The Good Life

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.

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
07/20/2010 - 20:00

 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?

07/20/2010 - 20:00

The Good Life

Linking the younger and older generations, from here to Israel.
07/20/2010 - 20:00

The Good Life 2009

Staff Writer
12/07/2009 - 19:00
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