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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...
    • 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...
    • Larry Cohen Interview

    • Cohen, Larry
    • Phoenix; Jewish Community; Federation; Community Involvement; Demographics
    • Larry Cohen talks about his time leading the Jewish Federation. He discusses the demographic and leadership shifts in the Jewish community since he moved to Phoenix in the 1980s.
    • Joy Carter Interview

    • Carter, Joy
    • Phoenix; Jewish Community; Community Service, Phoenix City Council; Vice-mayor; Community Boards
    • Joy Carter talks about her involvement in various community groups, including: Foundation for Senior Living, Salvation Army, Council for Jews with Special Needs, Phoenix City Council. She also discusses her experiences serving as Vice-Mayor three...
    • Larry Cutler Interview

    • Cutler, Larry
    • Phoenix; Jewish Community; Agriculture; Development; Cutler-Plotkin Center; Preservation
    • Larry Cutler talks about early life growing up Jewish in Phoenix. He talks about his grandparent's citrus farm, Cutler Orchards. He talks about his father's career as a general contractor. Cutler talks about his involvement in the Jewish Community...
    • Leni Reiss Interview

    • Reiss, Leni
    • Phoenix; Jewish Community; journalism; George Bush; Israeli Prime Ministers; Jewish News
    • Leni Reiss describes her growth within the Jewish community and becoming editor of the Jewish News. She was invited to go with journalists to Lebanon right after the war. She met President George H.W. Bush at the White House. She talks about her...
    • Len Gordon  Interview

    • Gordon, Len
    • Phoenix; Jewish Community; Education; Hillel; Arizona State University
    • Len Gordon discusses his time spent as a professor and head of the Sociology department at Arizona State University. He talks about the growth of the Jewish presence at Arizona State, including his participation in the growth of Hillel at Arizona...
    • Lucia Schnitzer Interview

    • Schnitzer, Lucia
    • Phoenix; Jewish Community; Religious Conversion; Jewish Identity; Poetry; Inter-faith Marriage
    • Lucia Schnitzer describes her conversion to Judaism after being raised the daughter of a Christian pastor. She describes the Jewish community as a large, extended family, and shares a poem she wrote to describe the Jewish community. She talks about...
    • Marty Schultz Interview

    • Schultz, Marty
    • Phoenix; Jewish Community; Pinnacle West; Mayors of Phoenix; Politics; Arizona Jewish Historical Society
    • Marty Schultz describes his professional career starting as a teacher then working with Arizona Legislature for education, and then serving as Chief of Staff to three Phoenix mayors. He then joined Pinnacle West. He talks about his efforts to...
    • 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.

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