Oral History Online Library

Oral histories form the bedrock of the BC Jewish Community Archives, overseen by the Jewish Museum and Archives of BC. A satisfying and sometimes emotional process, oral histories have traditionally been much more accessible to marginalized groups, including women, minorities, differently abled people, and those lacking literacy skills required to put pen to paper.

The JMABC began recording oral history interviews in the late 1960’s and has continued to do so ever since. To date, we have recorded over 1,010 interviews and add an average of 30 to 50 interviews each year.

The JMABC Oral History Collection represents a cross-section of our community, including entrepreneurs, academics, professionals, volunteers, immigrants, and more. These recordings form the basis for our annual journal, The Scribe, and for many of our online and travelling exhibits.

Browse the inventory of all 1000+ Oral History recordings here.

If you would like to be trained as a volunteer interviewer, be interviewed, or nominate someone to be interviewed, please contact our archivist, Alysa Routtenberg.



The JMABC is pleased to have collaborated with JQT Vancouver for The BC Jewish Queer & Trans Oral History Project. Interviews were recorded between May 25, 2020 and July 14, 2021, and you can read JQT Vancouver’s online exhibit here.

The BC Jewish Queer and Trans Oral History Project is an initiative undertaken by JQT Vancouver, a Jewish Queer and Trans non-profit, in partnership with the Jewish Museum and Archives of BC.

Marsha Ablowitz

Marsha Ablowitz about uncle Max (Max Dexall)

Jack Huberman

Jeff Kushner

Julie Elizabeth

Reva Hutkin

David Kesselman

Aaron Devor

Ruth Simkin

Ann Daskal

Ira Rogers

Shira Macklin

Nancy Rosenblum

Pat Johnson

Caryl Dolinko

Val Fishman

Jonathan Lerner

Selina Robinson

Syd Lapan

Lauren Nackman

Shaira Holman

Susan Dempsey

Debby Jaffey

Dorothy Elias

Carole and Jeff Lieberman

Karen Newmoon

Hope Forstenzer

Bayla Greenspoon

Glen Philips

Lisa Weiner

Lily Hoenig

Jaye Beer

David Steiner

Alan Herbert

Jacqueline Walters

Jarus Avital Hakak


Interviews compiled for the 2019 edition of our annual journal, The Scribe. Order a copy of the volume today to read further excerpts from these interviews.

Other contributors to the Innovations in Health collection include Sydney Israels and Bill Seidelman.


The Southern African Diaspora Oral History Project launched in Fall 2016, and has since collected 31 oral history interviews, profiling community members who immigrated from South Africa, Lesotho, Zimbabwe, and other neighbouring countries. If you would like support this project financially, nominate someone to be interviewed, or be trained to be a volunteer interviewer, please contact us.


Food was the theme of the 2018 edition of our annual journal, The Scribe, as well as our 2017-18 public programs The Chosen Food Supper Club and The Kitchen Stories podcast. Developing these programs, we interviewed over 50 community members involved in food in one way or another.

Michael Abelman – Sole Foods Street Farms

Shelley Ail – Vancouver Jewish Food Bank

Justine Balin – Top Chef Canada

Peter Barnett – Pizza Patio, Elephant & Castle, Mortimer

Zach Berman & Ryan Slater – The Juice Truck

Rabbi Carey Brown – Temple Sholom

Mike Bruser – Kobe Steakhouse

Ivan & Lynn Buchman – Enigma

Ophra Buckman – Auntie Em’s Kitchen

Jane Cherry – Fruit Bowl, Fish & Oyster Bar, Love’s Café

Yamila Chikiar – Café Forty-One

Sara Ciacci – Vancouver Jewish Food Bank

Marcena Croy – Jon’s Pizzerama, Brother Jon’s, Emilio’s

Rabbi Robert Daum – Iona Pacific Inter-Religious Centre

Iris Dayson – Vancouver Jewish Food Bank

Tanja Demajo – Jewish Family Services

Noam Dolgin

Rabbi Abraham Feigelstock – BC Kosher, Kosher Check

Janna Ginsberg – Janna’s Select Catering, Tudor Rose

Karen Glanzberg

Shelley Goldberg & Nadine Katz

Ilan Goldenblatt – The Thirsty Camel

Adam Granot – Breka Bakery

Stephen Greenham – Sweet Obsession, Trafalgars Bistro

Serge Haber – Kaplan’s Delicatessen

Claire Hammer

Carol Herbert

Diane Jacobs

Mark James – Mark James Fiasco, Yaletown Brewing Co., Red Truck Beer

Aaron Kafka – Kafka’s

Simon Kahlon – Sabra

Ida Kaplan – Kaplan’s Delicatessen

Wayne Katz – Hall’s Place, Beaver Tails, Zog’s, Moguls, Gone Bakery & Deli

Stephanie Lim – Vancouver Food Policy Council

Isaac Lipovsky – Electra Grill, Woodward’s Cafeteria / Tea Room

Leah Markovitch – Solly’s

Janice Masur

Susan Mendelson – The Lazy Gourmet

Earl Morris – The Red Onion, Bigsby’s the Bakehouse

Rabbi Dan Moskovitz – Temple Sholom

Torchy Pechet – Torchy’s, The Iron Horse

Sharon Posner – Oscar’s

Efrem (Eppy) Rappaport – Omnitzky’s

Andrew Reisman

Estelle Sanderson

David Schein

Susy Seigel – Nava Creative Kosher Cuisine

Itamar Shani & Rotem Tal – Chickpea

Marc Shutzbank (Fresh Roots

Mendel Skulski

Tevie Smith – The Snackery, Chipper’s, Moose McGillicuddy’s

Hazel Stevens

Marcus Stiller – Fish Café

Isadore Walters – Sirocco Club, The Cave, Izzy’s Supper Club

Mark Winrob – Las Tapas, Fatso’s Barbecue & Smoke House, Smoking Crust

Rabbi Shmuel Yeshayahu  – Community Kollel

Jeffrey Yoskowitz – The Gefilte Manifesto


The BC Jewish community has a long history of entrepreneurs in the fashion industry. We celebrated this portion of our community in the 2015/16 edition of The Scribe.

Carol Abramson

Esther Brandt

Arthur Chinkis

Boris Chinkis

Marlene Cohen

Louis Eisman

Yoel Farzan

Marilyn Glazer

Doreen & Solly Globman

Irving Goldenberg

David Goldman

Murray & David Goldman

Irving Grad

Harry Hammer

Joel Herman

Michael James

Abe Jampolsky

Richard & Jocy Lowy

Esther Nobleman

Solomon & Minnie Pelman

Leslie & Nicky Raphael

Leslie Raphael

Brian Rosner

Joseph Segal

Marnie Tritt

Leonard & Henriette White

Mark White

Sam Zack