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

Judge Phyllis Beck discusses her early life in the Bronx, home life, and career. She talks about her family heritage, emigration, and early education at Hunter High School and the all-women's Pembroke College of Brown and her subsequent work as a researcher and reporter at Time Magazine and the Berkshire Eagle. After a time she decided to follow studies in law and was accepted to Temple University Law School. She discusses the stresses and discrimanation she faced being a women starting a career in the 1950's and 1960's and her children's careers. She then talks of her time in the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, her career in politics, her own and family's religious observations.

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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

Phyllis Beck Oral History, May 07, 1997
Jewish women, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
Beck, Phyllis W.
Personal Names:
Beck, Aaron T., Humphrey, Sheila
Geographic Subject:
Philadelphia (Pa.)
Organization / Building:
Temple University Law School (Philadelphia, Pa.), Pennsylvania. Supreme Court
Repository Collection:
Myer and Rosaline Feinstein Center for American Jewish History Oral Histories
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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