The Good Life

No Bull, These Grandparents Are Tough

Unlikely couple gets knocked around but draws a following on popular Israeli endurance-based reality TV show.
Israel Correspondent
07/16/2013 - 20:00

Jerusalem — When Andrea Simantov, a divorced mother of six, and Ronney Zaltzman, a widowed father of two, got married in Jerusalem in May 2011, they promised to live their lives with a sense of wonder and adventure.

Ronney Zaltzman and Andrea Simantov became unexpected TV stars after competing in Israel’s version of “The Amazing Race.”

The Good Life July 2013

Forever Young Advice from an anti-aging guru, Israeli grandparents in Israel’s “Amazing Race,” dating in your 70s, and more.
07/16/2013 - 20:00
The Good Life July 2013

Keeping In Touch, At A Distance

Ways to alleviate emotional distress when families are in crisis.
Staff Writer
07/25/2011 - 20:00

Boca Raton, Fla. — When Ben Schwartz’s mother died at home in Australia, he flew to the funeral from his home in Israel but could not afford the airfare for his wife and five children. So while sitting shiva, Schwartz, not his real name, jotted down the names and comments of those who visited so he could share them each evening with his wife and children at home.

“Oceans Apart” author Rochel Berman, center, with workshop presenters Hindy Rubin and Anita Stern Heering.

Homeland For The Jewish Soul

As the number of delis decline and newfangled ones embrace sustainability, of all things, a nostalgic look back at the heyday of a New York institution.
Special To The Jewish Week
07/25/2011 - 20:00

Growing up in Great Neck in the 1970s and ’80s, I listened eagerly to my mother and her cousin Marcia reminiscing about working Sunday evenings waiting tables and busing dishes in Kaufman’s Deli, which was Uncle Herbie’s place on Division Avenue in Williamsburg. I heard about the hustle and bustle, the interactions between the working class customers and the wise-cracking old Jewish waiters, the kibitzing at the deli counter with the jocular countermen in their paper hats.

The staff at Katz’s Deli, circa 1940s: Overstuffed sandwiches and Jewish solidarity. Marlene Katz Padover

The Walk Of Life

For a 101-year-old Brooklynite, the secret to longevity is her strolling regimen.
Special To The Jewish Week
07/25/2011 - 20:00

‘I’m just an ordinary person,” said Lillian Silverman, 101, who celebrated her July 4th birthday (twice) this month. Born in Brownsville, and a lifelong Brooklyn resident, she walks at least one hour a day in her Borough Park neighborhood. “It’s part of my living — all though the years,” she said.

Fitness comes naturally to Silverman. “I don’t know how to get around except walking. Whoever heard of taking the bus to go to 9th or 10th Avenue?” she said. “I couldn’t think of any other way than walking.”

Lillian Silverman with grandson Alan Jacobson, who shares her July 4th birthday.

A Home For Active Retirees

Developers now targeting younger crowd as trend becomes more widespread.
Israel Correspondent
07/25/2011 - 20:00

Jerusalem — As her husband Gordon’s retirement neared seven years ago, Dorothy Mandelzweig, who made aliyah from South Africa about 20 years ago, began scouting around for a place to retire.

Longtime residents of Rishon Lezion,
southwest of Tel Aviv, the couple sought an affordable home in a retirement community nearby.

The Mandelzweig’s soon came to the conclusion that communities that cater to active seniors tend to be very expensive, especially in the center of the country, so they widened their search.

The Jerusalem Citadel bills itself  as “exclusive retirement living.” It boasts a pool and spa. Photos by Michele Chabin

My Beloved Is Mine — At Last

Activist lesbian grandmothers marry at first opportunity.
Special To The Jewish Week
07/25/2011 - 20:00

When Connie Kurtz and Ruthie Berman met more than a half century ago, they soon became friends in the way of new mothers everywhere, sharing tips on diapers and formula as they strolled with their babies down McDonald Avenue in Brooklyn. Some 14 years later, in a twist that shocked them both, they fell in love. They divorced their husbands, established a home together and became vocal activists for gay rights.

Connie Kurtz, left, and Ruthie Berman during their wedding ceremony Tuesday at CBST. Rabbi Sharon Kleinbaum officiated.

A Wake-up Call For Caregivers

Former Times reporter’s book is generational guide too dealing with aging parents.
Jewish Week Book Critic
07/25/2011 - 20:00

After years of reporting work, Jane Gross came to believe that she was one phone call away from any piece of information that she needed. Still, even after 30 years at The New York Times on the health and aging beat, among others, she found it very difficult to navigate the system of Medicare and other health benefits when she and her brother, who is also a talented writer, became caregivers for their mother. All of their specialized resources and competence proved useless. In an interview, she wonders out loud how, if they couldn’t figure it out, how could others?

In “A Bittersweet Season,” Jane Gross taps into a large societal concern, not often articulated.

The Good Life (July 2011)

New Paths to a New Stage of Life Boomers and Their Aging Parents; Never Too Old for Love; Israel Now Catering to Active Retirees
07/25/2011 - 20:00
The Good Life (July 2011)

The Good Life, July, 2010

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

07/20/2010 - 20:00

Bruce Feiler’s surrogate fathers … Young people connecting with Holocaust survivors … Following the kids to Israel.

The Good Life, July 2010
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