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Brzostek Rediscovers Its Jewish Past

8 Adar 5769 – March 4, 2009
The mayor of Brzostek, a Galician shtetl to the east of Tarnow and not far from Pilzno, has recently agreed to restore the memory of the Jews to his town. The Jewish cemetery is to be fenced and a monument erected there, and an additional plaque in memory of the Jews who used to live there is to be unveiled in the town center. The plaque will be unveiled and the cemetery rededicated in a ceremony to take place on Sunday June 14, 2009.

Orthodox In The ‘Wild West’: Samuel Abraham and Miriam Kobey

It was in 1859, according to the Central City Colorado History & Historic Facts website, that "John Gregory discovered 'The Gregory Lode' in a gulch near Central City. Within two weeks, the gold rush was on and within two months the population grew to 10,000 people seeking their fortunes.

Warning: Hating Jews May Be Hazardous To Your Health

In many countries around the world it is required by law to put warning labels on products, activities or places that can cause injury or death. Thus the labels of many medications and foods or items, such as cigarettes and alcoholic beverages, contain strong warnings on them saying that they are harmful. Likewise beaches that are unsafe to swim in due to a strong current, lack of a lifeguard, or high bacterial count also have signs posted cautioning people not to go swimming. Hospital rooms that contain radioactive products have signs warning about entering.

Networking For That Job

3 Adar 5769 – February 27, 2009
This past week the national unemployment rate reached 7.5 percent, and many of you are wondering, "How do I find a job in these turbulent times?" There is no quick fix solution; however, I can share with you what people who are conducting successful job searches are doing.

Job Hunting In The 21st Century

1 Adar 5769 – February 25, 2009
Imagine yourself a business owner who provides an incredible service; however the market is saturated with your Competition. What's more, customers have no clue about the value of what you have to offer; it's as if you don't exist.

My Answer (Part 3)

The last few articles have dealt with advice that an experienced caregiver can pass on to someone who is new at it. The articles were prompted by a letter I received from a former caregiver who was trying to help out a friend who recently found herself in a similar caregiving situation.

News From Poland

In recent years The Foundation for the Preservation of Jewish Heritage in Poland has been active in preservation work throughout Poland. They work with local and international groups, as well as individuals, in reclaiming and maintaining Jewish communal property in places where there is no Jewish community. Their website, http://fodz.pl/?d=1&l=en is full of useful information as well as links to other important sites.

My Answer (Part 2)

24 Shevat 5769 – February 18, 2009
Last week I began my response to a letter I received from a former caregiver, Mrs. D. She had befriended a well spouse in a different city who was in a somewhat similar care- giving situation and wanted to help her.

Cheder Center In Krakow

I am constantly asked if there are things to do in Poland other then those that are Holocaust related.

Cheder Center In Krakow

I am constantly asked if there are things to do in Poland other then those that are Holocaust related.

My Answer (Part 1)

17 Shevat 5769 – February 11, 2009
Last week I published a letter I received from a former caregiver, Mrs. D. She had befriended a well spouse - a friend's mother who was in a different city and was in a somewhat similar care-giving situation, and she wanted to help her. They spent much time speaking by phone, and Mrs. D. made herself available to her new friend whenever she needed to talk.

The Lament Of The Unborn Children

I wrote a version of the poem below many years ago, before the term "shidduch crisis" came into vogue.

A Letter To Seek Help For A Friend’s Mother, Coping With A Disabled Husband

10 Shevat 5769 – February 4, 2009
Dear Ms. Novick, I have been reading your column in The Jewish Press for quite a while and enjoy it very much. It has been very helpful. For many years, my mother, a"h, lived with us while she was going blind from glaucoma and becoming demented from Alzheimer's. G-d bless my wonderful husband and family for helping to love and care for her. She was nifteres last month.

Benefit For The Museum Of Jewish History In Poland

On January 14 the North American Council for the Museum of the History of Polish Jews held an evening of theater in support of the Museum.

Gershom Kursheedt And Sir Moses Montefiore

Last month's Glimpses column, "The Man Who Brought Judah Touro Back To Judaism," discussed how legendary philanthropist Judah Touro's return to religious observance was influenced by Gershom Kursheedt (1817-1863). Kursheedt also convinced Touro to leave considerable sums of money to support many Jewish causes.

When What Looks Like Dementia Is Really Something Else

3 Shevat 5769 – January 28, 2009
The moment we can't remember where we put our keys, or the few seconds it takes to try to remember where we parked our car causes fear in everyone that I know who is over 50.

Tu b’Shevat: The Wonder Of Creation

So many of Judaism's festivals are marked by solemnity, but Tu b'Shevat enhances our calendar with a delightful holiday that everyone can enjoy.

Can Too Much ‘Pressure’ Turn You Into An Ostrich?

In my case, the answer to the above question is, "Yes, too much pressure (in my case blood pressure) led me to indulge in not so smart (actually stupid) "avoidance" behavior.

Germany To Pay For Auschwitz Conservation

Since the end of the Shoah there has been a debate of what to do with the various death camps in Poland. Today more then 60 years after the end of the Holocaust the debate continues.

A Gift For A Well Spouse

25 Tevet 5769 – January 21, 2009
A well spouse often has so many roles and responsibilities that even those closest to her don't always see them all.

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