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Rosh Hashanah, New Year's Day in the Jewish calendar, began at sundown last Wednesday. Oak Park Temple members who came to the family service at 6:30 p.m. or the Ma'ariv service at 8 p.m. likely greeted each other with "shanah tovah," a friendly, light-hearted greeting similar to saying "Happy New Year" on Jan. 1.
Martin Luther King Jr. was 13 years old in 1942, the year in which Teresita was born. The Brown vs. Board of Education decision was still 12 years in the future and black folk in Columbus, Ohio where she was born would have to wait another 22 years before the Civil Rights Act would be passed. Catholics still heard the Mass in Latin.