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Title:
Interview with Aaron Goodstein, January 30, 2004, Sheboygan, Wisconsin
Collection:
Wisconsin Jewish Archives Oral Histories
Organization:
Wisconsin Historical Society
Description:
summary Andy Muchin interviews Judge Aaron Goodstein on January 30, 2004, in Sheboygan, Wisconsin. Mr. Goodstein discusses how his grandfather came to Sheboygan from Russia, his bar mitzvah, and his Jewish education. He also talks about the Sheboygan synagogues, visiting his other Jewish relatives, and dating in high school.
Identifier:
accession number WSA0155
Format:
audio
Description:
summary Andy Muchin interviews Judge Aaron Goodstein on January 30, 2004, in Sheboygan, Wisconsin. Mr. Goodstein discusses how his grandfather came to Sheboygan from Russia, his bar mitzvah, and his Jewish education. He also talks about the Sheboygan synagogues, visiting his other Jewish relatives, and dating in high school.
Language:
English
Date:
created 2004-01-30
Agent:
Interviewee Aaron Goodstein
Interviewer Andy Muchin
Rights Statement:
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Publisher:
Wisconsin Historical Society
Duration:
01:02:00
Source Metadata URI:
00051484
Type:
Sound
Partial Transcript: Aaron's grandparents on his father's side originally settled in Sheboygan. His grandfather came to the United Staes from Russia around the turn of the century.
Partial Transcript: Aaron believes that his grandparents met when they came to Sheboygan.
Partial Transcript: Aaron was not completely sure of what his grandfather did for a living. His father owned a jewelry store and his grandfather worked for his son.
Partial Transcript: When Aaron was born, the entire family lived in a duplex on thirteenth street, the south end of the Jewish neighborhood.
Partial Transcript: The family was able to walk to shul. The synagogue tended to lean more conservative.
Partial Transcript: Aaron was born in 1942. His parents and grandparents all lived together in a duplex.
Partial Transcript: Aaron's parents and grandparents all spoke Yiddish, but always made an effort to speak English around Aaron. As a result, Aaron does not know much Yiddish.
Partial Transcript: Aaron's family owned a lot of Jewish books, but he does not remember if they subscribed to any Jewish newspapers.
Partial Transcript: His family always kept kosher. Aaron no longer keeps kosher, but the rest of his family still does. The family got their kosher meat from the local butcher.
Partial Transcript: Aaron loved his mother and grandmother's cooking, but he vaguely remembers dishes often being overcooked.
Partial Transcript: During passover, relatives from far away would often come to celebrate with the Goodsteins. His grandfather would lead seder in Hebrew. After Aaron's grandfather passed away, his father led the seder in Hebrew and English.
Partial Transcript: Aaron's father was both observant and studious. He attended services early Saturday morning and then worked at his store for the rest of the day. He closed the store on high holidays. Aaron does not remember his grandfather working on Saturdays.
Partial Transcript: Sheboygan had a fairly large Jewish community. His father attended cheder and belonged to Jewish organizations.
Partial Transcript: Aaron attended the white shul during his childhood. He went to Hebrew school two to three times a week after school. There were about ten other kids in his Jewish classes. Aaron's siblings also went to Hebrew school. Their Hebrew education focused on reading and translation.
Partial Transcript: Aaron wore a pink shirt, blue suede shoes, a bow tie, and a gray suit for his bar mitzvah. It was on a Saturday morning in April. Aaron describes the typical Sheboygan bar mitzvah.
Partial Transcript: Aaron talked about his various relatives on his mother's side. The family frequently visited their relatives in Appleton, especially on Thanksgiving.
Partial Transcript: There was a balcony at the white shul, but Aaron did not remember the seating arrangement. The new synagogue had mixed seating. Aarons sister had a bat mitzvah in the new synagogue.
Partial Transcript: His father's store was in business for over fifty years. Aaron occasionally helped out in his father's store making repairs and engraving. His father got into the Jewelry business by becoming a watchmaker. He was around thirty when he opened his store.
Partial Transcript: Aaron belonged to some Jewish organizations when he was a teenager, which helped him meet other Jewish kids from other towns.
Partial Transcript: Aaron was strongly encouraged not to date non-Jewish women, which was difficult because there were very few Jewish women in his high school.
Partial Transcript: Aaron was confirmed in high school.
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