Respondent
Poupko, Bernard A. (Baruch)
Interview Date
July 26, 1976
Abstract
Dr. Baruch Poupko, rabbi of Shaare Torah Congregation and founder of the Save Soviet Jewry program in Pittsburgh; birth date, February 5, 1918;
[T1S1] his birth in Russia; family history; an account of his escape from Russia; immigration to Pittsburgh in 1942; education, Columbia University; his appointment as rabbi at Shaare Torah Congregation; building the new synagogue in Squirrel Hill; his daughter; her education and family; number of rabbis in his family in Europe and the United States; his oldest son's career; his religious upbringing and family life;
[T1S2] religious persecution in Russia under Stalin's regime; discussion of conditions in Russia under Czarist rule; the role of the Joint Distribution Committee in aiding Russian Jews; founding the "Save Soviet Jewry" program in Pittsburgh; religious discipline in his home; effects of Stalin's oppression on Jews in Russia; his family's arrest en route to the United States;
[T2S3] his education in Russia; his musical education; his education at Yeshiva College, Columbia University, and the University of Pittsburgh; publication of his sermons; discussion of his Soviet Jewry program; his service as national president of Religious Zionism of America; some history of the Shaare Torah Congregation and building the new synagogue; views about Jewish religious observance at the time of interview; views about interfaith marriage; medical care in Russia; courtship and marriage; number of children and grandchildren;
[T2S4] teaching adult religious classes; his volunteer service as a chaplain during WWII; views about child raising; views about religious awareness; views about the Pittsburgh Jewish community; personal opinions about Hasidic tradition; personal philosophy about life; father's death.
Subjects
Jews--Pennsylvania--Pittsburgh; Russia; Jews, Soviet; Synagogues; Shaare Torah Congregation (Pittsburgh, Pa.); Zionism
Birth Date
1918
Country
Russia
Emigration Date
1932
Profession
Rabbi
Work
Shaare Torah Congregation
Residence
Squirrel Hill
Occupation (father)
Rabbi (Veliz)
Length (hours)
2
Interviewer1
Mandelblatt, Natalie
Interviewer2
Oseroff, Pauline
Indexer
Samuels, Sayra
Collateral Materials
Box 105 FF 11
Identifier
ais196440.354
Rights
All rights reserved. University of Pittsburgh