Respondent
Davis, Laura Adolph
Interview Date
1982
Abstract
Davis, Laura, a homemaker and volunteer who served with the National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW), Rodef Shalom Sisterhood, the board of Young Men and Women's Hebrew Association, and Ladies Hospital Aid Society; German ancestry; father's work in Jewish community; mother's family prominent in Cleveland, OH; home life; father's distillery business; its closure during Prohibition; cultural interests of family; mother's activity in NCJW; residence in Squirrel Hill; education, Linden School, Peabody High School, Wellesley College and University of Pittsburgh; recreational activities at Rodef Shalom during youth; courtship and marriage to Albert Davis; husband's family known for philanthropic work in Pittsburgh; his work in family diamond business; results of his auto accident at age 29; son's birth and education; opening a gift shop in her home;
[T1S2] temple affiliation, Rodef Shalom; community work, offices held at NCJW including recording secretary, financial secretary, chairman, Plan and Scope Committee, chairman, Social Services Committee, and chairman, Rules Committee; community work as a teen with the Junior Branch of Jewish Federation, Milk Fund for underprivileged children and Blind Association; board member, Rodef Shalom and YMandWHA; political interests;
[T2S3] effects of depression; employment with London Guarantee Insurance Company; more about her gift shop in home; son's career; husbands' and son's social affiliations; first husband's death; marriage to Dr. Samuel Goldstein; move to Oakland area; early cultural life in Pittsburgh; environment in Pittsburgh in the 1930s; travels during first marriage and widowhood;
[T2S4] travels with second husband; Jewish life in Pittsburgh today.
Subjects
Jews--Pennsylvania--Pittsburgh; National Council of Jewish Women; Pittsburgh (Pa.); Synagogues; Rodef Shalom Congregation (Pittsburgh, Pa.)
Length (hours)
2
Interviewer1
Cohen, Elinor
Interviewer2
Askin, Donna
Indexer
Bloch
Collateral Materials
Box 101 FF 7
Identifier
ais196440.094
Rights
All rights reserved. University of Pittsburgh