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Jewish Family Service of Los Angeles Oral History Project Collection

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Title: Jewish Family Service of Los Angeles Oral History Project Collection, 1979-1981Save to your list.

ID: URB/JFSOH

Primary Creator: Jewish Family Service of Los Angeles (Calif.) (1854-)

Extent: 3.85 Linear Feet

Arrangement:

Series I: Audio Recordings, 1979-1981

Series II: Interview Notes, 1979-1981

Date Acquired: 00/00/1981

Forms of Material: Audio recordings, Paper records

Languages: English

Abstract

The Jewish Family Service of Los Angeles Oral History Project consists of 50 interviews of Jewish immigrants in the Los Angeles area. The goal of the project was to study and evaluate the life experiences of persons who came to the United States during one of the three waves of Jewish immigration - the period from 1900-1945, the years after the Holocaust, and the period of Russian immigration in the late 1970s. The life stories taken during the project reveal a rich folklore of the Jewish people, their countries of origin, war, social change, customs, traditions, and the individual's feelings about Jewish life.

Biographical Note

The Jewish Family Service (JFS) of Los Angeles was originally established in 1854 as the Hebrew Benevolent Society. Founded by a group of Jewish businessmen, the organization provided funeral services and charity to destitute Jews and Gentiles. This was the first relief agency in Los Angeles, and the predecessor of all benevolent societies and charitable institutions in Southern California.

In 1916, the Hebrew Benevolent Society merged with the Ladies' Hebrew Benevolent Society to form the Jewish Aid Society. The new society began referring the growing number of relief cases to public welfare agencies and encouraging indigent families to become self-supporting. A name change in 1929 to Jewish Social Service Bureau reflected a widening range of assistance programs available to families and individuals, including psychiatric counseling and job placement.

Throughout the early 1940s, the organization worked with problems related to family disorganization created by World War II. After the War, the agency concerned itself with the influx of European immigrants especially Holocaust victims, by working with the United Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society. This relief program involved the largest expenditure made by any private family agency in Los Angeles, with the exception of the Red Cross. In 1946, the agency changed it’s name to Jewish Family Service of Los Angeles.

The 1950’s gave rise to a deeper interest in personal counseling, with fees being instituted for the increasing numbers of middle-class clients.  A branch office of JFS was established in the San Fernando Valley, and services were extended to West Los Angeles, Santa Monica and Venice. The 1960’s brought further expansion, including telephone counseling, crisis intervention, Jewish family-life education programs, outreach service, and the opening of the Freda Mohr Center, a walk-in store-front for the elderly. A new unit was established in 1973 to help newly arrived Russian immigrants.

JFS was the first agency in California to receive certification from the Family Service Association of America. It has been a participating agency in the Community Chest (Los Angeles Area Welfare Federation and United Way of Greater Los Angeles, Inc.), a constituent agency of the Jewish Federation-Council, and a member of the Association of Jewish Family and Children's Agencies and Jewish National Fund Council. JFS also handles casework for the Hamburger Home, the Julia Ann Singer Nursery School and Cedars-Sinai Hospital.

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The Jewish Family Service of Los Angeles Oral History Project Collection consists of 50 interviews of Jewish immigrants in the Los Angeles area. The goal of the project was to study and evaluate the life experiences of persons who came to the United States during one of the three waves of Jewish immigration - the period from 1900-1945, the years after the Holocaust, and the period of Russian immigration in the late 1970s. The life stories taken during the project reveal a rich folklore of the Jewish people, their countries of origin, war, social change, customs, traditions, and the individual's feelings about Jewish life.

Interviews were conducted by volunteers trained by the Jewish Family Service. These interviews were then donated to the Oviatt Library in 1981 along with other records from the organization. Interviewees were given the option to maintain their anonymity, in which case they were assigned a number or name by volunteers for identification purposes. The collection is divided into two series: Audio Recordings (1979-1981) and Interview Notes (1979-1981).

Series I, Audio Recordings, consists of oral history interviews recorded onto audiocassettes.

Series II, Interview Notes, consists of field notes taken by interviewers, summaries of the tape contents, and indexes of topics discussed in the interviews.

Administrative Information

Repository: Special Collections & Archives

Access Restrictions: The collection is open for research use.

Use Restrictions: Copyright for unpublished materials authored or otherwise produced by the creator(s) of this collection has not been transferred to California State University, Northridge. Copyright status for other materials is unknown. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.) beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owners. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.

Acquisition Source: Jewish Family Service of Los Angeles

Preferred Citation: For information about citing items in this collection consult the appropriate style manual, or see the Citing Archival Materials guide.

Processing Information: Jessica Geiser, 2014


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[Series I: Audio Recordings, 1979-1981]
[Series II: Interview Notes, 1979-1981],
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Series I: Audio Recordings, 1979-1981Save to your list.
Box 1Save to your list.
Item 1: Alhadeff, Peter, Part 1, 1979Save to your list.
Item 2: Alhadeff, Peter, Part 2, 1979Save to your list.
Item 3: Alhadeff, Peter, Part 3, 1979Save to your list.
Item 4: Almaleh, Eddie, 1979 June 19Save to your list.
Item 5: Anisimov, Mikhail, Part 1, 1979Save to your list.
Item 6: Anisimov, Mikhail, Part 2, 1979Save to your list.
Item 7: Anonymous (#41), Part 1, 1979Save to your list.
Item 8: Anonymous (#41), Part 2, 1979Save to your list.
Item 9: Anonymous (#42), 1979 February 28Save to your list.
Item 10: Anonymous (#53), 1979Save to your list.
Item 11: Anonymous (#92), 1979 June 15Save to your list.
Item 12: Anonymous (Boris), Part 1, 1980 October 10Save to your list.
Item 13: Anonymous (Boris), Part 2, 1980 October 10Save to your list.
Item 14: Anonymous (N.E.), 1981 March 03Save to your list.
Item 15: Barbanel, Marianne, Part 1, 1979Save to your list.
Item 16: Barbanel, Marianne, Part 2, 1979Save to your list.
Item 17: Belinsky, Leonid, Part 1, November 1980Save to your list.
Item 18: Belinsky, Leonid, Part 2, November 1980Save to your list.
Item 19: Benjamin, Selma, Part 1, 1979 June 29Save to your list.
Item 20: Benjamin, Selma, Part 2, 1979 June 29Save to your list.
Item 21: Beveniste, Betty, Part 1, 1979Save to your list.
Item 22: Benjamin, Selma, Part 2, 1979Save to your list.
Item 23: Block, Anna, Part 1, 1979Save to your list.
Item 24: Block, Anna, Part 2, 1979Save to your list.
Item 25: Block, Anna, Part 3, 1979Save to your list.
Item 26: Bouhadana, Albert, 1980 January 29Save to your list.
Item 27: Byer, Alexandra, Part 1, June 1979Save to your list.
Item 28: Byer, Alexandra, Part 2, June 1979Save to your list.
Box 2Save to your list.
Item 1: Dinkin, Lori, Part 1, 1979Save to your list.
Item 2: Dinkin, Lori, Part 2, 1979Save to your list.
Item 3: Dinkin, Lori, Part 3, 1979Save to your list.
Item 4: Gans, Gustav, Part 1, 1979Save to your list.
Item 5: Gans, Gustav, Part 2, 1979Save to your list.
Item 6: Gans, Gustav, Part 3, 1979Save to your list.
Item 7: Gans, Gustav, Part 4, 1979Save to your list.
Item 8: Gans, Gustav, Part 5, 1979Save to your list.
Item 9: Gans, Gustav, Part 6, 1979Save to your list.
Item 10: Grun, Gershon, Part 1, June 1979Save to your list.
Item 11: Grun, Gershon, Part 2, June 1979Save to your list.
Item 12: Grun, Gershon, Part 3, June 1979Save to your list.
Item 13: Herowitz, Ludmilla, Part 1, 1979Save to your list.
Item 14: Herowitz, Ludmilla, Part 2, 1979Save to your list.
Item 15: Herowitz, Ludmilla, Part 3, 1979Save to your list.
Item 16: Herowitz, Ludmilla, Part 4, 1979Save to your list.
Item 17: Herowitz, Ludmilla, Part 5, 1979Save to your list.
Item 18: Katz, Lia, 1980 July 18Save to your list.
Item 19: Kempler, Mazal, Part 1, 1979Save to your list.
Item 20: Kempler, Mazal, Part 2, 1979Save to your list.
Item 21: Kempler, Mazal, Part 3, 1979Save to your list.
Item 22: Kempler, Mazal, Part 4, 1979Save to your list.
Item 23: Kessler, Clara, Part 1, 1979Save to your list.
Item 24: Kessler, Clara, Part 2, 1979Save to your list.
Item 25: Kiselman, Fira (Esfir), Part 1, 1981Save to your list.
Item 26: Kiselman, Fira (Esfir), Part 2, 1981Save to your list.
Item 27: Kiselman, Fira (Esfir), Part 3, 1981Save to your list.
Item 28: Kiselman, Fira (Esfir), Part 4, 1981Save to your list.
Item 29: Kiselman, Fira (Esfir), Part 5, 1981Save to your list.
Box 3Save to your list.
Item 1: Klimkevich, Klara, Part 1, 1981 February 6Save to your list.
Item 2: Klimkevich, Klara, Part 2, 1981 February 6Save to your list.
Item 3: Klimkevich, Klara, Part 3, 1981 February 6Save to your list.
Item 4: Klimkevich, Klara, Part 4, 1981 February 6Save to your list.
Item 5: Koltai, Leslie, Part 1, 1979Save to your list.
Item 6: Koltai, Leslie, Part 2, 1979Save to your list.
Item 7: Koltai, Leslie, Part 3, 1979Save to your list.
Item 8: Krohn, Samuel, Part 1, 1979Save to your list.
Item 9: Krohn, Samuel, Part 2, 1979Save to your list.
Item 10: Krohn, Samuel, Part 3, 1979Save to your list.
Item 11: Lampl, Annie, Part 1, 1979Save to your list.
Item 12: Lampl, Annie, Part 2, 1979Save to your list.
Item 13: Lampl, Annie, Part 3, 1979Save to your list.
Item 14: Lampl, Annie, Part 4, 1979Save to your list.
Item 15: Lampl, Annie, Part 5, 1979Save to your list.
Item 16: Lampl, Annie, Part 6, 1979Save to your list.
Item 17: Landries, Vera, Part 1, 1979Save to your list.
Item 18: Landries, Vera, Part 2, 1979Save to your list.
Item 19: Landries, Vera, Part 3, 1979Save to your list.
Item 20: Lebowits, Zoltan, Part 1, May 1979Save to your list.
Item 21: Lebowits, Zoltan, Part 2, May 1979Save to your list.
Item 22: Lebowits, Zoltan, Part 3, May 1979Save to your list.
Item 23: Levy, Maurice, Part 1, February 1979Save to your list.
Item 24: Levy, Maurice, Part 2, February 1979Save to your list.
Item 25: Levy, Rebecca, Part 1, 1979Save to your list.
Item 26: Levy, Rebecca, Part 2, 1979Save to your list.
Item 27: Levy, Rebecca, Part 3, 1979Save to your list.
Item 28: Levy, Rebecca, Part 4, 1979Save to your list.
Item 29: Levy, Rebecca, Part 5, 1979Save to your list.
Box 4Save to your list.
Item 1: Lipshitz, Bella, Part 1, 1979 May 12Save to your list.
Item 2: Lipshitz, Bella, Part 2, 1979 May 12Save to your list.
Item 3: Mock, Martha, Part 1, 1979Save to your list.
Item 4: Mock, Martha, Part 2, 1979Save to your list.
Item 5: Neidorf, Sam, Part 1, May 1979Save to your list.
Item 6: Neidorf, Sam, Part 2, May 1979Save to your list.
Item 7: Neidorf, Sam, Part 3, May 1979Save to your list.
Item 8: Pekar, Raisa, Part 1, 1980 October 13Save to your list.
Item 9: Pekar, Raisa, Part 2, 1980 October 13Save to your list.
Item 10: Pekar, Raisa, Part 3, 1980 October 13Save to your list.
Item 11: Rovell, Ison, Part 1, 1979Save to your list.
Item 12: Rovell, Ison, Part 2, 1979Save to your list.
Item 13: Rovell, Ison, Part 3, 1979Save to your list.
Item 14: Rovell, Ison, Part 4, 1979Save to your list.
Item 15: Rovell, Ison, Part 5, 1979Save to your list.
Item 16: Rubenstein, George, Part 1, 1979Save to your list.
Item 17: Rubenstein, George, Part 2, 1979Save to your list.
Item 18: Rubenstein, George, Part 3, 1979Save to your list.
Item 19: Rubenstein, George, Part 4, 1979Save to your list.
Item 20: Rubenstein, George, Part 5, 1979Save to your list.
Item 21: Schwartz, Alex, Part 1, 1980Save to your list.
Item 22: Schwartz, Alex, Part 2, 1980Save to your list.
Item 23: Schwartz, Alex, Part 3, 1980Save to your list.
Item 24: Schwartz, Alex, Part 4, 1980Save to your list.
Item 25: Schwartz, Alex, Part 5, 1980Save to your list.
Item 26: Shapell, Lilly, Part 1, 1979Save to your list.
Item 27: Shapell, Lilly, Part 2, 1979Save to your list.
Item 28: Shuwarger, Michael, Part 1, 1980Save to your list.
Item 29: Shuwarger, Michael, Part 2, 1980Save to your list.
Item 30: Shuwarger, Michael, Part 3, 1980Save to your list.
Box 5Save to your list.
Item 1: Sigman, Eleanor, Part 1, February 1979Save to your list.
Item 2: Sigman, Eleanor, Part 2, February 1979Save to your list.
Item 3: Simon, Albert, Part 1, 1979Save to your list.
Item 4: Simon, Albert, Part 2, 1979Save to your list.
Item 5: Simon, Albert, Part 3, 1979Save to your list.
Item 6: Simon, Albert, Part 4, 1979Save to your list.
Item 7: Simon, Albert, Part 5, 1979Save to your list.
Item 8: Simon, Albert, Part 6, 1979Save to your list.
Item 9: Sklansky, Berta, Part 1, 1981Save to your list.
Item 10: Sklansky, Berta, Part 2, 1981Save to your list.
Item 11: Sklansky, Berta, Part 3, 1981Save to your list.
Item 12: Sklansky, Berta, Part 4, 1981Save to your list.
Item 13: Solomon, Abraham, Part 1, 1979Save to your list.
Item 14: Solomon, Abraham, Part 2, 1979Save to your list.
Item 15: Solomon, Abraham, Part 3, 1979Save to your list.
Item 16: Volokh, Ann, Part 1, July 1979Save to your list.
Item 17: Volokh, Ann, Part 2, July 1979Save to your list.
Item 18: Weiner, Clara, Part 1, 1979Save to your list.
Item 19: Weiner, Clara, Part 2, 1979Save to your list.
Item 20: Weiner, Clara, Part 3, 1979Save to your list.
Item 21: Williams, Paula, Part 1, 1979Save to your list.
Item 22: Williams, Paula, Part 2, 1979Save to your list.
Item 23: Williams, Paula, Part 3, 1979Save to your list.
Item 24: Yallouze, Marguerite, Part 1, June 1979Save to your list.
Item 25: Yallouze, Marguerite, Part 2, June 1979Save to your list.
Item 26: Yallouze, Marguerite, Part 3, June 1979Save to your list.
Item 27: Yallouze, Marguerite, Part 4, June 1979Save to your list.
Item 28: Zamir, Yecheskiel, 1981 May 1Save to your list.

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