By Edward Zerin
In San Francisco, the "instant city" of the gold rush days, Jews have been pioneers between pioneers. a few got here as immigrants at once from Europe, others as resettled adventurers from the East Coast, and nonetheless others as scions of southern Sephardic households. Out of this combined multitude emerged a group with synagogues and associations to take care of the needy and the unwell, besides a dignified social textile. New immigrants following the Russian pogroms of 1883 have been absorbed, and the ashen ruins from the 1906 earthquake have been rebuilt. The city's cultural treasures and social wishes have been enriched, and the city's Jews have been nurtured via civic commitments. Today's 70,000 San Francisco Jews, status upon the shoulders of pioneering giants, proceed to construct and rebuild.
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Other Forrestville pupils included Leroy Jenkins, saxophonist Johnny Griffin and trumpeter and record producer Paul Serrano. Of course, as Abrams recalled, “Forrestville was a standard public school, based on white history. There was no mention of black people in history at all, not even George Washington Carver. You studied about Columbus, Amerigo Vespucci. ” Despite these limitations, however, the teachers were committed to their pedagogical mission. “They educated you in the stuff that they had,” remembers Abrams.
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Abrams’s mother, born in Memphis, worked at home as a housewife. Her militancy about excellence and independence through education made a strong impression on all of her children. She would take young Richard to the YMCA on 40th and Indiana, warning him to stay close by and behave himself while she took her weekly piano lesson. Born in 1927,17 Malachi Favors lived across the street from Jodie Christian; the bassist and future Thelonious Monk collaborator Wilbur Ware lived just around the corner.
Jewish San Francisco (Images of America) by Edward Zerin