Respondent
Abrams, Israel A.
Interview Date
Unknown
Abstract
Provides citizenship information. Respondent describes his early Hebrew studies and his yeshiva attendance in Vilna. Biographical details are provided. Respondent describes the extent of his home studies. Respondent comments on family name and describes family's home in Aishishock. Respondent's father's duties as shochet and objections to his son's immigration to U.S. are recounted. Respondent discusses Jews' fear of, and abuse by, non-Jews in Aishishock. The establishment of the Pale and its restrictions on Jews are discussed. Respondent describes his hometown's synagogue's activities. Difficulties in illegally crossing into Germany are recounted.
[T1S2] Respondent reports the route and conditions on trip to U.S. Respondent mentions founding a Hebrew school in Boston and notes his high school and seminary attendance. Respondent recounts his work as Chicago principal and the financial contribution of a former student. Respondent's work in Baltimore Hebrew schools and anecdotes as principal are related. The financing, enrollment expansion and curriculum of Respondent's Hebrew Institute are discussed. The Hill District's demographic changes are recounted. Respondent details the curriculum of and opposition to his Institute.
Subjects
Hebrew Institute of Pittsburgh; Immigrant Experience -Travel Experiences; Jewish-Catholic Relations -Europe; Jews--Education; Jews--Education - Europe; Jews--Legal status, laws, etc.; Synagogues--Europe
Birth Date
1883
City
Eisiskes, Vilnius
Country
Lithuania
Emigration Date
1900
Profession
Educator
Residence
Chicago, IL; Baltimore, MD; Pittsburgh (Pa.)
Occupation (father)
Shochet
Length (hours)
1
Indexer
Reynolds, Jacqueline,
Collateral Materials
Box 86 FF 9
Identifier
ais196440.005
Rights
All rights reserved. University of Pittsburgh