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
Rela Geffen discusses the clashes she experienced between generations and cultures on women's education, its role in Judaism and her personal obstacles of being a Jewish woman pursing her Masters and PhD degrees. She considers the changes in attitude toward social science's relationship to Judaism, the rise of a Jewish feminist movement, and future challenges for women and for Judaism.
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.
- Rela Mintz Geffen Oral History, April 29, 1998
- Jewish women, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
- Geffen, Rela Mintz
- Personal Names:
- Mogilner, David, Geffen, Michael, Elazar, Dan
- Geographic Subject:
- Philadelphia (Pa.), New York (N.Y.)
- Organization / Building:
- Gratz College (Philadelphia, Pa.), Society for the Advancement of Judaism, N'shei Chayil (Philadelphia, Pa.), Columbia University, Association for Jewish Studies, Philadelphia Federation of Women's Clubs (Philadelphia, Pa.), Ezrat Nashim (New York, N.Y.)
- Repository Collection:
- Myer and Rosaline Feinstein Center for American Jewish History Oral Histories
- Oral Histories
- Contact SCRC for the audio recording corresponding to this transcript.
- Transcript Identifier:
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