But, you don’t look Jewish

Rose Brown,
Fort Myers, FL

I don’t typically tell people that I’m Jewish. In elementary school, I was the only Jew and as such I was solely responsible for singing Jewish songs during the holidays and explaining our traditions. It continued in middle school, with everyone turning around to look at me during our week on the holocaust. Luckily for me, my Scottish/Irish genes have overtaken my Russian Jew genes as far as my appearance. By high school, I kept my Jewishness to myself. As an adult, sometimes my friends will out me (they don’t know I prefer to keep it private), and I invariably hear, “But, you don’t look Jewish”.


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