Interview with Mike Ades, Janice Crane, Joe Rosenberg, JoAnn Miller, and Bernard Miller, August 27, 2018

Project: Jewish Kentucky Oral History Project

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This interview with Mike Ades, Janice Crane, Joe Rosenberg, JoAnn Miller, and Bernard Miller guides viewers and listeners through personal and material histories of Jewish-owned businesses in downtown Lexington.

Mike Ades and Janice Crane explain how Jewish families began migrating to central Kentucky from Europe and the American East Coast during the late nineteenth century, with many settling in downtown Lexington. As more Jewish families moved to the area, Janice Crane explains that an Orthodox minyan started to meet at family-owned businesses until they purchased and founded Ohavay Zion Synagogue in 1914. The interviewees explain how Jews became an integral and dynamic part of Lexington’s downtown scene and the city’s business landscape until the mid-to-late twentieth century. The professional and urban landscape of the city have changed significantly in the decades since.

Mike Ades and Janice Crane provide accounts of the Jewish community’s history in downtown Lexington, followed by a visual tour of the former Ades Dry Goods Store building (now Portofino’s, at 249 E Main St). The segment is followed by an interview of Bernard and JoAnn Miller, who speak about the history and structure of their one-hundred-year-old family business, Barney Miller’s Inc., in downtown Lexington, and why they have outlasted the other Jewish-owned stores that have not survived. Local business-owner Joe Rosenberg provides the final interview, speaking at length about his personal and familial experiences of Jewish Lexington’s religious community, its business climate, and its contributions to the downtown area. The interview ends with a visual walking tour of downtown Lexington which emphasizes and documents the historic locations and architecture of Jewish-owned stores in the area, most of which closed in the 1970s and 1980s due to the establishment of shopping centers.

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2018oh583_jk102

Interviewee Name

Bernard Miller

Janice Crane

JoAnn Miller

Joe Rosenberg

Mike Ades

Interviewer Name

Beth Goldstein

Janice Fernheimer

Interview Date

2018-08-27

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Miller, Bernard Interview by Beth Goldstein. 27 Aug. 2018. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Miller, B. (2018, August 27). Interview by B. Goldstein. Jewish Kentucky Oral History Project. Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries, Lexington.

Miller, Bernard, interview by Beth Goldstein. August 27, 2018, Jewish Kentucky Oral History Project, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.





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