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Our siblings and parents all had other plans this year, so we hosted our own vegetarian Thanksgiving dinner. Read more... )
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Our siblings and parents all had other plans this year, so we hosted our own vegetarian Thanksgiving dinner. Read more... )
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I made travel reservations for our trip to Jacksonville in late January/early February for our nephew's bar mitzvah. Airfare, car rental & hotel will cost $1161. I would not for a minute consider not going; Benjamin's parent's divorce has been hard on him, and he needs the support, as do his siblings and my brother (who volunteered me to chant twenty lines of Torah--he emailed me a wav file of the trope, but I have yet to start practicing). We're not looking forward to it (see my impressions from our last trip to Jacksonville) but hope we'll enjoy some of it.
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I made travel reservations for our trip to Jacksonville in late January/early February for our nephew's bar mitzvah. Airfare, car rental & hotel will cost $1161. I would not for a minute consider not going; Benjamin's parent's divorce has been hard on him, and he needs the support, as do his siblings and my brother (who volunteered me to chant twenty lines of Torah--he emailed me a wav file of the trope, but I have yet to start practicing). We're not looking forward to it (see my impressions from our last trip to Jacksonville) but hope we'll enjoy some of it.
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We did not have to chose between mountains/forest vs. sea shore on this vacation. Yesterday we did both. We hiked a challenging trail on a hill/mountain just southwest of the Foxwoods Casino and the Pequot Indian Museum (we visited the latter years ago & is worth a trip on its own) and then drove to the shore and walked along the Southington Borough waterfront after which we drove to Westerly, RI for a swordfish dinner. Today we spent several hundred dollars at the Tanger Outlet in Westbrook, CT. Shoshana bought six pairs of shoes, a dress, shorts, a top, and I bought a pair of boots ($55 reduced from $110), a pair of sandals, pants, and a short sleeve polo shirt (we both also bought underwear and socks). We dined at The Seaman's Inn in Mystic where we sat outside and listened to a jazz duet (guitar and acoustic bass). Tomorrow we'll have lunch with my in-laws and pick up our niece Naomi with whom we'll return to Brooklyn, and on Thursday and Friday Shoshana will show her around the big city including a performance of Avenue Q Thursday night while I print out and mail more copies of [livejournal.com profile] bethr's and my IAMB book proposal and sample chapters (the latter beautifully designed by [livejournal.com profile] chanaleh). On shabbat Naomi will go to shul with us and afterward her dad will join us for an afternoon in Coney Island before taking Naomi home.
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We did not have to chose between mountains/forest vs. sea shore on this vacation. Yesterday we did both. We hiked a challenging trail on a hill/mountain just southwest of the Foxwoods Casino and the Pequot Indian Museum (we visited the latter years ago & is worth a trip on its own) and then drove to the shore and walked along the Southington Borough waterfront after which we drove to Westerly, RI for a swordfish dinner. Today we spent several hundred dollars at the Tanger Outlet in Westbrook, CT. Shoshana bought six pairs of shoes, a dress, shorts, a top, and I bought a pair of boots ($55 reduced from $110), a pair of sandals, pants, and a short sleeve polo shirt (we both also bought underwear and socks). We dined at The Seaman's Inn in Mystic where we sat outside and listened to a jazz duet (guitar and acoustic bass). Tomorrow we'll have lunch with my in-laws and pick up our niece Naomi with whom we'll return to Brooklyn, and on Thursday and Friday Shoshana will show her around the big city including a performance of Avenue Q Thursday night while I print out and mail more copies of [livejournal.com profile] bethr's and my IAMB book proposal and sample chapters (the latter beautifully designed by [livejournal.com profile] chanaleh). On shabbat Naomi will go to shul with us and afterward her dad will join us for an afternoon in Coney Island before taking Naomi home.
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The bar-mitzvah was lovely. Gilad is a sweet affectionate kid. His older brother reads Hebrew with an Israeli accent, but Gilad reads Hebrew with a Spanish accent (their mom and step-father live in Barcelona; they were born in Israel where their dad, my cousin, lives).

The Gatsby like Shelter Island party was pleasanter this year (less drinking and the food courses were served in stages instead of all at once). Gilad's aunt and uncle's marriage appears to be in trouble--their high functioning autistic son (who also has muscular dystrophy) will be 13 in a year, and if they're still together we may do this evening bar-mitzvah and next day party again next year.

The drive from Greenport to Orient Point was scenic, and the ferry ride to New London was pleasant. We had sunny weather and sat on the sun deck which gives a real feeing of water travel. The hotel is fine, but they charge for broadband (but even so it's still a good value). Today we'll go hiking and tomorrow shopping.
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The bar-mitzvah was lovely. Gilad is a sweet affectionate kid. His older brother reads Hebrew with an Israeli accent, but Gilad reads Hebrew with a Spanish accent (their mom and step-father live in Barcelona; they were born in Israel where their dad, my cousin, lives).

The Gatsby like Shelter Island party was pleasanter this year (less drinking and the food courses were served in stages instead of all at once). Gilad's aunt and uncle's marriage appears to be in trouble--their high functioning autistic son (who also has muscular dystrophy) will be 13 in a year, and if they're still together we may do this evening bar-mitzvah and next day party again next year.

The drive from Greenport to Orient Point was scenic, and the ferry ride to New London was pleasant. We had sunny weather and sat on the sun deck which gives a real feeing of water travel. The hotel is fine, but they charge for broadband (but even so it's still a good value). Today we'll go hiking and tomorrow shopping.
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As you may know, today is holocaust rememberance day in Israel. For a summary of how the end came to the Jews of Drohitchin (my grandmother's home town), see the on line English translation of the Drohitchin Memorial Book

For a profile of my great great grandfather

and my great grandparents

The latter article seems to translate my grandmother's name Fanny from the Yiddish as Penny. I am grateful that my great grandparents had the good sense to emigrate to the USA.
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As you may know, today is holocaust rememberance day in Israel. For a summary of how the end came to the Jews of Drohitchin (my grandmother's home town), see the on line English translation of the Drohitchin Memorial Book

For a profile of my great great grandfather

and my great grandparents

The latter article seems to translate my grandmother's name Fanny from the Yiddish as Penny. I am grateful that my great grandparents had the good sense to emigrate to the USA.
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My great-aunt Leah died this morning. I'm glad she is no longer suffering. The funeral will be on Sunday.

On Wednesday I made arrangements for her transfer on Thursday from Montefiore Hospital to hospice care at the Jewish Home and Hospital. Thursday morning my parents came home from vacation, and they agreed with my decision. I asked my mom today if she thought I made the correct decisions in their absence, to which she replied, "oh David, you're my angel."

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