THE MUSEUM OF FAMILY HISTORY presents
Jews in Small Towns:
The High Holidays were also an uncomfortable time as a child since I would normally miss two days of school, often near my birthday. How could I explain to my classmates why I was gone? I remember lying or fudging on the reasons. Flatly, I was one of only two or three Jews in a school of one thousand. I wanted to fit in, and not to be labeled as anything different .from my friends. One very upsetting experience occurred in the fifth grade (I actually remember it quite well.) A classmate put an orange peel on my head and ridiculed me, saying something like "Here is your little Jewish yarmulke, you damn Jew!"
Despite the feelings I had about
years, I did the things other
my age also normally
I did well
was the captain of the traffic
I was on
I was selected
to be Governor William
a rock band at an early age. To further
me to Camp Young
by Hadassah where I met
Jewish kids from all
classmates did the tennis
a very serious Zionist and religious experience. I understood
I was different and had a unique
it would be both
While I did grow up in a small town, mostly non-Jewish, and was deeply affected by my unique status, I am a stronger person, a deeply committed Zionist, and a great fan of the American political system. It allows us, more or less, to be who we want to be (except a flag burner, of course) in American society and culture.
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