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Czestochowa Jews And Their Descendants Meet On Sukkot (Continued from last week)

An exhibit commemorating the Jewish community of Czestochowa, which has been traveling the world for the past two years, culminated in the gathering of more than 200 people who went there for a special reunion during Sukkot. These remnants and descendants of a community of more than 30,000 came from the U.S., Israel, South America, Australia and Europe.

Let Me Tell You What You Need To Do (Part Two)

Last week I began sharing a well-intentioned letter that was e-mailed to a well spouse and her hospitalized husband.

Misfocusing On Mel

This summer there was a big hue and cry over the anti-Jewish rants uttered by a very drunk Mel Gibson after he was stopped by police for driving like a ...drunk - out of control, with an inability to think and judge clearly.

World Society Of Czestochowa Jews And Their Descendants Meet In Poland

During Chol Hamoed Sukkot the sound of singing in a sukkah was heard in Czestochowa for the first time since the Shoah.

Let Me Tell You What You Need To Do! (Part One)

People, with the utmost concern and caring, tend to give advice. And to them the advice makes sense, eminent sense.

Back To Poland

On Yom Kippur, I was in Kiev after having participated in the commemorations at Babi Yar.

Death Of A Spouse (Part Six – Practicalities)

When I met with recently widowed well spouses, who were kind enough to share their feelings with me, they were also very eager to share practical things they did that help make their transition to being widowed easier.

Early Caribbean Jewish Communities (Part I)

Places like Barbados, Curacao, Jamaica, Tobago, the Lesser Antilles, and St. Eustatia probably conjure up, in the minds of many Jewish Press readers, visions of vacation resorts.

Death Of A Spouse: Part Five – Shiva

The tradition of sitting shiva is a great help with grieving. For many people shiva is a buffer that helps you cope immediately with your tremendous grief.

Trip To Ukraine And Poland

As of Tzom Gedalia, Sept. 25, I will be on a trip to Ukraine and Poland.

Death Of A Spouse: Part Four – The Burial

Because of the nature of chronic illness, the spouse will often be hospitalized or in a nursing home when it is time to depart this world.

Helping Yourself Get Inscribed In The Book Of Life

The Days of Awe are quickly approaching, a time that we focus on what the future will hold for our families and us.

Polish Leaders In New York And Israel

Last week, President Lech Kaczynski of Poland visited Israel, where he participated in many events in support of Israel and the Jewish community in Poland.

Death Of A Spouse: Part Three – The Rehearsals

When a spouse is chronically ill, chances are you may be called to the hospital several times in the course of the illness, to say goodbye.

Report From Foundation For The Preservation Of The Jewish Heritage In Poland

For the last two weeks I have written about cemetery restoration in Poland. This week I present a report from the Foundation for the Preservation of the Jewish Heritage in Poland, which has done tremendous work in the field. The first half of 2006 has been a busy time for the Foundation for the Preservation of the Jewish Heritage in Poland. The Foundation has cleared up ten Jewish cemeteries and fenced four of them, erected monuments or memorial plaques commemorating pre-war Jewish communities in five towns and is currently restoring four synagogues.

Death Of A Spouse: Part Two – Preparing

Many well spouses are alone even though they are married. Their partners often cannot participate in the things they loved to do.

Your Choice, Your Life

I recently received an e-mail from a woman who, based on her skillful command of English, is surely a North American living in Israel.

The Four Mass Graves In Czestochowa

I recently interviewed a Holocaust survivor who was present as the Russian army entered the town of Czetachowa.

Death Of A Spouse: Part One – The Feelings

People are often surprised when they see some well spouses after the death of their partners.

Jacob Mordecai: Pioneer In Women’s Education

There was a time when it was thought unnecessary to give women an academic education equal to the one given to men.

Once Loneliness Strikes And You’re Unprepared

Last week, in a response to a letter, I wrote about preparing for loneliness.

A Vow To A Fallen Soldier

In memory of the chayalim of the IDF whose lives were prematurely snuffed out when they still had so much living to do.

Cemetery Restoration And Preservation

Last week's conference on Jewish genealogy in New York featured many sessions dealing with the issues of tracing Jewish lineage.

Preparing For The Loneliness

It is important to remember that there is only one person on this earth with whom you'll spend the rest of your life.

Po-Lin

While most of Europe is critical of Israel's war against Hizbullah, the country that most Jews think of being the most anti-Semitic is hosting a group of Israeli youth from northern Israel to ease their trauma.

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