THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS Friday, January 4, 1963 ,— 20
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... and Me'
we read from cover to cover,
we recall that friend Danny
has been encouraging blood do-
nations. We feel, too, that this
item cannot be over-emphasized
and if you will but remember
that the blood you give may
save a life—and it could very
well be your life—you will, if
physically able, do your share
in this great life-saving project.
For your convenience the Red
Cross mobile unit will be at
the Pepper School in Oak Park
on Jan. 28, and the next day at
the Beth Aaron Synagogue.
Adele Michelson, recently
home on vacation from Ferris
Institute, told her parents, Rose
and Harry, about her English
By DR. JACK JACKMAN
professor who was trying to
It is again my privilege and convince his class on the im-
unexpected pleasure to fill this portance of a large vocabulary.
column for my good friend "I assure you," he said, "if you
Danny Raskin, your regular col- repeat a word 10 or 20 times it
umnist for over 20 years, who will be yours forever." From
is spending a well-deserved va- the back of the room a cute
cation with his lovely wife co-ed took a deep breath, closed
Gerry in the area of Broadway, I her eyes . and started whisper-
the gay white way of New York. ing, "Bob, Bob, Bob ... "
(Jewish Telegraphic Agency, Inc.
March of Time
The Jewish Daily Forward, largest Yiddish daily newspaper
in the world, which is now celebrating its 65th year of existence,
has served three generations of Jews in this country . . The
first generation was that of immigrant Jews who came here mostly
from Eastern Europe, and worked very hard as sweat-shop workers
and small peddlers to eke out a meager livelihood . . . The second
generation were the children of these immigrants, most of whom
despised the atmosphere in which their parents lived and ran
away from things Jewish . . . The third generation is the Ameri-
can-born Jewish youth of today, which is culturally assimilated,
strongly Americanized, but which is not ashamed of being Jewish
and is even trying to learn what Jewishness means . .. Looking
backward to the years when the Forward was established, one
wonders how thousands and thousands of Jews could endure the
life they lived at that time . . . They were working long hours,
in sweat-shops without light, without fresh air, with no decent
pay, returning home late in the evening after a hard working
day to dark and crowded rooms in slum gas-lit tenement houses,
Besides her ability on the
many of them without toilets, most of them without baths, all
of them "decorated" with dirty linen from the windows to dry I bowling lanes small and petite
after washing .. . For them, life in the congested Lower East Rose Gurwin was recently in-
Broadway in New York was what life is today in the poorest stalled as associate matron in
Negro or Puerto Rican sections of the city . . . An eight-hour 1 Eastern Star's Purity Chapter
working day was for them a dream . . . It was a life of slavery,' while hubby Nate and son Jerry
with each ship from Europe bringing more and more slaves into were installed as officers in Day-
the market, more Jews who did not know a word of .English, light Lodge where Phil Wiener
more victims of the Czarist regime in Russia, who sought freedom I holds forth as worshipful master.
and economic salvation in the new world . . .In those years I In Perfection Lodge Abe 'Warn-
the Forward was born in New York, established by people like' noff took over the reins as w.m.
Abraham Cahan, its editor, and others who were determined not I from Lou Breyer and it was our
only to help the Jewish newcomers to "Americanize" themselves, I pleasure to install Bob Stahl
but also to fight for better conditions of life for these newcomers. and his corps of officers in Oak
For sheer will and determin-
The Lost Generation
ation an orchid is tossed in the
The second generation of Jews during the existence of the direction of Frances Shapero of
Forward were not readers of that paper . . . In fact, they were Purity Chapter, Frances has
not readers of anything printed in Jewish . . . This is not because done yeoman work in many of
they did not know Jewish, but because they were ashamed of the chapter's activities and was
being Jews ... At home they had no choice but to speak Yiddish rewarded, in proper ceremo-
with their parents—their parents knew no English—but outside nies, with a beautiful, diamond-
of the house they did everything they could to hide their Jewish- studded pendant with all of the
ness . Men changed their names to non-Jewish sounding names; star points prominently dis-
girls working as typists and secretaries in offices made it a point played.
to wear little crosses around their necks in order not to be taken
Disclosed to us just the other
for Jews ... For them Jewishness was synonymous with poverty day by Rae and Norm Zukin,
and with poor English . . . They looked down on their parents genial hosts of the ice cream
because the parents were poor and also because they spoke and food emporium of the same
crippled English ... They tried to keep them away from Jewish- name, was the fact that their
ness which, to them, was nothing but an obstacle in their own t h r e e children, Debbie, an
life ... They were the "lost generation" in American Jewish life. equestrienne, Jackie, a real
twist queen, and Michele, a fu-
ture singing coloratura, ages 9,
Completing the Circle
Life has its own way, and no matter how the parents of the 7 and 4, respectively, all cele-
"lost generation" attempted to keep their children from Jewish- brate their birthdays in Febru-
ness, these children—the third generation of American Jews ary. Incidentally, Norm, a non-
during the existence of the Forward—have by themselves become member, has been a vital factor
conscious of their Jewishness and even interested in it . . . This in fund raising for the Motor
third generation Jews—now mostly university students—saw no City Lions Club.
Looking forward to every
reason whatsoever to be ashamed of Jewishness . They began
to ask questions ... They wanted to know what does it mean issue of The Jewish News which
when one speaks of "Jewish heritage" . . . The "pintele yid"
which they tried to suppress all their life suddenly assumed for
them a new meaning under the barrage of questioning by their
children ... Thus, the 65th year of the existence of the Forward
completes the circle of three generations of Jewish life in this
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