Respondent
Porter, Rachel
Interview Date
May 24, 1990
Abstract
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
Subjects
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
1914
City
Mt. Pleasant, PA
Profession
Professional volunteer
Work
NCJW; Temple Sinai Sisterhood
Residence
Pittsburgh; Mt. Pleasant, PA
Occupation (father)
Red Cross; Congregation president; Clothing store
Length (hours)
2
Interviewer1
Balter, James
Interviewer2
Simon, Jean
Collateral Materials
Box 105 FF 7
Identifier
ais196440.350
Rights
All rights reserved. University of Pittsburgh