Richard Plavin oral history interview


Richard Plavin oral history interview
Elizabeth Rose interviews Richard Plavin. Plavin discusses growing up in Manchester, Connecticut.

Rabbi Plavin and his wife, Lisa, moved to Manchester from New Jersey in 1979 when he was hired to become the rabbi for Beth Sholom B'nai Israel in 1979, taking over from Rabbi Wind. They found a very welcoming, young, vibrant community, which has changed over the years to an older, smaller population because many young people have moved away. Rabbi Plavin talks of initiating many changes to the religious service and to the rules governing many religious customs such as Friday night services and women being counted in the minyan. He made many changes to high holiday services in an effort to attract and retain members. He has also made the synagogue and its community more focused on Israel, including trips and celebrating Israeli holidays. He has also established several funds as well as growing the synagogue’s endowment and participated in many interfaith coalitions. They are still very active in the synagogue and the Manchester community.
Listen to the interview and read the transcript in the Connecticut Digital Archive.
Interview conducted in English.
Plavin, Richard
Rose, Elizabeth
M 5 Jewish Jewish Historical Society of Greater Hartford oral history collection
Manchester (Conn.)
Oral History Project
Manchester, Connecticut oral history interviews
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Jewish Historical Society of Greater Hartford
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