Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History

Interview with Nathan Cohen, Rose C. Brazin, October 23, 1983

Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries
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00:01:15 - Transition from Urban to Rural Life

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Partial Transcript: Int.: "Rose, where were you born?" Brazin: "August the 12th 1912." Int.: "Where?" Brazin: "New York City, way down..."

Segment Synopsis: Brazin and Cohen discuss growing up in New York City and moving to Winchester, Kentucky, and the transition involved with assimilating into the culture.

Keywords: CCNY; Esther and Harry Cohen; Kentucky Wesleyan; Lower East Side; Methodist; New York City; Owensboro, Kentucky; P.S. 119; Winchester High School; Winchester, Kentucky; general store; old country; tailor; twentieth century; urban to rural

00:06:15 - Growing Up in Jewish Society Throughout the Years

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Partial Transcript: Int: "Now Rose, well both of you...What was it like growing up and being the only Jewish family?..."

Segment Synopsis: Cohen and Brazin discuss the various families that were active in the Jewish religion in their twentieth century neighborhood.

Keywords: Baptist religion; First Christian Church; Jewish society; Judaism; Lexington, Kentucky; Winchester, Kentucky; assimilation; community; drugstore; immigration from Europe; large family; temple

00:14:41 - Marriage and Jewish Religion Separation

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Partial Transcript: Int.: "Rose, when did you marry?" Brazin: "In 1941." Int.: "1941..."

Segment Synopsis: Brazin and Cohen emphasize the division that occurred between members of their religious community over operations of the temple.

Keywords: Frankfort, Kentucky; Hadassah dance; Hadassah disbanding; Jewish community separation; Junior Hadassah; LaGrange, Kentucky; Lexington, Kentucky; Louisville, Kentucky; Morris Brazin; Senior Hadassah; Shelbyville, Kentucky; Sisterhood meetings; Temple Adath Israel; brotherhood members

00:23:02 - Decline in Jewish Family Groups

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Partial Transcript: Int.: "Tell me, being here for so many years like you, you've seen so many changes, I know that you..."

Segment Synopsis: Brazin and Cohen elaborate on the decline in Jewish family groups they experienced when the next generation moved away from home and did not come back to their religious roots.

Keywords: Capital Day School; Franklin County High School; Morehead, Kentucky; University of Kentucky; Winchester, Kentucky; decline of Jewish population; football team; intermarriage; moving away; wallpaper business

00:34:48 - Flood of New Jewish Families to Area

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Partial Transcript: Int.: "Well, Mary Whitaker, I'm glad you're sitting in with us, talking, that doesn't mean we're gonna overlook you..."

Segment Synopsis: Cohen and Brazin discuss the influx in Jewish families to the area during the 1930s and the impact it had on the development of the Jewish religion.

Keywords: Fontaine Road; Hadassah fundraisers; Jewish charities; Jewish community expansion; Rosh Hashanah; Yom Kippur; east end of Lexington; rabbis; synagogue

00:42:22 - Jewish Social Life

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Partial Transcript: Int.: "Well Rose, after you married, when you came up to temple here in Lexington, how was your social life?"

Segment Synopsis: Cohen and Brazin inform listeners of the importance of social organizations within the community and their involvement in the community outside of the temple.

Keywords: Altrusa Club; Contact Organization; Jewish organizations; Lexington, Kentucky; Shelbyville, Kentucky; Sisterhood meetings; Temple Adath Israel; acceptance of Jews; community; discrimination; prejudice; transcribed Braille bibles; volunteer work