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Dorothy Coplon, 1994 March 6

Identifier: JC-CO0002

Scope and Contents

Dorothy Coplon discusses the Jewish community while growing up in New Bern, North Carolina and her life after moving to Charlotte, North Carolina in 1959. She describes going to Tuesday services at her temple in New Bern and she expresses her appreciation of Clarence and Thelma Thacker, who provided important services to members at Temple Beth El in Charlotte. She expands on her involvement in the Charlotte Jewish community and her extensive volunteer work outside of the Jewish community. She shares information about her family, especially her husband Carl and his role as president of Temple Beth El. Mrs. Coplon also describes her experience running as a Democrat for a seat in the North Carolina state legislature in 1992, including anti-Semitism that she encountered, as well as her attempts to encourage Jewish participation in Charlotte's community and political affairs.


  • Creation: 1994 March 6

Conditions Governing Access

11 of the 13 interviews that comprise the Charlotte Jewish Historical Society oral history interviews have been digitized and are available in the digital repository. Original audiovisual materials are closed to patron use.

Biographical Note

Dorothy Coplon was a 59-year-old woman at the time of interview, which took place at the Jewish Community Center in Charlotte, North Carolina. She was born in New York, New York in 1935 and grew up in New Bern, North Carolina. She was employed at the office of Walter J. Klein, managed the Mecklenburg County Democratic Office for three years, campaigned for legislative office in 1992, and volunteered at various community organizations throughout Charlotte.


31 Minutes

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Repository Details

Part of the Oral Histories, J. Murrey Atkins Library Special Collections and University Archives, UNC Charlotte Repository

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