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Shira Macklin

Interview with Shira Macklin for On The Record: The BC Jewish Queer & Trans Oral History Project in collaboration with JQT Vancouver. Interviewed by Carmel Tanaka via remote Zoom video call. Shira (she/her) is a Jewish lesbian woman, who was born in Estevan, SK and currently residing in Vancouver. Shira shares about her family origins in England and Russia, and growing up on the Canadian prairies. Shira tells the story behind how she realized she was a lesbian, coming out to her university aged children, and discovering lesbian community in Winnipeg. Shira talks about finding spirituality after experiencing a plane-jacking in India, which led her to the Diamond Approach spirituality school in Colorado and eventually Vancouver. Shira talks about her youth including education, awareness of the Holocaust and early investment in zionism. She talks about her relationship and career histories, and her involvement in Or Shalom. She reflects on women’s/lesbian Seders in Vancouver, and the relationship between the Jewish and queer communities.

Nancy Halpern

Oral interview with Nancy Halpern. Interviewed by Samantha Stokell for SLAIS Oral History class.

Nancy's father's family moved to Vancouver in 1906, when her father Norman Brown was less than six months old. She has stories of her own life in the Vancouver Jewish community and those of her grandparents and parents. She was involved in drama and theatre in the Vancouver and Spokane, WA areas, and worked as a librarian in Vancouver. She was also involved in creating the West Vancouver Jewish Community Association.

Nancy mentions her cousin's daughter, Barbara Liskov (née Huberman) from the States, a professor at MIT who was the first woman to graduate in Computer Science in the U.S., and who is a winner of the Turing Award.

Ship on the ocean

Watercolour depicts a white ship, possibly a cruise ship, sailing in the ocean with rocks in the background. Written on the front: B. Kopelow. '99

Students from Maimonides School sailing

Photograph depicts three teenage girls on a sailboat.
2 copies. Colour copy scanned. Written on the verso of the colour copy: "65% #3 P.23. June [30]/[88]. Maimonides school." Written on the recto of black & white copy: "During recent school cruise two Maimonides students with the Island Roamer in the backg[round] [...] [rest cut off].

Students from Maimonides School sailing

Photograph depicts two students in life jackets and rain coats on shore with the sailboat in the background.
2 copies. Colour copy scanned. Written on the verso of colour copy: "S/S P.23. June 23/88. Maimonides school." Written on the recto of black & white copy: "During recent school cruise two Maimonides students with the Island Roamer in the background (abov[e] [...] [rest cut off].

Fighting forest fires in Israel

Photograph depicts water bomber dropping load (possibly water or flame retardant) on a forest fire.
Written on verso: "File: JNF fighting forest fires in Israel. 1988/89."

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