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

William L. Rafsky, former public official, discusses his family history, religious observances, anti-Semitism found in Washington D.C. during World War II, and his career. Beginning with the War Production Board, Rafsky talks of his career leading into work with Philadelphia Democratic Party in the 1940's, his service with both the Clark and Dilworth administrations, and his work as Housing Coordinator in which he created a new zoning classification in efforts to improve public housing. He further discusses his work in the Greater Philadelphia Movement and Center for Philadelphia Area Development, the Bicentennial Celebration, Model Cities program, Finance Department, Parking Authority, City Charter reform program, Temple Board of Trustees, and the American Jewish Committee.

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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

William L. Rafsky Oral History, February 1, 1996
Municipal officials and employees, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
Rafsky, William L.
Personal Names:
Rafsky, William L., Dilworth, Richardson, Clark, Joseph
Geographic Subject:
Philadelphia (Pa.)
Organization / Building:
Temple University (Philadelphia, Pa.), Greater Philadelphia Movement (Philadelphia, Pa.), Center for Philadelphia Area Development (Philadelphia, Pa.)
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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