Interviewed by Susie Pappas
August 8, 2019
Max M. Fisher Federation Building
The interview begins with Barbara discussing her childhood in Chicago, Illinois and her family’s religious observance. She discusses how she became active in BBYO because of her kids, which led to her involvement in the Jewish Federation.
She became very involved in the Women’s campaign and served as liaison to the Federation board of governors. Barbara speaks about leaders in Women’s Philanthropy during her time, and some of the activities she was involved in. She talks about educational events and travel that she, along with her husband Michael, were involved with.
The discussion includes Barbra’s duties ad the Women’s Campaign Chair and her family’s move to Atlanta. She speaks about the importance of a women’s campaign and hopes for the future.
Barbara Horowitz grew up in Chicago, Illinois. She attended the University of Michigan, where she met her husband, Michael. After marrying, they settled in the Detroit area. After serving as president of BBYO, Barbara became active in Federation’s Women’s Division, working her way up to Campaign Chair. She has also served in organizations that include Jewish Home and Aging Services, Bar Ilan, and Hadassah. Barbara and Michael spent seven years in Atlanta while Michael worked as the executive director of their Federation before returning to Detroit.
Credit as: Leonard N. Simons Jewish Community Archives, Barbara Horowitz Oral History Interview, August 8, 2019.