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My son was born at Orange Memorial Hospital which it was called at that time. We had a circumcision in a downstairs room …It was during Passover. And my sister in law baked a sponge cake and she placed powdered sugar over it and they served wine. And they dressed up my baby on the 8th day of his life which is when the circumcision takes place. And my mother had bought him a little bonnet for a boy. I still have that in my possession.

Orlando centenarian, Myrtle Skop Rutberg, shares her memories of the birth of her son, her years tutoring children for Bar Mitzvah and Bat Mitzvah, and the special friendships she has with her Hebrew students in  this excerpt (9:55) from an oral history interview on January 3, 2012. Her son attorney, Gerald Rutberg, was born at Orange Memorial Hospital on Kuhl Avenue what is today known as Orlando Regional Medical Center.

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Photo of Orlando centenarian Myrtle Skop Rutberg.
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Bar Mitzvah photo of Gerald Rutberg from Myrtle Skop Rutberg's family album.
The Retail Outlook with Myrtle Skop Rutberg

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 




Myrtle Skop Rutberg

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  from her oral history on January 3rd, 2012.




Myrtle Skop Rutberg

We would meet on Orange Avenue with our swimsuits and go to Palm Beach where the shops closed at 5:30. "I really felt like I was on vacation even though I was working." From the Lerner Shop on Orange Avenue to the shores of Palm Beach, centenarian Myrtle Skop Rutberg describes her 1940s work-life balance.

She highlights one of her happiest Orlando memories: Her entrance into the Orlando Jewish community. "The Jewish community used to have a dance at the Flamingo on East Colonial. Parents and young people, young married and singles, everybody together. I was dressed up in my best bib and tucker with a big bow in my hair. We had Jewish organizations like the B'nai B'rith, women and men, two different organizations, Hadassah, and what they refer to as the Ladies Auxiliary of the Synagogue. All three were important to any Jewish person who came to Orlando. And we would join all three... I've been active in the Jewish community all through the years."

Listen to a Day in the Life of Orlando Centenarian Myrtle Skop Rutberg in  this excerpt  from her oral history interview on January 3, 2012. 

 

 




Myrtle Skop Rutberg Memories

My son was born at Orange Memorial Hospital which it was called at that time. We had a circumcision in a downstairs room ...It was during Passover. And my sister in law baked a sponge cake and she placed powdered sugar over it and they served wine. And they dressed up my baby on the 8th day of his life which is when the circumcision takes place. And my mother had bought him a little bonnet for a boy. I still have that in my possession. Orlando centenarian, Myrtle Skop Rutberg, shares her memories of the birth of her son, her years tutoring children for Bar Mitzvah and Bat Mitzvah, and the special friendships she has with her Hebrew students in this excerpt from an oral history interview on January 3, 2012. Her son attorney, Gerald Rutberg, was born at Orange Memorial Hospital on Kuhl Avenue what is today known as Orlando Regional Medical Center.




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