Respondent
Passamaneck, Herman
Interview Date
June 1976
Abstract
Herman Passamaneck served as director of the Young Men's and Women's Hebrew Association (YMWHA) of Pittsburgh, president, National Association of Jewish Assembly Workers and secretary of the President's Club;
[T1S1] names of influential people in his life; early history of the Y; its affiliation with the University of Pittsburgh in the beginning; his service as president of the National Association of Jewish Assembly Worker and secretary of the President's Club of the Young Men's and Women's Hebrew Associations of the United States; changes in the Y; expansion of activities at the Y; discussion of the Y Choral Society; problems and conflicts at the Y; activities at the Y during WWII; his tour of the west coast and south for the National Jewish Welfare Board (NJWB) during the war; his organization of the Midwest chapter of NJWB; annual meetings of the Y; publication of the <i>Y Weekly</i>; his courtship and marriage; his three children; their educations, careers, and families;
[T1S2] his parents' emigration from Russia; number of siblings in his family; his life in Louisville, KY until age twenty-seven; begins volunteering at the Y; organizes the Y in Kansas City, MO from 1918-25; moves to Pittsburgh in 1925; completion of Y building in 1926; comparison of Pittsburgh and Kansas City at the time of his arrival; dedication of new building in 1926; his work with Rosella Horowitz in organizing the local Y; success of the Y before WWII; Gene Kelly's dance classes there; the Y Playhouse; the health club; famous artists who performed for the Y Music Society, Isaac Stern, Nathan Milstein, Marion Anderson, and Arthur Rubenstein.
Subjects
Kelly, Gene, 1912-1996; National Association of Jewish Assembly Workers (U.S.); Young Men's and Young Women's Hebrew Association (Pittsburgh, Pa.)
Birth Date
1890
City
Richmond, VA
Work
Young Men's and Women's Hebrew Association (YM&WHA)
Occupation (father)
Tailor
Length (hours)
1
Interviewer1
Oseroff, Pauline
Interviewer2
Kaplan, Ida
Indexer
Zetler, Adrienne
Collateral Materials
Box 105 FF 1
Identifier
ais196440.340
Rights
All rights reserved. University of Pittsburgh