What difference does it make where we grow up? Probably a lot. It effects our sensibilities and interactions with others, our comfort levels, our sense of belonging and identity. Growing up as the only Jewish family (or two) in rural or small-town America was very different than being raised in boisterous Yiddish-infused tenements and apartments or sprawling Jewish-concentrated neighborhoods in the suburbs. The region made a difference too, and growing up in another country is another experience altogether.
Three City Congregation members will share and compare the memories of their youth, the environments they found themselves in, and how it helped shape their outlook and identity today. The panelists are Devera Witkin, who grew up in the South, with stints in North Carolina, Virginia, Mississippi and Texas; Judy Capel, who grew up in Cuba in the city of Matanzas in the province of Matanzas; and Debra Ettenberg, who was born in Brooklyn, raised for a few years in Astoria, Queens, and finally landed in North Massapequa on Long Island.
Potluck dessert and schmoozing follow our program.