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Tessa's Family History Project
Transcript of Tessa's Family History Project
2. The second generation felt a disconnect from Judaism because of her parents' Jewish behavior and her lack of education. She became less ritualistically observant, but in some areas stayed true to tradition, including not educating her daughter. These factors eventually led her daughter to experience a similar removal from Judaism to her own. Essentially: Because of a lack of education and ambiguous practices, my family suffered a disconnect from Judaism until they found the Reform Movement. my family tree My Family My great-grandmother, Florence, had very little Jewish education and grew up in a home with confusing Jewish practices, all of which made it hard for her to withstand the pressures of assimilation as an adult. After joining a Reform shul, my grandma became much more active in the Jewish community. She educated herself and had a bat mitzvah as an adult, and she also became very involved with a reform summer camp that has been a part of my family ever since then. Reform Judaism helped to tie my family back to its heritage. My grandmother, Judith Warady was born in 1939. 3. Although she didn't understand all the ritualistic parts of Judaism, this generation felt connected to the Jewish community, and sought a movement that would accommodate her situation. She found one in the Reform movement, and after joining, had a much stronger tie to her heritage. A combined lack of education among girls in my family and confusion over the level of observance that was appropriate to maintain caused a disconnect from Judiasm around the second generation, with my great-grandparents. What eventually reconnected us to our religion was becoming involved in the Reform movement, which offered solutions to both of these issues. She found this in the Reform movement. Reform said that a) every person, male or female, should be educated and b) each Jew is responsible for practicing only the rituals that are significant to him/her. This meant that my grandmother could learn about her religion and apply it to her life as it seemed fit. She could be part of a Jewish community, without having to return to the weird, unexplained combination of Orthodox ritual and American life that she had known beforehand. map of Lithuania 1930 Census kosher bakery 1940 Census Florence Vinick 1940 Census Judith Warady Reform summer camp (OSRUI) Steven Silverman's Bar Mitzvah Tessa Silverman's Bat Mitzvah Reform summer camp (OSRUI) Judith Warady and sons My family