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OUR FAMILY’S DOCTOR

OUR FAMILY’S DOCTOR is retiring. After 25 years of service to Givat Ze’ev, and 45 years in the profession, Dr. Rafael (Rafi) Hamburger, 71, was to have seen his last patient at the end of March. Ever since our aliyah in the summer of 1997, Dr. Hamburger has been there for our family—all seven of us. He treated our kids ... Read More »

SHALOM & WELLNESS

IT’S ONE OF the most essential words in the Jewish vocabulary: Shalom. It’s our greeting to one another—particularly on the weekly holy day of Shabbat. It’s a recurring theme in prayer and sacred texts. And it’s the final word to our most cherished blessing from G-d found in the Torah: “May God grant you shalom” (Num. 6:26). More than peace ... Read More »

WHEN TIME LEAVES A SHADOW

THE JEWISH AGENCY of Boston matched me with a Russian immigrant family after the collapse of the Iron Curtain. The father, Leonid, had been a nuclear physicist in Moscow. His non-Jewish wife, Larissa, was an accountant but in those early American days, she sewed for a tailor in Boston’s North End. Their only child, eight year old Ariola, was already ... Read More »

JEWISH COUNSELING & REFERRAL NETWORK

HOW DO YOU spell relief? JCRN—the Jewish Counseling and Referral Network’s goal is to find the help you need. Many people, however, are unfamiliar with this service from Jewish Federation SGPV so I spoke to Kim Banaji, Program and Community Outreach Coordinator as well as Executive Director, Jason Moss and Jennifer R. Levin, a Pasadena-based grief counselor, to learn more. ... Read More »

TO 120! AND BEYOND?

When someone has a birthday, we Jews typically say, “To 120!” As in, “may you live until 120!” As in, “this is great cake, and I could go for at least 120 more servings.” It’s meant as a show of affection. A phrase that links the birthday boy to our biblical understanding of old, old age. But in a few ... Read More »

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