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Eppy Rappaport

Interview with Efrem (Eppy) Rappaport. Interviewed by Debby Freiman for The Scribe, 2018. Eppy talks about the foods he ate growing up, and how he came to own the original Omnitsky Kosher in Winnipeg before opening more stores in Vancouver. He compares the Jewish and non-Jewish clientele in Vancouver to Winnipeg and discusses the difficulties of operating a kosher deli.

Ruth Wingerin

Interview with Ruth Wingerin. Interviewed by Nassa Selwyn. Ruth talks about her family and her mother's contributions to the Bnoth Zion in South Africa. Ruth continued to practice as a doctor after settling in Vancouver, BC, and discusses Jewish life in the city.

Rabbi Carey Brown

Interview with Rabbi Carey Brown. Interviewed by April Thompson for the Feeding Community podcast. Rabbi Brown of Temple Sholom talks about the Jewish community in Vancouver, and the differences in Ashkenazi Jewish cuisine across North American cities.

Sally Rogow

Oral history interview with Sally Rogow, who was born in New York, 1930. Sally's grandparents were born somewhere in the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Sally's uncle was the first Jewish man to be a Lieutenant Colonel in the Canadian Army, while her mother helped organized women during the Second World War. Sally worked as a teacher, teaching blind and handicap children, eventually advocating for those with Special Needs.

Ruth [Baruch] Phillips

Oral history interview with Ruth (nee Baruch) Phillips was born in Poland in 1927. The family left Poland in the 1930's due to pogroms and growing antisemitism. Ruth's father moved the family to Vancouver in 1934 to become the principal at Talmud Torah. Ruth’s Husband, Maran Peter Phillips, ran a fish packer for Queen Charlotte Fish.

Wilfred & Phyllis Solomon

Oral history interview with Wilfred - born in 1929 in New York - & Phyllis - born in 1929 in Massachusetts - Solomon. Wilfred was a chaplain in the United States Air Force and than a rabbi in Spokane. His wife Phyllis worked developing the Jewish Film Festival.

Bernard Victor

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.

I.W. Chess and Jeanette Chess

Oral history interview with I.W. who started Chess Brothers Wholesale Fruit and Produce Company, which ran for almost 50 years. He lived in the East End of Vancouver, near Heatley Avenue. I.W. and his brother, were among the founders of Schara Tzedeck Synagogue.

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