A string of Chinese lanterns in front of a church steeple

San Francisco, California


San Francisco is one of the most diverse cities in the country, and religion is often a focal point of community life for its many ethnic enclaves. In 2008, StoryCorps opened a recording booth in San Francisco to record the stories of the people who live there. The American Pilgrimage Project draws from the stories recorded in San Francisco to explore the complexities of faith and family identity. 

The interview below was recorded by StoryCorps, a national nonprofit whose mission is to preserve and share humanity’s stories in order to build connections between people and create a more just and compassionate world.

Gayle Geary on Discovering Family Secrets about Religion

April 1, 2013

More stories about: Judaism

Gayle Geary remembers that her mother never took Communion at church, but for her entire childhood, she didn't know why. In this conversation, Geary discusses learning that her mother was secretly Jewish but had decided to raise her children as Protestants, as well as the difficulties of coming to perceive herself as Jewish after making this discovery.

This story was produced by StoryCorps.

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