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Jewish Heritage: The Oral Histories - Cuba Family Archives
DATES:               DECEMBER 8, 2003

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Leah Ethel Blair was born in Savannah, Georgia on March 1, 1921. Her parents were Sam and Maggie Morris Blair. Her father was a Hungarian immigrant and her mother was born in Savannah. Leah grew up on the corner of 36th and West Broad Streets in Savannah, and attended Savannah Public Schools, graduating from Savannah High School in 1938. After high school graduation, she moved to Philadelphia to attend college at the University of Pennsylvania. She graduated from the University of Pennsylvania as a dental hygienist and moved back to Savannah, becoming one of the first dental hygienists in the area during World War II. During this time, she met her future husband, Michael "Mike" Adilman (1914-2002), a Canadian-born Israeli citizen who was volunteering with the United States Army at Ft. Stewart. They married in 1942 and he became a successful accountant and real-estate developer. Both Leah and Mike were involved in Zionist and Jewish causes their entire adult lives, and were members of the B'nai B'rith Jacob Synagogue in Savannah. The couple had three children, Nancy Adilman Gallant (b. 1944), Roy Adilman (b. 1947), and Maxine Adilman Perlman (b. 1956). Leah passed away on January 26, 2007 at age 85.

Scope of Interview

Leah gives a broad overview of her childhood growing up in Savannah, her friends, and the activities in which she was involved throughout her life.

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