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The American Dream

Submitted by anonymous

I was a sophomore at Roosevelt High School in Albany Park in the 1950's when my parents bought a house in West Rogers Park with money they had saved for years despite the Depression. They paid cash; it was a shande (an embarrassment) to have a mortgage. My folks got permission for me to continue at Roosevelt instead of transferring to Senn High. We had assumed that there were plenty of shuls from which to choose as there had been in the old neighborhood but didn't realize they were north of Devon and we were 3 blocks south. We ended up going to a Conservative shul which was a big change although our lives remained Orthodox as they had always been. Everyone seemed a bit more polite and impressed with themselves than in the old neighborhood. We lived in houses instead of apartments and weren't afraid to walk down the streets at night. There was generally a safer feeling. Of course, it was also after the establishment of Israel and there was less anti-Semitism on the streets. We were living the American dream.

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