America’s Love Letter from an Immigrant’s Son

Gabriel Nathan
5 min readJul 4, 2023

My father came here from Israel in 1972, to go to college — the Philadelphia College of Textiles and Sciences, to be exact (it isn’t there anymore — well, it is, but it’s now owned by Jefferson University). A lot of things “aren’t there anymore” from my father’s early days in this country. The apartment building in the Germantown section of Philly isn’t there anymore, we discovered on a recent road-trip through his past a week ago. The factory he used to own, from 1985–2003, in a Bucks County suburb is still technically “there”, but it’s now an antique furniture warehouse.

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Gabriel Nathan

Gabe is Editor in Chief of OC87 Recovery Diaries, a mental health publication. He is a suicide awareness advocate and is attracted to toxic car relationships.