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

Jane Eisner discusses her family's history, including her father's education and encounters with discrimination and her mother's wartime experiences and immigration to America. She describes how she became interested in journalism, her experience as editor of her college newspaper and early newspaper work. Extensive anecdotes help to elaborate upon her positions as City Hall bureau chief, London bureau chief, assistant metropolitan editor, associate editorial page editor, and assistant to the editor during her time at the Inquirer. Consequently, her efforts include improving newspaper readership, especially among women, improving work environments for women and employees with children, and becoming involved in the Jewish community of Philadelphia. In addition, she comments on the importance of improving the status of women and Jews in America and the role of service to others in Judaism and other religions.

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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

Jane Eisner Oral History, March 4, 1998
Jewish women, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
Eisner, Jane
Personal Names:
Berger, Mark
Geographic Subject:
Philadelphia (Pa.)
Organization / Building:
Wesleyan University, Middletown Press (New Haven, CT), Hartford Courant (Hartford, CT), Columbia University, Philadelphia Inquirer
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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