“Inspired by the Jews of the Fillmore exhibition that the Magnes presented at the Jazz Heritage Center in San Francisco (2009), I asked my aunt Ruth and my uncle Chuck to help create a small gallery of family memories and photographs.
I always heard stories about the Elkinds in the Fillmore from my aunt and uncle, and my father. This project brought these memories back to life for me. This was a time and place in which a close-knit Jewish community lived in San Francisco. My grandfather, Morris Elkind, was a central character in the neighborhood. Family legends abound about his business ventures. At one point he ran a saloon (a bar, I guess) on Skid Row in San Francisco…
I feel that it is important to keep these stories and memories alive for my children and grandchildren. These documents also give an idea about the “background”: how the neighborhood looked at the time, who the classmates at school were, and the ethnically mixed world in which my relatives grew up.”
Risa Elkind Nye