Porter, Rachel
Interview Date
May 24, 1990
Rachel Porter served as president of the Pittsburgh Chapter of the National Council of Jewish Women and as president of Temple Sinai Sisterhood; birth year, 1914;
[T1S1] family background information; parents' employment; their activities in Mt. Pleasant, PA; her family's involvement in starting a congregation in Mt. Pleasant; her religious education; mother's maiden name; number and names of siblings in her family; her education at Business Training College; courtship and marriage to Irwin Porter; her places of residence in Pittsburgh prior to marriage; her confirmation; her father's clothing store; recollections of the depression; her mother's service as president of the Mt. Pleasant section of the National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW); her own involvement with the NCJW after marriage; discussion of NCJW activities during her service on the National board of NCJW; her service as president of Temple Sinai Sisterhood;
[T1S2] president, NCJW, 1974-76; her work with various projects within the Jewish community; discussion of the Friends Indeed project; discussion of the Stay-at-Home Ball, Ship-a-Box, Thrift Shop and other fundraising projects of the NCJW; her fund-raising activities with the United Jewish Federation; discussion of her children's families and careers;
[T2S3] her birth in Mt. Pleasant; father's community activities; recollections of her childhood; atmosphere in her parents' home; more information about her siblings; recollections of how she became president of NCJW; her service as director of volunteer placement; further discussion of the Friends Indeed program; some other projects of NCJW;
[T2S4] discussion of Ship-a-Box, Share-a-Toy, Student Aid, Anathan House, and Oral History projects; discussion of the Giant Eagle chain of grocery stores owned by her husband's family; how the Giant Eagle name originated; further discussion of her term as president of NCJW
Economic Depression; Mount Pleasant (Westmoreland County, Pa. : Township); National Council of Jewish Women; City and town life; Jews--Social life and customs; Synagogues; Rodef Shalom Congregation (Pittsburgh, Pa.)
Birth Date
Mt. Pleasant, PA
Professional volunteer
NCJW; Temple Sinai Sisterhood
Pittsburgh; Mt. Pleasant, PA
Occupation (father)
Red Cross; Congregation president; Clothing store
Length (hours)
Balter, James
Simon, Jean
Collateral Materials
Box 105 FF 7
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