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

Rebecca Alpert, Professor of Religous and Women Studies at Temple University, Philadelphia, recounts her early home life in Brooklyn and familial distance from Judaism. During her primary school years she asked to be placed in Hebrew School and later studied religion at Barnard College. From there, she attended the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College and recieved her Ph.D. from Temple University. She further discusses her extensive career at the rabbinical College as a woman and her early marriage and motherhood before coming out as a lesbian. Alpert continues her interview by elaborating on her subsequent career as an open lesbian and rabbi and how it has affected her strong involvment in the Jewish community as well as teaching at Temple University.

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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.

Record Details

Rebecca Alpert Oral History, February 26, 1999
Jewish women, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
Alpert, Rebecca T. (Rebecca Trachtenberg), 1950-
Personal Names:
Littell, Franklin H. (Franklin Hamlin), 1917-2009, Silverman, Ira
Geographic Subject:
Philadelphia (Pa.)
Organization / Building:
Reconstructionist Rabbinical College (Wyncote, Pa.), Temple University (Philadelphia, Pa.), Barnard College
Repository Collection:
Myer and Rosaline Feinstein Center for American Jewish History Oral Histories
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About This Collection

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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