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Audio clip from interview with Marilyn Glovinsky and Melissa Lemoine, April 2, 2015

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Marilyn Glovinsky talks about growing up Jewish in New York "without thinking about it," and the decision to send her daughter to Hebrew School in Las Vegas.

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Marilyn Glovinsky and Melissa Lemoine oral history interview, 2015 April 02. OH-02285. [Audio recording]. Oral History Research Center, Special Collections and Archives, University Libraries, University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Las Vegas, Nevada.


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in New York you were Jewish without thinking about it. All your friends were Jewish. You knew a little bit of Yiddish. You knew some of the prayers. You took the holidays off from school even though you didn't go to temple and you'd get all dressed up and you'd walk for miles with all your friends. Even the ones who weren't Jewish would take off and walk. My friend Sara would walk with me. She says, "I don't know why I'm doing this. Do you think I'll get in trouble in church?" I said, "No, they won't know." We'd go up to the street where her church was, so we'd have to walk around the street. [Laughing] But you didn't have to think about being Jewish; it was just in the air. You come to a place like Las Vegas or Salt Lake City, and it's not in the air. If you want your children to know who they are and where they come from, you need help. So that was what I wanted to do. That was my cause. Here is the product of it. She went to regular elementary school. The sixth grade here at about the time we moved here...In the '60s, of course, we had the equal rights movement, and the mandate to integrate schools here was met by a daring plan to take all of the schools that were in what we now euphemistically call at-risk districts, but were basically African-American districts. Take all those children and bus them out to the white schools and take all the sixth graders and bus them in to sixth grade centers. It was not the best idea that they could've had. The classes were very large. Melissa is a very bright young woman. She was a late bloomer, however, in school. Her fifth grade teacher took me aside and said, "I'm worried about Melissa going to a sixth grade center. She will clap the erasers. She will give out the papers. She will do anything the teacher asks. She will be a little handmaiden. But I'm worried that her education will suffer for it." So all of the parents of fifth-grade kids were talking about this. This was the major topic of conversation from the time they started fifth grade. Joyce Strauss and I talked about it and we decided to send the girls to the Hebrew Academy. The classes were small. There were twelve to fourteen in a class?