Respondent
Kimel, Hyman
Interview Date
July 19, 1985
Abstract
Hyman Kimel, an administrator in the Department of Public Assistance served with the Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) from 1949 to 1984;
[T1S1] brief family background; education at Fifth Avenue High School, University of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Mellon University and Hebrew Institute; affiliation with ZOA from 1949 to 1984; 1985, became Special Consultant to ZOA and director of ZOA Foundation Fund; travels for ZOA; Jewish training; marriage to Lucille Tepper; children and their education; education in Hebrew; meeting David Ben Gurion; discussion of job offers in Israel; definition of Zionism; discussion of Theodore Herzl, the father of Zionism and the World Zionist Congress of 1894; ZOA's encouragement of the Kibbutz movement; organizations that are part of ZOA including the Jewish Agency and Hadassah Hospital;
[T1S2] the purpose of Zionism; reasons for anti-Zionism; ideological motivation for and importance and understanding of Zionism; developer of scholarship program for Israel; names of leaders in Pittsburgh chapter of ZOA; the American Reform Zionist Association; discussion of American Jewish support of Israel;
[T2S3] father's immigration to Pittsburgh; Jewish life at that time; changes in Jewish community of Pittsburgh; importance of education in Jewish life; personal philosophy of life; ZOA's involvement with Hadassah, the National Jewish Fund and World Zionist Organization; Labor Zionist Movement; discussion of ZOA and capitalism; the Council for Judaism; Israel today;
[T2S4] concepts of Theodore Herzl and David Ben Gurion; funding for Zionism; discussion of Reform Zionist Movement; further discussion of scholarship fund for Israel; his personal identity as a Jew.
[T3S5] No abstract for this side.
Subjects
Herzl, Theodor, 1860-1904; Israel; Zionism; Zionist Organization of America
Profession
Administrator
Work
Department of Public Assistance
Residence
Squirrel Hill
Length (hours)
2
Interviewer1
Shapiro, Arlene
Interviewer2
Kimball, Harold
Collateral Materials
Box 103 FF 4
Identifier
ais196440.236
Rights
All rights reserved. University of Pittsburgh