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Esther Nobleman

Oral history interview with Esther Nobleman. Esther Nobleman believes in the importance of serving the community however one can. Since her arrival in Vancouver from Medicine Hat in the fall of 1969, Esther has contributed much to the Jewish community here. Among other volunteer activities, in the early 1980s she threw herself into the campaign to safeguard the rights of Jews in the former Soviet Union as chair of the Soviet Jewry Committee. Even when time has been all that she's had to give, Esther has given it freely and generously.

Esther was born in the prairies and her husband, Abe Nobleman, was born in Montreal. Esther's parents came to Canada from Russia; Esther' father was in the Russian army but they escaped Russia because of the pogroms. Esther was in the air force in Canada. Her brother was a prisoner of war. Esther worked extensively with the Soviet Jewry campaign in Vancouver as well as being actively involved in a number of organizations and volunteer work.