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 900 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 900 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 collaborate with JQT Vancouver for On The Record: The BC Jewish Queer & Trans Oral History Project. This is an ongoing project begun at the outset of 2020. If you would like to nominate someone to be interviewed, support this project financially, or be trained to be a volunteer interviewer, please contact us.
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
Rabbi Abraham Feigelstock – BC Kosher, Kosher Check
Janna Ginsberg – Janna’s Select Catering, Tudor Rose
Shelley Goldberg & Nadine Katz
Ilan Goldenblatt – The Thirsty Camel
Adam Granot – Breka Bakery
Stephen Greenham – Sweet Obsession, Trafalgars Bistro
Serge Haber – Kaplan’s Delicatessen
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
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
Susy Seigel – Nava Creative Kosher Cuisine
Itamar Shani & Rotem Tal – Chickpea
Marc Shutzbank (Fresh Roots
Tevie Smith – The Snackery, Chipper’s, Moose McGillicuddy’s
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.
Doreen & Solly Globman
Murray & David Goldman
Richard & Jocy Lowy
Solomon & Minnie Pelman
Leslie & Nicky Raphael
Leonard & Henriette White