The Jewish community itself was well represented with three synagogues and a mix of both Orthodox and Conservative Jews. I was brought up in a very Orthodox way. My grandfather, on my mother's side was a very religious man. He was one of the officials in the synagogue and led a very religious life.
The first years of my education were in a Jewish day school. Even though the school was Jewish, my formal learning of Hebrew took place in another institution after school. The fact that the principal was a friend of my father did not bode well for me, and I can recall several lickings received at the hands of the schoolmaster. After attending the Jewish school, my education continued at a regular government school. My father hired a private tutor to teach my sister and I English. My dad was very well educated and thought it was important for us to learn English.