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Jodi Shapiro

Posted by Elyse in Updates

Elyse, Your project sounds like a noteworthy one. We are very proud that you have decided to do this as part of you becoming a Bat Mitzvah. Jodi Shapiro Sincerely , Jodi Shapiro   Jodi L. ShapiroExecutive Assistant     Los Angeles Museum of the…

Josh Stein

Posted by Elyse in Updates

Mazel tov on your bat mitzvah and for your vision to organize this important project. I received your email to the Jewish Federation of Greater Portland (Oregon) and we wish you much success with your efforts. I am sure that great things will come about…

Stuart Berger

Posted by Elyse in Updates

Elyse:  Sounds like a wonderful project. I have forwarded this on the our local Jewish Press. Hopefully, they will do an article. I will also mention this site at upcoming meetings.  Shalom, and good luck with your Bat-Mitzvah!  Stuart BergerJewish Federation of Pinellas/Pasco Counties

Lital Beer

Posted by Elyse in Updates

Dear Elyse, I would like to congratulate you on your beautiful and meaningful Bat-Mitzvah project. Your website is a great example for what can be done by the third and fourth generations in order to commemorate the stories of Holocaust survivors. I wish you the…

Elizabeth Kirkley Best

Posted by Elyse in Updates

Dear Elyse, What a fine project.  I’ll keep an eye on your progress and see if I can’t link to your site for the benefit of my readers. E.K.Best Elizabeth Kirkley Best PhD Web Director

Elise Bodenheimer

Posted by Elyse in Updates

What a wonderful project!   My father’s great-grandfather was Jacob Bodenheimer, who came to this country as a stowaway from Germany in the 1820’s.  His parents were Simeon Bodenheimer and Magdalena Baum Bodenheimer of Niderhochstad in the Kingdom of Bagern.  Jacob Bodenheimer was the first…

_At My Bar Mitzvah-Theirs

Posted by Elyse in Poems

AT MY BAR MITZVAH-THEIRS � When I was thirteen, I became Bar Mitzvah, When they were thirteen, they became Bar Mitzvah When I was thirteen, my teachers taught me – to put Tefillin on my arm. When they were thirteen, their teachers taught them –…

_Helen Gerson

Posted by Elyse in Stories

Written by Jack Lansky of Atlanta, Georgia, for his Aunt. Jack gave this tribute on May 5, 2005 – he was 16 years old when he wrote this speech. My Aunt, Helen Gerson is a survivor. In the literal sense she survived over 6 years…

_Hilda Fogelson

Posted by Elyse in Stories

Survival and Tolerance: My Omama I have always known that my Omama, (grandma in German) a quiet, 80-year old woman living alone Los Angeles, had escaped Nazi Germany as a young child. I never truly knew the depth of my grandma’s emotions until she spoke…

Lea Evron

Posted by Elyse in Stories

My Grandma has so many incredible stories about growing up in Poland during the Holocaust. This is one of my favorites because it is so unbelievable: When my grandma was a little girl, she and her mother went into hiding in the home of a…

www.ivolunteerny.com

Posted by Elyse in Updates

Hey everyone, Shabbat Sholom! I just recently recieved an e-mail from a woman named Sheva Tauby from .www.ivolunteerny.com. She runs a website where volunteers go to holocaust survivors homes and they give them assistance and spend time with them. She sent me an e-mail telling…

Irving Beinstock

Posted by Elyse in Stories

Where were you from?  I was from Germany, Dortmund How did you know you were going to have to leave your home?  I knew I was going to have to leave my home because people were coming to rescue my father and take him to…

Max Bodenheimer Story

Posted by Elyse in Stories

I was born in Hesse-Darmstadt in 1928. I started school in 1934; in as much as Jews could no longer go to public schools at the time, the Jewish community started 2 Jewish schools (one orthodox and one reform). On Kristallnacht both synagogues went up…

Ruth Bloch

Posted by Elyse in Updates

My bat mitzvah project was in the Baltimore Times and a very nice woman contacted me telling me about her story (you can find her story under Ruth Bloch Story).   She told me that she was afraid that no one would remember her story and…

Ruth Bloch Story

Posted by Elyse in Stories

I was born in Zagreb, Croatia May 24th, 1937. My mother was born Erna Berger in 1909 and became Erna Kohn when she married my father. It is very hard for me to recollect the true facts of all that happened, as I was only…

There is a great story by his granddaughter Devra

Posted by Elyse in Updates

Hi everyone. There is a really great story titled “A Special Bond” written by Edward Blonder’s granddaughter Devra Jaffe that can be found on the following website: http://teenink.com/Nonfiction/article/16824/A-Special-Bond/ I couldn’t figure out how to post the story here on my blog – sorry

From Jaslo to Staten Island, NY – Edward Blonder Story

Posted by Elyse in Stories

(This story was originally published on the website for the Forest Hill Jewish Center at http://www.foresthilljewishcentre.com/news_views_view.asp?id=11&category=6&CatName=Jaslo%20Testimonials) Born to a family of two girls and six boys, Edward Blonder was the family’s sole survivor of the Holocaust. Fortunately for us, he documented his story, which his…

Some more information on the other Elise Bodenheimer

Posted by Elyse in Updates

Hey everyone, The other Elise Bodenheimer lives in Alabama and wrote to me giving me some info on her family history.  Her dad’s great grandfather was Jacob Bodenheimer who came to America in the 1820’s.  He was one of the first Jewish settlers in Shreveport Louisiana and there might…

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