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Started by Yisrael Baruch. Last reply by Georg von Starkermann Aug 19, 2009.
I have experienced great anti semitism in my lifetime, in the US. I am an orthodox jew and I found it difficult to carry on my religious traditions in my city (but I did). I am not a rich man, but I raised both of my sons, from their early childhood to university graduations alone, while being threatened by non jews, in my daily walk.
There have been times that it was difficult to go to the market without being harassed, because of my dress. I gave up a teaching career of 17 years, because I was ailenated by the faculty. All in all, I taught my children to be proud of who they are, dispite of what happened around us.
My youngest son wants me to either live with him in San francisco or change my dress. I live in an upper middle class area of Rialto and I've watched the area change over the past 14 years. All of the Jewish families I knew as neighbors have moved away and my new neighbors do not really speak. I have been beaten up four times in the past four years and had my bottom teeth knocked out. Now, I am extreemly careful. I have had trash cans emptied on my lawn. I have been called interesting names ans so I seldom go out at night, unless I am asked to perform ( I sing and Play the piano).
My oldest son is a Harvard graduate and is an attorney in Cambridge Ma. and my youngest son age thirty, is a doctor in San francisco. They to, have experienced anti semitism but live to persevere. The anti semitism that you speak about is not just in the media. Just last week a bomb was placed near a Chabad in Santa Monica, Ca. In towns and cities across America many people are faced with the same things I have gone through. It is getting worse not better. I am 69 years old and I see the changes this society is going through.
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