About this Collection

The Feinstein Center's oral history project consists of 48 interviews which were conducted by staff and volunteers between 1996 and 1999. They sought to capture and record the experiences of Jews who played a significant role in business, political, cultural, educational, philanthropic, and other aspects of the community.

About this Interview

Arlin Adams discusses his life growing up in North Philadelphia and his subsequent career in law. After attending college and University of Pennsylvania Law School, he was commissioned to the United States Navy shortly after the attack on Pearl Harbor. By the age of 25 Adams was offered jobs by William Schnader as well as Harvard Law School as an instructor. He continues to discuss his ancestry and involvement in Keneseth Israel Temple before it was sold to Temple University for use as the Klein Law School. He was further involved in the establishment of the Albert Einstein Medical Center and Moss Rehabilitation Center and working as the Secretary of Health and Welfare in Harrisburg. Adams later served on the Nixon '68 Pennsylvania campaign, the Court of Appeals. The interview ends with Adams elaborating on his early education, extended family and his involvement in the Housing and Urban Development scandal resolution, the American Philosophical Society, and Hebrew Union College.

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Biographical / Historical Note

"Preserving the Voices of History: The Feinstein Center Jewish Philadelphia Oral History Project" gathered an oral history collection containing the memory of Jews who were central to the growth and development of the Philadelphia Jewish community. The project focused on interviewing Jews who contributed to the integration of Jews in the larger Philadelphia community and on women and how they have integrated being a woman and being Jewish in the twentieth century.

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Myer and Rosaline Feinstein Center for American Jewish History Oral Histories

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The Feinstein Center for American Jewish History promotes the study of the of the Philadelphia Jewish community.
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