Oral Interview Program is part of an ongoing project of the Jewish
Historical Society of Memphis &
the Midsouth (JHSMM) and the Temple Israel Archives.
It is carried out by volunteer members who collect interviews
with individuals in the Memphis Jewish community.
portion of the collection is comprised of interviews done by Selma
Lewis for her 1998 book, A Biblical People in the Bible Belt,
on the Jewish community of Memphis 1840s through 1960s. It also
contains interviews of individuals involved in the
community and/or who have significant knowledge of its past. Some of
the interviews have multiple dates which means the same names were
included in the second portion but not listed separately.
Additonal interviews will be added as they become available.
here to access current listings of available Oral Interviews.
Exodus Project, documented the story of Jews who came to Memphis from
the Former Soviet Union (FSU) during the latter part of the 20th and
early 21st century. Volunteers recorded the stories of the people who
helped in their resettlement during and after the great Soviet Jewry
Movement to free Soviet Jews. On October 15, 2015, the Memphis Jewish
Federation’s Fedovation Committee approved a generous grant to the
Jewish Historical Society of Memphis and the Mid-South (JHS) for The
Exodus Project, led by Lynnie Mirvis, to collect these stories. Seventh
and eighth graders from Bornblum Jewish Community School, the Margolin
Hebrew Academy (MHA) and throughout the Jewish community played a role
in the project along with adult volunteers who helped to interview
participants, connect and listen to their stories and record their
findings. Through this experience they learned about this important era
in Jewish history, understanding the impact of a communal effort, as
well as the mitzvah of hospitality and welcoming newcomers and
Exodus Project is a collaboration of the JHS of Memphis and the
Mid-South, Bornblum Jewish Community School, Jewish Family Service at
the MJCC, MHA, Memphis Jewish Community Center, Plough Towers and Temple
Click Here to access listings of the Exodus Project Interviews.
YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS, CONTACT the Temple Israel Archives:
email: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 901-731-2779