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

Babette Josephs discusses her childhood and education in New York City and her marriage and relocation to Philadelphia. She elaborates upon her involvement in abortion rights and energy conservation movements, her run for office in 1982 and victory two years later, and her relationships with other legislators. Her experiences as a state representative include witnessing anti-Philadelphian sentiment, promoting Jewish and women's groups, and participating in the revival of Gershman Y and the Jewish Community Center (JCC).

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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.

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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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