Monthly Archives: June 2012

Dinners in Ivano-Frankivsk

My computer broke down for a bit so I apologize for lack of writing.  Here is a little bit about everyday life in Ukraine.     In a town that used to have 60,000 Jews out of 80,000 inhabitants, Jewish stories permeate … Continue reading

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A moment when the soul smiles…

Rav Sidelnikov and I    Last Friday Rabbi Mendy Vogel sat comfortably in his chair in a large well lit room in Queen’s gate London. He was telling a story of the Jewish people before singing the kiddish, the last … Continue reading

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Ivano-Frankivsk.. or Stanislav of 1942..

It was 1942, and the Jews from Portugal, Spain and England that escaped persecution by way of Poland were among hundreds of thousands living and prospering in the area of conquered Russian Prikarpatye. Inside it was a small city, nearly … Continue reading

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A Ullyssic Journey and a Chance Encounter

I woke up in my clothes with gum on my pants. The bathrooms were dirty and I was running out of clean clothes. There was no breakfast because according to the staff “If you’re not fast-you’re last.” I grabbed my … Continue reading

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GMT

The June London air is brisk like a Ukraine mid fall. I stepped out of the airport early in the morning and once having gotten my bearings got on the tube for Piccadilly circus. I had hoped to have some … Continue reading

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From Katz to Kingston

June 13th I’m sitting in the Underground recollecting the differences between US and UK as I bounce up and down, on the uneven tracks attempting to type.. People here seem just like the people in NY but they talk funny. … Continue reading

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NY and Eldridge

After driving 3000 miles I wasn’t expecting to see Chinese lessons at a synagogue.  Eldridge St. synagogue  stands as a Gothic East European  monument with stained windows and marble walls in what has become New York’s Chinatown. As Jews found … Continue reading

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Where the Sweeds Settled

Driving through the south, you could drive for what seemed like an eternity from rest stop to rest stop and from town to town. In the North, there are always barns and towns and rest stops just a few miles … Continue reading

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Two Days, Seven States, 1500 Miles

Bill and all of his belongings. The road from Houston to Louisiana is pockmarked with little cities unlike the road from El Paso to Houston which is views of prairies and vistas. Large swaths of uninhabited land without water in … Continue reading

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Jewston Houston

I arrived in Sugar Land at 11pm. It was a long  but scenic drive from New Mexico where the flat lands gave way to the mountains as I rounded the bend of Las Cruces and as the rocky desert came … Continue reading

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