Jewish Lawyers Exhibit


The Jewish Lawyers Project consists of seventeen oral interviews with lawyers in the Upper Midwest, most of whom entered practice after World War II. The project interviews are supplemented by earlier oral histories from the JHSUM collection with prominent Jewish members of the legal community, including Hiram Mendow, Benno Wolf, Myer Shark and Sidney Lorber on Amos Deinard.

The interviewees were a diverse group that included successful practitioners in large and small firms, judges and social justice activists. The interviews focused on the subjects’ family background, education, career and community involvement as they related to their Jewish identities.

The interviews have been transcribed and will become a permanent part of the JHSUM archives.

JHSUM greatly appreciates the commitment of Helen Rubenstein who has spearheaded the collection of these fascinating oral histories. She has done this as a tireless community volunteer. To read about Helen Rubenstein’s career click here.

The following individuals were interviewed for the project:

Marvin Borman
The Honorable Myron Bright
Melvin Burstein
The Honorable Lawrence Cohen
Elliot Kaplan
Sheldon Kaplan
Larry Katz
The Honorable Roberta Levy
Ron Meshbesher
The Honorable Allen Oleisky
Melvin Orenstein
Felix Phillips
Myer Shark
Morris Sherman
Alan Stiegler
Kenneth Tilsen
Arthur Weisberg