“We’re fortunate enough to celebrate both the secular and the religious Jewish holidays,” says Orlando Hebrew teacher, Myrtle Skop Rutberg. She describes the Jewish high holidays, historical holidays, and shares her family’s favorite holiday memories in this excerpt (6:11) from a January 3rd, 2012 oral history interview with Orlando Centenarian Myrtle Skop Rutberg born September 17th, 1911.
Myrtle Skop Rutberg remembers when President Franklin Delano Roosevelt changed Thanksgiving Day to allow an extra week of shopping before Christmas. She also recalls diagonal parking along Orange Avenue and people parking along the avenue just to watch the shoppers. As assistant manager of the Lerner Shop, located next to Yowell Drew Ivey on the corner of Central and Orange, Myrtle got to know the shops and the people along the avenue pretty well. Her father's shop, The Myrtle Shop, at Church and Division was named after her and her parent's lovely two story home was located right downtown on Anderson Street. Born Myrtle Skop on September 17, 1911, Orlando Centenarian Myrtle Skop Rutberg, offers a fascinating glimpse into Orlando downtown life in this oral history interview on January 3, 2012.
Purim Comes in the Springtime
"We're fortunate enough to celebrate both the secular and the religious Jewish holidays," says Orlando Hebrew teacher, Myrtle Skop Rutberg. She describes the Jewish high holidays, historical holidays, and shares her family's favorite holiday memories in this excerpt from a January 3rd, 2012 oral history interview with Orlando Centenarian Myrtle Skop Rutberg born September 17th, 1911.
Oil on Beach As WWII Darkens Daytona
We were living in Daytona before my husband was drafted and we had to use a room that was blacked out because we feared the enemy could see the slightest twinkle of light... Then I remember I stood on the beach and I looked out over the ocean and I said what a beautiful scenery it is and then I would look down and I could see the oil all around my toes. And I realized that there were ships having been blown up very close to shore. It was such a rude awakening. Those were serious memories.
Orlando centenarian Myrtle Skop Rutberg shares her memories of WWI, the Great Depression, WWII, and celebrating her 100th birthday at the synagogue on September 17th 2011. Her parents moved in 1904 from their shtetl in Poland and arrived in New York City on the 4th of July with the fireworks. She says, "I treasure everything about living in the United States." Hear Myrtle Skop Rutberg, a living source of history, in this excerpt (below) from her oral history on January 3rd, 2012.