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  • Losing Gammi

    By Nolan Lebovitz

    April 24, 2013 | 4:21 pm

    Several weeks ago on Shabbat Chol HaMoed Pesach my grandmother Marie Lebovitz passed away.  We all lovingly called her Gammi.  My Dad asked me to officiate the funeral.  Although I had never officiated a funeral before, I said yes.  I would do anything for my father.  And thanks to...

  • Carrying The Torch | Guest Blog Post by Ashley Gleitman Waterman

    Ashley Gleitman Waterman

    February 25, 2013 | 10:59 am

    “Man will not merely endure: he will prevail. He is immortal, not because he alone among creatures has an inexhaustible voice, but because he has a soul, a spirit capable of compassion and sacrifice and endurance.”
    - William Faulkner, speech at the Nobel Banquet at the City Hall...

  • A note to Jewish grandparents

    November 1, 2012 | 11:37 am

    I believe there is a unique bond between grandparents and grandchildren. We look out for each other. We have each other’s backs.

    This year, the Romney-Ryan ticket and much of the Republican Party have been attempting to divide our generations, pitting one against the other.

    We...

  • Wanted: One Bubby and Zaidy willing to adopt

    By Lauren Bottner

    May 11, 2011 | 3:16 pm

    Officially, grandparents’ day is the first Sunday after Labor Day, falling on Sept. 11, 2011.  Bad timing this year.  Guessing that there’s a slight chance it’ll be overshadowed this year, I’m moving it up…to today. 
    ______________________________
    WANTED:

    One bubby and...

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  • Should frozen sperm be used to create posthumous grandchildren?

    March 22, 2011 | 1:42 pm

    Last fall, 27-year-old Ohad Ben-Yaakov was injured in an accident at his part-time job, and he died after two weeks in a coma. Ben-Yaakov wasn’t married, nor was he in a relationship. No woman was pregnant with his child.

    Nevertheless, his devastated parents believe it’s not...

  • Everyone is Suddenly Irish on March 17th!

    By Julia Bendis

    March 18, 2011 | 11:33 am

    Why does everyone become Irish on St. Patrick’s day?  Even the Jews.  When has it become a good thing for Jews to start drinking?  Have you ever seen Jewish people drink?  No, that’s because most of us can’t hold down our liquor, and its not pretty.

    I am definitely the “drinker” in...

  • Chicken nuggets vs. my kids school lunches, Oye Vay…

    By Julia Bendis

    March 11, 2011 | 9:46 am

    Today my 11-year-old son, Tyler shared a very interesting conversation that he had with his classmates.  It started during lunch time when he pulled out a peanut butter with bananas, and honey sandwich on whole grain bread.  After Tyler was done with it, he pulled out carrots,...

  • Joys of growing up in Communist Soviet Union, and other tales of my Family.

    By Julia Bendis

    February 16, 2011 | 9:39 am

    -While my husband, growing up in Ohio got to go on potato chip factory field trips, my brother and I got to go on Concentration Camp field trips.  Look up Salaspils in Latvia.

    -When most kids got to play with Barbies, toy trucks and teddy bears, I got to play with syringes, which my...

  • Valentine’s Day Peep Show!

    By Julia Bendis

    February 14, 2011 | 6:14 pm

    I really don’t like Valentine’s Day!  I hate everything about it, the stupid, corny Hallmark cards, the over-priced flowers, the overcrowded restaurants, the need to out-do each other with pricey gifts, etc…  I am not saying that we shouldn’t show our love for the people in our...

  • Grandma Who?

    March 25, 2009 | 4:41 am

    Growing up, I called my grandmother Grandma.

    We were Jewish, but also American. There was never any question but that my grandma would be Grandma. Even if she was born in the Old Country and, like all my friends and all their grandparents, spoke with a Yiddish accent. I used to...

  • Autism groups focus on needs of grandparents

    December 18, 2008 | 2:34 am

    When Louise Beckman mentioned Chanukah to her toddler granddaughter two years ago, the child's repeated response was: "No presents."

    Beckman felt rejected.

    Her granddaughter, who was diagnosed with autism, has improved her ability to communicate with others due to early intervention...

  • Siblings show they have write stuff

    By Sharon Schatz Rosenthal

    March 8, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    As they practiced their haftorah portions, perfected their speeches and sent out invitations, Daniel and Lauren Deitch felt something was missing from their b'nai mitzvah preparations: Grandma Julie.

    The Deitches' grandmother, a Holocaust survivor, had promised to attend their Dec....

  • What Bergen-Belsen Taught Us

    By Menachem Z. Rosensaft

    April 28, 2005 | 8:00 pm

     

    On Sunday, April 17, hundreds of Holocaust survivors from around the world, along with their children and grandchildren, gathered on the site of the German concentration camp of Bergen-Belsen to observe the 60th anniversary of the camp’s liberation. I was privileged to...

  • Family Time

    By Howard Nemetz

    February 24, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    I recently returned from Florida, where I spent the Kwanzaa break (I've coined a new name for the winter break that I hope will sweep the nation) with my parents. Actually, they used to be my parents. Now they're my son's grandparents. I was once my mother's middle child, her...

  • Keep Grandparents’  Legacy Alive

    By Jeanette Bergelson

    August 5, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    What is our role in the interfaith family unit? We are not just the grandparents; we are the Jewish grandparents. Their other grandparents are Christian, Muslim, Hindu or of another faith. Even when grandchildren are not raised within any particular faith, this is how we will be...

  • On Shabbat, Stay Cool as a Cucumber

    By Lisa J. Solomon

    August 5, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Miami is hot. In the summer, even sometimes in the winter, the air arches off the streets radiating heat circles that bend but do not break as you walk though them, slowly, slowly.

    My grandparents, Oma and Opa, bought an apartment in Miami Beach that my family of eight piled into for...

  • A Blessing for the Father

    By Rabbi Eli Hecht

    June 17, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    A few months ago I flew from Long Beach to Brooklyn. It was a long, sad and lonely trip. A few days earlier, my mother had turned 82 years old and was looking forward to a special birthday, when tragedy struck. A fire broke out in her home. Quickly, her life was taken by fire and...

  • Do Party Invites Right

    By J. G. Friedman

    March 11, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Invitations? Eliminate the possible problems way ahead of time. Have you asked your parents and your in-laws to give you a list? When you do, give them a number. When you ask for a list of 30 from each side, it is so much better than receiving 50 from one set of parents and 100 from...

  • Kerry’s Jewish Roots

    By Peter Ephross

    February 6, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    First it was then-Secretary of State Madeleine Albright. Next it was Gen. Wesley Clark, the supreme allied commander of NATO during the war in Kosovo. Now it's Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry whose Jewish roots are being reported.

    Kerry? The Massachusetts senator, the...

  • A Modern Grandfather

    By Tom Tugend

    August 21, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    A Modern Grandfather

    By Tom Tugend, Contributing Editor

    They don't make grandparents like they usedto.

    Time was when the doddering old dears couldn't imagine a greaterthrill than having the grandkids over and spoiling them rotten.

    Nowadays, a phone conversation is more likely to go like...