Respondent
Elbling, Gloria
Interview Date
1990
Abstract
Elbling, Gloria, a self-described full-time volunteer professional who served as president of Na'amat USA, vice president of the Hebrew Institute and as a member of Pioneer Women;
[T1S1] birth date, July 17, 1926; family history; mother's family from Lithuania; parents' divorce; move to Pittsburgh to live with the Radbords, mother's family; discussion of extended family and life in Squirrel Hill area of Pittsburgh; affiliation with Beth Shalom and grandfather's Jewish community involvement; memories of her mother; anti-Semitism in Squirrel Hill; confirmation and Bat Mitzvah at Beth Shalom; teacher at Beth Shalom and Hebrew Institute (HI); discussion on teaching positions with Sol and Israel Abrams; discussion on HI and its role in the community, teaching methods; vice president of HI; education, University of Pittsburgh; extracurricular activities as a youth; vacationing in Atlantic City; meeting husband at Young People's League of Beth Shalom; information on Beth Shalom Building; function of Young People's League; husband's personal history and family background; his employment with Westinghouse in Research and Development; anecdotes about husband's childhood and youth;
[T1S2] influence of grandfather Radbord; estrangement from father; education, Davis School, Colfax School, Allderdice High School, and University of Pittsburgh; early married life in Squirrel Hill; birth of two sons; involvement with Pioneer Women in 1948;
[T2S3] discussion of sons, their lives and families; discussion of Community Day School; comparison of her upbringing with that of her sons; financial difficulties in early marriage; involvement with Sunday School teaching; work with the United Jewish Federation; work with Israel Bonds, the Sisterhood of Beth Shalom, B'nai B'rith, and United Jewish Federation; further comments about collecting for Israel Bonds; husband's support of her community activities;
[T2S4] studying dance with Gene Kelly at Taylor Allderdice; travel with Pioneer Women in Israel in 1963; discussion of experiences with Pioneer Women; Golda Meir's trip to Pittsburgh to promote this organization; more stories about Golda Meir; history of Pioneer Women;
[T3S5] discussion of distribution of Jewish funds; discussion of Na'amat projects; changes in attitudes toward volunteerism; comments on success of Israel bonds; women's roles in family; activities at Beth Shalom; supporter of twenty seven organizations; friendship with Mayor Richard Caliguiri and wife; memories and effects of the depression; political affiliation; opinions on abortion, young women of today; Na'amat's fight for women's rights in Israel; views about Russian immigrants in Israel, Ethiopian immigrants and housing problems; opinion of Pittsburgh; honored by Israel Bonds, Pittsburgh Commission for Women; president, Na'amat USA; board member, United Jewish Federation, State of Israel Bonds board of Governors, and American Zionist Federation.
[T3S6] No abstract for this side.
Subjects
Caliguiri, Richard S., 1931-1988; Hadassah, the Women's Zionist Organization of America; Hebrew Institute; Israel; Kelly, Gene, 1912-1996; Meir, Golda, 1898-1978; Pioneer Women (Organization : U.S.)
Length (hours)
3
Interviewer1
Lurie, Mari
Interviewer2
Kimball, Harold
Collateral Materials
Box 101 FF 17
Identifier
ais196440.109
Rights
All rights reserved. University of Pittsburgh