Respondent
Halpern, Bernard
Interview Date
1981
Abstract
Bernard Halpern, founder and president of Commercial Bank and Trust, vice-chairman, First Seneca Bank, president of the <i>Jewish Chronicle</i>, Montefiore Hospital, and board member of other businesses and civic organizations; birth year, 1917;
[T1S1] family background, parents Julius and Lillian Halpern; father's toy import business and trips to Germany; movement of Jews to Squirrel Hill section of Pittsburgh; early schooling, graduation from Taylor Allderdice; recollections of Pittsburgh; expansion of father's business; childhood activities;
[T1S2] Jewish communal activities and the United Jewish Federation; Holocaust and its effect on father's business; banking business; chairman of the board for Washington Bank and Trust; Jews in banking; sale of Washington Bank and Trust; creation of Commercial Bank and Trust, president, 1962-66, chairman of the board, 1966;
[T2S3] changes in banking; political involvement; "Jewish Bank", advantages and disadvantages; involvement in United Jewish Fund; German Jewish community; activities at Rodef Shalom;
[T2S4] significant events surrounding presidency at Montefiore Hospital; changes in the United Jewish Federation; changes in Montefiore and its relationship to Federation, board activities; concerns of the aged, chairman, Council on Elderly; Trustee, University of Pittsburgh, Israeli Heritage Room at the University; service with United Way, chairman, Scouting Review Committee; board member and president, <i>Jewish Chronicle</i>.
Subjects
Banks and banking; Commercial Bank and Trust Company (Pittsburgh, Pa.); Jewish newspapers; <i>Jewish chronicle (Pittsburgh, Pa.)</i>; Hospitals; Montefiore Hospital (Pittsburgh, Pa.); Squirrel Hill (Pittsburgh, Pa.); United Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh; Washington Band and Trust Company of Pittsburgh
Length (hours)
2
Interviewer1
Lane, Eileen
Indexer
Begler
Collateral Materials
Box 102 FF 18
Identifier
ais196440.184
Rights
All rights reserved. University of Pittsburgh