Respondent
Kamin, Harry
Interview Date
March 16, 1976
Abstract
Harry Kamin, an entrepreneur in real estate and construction, served as a delegate to the Democratic Convention, president of Jewish Home for the Aged and honorary president of Tree of Life Synagogue; birth year, 1907;
[T1S1] his birth in Pittsburgh, PA; grandparents' emigration from Lithuania; information about grandparents' settlement in the United States; grandfather's dry goods business in Pittsburgh; father's second marriage; names of his step-siblings; recollections of early life in the Oakland section of the city; education, Holmes School, Schenley High School, and Duquesne University; religious atmosphere in parents' home; effects of the depression on the family's financial situation; changes in the Jewish community of Pittsburgh; his service as president, Tree of Life Synagogue, 1958-60; religious education; employment at Wise Shoe Store during high school; courtship and marriage to Helen Leventon; birth of their children; children's education, families, and careers; early medical care; recollections and some history of Tree of Life Synagogue; names of rabbis that served at Tree of Life; his service as honorary president of Tree of Life; his service on the board and as president of the Jewish Home for the Aged (JHA); history of the JHA; his service as a delegate to the 1960, 1964, and 1968 Democratic Convention;
[T1S2] his support of Mayor David Lawrence; obtaining finances to build the JHA; discussion of subsidiary funding for the tenants of JHA and Riverview; discussion of the hospital at the home; personal influences; his involvement in the investigation of Kane Hospital; views about raising children; his career in real estate and construction; his employment at Lloyd's Construction in Chicago, IL, during the 1930s; changes in the city of Pittsburgh and the Pittsburgh Jewish community; views about Jewish participation in the general community; views about changes in family relationships; opinions about funding for synagogue schools, the need for community centers; the need for more participation of lay people in social services.
Subjects
Jews--Pennsylvania--Pittsburgh; Jewish Home for the Aged (Pittsburgh, Pa.); Lawrence, David Leo, 1889-1966; Oakland (Pittsburgh, Pa.); Politics; Real estate agents; Real property; Synagogues; Tree of Life Congregation (Pittsburgh, Pa.)
Birth Date
1907
City
Pittsburgh, PA
Profession
Real estate; Construction
Length (hours)
1
Interviewer1
Berkman
Interviewer2
Kruman, Estelle
Indexer
Reynolds, Jacqueline
Collateral Materials
Box 102 FF 44
Identifier
ais196440.215
Rights
All rights reserved. University of Pittsburgh