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Oh Wow.

A long while ago, pghwob clued me in to the Pittsburgh Jewish Newspaper Project -- a CMU project that is scanning old issues of The Pittsburgh Jewish Chronicle (which still exists) and The Pittsburgh Jewish Criterion (which does not) and posting them online. They started at the beginning (the early 1900s) and have been working their way through chronologically.

And they finally got to the issue that has my picture in it.

I still remember having that picture taken.

I was at summer camp -- The James & Rachel Levinson Day Camp of the Jewish Community Center of Greater Pittsburgh (try putting that on a T-shirt) and I was madly in love with the Israeli exchange student counselors. I always had short hair, and my mother always had short hair, but Zehava and Yael both had long hair, and my favorite thing was when they would let me braid their hair.

So we were out by the pool and some photographer (dude?) just sort of pointed out me and Nikki and Jennie and told us to go sit over there by Zehava and Yael. I don't think Jennie (who I don't really remember) or Nikki (who I do) or I had any clue what was going on, because none of us are looking at the camera. But I do remember Zehava trying to get me to look at the photographer, but no -- I was way too geeked to have the chance to play with her hair -- so she gave up and the photographer snapped the picture and there it is.

Now. On the internet. Forever. Which is fanfuckingtastic, because I've always really loved that picture.

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flamingjune07
Sep. 19th, 2008 07:50 pm (UTC)
That picture is cute! (Also, I can't help but think that school must be exciting at 362 McKee place -- I think that's right near some punk/squat house I knew of like ten years ago?)
hopita
Sep. 19th, 2008 08:13 pm (UTC)
I'm guessing that would be McKee Place School, of which _aqualung_ is an alum. It used to be in that church that was right near The Pittsburgh Playhouse, but it closed (definitely the school -- the church may have survived longer but is now gone gone gone) in around 1987 or so and merged with The Oakland School, which was housed at Beth Shalom in Squirrel Hill.

I'd google some links for you, but my battery is at 12% and going to where electricty is means leaving the area where wifi is.
_aqualung_
Sep. 20th, 2008 04:47 am (UTC)
They were on McKee Place until around 1984. The building got condemned or something - It was before I enrolled. Also, the Oakland School emerged when the two directors, June and Annette had a falling out. June left and founded The Oakland School, and McKee moved into St. Peter's Church.

The Oakland School started out in the old Oakland JCC before Pitt bought it, and they moved into Beth Shalom.
_aqualung_
Sep. 20th, 2008 04:48 am (UTC)
One More thing...
McKee Place technically merged with the University School in Shadyside when Annette got hired as a councilor and they acquired McKee's student records
hopita
Sep. 20th, 2008 03:10 pm (UTC)
Re: One More thing...
Weird. Because everyone I knew who got displaced when McKee Place closed ended up at The Oakland School.
ratphooey
Sep. 19th, 2008 08:01 pm (UTC)
So cute!
hopita
Sep. 19th, 2008 08:04 pm (UTC)
ratphooey
Sep. 19th, 2008 08:14 pm (UTC)
Hah!
hopita
Sep. 19th, 2008 08:15 pm (UTC)
And that, by the way, is the Dan who was friends with your brother (but who carolbethington doesn't seem to remember).

(ETA: At least I think it is. That picture is awfully small ...)

Edited at 2008-09-19 08:16 pm (UTC)
varro
Sep. 19th, 2008 11:01 pm (UTC)
Scallops???
An ad for trayf in a Jewish newspaper?
hopita
Sep. 20th, 2008 01:08 am (UTC)
Re: Scallops???
But they have Kosher pickles in a barrel!
cheychey79
Sep. 28th, 2008 03:02 am (UTC)
Imagine Hope braiding? Love the pic...I think that must be the only childhood pic I have ever seen of you. My memory has been foggy lately.
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