Interview with Adalin Moskowitz, May 18, 2016

Project: Jewish Kentucky Oral History Project

Interview Summary

Adalin Moskowitz was born in Lexington, Kentucky in 1924, and grew up with orthodox parents. As a child, she attended Hebrew school every day, and her parents were very involved in the synagogue, Ohavay Zion. Her family owned a store on Upper Street that sold mainly men's clothing items, and they lived in a small apartment above it. Adalin attended Henry Clay High School on Fontaine Road in 1937 until 1940 and studied for one year at the University of Kentucky before meeting her husband, Seymour Lester Moskowitz. Adalin experienced discrimination from students during her schooling, specifically in high school, and recalls others referring to her as "Jew baby." However, Adalin was still able to make Jewish connections within the college. After her year in college, Adalin left and married Seymour. In the 1950?s, Adalin and her husband owned a women's boutique in Georgetown called Seymour's, though they still lived in Lexington. Adalin and Seymour had two children, Fran and Nancy. They raised their children with a Jewish education, but their children were not as involved in the Lexington Jewish community. Her husband, Seymour, died in 1982, and after his death, Adalin began to travel. In this interview, Adalin recounts her experiences growing up with a shopkeeper for a father and starting up a store with her husband in her later years. She also discusses her parents' role in the Jewish community as well as her own, and how this role changed as the years progressed. In the latter half of the interview, Adalin and the interviewer, Janice Crane, reflect on photographs Adalin brought with her, including those of her wedding and holiday celebrations in the synagogue.

Interview Accession

2016oh124_jk023

Interviewee Name

Adalin Moskowitz

Interviewer Name

Janice Crane

Interview Date

2016-05-18

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Moskowitz, Adalin Interview by Janice Crane. 18 May. 2016. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Moskowitz, A. (2016, May 18). Interview by J. Crane. Jewish Kentucky Oral History Project. Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries, Lexington.

Moskowitz, Adalin, interview by Janice Crane. May 18, 2016, Jewish Kentucky Oral History Project, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.





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