Part 1 - Julie Elizabeth

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Julie Elizabeth

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CA JMABC A.1971.001-20.20-17-1

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  • August 2, 2020 (Creation)

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Interview with Julie Elizabeth 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. Julie (she/her) is a queer Jewish woman, born in Toronto and residing in Victoria, B.C. Julie shares about her parents’ lives in Toronto and family origins based in Russia. She talks about various childhood memories including the close relationships with her father and sister, but also the struggles of family members living with mental illness. Julie talks about rediscovering her father’s family connections in Montreal, leading her back to family history in France. Julie talks about discovering her bisexuality and being discouraged from coming out to her mother. She also talks about her journey with Judaism: as a child alienated from upper class Jewish kids in Toronto, to having a bat mitzvah on her 65th birthday after feeling acceptance and belonging on Salt Spring Island with her partner Reva. Julie talks about her education and career changes over her life. She talks about living with Reva and being accepted by her family. She closes with advice to ‘follow ones bliss’ and anecdotes about trying other religions like Wicca to find herself, and ultimately her way back to Judaism.

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Name of interviewer: Carmel Tanaka

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Place of interview: Remote (Julie is in Victoria, BC and Carmel is in Vancouver, BC)

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Birthdate: 23 June 1948

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Birthplace: Toronto, Ontario

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Related Materials: Julie discusses her relationship with partner, Reva Hutkin, who was also interviewed for the On The Record oral history project.

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