Reliving memories from our "growing up days"
can be wonderful if, as we get older and age catches up with us,
we could remember all the pleasures that we had. If only there
was some way we could bring back the memories of those wonderful
There has to be some way that we can relate to our
children and grandchildren the stories and laughs we had, so they
too can look back and enjoy their family history.
That was the objective of two books, "Ghetto
Memories" and "Ghetto Memories Revisited",
by Norm Morris: to give to future generations an opportunity to
see and understand the pleasures we had growing up in the Dorchester,
Roxbury, and Mattapan neighborhoods of Boston, when it was home
to the second largest Jewish population in the United States.
The mission of this project, "Sidewalk
Memories", is to document a living record,
on video and on the Internet. It will highlight the social life
and economics in Boston's Jewish community of Dorchester, Roxbury,
Mattapan during the 1930's, 40's, 50's and 60's.
Future generations can look back and understand
that Ward 14 was more than an area for national and local politicians
to get the Jewish votes, but also an area where no one was ever
alone unless they wished to be.
This film will also provide useful background for courses in sociology
and education. Understanding what influences children's development
and the outcomes that shape their futures (including the characteristics
of the neighborhoods in which they live) is receiving more and