Draft of thesis about the Jewish Public Library 1914-1952, 1983.Addition 2012: Digital material transferred from hard drive (45.6 GB): Video interviews of Sami Kilani, Naim Kattan, Howard Joseph, Sister Katherine Macdonald, Victor Goldbloom, Jim Torczyner, Pierre Anctil, Gregory Baum and Denise Cou…
Draft of thesis about the Jewish Public Library 1914-1952, 1983.Addition 2012: Digital material transferred from hard drive (45.6 GB): Video interviews of Sami Kilani, Naim Kattan, Howard Joseph, Sister Katherine Macdonald, Victor Goldbloom, Jim Torczyner, Pierre Anctil, Gregory Baum and Denise Couture. Also some photographs and scans of research documents, including PDF format and one titled Fabienne Presentey (sound document). 31 mini video cassettes of interviews for the project 'Quebec Dialogue Pioneers': 4 mini video cassettes interview of Naim Kattan, May 18, 2009. 1 mini video cassette interview of Howard Joseph, Aug. 11, 2009. 2 mini video cassettes interview of Pere Irénée Beaubien. Mini video cassette interview of Sister Katherine Macdonald, July, 11 2009. 2 mini video cassettes interview of Joe Flanders, Feb. 20, 2011. 3 mini video cassettes interview of Victor Goldbloom, June 08, 2009. 3 mini video cassettes interview of Sami Kilani, May 25, 2009. 2 mini video cassettes interview of Jim Torczyner, June 23, 2009. 1 mini video cassette interview of Robert Vachon, June 24, 2009. 2 mini video cassettes interview of Eddy Wolkove, June 6, 2009. 4 mini video cassettes interview of Pierre Anctil, May 4, 2009. 2 mini video cassettes interview of Gregory Baum, May 6, 2009. 2 mini video cassettes interview of Denise Couture, Aug. 10, 2009.17 mini video cassettes interview for the Laval University project: 1 mini video cassette recording of the Hoshana Rabba ritual, n. d. 1 mini video cassette interview of Norma Joseph, Jan. 11, 2008. 1 mini video cassette interview of Haim Ohayon, Dec. 6, 2008. 1 mini video cassette interview of David Kaufman, Jan. 14, 2008. 1 mini video cassette interview at the Paperman Funeral Home. 1 mini video cassette interview of Selim Moghrabi, Dec. 14, 2007. 1 mini video cassette interview of Estella Sasson, n. d. 1 mini video cassette interview of Pam Iny, n. d. 1 mini video cassette titled 'Cimetière', n. d. 2 mini video cassettes interview of Albert Bitton, Dec. 10, 2007. 1 mini video cassette interview of Howard Joseph, Jan. 16, 2008. 1 mini video cassette interview of Rabbi Orenstein, Jan. 15, 2008. 1 mini video cassette interview of Stanley Goldstein and Morris Zimelstern, Dec. 17, 2007. 1 mini video cassette interview of Yehuda Abitan, Dec. 17, 2007. 1 mini video cassette interview of Jesse Ades, n. d. 2 mini video cassettes interview of Esther Blaustein, Dec. 3, 2007. Addition 2013: 65 micro audio cassettes and 1 regular audio cassette. 62 of the micro cassettes are connected with Sharon Gubbay Helfer's PhD research on the Dorshei Emet Reconstructionist Congregation of Montreal. 1 regular audio cassette of an 85th birthday book launch for Lavy Becker. 3 micro cassettes on other themes: Marc Gold speaking about a community event with Jewish-Quebec Dialogue themes; Sharon Gubbay Helfer interviewing her mother Aline Gubbay; and interviewing a Montreal Jewish artist friend of her mother's, Eva Prager.
Sharon Gubbay Helfer is a scholar-practitioner in the area of inter-cultural dialogue. She was born in 1949 in Winnipeg, Canada. Her father, Ezra Rahamim (Eric Robin) Gubbay was born and brought up in the Baghdadi Jewish community of Calcutta and then trained as a physician in London, England, before immigrating to Canada in 1948. Sharon's mother, Aline Beberachvili, was born in Alexandria, Egypt. Her maternal grandfather was from an old Jewish community in Akhaltsikhe, Georgia, and her maternal grandmother from Istanbul, Turkey. Aline graduated from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) in London and subsequently became a portrait photographer. Following her marriage to Sharon's father and immigration to Canada, Sharon's mother became first a social worker and then an art historian, social historian and author. Sharon Gubbay graduated from McGill University and then worked in the environmental policies field and in education in Montreal, Quebec; Papua New Guinea, and rural Saskatchewan before earning a Masters degree in Comparative Education. She then went to study in Israel, where she met Peter Helfer, a Swedish Jew, computer engineer and software designer. Sharon and Peter married and spent a year and a half together in Israel before moving to settle in Montreal. Sharon returned to studies when her children were young, earning a PhD in Jewish Studies and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in studio arts, both in 2006, from Concordia University. Since then she has been a lecturer at Concordia, at the Université du Québec à Montréal and at the Université de Montréal. She has also been a postdoctoral fellow both at the Université de Montréal, where she completed an oral history of pioneers of Jewish/Christian dialogue in Québec, and at Concordia's Centre for Oral History and Digital Storytelling. (Source: http://pcls.sharondialogue.ca/about-this-project-2/sharon-bio/). In 2007 she carried out a series of over 70 oral history interviews for the Ontario Jewish Archives' 'Small Jewish Communities of Ontario' project, involving the communities of Belleville, Cornwall, Kingston, Kitchener-Waterloo, Niagara Falls, North Bay, Owen Sound, Peterborough, St. Catherines, Sudbury, and Thunder Bay. These interviews can be accessed at the OJA (http://ontariojewisharchives.org/)
The first part of this collection was donated by Sharon Gubbay Helfer on Sept. 06, 1983. Additions were made in June 2012 and February 2013.
Alpha-numeric designations: P83/12, P12/18 and MC 31.
6 hours of video interviews covering a range of personal and historical biographical topics, including aspects of Quebec's history and politics, and outreach initiatives undertaken at McGill University during Shapiro's tenure as president. Accession number P14/04.
Set of 2 DVDs. Sharon Gubbay Helfer video interview of artist Shirley Berk Simon, on two DVDs totaling 66 minutes, illustrated with archival photographs and pictures of her art. Accession number P16/02.
Topics covered by Dr. Goldbloom in the 73 minute interview includes his introduction to interfaith dialogue, interactions with Cardinal Leger and Turcotte, work in Cameroon, Africa, and Jewish integration into Quebec society. A 6 minute excerpt was prepared focusing on his Christian-Jewish dialogue activities.