Respondent
Barach, Edna Levy
Interview Date
November 3, 1975
Abstract
Barach, Edna, the daughter and granddaughter of rabbis, wife of Dr. Joseph Barach and mother of two sons; born, 1891 in California;
[T1S1] family background, parents from England; father, J. Leonard Levy, his education at University of London and ordination as a rabbi; his congregations before Rodef Shalom, Pittsburgh; atmosphere in parents' home; reformations at Rodef Shalom during Rabbi Levy's tenure; childhood memories; education at Bryn Mawr, language degree; marriage to Dr. Barach; his career; memories of early life in Pittsburgh; husband's siblings; children's lives and careers; contraction of typhoid and recovery in France at age 15; death of father and sister; outbreak of influenza, WWI; Dr. Barach, first Medical director of the Falk Clinic; his siblings; recollections of Squirrel Hill after marriage; children's education; vacation house on Lake George;
[T1S2] recreation with children; organizational affiliation and offices: board member, Sisterhood Rodef Shalom Temple, Planned Parenthood, and National Council of Jewish Women; Red Cross; Jewish Braille Institute; transcription of Helen Keller's Memoirs into Braille; sister's civic involvement; Dr. Levy's interest in civic affairs, first Jew on board at the University of Pittsburgh; early Rodef Shalom Temple on Eighth Street; its move to Fifth Avenue; parents' relationship; mother's death at age 103; difficulties of being a rabbi's child; improvements in Pittsburgh; the flood of 1936; family friends; husband's service during WWI; sons' enlistment during WWII; family not affected by the depression.
Subjects
Hospitals; Clinics; Falk Clinic (University of Pittsburgh); Pittsburgh (Pa.); Levy, J. Leonard (Joseph Leonard), 1865-1917; Squirrel Hill (Pittsburgh, Pa.); Synagogues; Rodef Shalom Congregation (Pittsburgh, Pa.)
Birth Date
1891
City
California
Residence
California; Pittsburgh (Pa.); Denniston St.
Occupation (father)
Rabbi
Length (hours)
1
Interviewer1
Kruman, Estelle
Interviewer2
Berkman, Selma
Indexer
Levine, Sheila
Collateral Materials
Box 100 FF 16
Identifier
ais196440.027
Rights
All rights reserved. University of Pittsburgh