I AM A REFUGEE. I LOVE AMERICA

One Sunday morning, I was watching news reels of Afghan refugees carrying babies. It hit home to me, as I was a baby brought to America at six months old by my Holocaust survivor parents. I sat down at the computer and began to write what I intended to be a blog post. After I […]

Our Holocaust Family History, Part II. My Mother, Holocaust Survivor

My mother, born Feiga (“little bird” or Zipora in Hebrew) Jelen, for whom our granddaughter is named), rarely spoke of the Holocaust. When her first great grandchild was born, she wrote: “There is an outpouring of emotion. Remembrance of the victims of the Holocaust.  Resistance. Remembrance. Survival. Centered on one basic lesson–to never forget.  The […]

Passing Along Something Beautiful and Thought Provoking During the Coronavirus Pandemic

So many jokes and cartoons and videos come to me during this coronavirus period.  They bring comic relief to this time of the coronavirus pandemic where it is hard to find comedy.  However, the connections to friends and family the texts and emails bring are so welcome.  I do not care how silly or ridiculous […]

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 […]

Grandmas Do Have A Responsibility After All

This Grandma’s mantra is that grandparenting should be no responsibility and all joy.  After all, we did our best to be responsible parents and now we have the parents of our children to be responsible. I read Mama Sass’s column in the Miami Herald, March 29, 2014, “Sharing Family Stories Enriching for Children.”  She wrote […]