Respondent
Goldstein, Samuel J.
Interview Date
1989
Abstract
Samuel Goldstein, an attorney who practiced insurance litigation and has served as president of Beth Hamedrash on Washington Street; birth date, October 25, 1904;
[T1S1] mother's family emigrates from Lithuania, settles in Washington, PA; father's ancestors settle in Monongahela city, 1891; grandfather, owner David Goldstein Produce Company; education Monongahela High School, University of Pittsburgh, and University of Pittsburgh Law School; enters practice in 1934; 1936 begins practice in insurance litigation; marriage to Myrtle Stern in 1937; his children and grandchildren; move to McKeesport, PA in 1930; affiliation with Temple B'nai Israel; 1972, move to Pittsburgh and affiliation with Beth Hamedrash Hagodol/Beth Jacob; religious education; number of siblings; service as board member, Temple B'nai Israel, chairman, United Jewish Federation drive, 1940, and "Man of the Year" Israel Bonds, 1948 in McKeesport, PA; history of Beth Hamedrash Hagodol (BHH) and Beth Jacob (BJ);
[T1S2] chairman, Cemetery Trust BHH/BJ; a list of officers for the Cemetery Trust; membership of BHH/BJ; anti-Semitism in high school; recollections of law school; passes the bar exam in 1934; begins practice; names of some Jewish colleagues; recollections of family life; has poetry in college magazines and poetry journals; influence of teachers; hobbies in high school;
[T2S3] the cemetery at BHH/BJ; names of original charter board members; merger of BHH and BJ during Hill District redevelopment; new synagogue, 230 Colwell Street, 1960; names of founders; discussion of interesting cases in his law practice; discussion of cases involving group insurance policies; 1972-83, courses in creative writing; writes poetry
Subjects
Economic Depression; Lawyers; Law; Insurance law; McKeesport (Pa.); Prohibition; Synagogues; Beth Hamedrash Hagodol-Beth Jacob Congregation (Pittsburgh, Pa.); Congregation B'Nai Israel (Pittsburgh, Pa.)
Length (hours)
2
Interviewer1
Balter, James
Interviewer2
Simon, Jean
Collateral Materials
Box 102 FF 7
Identifier
ais196440.169
Rights
All rights reserved. University of Pittsburgh