Teachers

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ID:          And what about your teachers? Were there any of your teachers that were outstanding that you remember in high school?
 
HL:         In high school, yes, there was….
 
 ID:         That influenced you in your future?
 
HL:         One, two teachers actually were outstanding. One was a younger woman who taught math and taught algebra and geometry. I loved geometry and I just ate it up and that was very easy for me. And the other one who was outstanding was somebody called Miss Brandon and she was much older and she taught English and French and I thought she was outstanding because by the time I went to university and took the first year French I really had learned most of that in Grade 12 and so that was relatively easy.
 
ID:          Harold, I used…we used to have Miss Brandon as our French teacher, French and English teacher. Well, she taught everything, in Cupar.
 
HL:         Really?
 
ID:          Yes and when she left Cupar I guess she went to Kamsack. Can you believe we had the same teacher, that’s amazing!
 
HL:         I thought she was outstanding.
 
ID:          And what about Jewish education? Was there an opportunity for that in Kamsack?
 
HL:         Yes, well you know at one time there were approximately 35 Jewish families in Kamsack, that’s at the height. It would be in the late ‘30s I suppose. And we had one man there who served as the rabbi, the shochet [kosher butcher], the teacher, the cantor all rolled into one. Rabbi…Reverend Oland was his name and he stayed there until the community really dwindled and dwindled in the early ‘40s and then ultimately went to Saskatoon. He did teach me some elements of Hebrew and I suppose he also must have taught me something relative to my Bar Mitzvah although I don’t remember having a Bar Mitzvah with a lot of simcha [celebrations] in Kamsack. It was during the war years and I presume that those type of activities took a back seat.

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               BS:         Now Vivian, I’ll turn to you. Did you go to secular school or religious school?
 
               VG:         I went to Talmud Torah, the day school, from kindergarten to graduation I went to Talmud Torah.
 
BS:         And what memories do you have of those days of going to school?
 
VG:         I didn’t love school in general but I actually did...my favourite teacher was Mrs. Kron, I loved her and what was really interesting is that my older daughter also had Mrs. Kron, both my daughters went to Talmud Torah and Ariel had Mrs. Kron and Mrs. Kron would regularly call her Aviva which is my name, well she looks like me and acts a lot like me and Mrs. Kron kept saying, “Well it’s like having you back in my class again.” She was lovely, I really enjoyed her and she was of course incredibly Zionist, all of our projects were doing the map of Israel and knowing all the cities in Israel, and all the customs of Israel, that I enjoyed tremendously so it was the only part of school that I really liked. And I remember we had to go until four o’clock and we would be sitting and looking out the window at all the public school kids getting out at three o’clock and marching away but it’s better I guess than having to go to afternoon school which was worse, we only had the one extra hour.
 
BS:         Were you able to read Hebrew?
 
VG:         Yes, all of our Hebrew teachers except for Mrs. Kron were Israeli so we actually learned Hebrew very well, I’m trying to remember the name of this really lovely young woman... maybe Mrs. Klausner, she was married to a Canadian, to a Vancouver boy, but she was Israeli and she taught us really excellent, I find languages pretty easy so when I graduated I could speak Hebrew really well and with a very Israeli accent which was very convenient. 

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               MF:        We then moved to Princess Avenue where we lived until 1921 or thereabouts. And our home then was between Georgia and Union. And I believe it’s still standing. There our neighbours were practically all Italian. The Venice Bakery [the front of it] was on Union Street and our backyard touched the backyard of Venice Bakery.
 
 
DM:       Oh really.
 
MF:        Yeah, at that particular time. And then McLean Grounds was where our family played and children, as children we grew up. Strathcona School I remember only briefly because I was there ‘til I was 11 so got five years. And the teacher that I had for two or three of those years, I don’t know how it worked out, teachers were the Carns sisters, C-A-R-N-S who taught me. They’re the ones I remember most vividly.
 
DM:       Can you describe them, what they were like?
 
MF:        Well, one was tall and kind of a boney structure. And I think they were Scottish but I’m not sure. But the one I liked best of all who spanked me more often than the other (laughs) for my misdemeanours, I think her name was Katie, Katherine. And that’s as clear as I can remember. Now, life at that time centered around religious groups so when I went to, the first…After first arrival Mother sent me to a nursery school. It was in the basement of I think the Presbyterian Church on Pender Street. And the structure I don’t know if it still stands or not, I should go up and see it. And I remember enjoying the classes there very much. The only gym in that area that we could enjoy that was of any value was the Japanese gym. Which you most be aware of the Japanese gym, it was on I think Jackson Avenue between Powell and Cordova. And I look back on life in those days we enjoyed a real fine ethnic background.

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Black and white photograph depicts teachers with placards standing outside of building.

Date: 
[1981]
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L.14854

Black and white photograph depicts a teacher reading a book to a group of children seated on the floor.

Date: 
[1973]
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Object id: 
L.14853

Black and white photograph depicts a group of children seated on the floor with their teacher in front of an educational poster.

Date: 
[1973]
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Object id: 
L.14852

Black and white Talmud Torah photograph depicts students seated at desks, raising their hands.

Date: 
[1973]
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L.14838

"Instructor David Rubin is seen with his New Westminster Talmud Torah class which meets twice weekly. Around the table are, left to right, Shawna Dorfman, Joseph Kierzenblatt, Stephen Rudin, Gary Rudin, Jeffrey Dorfman, Andrew Schloss and Deborah Dorfman. Mr. Rubin teaches all Bar-Mitzvah candidates." Caption from the Jewish Western Bulletin 1971-04-08-39 issue.

Group of students at a table in front of teacher who is writing Hebrew characters on a chalkboard.

Date: 
[1971]
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Object id: 
L.14818

Caption information: names given in partially indecipherable handwriting, 'left 1st row: Judy [Raab], Corine [Ichelern ], 2nd row: W[ ] Tarnow [?], S [ ] Panar, Sylvia Fischler, Herchall L [ ], 3rd row [ ] Shaffer, Alex Stern, Herchelle Gelfand, Herchall S., [ ].'

Date: 
[1965]
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L.14811

Black and white photograph depicts Talmud Torah Graduation class, Grade 7.

Date: 
1964