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Audio clip from interview with Myra Berkovits, August 21, 2014

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Part of an interview with Myra Berkovits on August 21, 2014. In this clip, Berkovits talks about her first home in Las Vegas, and a very helpful neighbor who helped her find employment as a teacher.

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Myra Berkovits oral history interview, 2014 August 21. OH-02152. [Audio recording]. Oral History Research Center, Special Collections and Archives, University Libraries, University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Las Vegas, Nevada.


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Had you visited here before you moved? Just once in the summer before. It was teeny, teeny tiny. It was four hundred thousand people. People knew each other. Especially the Jewish community was so tiny. It was so little. We rented a house and the house next-door was owned by a man named Mike Katz. Mike Katz owned Manpower, which was a temporary employment agency. He and his wife and their son Andy lived in the house next door. They had four children, but three of them were out of the house; Andy was the only one that was there. They came to our door. Mike was very tall; he was over six feet. Bea, his wife, was about five one. They came to our house and they had a big bottle of wine and they welcomed us to the neighborhood. We were renting that house because we were going to buy something. He said, "Before you do anything...I know everybody in town. So if you're going to look for a job or whatever, let me know first so I can tell you if it's bad or good." Because the city had a really bad reputation. It was sort of fly by night people. They'd come here, gambling; all kinds of things. So he was sort of our mentor. When my husband at the time would go and talk to people about jobs and so forth, he'd call Mike and Mike would say, "No, don't go back there," or, "Yeah, that's a good place," or whatever. Anyway, he lived next door and he became a very good friend, and he actually really became an inspiration for me. He helped me quite a bit. We only lived there for six months and then we looked for a house in an area with a good school.