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  • July 4 in Latvia

    July 17, 2013 | 2:03 pm

    July 4 is a great holiday to celebrate and to observe.  I have spent July 4 in many different places, among my favorite are at Dodger Stadium, at the beach for fireworks, or at a BBQ with family and friends.  Some of the other more memorable ones have been in Palo Alto for the 1994...

  • On restitution, a rundown of where they stand in Eastern Europe

    December 3, 2012 | 2:16 pm

    The following is a rundown of some Eastern European countries and where they stand on restitution:

    Poland: Has not enacted any form of private restitution or compensation for an estimated $30.5 billion worth of property confiscated by the Nazis, then the communists. The Jewish...

  • The Survivor Mitzvah Project’s Latvia and Lithuania Humanitarian Aid Expedition

    January 20, 2012 | 11:30 am

    Survivor Mitzvah

    The Survivor Mitzvah Project’s
    2011 – 2012
    Latvia and Lithuania
    Humanitarian Aid Expedition

    Follow Zane Buzby and the SMP as they deliver emergency aid
    and supplies to elderly Holocaust survivors.

    Watch The Survivor Mitzvah Project in action as they send video updates...

  • HOOTERS, children and me being the greatest parent that ever lived…

    By Julia Bendis

    January 3, 2012 | 12:56 pm

    Yesterday was the last day of my children’s freedom, and incidentally the last day of my imprisonment.  As I counted down the dwindling hours of winter break, I was also counting down the hours till my head was going to stop throbbing and my voice would sound human again (oppose to a...

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  • The Russian way of educating children.

    By Julia Bendis

    November 15, 2011 | 10:40 am

    A distant memory came to mind the other day.  Back in Russia, well technically it was in Riga, Latvia my parents decided to get my brother and I English lessons in the anticipation of our future move to the United States.  This was about a year before we actually immigrated, so we...

  • A Soviet Passover…

    By Julia Bendis

    April 18, 2011 | 3:07 pm

    How do you prepare for Passover when the rest of the world doesn’t stop to observe it?  When the rest of the world takes a break for Christian holidays, and people have time to cook and prepare for a religious celebration, do they realize how much it sucks to be a Jew, a Muslim or...

  • 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...

  • Decals on my car - don’t want any!

    By Julia Bendis

    February 10, 2011 | 11:45 am

    Does having a decal of children, dogs and your entire family on your car make you a better Mom?  And more importantly, does NOT having one make me a bad Mom?

    I was pondering that question as I sat in traffic on the 405 freeway the other day.  As usual, I was stuck behind a Minivan...

  • Love among many splendored things at Baltics Limmud

    By Michael J. Jordan

    March 8, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    Inna Lapidus and Boris Kinber have been etched in the lore of Baltic Jewry.

    Activists are pointing to them not only as prime examples of Jewish revival, but of efforts to unify the small ex-Soviet communities of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia.

    It was two years ago that Lapidus,...

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