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
Charles Kahn, Jr. discusses his family history and childhood growing up in Philadelphia. He recalls his motivation for community service, which sparked his experiences working with gangs in the early 60s, Blacks, Afro-Americans and interfaith affairs with Catholic and Protestant groups. His elaborates upon his service on the board at Holy Redeemer Hospital, his experience with anti-Semitism in the military and the future of Judaism. In addition, he stresses the importance of families and institutions to pass on Jewish traditions and identity.
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.
- Charles Kahn, Jr. Oral History, March 25, 1996
- Social problems, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
- Kahn, Charles, Jr.
- Geographic Subject:
- Philadelphia (Pa.)
- Organization / Building:
- Cheltenham High School (Wyncote, Pa.), Franklin and Marshall College (Lancaster, Pa.), Big Brothers Association, Mercy Vocational High School (Philadelphia, Pa.), YMCA, American Jewish Committee, United States Marine Corp, Chapel of Four Chaplains (Philadelphia, Pa.), Holy Redeemer Hospital (Philadelphia, Pa.), Saint Joseph’s College (Philadelphia, Pa.)
- 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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