Carolyn Greenberg

Interviewed by Susie Pappas

August 8, 2019

Max M. Fisher Federation Building

Carolyn Greenberg
Video 00:36:20


Carolyn Greenberg begins her oral history talking about growing up in Detroit and how her family observed their religion. She speaks about learning of the Jewish Federation through her mother, who was active.

She went to her first meeting in 1953, after her marriage to Hugh Greenberg. Her interview covers her early involvement with the Women’s Division, specifically mentioning education and leadership training, as well as the Communi-teas. She also talks about soliciting door-to-door. Carolyn discusses traveling to Israel, the staff she worked with at Federation, and her family. She shares why she feels it is important for women to have their own campaign and the importance of getting involved with local agencies.

History of Narrator

Carolyn Kaplan Greenberg was born on April 30, 1930. She served as board member of the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit, and the Women’s Department Advisory Service Council.  Mrs. Greenberg was co-chair of Federation’s Centennial Celebration in 1999, president of the Women’s Campaign and Education Department, vice-president of Jewish Family Service, and vice-chair of Sinai Hospital. She is a member of the National Council of Jewish Women and of HIAS.

Through her activities in the Jewish community, she has been honored with the American Jewish Committee Human Relations Award, the Sylvia Simon Greenberg Young Leadership Award, and the Butzel Award.


Important Subjects

  • Communi-tea
  • Education
  • G-Day
  • Israel
  • Leadership Training
  • Women's Division/Women's Philanthropy

Important Names

  • Father Coughlin
  • Hugh Greenberg
  • Jennie Jones
  • Lois Brown

Credit as: Leonard N. Simons Jewish Community Archives, Carolyn Greenberg Oral History Interview, August 8, 2019.