Interviewed by Faye Wolf

January 2, 2020

Max M. Fisher Federation Building, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan

Audio 00:44:48


This interview describes Audrey’s life growing up in South Africa. She describes how Judaism was practiced in the home and her community. She talks about meeting her husband and moving with her family to Israel and the United States, eventually settling in Detroit. She describes the different Jewish communities she found in Israel and the United States and speaks on the importance of keeping traditions alive.

History of Narrator

Audrey Sobel was born in Johannesburg, South Africa in 1943. She was raised in Durban, where her family belonged to a reform shul. Growing up during Apartheid, Audrey experienced little Anti-Semitism, but choose to attend university in Johannesburg for the opportunity to meet more Jews. It was during this time she met her husband, Jack, at a party. After they made the decision not to raise their children in Apartheid South Africa, the Sobel family moved to Israel until 1976. The family then spent several years in the United States while Jack worked for the National Institute of Health before returning to Israel. Later, the Sobels and their three children returned to the United States, eventually settling in metropolitan Detroit in 1985. Audrey is a past president of Hadassah Greater Detroit and a former member of the national Hadassah board.


Credit as: Leonard N. Simons Jewish Community Archives. Audrey Sobel Oral History Interview, January 2, 2020