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INTERVIEWEE:      MIRIAM BELGER

INTERVIEWER:     MARGERY DIAMOND

DATE:                        MAY 30, 1989

LOCATION:             ATLANTA, GEORGIA

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Biography

Born to Abraham and Annie Sepersky of the Bronx, N.Y., Miriam was her family’s first university graduate, earning a degree in education from Hunter College. Growing up in New York City specifically in the Bronx, she was always fascinated with art, culture, and social good. Mariam and her husband in 1942, moved to Atlanta. Her husband was transferred to The Lerner Shops. The Lerner Shops were started by Samuel Lerner in 1918 as a retail space. That  was the beginning of a new life down in the South. The couple moved down when the war was just started.  Growing her career, she was inspired by many teachers. Her talent and drive persisted in the education field located in schools across Atlanta while being a mother. During her role eventually as an early childhood educator at Ahavath Achim Synagogue, she taught and inspired many of Atlanta's Jewish youth. After 45 years of her career, she decided to spend her retirement serving as a reading instructor and teacher mentor in several Atlanta public school systems. She married Morris Belger and has two daughters: Joan Barton and Susan Scheinfeld. Miriam Belger died at 98 in Alpharetta on Monday, March 23, 2015, from Pneumonia.

Scope of interview

This interview is between Mariam Belger and interviewer Margery Diamond. The interview discussion starts about talking through the acceptance of the death of her husband. Mariam often brings up how your workplace is the ultimate support system during that time of her life. Continuing the discussion, Mariam explains her two sides. Her professional work life, and her motherhood. With great humor, and passion Mariam proudly describes her timeline up until her role as an educator for Jewish youth. Because of her strong Jewish roots not only got her involved in her career but made her connected to life long mentors and friends. 

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