Kimel, Hyman
Interview Date
July 19, 1985
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.
Herzl, Theodor, 1860-1904; Israel; Zionism; Zionist Organization of America
Department of Public Assistance
Squirrel Hill
Length (hours)
Shapiro, Arlene
Kimball, Harold
Collateral Materials
Box 103 FF 4
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