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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, […]

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.  […]

The Secrets of “Grandparents: The Grandbabies’ Great Reward” Revealed

Our dear grandparent friends whispered that they bought Florida Prepaid College Plans for each of their grandchildren upon each baby’s birth. Our grandparent cousins whispered that they funded 529 plans for their grandchildren’s college educations. Our grandparent neighbors whispered that they pay for private preschool for their grandchildren. Our long (we never say old) grandparent […]

2017 New Year’s Resolutions Focusing on Feelings That Span A Lifetime Will Bring Us Joy

HAPPY NEW YEAR 2017! In this new era of seeking and collecting experiences instead of things, the articles about proposed 2017 New Year’s resolutions that touched this Grandma were more about feelings than goals.  Each year, beginning at the end of December, the ads for exercise facility discounts and diet centers proliferate.  Each year, I […]

Home Remedies That Make Our Lives Easier — Part II –And How We Must Preserve Our Own Families’Home Remedies and More

In Part I of home remedies that make our grandchildren’s lives easier, I concentrated on Terry and Joe Graedon and their home remedies. And now, this Grandma, in an expanded search, I came upon more home remedies we Boomers could use as well. I found a home remedy that I grew up on and, from […]

Yiddish Words That Will Serve You well In Life and ToTranscend Generations From the Past to the Future

This Grandma, born in a displaced person’s camp in Germany, knew the power of the Yiddish language from the phrases my parents used and the stories my parents told.   One such story was that President Eisenhower had gathered together Yiddish speaking American soldiers stationed in Europe to come to the displaced persons’ camps after World […]

Old is New Again with Baby Names and Go Beyond the Past of Loving Grandparents to Gender Neutrality

A long (we never say old) dear grandfather friend recently told me that his newest grandson was born and named for a grandfather of the parent.  The name harkens back to those who were born in the 1920s. It is a name one hardly hears today and was never a name that one would think […]

Our Grandchildren Will Grow Up Just Fine Even Though We Are Not Raising Them, Even In Today’s Society When the Parents May Or May Not Be Married

A brand-new grandpa came up to me to show me the pictures of his new granddaughter. He was beaming just like all new grandparents. He said that his son was not married to the mother of the baby and that he wishes the mother was a better mother. I told him our job as grandparents […]

Grandma as the Storyteller and the Importance of Rituals and Traditions for Our Grandchildren

This Grandma just had the privilege of visiting Canyon Ranch in Tucson. On the way to their Health and Healing Center, I came upon a large outdoor sculpture of a grandmother with many different children around her. The title and explanation of the statue is as follows: “Grandmother storyteller. “ “The storytelling ritual existed for […]