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January 18, 1991 - Image 74

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1991-01-18

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Pl*
Do* 6:0 Growing Up Jewish In Chelsa, Massachusetts

By MARY KORETZ

Mary Koretz of Oak Park has taught
both children's and adult classes in
Yiddish at the Workmen's Circle.

Etleche years ago, I hob gezen
a motion picture entitled
Gentlemen's Agreement. In es, a
character, a Jewish scientist, zogt
that he doesn't know farvos he
identifies zich as a Jew.
Since he is a non-believer, he
can't farshtayn. Why he elects to
endure the anti-Semitism that is so
farshprayt. I don't recall the exact
verter, but that is the eindruk as I
remember it. That a Jew would
even entertain the idea of not being
bavust as a Jew blew my mind.
For me, who am oych a non-
believer, the inyen is simple. If one's
eltern are Jewish, then one is
Jewish. It is simple, an indisputable
fact. It is as immovable as a
mountain, as batempt as corned
beef oyf rye.
Shpeter, I was to antdekn that
there were those who by omission
or commission led or permitted
andere to assume az their origins
were quite andresh. I was
incredulous when I met azelche
people. Locally, there were
advantages to be dergraycht by
being considered a gentile. There
were no quotas, not in universities,
shteles or housing. There was not
the civilized balaydikung. "Well, of
course, they zeinen people, but you
wouldn't want to have lunch mit
them."
Why then did I persist so
tenaciously in my Jewish
identification? Why did I, according
to a tayl of my gentile
acquaintances, "flaunt" my
Jewishness. I didn't flaunt it; I
simply didn't behaltn it.
My self-searching led me tsurik
to Chelsa, Massachusetts, vu I was
born and spent the ershte six years
of my lebn. Chelsa was a shtetl to
which we came ariber from Eastern
Europe, steerage class, of course.
I carry the image that it
ongekumin like its inhabitants with a
perene under its arm. That was its
ayntsik prized possession. In
Chelsa, everyone was Jewish, or so
I thought. The exception was the
policeman, who I hob gekenf to be
Irish. He was hoych, blue-eyed
pleasant and an imposing figure but
did not seem to be a real person. I
never heard him talk. He would
shmaychl at me as passed him by.
The residents of the shtot were

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FRIDAY, JANUARY 18, 1991

immigrants in farshaydine stages of
being "green horns." Those who
were not "grin" paraded their
superior visenshaft of the American
way of life. They hob oysgedrikt a
fine contempt for the newer arrivals.
Chelsa was vibrant, lebedik
with sound. Arguments, gossip,
gelechter, cries of anguish were
expressed in loud, unrestrained
fashion.
My father hot farmogt a
restaurant, which served the same
med each day. They were roomers.
That is, they rented rooms where
meals were not provided. Other
men and all froyen were boarders.
They took their moltseitn where they
lived. No woman every ate in my
father's restaurant.
When I started school, I was
astonished to discover a strange
new langauge — English. It wasn't
biz we moved to Detroit that I
learned that the new langauge was
not confined to school. Jewishness
is home to me. It is my father's
anger and amusing stories. It is my
mother's good-natured cursing and
easy laughter. It is all the ups and
downs of life; it is life itself.

Vocabulary

etleche
hob gezen
es
zogt
farvos
zich
farshtayn
farshprayt
verter
eindruk
bavust
oych
inyen
eltern
batempt
oyf
shpeter
antdekn
andere
az
andresh
azelche
dergraycht
shteles
balaydikung
zeinen
mit
a tayl
bahaltn
tsurik
vu
ershte
lebn
shtetl

some, a few
saw
it
says
why
himself
understand
prevalent
words
—impression
known
also
matter
parents
delicious
on
later
discover
others
that
different
such
achieved
jobs
insult
are
with
some
hide
back
where
first
life
town

across
arrived
featherbed
only
knew
tall
smile
town
various

ariber
ongekumin
perene
ayntsik
hob gekent
hoych
shmaychl
shtot
farshaydine

green
knowledge
expressed
alive
laughter
owned
women
meals
until

grin
visenshaft
hobn oysgedrikt
lebedik
gelechter
hot farmogt
froyen
moltseitn
biz

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