Born in Newark, Educated in Newark, Married in Newark

by Mona Gotfried


I spent my first 25 years in that wonderful city, from l930 on. The city was magic to me from the wonderful Newark Museum to the gorgeous library where I spent time up in the stacks reading books on my favorite subjects.

I received a wonderful education from Bragaw Ave. School, to Weequahic High. I realized the quality of my education after many years when I first entered college as a mature woman. The quality of education offered there far surpassed many undergraduate studies which followed in later life.

Great memories from shopping all the great department stores, all in a row, to the great Adams Theater etc and the shows that were offered there and at the great Jewish Y on High Street.

I even met my husband, Sheldon Gottfried, at the Youth lounge at the B'nai Abraham, married on the Oheb Shalom by Rabbi Levitzsky, and gave birth to my first child at St. Michaels Hospital.

My employment began at the Prudential Insurance Company where as a mail girl I encountered the great Carol Shanks, president.

After working for a Newark Radiologist, Sam Greenwood, and two Irvington pediatricians, I left that lovely city to move south to Fords, Edison, and now Greenbriar in Monroe Township. where many Weequahic graduates congregate.

But I miss those wonderful Newark days when I could walk from downtown, up Clinton Ave, to my home at Nye Ave. in peace and safety.

I miss the rose garden at Weequahic Park, the great meals at the Weequahic Diner and the wonderful close Jewish community.

I'm proud to have been a citizen of the wonderful community.


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