Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History

Interview with Judith S. Saxe, October 31, 1984

Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries
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00:00:02 - Family and background information

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Partial Transcript: My name is Judy Saxe. I have been living in Lexington for over 22 years. I was originally from Wisconsin. I was born in Madison.

Segment Synopsis: Judy Saxe talks about her family and where her parents were born. She reflects on her past and how she ended up living in Lexington as an involved Jewish community member.

Keywords: American Jewish Congress, Chicago; College of Dentistry; Green Bay; Hollywood, Florida; Israel; Jerusalem; Jewish National Fund; Judy Saxe; Lexington Children's Theater; Miami Beach, Florida; Palestine; Rabbis; Russia; Seattle; Social work; University of Kentucky Medical Center; World War I

Subjects: Jews--Kentucky--Lexington.; Lexington (Ky.).; Madison (Wis.)

00:04:26 - Central Kentucky Jewish Association

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Partial Transcript: Excuse me, can you tell me what the Central Kentucky Jewish Association is?

Segment Synopsis: Saxe reflects upon the start of the Central Kentucky Jewish Association and the programs that it created. Saxe discusses the Council of Jewish Federations and its relationship to CKJA. She elaborates on more organizations that have come out of the CKJA and how many existing organizations have come together under CKJA.

Keywords: B'nai B'rith; Central Kentucky Jewish Association (CKJA); Central Kentucky Jewish Federation (CKJF); Charles Gordeski; Community Relations Committee; Council of Jewish Federations; David Weckstein; Federated communities; Hadassah; Jewish Community Association; Jewish Community Forum; Jewish day camps; Social services; United Jewish Appeal (UJA)

Subjects: Jews--Kentucky--Lexington.

00:11:43 - Ad hoc committee

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Partial Transcript: About the same time as CKJA was coming into existence, an ad hoc committee was established to discuss the needs of the Jewish community...

Segment Synopsis: Saxe talks about recommendations for the Jewish community made by an ad hoc committee that was established.

Keywords: Ad hoc committees; Central Kentucky Jewish Association (CKJA); Central Kentucky Jewish Federation (CKJF); Community workers

Subjects: Jews--Kentucky--Lexington.

00:14:04 - Saxe's role with CKJA

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Partial Transcript: C, can you tell me specifically, uh, what your duties are?

Segment Synopsis: Saxe describes her role with the CKJA and its many committees. She elaborates on how many of the older committee members have been pushed out by younger members and its effect on the donations to the CKJA.She discusses how social work plays a role in her work with the CKJA.

Keywords: Budget and Allocations Committee; Campaign Committee; Communities; Community Activities Committee; Community Relations Committee; Counseling; Elderly; Executive Committee; Loans; Psychiatry; Social Service Committee; Younger families

Subjects: Jewish leadership--Kentucky--Lexington; Social work & counselling

00:19:55 - Issues within the Jewish community

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Partial Transcript: Excuse me, what are the sort of problems that, uh, you deal with?

Segment Synopsis: Saxe talks about problems that many individuals, particularly singles, in the Jewish community face and how she and the CKJA help them. She briefly discusses the issues that the congregations have faced with their rabbis. She talks about the role that the Lexington Havurah has had in this situation and with Jewish singles. The interview is concluded.

Keywords: Congregations; Contract renewals; Elderly; Jewish singles; Lexington Havurah; Mitzvah Corps; Nursing homes; Orthodox; Rabbis; Synagogue; Temple; Temple Sisterhood; Upper-middle class

Subjects: Jews--Kentucky--Lexington.