Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History

Interview with Bettie A. Miller, April 24, 1983

Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries
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00:00:18 - Background and family information

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Partial Transcript: I wonder if you first would tell me your name?

Segment Synopsis: Miller describes her family background and provides information about her early life, meeting her husband, and moving to Lexington, Kentucky.

Keywords: Abraham family; Auto accessories businesses; Butcher shops; Heritage; Lexington (Ky.); Parents; Providence (R.I.)

Subjects: Families.; Shelbyville (Ky.)

00:03:43 - Funding of Temple Adath Israel / early education and career

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Partial Transcript: And have you always been affiliated with the temple?

Segment Synopsis: Miller tells of the beginnings and history of Temple Adath Israel. She talks about her education and first job in Shelbyville, Kentucky.

Keywords: Golf tournaments; Hobbies; Jewish families; Jewish religion; Rabbi Ralph; Scholarship to University of Kentucky; Shelbyville High School; Shorthand; Sunday school; Temples

Subjects: Kentucky--Religion; Shelbyville (Ky.)--Religion; Temple Adath Israel (Lexington, Ky.); Women--Employment.

00:09:31 - Moving to Lexington / participation in social organizations

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Partial Transcript: Tell me about Lexington.

Segment Synopsis: Miller describes the location of her first apartment in Lexington. She discusses her involvement in several Jewish social organizations and how they have changed over time.

Keywords: Community events; Growth of community; Jewish families; Jewish temples; Jewish women; Less interaction; Membership; Presidents; Sisterhood; Victory Avenue

Subjects: Jewish women--Kentucky--Lexington; Lexington (Ky.).

00:13:32 - Operations of temple / Lexington Jewish organizations

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Partial Transcript: When the temple was first built has it ch--the temple here, Temple Adath Israel on Ashland Avenue, has it changed a lot in the physical appearance?

Segment Synopsis: Miller reflects on the operations of Temple Adath Israel and how it has changed over the years. She talks about leadership within the community and more about the Sisterhood. She discusses her daughter-in-law and her own views on converting to Judaism.

Keywords: Daughter-in-law; Jewish Sisterhood; Leadership; Religious conversion; Remodeling; Sunday school classes; Temple Adath Israel

Subjects: Jewish women--Kentucky--Lexington

00:16:30 - Family interactions / temple services

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Partial Transcript: Tell me a little bit about Shelbyville. About your youth, your brothers and sisters. What did you do?

Segment Synopsis: Miller talks about growing up in Shelbyville, Kentucky with her family and their relationships with one another. She discusses how the temple services have changed between the early years and now. She talks about various rabbis at the temple over the years.

her interactions with her family and some of the previous leaders within Temple Adath Israel.

Keywords: Canters; Downtown Lexington (Ky.); Interest in temple; Jane Scherago; Jewish Sisterhood; Musical families; Rabbis; Religious services; Science Hill School; Visitors

Subjects: Families.; Shelbyville (Ky.); Temple Adath Israel (Lexington, Ky.)

00:23:00 - Her children and siblings

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Partial Transcript: Tell me about you. How many children do you have?

Segment Synopsis: Miller describes her childrens' families and their backgrounds. She also talks about her siblings.

Keywords: Children; Daughters; Generations; Husbands; Siblings; Sons

Subjects: Children; Families.; Lexington (Ky.)--Genealogy

00:26:57 - Barney Miller

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Partial Transcript: Mrs. Miller, you wanted to add something to the interview--

Segment Synopsis: Miller describes her husband, Barney, and his prominence in Lexington society as a business leader. She talks about playing golf with her husband and her friends at Idle Hour Country Club until it was purchased by Lexington Country Club and Jews were no longer allowed to be members.

Keywords: Board of directors; Business owners; Children; Education; Golf; Husbands; Idle Hour Country Club; Involved in temple; Lexington Country Club; Picadome Golf Course; Popularity; Recognition; Tates Creek Country Club

Subjects: Discrimination.; Lexington (Ky.).