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Audio/visual
Atlanta, Georgia
November 1, 1999
Tapes/transcript
125 pages

Jack Berchenko's parents emigrated from Kiev, Odessa/Russia to New York City where he was born. When Jack was three the family moved to Atlanta, Georgia. Jack talks about his childhood, parents, family, friends, religious education, growing up in Atlanta, playing football in high school, and meeting and marrying his wife, Elizabeth Shapiro. He also recalls the aftermath of the lynching of Leo M. Frank. He has owned various businesses throughout the years including a service station, a trailer park, and a trailer manufacturing and sales company that expanded nationwide. He recalls trying to enlist during World War II in any service that would have him, as his brothers and sisters had, but despite repeated attempts, they refused him because of a heart murmur. Jack became a freemason, and worked with many prominent Jewish and non-Jewish businessmen in Atlanta, helped to raise money for the first Jewish old age home in Atlanta, and was involved with several synagogues, including Anshi S'Fard (later Or Ve Shalom), Ahavath Achim, and Beth Jacob. He was one of the presidents of Congregation Beth Jacob.

OHC-Jack Berchenko

Jack Berchenko (1910 - 2003) - Oral History

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Junior Chamber International


Berchenko, Jack, 1910-2003


Berchenko, Joseph, 1870-1947


Kiev, Odessa/Russia
Russia

Russian Language
Languages

Berchenko, Tillie Bistrick, 1879-1961


Soldiers, Russian


New York City (N.Y.)
New York

New York


Berchenko, Meyer


World War, 1914-1918


Frank, Leo M., 1884-1915


Lynchings


Hebrew Orphans' Home (Atlanta, Ga.)
Orphanages

Garber, Alfred E., 1910-1997


Orphanages


James L. Key Elementary School (Atlanta, Ga.)
Public Schools

Public Schools


Klein, Mackey, 1909-1961


Congregation Anshi S'fard (Atlanta, Ga.)
Synagogues

Congregation Or VeShalom (Atlanta, Ga.)
Synagogues

Synagogues


Yampolsky, Samuel, 1868-1923


Alterman, Louis, 1878-1960


Alterman, George, 1909-1992


Alterman, Isadore, 1906-1966


Medintz, Barney, 1910-1960


Ashendorf, Dorothy Davis Medintz, 1916-2001


Antisemitism


Jewish football players
Sports; Athletics

Football
Sports; Athletics

Boys' High School (Atlanta, Ga.)
Public Schools

Fraternal Organizations


Freemasons


Fulton Lodge No. 216 F&AM (Atlanta, Ga.)
Freemasons; Fraternal Organizations

Jewish Progressive Club (Atlanta, Ga.)
Clubs

Clubs


Paradise Room, Henry Grady Hotel (Atlanta, Ga.)
Restaurants

Restaurants


Empty Stocking Fund


Van Dyke, Dick


Actors


Five O'Clock Club (Miami Beach, Fla.)
Clubs

Martin, Dean, 1917-1995


Lewis, Jerry


Hollywood, California
California

California


Newspaper carriers


Peddlers and Peddling


Automobiles


Automobile Service Stations


Berchenko, Elizabeth Shapiro, 1915-1997


Jewish-Christian Relations


Midville (Ga.)
Georgia

Georgia


Shapiro, Bertha


Jews, Polish


Congregation Beth Jacob (Atlanta, Ga.)
Synagogues

Trailer sales and manufacturing


Ancient Arabic Order of the Nobles of the Mystic Shrine (Shriners)
Freemasons; Fraternal Organizations

Bar Mitzvah
Judaism - Customs and Practices

Judaism--Customs and Practices


Ahavath Achim Synagogue (Atlanta, Ga.)
Synagogues

Jewish schools


Sunday Schools, Jewish
Religious Schools, Jewish

Epstein, Harry H. (Harry Hyman), 1903-2003
Rabbis

Garson, Frank, 1886-1955


Rabbis


Golden, Ben, 1911-2007


Feldman, Emanuel, 1927-
Rabbis

Jacobs, Jake


Jacobs, Isidor, 1884-1953


Old Age Homes
Institutional Care

Atlanta Trailer Mart (Atlanta, Ga.)
Trailer sales and manufacturing

Massell, Benjamin J., Sr., 1886-1962


Breman, M. William (Mortimer William), 1908-2000


William Breman Jewish Home (Atlanta, Ga.)
Old Age Homes

World War, 1939-1945


Jewish soldiers


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