PreserveCast Ep. 60: The Rosenwald Schools with Aviva Kempner

February 26, 2018

You’ve probably heard of Andrew Carnegie or the Rockefeller family, but have you heard of Julius Rosenwald? Today’s guest may be able to help with that. Aviva Kempner is a Peabody award winning documentary filmmaker, whose work focuses on unsung heroes from Jewish history. I spoke with Aviva about her most recent work which details the life of Julius Rosenwald, who during the turn of the century both revolutionized the business of Sears and Roebuck, and vastly influenced black education in the Jim Crow South with his philanthropy. This is PreserveCast.

Check out the website for the Rosenwald documentary here: (

And the Ciesla Foundation, Aviva's non-profit, here: (