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    • Arnold Smith Interview

    • Smith, Arnold
    • Phoenix; Jewish Community; World War II; Industry; Economy; Political and Religious leaders
    • Interview with Arnold Smith. He shares stories about growing up in Phoenix after moving there from New York as a youth. He also talks about working for his father's steel company, going to Arizona State University, and serving in World War II....
    • Jerry Lewkowitz Interview

    • Lewkowitz, Jerry
    • Phoenix; Jewish Community; law practice; Attorney General; Phoenix Thunderbirds; Antisemitism
    • Jerry Lewkowitz talks about his experiences growing up Phoenix in the 1920s, 1930s, and 1940s. He discusses his experiences going through law school and working for the Attorney General. He discusses his community involvement including his...
    • Linda Aarons Interview

    • Aarons, Linda
    • Phoenix; Jewish Community; anti-semitism; community involvement; Beth-Israel Temple Youth
    • Linda Aarons talks about growing up Jewish in Phoenix, and some of the antisemitism she experienced in school. She discusses Jewish youth groups and camps, and Beth Israel Temple Youth.
    • Anita Gutkin and  Marilyn Tomback Interview

    • Gutkin, Anita and Tomback, Marilyn
    • Phoenix; Jewish Community; Identity; Heritage; Prejudice
    • Anita Gutkin and Marilyn Tomback are sisters of Jewish heritage who grew up in the Phoenix community. In this interview, they discuss their memories of prejudice at school, as well as their social life growing up as Jewish youth. They discuss their...
    • Michael Orlikoff Interview

    • Orlikoff, Michael
    • Phoenix; Jewish Community; Music; Senior Citizens
    • Michael Orlikoff talks about being the conductor of the Phoenix Metro Pops Orchestra. He also discusses Jewish appreciation for music and the arts. He talks about teaching music to children in the community, and performing for senior citizens.
    • Miryam Salter Interview

    • Salter, Miryam
    • Phoenix; Jewish Community; Israel; Education; Hebrew School; Culture
    • Miryam Salter discusses her arrival to Phoenix after serving in the Israeli Military and growing up in Israel. She talks about adjusting culturally to American culture. She talks about becoming a teacher at the Hebrew School, and the growth of the...
    • Ninfa Lowe Interview

    • Lowe, Ninfa
    • Phoenix; Jewish Community; Conversion; Crypto Jews; Family History
    • Ninfa Lowe discusses her conversion from Catholicism to Judaism. She talks about Rabbi Plotkin's role in her conversion. She talks about crypto Jews in the southwest and Mexico.
    • Norman Kogen Interview

    • Kogen, Norman
    • Phoenix; Jewish Community; Arizona Manor Resort; Israel; Volunteers for Israel; Business; Service; Anti-semitism
    • Norman Kogen describes his early life in Phoenix, and how his father built the Arizona Manor Resort. He talks about his father's hotel, which hosted Eleanor Roosevelt, Jerry Lewis, Sammy Davis Jr., and Jeff Chandler. He talks about his involvement...
    • Mayor Phil Gordon Interview

    • Gordon, Phil
    • Phoenix; Jewish Community; Politics; Israel; Historical Preservation
    • Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon talks about his family moving to Phoenix and his years growing up. He discusses his education and background in politics. He talks about travelling to Israel as part of a delegation selected by George W. Bush.
    • Risa Mallin Interview

    • Mallin, Risa
    • Phoenix; Jewish Community; Holocaust Survivors Association; Holocaust Commission; storytelling; historical preservation
    • Risa Mallin talks about raising her children in Arizona. She discusses her role in the Holocaust Survivors Association and the Holocaust Commision. She discusses her efforts to teach the Jewish Community about the importance of Jewish identity and...
    • Rita Segal Interview

    • Segal, Rita
    • Phoenix; Jewish Community; childhood; Arizona State University; Mormons; Temple Beth-Israel
    • Rita Segal talks about being born in Safford, Arizona in the 1930s. She discusses her experiences growing up in the small Jewish community within the predominantly Mormon Safford community. She discusses antisemitism. She discusses her involvement...
    • Sherry Bell Interview

    • Bell, Sherry
    • Phoenix; Jewish Community; Antisemitism; Defense Attorney; Family
    • Sherry Bell discusses growing up in West Phoenix. She talks about her experiences with antisemitism. She also talks about her experience as a defense attorney. She talks about the importance of values such as family and compassion.
    • Kirschner Interview

    • Kirschner, Rudy and Elaine
    • Phoenix; Jewish Community;
    • Elaine Kirschner describes what the smaller Jewish community was like when her family moved to Phoenix in the 1940s. Rudy Kirschner talks about his childhood in Prague and being part of the Kinder Transport in Europe during World War II. He talks...
    • Bob Kravetz Interview

    • Kravetz, Bob
    • Phoenix; Jewish Community; Israel; Community Involvement; Genealogy; History
    • Bob Kravetz talks about his commitment to the State of Israel and the Jewish Community. He discusses meeting several prominent Israelis. He discusses the importance of Jewish geneology and the importance of discovering one's roots. He talks about...
    • Stu Siefer Interview

    • Siefer, Stu
    • Phoenix; Jewish Community; Tempe; Mill Avenue; A Mountain; Architecture; Historic Preservation
    • Stu Siefer discusses his interest in the preservation of historic buildings. He talks about his efforts to preserve numerous structures on Mill Avenue in Tempe. He also discusses the preservation of the original Temple Beth-Israel structure. He...
    • Elana Storch and Debbie Harris Interview

    • Storch, Elana and Harris, Debbie
    • Phoenix; Jewish Community; Wexner Foundation; Jess Schwartz Jewish Community High School; Education; Jewish Institutions
    • Elana Storch and Debbie Harris discuss their experience in the Wexner Foundation, as well as their key roles in founding the Jess Schwartz Jewish Community High School.
    • Vicki Cabot Interview

    • Cabot, Vicki
    • Phoenix; Jewish Community
    • Vicki Cabot discusses coming to Phoenix from New York and New Jersey. She discusses working for the Jewish News in the 1980s. She talks about the Jewish Federation. She talks about the growth of the Phoenix Jewish community.
    • Ziskin Interview

    • Ziskin, Sarah and Hadassah
    • Phoenix; Jewish Community; Jewish Education;
    • Sarah and Hadassah Ziskin talk about moving to Phoenix from Chicago. They discuss the Jewish education provided in the 1960s by Temple Beth-El. The talk about living in a modern world while still being an observant Jew.
    • Tom Horne Interview

    • Horne, Tom
    • Phoenix; Jewish Community; Education; Legislature; Antisemitism
    • Tom Horne talks about his parents fleeing from Poland in 1939. He talks about arriving in Phoenix in 1971 as a lawyer. He discusses the process of selecting a new rabbi for a temple. He talks about his role on the school board, Education Committe...
    • Barry Stern Interview

    • Stern, Barry
    • Phoenix; Jewish Community; Architecture; Community Center
    • Interview with Barry Stern whose grandfather moved to Phoenix. In this interview, Mr. Stern talks about the early days of the Jewish community in Phoenix and about the early Jewish Community Centers in Phoenix and its different locations.

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