isa Milman. Interviewed by Alissa Cartwright for University of Victoria Public History class project.

Interview is about the desecration of the Emanu-El cemetary in Victoria in 2011; explores how the community reacted to this event and the role of historians in preserving historic sites such as this.

In the interview, Isa Milman describes her memories of the vigil; her thoughts about the desecration and the community response; her personal connections to the Emanu-El cemetery; and her work to create the historical plaque that today sits outside the synagogue, as well as her participation in the 150th anniversary of Congregation Emanu-El. She also reads her poem, “Hanging the Star of David on Blanshard Street.”

Mayor Taylor of Vancouver and performer, Orpheum Theatre

Photograph depicts Mayor Taylor of Vancouver (right) making a presentation to a performer at Orpheum Theatre. The Orpheum Theatre was built in 1927 by the Orpheum vaudeville circuit and showed mainly movies until the 1970s. In 1974, it was purchased by the City of Vancouver, underwent extensive renovations and was reopened in 1977 as the home of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra.

Two men, one in a dark suit, the other in a light suit (Mayor Louis D. Taylor), on stage shaking hands in right of image; crowd gathered backstage, behind curtain; audience and orchestra conductor in left of image; ornate Spanish Baroque detailing on interior of theatre; handwriting over stage which reads "[Presentation] of [L?] Pass to Orpheum Theatre".

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