Ethel Waters in Philadelphia - early 20th Century

from His Eye Is On the Sparrow, page 28:

Mom soon got a place for us in the rear of a Jewish family's house in Philadelphia. Their back yard was my front yard, and I played with the two children, but mostly wih the little Jewish boy who was about my age. Every afternoon our games in the yard were interrupted by the arrival of the rabbi who was giving him Hebrew lessons. The Jewish boy hated to stop playing with me to learn the ancient prayers and chants. But I was intrigued by the strange sounds. I'd stand under the window by the hour, listening, without, of course, understanding a single word.
cite as

Charles Samuels and Ethel Waters, His Eye Is On the Sparrow (1950), p. 28. accessed: 16 June, 2024

location of experience: Philadelphia


Ethel Waters
dancer, Singing

Experience Information

Date/Time early 20th Century
Medium live
Listening Environment outdoors, solitary

Originally submitted by Gill on Fri, 27 Mar 2015 11:27:47 +0000