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Following The Kids To Israel?

There’s a push on to recruit
the parents of those making aliyah.

Israel Correspondent

 Jerusalem — Aaron Press used to love to watch the ponies run at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore,  home of  the prestigious Preakness Stakes, the second jewel in horse racing’s Triple Crown.

 But, alas, there no are no racetracks in

Israel’s capital city, his new home.

Press, 86, smiles warmly in the apartment he shares here with his son, daughter-in-law and twin grandsons, who made aliyah with him two weeks ago. 

Aaron Press misses watching the thoroughbreds run, but he’s getting used to his new life in Israel. michele chabin

Law Students Aiding A Special Clientele

Hebrew University lawyers-to-be helping
Holocaust survivors through legal morass
to get reparations.

Staff Writer

 Seven decades after she endured four years of unspeakable hunger, freezing temperatures, lice epidemics and perpetual fear of death in the Romanian ghetto of Dej Maturin, Penina Katzir once again felt naked, forced to reopen her wounds from the Shoah and answer the probing questions of an Israeli government-appointed psychiatrist.

Hebrew University law student Liron Mark helped launch a branch of Project La’ad at her school to help survivors through the tan

Words Are Their Bond

Recording histories helps Selfhelp young leaders
connect with Holocaust survivors.

Special To The Jewish Week

 Elisabeth Sudfeld has a love story to tell. Amid the horrors of the Holocaust, concentrations camps and losing her family, she found, lost and later reconnected with her husband Alex. They were married for 60 years. 

Gary Phillips met and fell in love with his wife as the war was ending in a prison in Berlin. She was an Auschwitz survivor and he had been imprisoned for most of the war. They spent the next 58 years together. 

Dori Konig found an unexpected friend in Gary Phillips, 88, after he interviewed him for the Memoirs.

Surrogate Fatherhood

When Bruce Feiler was diagnosed
with bone cancer, he reached out to six
of his friends to play an ongoing role
in his young daughters’ lives.
A gender twist on ‘It Takes a Village.’

Staff Writer

 In the Book of Genesis, Jacob wrestles with an angel one night and comes to a standstill. The angel leaves a mark on Jacob’s thigh to commemorate his struggle. Forever after Jacob walks with a limp. I, too, have a mark on my thigh…

From Bruce Feiler’s Cancer Diary, July 13, 2009


Bruce Feiler’s artistic muses are a pair of birds.

Bruce Feiler’s “The Council of Dads” documents his “lost year,” when cancer sapped his creativity but inspired his latest book.

The Good Life July 2010

Surrogate Fatherhood; How To Retire, Happily; Words Are Their Bond; Have Guitar (And Family), Will Travel; Law Students Aiding A Special Clientele; From Ohio To The Old City; Following The Kids To Israel?


The Good Life

Linking the younger and older generations, from here to Israel.



Staff Writer

 Manhattan’s Most Sophisticated Rental Property –
The Corner at 200 West – Offers 45 Unique Layouts,
Top-of-the-Line Amenities and a 10,000-Square-Foot Roof Terrace.

Rising 20 stories and located on the iconic corner of 72nd Street and Broadway in the heart of the Upper West Side, The Corner at 200 West is Manhattan’s newest and most sophisticated residence, providing a magnetic addition to the luxury rental market. Open just three months, the property has already leased more than 50% of its 196 apartments. 

The Greening Of Apt. 9-D

One Upper West Side family’s experiment in sustainable living.

Special To The Jewish Week

The heat arrived earlier than expected this June with the type of humidity that caused our thoughts to hang inside our heads like a damp heavy cloth. It looked like we were going to have to break our family’s “no air-conditioning” policy, made four years ago at the time almost everyone, including our kids, discovered global warming. As the proprietor of Beacon Hardware waved his hand across the mammoth air conditioner that we would need to cool our apartment, we caught the corner of each other’s eyes. No way. We weren’t going to be defeated, yet.

The author with her husband and two children at East Hill Farm in New Hampshire, which raises and preserves rare breeds of farm

Inside The Gay-by Boom Family

Q&A with Susan Goldberg,
editor of ‘And Baby Makes More.’

Staff Writer

 Susan Goldberg and Chloë Brushwood Rose’s new LGBT parenting anthology “And Baby Makes More: Known Donors, Queer Parents and Our Unexpected Families” (Insomniac Press) is not about Jewish families, per se. However, many of the contributors weave Jewish issues into their stories. 

A freelance writer and blogger (www.mamanongrata.com), co-editor Goldberg and her partner, Rachel, live in Thunder Bay, Ontario, with their two sons, ages 5 and 3. Both boys have the same donor, Rob, who lives in a different city but visits often.


CBST’s ‘Gay-by Boom’

The gay and lesbian synagogue in the Village is, despite
the challenges, welcoming an explosion of children.

Associate Editor

 This fall, when I embarked on a quest to find a Hebrew school for my kids, I did not expect one of the top contenders to be Congregation Beth Simchat Torah.

We are gay-friendly and the proud aunt and uncle of an adorable baby with two mommies. But my husband and I are straight — and CBST, after all, has the distinction of being the world’s largest lesbian-gay-bisexual-transgendered synagogue. 

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