FC: Nomi's Library 60/120 FA-002
1: 60 escudos en mi coba tembel AMIGOCHA! ............... 2 Zahava (Goldy) Hoffman Alphabet Soup .................................................. 3 Paulette Shuster-Kershenovich LA BRUJULA Y EL RADAR ...................................... 4 Isabel Turrent Avioncitos y estrellas .......................................... 6 Vivien von Son Gallut Uno…. Dooooooos…. ............................................ 6 Alejandra Inigo The Sound of Music ............................................ 7 Ana Iversen-Diego MIREN! ............................................................. 7 Paco Diego Nomi’s House .................................................... 8 Craig DeFan Dias en San Diego .............................................. 9 Carlos Padilla Maqueo Lesson 1: Friendship .......................................... 9 Jonathan Fraeulin Stories ............................................................ 9 Michel "Cheech" Emilio Bitar DeFan Welcome ......................................................... 10 Gina Bitar DeFan | You never get a second chance to make .........................10 a first impression! Denise DeFan I learned that you can camp ANYWHERE! ....................... 11 Jan Carlo DeFan Loose Teeth and Gumballs ........................................ 13 Elan Sarah DeFan-Schmassmann Everything is Illuminated ........................................... 14 Ana DeFan A party at Nomi’s house is a real party!!! ...................... 16 Andi Schmassmann Chests and Fingers .................................................. 17 Scott Wagner What you see is what you get ..................................... 18 Judy Stolow Vacaciones con yeso o sin yeso? ................................. 19 Bertica Bibliowicz Leccion en Valentia ................................................. 19 Nicolas y Fanny Grossman Colegio Israelita de Mxico .......................................... 20 Jorge Stolow Brindis a la Amistad .................................................. 21 Familia Breziner Hermano Lob0 (ito) ................................................. 22 Manuel y Beatriz Garcia Una Amistad Feliz .................................................... 23 Mary y Benja Cervantes Una Carta de Agradecimiento ...................................... 24 Alejandro Gastelum | Table of Contents
2: 60 escudos en mi coba tembel AMIGOCHA! Zahava (Goldy) Hoffman La conozco desde los creo 6 o 7 aos en el ken estbamos juntas (si la shomer), fuimos a un montn de majanot juntas y gozamos todas y cada una, pero lo que mas me acuerdo es que cuando ella viva en Israel y yo llegue a los 16 aos a Israel de tiyul me espero en el aeropuerto o no se exactamente donde su sonrisa y me dio mi primer coba tembel (solo el coba lo dems nos las arreglamos solas) y tenia un escudo del de tzahal luego yo lo llene con 60 escudos que fui quitndole a los jayalim y cuando se lo ensee estaba tan contenta de ver ese tembel de coba. A travs de los aos nuestra amistad se fue haciendo mas amigocha como ella me llama su inteligencia su saber como decir las cosas y su amor es algo que me llena me inspira y sobre todo esta que su forma de afrontar todo siempre con la cabeza y el corazn lleno de esperanza eso es algo de admirar. Yo se que para mi Nomi y Beto estn geogrficamente muy lejos pero en el corazn la distancia es de milmetros Y solo quiero decir unas palabra a dios gracias por la mistad de Nomi y Beto me hacen la vida mas fcil y llevadera se que siempre tengo unos amigos a mi lado y quiero decir que ellos son mas que unos amigos son un mundo entero para mi Feliz cumpleaos AMIGOCHA que los prximos 60 sean fciles llenos de salud y no menos amor entre los tuyos (que t propagas y recibes) Te adoro Zahava (Goldy) Hoffman, Israel
3: Alphabet Soup Paulette Shuster-Kershenovich Ever since I can remember I have known Nomi as Essy’s mom, but more than that she has also been like a second mother to me. She has always given me loving advice and stern warnings when I needed them. She has also been a source of admiration and courage. | As a child I recall how she made us spell our names before eating “Alphabet” soup and since my name was the longest I always started last and took forever to finish my lunch (somethings haven’t changed). Or the times she comforted me when I got into “little accidents.” For example, the time we went ice skating and a girl jabbed her skate into my knee and she cleaned me up, held my hand and gave me yummy chocolate until my mom came to pick-me up. Another incident involving hand holding or rather arms holding was when we were just hanging around after one of Essy’s birthday parties and a neighborhood kid crashed his back and literally fell on top of my arm and broke it. Nomi placed my arm between two packs of frozen meat and called my mom. Not just in childhood has Nomi guided me. She gave me tons of great tips when I was pregnant with my twins. There are many more sweet memories involving Nomi and Essy and the whole gang, suffice to say that I grew-up with Nomi by my side and I thank her for it. From Pauletty with eternal love.
4: LA BRUJULA Y EL RADAR. Isabel Turrent. En esos das de mayo del 2005, yo tenia una responsabilidad tremenda. Habia convencido a Alicia y a Israel Korenbrot para que viajaran a Oaxaca conmigo y, a su vez, ellos habian convencido a Nomi, uno de los dos miembros de la familia nuclear que me faltaba conocer, para que viniera con ellos. Apenas instalados en el hotel, me quede huerfana de chofer y, en consecuencia, a cargo del coche. Junto con el, habia adquirido la terrible responsabilidad de transportar a los Korenbrot. Tarea que implicaba saber leer un mapa, tener el minimo sentido de orientacion y saber cual es la “derecha” y cual la “izquierda”, donde estan el Norte, el Sur, el Este y el Oeste. Mi codigo genetico carece de las aptitudes necesarias para absorber esos intrincados conocimientos. Asi que mientras Alicia, Nomi e Israel desayunaban opiparamente a la maana siguiente, examine el mapa al derecho y al reves incapaz de encontrar ni siquiera una via de salida del hotel a la carretera. Cuando Nomi oyo mi predicamento me dijo que me pusiera al volante y me quito el mapa. En dos segundos localizo la calle que conectaba el centro de Oaxaca con la carretera hacia los pueblos que queramos visitar y guiandome por caminos impensados e impensables-desviaciones de tierra, de lodo, piedras sueltas, callejones que atravesaban vias de tren (que por supuesto no estaban en el mapa)-, nos llevo a nuestro destino y de regreso sin vacilar una sola vez. La brujula de Nomi no fallo nunca: a pie o en coche nos llevo durante dias a museos, restaurantes, conventos y pueblitos perdidos. Con o sin mapas dio con tiendas, mercados y espectaculos, con bancos, iglesias y casonas antiguas. Fue perdiendo la voz hasta quedar afonica pero nunca su sentido de la orientacion.
5: La madre natura le habia regalado una brujula certera y misteriosa. Y un radar aun mas enigmatico que, ademas, compartia con sus papas. Aprendi muy pronto a quedarme muy cerquita de alguno de los Korenbrot, porque ellos nunca se perdian, pero yo si. Alicia y Nomi eran capaces de encontrar a Israel en un mercado populoso en segundos; Israel identificaba sin dudar el puesto donde se habian detenido ellas aunque las hubieramos perdido de vista, y Nomi sabia siempre a que museo o iglesia se habian metido sus papas, aunque nosotras vinieramos caminando adelante de ellos y charlando.”Donde se comprara eso?” me pregunte una y otra vez en esos dias oaxaquenos, recordando la infinidad de veces que mis retonos se me habian perdido cuando eran chicos. Nunca encontre la respuesta. Entre moles, ensaladas de nopalitos y tamales, descubri tambien que Nomi tenia una brujula y un radar internos, tan precisos como su sentido de la orientacion topografica. No solo no la oi jamas decir algo que pudiera rayar lo inadecuado en esos dias de convivencia estrecha- donde siempre alguien mete la pata-, sino que encontraba sin prisa ni pausa, lo mejor que se podia decirle a cada uno de los demas. Una conversadora que escuchaba y compartia, suave y valiente, sin recamaras, ni laberintos: se podia hablar con ella de cualquier cosa. El radar que albergaba le permitia ajustarse a cualquier ambiente y circunstancia: estaba igual de contenta viendo a los oaxaquenos zapatear o bailar danzon, que cenando largamente, flotando en una alberca o brincando de puesto en puesto en busca de artesanias y huipiles. Me pregunto por el libro que estaba escribiendo, y le platique. Me prometio que lo presentariamos en San Diego apenas saliera. Y lo presentamos. Pude ver en accion de nuevo la brujula y el radar que le permiten ser creativa y cosechar tanto carino. No creo que la llegada del sesenton los desgaste, asi que es bueno celebrarlo junto con ella. Muchas felicidades Nomi!
6: Uno…. Dooooooos….. Alejandra Inigo Cuando nuestros hijos estaban chiquitos y nosotras estabamos jovenes, yo solia hacer la finta de que contaba hasta tres cuando ya habia advertido a Tania o a Jorge sobre algo que no podian hacer, y Nomi fue testigo algunas veces de estas contadas hasta tres, que he de decir, nunca llegaron a tres, siempre llegaba a doooooos. Una de esas veces Nomi me pregunto –“y si llegas a tres que vas a hacer?” –“La verdad no se”, le conteste. Querida Nomi, afortunadamente nunca llegue a tres, porque todavia ahora no se que hubiera hecho. Que gires por mucho tiempo mas alrededor de nuestro sol hasta que estemos muy viejitas. Mucho carino para ti, Alberto y tus hijos. Alejandra Inigo, mama de los Nacif | Avioncitos y estrellas Vivien von Son Gallut Elegi mi carrera gracias a Nomi y que siempre teniamos que acompaar a nuestros maridos a volar avioncitos y ver estrellas, lindisimo de verdad!!! luego escribo, con cario y mucho aprecio por lo que estas haciendo, Vivian
7: MIREN! Paco Diego Nuestra expedicion a la India en 1995 para otro eclipse total de sol. En la punta de un cerro aislado. Rodeados de gente de las rancherias vecinas, campesinos, mujeres con sus hijos, como 40 de ellos mirando curiosamente nuestro equipo y acciones. Beto, Carlos y yo, registrando el avance de las fases parciales del eclipse. Peter tomando fotografias de campo amplio del cambiante paisaje. La sombra de la luna finalmente oscurece el horizonte. Anillo de diamantes! Que espectaculo maravilloso. Sin embargo.... La voz de Nomi, registrada por nuestras camaras de video nos llega desde atras: MIREN: TODA LA GENTE SE VOLTEO!! Con ese comentario, nos abriste una gran ventana hacia el panorama humano, hacia una realidad que afortunadamente afrontamos desde entonces y para siempre. Gracias Nomi. | The Sound of Music Ana Iversen-Diego Coming to your home as a child I always remember a feeling of belonging. Your house was always filled with love and a real family feel, which was very much dues to Nomi and the amazing relationship your parents have. If I watch The Sound of Music I think of my childhood at your house! Family, family family! Los Levy- si uno tiene que buscar un buen ejemplo de valores familiares pienso Levy. Siempre he sentido que Nomi y Beto son como padres segundos mios. Dile a tu Ma que la quiero muchisimo y felicidades por cumplir 60. 60??!!! Seguro que son tantos anos??! Besos, Ana xxxxxxx Ana Iversen
8: Nomi’s House Craig DeFan Beto once told us of an occasion when with a number of people asked “where are we going to eat?” to which several answered “at Nomi's house”. Beto commented they didn't say “we're going to eat at Beto and Nomi's house or Nomi and Beto's house, they said “we're going to eat at Nomi's house”. Yep, Beto said it all... About Nomi I could write a book with many stories… stories about ethics, stories about friends, stories about times, and stories about places, still others about forms and many stories about events… but the ones I like most are the stories about love, family, life and the pursuit of wisdom, truth and honesty. Nomi could easily be the central character in any of my stories, as she would most certainly be in the stories of many other people... Since the very first day I met Nomi… my life has changed, progressed and advanced in too many ways to enumerate. What my wife, son and daughter have said about Nomi speaks volumes, not only for them, but for me as well. Nomi is someone very unique and very special in our lives. She has been the calm in any hurricane, yet as stable and predictable as a sunrise or sunset when all is well. If every man, woman and child were to have a friend as I have had in Nomi, this world would indeed be a peaceful place. Summing up the impact Nomi has had in our lives is difficult. I will simply say: Since the day I met Nomi, my life has been a constant effort to catch up to that very day!
9: Dias en San Diego Carlos Padilla Maqueo Quizas, de todas las personas que tuvieron el privilegio de ser invitados a aportar a este gran acervo de recuerdos y anecdotas, yo entro en la categoria de los que llevan conociendo a Nomi menos anos, pero puedo decir que en los 6 anos que llevo de conocerla, siento que la conozco de toda la vida. Nunca olvidare la primera vez que entre a casa de Nomi y Beto; yo tenia literalmente dias de vivir en San Diego y gracias a mi familia DeFan llegamos esa noche a cenar. Ademas de que como siempre, la comida estaba deliciosa, no olvidare esa sonrisa con la cual tan carinosamente me recibio. Inmediatamente me hizo sentir en casa. En ese momento entendi todo; ese gran apoyo, el carino y tantas historias que habia escuchado provenientes del corazon de esa misma casa cobraron vida. Me di cuenta que personas como Nomi no hay muchas en el mundo (desgraciadamente) y me senti afortunado de ser uno de tantos que han sido cobijados por esa alegria, entusiasmo y valentia de Nomi. Con todo mi carino, Charlie | Lesson 1: Friendship Jonathan Fraeulin There are things in life that will change you forever and that you will value like few others. I learned one of those things from Nomi which I will always cherish. That thing is true friendship. I have always admired her for the friend she is... not just to me but to my entire family. She has always done things which go beyond what is expected from a friend and I can only wish that one day I can become the type of friend that she is. Thank you for teaching me such a valuable lesson. Love, Johnny | Stories Michel Emilio Bitar DeFan I’ve been knowing Nomi since I was a kid. Her door to her home has always been open for me, her door to her heart has always been open for me, her door to her family has always been open for me, her door to her amazing stories about life has always been open for me, and her door to her friendship has always been open for me which I’m very grateful. The patience, hospitality, honesty and love that Nomi has for anyone, is truly amazing. Nomi has always been there to listen and help people become better at lessons in life. Every story she’s told me and the family, it appears that she was going back to that moment in her life, and she was actually living the moment. She’s always been living life fully with no regrets. I’m very happy to have her in my life, because friendship is hard to find, especially true friendship. Thank you! Cheech.
10: Welcome Gina Bitar DeFan The time spent with Nomi, mostly in family reunions, was special, because family was involved. I remember stories about going to The Levy’s and always learning something different, a story, meeting a new member of the family, sharing a special dish; but always feeling welcome. Thank you for that. With love, Gina. | You never get a second chance to make a first impression! Denise DeFan When I first met Nomi and Beto the first thing they did was welcome me with open arms and told me their home was my home. It was clear to me that this was more than just a social interaction. They made me feel more than just another invitee. It was the warmth the closeness of family the laughs the great FOOD!!! the whole package that I fell in love with. That was my first impression of them, one that I will never take for granted and will never forget. Now I have the opportunity to tell you how much that first impression changed all my viewpoints of what family really is or should be. Thank you Nomi and Beto for sharing your life with us and making me feel like family. I love you Denise
11: I learned that you can camp ANYWHERE! Jan Carlo DeFan I was entering adolescence with a vengeance but was still a child when my parents took my sister and I to Chula Vista to visit with my mother's (and then consequently my father's) only childhood friend. Not only her childhood friend but her "best friend". Little did I know that this relationship was not of choice, it was a familial duty and oddly enough is somehow genetic. Yoel, Essy and to some degree Eitan are like brothers to Elan and I. I didn't always want this... at first, my developing powers of prepubescent manipulation were all but useless with Yoel. Essy was WAY too smart to mess with. So that didn't seem attractive to me at all. However when you can't beat them... watch them closely and figure out why. My second upbringing is thanks to them. All who know Nomi and Beto know that your and my life would not be what they are today without them. And I mean that not as lip service that you say at your in-law's home during dinner, but I can honestly say that my life would not be what it is without them. I am glad that we lived together back then we "werent imposing" by only having all 4 of us stay there because it would be almost rude to have all 20 DeFans there now and only stay for a month! | I learned many lessons there but these are the 25 most important and have helped me through life: #1... NEVER, EVER, EVER CHEW GUM! Nomi is right... it's disgusting and it makes you look stupid. (But if you do... don't let her see you). #2. I learned that a life is not worth living in a large house with a small family. If you aren't living in closed, confined spaces with your "loved ones" you ain't doin' it right. Because life's a bitch and if you get too comfortable you stop learning, laughing, crying and trying. #3. I learned that a couch is better than a bed if your uncle Beto is there to make you laugh. #4. I learned that for some strange reason food tastes better in Nomi's CHICKEN... I mean kitchen. Chicken can be made to taste like ALMOST anything. #5. I learned that there are no secrets. In our family a "secret": is the length of time it takes for you to mess up and have Yoel find out about it, make it funny and then tell everyone. THEN... you laugh.. and MOVE ON! NO MORE SECRET! #6. I learned that when you are away and alone, to come home and enjoy every meal like it was Shabbat at Nomi and Beto's house. Though I hate being dragged to it... the favorite times of my life are at that table. #7. I learned ANYTHING can be made into a telescope. #8. I learned SUV's are better than cars. They fit more people. #9. I learned Vans are better than SUV's. They fit more people. #10. I learned no matter how bad you think your life is... our parents had it worse. #11. I learned to take the good with the bad. It can ALWAYS get worse... but life is not THAT bad anyway. #12. I learned people come and go... for the exception of your family... that's what you got and there's NOTHING you can do about it... make the best of it! #13. I learned uncle Scott likes guys! Trust me it's better to find out about this at home and have Nomi explain it than out there on the mean streets of "University CIty".
12: #14. I learned that two dads can teach anything... except how to leave on time. #15. I learned that Nomi's plan is always better... because it's the one that wins... ALWAYS! Why fight it! #16. I learned that if you ask her correctly, Essy will always have a hot friend or two, even if she doesn't know it. #17. I learned that you can camp ANYWHERE! That includes Sea World and Disneyland. #18. I learned that all 9 of us can and WILL drink from the same Extra Large coke. #19. I learned that coach is like first class but better... because it's cheaper. #20. I learned to clean up after myself... kinda... because our bathrooms are like subway stations... dirty and full of people. #21. I learned that when you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change. #22. I learned not to make a point of teaching anybody a "lesson". People will learn what they'll learn when they learn it. And though seemingly helpful, most of the time feeble attempts at rapid education are worthless. Opinions are like certain body parts and everyone has at least one. #23. I learned to never let an argument last and never hold a grudge. IT'S STUPID! #24. I learned to keep my mouth shut... MOST OF THE TIME! 99% of life's mistakes come from the mouth. If you have nothing productive to say... SHUT UP! #25. I learned that its ok to let people live in your house for years. It's normal and your house isn't really "your house". Its actually the space you have to let other people come and sleep in. Over the years I have also learned that not all families are weird. We are normal... the rest of the world is nuts! But the most important thing I have learned is that no matter how hard you "dance", some people won't clap. And it doesn't matter! I don't know what the "secret of success" is, but I do know what is the secret of failure: trying to please everyone. My parents and you and uncle Beto have done outstanding job of following what you think is right regardless... and I try doing that everyday. But I thank you the most for loving my mother as much as you do and allowing her to love you as much as she does. For giving Beto to my dad (because he would have been miserable without him) and giving Elan and I Yoel, Essy & sometimes Eitan. Love Jan Carlo
13: Loose Teeth and Gumballs Elan Sarah DeFan I was once an eight year old cry baby with a loose tooth. Nomi, being tough as nails, assured me when she was tying a string from the tooth in my mouth to the doorknob all the way in her room “you won’t feel a thing”. She was right. When I was ten she told me chewing gum could drive people around me crazy. Especially her. Around that same age she let me play with her gum ball machine if I was careful not to break it. (It was one of the nice ones made of glass). After I broke it she said she loved me anyway and told me not to worry. In the course of my life I’ve played more pianos than I can count, but hers has always been my favorite. In retrospect, life’s lessons come in bits and pieces of our everyday lives. A loose tooth can use a little pulling sometimes. Chewing gum might make us seem uneducated and could really bother someone who has really good ears. Glass gumball machines break, just like hearts, but it’s not the end the world. Pianos just sound better when they are in homes like hers, filled with love and family. Thanks Nomi
14: Everything is Illuminated Ana DeFan Nomi and I spent the greatest 6 weeks of my life when in 1994 we were hired by the Miss Universe pageant as "chaperones". We really didn't know what this would imply, but we didn't really care, because for us, it was a great adventure, it implied being together for that period of time, sharing a room, and in our minds, we would finally have time to finish a conversation! We were always ready for adventure. So you understand, at that time, we started calling ourselves the Brady Bunch. The two families together added nine people, out of which 5 were children of various ages ranging from 10 to the teens, so any opportunity we had, we tried to finish a conversation without much luck. So this, we thought would be that precious time together... Little did we know! Making a very long story very short, off we went to the Philippines, leaving behind our precious cargo of children in charge of Beto for the Levys and Craig for the DeFans. Anybody that knows them knows what that must have been! The first day we arrived, we started to find out how much more than "chaperones" was expected of us. Everything from manners, politics, general culture, how to talk on the radio or tv, all of this was our responsibility! There went our plans of long conversations! The first night, only about 30 percent of the girls had arrived, and we were getting ready for bed when suddenly everything started to shake. This was no small earthquake, the sound of the earth rumbling is not something I will easily forget. We ran out of our room to find a chaotic scene of about twenty half dressed girls crying and screaming while the whole building was shaking. I was starting to freak out just as bad (if not worse) than the sea of girls around me when I turned to see Nomi, calm as a cucumber, telling the girls that in the Philippines all the buildings were constructed with high earthquake standards because they get them often, and that this one was not even "a really bad one" and told is to stay close to the emergency exits. I don't really know if it was her composure, her tone of voice, what she was saying, or a combination of all, but it was as if suddenly a soothing breeze had taken all of our fears away.
15: A few minutes later the earth had stopped shaking, the girls had stopped crying and I had stopped sweating. I kept thinking, " Wow! when did Nomi find so much information? I didn't even have time to pack my toothbrush!!!" We helped the girls get back in their rooms, and quietly went back to ours. Once inside I told her, " I'm so impressed! If it weren't for you this would have been a catastrophe! When did you do so much research about the building codes in the Philippines???" She turned and looked at me and with a Mona Lisa smile and said, "I didn't..." Suddenly I understood that this was Nomi in action; She always works well under pressure and she always puts everyones needs in front of hers. Whenever I'm with her, to quote from the title of a book that really got to me, everything is illuminated.
16: A party at Nomi’s house is a real party!!! Andi Schmassmann These pictures are just one example of the many enjoyable moments I shared with Nomi, friends and family. These pictures represent Nomi’s love and hard work to keep family and friends united. This ability is becoming rarer and rarer nowadays, but Nomi still has it and she has taught me the importance of it! Thank you Nomi! Love, Andi Andre Schmassmann | The mouthwatering food that people couldn’t wait to enjoy! | The side effects of the delicious food: not being able to stand and walk anymore!!
17: Chests and Fingers Scott Wagner I remember coming into San Diego one visit, and Nomi had recently put a Mexican decorated chest in the entryway of the house. She said, "Open it up and smell...it will remind you of your childhood." Sure enough, I opened the lid and the scent of the wood inexplicably reminded me of 30 or 40 years previous. it is a great blessing to have people in your life who really know you, and maybe even know you better than you know yourself sometimes. I can count the number of these people in my life on one hand with a few fingers missing. Nomi is one of the great, attached fingers. (This metaphor is getting weird.) Thanks for always seeing me, Nomi, and for the closest thing to unconditional love I've experienced, in the portion of your 60 (wow) years that I've thus far gotten to share. I hope I've been able to return the favor a little bit. (Aren't you glad I stopped that metaphor, or I might've said, "I hope I've given you the finger") | What book would I like to see on the shelves of Nomi's Library? I think I'd like to see "Radical Forgiveness" by Colin Tipping. It's not necessarily my favorite book in the world, but it holds great meaning for me, especially when I think of it in relation to Nomi. And how Nomi can quote the philosophy of it to me just as adeptly as I can quote it to her. Perhaps more so.
18: What you see is what you get Judy Increible, que ya han pasado 25 aos desde que nos conocimos aca en San Diego. Inmediatamente al conocerte me di cuenta que en ti encontrara una amiga sincera, una persona inteligente y con una integridad inigualable. Las cualidades que te hacen tan especial son tan evidentes. Tu honestidad y sinceridad, contigo no hay bemoles ni pretenciones. Como dicen por estos lados, what you see is what you get. Tu inteligencia y sabidura son asombrosas. Poder contar contigo para ayudar a resolver un problema es excepcional. Sabes oir con mucha atencin y guiar a la persona a buscar la solucin. Eres trabajadora y muy valiente, y disfrutas de la vida. Tengo la fortuna de ser tu amiga. Talvez, tus cualidades mas hermosas son tu bondad, humildad e integridad. Tu capacidad de autocrtica es tremenda, al grado de ser demasiado dura contigo misma. Es difcil convencerte de lo valiosa que eres, pero te pido que creas lo que lees. Es todo verdad!!. Nuestros nios crecieron muy cerca, las festividades, carpools, paseos y muchas otras cosas. Tu ocupas un lugar muy especial en su corazn. Claro que tambin, para darle color a todo esto y para mostrar que eres normal, y reconocido por ti, eres olvidadiza. Nunca se nos va a olvidar ese da, en que se te olvid recoger a Rosy de su clase de gimnasia. Estaba lloviendo, y de repente recib una llamada preguntando “mamy, quien viene por mi? Me estoy mojando. Claro. te habl, y por suerte estabas cerca y la recogiste de inmediato. Otra de tus peculiaridades es ser un gran copiloto. Tu brjula es muy original. Yo ya se que si tu me dices que doble a la derecha, es automtico que hay que doblar a la izquierda. Ni modo, as es como funciona. Mi familia de Chile, mis hermanas, cuados y en especial mi madre, te tienen un gran cario, y te desean muchsimas felicidades en esta nueva dcada de tu vida. Tita y Sergio nunca se les olvida cuando les prestaste tu casa. Uds. se iban de viaje. Como mi cuado es turco, te preocupaste de dejarle borrecas hechas por ti, y otras delicias en el refrigerador. Te deseo muchas felicidades en tus sesenta mananitas, y que sigamos compartiendo gratos momentos. Te quiero mucho amiguita, Un abrazo, Judy
19: Vacaciones con yeso o sin yeso? Bertica Bibliowicz Ya pasaron creo que mas de 20 anios… En cuanto a una de las muchas ancdotas que tengo con Nomi, siempre recordare nuestro viaje a Flagstaf … me rompi una pierna esquiando..pero Nomi estaba conmigo, nada me poda pasar, pues Nomi siempre tiene la solucion a la mano, la seguridad de que todo esta bien, que el viaje poda continuar sin problema y asi fue…Nomi me cuido cuando todos los dems se olvidaban que yo andaba con muletas y yeso nuevo…Nomita querida..tenerte con nosotros es una bendicion …tengo toda la fe de que vas a salir adelante y vas a vivir 120 anios ….como tu bien lo dices…mientras la ciencia este un paso mas delante de la enfermedad, tu sales adelante…como lo has hecho y lo seguir haciendo hasta vencer la enfermedad y recuperar tu salud…rezamos por ello…te admiro mucho…sigue tu lucha con ese optimismo y alegra que te caracterizan…festejaremos juntas, con la ayuda de D’s, los 70 y los 80….minimo!! Te quiero mucho! Bertica | Leccion en Valentia Nicolas y Fanny Grossman Tantos anios han pasado desde que conocimos a Nomi y Beto en casa de Judy y Jorge. Cuando nos los presentaron, el trato fue tan amable y cordial, que parecia como si nos conociramos de toda una vida. Pase a quererlos y desearles lo mejor, no tenemos ancdotas rescatables mas fuertes que la leccion y eleccion de vida hecha por tu Madre :-Una ensenanza de valor y fuerza interior constante para enfrentar el dia a dia, decidiendo que el cancer no es su razon de vivir, que la vida es mucho mas que eso:- Que el amor de Beto, que el amor de su familia entera y su vocacion de maestra es lo mas importante en la vida de Nomi. Como un ser puede ser tan vigente y fuerte que no se deja abatir por nada! Ella entera es una ensenanza de optimismo y ganas de vivir :- su enfermedad, sabe obviarla , para dejarse espacios para amar y dar. Nos da cada da una leccion de valentia en la vida.
20: Colegio Israelita de Mxico Jorge Stolow My special friendship with Nomi Levy, has it’s genesis 54 years ago in Mexico City, We lived in a wonderful Country and great City, and we enjoyed an incredible quality of life, that in today’s standards would be the envy of the world. (no exaggerations). Nomi and myself met for the first time at the Jewish School (Colegio Israelita de Mxico). It was (and still is) an excellent Jewish school with a strong background in Jewish education. This extraordinary school had an outstanding academic staff in both Jewish studies, and in the Spanish curriculum. Concerning Jewish studies, beginning at the kindergarten level, their academic agenda included Yiddish and Spanish. In Grade School, both languages continued to be included, but Hebrew was added to the curriculum as well. The faculty had an unequivocal quality that is rare not only for those times, but very different in today standards as well. The generation from which the faculty came from, represented something unique and very special in history. Many professors in the “Jewish studies” department had a deep understanding of Yiddish and Hebrew literature. They had a broad knowledge of history (universal and Jewish) In some instances where holocaust survivors with a unique and powerful life’s experience and perspective. We truly were recipients of the wisdom and knowledge of superb and unique human beings. On the Spanish Curriculum, we were privileged to be the recipients of the best and very strict Universal type education, thanks to the uniquely qualified team of Mexican Professors. As an example, I recall our dear professors in Junior High School and in High School that were the maximum authorities and the official authors of some of the National Text Books, in Spanish Literature (Member of The “Royal Academy of Spanish Language”), Geography, Ethics, Logic, Chemistry, and other subjects. These people were giants in their own right. The Jewish Community provide their children and youth with the best available education. Nomi and I spent 12 years of our lives together in the same Jewish school. We have often had the opportunity the sit down and make a re-count of the many blessings that we enjoyed throughout those years. In addition to the great education we enjoyed, we both take great pride, of having the distinct privilege of welcoming and greeting great “historical personalities” such as Eleanor Roosevelt, Moshe Sharet, Golda Meir, just to name a few. The opportunity to be in the presence of these “historical giants” has made a great impact in our lives. In High School we enjoyed wonderful times. I remember quite vividly that we used to skip some classes (irnos de pinta) to go “Tortas Don Polo” which were the best tortas in the universe. Another juicy story is the “romance” between the high school English teacher and our Principal. It was the talk-of-the-town. We also used to make fun of our nice yidish teacher Mr. Kovalsky. He was one of the nicest people, but he had a strange habit (excuse the graphic description) of picking his nose and “fabricating” small projectors that he send them to “orbit” the space. Another strange professor was one of our math teachers who was missing one eye. When he was writing something on the chalk board, and heard someone talking he will turn at the speed of light and trough the piece of chalk like a missile exactly in the direction of the student that was talking. My dear friend Nomi, and what a friend she is! Has been an inspiration to me. Her special human qualities are truly outstanding .This gracious and outstanding lady has earned the respect and admiration of every person that she has come in-touch with. She is a walking example of “do as I do”, not “do as I say”. Her unique background in Jewish education, is recognized, but what makes Nomi super special, are her human qualities and virtues. She is a giant in living a life that is truly inspirational. She is as unselfish as they come. Nomi is always ready to extend a helping hand. Anytime our family had had a special need, she was there to help. She is a special friend that you can always count on. Those who know her, have been touched by Nomi’s beautiful demeanor and temperament. She is a soft spoken lady, who never loses her temper, quite the contrary, she projects a peaceful and quite aura at all times. My family and I have been close to the Levy family. We have shared countless reunions and family celebrations. Nomi, Beto, and all the children, Essy, Yoel and Eitan have been part of our lives in San Diego for the last 25 years. Our children grew up together and we are very grateful for this incredible life experience.
21: Brindis a la Amistad Familia Breziner Hemos tenido el privilegio de compartir con Nomi y Beto todos nuestros momentos especiales desde que vivimos en San Diego. Aunque no tenemos fotos con Nomi y Beto de todas estas ocaciones, guardamos con mucho cario en nuestros corazones los lindos recuerdos de haber podido celebrarlos juntos, y les agradecemos infinitamente por esa amistad tan bella que nos han brindado.
22: Hermano Lobo (ito) Manuel y Beatriz Garcia tus paps son dos hermanos-hermanos muy queridos por m y por mi esposa Beatriz, que nos llenan de alegra nuestra vida, no obstante que nos vemos muy de vez en cuando, siempre estan presentes en nosotros. Recibe saludos abrazos y besos.
23: Una Amistad Feliz Mary y Alejandro Cervantes Cuando se conoce a una amiga como Nomi feliz es principio del camino de una luz a compartir Aprender de ella es el secreto de una alegria sin fin que nos llena de entusiasmo para continuar con ella feliz Cuando se camina con una amiga como Nomi feliz se disfruta una gran persona que ensena solo a dar y construir pues desconoce el egoismo y pregona con el bien como principio y fin Deslumbra su belleza pero mas su corazon feliz que merece respeto y carino porque es ejemplo a seguir Consejos y ayuda son actitudes que marcan una amistad feliz que han servido como puentes para ser prudentes y seguir | Su familia marvillosa es asunto decir que le sobran los valores para de ello presumir Es privielgio ser amigo de Nomi feliz porque con ella hemos reido para entender que la vida es una broma que hay que vivir Cuando se tiene a una amiga como Nomi feliz es bendicion amiga poder amarte a ti. Con todo amor y admiracion Tus hermanos Mary y Benja