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The American Jewish Historical Society, one of the five partners of the Center for Jewish History, holds more than 250 oral histories from the UJA-Federation Oral History Project. They include narratives from influential leaders and people who were impacted by the Federation and its constituent organizations. You can find select clips from these oral histories in sections of Contributors to the Cause. The following additional audio materials are also relevant to the themes of this exhibition. More oral histories are available through the Center’s online catalog.

Robert Bernard
Elinor Bernheim
Michael Saphier
Perry Haber
Calmon Ginsberg
Martha Selig

Oral History

Graenum Berger

Selected Topics Discussed: Aged, Camps for Children, Perceived changes in Federation leadership, Competition in fundraising, Effect of Six Day War on Federation leadership

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Benjamin Buttenwieser

Selected Topics Discussed: Significant issues affecting Federation, Jewish education, Sectarian emphasis within Federation, Jewish Community

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Lawrence B. Buttenwieser

Selected Topics Discussed: Jewish Identity, Role of women in Federation, Montefiore Hospital, Jewish aspects of hospital, Union relationship

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Patricia Gantz

Selected Topics Discussed: Women's Campaign of New York, Role of women in fundraising, Qualities of effective leadership, Merger of UJA and Federation

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Louise B. Greilsheimer

Selected Topics Discussed: Jewish observance, Jewish Education, Jewish Continuity Commission, Decision-making process, The Jewish Week-Jewish Agency and the Israel-UJA-Federation relationship

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Maurice Beck Hexter

Selected Topics Discussed: Fundraising techniques, Refugee settlement, Influence of religious community, Federation's pension plan, Anti-Semitism and Israel

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George Harrison Heyman

Selected Topics Discussed: Experience as Federation President, Israeli bonds, Jewish education, Soviet Jewry, Jewish Communal Fund

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Alan S. Jaffe

Selcted Topics Discussed: Issues leading to merger of UJA and Federation, Legacy Committee, Jewish Agency, United Israel Appeal, Jewish Continuity Commission

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Harry R. Mancher

Selected Topics Discussed: Communal concerns, Mt. Sinai, Merger of Federation and UJA, Fundraising, Relationship to traditional Jewish community

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Matthew Maryles

Selected Topics Discussed: Commitment to Judaism, How being observant affects professional life, Fund for Jewish Education, Jewish Community Relations Council, Philanthropic priorities

Learn More: http://access.cjh.org/1541343

Ernest W. Michel

Selected Topics Discussed: First UJA involvement as fundraiser, Issues of negotiation, UJA and Federation leaders compared, Perceptions of changes at Federation, Merger of UJA and Federation

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Alfred P. Miller

Selected Topics Discussed: Identifying FEGS as Jewish agency, FEGS programs, Changes in Jewish community of New York, Effect of changes in economy on Jewish community, Jewish poverty

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Frederick P. Rose

Selected Topics Discussed: Lexington School for the Deaf, Mt. Sinai, Legacy Reserve Fund, Thoughts on merged Federation/UJA, Future of Federation

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Doris L. Rosenberg

Selected Topics Discussed: Educational Alliance, Women's Division, Aged Committee, Merger of Jewish Board of Guardians and Jewish Family Service, Future of Federation

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Martha Keiser Selig

Selected Topics Discussed: Fundraising techniques, Jewish Association for Services for the Aged, Capital campaign, Jewish continuity, Recognition of gifts and rewarding annual contributions, Family foundations

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Daniel S. Shapiro

Selected Topics Discussed: American Jewish Committee, Leadership development efforts, Increasing Jewish consciousness of Federation, Advocates and opponents of UJA-Federation merger, Organizational structure

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Samuel J. Silberman

Selected Topics Discussed: Early Federation experience, Thoughts on Israel, Federation's relations with synagogues, Jewish Education, Jewish community

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Wilma Tisch

Selected Topics Discussed: Distribution Committee, Jewish Education, Jewish direction in camps, Community centers, Heightened Jewish consciousness

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Margaret W. Tishman

Selected Topics Discussed: Jewish Home and Hospital for Aged, Women in Federation, Distribution Committee, Jewish Community Councils, Balance between volunteer and personal life

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Carl Urbont

Selected Topics Discussed: Jewish Education, Columbia School of Social Work, Emanu-el Brotherhood, Joint Distribution Committee, Perceived changes and evolution of 92nd Street Y

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Contributors to the Cause includes only a small portion of the material that is housed at the Center for Jewish History. The five partners’ archival collections span more than 700 years of history. To search the catalog, click here. To plan your visit to the Center’s New York home, click here.