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Audio clip from interview with Elaine Galatz, April 23, 2015

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Part of an interview with Elaine Galatz on April 23, 2015. In this clip, Galatz describes how she became involved with the Jewish Federation of Las Vegas as president.

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Elaine Galatz oral history interview, 2015 April 22. OH-02288. [Audio recording]. Oral History Research Center, Special Collections and Archives, University Libraries, University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Las Vegas, Nevada.


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Well, we're kind of on a related topic as I'm trying to get an understanding of the women in leadership in the Jewish community. I talked to Jerry Countess and the board at that time was just all men and then the next thing you know you've got Dorothy Eisenberg as president and then yourself following that. What was going on at that time that women finally were easing themselves into that? Well, I think that the men were realizing that there were women that had a brain that could do this. [Laughing] And Dorothy was beautiful. She was so involved politically and she was a strong figurehead, a very, very strong person. I think that part of it when I got there is that it had kind of...they weren't doing as much as they could be doing and I think that they were looking for someone who maybe was younger and had the energy to push forward again. I don't think that I was picked because I was a superstar; I think it was because they thought I could help. I don't think there's been a woman president since then, either. Huh uh. That's interesting. Yeah, because it was David Dahan followed me and Unger, Doug Unger, I believe. Then, of course, Hugh Bassewitz and Leonard Stone. I think I skipped someone in between. And now David Stone. There has not been another woman, but I think that there will be another one soon.