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

Barbara Lissy, former Director for Sports for Israel, discusses her early life and education in Philadelphia. She talks of her religious observances as a child and adult, keeping kosher, as well as her father's death during her junior year at University of Pennsylvania and her husband's death from brain cancer. Lissy further discusses her career interning with US Senator Hugh Scott, fundraising at Federation Allied Jewish Appeal, business manager at Solomon Schechter School. She then speaks about her service in the Jewish community, the glass ceiling and discrimination she encountered, the role of women in sports and sports organizations, and her travels with her children to Israel.

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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

Barbara Lissy Oral History, March 17, 1998
Jewish women, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
Lissy, Barbara
Personal Names:
Lissy, Barbara, Scott, Hugh, Mars, Alvin
Geographic Subject:
Philadelphia (Pa.)
Organization / Building:
University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, Pa.), Federation Allied Jewish Appeal, Franklin and Marshall College (Lancaster, 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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