Schools

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L-R: Sean Magio, David Levene, Robbie Miller, Paula Nammer, Travis Kleinfeld, Robbie Kaplan, Karen Perles. L-R: Gerald Lotzear, Ari Jampolsky, Martin ?, Neil Bernstein, Richard Yates, Debra Lazer, Eric ?, Scotty Freedman, Howard Kastner, Andrew Kastner.

Date: 
1972
Source: 
Malchy, David
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RT:     And what was the next move?

AC:    Winnipeg. And by that time that was January 1975 and that to me was one of the  most difficult things that we had done was move from where I was born which is really warm [former republic of Moldavia], to Israel which is warmer, to Belgium which is kind of wet, to Winnipeg which is just frigid, freezing cold and in 1975 the winters were harsh. I mean now obviously things, with Global Warming, things are a lot warmer. But, holy-moly, I hated Canada. [Laughter].
 
RT:         How old were you then about eight?
 
AC:         Seven and a half.
 
RT:         And when did your attitude about that change?
 
AC:         Like anything it takes time, a couple of years.
 
RT:         Make friends and stuff.
 
AC:         Yeah, that was hard too. I think when you come into a country and kids are mean sometimes when you have a bit of an accent. On top of it all it was the Eagle and the Bear, the cold war was going on and so people don’t see …
 
RT:         Suspicious?
 
AC:         Well don’t see beyond, even in a private Hebrew school, don’t see beyond the Russian part. Coming from a tough stock, coming from the school of hard knocks and surrounded by a lot of sheltered, very soft (I called the North American Jews very soft), thin skinned … I basically fought for my respect, you know, stood up for my rights. Maybe acquired a bit of a bully persona going throughout elementary and junior high school but if that’s what it took for me to gain respect I was going to get that, and that’s what it was and that’s fine.

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NO: What kinds of volunteer work have you done in the past?
 
DM:       Volunteer work? Well, I worked for approximately eight years with Beth Tikvah in the capacity of President, past-President, involvement in education committees and various other committees over a period of eight to ten years.
 
NO:        When was Beth Tikvah founded, what year?
 
DM:       Well Beth Tikvah was started originally as a Jewish community in Richmond and that was in 1970/71 and after four or five years as a Jewish community association it became a synagogue, and was originally started in 1970. In the summer of 1970 on of the rabbis in Vancouver by the name of Harold Rubin, he was the rabbi of the Temple Sholom, he was living in Richmond and he found that his children were discriminated against when they missed school to go to the synagogue for Jewish holidays, so he was quite concerned that the community was not aware of Jewish holidays in the area. So he proceeded to send out notification tall the Jewish families that he knew of in Richmond for a meeting, and this took place in June of 1970. And from that meeting a loosely arranged group of families got together over the summer and met to try and form a community association. In the fall of 1970 we had a meeting here at the Jewish Community Centre in Vancouver at which there were about sixty or seventy families and we got together and formed Richmond/Delta Jewish community association. I was chosen first President because I had kept notes over the summer and nobody else wanted to take on the job. So from the fall of 1970 we met regularly in different members’ homes to develop a constitution, to set up various committees; we had a President, vice-President, secretary, treasurer, social committee, education committee, ways and means committee, we had a welcoming committee who would welcome new families into the community and this is how we started. The first fund-raisers occurred in the fall of ’71 and our goal as the time was to set up a pre-school and an after-school Hebrew school, so in the fall of ’71 we had a bazaar and we had a raffle, we built a playhouse for children and we raffled this off and we also had a bazaar at the same time and we raised money towards setting the school up. Finally in the fall of ’71 we were able to set up this pre-school.

 

 

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RK:         You said you started to go to the Talmud Torah when you were about five or six. What are your early memories of that school?
 
BR:         First of all, it was an afternoon/evening class. There was no parochial school in those days; it was unheard of. So you went, starting 4 o'clock for an hour, an hour and a half, depending on what grade you were in. And if you were in the senior grade you went from about 7:00 to 8:30. And I went there for many years, and then my parents moved in the 30s to the 800 block West 13th. Fairview was then opening up and many Jewish families moved into Fairview, diluting the East End, which was the original immigrant area. And from there, I went for a year or so to evening class from 7:00 to 8:30 at the old Talmud Torah. And then somewhere around 1931, I believe it was, they built the community centre on 11th and Oak and they started to have classes upstairs in the afternoon, of course, and . . . my class transferred to the . . . community centre, so I finished my schooling there. I carried on until I entered university and then I stopped. My class, which was around 5 or 6 [people], carried on roughly the same way, and then when we entered university we quit because it wasn't feasible. In those days the Talmud Torah was Ivris b'Ivris. The teacher spoke Hebrew and we spoke Hebrew to the teacher. I mean, if we struggled, we struggled, but it wasn't acceptable to have a conversation in English except to rescue the conversation, so to speak. In that way we became somewhat fluent.
 
RK:         Right. Who were the 5 or 6 people in your class?
 
BR:         At that time, at the end, there was Sammy Wolfe, Mitchell Snider, Gertie Zack. I think that's about it. I can't recall any other at the moment, at the final class, because through the years you lost students and then they would move in a couple of students, but was the last one that ended.
 
RK:         It’s interesting that you went until you entered university.
 
BR:         Mind you, I entered university at age 15. I’ll tell you another interesting thing was we had a junior congregation for a number of years at the old Annex on Heatley Avenue and the students carried on the entire congregation themselves, without the assistance of the teachers. In other words, we dovened, there was a chazan, we read [the Torah], we said maftir. I said maftir at the age of ten, because we knew everything. And we used to go every Saturday. There was about three or four of us. We would go to . . . the old synagogue and we would sit in front of the centre bimah and we would go there religiously. And then sometimes they were stuck for a maftir, so somebody would lean over and tap one of us on the shoulder and say, "Zog Maftir" and one of us would come up and we would say maftir. We could read it sight. So it was a nucleus of about three four of us. And then in the afternoon we went to the Rex theatre and watched the cowboy movie for 10¢.

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LF.02291

Black and white image with title box of the course of construction on Convocation Mall at Simon Fraser University in Burnaby. Steel girder suspended from crane extended over two storey foundation level of concrete building; three additional cranes in background, with forested area behind. Title box in lower right corner.

Date: 
1964
Source: 
Landauer, Barbara
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Object id: 
LF.02293

Black and white image with title box of the course of construction on Convocation Mall at Simon Fraser University in Burnaby. East facing landscape show long, narrow ditch with reinforced concrete pillar supports on either side; one storey foundation level of concrete building in background with cranes and forested area behind.

Date: 
1964
Source: 
Landauer, Barbara
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LF.02115

Black and white image of Irwin Park Elementary School at 2455 Haywood Avenue, West Vancouver BC. School children playing on concrete playground with hopscotch templates painted on ground; two storey rectangular building behind children with one storey wood sided addition attached at back; larger brick building in background.

Date: 
1956
Source: 
Landauer, Barbara
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L.00230

Black and white image of a social gathering at Peretz School.

Date: 
1945