German SIG #Germany 1886 Bar Mitzvah Article [View-Mate for your enjoyment] #germany


Howard Bregman <hsbregjw@...>
 

For your enjoyment I have posted on ViewMate a Bar Mitvah description
from 1886, as published in the Tioga County Record.
The event took place in Owego, in the Finger Lakes region of New York.

http://www.jewishgen.org/viewmate/viewmateview.asp?key=VM31834

The remarkable features of this article are:
1. The details therein, especially the list of gifts. This was a wealthy
family. I know I didn't get a fine oil painting for my Bar Mitzvah.
I certainly didn't get two $10 gold pieces!
2. The fact that this was published in a general newpaper and not a
Jewish paper. Granted, this was a relatively small town and the father
was a prominent merchant.
3. The familiar practice today of having a party for the kids separate
>from the adult party.
4. The cake and wine for the reporter/publisher. Why Gersig? Because
all of the families were German and had emigrated >from Ostrowo,
Posen, Prussia. These included the Tuchs (Tuck), the Grunds
(Grant), the Szimkewichs (Simmons), and others.

Enjoy ! Howard Bregman in Germany hsbregjw@gmx.com

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