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DATES:                    DECEMBER 2, 1990

                               JANUARY 7, 1991


SPONSORED BY:    Taylor Family Fund

CITATION:                Sidney Feldman, December 2, 1990and January 7, 1991, p. xx from the Herbert and Esther Taylor Oral History Collection, Cuba Family Archives for Southern Jewish History at the Breman Museum, Atlanta, Georgia.

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Sidney Feldman was born on January 2, 1921 in Brest, Poland.  His father, a tailor, immigrated to the United States in 1922, moving to Atlanta, Georgia.  Sidney, his mother, and his older brother followed in 1930.  Two younger sisters were born in Atlanta.

When growing up Sidney’s family did not live in the mainstream of the Jewish community.  His parents had a small grocery store in Atlanta and the family lived for a time in back of, or above, the store.  As a teenager Sidney attended Boys High.  He joined the Jewish Educational Alliance and Young Judea Club, and started playing basketball.  He was offered an opportunity to join the Jewish Progressive Club and began playing basketball on their team.

Sidney’s membership in the Progressive Club began his process of growing involvement in the community.  Through his association with the Progressive Club he met many of people who were, or who were to become, the leaders of the Atlanta Jewish community, and the Atlanta community in general.

Sidney served as an officer in the Navy during World War II.  His ship was involved in Pacific theater battles and when he returned to the United States, Sidney was an outpatient for a time Long Beach Naval Hospital. 

On his return to Atlanta Sidney began dating, and then married Clara Lazar.  They went on to have four children, Linda Bressler, Terri Bagen, Lewis Feldman, and Michael Feldman.  Sidney and his uncle, Max London, joined together to form a business in 1945. 

Throughout his life Sidney served as an officer or board member for many community organizations including The Jewish Federation, Atlanta Jewish Community Center, William Breman Jewish Home, the Hebrew Academy, Alumni of Georgia State, Morehouse Medical School, and United Way of Metropolitan Atlanta. In 1999 he was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award by The Atlanta Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta's for his community work and philanthropy.

Sidney died on June 2, 2005 at 84 years old.

Scope of Interview

Sidney discusses his family and their roots in Poland.  He explains that after immigrating to United States in 1930 he and his family lived in Atlanta. Sidney recounts growing up in Atlanta and becoming involved in various youth organizations. He speaks of the role these organizations played on his future personal and organizational affiliations.  Sidney touches on his service in the Navy during World War II and reflects on his lifetime of service in the Atlanta and Jewish communities.  He describes his relationships with many of the leaders in these communities. He explains how his optimistic attitude has colored his way of viewing events in his history, Atlanta’s history, and Israel’s history. Sidney elaborates on the importance of family in his daily life and expresses his confidence in future generations.

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