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As a Child of Holocaust Survivors, I Have Experienced My Parents’ Extreme Trauma and Severe Shock

When you are a child of Holocaust survivors, when Holocaust Remembrance Day comes around again, you can remember vividly the year before that and the year before that.  You read articles about the Holocaust again or you try not to read them.  You read again about the myths of anti-Semitism and the rise of anti-Semitism. […]

It Does Not Take Very Much to Trigger Holocaust Memories When You Are A Child of Holocaust Survivors

The day was the ordinary. I ran errands. I went to Whole Foods for a dozen items that came to $44. I took my car in for service and went to pick it up. There were two more things I did. I watched the Today show as I do as many mornings as I can […]

If There is a Question of It Being Safe to Be Jewish In New York, then What Does That Mean for Being Jewish in South Florida and in America. Opinion from a Child of Holocaust Survivors

Since the synagogue shooting in Pittsburgh, there has been public discussion as to whether the shooting was really against being religious.  It seems to this Jewish woman that those who even brought up the discussion, after the shooter was so clear and direct, could never be the child of Holocaust survivors.  I know. I am […]

As A Child of Holocaust Survivors, I Am Worried That History Is Repeating Itself

As a child of Holocaust survivors, I feel that my unique background and upbringing has been a blessing and a curse, probably like most of us who have felt different and with a higher sensitivity to the world around us. My upbringing has made me the “Pollyanna,” which those who know me would agree, that […]

Grateful for the Fathers In Our Lives This Father’s Day 2018 Seventy Years After the Holocaust

As I thought about this Father’s Day 2018, the year’s traumatic and potentially fatal health circumstances clearly highlighted thoughts of gratitude for the fathers in our lives. What came to mind are two related sayings: You don’t know what you have until it is gone.  Truth is, you knew what you had, you just thought […]

Holocaust Memorial Day 2015: Learning More to Share With the Great-Grandchildren of Holocaust Survivors and Being More Concerned About the World in Which We Live

It is so difficult for this Grandma to watch the evening news. The world in which we live is a scary place and when the world becomes scary, we must worry about those who use such a world as a reason to hate and cause harm to others. Anti-Semitic incidents are on the rise around […]

When Should Grandchildren Learn About the Holocaust

A dear long (we never say old) friend, also a grandma, said her grandson, age six, overheard her discussing a Holocaust movie with his mother. He asked her what the Holocaust was. She vaguely mentioned that there once were bad men but they no longer exist. She then called me, a child of Holocaust survivors, […]

Our Granddaughter’s Twinning at Yad Vashem’s Special Bar and Bat Mitzvah Tour And You Can Do it For Your Teen Too, In Your Home Town, Without Going to Jerusalem, Israel

Holocaust Education is mandated in many states and children all over the United States are taught the horrors of targeting people just because of their religious beliefs.  Our Israel guide introduced us to the Twinning Project at Yad Vashem in Jerusalem, which is an outstanding way for a preteen and teen to be educated in […]

Our Spectacular Private Guide For Our Young Teen Granddaughter’s Gift Trip to Israel, Alex Stein, Exceeded Our High Expectations in Planning and Execution

Our granddaughter’s trip to Israel with us had to be perfect as the gift for her Bat Mitzvah. We wanted to show her Israel, but most of all to experience Israel so she would want to come back to Israel to see and do more. I found Alex Stein on TripAdvisor looking for a private […]

Best Israel Itinerary for Teenage Grandchildren for their Bar or Bat Mitzvah

PopPop and I want to take each of our grandchildren on a special trip to celebrate their thirteenth birthday and their Bar or Bat Mitzvah.  Our granddaughter chose Israel.  How we chose our guide and why he was the correct guide to choose is the subject of another post. We included our granddaughter in the […]

Because Everyone Has Something, There are Life Lessons to Pass on To Our Grandchildren

Great Grandmother (GG) Frieda, My Mother, a Holocaust survivor, who was taught Kabbalah by her Father, a Rabbi in the small shtetl (town) of Bransczczyk, Poland, had sayings she passed on to me. “Everyone has something.  Life is hard and then you die.”  She said, “Live every day as if it were your last day […]

Now That I Am in My Seventies I Understand Why No One Tells You the Truth About How To Optimize Life in Your Seventies

When I was about to hit seventy, GG Lee’s (Great Grandmother age 95) mantra was hitting home.  She said live your life to its fullest while you are “young old,” because when you hit “old old” at age 84 your life and health changes drastically and you do not want to or cannot travel or […]

We American Jews Must Now Not Only Be Vigilant As We Have Joined the Vulnerable Ranks of Our Worldwide Brethren Past and Present. We, and American Non Jews, Must Also Fight For Federal Laws That Make Anti-Semitic Talk And Action Illegal

It has been happening to Jews for many thousands of years. It has touched our family and we Jews, collectively and of my family, can never forget. To forget is to be vulnerable to anti-Semitic violence and we Jews have learned from history that we must always be vigilant. All of our grandchildren will know […]

Top Ten Baby Names For 2018 From Parents Magazine and the Power of Some Old People Names

This Grandma loves all of the top ten lists for baby names each year and Parents Magazine recently released theirs.  I love reading the new trends for names, with babies named after trendy new rock stars, movie stars, and such.  I always hope that new parents understand the power in a name and choose their […]

Preserving Family History Leads To Much Less than Six Degrees of Separation with President Dwight D. Eisenhower and the Future Connecting With the Significant Past

“Six Degrees of Separation” a play and movie of our Boomer generation, written by American playwright John Guare, opened on Broadway in 1990, and was then nominated for the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and nominated for the Tony Award for Best Play, according to Wikipedia. It just finished a run as a revival on Broadway […]

Our Choice of Bread Defines Where We have Come From, Who We Are, and Sometimes Who We Aspire To Be

Our eleven year old granddaughter, visiting for spring break, asked for a sandwich. Ever the doting grandmother, I had purchased three different kinds of breads to have for her to choose from. I was not surprised with her selection, and with the ease of her making it. As I cut slices from the whole loaf […]

We Grandparents Are Role Models For Civics and Civility And Good Manners To Our Grandchildren And More

I grimace and shake my head every time I am stopped at a crosswalk and a person with earbuds staring at his or her phone walks into the street without even looking up. Or the person is before me in the supermarket line paying without looking up at the cashier or anyone but the screen […]

2018 New Year’s Resolutions Focusing on Feelings That Span A Lifetime Will Bring Us Joy

For New Years 2017, this Grandma wrote “2017 New Year’s Resolutions Focusing on Feelings That Span A Lifetime Will Bring Us Joy.”  When I sat down to write this year’s message, the draft mirrored 2017.  I realized that sharing the 2017 feelings was a most overwhelming task for me, and opened up on memories that […]

Things We Learned In Kindergarten and How to Cope and Have Our Children and Grandchildren Cope With Current Events From Michael Balaban, President & CEO Jewish Federation of Broward County

This email was sent to many of us in South Florida Friday, August 18, 2017, from Michael Balaban, President & CEO Jewish Federation of Broward County. No further words can or need be spoken.  It should be shared.   With Little Joy, Mema   “This should be an exciting time filled with preparing our children […]

Why Life Happens With Tears and Life Happens With Laughter and With Knowledge Comes Power to Understand and Cope With Life’s Challenges

When I was growing up, if something good happened and I told my Holocaust survivor mother, GG (great-grandmother), she said “pooh, pooh” and made a spitting sound, and said, “don’t give it a kenahora.”  She would remind me that although something good will happen in life, be careful, because something bad is going to follow.  […]