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Jacob and Esther Stiffel Senior Center Oral Histories and Cookbook Project Files

Collection ID

SCRC 179

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Collecting Area(s)

Description

Collection Summary 
 
Title
Jacob and Esther Stiffel Senior Center Oral Histories and Cookbook Project Files
 
Dates
1996-1999
 
Collection ID
SCRC 179
 
Creator
Jacob and Esther Stiffel Senior Center (Philadelphia, Pa.)
 
Quantity
1.02 linear feet (2 boxes)          
 
Repository
Special Collections Research Center, Temple University Libraries
 
Language
Materials in English.
          
 
Detailed Collection Information 
 
Historical Note
The Jacob and Esther Stiffel Senior Center, a branch of the Jewish Community Centers (JCC) of Greater Philadelphia, was located at 604 West Porter Street in South Philadelphia.  The Center provided activities, special events, and meals for senior citizens of all ethnic and religious backgrounds.  The building that housed the center was initially constructed in 1928 as the Jewish Education Center No. 2 of the Associated Talmud Torahs, before becoming a community center branch of the Neighborhood Centre.  Following the merger of the Neighborhood Centre with the Young Men’s and Young Women’s Hebrew Association in 1965 it became a constituent site of the Jewish Ys and Centers (JYC) of Greater Philadelphia.  Known as the Multi-Service Center South, the center transitioned to providing services to seniors exclusively in 1973.  A fire damaged the building in 1985, and after two years of repairs, the center reopened as the Jacob and Esther Stiffel Senior Center.  The senior center closed in 2011. 
 
Description of Collection 
This collection contains oral history transcripts, audiocassette tape recordings, and project files created and recorded for a cookbook entitled Memories and Meichels: A Collection of Reminiscences and Recipes from the Members of the JCCs Stiffel Senior Center. In addition to sharing recipes, interviewees discuss growing up in South Philadelphia, learning to cook, and the role of food within Jewish families. 
 
Organization and Arrangement 
 
The collection is arranged into 3 series as follows:
 
Series 1: Oral history transcripts, 1996-1999, undated          
Series 2: Oral history tapes, 1996-1997, undated
Series 3: Project files and drafts, 1999
 
Series 1: Oral history transcripts, 1996-1999, undated, contains transcripts of oral history interviews conducted with members of the Stiffel Senior Center.  The interviewees, most of whom are women, discuss growing up in Jewish neighborhoods, learning to cook, caring for families, and the role of food at Shabbos and High Holidays.  Interviews were often conducted with more than one person at a time.  Transcripts are organized alphabetically by the primary interviewee’s last name.         
 
Series 2: Oral history tapes, 1996-1997, undated, contains audiocassette tapes of interviews conducted with members of the senior center.  The interviewees, most of whom are women, discuss growing up in Jewish neighborhoods, learning to cook, caring for families, and the role of food at Shabbos and High Holidays.  In a few cases, there is a transcript but not an audiocassette tape of the interview.  Interviews were often conducted with more than one person at a time.  Tapes are organized alphabetically by the primary interviewee’s last name.       
 
Series 3: Project files and drafts, 1999, contains drafts of the book Memories and Meichels: A Collection of Reminiscences and Recipes from the Members of the JCCs Stiffel Senior Center, and also includes a copy of the final product.  The book is divided into thematic chapters including, “Growing up the Neighborhood,” “Learning to Cook,” “Shabbos and Holidays,” and “Working and Managing.”  The final product also contains recipes shared by the interviewees.  This series is arranged alphabetically by type of material.
 
 
Patron Information 
 
Catalog Record 
A record for this collection is available in Temple University’s online library catalog: http://diamond.temple.edu/record=b5846730~S30 
 
Research Access 
Collection is open for research.  Some publication restrictions may apply.  Please see the Publication and Copyright Information below.
 
Collections Stored Off-Site
This collection may be housed off-site at the Library Depository, and require up to two business days to retrieve. Please review the finding aid and be prepared to identify specific materials to be retrieved. Contact the Special Collections Research Center in advance of your visit, so that materials may be relocated to the reading room for research. 
 
Technical Access
Original audiovisual materials, as well as preservation and duplicating masters, may not be played. Researchers must consult use copies, or if none exist must pay for a use copy.
 
Publication and Copyright Information
The Jacob and Esther Stiffel Senior Center Oral Histories and Cookbook Project Files are the physical property of the Special Collections Research Center (SCRC), Temple University Libraries.  The interviews are available, as stipulated under the fair use provision of U.S. Copyright Law, for private study, scholarship, and research purposes. Please contact the SCRC regarding use of the interviews for publication, reproduction, distribution, derivative works, public performance, public display, and other uses. There are no release forms on file for the interviews; therefore researchers are responsible for determining the identity of rights holders and may be required to obtain written permission from the interviewee or their legal heirs or assigns to quote from the interview beyond fair use.  Researchers must cite and give proper credit to both the SCRC and the interviewee.
 
Preferred Citation
Oral Histories
Interview with [interviewee name] by [name of interviewer, if known] on [date of interview], Jacob and Esther Stiffel Senior Center Oral Histories and Cookbook Project Files, SCRC 179, Special Collections Research Center, Temple University Libraries, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. 
 
Project Files
[Description and date of item], [Box/folder number], Jacob and Esther Stiffel Senior Center Oral Histories and Cookbook Project Files, SCRC 179, Special Collections Research Center, Temple University Libraries, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
 
Related Material
Jewish Ys and Centers of Greater Philadelphia, Neighborhood Centre Branch, SCRC 22. Special Collections Research Center, Philadelphia, Pa.
 
Jewish Community Centers of Greater Philadelphia Records, SCRC 177. Special Collections Research Center, Philadelphia, Pa.
 
Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia, Women’s Division Oral Histories and Project Files, SCRC 82. Special Collections Research Center, Philadelphia, Pa.
 
 
Administrative Information 
 
Acquisition Information
Donated by the Jacob and Esther Stiffel Senior Center in 2000. 
 
Collection previously administered by the Philadelphia Jewish Archives Center, acquired by Temple in June 2009.
 
Processing Information 
Collection processed and finding aid prepared in August 2015 by Jenna Marrone, Project Archivist, Special Collections Research Center. 
          
          
Index Terms
 
The following headings have been used to index the description of this collection in Temple University’s electronic catalog:
 
Corporate Names: 
Jacob and Esther Stiffel Senior Center (Philadelphia, Pa.)
 
Subjects: 
Community cookbooks--Pennsylvania--Philadelphia
Jewish cooking
Older Jews – Pennsylvania -- Philadelphia
Passover cooking
Senior centers -- Pennsylvania -- Philadelphia
 
Places: 
Philadelphia (Pa.)
 
Material Types: 
Audiocassettes
Manuscripts
Oral histories
Sound recordings
 
 
Inventory
 
Series 1: Oral history transcripts, 1996-1999, undated
Series 1: Oral history transcripts, 1996-1999, undated, contains transcripts of oral history interviews conducted with members of the Stiffel Senior Center.  The interviewees, most of whom are women, discuss growing up in Jewish neighborhoods, learning to cook, caring for families, and the role of food at Shabbos and High Holidays.  Interviews were often conducted with more than one person at a time.  Transcripts are organized alphabetically by the primary interviewee’s last name.         
 
Box   Folder    Description
1          8          Liz Alterman and Mollie Kleiman          undated
1          9          Lena Berager          November 21, 1996
1          10          Bea Cander          December 5, 1996
1          11          Lillian Cohen          February 14, 1997
1          12          Florence Dagowitz, Mary Dubin, and Dot Trager          April 8, 1997
1          13          Ceil Fineman          undated
1          14          Rose Frank and Sophie Morris          November 4, 1996
1          15          Sue Greenberg          November 18, 1996
1          16          Mary Harvey          January 23, 1997
1          17          Fay Kaufman, Alice Freeman, and Bernice Hoffman          undated
1          18          Claire Kern and Vicki Hutchinson          undated
1          19          Anna Lisand and Dora Krupnick          December 24, 1996
1          20          Rose Levin          undated
1          21          Rose Levitt          January 7, 1997
1          22          Jean Luboff          May 6, 1997
1          23          Yetta Ogle          January 23, 1997
1          24          Doris Rosenthal          undated
1          25          Ruth Roth          February 18, 1997
1          26          Ann Rothstein          July 10, 1997
1          27          Shirley Rouman and Dot Pitkoff          November 19, 1996
1          28          Arthur Rubin          January 30, 1997
1          29          Bessie Schwartz and Esther Welsh          April 1, 1997
1          30          Jeanette Schwartz          April 9, 1997
1          31          Zelda Sommers          December 12, 1996
1          32          Rose Stevens and Sylvia Schwartz          undated
1          33          Rose Storti and Marie Maiocco          December 5, 1996
1          34          Mary Watts          March 27, 1997
1          35          Esther Welsh and Harriet Piazza          March 26, 1997
1          36          Olga Zamuchovski and Gert Finkelstein          May 7, 1997
 
 
Series 2: Oral history tapes, 1996-1997, undated
Series 2: Oral history tapes, 1996-1997, undated, contains audiocassette tapes of interviews conducted with members of the senior center.  The interviewees, most of whom are women, discuss growing up in Jewish neighborhoods, learning to cook, caring for families, and the role of food at Shabbos and High Holidays.  In a few cases, there is a transcript but not an audiocassette tape of the interview.  Interviews were often conducted with more than one person at a time.  Tapes are organized alphabetically by the primary interviewee’s last name.       
 
Box                Description
2                    Liz Alterman and Mollie Kleiman          undated
2                    Lena Berager          November 21, 1996
2                    Bea Cander          December 5, 1996
2                    Lillian Cohen          February 14, 1997
2                    Florence Dagowitz, Mary Dubin, and Dot Trager          April 8, 1997
2                    Ceil Fineman          undated
2                    Rose Frank and Sophie Morris          November 4, 1996
2                    Sue Greenberg          November 18, 1996
2                    Mary Harvey          January 23, 1997
2                    Fay Kaufman, Alice Freeman, and Bernice Hoffman          undated
2                    Anna Lisand and Dora Krupnick          December 24, 1996
2                    Rose Levitt          January 7, 1997
2                    Jean Luboff          May 6, 1997
2                    Yetta Ogle          January 23, 1997
2                    Doris Rosenthal          undated
2                    Ruth Roth          February 18, 1997
2                    Ann Rothstein          July 10, 1997
2                    Shirley Rouman and Dot Pitkoff          November 19, 1996
2                    Bessie Schwartz and Esther Welsh          April 1, 1997
2                    Jeanette Schwartz          April 9, 1997
2                    Zelda Sommers          December 12, 1996
2                    Rose Stevens and Sylvia Schwartz          undated
2                    Rose Storti and Marie Maiocco          December 5, 1996
2                    Mary Watts          March 27, 1997
2                    Esther Welsh and Harriet Piazza          March 26, 1997
2                    Olga Zamuchovski and Gert Finkelstein          May 7, 1997
 
 
Series 3: Project files and drafts, 1999
Series 3: Project files and drafts, 1999, contains drafts of the book Memories and Meichels: A Collection of Reminiscences and Recipes from the Members of the JCCs Stiffel Senior Center, and also includes a copy of the final product.  The book is divided into thematic chapters including, “Growing up the Neighborhood,” “Learning to Cook,” “Shabbos and Holidays,” and “Working and Managing.”  The final product also contains recipes shared by the interviewees.  This series is arranged alphabetically by type of material.
 
Box   Folder    Description
1          1          Interview guide and notes          1997
1          2          Memories and Meichels         1999
1          3          Memories and Meichels draft copies          circa 1999
1          4          Memories and Meichels chapter drafts: “Learning to Cook”          circa 1999
1          5          Memories and Meichels chapter drafts: “Shabbos and Holidays”          circa 1999
1          6          Memories and Meichels chapter drafts: “Working and Managing”          circa 1999
1          7          Memories and Meichels chapter drafts: “Growing Up in the Neighborhood”