Jewish Welfare Board

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Kling discusses his life beginning with growing up in Louisville, Kentucky, during the 1890s and 1900s, through his present work with local organizations concerned with the welfare of senior citizens. Important topics, episodes, and individuals mentioned include Kling's experiences at Male High School; his period of study for the rabbinate at Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati, Ohio, and eventual decision to abandon that pursuit; work with the National Jewish Welfare Board during World War I, especially at Camp Taylor near Louisville during the Spanish Influenza epidemic; his brief period of living in Chicago, Illinois, during the late 1910s; return to Louisville in 1919 and work with the Kling Stationery Company; his participation in the Socialist Party in Louisville and Kentucky during the 1930s. The interview also covers Kling's work with various Jewish, civic, and civil rights organizations in Louisville from the 1930s to the 1970s, his recollections of Charles Morris, and his views on the nature of Judaism.
S. Arnold Lynch was born in 1915. His father, Jack, was born in Cincinnati in 1893. His mother was Lillian Morguelan Lynch. His paternal grandfather, David Lynch, was from a small town in the Ukraine, then Southern Russia, and fled to the United States from Russia. He had a butcher shop in St. Louis. In 1885 he sent for his childhood sweetheart, Sarah. On his mother's side, Rebecca Morguelan was from Kiev; her husband was Samuel. David and Sarah moved to Louisville in 1890. Lynch discusses the Fruit Market, East Jefferson Street, and a grocery at 18th and Gallagher. The family lived above the grocery. He was born at East Brook Street between Grey and Chestnut streets. He discusses civic work and his service with the Young Men's Hebrew Association. He also discusses Anshei Sfard, Adath Jeshurun (Brook and College), Preston and Fehr, and Kenneseth. He discusses bread lines during the Depression. He married Joan F. Greenstein, whose family owned "Bon Ton." His law partner was Grover G. Sales. He talks about his work as chair of the USO of the Jewish Welfare Board during WWII, Civil Rights in the 1950s, and the 1964 Civil Rights Act. He was chair of the Kentucky Civil Liberties Union in the 1960s.
The narrator discusses work with the United Services Organizations (USO), the Jewish Welfare Board, the Young Men's Hebrew Association, and the Jewish Community Center; such individuals as Charles W. Morris, Morris Simon, and Louis Coleman; and the current program of the Jewish Community Center.