Interviewee: Paul Wenig
Interviewer: Larry Boocker
Interview Date: December 20, 2017
Location: Troy, MI
Interview No.: 12.20.17-PaulW (audio digital file)
(approximate total length 37 minutes)
Themes: Jewish Identity, Anti-Semitism, Doctrine
Summary: Paul Wenig is a retired doctor who served in the military during the Vietnam era. He is currently active in CST’s Torah study group.
Broocker, L. (Interviewer) & Wenig, P. (Interviewee). (2018). Paul Wenig: Jewish Journeys [Interview Index]. Retrieved from Jewish Journeys Oral History Collection of Congregation Shir Tikvah web site: https://shirtikvah.org/cstoralhistoryarchive
Note: Counter index corresponds to track times when loaded into VLC
00:00 Childhood in Brooklyn and Jewish education
03:00 Resentment of his Jewish education. Disinterest in services as a child.
05:00 Change in family’s Jewish practice, becoming less observant. Bar Mitzvah.
10:00 Father was a tombstone engraver.
11:35 Decision to pursue a medical career. Medical school. Living as a Jew in Kansas City.
14:50 Being a cultural Jew. Anti-Semitism (story of landlady looking for horns), Death of father. Trouble raising tuition. Helped by doctor in town.
19:00 Service in the military including being Jewish in Vietnam. Lack of anti-Semitism in the military.
24:30 Return to civilian life. Dating Jews and non-Jews. Mother’s disapproval of dating non-Jews.
28:00 Family life. Raising Jewish children. Becoming Reform. Founding CST.
31:30 Current Jewish beliefs and practices. Still a cultural/secular Jew. Studying Jewish texts as history. Value of synagogue for study and community.