The Jewish Historical Society of Greater MetroWest houses what it calls its “Greater Weequahic Collection.” The collection, started in 2006, was donated by people who grew up in Newark’s historic Weequahic neighborhood, went to its elementary schools, and boast that they are graduates of Weequahic High School. Items in the collection were used to prepare the society’s exhibit “Weequahic Memoirs: Celebrating Newark’s Legendary Neighborhood,” which opened to an overflow crowd at the JCC in West Orange on June 8, 2008. People came to hear the keynote speaker, Senator Cory Booker, then the mayor of Newark, recite the chant “Ikey, Mikey, Jake, and Sam; we’re the boys who eat no ham; we play football, we play soccer, and we keep matzohs in our locker – Aye, aye, aye Weequahic High.” Its words still are familiar to all readers of the enormously popular “Portnoy’s Complaint” written by world-renowned author Philip Roth, who also was a graduate of Weequahic’s public schools.
Myrna Most is helping to grow the society’s Greater Weequahic collection. She agreed to deliver a collection of Weequahic memorabilia belonging to the late Joe Tennenbaum to the society’s director, Linda Forgosh, for the promise of long-term preservation in the JHS’ Howard Kiesel Memorial Archives. The JHS encourages anyone who has historic documents, photographs, artifacts, or memorabilia that tell the story of Jewish life in Greater MetroWest and is willing to donate them, to email Ms. Forgosh at email@example.com.