Respondent
Fineberg, Herman
Interview Date
March 18, 1975
Abstract
Fineberg, Herman, a local businessman who served as a fundraiser for various community organizations and as secretary and board member, Zionist Movement and recording secretary, American Jewish Congress; year of birth, 1907
[T1S1] birth in Hill District of Pittsburgh; father owner of small grocery 28th Street and Liberty Avenue in 1912; father's death; mother's remarriage; family background and history of Hill District; grandparents, Russian immigrants; family move to Homestead, PA in 1913; opens grocery store; recollections of immigrant workers at Homestead Steel, working in the grocery store, and starting school at Homestead Grade School; religious education; selling newspapers on Eighth Street; employment of brothers; move to Forsythe Street in Hill District; Jewish congregations in the Hill District; recollections of Vine and Reed Grocery Street; school on Fifth Avenue; recollections of commencement for his graduating class of 1924; president of senior class;
[T1S2] No abstract for this side.
[T2S3] recollections of a trip to Greece; holding an Israel Bond meeting in his home in 1954; more family background; discussion of United Jewish Fund and his various roles in the organization including Trades Industry chairman; formation of United Jewish Federation in 1940s; discussion of the Jewish Home for the Aged; fundraising with Julius Halpern for that organization; involvement with Montefiore Hospital; role in Zionist movement prior to the creation of the state of Israel; office in Keystone Building, Fourth Avenue; secretary and board member of Zionist movement; discussion of scholarship for youth in Israel; recording secretary, American Jewish Congress; active in United Fund; board member, Allegheny Conference of Christians and Jews; board member, Duquesne University and Allegheny Community College; mention of Hebrew Institute on Wylie Avenue; background and work of Histradrut; discussion of the National Jewish Service Organization at the end of WWII; people involved with that organization;
[T2S4] annual conference of Jewish Communication Organization; changes in Jewish community in his lifetime; fundraising for Brandeis University; fundraising for Home for Aged and a discussion of a study on the aged by University of Pittsburgh; consolidation of Jewish newspapers; organization of Jewish Publication Society; first Israel Bond meeting, 1951 at Hotel Schenley; Golda Meir, speaker for this meeting.
Subjects
Business; Industries; Hill District (Pittsburgh, Pa.); Jews--Pennsylvania--Pittsburgh; Zionism
Birth Date
1907
City
Hill District, Pittsburgh, PA
Profession
Businessman
Residence
Hill District, Homestead
Occupation (father)
Grocer
Length (hours)
2
Interviewer1
Baskin, Marcia
Interviewer2
Alpert
Indexer
Dell
Collateral Materials
Box 101 FF 26
Identifier
ais196440.123
Rights
All rights reserved. University of Pittsburgh