Respondent
Freehof, Solomon Bennett
Interview Date
1974
Abstract
Freehof, Dr. Solomon B. , author, philosopher, and Rabbi, Rodef Shalom Temple;
[T1S1] father's family history; discussion of the ancestor on his father's side who founded the Lithuanian Hasidic movement; father's apprenticeship as a scribe in the Belarus; mother's family history; her grandfather's immigration to London; his birth in London; immigration to United States; recollections of trip to New York; early life in Baltimore, MD; education, Baltimore City College and Hebrew Union College (HUC);
[T1S2] Blank
[T2S3] opinions on why he chose HUC; fellow classmates at HUC; discussion of how he came into possession of Jewish books confiscated by the Nazis in Germany; graduation from HUC in 1915, age twenty-two; teacher, HUC for one year; Rabbi, Congregation of the Men of the West in Chicago for ten years; move to Pittsburgh in 1934; reasons for moving to Pittsburgh; comparison of Jewish congregations in Pittsburgh and Chicago; begins Wednesday Morning Literary Class at Rodef Shalom to bring Jews and Christians together; becomes chairman, Central Conference of American Rabbis Law Committee after WWII; first American president of World Union for Progressive Judaism; discussion of two groups of reform congregations in England; comparison of the scholarship of rabbis in the past and present; opinions about recent issues, including Jewish social life, homosexuality and homosexual congregations;
[T2S4] changes in Pittsburgh Jewish community; divisions in the community; list of people who helped along the way including Louis Caplan, Josiah Cohen, and S. Leo Ruslander.
Subjects
Baltimore (Md.); Freehof, Lillian S. (Lillian Simon), 1906-; Jews--Pennsylvania--Pittsburgh; Judaism--Relations--Christianity; Synagogues; Rodef Shalom Congregation (Pittsburgh, Pa.); World Union for Progressive Judaism
Length (hours)
2
Interviewer1
Abram, Shirley
Interviewer2
Kabet, Marion
Indexer
Reynolds, Jacqueline
Collateral Materials
Box 101 FF 45
Identifier
ais196440.143
Rights
All rights reserved. University of Pittsburgh