The Good Life

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

From Ohio To The Old City

It takes a retirement village for an Israel bar mitzvah.
07/20/2010 - 20:00



It was a bar mitzvah for the ages — or, rather, the aged.

A handful of residents from an Ohio retirement community visited Israel for a 12-day mission culminating in a group bar mitzvah in Jerusalem’s Old City.

For some of the octogenarians at Cedar Village in Mason, near Cincinnati, it was their first bar/bat mitzvah.

“I never dreamed this could happen to me,” said Ethel Regberg, 86, who was among those celebrating their first bar/bat mitzvah. Her husband, Paul, 87, had a bar mitzvah, too.

How To Retire, Happily

Ten tips from the Sun Belt on staying active, fit and appreciated.
07/20/2010 - 20:00

 Scottsdale, Ariz. — Most working stiffs imagine retired life to be heaven. But not everyone who has been there would agree.

“A life of incessant recreation and indolence is enough to drive any business entity like you or me mad after 3.5 years,” columnist Stanley Bing wrote in the June 23, 2006 issue of Forbes. “No, in order to make your ostensibly golden years work for you, you have to pursue a strategic plan as rigorous as any you implement when your hair was as full and bushy as your ambitions.” 

Scottsdale, Ariz., is one of the Sun Belt destinations drawing retirees.

Have Guitar (And Family), Will Travel

Staff Writer
07/20/2010 - 20:00

 Among the recent arrivals to Israel is Harvey Brooks, 65, a well-known bass guitar player who once played alongside such musical legends as Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix, the Doors and B.B. King. He says he caught the Zionist bug from his wife of 21 years, who for years took her daughters to Israel on backpacking trips and whose eldest daughter now lives here.

Through repeated visits, he became comfortable in Israel, and last summer he and his wife made aliyah from Tuscon, Ariz.

Following The Kids To Israel?

There’s a push on to recruit the parents of those making aliyah.
Israel Correspondent
07/20/2010 - 20:00

 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
07/20/2010 - 20:00

 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
07/20/2010 - 20:00

 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.
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