The Kennedy Revolution

(This is the first in a multi-part series of columns.)

I believe my support for and devotion to Democratic candidate Robert F. Kennedy for president of the United States in 1964 comprise the most important experiences of my political career.

Before I say why I supported Robert Kennedy, I want to comment on what was happening in the world and in our country, and even in New York and in the Bronx and in Westchester where I lived with my wife, Gloria, and our two little girls, Jeri Ann and Sharon. (Our third daughter, Nisa, was born in 1965.)

Sign Up for E-News

I was an ardent Democrat, as I am now, and, of course, I voted for and supported President John F. Kennedy. After his assassination, I enthusiastically supported his brother Robert and volunteered to work for him. Later, I voted for and supported their brother, Teddy Kennedy.

When we first heard about the Kennedy family in the early 1960s, many Jewish people like me in New York City were not enthusiastic supporters. The problem was the patriarch, Joseph Kennedy, who became the U.S. ambassador to Great Britain. Some people thought he was anti-Jewish, which was not true. But Joe Kennedy, who was involved with the Hollywood movie studios, did have the reputation of being a conniving businessman and a lover of some movie stars, even though he remained married to Rose.

The Kennedys were devout Catholics and many Jewish people thought this might make them anti-Semitic. Many Jews in the Bronx in the early 1940s had good reasons to believe that the Catholic Church itself was anti-Jewish. Some students at Catholic parochial schools like All Hallows at 166th Street in the Bronx made anti-Jewish remarks and threw snowballs at Jewish neighbors. The Catholic Church did not approve of marriages between Jews and Catholics unless the Jewish partner converted.

• To read more from this story in the newspaper, please request a FREE subscription to North Salem News by clicking on the following link: http://www.halstonmedia.com/requestors/nsn_requestor.pdf

 

The opinions expressed herein are the writer's alone, and do not reflect the opinions of TAPinto.net or anyone who works for TAPinto.net. TAPinto.net is not responsible for the accuracy of any of the information supplied by the writer.

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News

North Salem

Upcoming Events

Sun, April 22, 9:00 AM

Yorktown Sports Complex, Yorktown Heights

Yorkville Sports Association (YSA) Draft Day

Giving Back Sports

Sun, April 22, 10:00 AM

Yorktown Sports Complex, Yorktown Heights

Yorkville Sports Association Preseason 50+ - 60+ ...

Giving Back Sports

Sun, April 22, 4:00 PM

Somers Library, Somers

Somers Library Blockbuster Used Book Sale

Giving Back

‘Sister Act’: A Musical Like Nun Other

Of all the Broadway musicals I’ve seen over the years at Westchester Broadway Theatre, only a handful have elicited the noisily enthusiastic audience response I observed at the recent opening night of “Sister Act.”

There were outbursts of applause in the middle of some numbers, and several clever turns of phrase sprinkled in the dialogue landed squarely, to the delight of big ...

Seen Any Good Ol’ Movies Lately?

As I become more, uh, mature, I find myself enjoying older movies more than newer movies. The trio of films presented here for your consideration are three of my all-time favorites. They share great stories, great screenplays, great directing, great acting. They also have in common ratings in the 90s on Rotten Tomatoes, and a place of distinction in the National Film Registry, a highly selective ...

Privacy? LOL!

Author’s Note: Mom + Pop Culture are a couple of real characters. They could be you and me. Or not. Every so often, I eavesdrop on their conversations. Let’s listen in on what they’re saying right now about how Facebook fans are shocked—shocked!—that their privacy has been compromised, prompting them to rise up and exhort oppressed social media users everywhere to ...

Cleaning the Empty Nest

Part of the shock of being a part-time empty nester is when the kids come back to visit and I have to watch my house transform overnight from a pristine haven of OCD goodness to a place that looks like an explosion happened at Forever 21.

After my kids moved mostly out, I put away whatever tchotchkes they chose to leave behind and then I put on a hazmat suit and cleaned their rooms until they ...

Tipping the Scales in My Favor

As I was settling into bed one night, I happened to catch my husband out of the corner of my eye.

He was getting on the scale.

“WHAT ARE YOU DOING?” I yelled at him. He jerked his head around and looked at me with alarm.

“What? I’m weighing myself.”

I jumped out of bed and yanked him off the scale. 

“You can’t do that now!” I ...

Doing Time in the Big House

“So, what did the doctor say about Dad?” I asked my mom over the phone.

“He has an incarcerated hernia,” she replied.

“INCARCERATED hernia?” I repeated.

“Yes.”

“Why is it incarcerated? Did it rob a bank?”

“What? No.”

“Unlawful entry? Obstruction? Insider trading?” I ...