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Auditions

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PHILADELPHIA PA (CNBNewsnet)--Auditions to be held on Monday, August 6, 2018 at the The National Museum of American Jewish History (NMAJH)from 1:00pm to 5:00pm.

For consideration, please send headshot & resume to: auditions@historicphiladelphia.org 

or via U.S. mail to:

Historic Philadelphia, Inc.

Attn: Auditions

150 S. Independence Mall West

Suite 550

Philadelphia, PA 19106

No phone calls please.

Part-time seasonal work. Housing/Transportation not included.

Background Information:

Eva Baen, Immigrant to Philadelphia The National Museum of American Jewish History is fortunate to have artifacts which once belonged to Eva Baen (1895-c.1990). The NMAJH has created a school program which revolves around her story and also exhibits some of her artifacts, notably a beautiful but partially finished piece of needlework, her passport, and a variety of printed materials including the notebook which she used while attending night school in Philadelphia.

Eva Baen was born in a small town near Kiev in Ukraine which was part of the Russian Empire. Her family was Jewish and relatively prosperous, but Eva left her family to come to America to get an education, and specifically, Philadelphia in 1913 when she was 18 years old. Members of her family had already come here, notably her uncle, Morris Tarkov who was a merchant. She lived with her uncle for five years and he helped her get a job as a seamstress in a shirtwaist manufactory. Uncle Morris played this same role with other members of his extended family, much like many members of Philadelphia's growing Russian Jewish community. Eva's parents joined this family migration in the 1920s.

Eva was determined to get an education. Despite working as much as 12 hours a day, 6 days a week, she attended school 3 nights a week after she came to Philadelphia. The NMAJH retains her school attendance cards -- proudly saved by her and her family. Her handwritten notebook, also in the collection, offers a snapshot of her growing facility with English as well as tidbits about her personal life, even if in short sentences.

Eva married Louis Kravitz, also an immigrant from Russia in about 1918. He was a grocer and the couple ran their business together at various locations in North Philadelphia. They had three children, including Clara Kravitz Braslow of Philadelphia who was interviewed in 1995, five years after her mother's death. She recounted that her family loved going to Atlantic City -- even though her father did not know how to swim.  She was especially proud of the fact that her parents sent all three of their kids to college. Eva and Lenny, like so many immigrants before and after, laid the groundwork for their family's new life and identity as Americans. It is fitting that Eva always kept the American flag which she received on the day she was naturalized as an American citizen in 1930. For she, like millions of others, brought her dreams with her, she used them to build a new life, and just as Woodrow Wilson said, she made this country a stronger place.

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