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.