The Community Today: Oral Histories

Excerpts from Interviews with Four Washingtonians

The following oral histories were taken in May 2005 for inclusion in a film production, Jewish Washington: Scrapbook of an American Community, created for the Jewish Historical Society of Greater Washington by Spark Media. Complete transcripts of the interviews and DVD copies are available in the JHSGW archives.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Ruth Bader Ginsburg

One of many who have come to the capital in service to the federal government and established ties to the city

Frank Rich

Frank Rich

An Op-Ed columnist now living in New York, but with rich memories of growing up in Washington

Irene Kaplan

Irene Emsellem Kaplan

A lifelong Washingtonian speaking about her parents’ immigrant experience and the Sephardic community in the city today

Sonny Small

Albert H. Small, Jr.

A third-generation real estate developer and lifelong Washingtonian with strong family ties to the city