As with many journeys from Brooklyn to Hollywood, there's a story.
Dr. Michael Berlin had assumed while growing up in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn that everyone in the world was Jewish, Irish, or Italian. While walking home from Hebrew school during Hanukkah or Christmas time, he would see windows filled with either menorahs or Christmas trees all along the block. As a young boy, Michael felt surrounded by Jews and the feeling of Jewishness. He had the kosher deli and the appetizing store, where he could buy pickles from the barrel for 5 cents each. He'd buy Wise potato chips and cover the outside of the bag with deli mustard to dip the chips in. There was sturgeon and whitefish, and the local Jewish bakery and candy store. He felt very comfortable and safe, and that being Jewish was a part of the fabric of the neighborhood. It was only years later that he came to realize how segregated his predominantly white neighborhood was (and isn't proud of it)....READ MORE