Respondent
Shapiro, Joseph
Interview Date
June 11, 1974
Abstract
Rabbi Joseph Shapiro served as rabbi of Poale Zedeck Congregation for over forty years;
[T1S1] his birth in Liverpool, England; his father's clothing store; religious education in Liverpool; moves with mother to Montreal, Canada, after father's death; education, Yeshiva of Montreal; his studies in New York, NY after his Bar Mitzvah; his service as rabbi of Braddock, PA, congregation; his residence in Braddock; recollections of his arrival there; the Jewish community of Braddock; effects of the depression; his move to Poale Zedeck Congregation after five years; his service at Poale Zedeck for over forty years; birth of his children; influences in his life; discussion of his service in the Pittsburgh Jewish community; his service as national chairman of the Pittsburgh Convention of Religious Zionists of America;
[T1S2] receiving his PhD in 1939; his role in founding Hillel Academy; some history of Hillel Academy; his lectures on the Talmud at the University of Pittsburgh; more discussion of the RZA; the educational center built in his name at Poale Zedeck; the establishment of the Talmudical Institute of Pittsburgh; views about his accomplishments in life; his goals;
[T2S3] changes in the Jewish community of Pittsburgh; discussion of his children's lives and careers; views about the survival of the Jewish people.
Subjects
Braddock (Pa.); Economic Depression; Hillel Academy (Pittsburgh, Pa.); Synagogues; Congregation Poale Zedeck (Pittsburgh, Pa.)
City
Liverpool
Country
England
Profession
Rabbi
Work
Poale Zedeck Congregation
Residence
Braddock
Length (hours)
2
Interviewer1
Katz
Indexer
Samuels
Collateral Materials
Box 106 FF 16
Identifier
ais196440.420
Rights
All rights reserved. University of Pittsburgh