Moskowits - Gertel's Bakery
Moskowits: I learned baking home-made style.
Do you have any favorite dishes?
I don’t care, whatever you have to make, I make. My hobby’s
So you love your job?
Yes. [pause] As long as they pay me, I love it.
Do you bake for friends and family on your own?
When I’m home, I’m not a baker, I’m a father. One
time my wife started to bake and I had to finish it. Since then I don’t
let her bake.
So do you know a lot of the customers?
I don’t know the customers because I’m the whole day baking.
I don’t know customers, I know the wholesale customers, that’s
what I know…. Every day’s busy. Wednesday’s the busiest.
It’s a very hard job. I would like to look for easier job. I love
the baking but it’s very hard. It’s day and night. I start
2 o’clock in the night and finish 5 in the afternoon. …
It’s very hard. You know I have kids. … I know mechanic,
I know electric, I know intercom, I know circuit TV, I know —
a lot of stuff. I don’t know. I’ll think of something.
Can you describe a typical day?
Everyday is different. Today I have a big order more than a 1,000 babkas.
Plus we have to make rugulach, challah that rise up. About 12:00 we’re
starting the rye bread. We got to be finished…
You said you get here at 2 in the morning and
stay until 5?
Yes. A lot of times we stay more than 5. But we have 2 shifts over here.
From 5 til 2 or 3 in morning comes one shift. Then from 2 or 3 in the
morning comes the next shift.
Are you here for both shifts?
I’m here in between. I’m in charge. I told you I’m
the manager and I have to be here in between to make sure everything
goes in [the oven].
So what do you like eating the most?
Oh, I don’t like cake.
You don’t like cake?
No… Let me explain, in my house, my mother’s house, there
only was talk about diet. I was always diet-minded. My mother always
teach us we’re not allowed to eat a lot, or we’ll get fat.