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Julian B. Feibelman interview, Part 1
Feibelman, Julian Beck.
Rogers, Kim Lacy
Rabbi Julian Feibelman describes the Jewish community of New Orleans, including from a historical perspective. Rogers refers to Feibelman's dissertation "u2013 A Social and Economic Study of the New Orleans Jewish Community "u2013 here and elsewhere in the interview. Rogers asks Feibelman about the large percentage of Jewish involvement in Civil rights causes in New Orleans. Feibelman answers that social consciousness permeates in this community, and that the first philanthropic will written in the United States was of Judah Touro in New Orleans. Feibelman again refers to unique aspects of the Jewish community in New Orleans, stating that this is one of the few American cities where Reform Jews outnumber Orthodox Jews. He describes the difference between these two primary divisions of Judaism, including Reform Judaism's emphasis on social activism and universalism. He details the origins of his involvement in local social rights causes, including his collaboration with Rosa Keller to advocate for the desegregation of public schools and the opposition of Leander Perez and the White Citizens' Council. He states that segregationists would often call his house to intimidate him and his own family did not let him walk around outside 1lone at night. He describes an incident accompanying United States Marshals and one of the girls involved in desegregating a school. He briefly discusses the origins of the Southern Conference Educational Fund and that group's involvement in the desegregation of New Orleans public schools. He mentions his involvement in a group of ministers involved in the Civil rights Movement.
Amistad Research Center
Box 5, Item 14, Side 1, Kim Lacy Rogers collection, Amistad Research Center at Tulane University, New Orleans, Louisiana
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