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Ian Plaskoff’s Bar Mitzvah project

On May 5, 2018, Ian Plaskoff became a bar mitzvah at Congregation Beth El Zedeck. One important lesson from his Torah portion, Be’har was that when we give tzedakah, we must not be thinking about what we will receive in return. We are simply to help others for the sake of helping out. As part […]

Words and thoughts matter

When I first started writing more than 15 years ago, I expressed words matter – those we speak, write and even those we think have ramifications. Therefore my goal for the newspaper was to publish more words that heal and fewer words that hurt. I wrote about the emotional effects of words of encouragement, praise, […]

Lessons from the Sidewalk

By Miriam L. Zimmerman From Concerts to Sidewalks: Remembering the Holocaust “About suffering they were never wrong, The old Masters: how well they understood Its human position: how it takes place While someone else is eating or opening a window or just walking dully along…” from “Musée des Beaux Arts” by W. H. Auden. While […]

3rd annual gathering for children and grandchildren of Holocaust survivors

Holocaust Memorial Center: 28123 Orchard Lake Road, Farmington Hills, Michigan 48334 Adat Shalom Synagoge: 29901 Middlebelt Road, Farmington Hills, Michigan 48334 It is important for everyone to RSVP to Rosa as shown on the flyer

The German-Jewish Cookbook review

By Tracie Mrakich My late father, Kurt Freudenthal, immigrated with his family to the United States from Mannheim, Germany in 1939. Arriving in New York City on the SS Noordam, they continued their journey to Richmond, Ind., where their sponsor, an aunt, lived. Eventually, my grandparents moved to the Washington Heights neighborhood of NYC (upper […]

Helen Farkas – A day in the life

By Miriam L. Zimmerman A day in the life of a Holocaust educator: Jan. 28, 2014. Today, I must pick up Helen Farkas to take her to Mercy High School in San Francisco, where she will talk about her experiences in the Holocaust. Auschwitz survivor, speaker, and author of the memoir, Remember the Holocaust, at […]

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Tzedekah – Righteous Acts

Over winter break my brother Benzion’s oldest son and his wife traveled by van for a one day visit from Buffalo, N.Y., with six of their seven children for a family reunion. In a conversation with my niece, I told her about this column below that we had published. On the Subway By Aryeh Ben […]

Moral Imperative to ask, “Why?”

Holocaust Educator By Dr. Miriam L. Zimmerman Spouses of Holocaust educators are accustomed to schlepping to Holocaust programs and organizations throughout the year. This was to be my weekend, proclaimed my husband, Richard, in advance. Thus, I got to call the shots at my 50th college reunion at Northwestern University (NU) in Evanston, Ill. First […]