Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History

Interview with Sara Wagner, June 9, 2017

Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries


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00:00:00 - Introduction and family background

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Partial Transcript: My name is Carol Ely. I'm the Louisville liaison for the Jewish Heritage Fund for Excellence Jewish Kentucky Oral History Project. Today is June 9th, 2017.

Segment Synopsis: Wagner explains her family history. Her grandmother Bessie was born to Benis and Mary Levine in Louisville in 1895 after her family had emigrated from Poland. She was married to Wagner's paternal grandfather, Zelig Klein, but became widowed and later married Izzy Leifer. Zelig's family emigrated from Lithuania, but he was actually born in Ireland. Her grandmother's side of the family were founders of Keneseth Israel (K.I.). The family name changed from "Clein" to "Klein" when her grandfather, a peddler, moved to Louisville. Her father, Bill Klein, was one of eight siblings and came from a traditional Orthodox background. Her maternal grandmother was born in the United States in 1902 and her mother's family is from Wisconsin. Her mother, Myra, and her father met at a wedding and got engaged at Camp Livingston, and Wagner herself also got engaged at Camp Livingston.

Keywords: Atlanta (Ga.); Bessie Leifer; Bessie Levine; Bill Klein; Camp Livingston; Carol Ely; Clein; Family names; Folklore; Ireland; Izzy Leifer; Jewish Heritage Fund for Excellence; Jewish Kentucky Oral History; Keneseth Israel (KI); Kentucky; Klein; Lithuania; Louisville (Ky.); Mary Levine; Myra Klein; Poland; Sara Wagner; Stella Levine; Willie Levine; Zelig Klein

Subjects: Emigration and immigration.; Families.; Family histories.; Genealogy; Immigrants; Jewish families.

GPS: Oak Street, Louisville (Ky.)

Map Coordinates: 38.233, -85.735
00:07:54 - Jewish upbringing and keeping kosher in Louisville

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Partial Transcript: Well, it sounds like that Jewish identification was really strong in your family--

Segment Synopsis: Wagner reiterates that her father was raised Orthodox and still maintains a lot of the Orthodox traditions even at the age of ninety-one. He puts on tefillin and davens every morning, goes to minyan, and brings his siddur and tallis to vacation. Wagner thinks his dedication is because he was saying kaddish very early because of the loss of his father. Her parents grew up in kosher homes but did not keep kosher once they had children. However, Wagner says that she did grow up with kosher being the norm from her extended family, and that her husband decided to keep kosher in their house for a long time. Wagner grew up regularly attending shabbat at Keneseth Israel in Louisville.

Keywords: Bill Klein; Davens; Kaddish; Keneseth Israel (KI); Kosher; Minyan; Myra Klein; Orthodox; Secular; Shabbat; Siddur; Synagogues; Tallis; Tefillin; Wisconsin

Subjects: Jewish children; Jewish families.; Jews--Identity.; Judaism.; Louisville (Ky.); Religion; Worship (Judaism)

GPS: Keneseth Israel, Louisville (Ky.)
Map Coordinates: 38.22, -85.67
00:10:32 - Keneseth Israel involvement and family's religious shift

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Partial Transcript: So it sounds like K.I. itself, as an institution, has played an important part--

Segment Synopsis: Wagner's family were members of the Keneseth Israel (K.I.) congregation when it went through a transition from being very Orthodox to more Conservative. Her mother was heavily involved at K.I. and had many leadership positions. Myra was on the board, chair of the religious committee, and N.C.S.Y., the youth group, and president of the sisterhood. Wagner herself was active in N.C.S.Y. and the Orthodox youth group. Wagner discusses that she didn't understand all of the different streams and branches of Judaism until she met her husband Howard. Her knowledge on the different branches of Judaism expanded as K.I. shifted towards a Traditional movement. When she was in college they brought in the first Conservative rabbi, Rabbi Seiger. Wagner recounts how her father didn't have a hard time with the change but her mother did. Wagner had her bat mitzvah in 1978, where she read from her Haftorah and not the Torah.

Keywords: A.J.; Aliyah; Bat mitzvahs; Branches of Judaism; Conservative; Hebrew; Keneseth Israel (KI); Mechitza; Mixed seating; National Conference for Synagogue Youth (NCSY); Orthodox; Rabbi Seiger; Reform; Siddur; Transliteration

Subjects: Jewish children; Jewish families.; Jewish women--Kentucky; Jews--Identity.; Judaism.; Louisville (Ky.); Religion; Worship (Judaism)

GPS: Keneseth Israel, Louisville (Ky.)
Map Coordinates: 38.22, -85.67
00:14:52 - Parents' roles in the Louisville Jewish community

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Partial Transcript: So, you said that she was very active. She was on the--

Segment Synopsis: Wagner remarks that because her father was heavily invested in his own drug store, Klein Drugs, that he was not as active in the Jewish community as her mother. Her father was a member of A.Z.O., the pharmaceutical Jewish fraternity. Her parents showed their leadership more in the synagogue and were involved with B'nai B'rith. Seeing Wagner's mother installed as sisterhood president at a mother-daughter banquet left an impression on Wagner. Wagner recounts breaking her arm on the playground at the Jewish Community Center (JCC). Kim Gordon Frankenthal gave the merry-go-round an extra push and Wagner's trip to the hospital was delayed because her mother had a meeting to attend to.

Keywords: Alpha Zeta Omega (AZO); B'nai B'rith; Federation; Involvement; Jewish Community Center (JCC); Jobs; Keneseth Israel (KI); Kim Gordon Frankenthal; Klein Drugs; Meetings; Parents; Synagogues; Volunteering

Subjects: Entrepreneurship; Jewish businesspeople; Jewish children; Jewish families.; Jewish leadership--Kentucky; Jewish women--Kentucky; Jews--Identity.; Judaism.; Louisville (Ky.); Religion; Small business--Kentucky; Small business--Ownership; Worship (Judaism)

00:17:43 - Early childhood in 1960s Louisville

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Partial Transcript: We'll talk a little bit more about that. So, just for the record, when and where were you born?

Segment Synopsis: Wagner was born in Louisville in 1965, and spent her entire childhood here. She left to attend the University of Wisconsin, and then went to Boston to attend Brandeis University for graduate school. She has an older brother named Zell, named after her late grandfather Zelig. Zell lives in Louisville and works for Chase Bank. Wagner lived off of Taylorsville Road for most of her life. She grew up near four Jewish families who all had girls her age. She remembers Sam and Marlene Gordon, and Arlene and Harvey Kaufman. She remembers being very close to the girls she grew up with. However, she shared holidays with her family, not the neighbors. Wagner had a lot of family living in Louisville at the time; grandmother Bessie and her step-grandfather. She recounts spending every shabbat at Keneseth Israel (K.I.) with her mother, who worked at the drugstore with her father, but also spending every shabbat lunch with her uncle Chuck, her grandmother, and her grandmother's sisters. She mentions she often spent all of Saturday with her grandmother Bessie, often spending the night and getting picked up early to go to Sunday school.

Keywords: Arlene Kaufman; Bessie Leifer; Birth; Boston (Mass.); Brandeis University; Chase Bank; Family; Harvey Kaufman; Keneseth Israel (KI); Kim Klein; Marlene Gordon; Sam Gordon; Shabbat; University of Wisconsin; Zell Klein

Subjects: Childhood; Holidays.; Jewish children; Jewish families.; Jews--Identity.; Judaism.; Louisville (Ky.); Religion; Worship (Judaism)

00:20:57 - Family Jewish observance--Holidays and traditions

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Partial Transcript: And, so what was a typical Passover, say? What, what would your family do?

Segment Synopsis: When Wagner's grandfather was alive, he would have Passover at her grandmother Bessie's. She remembers her step-grandfather Izzy reading in Hebrew before they could eat, and waiting until he got through the entire Haggadah. She remembers later helping out with the traditions herself. Her family used to not build a sukkah. As for present day, her husband builds a sukkah. For High Holidays, Wagner would drive to Keneseth Israel (K.I.).

Keywords: Bessie Leifer; Family; Grandmother Bessie; Haggadah; Hebrew; High Holidays; Izzy Leifer; Keneseth Israel (KI); Step-grandfather Izzy; Sukkah; Sukkot

Subjects: Childhood; Holidays.; Jewish children; Jewish families.; Jews--Identity.; Judaism.; Louisville (Ky.); Religion; Worship (Judaism)

GPS: Keneseth Israel, Louisville (Ky.)
Map Coordinates: 38.22, -85.67
00:22:16 - Early education / Jewish education

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Partial Transcript: So, uh, you've mentioned Sunday school and Hebrew school. At that time, how was it structured in the community?

Segment Synopsis: Wagner states that she went to Hebrew school at the JCC two days a week, and Sunday school at K.I. She went to Hebrew school up to the high school level, taught by Janet and Sonny Meyers. There was an incentive that if you were a madrichah, or if you were working at the Hebrew school, they would help send you to Israel. Wagner remarks that this was her first job, teaching Hebrew school with Anita Seiden.

Keywords: Anita Seiden; Hebrew high school; Hebrew school; Janet Meyers; Jewish Community Center (JCC); Keneseth Israel (KI); Madrichach; Sonny Meyers; Sunday school

Subjects: Childhood; Jewish children; Jews--Identity.; Judaism.; Louisville (Ky.); Religion; Worship (Judaism)

GPS: Jewish Community Center of Louisville.
Map Coordinates: 38.23, -85.65
00:23:31 - Public school

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Partial Transcript: And, uh, for, uh, regular school, where did you go to school in Louisville?

Segment Synopsis: Wagner is a graduate of Atherton High School, a public high school in Louisville. Although she was in Seneca's district, she went to Atherton to take Hebrew courses that weren't taught at Seneca. She experienced no social exclusion there but naturally preferred the Jewish Community Center (JCC) and B'nai B'rith Youth Organization (BBYO) because of her history there. She got involved at the JCC from a young age and took classes like photography and dance, and participated in day camp. Wagner attended Camp Ben F. Washer, which was the overnight camp at Camp Tall Trees. Wagner states that somewhere between camp and BBYO is why she ended up doing what she's doing today.

Keywords: Annette Gale; Atherton High School; B'nai B'rith Youth Organization (BBYO); Camp Ben F. Washer; Camp Tall Trees; Clubs; High schools; Jewish Community Center (JCC); Keneseth Israel (KI); Kim Gordon; Meyers Middle School; National Conference of Synagogue Youth (NCSY); Seneca; Summer camps

Subjects: Childhood; Education--Kentucky; Jewish children; Jews--Identity.; Judaism.; Louisville (Ky.)

GPS: Camp Tall Trees
Map Coordinates: 37.94, -86.04
00:27:11 - Impact of Camp Livingston and influential members of the Jewish community

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Partial Transcript: And camp does clearly play an important role in your family history--

Segment Synopsis: Wagner attended Camp Livingston, which had an entire Louisville crowd. She grew comfortable with a group of kids from different regions of the country while still being close to home. She made life-long connections with campers, some of whom are her colleagues today. She then moves on to some influential people she has found throughout her life, all connected to the Jewish community in some form. She mentions Stuart Pass, the director of the teen department, and Sheila Miles. She received scholarships, went to conferences, and went to Israel because of these life-changing connections through the Jewish Community Center (JCC) and B'nai B'rith Youth Organization (BBYO). She describes how she found her passion after hearing Israeli kids talking about their experiences and relating that to her own trip to Israel. She explains that she doesn't have a clear instance of any anti-Semitism being committed against her. However, she does recount instances that occurred in her parents' drugstore where people would ask questions that felt uncomfortable about what it meant to be Jewish.

Keywords: Anti-Semitism; B'nai B'rith Youth Organization (BBYO); Ben F. Washer; Camp Livingston; Camps; Influential people; Jewish Community Center (JCC); Netanya; Sheila Miles; Stuart Pass; United Jewish Campaign (UJC)

Subjects: Anti-Semitism; Antisemitism; Childhood; Discrimination.; Israel.; Jewish children; Jewish families.; Jews--Identity.; Judaism.; Louisville (Ky.); Religion; Worship (Judaism)

GPS: Camp Livingston.
Map Coordinates: 38.85, -85.11
00:31:40 - College life and Jewish experience in Madison, Wisconsin

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Partial Transcript: So, um, ti, time to go off to college.

Segment Synopsis: Wagner decided to attend college at the University of Wisconsin in Madison. She was involved with Hillel, BBYO, and a Jewish sorority during her time there. She was rush chair and president during her time in her sorority, Sigma Delta Tau (SDT). She majored in sociology, and it was through her connections with Janet Elam that she decided to pursue a master's program in Jewish communal service. She was in a more diverse Jewish community in Madison, and learned to approach people from different viewpoints there. There were three thousand Jewish students there, and Wagner had family in the area as well. However, she fell in love with Brandeis when looking in to their school for graduate school. Wagner digresses in to the separation of the branches of Judaism and how meeting her husband, Howard, introduced her to this idea.

Keywords: B'nai B'rith Youth Organization (BBYO); Branches of Judaism; Brandeis University; Camp Herzel; Camp Livingston; Camp Ramah; Camp Sabra; Colleges; Conservative; Federation; Hillel; Janet Elam; Jewish Community Center (JCC); Jewish communal services; Jewish sororities; Keneseth Israel (KI); Madison, Wisconsin; Master's programs; National Conference of Synagogue Youth (NCSY); Orthodox; Reform; Self discovery; Sigma Delta Tau (SDT); Sociology; Traditional; United Synagogue Youth (USY); University of Wisconsin-Madison

Subjects: College students--Religious life; Jews--Identity.; Judaism.; Madison (Wis.); Religion

GPS: University of Wisconsin-Madison
Map Coordinates: 43.11, -89.43
00:38:33 - Relationship with her husband, Howard Wagner

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Partial Transcript: And you mentioned that you met your husband, Howard, at camp, but then he was at, uh, Madison too?

Segment Synopsis: Sara Wagner and her husband, Howard Wagner, met at Camp Livingston. Howard eventually transferred to University of Wisconsin in Madison after a year at Ohio State University. When Wagner went to school in Boston afterwards, they decided they would go to Boston together. They got married while living in Boston. Howard Wagner is an accountant from Toledo, Ohio. His mother, Bella, was born in Romania and survived the Holocaust. They ended up in Toledo because Bella's father was a kosher butcher who survived the war, and the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society (HIAS) matched him up with a city that needed a kosher butcher.

Keywords: Accountants; Bella Wagner; Boston (Mass.); Brandeis University; Camp Livingston; DP camp; Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society (HIAS); Holocaust; Howard Wagner; Kosher butchers; Madison (Wis.); Madison, Wisconsin; Ohio State University; Romania; Toledo (Ohio); Toledo, Ohio

Subjects: Emigration and immigration.; Families.; Family histories.; Genealogy; Immigrants; Jewish families.; Marriage

GPS: Ohio State University
Map Coordinates: 39.99, -83.02
00:40:52 - Experience at Brandeis University

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Partial Transcript: So, um, so, you're in Boston; you've started Brandeis. Tell me about your experience at Brandeis, which was certainly--

Segment Synopsis: Wagner was deciding between a master's program in social work and Jewish communal service but ultimately decided on Brandeis and to pursue the latter degree because of her connection with Joe Reimer, a professor at Hornstein. She knew she wanted to work with the Jewish community and study and be in an environment with students who also wanted to work with the Jewish community. She was at Brandeis from 1987-1989. Wagner mentions that she didn't see herself coming back to Louisville for work, but always wanted to end up in a city like Louisville because she felt like she could make a bigger impact in cities with similar size.

Keywords: Careers; Conservative; Harvard Hillel; Hornstein; Jewish community; Joe Reimer; Keneseth Israel (KI); March on Washington to free Soviet Jews; Midwest; Orthodox; Reform; Shabbat; Soviet Jewry Committee

Subjects: Brandeis University; Judaism.; Louisville (Ky.)

GPS: Brandeis University.
Map Coordinates: 42.37, -71.25
00:45:15 - Field experiences in interfaith marriage in Boston

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Partial Transcript: My supervisor was Rabbi Kaminsky.

Segment Synopsis: Wagner discusses her time with Rabbi Kaminsky, one of the first rabbis in New England to perform interfaith marriages. She reflects on sitting in on interfaith marriage counseling at Harvard Hillel while in Boston and how that has impacted her subsequent career positions, as well as her future family, as she was engaged at the time. She discusses her own skepticism of raising children based on two different religions. Wagner also talks about growing up in Louisville in a relatively liberal setting, despite her traditional upbringing. She goes on to elaborate on Birthright Israel and its pilot program in Louisville opening with Avraham Infeld, arguing that her enthusiasm with this project went back to her experiences at Brandeis University in Boston with Reformed, Conservative, and Traditional Jews and interfaith counseling.

Keywords: Avraham Infeld; Birthright Israel opening session; Brandeis University; Counseling; Engaged; Field experiences; Future families; Harvard Hillel; Integrating customs; Interfaith couples; Interfaith marriages; Interfaith parents; Jewish Outreach Institute; Jewish community; Jewish homeland; Rabbi Kaminsky; Weddings

Subjects: Families.; Jewish families.; Jews--Identity.; Judaism.; Marriage; Religion; Worship (Judaism)

00:50:15 - Living in Boston and transition to Louisville

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Partial Transcript: And, uh, you stayed in Boston for a little while after that?

Segment Synopsis: Wagner discusses her rationale for moving back to Louisville, such as wanting to reduce her husband's commute as a tax accountant in Boston. She expands on her job search in the Midwest and her job interview in Cincinnati. She briefly touches on her mother's influence on her job search, suggesting positions in Louisville. Wagner also discusses her eventual job acceptance at the Jewish Federation of Louisville as Community Relations Director. She describes her transition back to Louisville, Kentucky with her husband.

Keywords: Alan Engel; Boston JCC; Cincinnati (Ohio); Community Relations Council; Community relations; Federation; Howard Wagner; Interviews; Jewish Community Center (JCC); Job searches; Rabbi Miles; Relations directors; Tax accountants

Subjects: Boston (Mass.); Employment--Kentucky; Families.; Jewish families.; Louisville (Ky.)

00:51:28 - Adjusting to Louisville and the Federation

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Partial Transcript: So, when you came back to Louisville, had Louisville changed in the time you'd been away?

Segment Synopsis: Wagner discusses her transition into her position in community relations at the Jewish Federation of Louisville at the age of 25. She worked with David Weinberg and was also involved with the teens at the Louisville JCC. Wagner was the Kentucky Interfaith Community President at one point and also worked to fight against anti-Semitism in Kentucky. She describes other community leaders that supported her and aided her in her involvement in the community, such as Rabbi Miles, Alan Engel, and Rabbi Rapport. Wagner also reflects on the changes from living in Louisville as a child and then as a married woman. She also elaborates on her feelings of acceptance in both the workplace and community as a young female leader.

Keywords: Acceptance; Alan Engel; Anti-Semitism; B'nai B'rith Youth Organization (BBYO); Communities; Community Relations Council; Community relations; David Weinberg; Federation; Jewish Community Center (JCC); Jewish Council of Public Affairs; Keneseth Israel (KI); Kentucky Interfaith Community; Lewis Cole; Rabbi Miles; Rabbi Rapport; Sister Marie Goldstein

Subjects: Anti-Semitism; Antisemitism; Discrimination.; Employment--Kentucky; Families.; Jewish families.; Jewish leadership--Kentucky; Louisville (Ky.)

00:58:31 - Memorable experiences and breakthroughs on the Community Relations Council

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Partial Transcript: So you were very visible as a Jew in the community--

Segment Synopsis: Wagner discusses memorable experiences while working on the Community Relations Council, briefly touching on the Jewish community's relationship with the smaller African American Jewish population and the conscious effort to grow that relationship. She also describes the intense debate over the Federation's position regarding the death penalty and the split between community members. She elaborates on the factors that shaped the CRC's decision to vote against the death penalty, including a potential loss of donors and the weight of the decision on the council. She highlights the CRC and their voting and vetoing records.

Keywords: African Americans; Ballard High School; Black Jewish community; Breakthroughs; Coalition; Community; Community Relations Council; Death penalty; Debates; Donors; Federation Board; Jewish Council for Public Affairs (JCPA); Mark Isaacs; Rabbi Rapport; Relationships; Resolutions; Reverend Kevin Cosby

Subjects: Jewish leadership--Kentucky; Jews--Identity.; Judaism.; Louisville (Ky.)

01:02:57 - Family life in a Jewish community

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Partial Transcript: Well, just to go back and revisit--

Segment Synopsis: Wagner discusses her three daughters' experiences in the Jewish community as children. She describes the differences in involvement between her three daughters in the Jewish community over the past ten years and how it has changed over time. She talks about the cohesiveness of Jewish families and friends with her eldest daughter and how that has differed with her younger two daughters. She also elaborates on family traditions and holidays, including her and her husband's decision to keep kosher for over twenty-five years. Their decision to keep kosher was very important as a way to stay committed to their faith and to separate Wagner's professional life from her family life.

Keywords: Camp Beber; Changes; Competition; Daughters; Elana Wagner; Family; Field hockey; Hebrew schools; Howard Wagner; Israel; Jewish Community Center (JCC); Jewish friends; Jewish sororities; Kosher; Shabbat dinners; Talia Wagner; Traditions; Yael Wagner

Subjects: Childhood; Holidays.; Jewish children; Jewish families.; Jews--Identity.; Judaism.; Louisville (Ky.); Religion; Worship (Judaism)

01:07:55 - Experiences with the Community Relations Council in Israel

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Partial Transcript: Um, alright, so, you're at the CRC--

Segment Synopsis: Wagner touches on her opportunities to travel to Israel multiple times while campaigning and fundraising with the Federation. She discusses the Lion of Judah Division, a program in which women donate five thousand dollars to an annual campaign to rescue Soviet Jewish families through Operation Exodus. She highlights the women's empowerment within the community and their efforts to give back through philanthropy. She briefly describes her transition from community relations to fundraising.

Keywords: Fundraising components; Lion of Judah; Operation Exodus; Philanthropy; Travel; Women's campaign directors

Subjects: Israel.; Jewish leadership--Kentucky; Jewish women--Kentucky

01:10:40 - Federation and Jewish Community Center merger details

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Partial Transcript: The, um--tell me more about the circumstances of that merger.

Segment Synopsis: Wagner discusses the needs of the Jewish community, financial issues, and the attitudes toward the Federation and JCC that led to the merger process. Wagner describes the merger between the Federation of Louisville and the JCC. She elaborates on the reasons behind the merger and the specifics of the newly merged organization. She also elaborates on the PJ Library and how that played into the merger process, a program that sends a new Jewish book each month to Jewish families to educate and promote Jewish education and engagement. Wagner also discusses the results of this decision in the community and how they have since integrated.

Keywords: Bylaws; Community reactions; Deficit needs; Donors; Federation; Integrate; Israel; Jewish Community Center (JCC); Keneseth Israel (KI); Mergers; PJ Library; Strategic thinking committees; Young families

Subjects: Jewish leadership--Kentucky; Louisville (Ky.)

01:21:40 - Promotion to CEO of the Jewish Federation of Louisville

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Partial Transcript: And you were the assistant director at the time that the merger happened, is that correct? Of the Federation?

Segment Synopsis: Wagner describes her work at the JCC running the day-to-day operations and internal mechanics. She elaborates on working outside of the Federation at the JCC and her hesitancy to walk away from the campaign in community relations. Wagner discusses her decision to interview for the job of CEO of the Federation of Louisville after Stu Silberman stepped down. She describes the conflict between her then-current position and the changes that would have to be made in a new position. Wagner touches on the interview process, her acceptance as Head, and the community's reactions to the first female CEO of the Federation.

Keywords: Acceptance in community; Alan Engel; Associate directors; Campaigns; Challenges; Chief executive officer (CEO); Community Relations Council; Competitive; Federation; First female CEO; Interviews; Jewish Community Center (JCC); Jewish Community of Louisville; Processes; Promotions; Resumes; Stu Silberman

Subjects: Employment--Kentucky; Jewish leadership--Kentucky; Louisville (Ky.)

01:25:53 - Security threats at the Jewish Community Center

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Partial Transcript: Well, one of the things that you don't necessarily think of first, as far as challenges to Jewish community, is security.

Segment Synopsis: Wagner describes security issues that she has had to deal with while at the Federation. Specifically, she discusses the bomb threat that was received at the Louisville JCC in March 2017 and the protocol and employee preparation for such an event. Wagner also describes the emphasis she places on constantly staying alert for security threats, especially with 85 preschoolers at the JCC. She discusses the community's strong reaction through a "We are Together" rally and the JCC's reaction with staff drills and tests inside the building. Wagner touches on the general hate mail and anti-Semitism that is present today.

Keywords: Bomb threats; Community Relations Council; Drills; Emergency response plans; Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI); Federation; Hate mail; Jewish Community Center (JCC); New buildings; Notes; Pre-schoolers; Rallies; Security; Staff; Talia Wagner; Tests

Subjects: Anti-Semitism; Antisemitism; Discrimination.; Jewish leadership--Kentucky; Louisville (Ky.)

01:31:24 - Relations between the Louisville Jewish and Muslim communities

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Partial Transcript: And the Jewish community has also gone out of its way to support the Muslim community.

Segment Synopsis: Wagner discusses the current relationships between the Louisville Jewish community and the Islamic community, particularly between women. She describes the gatherings and events that have bonded the two groups over the years. She discusses the effort between the Louisville Jewish and Muslim communities to aid a Syrian refugee family. She also discusses the Festival of Faiths as a wonderful way to strengthen the ties between cultures. She also highlights the support that each group has for the other in Louisville.

Keywords: Cooking projects; Festival of Faiths; Islamic Center; Jewish community; Mosques; Muhammad Ali; Muslim community; Muslims; Relationships; Syrian refugee family; Women's groups

Subjects: Islamic leadership.; Jewish families.; Jewish leadership--Kentucky; Jewish women--Kentucky; Louisville (Ky.); Muslim families.; Muslim women--Kentucky; Religion

GPS: Islamic Center of Louisville.
Map Coordinates: 38.291, -85.680
01:33:44 - Expanding the Louisville Jewish community

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Partial Transcript: And you're going through a planning process now--

Segment Synopsis: Wagner discusses the current situation of the Louisville JCC and the expansion within the community. She describes the process of determining how to best approach and move forward with a new construction, as well as how to best accommodate the Jewish population of Louisville. Wagner elaborates on the argument of how to proceed with the physical building of the JCC. She also describes the debate about what the right space is that will meet the needs financially and internally for the Jewish community.

Keywords: Auditoriums; Building; Camps; Communities; Expansions; Finance; Growing; Jewish Community Center (JCC); Jewish community; Space; Sustainable needs

Subjects: Jewish leadership--Kentucky; Louisville (Ky.)

GPS: Jewish Community Center of Louisville.
Map Coordinates: 38.225, -85.650
01:35:56 - Strengths and challenges in the Jewish community in 2017

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Partial Transcript: Well we're almost out of time--

Segment Synopsis: Wagner reflects on both the strengths and challenges of the Jewish community of Louisville today, such as a lack of funds for the JCC day school and the Jewish affiliation today. She describes the difficulty with providing every service to the Jewish community. For example, there is no longer a day school at the Jewish Community Center. Wagner discusses the difference in definition of "affiliation" with the organized Jewish community and the struggle to keep and bring new Jewish people to the JCC. She also describes the well-rounded community representation and Jewish population within the greater Louisville area and the number of "transplants" from other cities in the U.S. that comprise the Jewish population of Louisville.

Keywords: Affiliations; Challenges; Communities; Day schools; Donors; Funds; Involvement; Jewish Community Center (JCC); Jewish community; Louisville natives; Strengths; Transplants

Subjects: Jewish leadership--Kentucky; Louisville (Ky.)