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Preliminary Guide to the Esther Gross Oral History Interview



Manuscript Collection No.: 2281
Accession No.: 2281-001
Creator: Gross, Esther , creator
Title: Gross Esther oral history interview
Date Span: 1974
Quantity: 2 sound cassettes (ca. 90 min.), 1 transcript: (46 pages)
Languages: Collection materials are in English.




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Tape recorded interview conducted by Meta Kaplan and Mina Katz on 26 Jun 1974; transcript.

This interview covers period ca. 1870-1974 and gives an informative account of how the first orthodox Jewish newcomers to Seattle started work to meet their Jewish needs.

Esther Gross's parents and 2 older brothers came to Seattle in 1890 to join her father's older brother, who came the year before. The family left Odessa because of the pogroms. They were among the first 12 orthodox families to arrive, and the whole group of Jews of similar philosophy already here met them at the station. They came to America with money. Then her father brought over his parents, Zalmon Grodinsky and his wife. Zalmon built the first mikvah in the basement of his home at 12th and Washington and negotiated the purchase of ground at 13th and Washington, where the first Bikur Cholim Synagogue was built in 1898, with a smaller building beside it to house Talmud Torah.

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Listen to the audio recording and view the transcript of this interview on the Libraries Digital Collections site.

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Creator's literary rights transferred to the University of Washington Libraries.

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Donated by Mrs. Gross, 6/26/1974


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Personal Names:
Gross, Esther--Archives.
Last modified: May 17, 2013
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