Jewish Community Leaders of the San Francisco Bay Area

The Jewish Community Federation Leadership Oral History Project was initiated in 1990 with the sponsorship of the Jewish Community Endowment Fund to record the recent history of the Jewish Community Federation. Through oral histories with living past presidents and executive directors of the Federation, the project documents Jewish philanthropy in the West Bay as spearheaded by the Federation during the past half-century. The following interviews have been completed by the The Regional Oral History Office (ROHO), a division of The Bancroft Library.

Jewish Community Federation Leadership Oral Histories | California Jewish Community Oral History Series of the Judah L. Magnes Memorial Museum | Other Interviews Related to the Jewish Community | Multi-Interviewee Projects |

Jewish Community Federation Leadership Oral Histories

Jerome Braun (b. 1929), President, Jewish Community Federation of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties, 1979-1980, 1995, 110 pp.

Adele Corvin (b. 1922) President, Jewish Community Federation of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties, 2002-2004, 2009, 105 pp.

Annette R. Dobbs (b. 1922), President, Jewish Community Federation of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties, 1988-1990

Jesse Feldman (b. 1916), President, Jewish Community Federation of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties, 1973-1974, 1991, 76 pp.

John Goldman (b. 1949), President, Jewish Community Federation of San Francisco, The Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties, 2000-2002, 2009, 203 pp.

Richard N. Goldman (b. 1920), President, Jewish Community Federation of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties, 1981-1982, 1993, 145 pp. [Available in The Bancroft Library]

Frances D. Green (b. 1928), President, Jewish Community Federation of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties, 1975-1976

Peter E. Haas (b. 1918), President, Jewish Community Federation of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties, 1977-1978, 1994, 129 pp.

Douglas M. Heller (b. 1931), President, Jewish Community Federation of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties, 1994-1996

Ronald Kaufman (b. 1934), President, Jewish Community Federation of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties, 1984-1986

Samuel A. Ladar (1903-1991), A Reflection on the Early Years of the San Francisco Jewish Community Federation, 1990, 96 pp.

William J. Lowenberg (b. 1926), President, Jewish Community Federation of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties, 1983-1984

Brian Lurie (b. 1942), Former Executive Director, Jewish Community Federation of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties, 1974-1991, 1997, 230 pp.

Laurence E. Myers (b. 1922), President, Jewish Community Federation of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties, 1986-1988, 1993, 154 pp.

Alan Rothenberg, President, Jewish Community Federation of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties, 1996-1998

Donald Seiler (b. 1928), President, Jewish Community Federation of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties, 1990-1992

Robert E. Sinton (1915-1997), President, Jewish Community Federation of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties, 1967-1968, 1991, 124 pp.

John H. Steinhart (1917-1994), President, Jewish Community Federation of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties, 1969-1970, 1992, 106 pp.

Melvin M. Swig (1917-1993), President, Jewish Community Federation of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties, 1971-1972, 1992, 228 pp.

Roselyne C. Swig (b. 1930), President, Jewish Community Federation of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties, 1992-1994

Louis E. Weintraub (b. 1914), Administration of the San Francisco Jewish Welfare Fund, 1996, 148 pp.

Harold Zlot, President, Jewish Community Federation of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin anand Sonoma Counties, 1998-2000, 2005, 122 pp.

Descriptions of Jewish Community Federation narrators

California Jewish Community Oral History Series of the Judah L. Magnes Memorial Museum

The California Jewish Community Series is a collection of oral history interviews with persons who have contributed significantly to the Jewish life of the San Francisco Bay Area, as well as to their professions and the wider community. Sponsored by the Western Jewish History Center of the Judah L. Magnes Museum, the interviews are produced by the Regional Oral History Office of The Bancroft Library.

Ludwig Altman (1910-1990), A Well-Tempered Musician's Unfinished Journey Through Life, 1990, 187 pp.

Mortimer Fleishhacker (1907-1976), and Janet Choynski Fleishhacker, Family, Business, and the San Francisco Community, 1975, 411 pp.

Alfred Fromm (b. 1905), Alfred Fromm: Wines, Music and Lifelong Education, 1988, 269 pp.

Elise Stern Haas (1893-1990), The Appreciation of Quality, 1979, 209 pp.

Walter A. Haas, Sr. (1889-1979), Civic, Philanthropic, and Business Leadership, 1975, 162 pp.

Walter S. Hilborn (1879-1976), Reflections on Legal Practice and Jewish Community Leadership: New York and Los Angeles, 1907-1973, 1974, 226 pp.

Marcel Hirsch (1895-1980), The Responsibilities and Rewards of Involvement, 1981, 179 pp.

Daniel Koshland (1892-1979), The Principle of Sharing, 1971, 325 pp.

Lucile Heming Koshland (1898-1978), Citizen Participation in Government, 1970, 79 pp.

Robert J. Koshland (1893-1989), Volunteer Community Service in Health and Welfare, 1983, 310 pp.

Marshall H. Kuhn (1916-1978), Marshall H. Kuhn: Catalyst and Teacher; San Francisco Jewish and Community Leader, 1934-1978, 1979, 364 pp.

Edgar Fogel Magnin (1890-1984), Leader and Personality, 1975, 317 pp.

Rose Rinder (1893-1981), Music, Prayer, and Religious Leadership: Temple Emanu-El, 1913-1969, 1971, 224 pp.

Helen Arnstein Salz (1883-1978), Sketches of an Improbable Ninety Years, 1975, 272 pp.

Jacques Schnier (1898-1988), A Sculptor's Odyssey, 1987, 313 pp.

Edgar Sinton (1889-1984), Jewish and Community Service in San Francisco, a Family Tradition, 1978, 223 pp.

Sylvia L. Stone (1902-1984), Lifelong Volunteer in San Francisco, 1983, 134 pp.

Sanford M. Treguboff (1910-1988), Administration of Jewish Philanthropy in San Francisco, 1988, 243 pp.


Other Interviews Related to the Jewish Community

The following interviews, reaching back to histories from the first year of the Regional Oral History Office, represent a selection of memoirs with individuals who are members of the Jewish community and who address the importance that has had for them, or individuals whose professions have brought them into important contact with the greater Jewish community.

David Adelson (1912-1992), History of the Kaiser Permanente Medical Care Program, 1990, 66 pp.

Lawrence Arnstein (1880-1979), Community Service in California Public Health and Social Welfare. 1964, 292 pp.

Flora Jacobi Arnstein (1886-1990), Ongoing: Poetry, Teaching, Family in San Francisco, 1885-1985, 1985, 172 pp.

Amy Steinhart Braden (1879-1978), Child Welfare and Community Service, 1965, 263 pp.

Ann Eliaser (b. 1927), From Grassroots Politics to the Top Dollar: Fundraising for Candidates and Non-Profit Agencies, 1983, 306 pp.

Adrien J. Falk (1884-1971), An Interview with Adrien J. Falk, President, S&W Fine Foods, Inc., 1955, 180 pp.

James M. Gerstley (1907-2007)
Executive, U.S. Borax and Chemical Corporation; Trustee, Pomona College; Civic Leader, San Francisco Asian Art Museum. 1990, 236 pp.

Laurette Goldberg (b. 1932, Early Music Performance in the San Francisco Bay Area, 1960s-Present, 1997, 467 pp.

Louis Goldblatt (1921-1983), Louis Goldblatt: Working Class Leader in the ILWU, 1935-1977, Volume I, Volume II, 1980, 1216 pp.

Rhoda H. Goldman (1924-1996), and Richard M. Goldman (b. 1920), Experience and Adventure in the Goldman Charitable Funds, 1994, 241 pp. [Available in The Bancroft Library]

Evelyn Danzig Haas (b. 1917), Fine Arts and Family: The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Philanthropy, Writing, and Haas Family Memories, 1997, 288 pp.

Walter A. Haas, Jr. (1916-1995), Levi Strauss & Co Executive, Bay Area Philanthropist, and Owner of the Oakland Athletics, 1995, 299 pp.

Ruth Arnstein Hart (1917-1977), Concern for the Individual: The Berkeley YWCA and Other Berkeley Organizations, 1978, 318 pp.

Louis H. Heilbron (b. 1907), Most of a Century: Law and Public Service, 1930s to 1990s, 1995, 397 pp.

Elinor Raas Heller (1904-1987), A Volunteer Career in Politics, In Higher Education, and on Governing Boards, 1984, 845 pp. Two volumes.

David Jenkins (1914-1993), The Union Movement, the California Labor School, and San Francisco Politics, 1993, 317 pp.

Morris Katz (b. 1923), Paul Masson Winery Operations and Management, 1944-1988, 1990, 75 pp.

Harold Kay (1909-1994), A Berkeley Boy's Service to the Medical Community of Alameda County, 1994, 104 pp.

Felix Khuner (1906-1991), A Violinist's Journey from Vienna's Kolisch Quartet to the San Francisco Symphony and Opera Orchestras.

Morris Kleiner (1889-1985), Recollections of Family, Community, and Business: Poland, Canada, and Tacoma, Washington, 1889-1974, 1974, 141 pp.

Robert J. Koshland (1893-1989), Volunteer Community Service in Health and Welfare, 1983, 310 pp.

Levi Strauss and Company: Tailors to the World [interviews with Walter A. Haas, Sr., Daniel E. Koshland, Walter A. Haas, Jr., and Peter E. Haas] 1976, 337 pp.

Alice Gerstle Levison (1873-1973), Family Reminiscences, 1967, 141 pp.

Benjamin Lewis M.D. (b. 1911), History of the Kaiser Permanente Medical Care Program, 1986, 179 pp.

Jonathan C. Lewis (b. 1948), Executive Director, California Tax Reform Association 1978-1979; Legislative Assistant to Senator Nicholas Petris, 1971-1977, 1991, 54 pp. [Part of California State Archives series. Click here for ordering information.]

Rubin M. Lewis (1899-1976), From Butte to Berkeley: The Making of a Thoracic Surgeon, 1977, 178 pp.

Walter Clay Lowdermilk (1888-1974), Soil, Forest, and Water Conservation and Reclamation in China, Israel, Africa, and the United States, 1969, 704 pp. Two volumes.

Rebecca M. Lubin (1885-1983), Reminiscences of Mrs. Simon J. Lubin, 1954, 54 pp.

Larry Margolis (1923-1997), Chief Asistant to the Speaker of the California Assembly, 1961-1965, 1990, 378 pp. [Part of California State Archives series. Click here for ordering information.]

Jennie Matyas [Mrs. John Charters] (1895-1988)
Jennie Matyas and the ILGWU. 1957, 409 pp. [Vice-president ILGWU]

Karl F. Meyer
Medical Research and Public Health. 1976, 439 pp.

Otto E. Meyer (1903-1994), California Premium Wines and Brandy, 1973, 71 pp.

Walter Simon Newman
An Oral History with Walter Simon Newman. 2010, 228 pp.
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Earl Raab (b. 1919)
Executive of the San Francisco Community Relations Council, 1951-1987; Advocate of Minority Rights and Democratic Pluralism, 1998, 264 pp.

Rebecca Hourwich Reyher
(1897-1987), Working for Women's Equality, 1978, 309 pp.

Sidney Roger, Volume 1 (1914-1994), A Liberal Journalist on the Air and on the Waterfront: Labor and Political Issues, 1932-1990, 1053 pp.
Sidney Roger, Volume 2

Joseph Rosenblatt (1903-1999), EIMCO, Pioneer in Underground Mining Machinery and Process Equipment, 1926-1963, 1992, 192 pp.

Madeleine Haas Russell (1915-1999)
Democratic Committeewoman, Philanthropist. 2013, 137 pp.

Herman F. Selvin (1904-1982), The University of California and California Law and Lawyers, 1920-1978, 1979, 217 pp.

William Sennett
(b. 1914), Communist Functionary and Corporate Executive, 1984, 401 pp.

Clara Shirpser (1901-1996), One Woman's Role in Democratic Party Politics: National, State, and Local, 1950-1973, Volume 1, Volume 2, 1975, 671 pp.

Rita Singer (b. 1915), Attorney, U.S. Department of Interior, 1944-1976; California Department of Water Resources, 1977 to present, 1992, 140 pp. [Part of California State Archives series. Click here for ordering information.]

Nell Sinton (1910-1998), An Adventurous Spirit: The Life of a California Artist, 1993, 314 pp.

Milton R. Stern (1918-1996), The Learning Society: Continuing Education at NYU, Michigan, and UC Berkeley, 1946-1991, 1993, 292 pp.

Simon David Strauss (b. 1911), Market Analyst for Non-ferrous Metals and Non-metallic Minerals, Journalist, Mining Corporation Executive, 1927-1994, 1995, 387 pp.

Eleanor Wagner (b. 1917), Independent Political Coalitions: Electoral, Legislative and Community, 1977, 166 pp.

Carmen Warschaw (b. 1917), A Southern California Perspective on Democratic Party Politics, 1983, 450 pp. [Not available for sale; available for research only in The Bancroft Library of UC Berkeley and the Department of Special Collections, UCLA.]

Albert Charles Wollenberg Sr. (1900-1981), To Do the Job Well: A Life in Legislative, Judicial, and Community Service, 1981, 396 pp.

Rosalind Wyman (b. 1930), "It's a Girl": Three Terms on the Los Angeles City Council, 1953-1965; Three Decades in the Democratic party, 1948-1979, 1979, 150 pp.

Avram Yedidia (1911-1990), History of the Kaiser Permanente Medical Care Program, 1987, 103 pp.

Harold Lionel Zellerbach (1894-1978), Art, Business, and Public Life in San Francisco, 1978, 256 pp.

Zellerbach Family Fund Innovations in Support of Human Services and the Arts, 1992, 267 pp.
William Joseph Zellerbach
, Edward Nathan on grantmaking for family and child welfare services; Beverly Abbott, and Janice Mirikitani.

William J. Zellerbach (b. 1919) and Stephen A. Zellerbach (b. 1927) (b. 1927), Recollections [Zellerbach Paper Company], 1992, 74 pp.


Multi-Interviewee Projects

Rhoda H. Goldman, A Retrospective Memoir, 2000, 394 pp. [Available in The Bancroft Library]
Interviews with: Richard N. Goldman (b. 1920), John D. Goldman (b. 1949),
Douglas E. Goldman (b. 1952), Susan R. Gelman (b. 1954), Phyllis K.
Friedman (b. 1923), Gary S. Cohn (b. 1954), Phyllis Cook (b. 1937), Martin
H. Diamond (b. 1943), Martin A. Paley (b. 1930), Peter Pastreich (b. 1938),
Duane Silverstein (b. 1952), Sheila B. Braufman (b. 1939).

Robert Gumbiner (b. 1923) -- FHP: The Evolution of a Managed Care Health Maintenance Organization, Volume I, 1955-1992, 1994, 458 pp. [Physician; HMO founder Southern California]
Includes interviews with nine former and present FHP employees, with early association or with key positions in the company: R. Colleen Bennett (b. 1934); Burke F. Gumbiner (b. 1950); Harold W. Johnson, III (b. 1944); David LeSueur (b. 1949); Charles A. Lifschultz (b. 1948); Jack D. Massimino (b. 1949); Raymond W. Pingle (b. 1947); Westcott W. Price, III (b. 1939); Henry Schultz (b. 1915).

FHP: The Evolution of a Managed Care Health Maintenance Organization, Volume II, 1993-1997, 1997, 170 pp., Includes interviews with Nick Franklin, senior vice president of FHP Public Affairs; and Burke F. Gumbiner, FHP senior vice president and president of FHP insurance group.

Land-Use Planning, Volume III: Four Perspectives on State, Regional, and Local Mandates for Land-Use Planning, 1960-1982, 1982, 349 pp.
Includes a 69-page interview with Ilene Weinreb (b. 1931) "A City Official Analyzes the Impact of State and Local Planning Mandates on Local Government."

Renaissance of Religious Art and Architecture in the San Francisco Bay Area, 1946-1968, Volume II, 1985, 327 pp.
Includes interviews with Lucienne Block Dimitroff, "Art, Music, Family, Fresco, Belief."; Ruth Levi Eis, "The Jewish Artist and the Synagogue."; Victor Ries, "Religious Artistic Expression in Metal Sculpture."

The Suffragists: From Tea-Parties to Prison, 1975, 358 pp.
Includes a 61-page interview with Ernestine Hara Kettler (b. 1896), "Behind Bars."



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