Re: [Cz-L] czernowitz-l digest: October 22, 2014

From: Anny Matar <>
Date: Sun, 26 Oct 2014 12:10:39 +0200
To: Shelley <>
Reply-To: Anny Matar <>

Dear friends,
As I know the situation in America (what an audacity to even say that)
through books and watching daily news I think that the winds are
changing directions in the past years not against Jews only but
against the "others". Problems haven't really been solved so at the
slightest provocation intentional or unintentional the fury and
frustrations flare up as we have seen in the Afro-American cities this
last summer. The fact that Jews buy slums doesn't mean they're "loved"
by the inhabitants, again as far as I read, the slums don't change
into "the American dream" they're left as they are which gives rise to
hatred too. The Muslim prayers and the loud call to prayer prayer make
people leave their homes because of the noise. Gisel who is artist
tries to hide behind the wall of intellectual, free thinking people
so, the way I see it, humanity doesn't like to live happily not matter
where. Everyone thinks his is the right way and it clashes with those
who don't share it. A sad picture called humanity.

On Sat, Oct 25, 2014 at 3:11 AM, Shelley <> wrote:
> It is not uncommon to remember the fears of our parents or our
> childhood fears. But we must go forward without shame or fear. My
> mother moved to a part of Florida that was not predominantly Jewish.
> So, around the holidays, she asked the local supermarket chain,
> Publics, if they could order certain foods for the holidays. She
> never hid her religion even when she and my father joined the
> (Christian) Polish Club. My parents would dance and eat there and the
> priest who attended loved to talk to my mother about all kinds of
> things. Everyone was nice to her because she was a nice person. We
> must not live in fear. Not today. I wear a Jewish star wherever I
> go. At work, it was assumed that I wasn't Jewish because I don't have
> a stereotypical Jewish face and my last name is Mitchell. I always
> corrected anyone who said I wasn't Jewish. I always had a Menorah in
> the Window at Home and near my desk at work. The fact that there was
> more Christmas decorations at work didn't bother me at all. I enjoyed
> trimming my Christian friends' trees. They had Christmas; we had
> Chanukah. We both exchanged gifts. Sylvia, you said you never
> experienced anti-Semitism. But you are afraid to be known as a Jew.
> Be strong. There are ways to approach people who just have not
> experienced us. There are still people who never met a Jew. It's how
> you approach them that will determine how they react to you. Let them
> see you as both an individual and a Jew. It's been many years since
> anyone looked for the horns on our heads. I apologize if it sounds
> like I'm lecturing you. I'm just trying to be encouraging and
> positive. I hope you will take this in the right light.
> Shelley

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