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2: Nechama Dina | Mimi | Mendy | Eliezer | Shmuely | Faigy | Yehuda | _____________ | Mimi | Kayla | Brindel | Yentah | Nissan | Brindah | Elie | Chanie | Yocheved | Nissan | Yocheved | Shmuel

3: Yehuda | Yehuda | Yehuda | mimi | Pearl | Zvi Naftali | ________________________________ | Chayah Lixenburg | Moshe Lixenburg | Yehudah Lixenburg | Sima Etah | Elchanan | Jack | Persey | Dave | Shainah Riva | Norma | Ruth | Leon | Paul | Shaul | Chanah Kayla | Levy | Yehudah | Esther | Sruli | Baylah | Moshy | Sruli | Shimi | Nissi | Judah | Syril | Jean

5: My

7: I was born in the year 1998, August 19th on a Thursday. I was their first little girl that my parents were dying to have. I was born in Maimonides hospital in Borough Park. My full name is Yocheved Miriam. I'm named after my great grandmother, Yocheved from my mothers side. Once my great grandmother, during the war time, one night decided to sleep under the bed. That night, a bullet went through her mattress, and she lived to see all her children get married! My most vivid memory was when my father was on a trip to Las Vegas. My sister asked my mother, ''wheres daddy?' my mother answered, ''Daddy's in Las Vegas.'' she replied, ''Daddy's lost in Vegas?'' | I

8: My mom was born in new york on february .12, 1972 and grew up in crown heights , montgomery street 731 across from mrs. sperlin my 8th grade teacher . My mom was brought up with 4 sisters and 4 brothers. Her parents owns a liquor store called Ebers Liquor And Wine where my brother works on fridays My mother is full of life,bubbily outgoing and fun.My mom is an Oholei Torah kindergarten teacher in Flatbush. My mom bakes with me all the time,and makes cherry cheese pie - my favorite.She's warm and friendly and is always up for a guest to come any time. Some of my favorite memories with my mom is getting ''medi and ''pedi together and shopping in outlet stores. My mom is a hard worker and the BEST MOM EVER!!!!

9: Dad was born on June,12 1966 in London,England. He is one of eight children. Dad has loved to sing and continues till this very day singing at concerts and at home especially on Shabbos. My father runs a buisness called Paradise Stone which sells flooring and counter tops. Heavinly Flooring with Down to earth Pricing. A memory I have with my dad is when dad would come home i would ask him ''How was your day.'' I was not yet finished with my homework but we would eat dinner together (anyways). Sometimes we would watch movies together especially on Motzei Shabbos. Dad's outgoing and has alot of friends. He's a hard worker.

10: My brother Nissi was born on Chanuka, December 30, 1992. Nissi Inspires me and motivates me. He is one sweet brother, who goes to Brooklyn College and works. He is also into fitness and works out every day, and does yoga which is tough. Not only does he manage to fit yoga in his day, every day, he's also mine and Kayla's instructor. Nissi is an awesome person, when I feel down thinking of Nissi makes my day. A memory I have of Nissi, is Shimi running after me and Nissi would lift me up in the air and say, "Don't worry Mimi, I'll save you!"

11: My brother Shimi was born on my mom's birthday, what a beautiful gift! He was born on February 17, 1996. Shimi is smart and into fitness, inspired by Nissi. He's so smart that when his report card is mailed to the house he doesn't make a big deal that his lowest marks are only a hundred. He's a good sport, once playing football with his friends, he blocked the ball and broke his wrist. A memory I have with Shimi is (he was nine years old a the time,) he dressed up as a girl. My mother lend him everything, boots, clothes, and even lipstick. He looked like he could be my twin sister, after all we are only 2 years apart. | SHIMI

12: Kayla is a loving, sharing, and caring doll. She is cute and fun and full of life. Kayla loves to dance and sing, just like her big sister, me. Unlike me she's not a spendthrift. She wants to save her money for when she gets married to support her family. A memory I have with Kayla, is when she was born (on Erev Yom Kippur,) October 5, 2003. Everybody came to see the baby. I needed the bathroom so my father took me. On the way back I looked through the nursery, and I saw black baby's, Chinese, Japanese, Indian etc. when I came to my mother's room they were almost putting the baby to bed. When I saw her I said, "Oh, it's a white one!" I didn't know what Kayla my loving sister would be. | K A Y L A

13: The Eber Family

14: 1. Russia | Map of Great-bubby Light and her family's travels | 2. Austria | 3. Germany | 4.

15: Bubby Eber, Great Bubby Light and Great Zeidy Light were all born in Russia. My Zeidy, Zeidy Eber was born in Israel, Telaviv. His parents Yocheved was born in Russia and Nissan Eber was born in Israel. Bubby Eber, immigrated from Toronto,Canada in 1964 with a bus. Great Bubby Light and Great Zeidy Light flew a plane to America in their eighty's 1998. Zeidy Eber immigrated from Israel around 1963 on a plane. Before Great Bubby left she almost became a Doctor and Great Zeidy Light was a Shochet. Bubby Eber had a job at the bank while Zeidy Eber was a Bochur. My Grandparents and Great Grandparents etc. left their country because they were going to die if they lived where they were, and wanted to be jewish. Bubby Eber went to Beis Yakov in Toronto and Zeidy Eber went to Cheder. Great Bubby Light almost became a Doctor but when she came to America they told her she had to start all over but she didn't want to start from the beginning. In Toronto Great Zeidy Light was a Shochet and Great Bubby Light was a baker in a bakery. My Zeidy owns The Eber Liquor and Wine store where my brother, cousins and uncle work as well. My Great-grandfather, Zeidy Light had Masiras Nefesh to never take his beard off even though everyoune else did When Great Bubby and Great Zeidy Light were in Germany they wanted to escape but did not have the proper forms. They stood in line not sure where it would take them. When they got to the front the soldiers started asking everybody for the proper identification forms my Great-grand mother was fumbling through her papers making believe she had it, all of a sudden my Great-grandmother's four children started crying at that moment all together. This was the only time she had joy of her children crying because the soldier said ''I believe you, I can't take this crying anymore.'' ''Go on the boat!, I trust you!'' The crying of her children had saved their lives and many future generations.


17: Mimi: What is your full name? Bubby: Brina Eber Mimi: who were you named after and is there anything special about your first or last name? Bubby: I was named after my bubby, Bubby Light's mother. Mimi: do you know the meaning of your last name? Bubby: No. Mimi: Where were you born? Bubby:Tashkent Russia Mimi: How many children are in your family and what number child are you? Bubby: Five in our family and I'm the oldest. Mimi: Where did you live as a child and describe the life and neighborhood there? | Bubby: Toronto, Canada. It was quiet , a goisheh city, very few lubavitchers so we all stuck together. It was clean, only white people and I was very happy in Toronto. Mimi: How did your family come to live there? Bubby: I was about 5 and my father's brother brought us over from Russia. In those days unless you had family you couldn't escape from Russia. Uncle Chaim was living in Canada and was able to bring us over, and we lived there till I got married. Mimi: What was the house like that you grew up in? How many bedrooms did it have? Did it have electricity, indoor plumbing, telephones? Bubby: It was a small house across the street from the school 595 Bather St. It was a plain and a simple house, it had two bedrooms and one bathroom, {that's how it was those days}and it had electricity.

18: There was plumbing but they brought coal to the basement to warm up the house and there was a telephone and the number was EM44058, I'll never forget it. Mimi: Could you describe the basic mode of transportation in the area you grew up in? Bubby: There were street cars in those days, buses and a couple of subways underground but we used mostly street cars and buses. My father never had a car so every time I had to walk. Mimi: Tell me about your parents, where were they born? What memories do you have of them? Bubby: They were born in Russia, my mother and father. I remember my father as the nicest man in the world, he was a real tzadik. He never hurt a fly and always wanted the best for us. He always studied Torah no matter day or night. We lived a poor life because my father was a Shochet and had a slaughter house, those days we were poor, but we were happy with what we had. | From Russia he left everything behind, came empty handed and did not speak a word of English. I didn't understand a word in Russian so we spoke Yidish at home. Mimi: Did you know your grandparents? Bubby: No, they died in Russia. Mimi: Do you know where they were born? Bubby: Polosk was my grandfather and Nevel my grandmother. Mimi: What do you remember about them? Bubby: I remember my father's mother was a beautiful woman because, I saw a picture of her. Mimi: What can you tell me farther back about your grandparents? Bubby: I don't know. I never knew them but what I do know, bubby, my mother, had a brother Chaim. He died young because he had Yomenachaleh. He was always frum in Russia.

19: He did not die from that he died from cancer. Even though it was forbidden in those days to grow a beard he did not care. He told everybody you must grow a beard and keep Yidishkite. He was very strong about it. Mimi: Is there anything else you can share with me about your family history? Bubby: My grandfather was such a Tzadik, always quiet and he was a very special person. Mimi:What is the earliest memory you have as a child? Bubby: I must have been about 4 or 5 years old, I remember going to shull every Shabbos with my father. I loved going to shull. That's what I remember. Mimi: What were you like as a child? What did you eat, do for fun? What were your favorite games etc. | Bubby: I was very shy, very bashful,I could never open my mouth. I ate nothing really, not much. I was a very poor eater. The more my mother forced me to eat the more I hated to eat. We didn't do anything for fun because, the minute we came home school my mother locked the door so, we could never get out of the house. But Shabbos I used to go to shull, Misebi Shabbos. I used to love to read and go to the library. Growing up I played cards bingo and scrabble, when I was already a teenager. As a young kid we didn't have those games then. I also liked to go on a walk Shabbos and we went to the country. In the summer time we always went to the country. As a kid there was no entertainment, those days we didn't do anything we always stayed home.

20: homework every night. It was also a small house so there was not much to do. Mimi: Did you have any heroes or models when you were growing up? Bubby: No, there was no such thing in those days. Mimi: How did you spend your summer holidays? Bubby: In the summer we always went to the country called Pontypool it was two hours away from Toronto. We used to go with a truck and I used to throw up on the way I was always car sick. But once I got there I loved it, it was so nice to come back to the country I went one summer to Camp Emunah, I loved it. That was the only summer I went to Camp Emunah when I was sixteen years old Mimi: What were your favorite summer activities? | But in the summer we went to the country because that's where we went swimming and we had friends and we were outside the whole day. We loved it but in the winter we were home all day. Mimi: What kind of Elementary school did you go to and what was your favorite and least favorite subject? Bubby: I went to Bais Yakov and my favorite subject was English, especially spelling and reading. Also writing and math. My least favorite was geography and history. I am not interested in the world and politics to me it's all garbage. Mimi: Were you a good student? Bubby: In English yes but in Hebrew it was a little tough on me because I don't speak Hebrew. In class we had to speak Hebrew, and forget it I was lost. Mimi: What were your chores and responsibilities around the house? Bubby: My mother didn't give me much because she made sure we did our

21: Mimi: How is the world today different from what it was like when you were a child? Bubby: First of all there is much more yidishkite in Toronto. Then there wasn't that many frum people there it was a goyishe hicktown. Now they have so many Shluchim out there. I am now more aware of my relatives that are living here in N.Y. then I didn't know anybody now I know everybody. I talk more often, get to know more people. Like I say when I was a kid growing up I looked at the four walls in the house. I had to be in bed a certain time and here it's completely different. Mimi: Describe a person or situation in your childhood that had a profound effect at the way you look at life? Bubby: Because my father took me to shull every single Shabbos and told us it was important to daven and learn Torah. And I always used to see my father with a Sefer. | Bubby: I liked Machanaim very much and in school we used to have Machanaim I loved jump rope very much and I liked swimming. Mimi: Did most of your family live in the same community? Did your family get together on Yomtov? Bubby: My relatives lived in New York. I didn't really know them. I only came for yomtov once a year. But there was a few there like the Lipskers and the Kohanov's and there was no relatives in Toronto. Mimi: What did you want to be when you were growing up? Bubby: Those days no one even thought about it. Mimi: What World Events had the most impact on you while you were growing up? Bubby: When President Kennedy was assassinated that was a shocker to me and the whole house.

22: I know that that's the most important thing in a jewish house. So I always go to shull over here as much as I could. I enjoy it I go to Shiurim whenever I can in those days I didn't go anywhere. When somebody speaks I like to hear it because I think it's very important. For me I enjoy that very much. I go to shull to hear the Parshah and Dvar Torah because that's how my father raised us. Mimi: What's different about growing up today from when you were growing up especially the behavior of the children bothe at home and in school? Bubby:It was tougher on the children then, now days everything is more open. Those days everything was more closed it was different. The behavior of the children then was much more quite, here the children open up their mouth, they talk back more Chutzpidickly to the teachers. Then there was no such thing whatever a teacher or Rebbe said that was it. | Here the children talk back to their parents and teachers. They have Chutzpah, they are not embarrassed to talk back to anyone. Now it is completely different. Mimi: What was your first job? Bubby: In Toronto I worked for the bank in North America. I loved it, I was on my own I had a responsibility. I worked in the main office there. Mimi: What job did you do most of your life? Bubby: I raised my children, being a mommy to my children. After I got married I raised my nine kids. But till I got married I got a job here. When I had Chani I stopped working. I loved working in an office. My least favorite part was, I used to not like working with the goyim so I kept to myself, I brought my own food because it wasn't kosher, but I knew that I was frum so that’s what I had to do.

23: My best part was getting money at the end of the week in order to help my mother. Whatever money I made I gave it to my parents. Of course it wasn't a lot of money but whatever it was it helped. Mimi: Where, when and how did you meet your spouse? Bubby: I met zeidy in crown heights through a shadchan meeting. I had a second cousin that zeidy used to eat by every Shabbos. My cousin mentioned zeidy to my mother. I went out and I met zeidy. Mimi: Where did you get married, what was your chasana like? Bubby: I got married in 1964 in Connecticut Toronto. My chasuna was beautiful, it was the first lubavitch chasuna they had in Toronto with a Mechitza because a lot of Jewish weddings there didn't have a mechitza. Mimi: how many children do you have? Bubby: Nine. | Mimi: I’d like you to think back to the day your first child was born What was the experience like for you? Bubby: I was happy and I was crying at the same time, I couldn't believe that I had actually brought a baby, that I was able to conceive into this world, it was a beautiful experience. Mimi: what are some special memories of raising your children? Bubby: it wasn’t easy but I did the best I could and I got to be very close with them. I enjoyed it very much I didn’t have my mother here to help me but I managed like everyone else in crown heights. Mimi: What is something funny or embarrassing one of your children did or said at an early age that you'll never forget? Bubby: I went once to a hotel in Florida with zeidy and Shmuly, who was two years old at the time.

24: Mimi: How is my mother like me or unlike me? Bubby: Your both bubbly and full of life. You have friends and have respect. Well, she likes to read and you don't. Mimi: what is it like to be a grand parent? | All of the sudden he slipped off the sheitel of a lady and she had no hair, she was screaming for help. I was so embarrassed. They kept yelling, “who’s kid is that? Where is the mother of that child?” I though I was going to faint on the spot. I was so embarrassed because I did not want to say that’s my kid. Finally they caught him and grabbed back the sheitel. Mimi: how do you feel about raising your children? Bubby: It's wonderful, it is an opportunity you have, because after a certain age, like after forty, you can’t have any kids anymore. The best time is to have them is when you're young because that's when you have the most strength. The best part is when there small they don't answer back, you play with them, you teach them things, and they look up to you. When their older they have different styles and different ideas. The hardest part is when they're teenagers, they don't always want to listen to you. They have a mind of their own. But I still love them regardless.

25: Bubby: when I went to Eretz Yiroel I had two kids. I didn’t really enjoy it because I couldn’t understand the language. It was such an adventure there. There is different places there. Mimi: what interests and hobbies do you have now and what do you like to do for fun? Bubby: Summer time I love going to the country. I go swimming hiking, I love it because it's so much fun. I love walking jogging, I love to read, and we play ping-pong and ball. Mimi: what kind of things brings you the most pleasure now? Bubby: Seeing my children and grand children growing up in harmony. No fights and being happy, making sure my children have parnassa. Mimi:What things are most important to you now, why? Bubby: A clean house, with all the conveniences and having my children being with me like, for Pesach. | Bubby: wonderful that hashem lets me live long that I was able to see nachas from my children, grandchildren, and great-grand children it’s a beautiful thing! Mimi: What do you remember about me when I was born? Bubby: You were pretty quiet and shy. When you got older you changed, you became more open and friendly. Mimi: Do you enjoy traveling and where have you gone? Bubby: I love to travel, I love flying on the plane. I go often to my children, especially when they have babies. I make it my business to stay there one or two weeks to help them with their child. Mimi: What would you say has been your greatest adventure so far?

26: I love when my children and grandchildren are with me. It's very important spending holidays together. You teach the children and grandchildren what Yomtov it all about. Mimi: What's been your greatest accomplishment so far? Bubby: Fixing up my home. Mimi: What's your happiest or proudest moment? Bubby: When I go to the Chupah with my child. That's one of my most happiest times, bringing my child to the Chupah. Knowing that I'm marrying off my child. Mimi: What would you have done differently in your life, if you 'd known then, what would you do now? | Bubby: If I'd known then, I would have more children I always wanted more children. Mimi: What do you hope to accomplish next? Bubby: I still have to finish the house I didn't finish yet, there is still allot to be done. I hope to help my children in anyway I can. Mimi: If you could do anything you want to what would it be?

27: Bubby: I'd love to fly to Florida. I always dreamed to go back to Florida again. I haven't been there in so many years. The last time I was there was when Shmuly was two, about thirty five years ago. I was there because I went for vacation and bubby offered to watch the kids and shmuly was the youngest so I took him. We just wanted to get away. Since bubby had to be in New York she offered to watch the kids. We took the opportunity and the weather was nice and I loved it and I said I want to come back again. But after the experience with Shmuly I never went back again. Mimi: What do you think has stayed the same about you and what do you think has changed? | , Bubby: I got wiser, I got older but I got wiser then I was very naive but when you get older your more aware of things. Also my Yidishkite stayed the same I mean I didn't have to come less religikous if anything I'm more frum. I like to help more when someone needs help I'd give a helping hand. By a gathering if they need a home or something I try to help out. For the convention they called me they knew to call me once a year but when my kids were small I wasn't able to do do that. Now that my kids are out of the house I could help out more. Mimi: If you could go back to any age, what would it be and why? Bubby: I would go back to seventeen, eighteen years old when your free spirited and you have nothing to worry about. Nothing bothers you it's free your young, you have the whole world at your feet.

28: Mimi: What advice did your parents or grand parents give you that you remember best? Bubby: Always stay true to your faith never stray away from your religion and be close to the children and to your family. Never be embarrassed if you did something wrong you can correct it we're all human beings and we can all make mistakes. If you made a mistake nothings wrong we all learn from our mistakes. Mimi: What's the best advice you can offer me. Bubby: The best advice I can offer you is be happy with who you are, not what somebody else is but what you are. Try to be as knowledgeable as possible because knowledge talks. Knowledge is money somebody who is knowledgeable can get a head into the world. And reading, try to read as many books as you can and try to learn as many things as possible. | Mimi: Of all the things you learned from your parents which one do you feel was the most valuable? Bubby: Growing up in Yidishkite and always learning in the house. Saying a Dvar Torah, davening and making sure you bentched after the meal. And not to forget to say the Brachos. Mimi: Now for some advice for your great-grandchildren...... what would you have to say to them about the area of education, money and raising children? Bubby: About education they should continue going to school as much as they can. They should continue going to seminary if it's possible and to get a good education. Education is the #1 in life everyone must have a job whether it would be a teacher or a Doctor, it's important to continue school. No dropouts just to continue as much as you can. With money Hashem will help obviously, money doesn't grow on trees. When you have a good job money goes in easily.

29: And for raising children I'd advise them to have as many children as possible because once you get older the cycle stops and when your young you should have the children because after a certain age you can not have any more children. Raise them when your like 20 or 25 and to be patient with them. Listen to what they have to say when they're little kids they want something, never ignore them and don't ignore big kids either. Mimi: Since future generations of your family will be reading this what do you have to say to them? Bubby: That I hope to be to be alive when I see you. I hope to be alive and healthy. Mimi: What is the one thing you most want people to remember about you? Bubby: That I try to be a kind person. I'm always willing to give a helping hand. I never could say "NO'' because I never knew what the word ''NO'' meant. | They knew me as whenever somebody needs something, I am always there whether I was able or not I tried. I know it was hard for me to have bubby for Pesach but I couldn't say no because all of my siblings went away for Pesach. I didn't want to leave my mother alone and it was the best thing that ever happened to me. It was Kibud Aim because my mother was sick and I didn't know how much longer she had to live. And I was happy I was able to help and to be with my mother. She was happy that she came with us for Pesach and I think it was very important.

30: Comparison between purchasing these days and those days. | Bubby's Days Now Days | ---------------------------------- | ice cream cone 6 cents gum 1 cent potato chips 5 cents few cents milk bus fair 25 cents postage stamp 5 cents chocolate 7 cents | $2.50 5 cents 40 cents $2 $2.25 $2.25 $2.75 | _________________________ | I've learned from Bubby Eber to be happy for who you are not for who someone else is. Stay true to your faith never stray away from your path. Value your education.

31: The Russell Family

32: Bubby Russell was born in England and Zeidy Russell was born in Whales. My Bubba, Bubba Cohen and Zeidy Cohen was born in England too. My Great, Great-grandparents Chaya and Moshe Lixenburg immigrated from Poland to England by boat. Zeidy Shimon served in the military as a captain. Uncle Dave also served in the British army. He stationed in ''Palestine''. The Yidin, refugees wanted to go so he let them on the boat to Israel. This was against the law so they send him back to London. Uncle Persey was a Lieutenant in the Israely army. He then later instituted one of the first Israely Kibuztim called Kibutz Lavy in Tvzas wich is standing till today. Bubby and Zeidy Lixenburg left their country because of Pogroms, Antisemitism and Russia was hard for them so they immigrated to England. Uncle Paul was a accountant and Uncle Dave had a Business. Zeidy Yehudah opened up the first Kosher dairy farm in London. After the war people immigrated out of Germany and some came to London with no food so Zeidy Yehudah would give them. People would come with cans and he and his daughter Bubba Chaya would fill them up, often for no money if people couldn't afford it. Scince they had the dairy farm, Bubby Russell's Grand-mother's and aunts would cook and bake all Thurseday and Friday morning. The Rosh Yishivah would come and collect all that food for Shabbos for the Bochurim to eat. They were the first family in the neighborhood to have a motor car. It was very difficult back then to find a job where one did not have to work on Shabboss because either you had to work for jewish people or you had to start your own business.

33: Their children had to go to non jewish schools in the beginning but as more people moved into the neighborhood their community became bigger and they started their own school. Zeidy Yehudah's dairy farm was opened because it was difficult obtaining kosher. In England there was no such thing as ''OU'', '*K'' ''OK etc. so the Rabeim gave out a list of kosher and non kosher products. All jews lived in the East End. There were twelve children in my Bubba Sima Eta's house, it was cramped because housing was not very big. Some special sayings and expressions used by my family are, ''Going there and back to see how far it is'' was said by my Bubby Russell and ''Gordon Benette''was an expression as well. A Hashgacha Protis Story When Bubby Russel had to make Yehuda Leib's Bar Mitzvah, it was a very busy time period and a lot was going on, so she ended up ordering the teffilin late. She went to the Sofer and pleaded, "Please, you have to make a set of teffilin for my son." The Sofer responded, "A man came in two months ago, and ordered a pair of teffilin and never came to pick it up." "Can I have it?" she begged. "Yes", the Sofer responded, "If he does not come to pick within a few weeks, the teffilin are yours." And so, my uncle, Yehuda Leib, had teffilin for his Bar Mitzvah. For the rest of her life, my grandmother was convinced that the man must have been Eliyahu HaNavi.


35: Mimi: What is your full name? Shaul: Shaul Cohen Mimi: Who were you named after, and is there anything special about your first or last name and do you know the meaning of your last name? Shaul: My zeide Shaul Cohen he was a choshuve guy. Mimi: Where were you born? Shaul: In London England. Mimi: How many children were in your family and what number child were you? Shaul: Two and I'm the youngest. Mimi: Where did you live as a child and describe the life and neighborhood there. Shaul: In London, it was a yidishe neighborhood with all types of yidden, chasidim, ger, lubavitch, satmar, misnagdim etc. | Mimi: How did your family come to live there? Shaul: My parents were born in London, their parents came from Russia and Poland. Mimi: What was the house like where you grew up in, was there Indoor plumbing telephones, bathrooms etc.? Shaul: It was a one family house where the owner lent us the top par top part of the house. It had a kitchen and two bedrooms and everybody shared one bathroom. There were no telephones. Mimi: Describe the basic mode of transportation in the area you grew up in? Shaul: Transportation that we had was buses. Everybody traveled with buses, there weren't any subways. Mimi: Tell me about your parents. Where were they born? What memories do you have of them? Shaul: My parents were born in London. I remember my mother taking me to the park and my father taking me to school, kindergarten. My mother used to take me to Buckingham Palace.

36: Mimi: How did your family earn money? Shaul: My mother worked in kindergarten and my father was a foot doctor. Mimi: Did you know your grandparents? Where were they born? And what do you remember about them? Shaul: I only knew my mothers parents, My grandmother was born in Russia and my grandfather Poland. My memories with my grandparents were going to shul with my grandfather Moshe on Shabbos. I also helped him out with the shul by cleaning it because he worked there as a Shamash. I would collect the membership from the members. I am named after my grandfather Shaul Cohen who was born in Russia and was a Breslov Chossid. Mimi: What can you tell me about your family farther back then your grandparents? | Shaul: I don't know much but I know that my grandfather on my mother's side was a Gerer Chossid he was killed in Eretz Yisrael in the war. Mimi: What is the earliest memory you have of your childhood and how old were you at the time? Shaul: I was a year and a half, I remember being in a hospital. The nurse was giving me an injection because I had a problem with my ear so I had to have an operation. Mimi: What were like as a child? What did you like to eat, what did you do for fun and what were favorite games,sports and books etc. and what did you do for entertainment when you were my age? Shaul: My favorite game was soccer and cricket and my favorite food was fish and chips. I like reading books like Sholom Cohen's and more mystery books. I also read other books like Agatha Christie. I also enjoyed playing with friends.

37: I used to go on Sundays to play football I loved football. I also loved riding a bicycle I rode all over London that was basically it we didn't have a T.V in those days. Mimi: What kind of elementary school did you go to and what was your favorite subject, least favorite and were you a good student? Shaul: It was a Jewish school and it was called Yesudah Torah which was basically the only frum school when I was a kid in those days. There was a mixture of Satmeirs etc. My favorite subject was math and history and English my worst. I was medium student nothing special. Mimi: What were your chores and responsibilities around the house? Shaul: I did nothing around the house. Mimi: Did you have any heroes or role models when you were my age? Shaul: I used to read allot about the Chafitz Chaim. | I was very into that. Mimi: How did you spend your summer holidays and did your family take vacations, if so what were they like and where did they go? Shaul: We never went anywhere we just used to play with my friends in the street. Mimi: What were your favorite summer activities? Shaul: I had a friend that began to drive around with the bicycle. He drove to the seaside, the beach we used to drive all over London it was so cool. Mimi: Did most of your family live in the same community and did your family get together for Yom Tov? Shaul: My family used to get together every Tuesday by my bubby and zeidy it used to be a family get together. Mimi: What did you want to be when you grew up? Shaul: I didn't really think into it.

38: Shaul: My parents were divorced and that had a profound effect because I looked at people as if I understood their situation. Mimi: What's different about growing up from when you were growing up about the behavior of the children both at home and in school? Shaul: First of all in my days the children had more respect for elders more than they do now. They used to stand up for an older person on the bus especially a lady. In school now days the teacher is scared to give the kids a punishment. In my days the Rebbi used to be able to hit them if they misbehaved. Now they do not do that but the behavior of the kids is a lot worse then it was, when I was growing up. | Mimi: What world events had the most impact on you while you were growing up? Did any of them personally effect your family? Shaul: The Six Day War was the first thing that really made an impact on me. I had an uncle that was wounded in the first half of the war he was badly wounded that they thought he was dead. Mimi: How is the world different today from what it was like when you were a child? Shaul: There were no computers and no telephones. Nobody could get a hold of you, nobody could make you crazy and it was a very different world. Mimi: What inventions do you most remember? Shaul: A hula hoop. Mimi: Describe a person or situation from your childhood that had a profound effect on the way you look at life?

39: Mimi: What interests and hobbies do you have now, and what do you like to do for fun? Shaul: I enjoy driving around, I like reading, fixing things around the house, like painting. Mimi: What kind of things brings you the most pleasure now? Shaul: Being around my grandchildren, it gives me the a lot Nachas. Mimi: What is the most difficult thing that ever happened to you and how did you deal with it? Shaul: Loosing my sister and my mother that was the most difficult days of my life. Life had to carry on so I continued and thought about good things. Mimi: What things are most important to you now, and why? Shaul: It used to be money but that's not important to me anymore. Now the most important thing to me is that everyone around me should be happy and healthy. | Mimi: What's been your greatest accomplishment so far? Shaul: My family, I have my children with their family. Mimi: What's your happiest or proudest moment? Shaul: When I married off my first daughter Chana. Mimi: What would you have done differently in your life if you'd known then and what would you do now? Shaul: I don't think anything I am happy the way it is. Mimi: What do you hope to accomplish next? Shaul: To live long enough to see my great-grandchildren. Mimi: If you could be anything you wanted to be what would be? Shaul: I would like to be a Talmud Chacham

40: Mimi: What do you think has stayed the same about you and what do you think has changed? Shaul: In the way I speak about people, I always think positive about them. I also do not have the same patience as I did when I was younger. Mimi: If you could go back to any age what age would it be and why? Shaul: I would love to go back to nineteen when I was a teenager those were the most innocent years of my life and they were extremely enjoyable. Mimi: What advice did your parents or grandparents give you that you remember best? Shaul: I should always be respectful to the other person. Mimi: What is the best advice you can offer me? | Mimi: You should be respectful to other people so they themselves will be respectful to you and they will always cherish your memories and think very good of you. Mimi: Of all the things you learned from your parents, which do you feel was the most valuable. Shaul: Family Unity. Mimi: Now.... for some advice for your great-grandchildren, what do you have to say to them in the area of education, money and raising children? Shaul: Education is the most important aspect in life without education you can not go anywhere. They should study and take it seriously. With money they should earn it in an honest way, never steal from anybody. About raising children they should have patience and not loose their cool with the children. Always make sure to explain to the children when they do something wrong. Never punish them, they should say what they did wrong.

41: Mimi: Since future generations of your family will be reading this, what do you have to say to them? Shaul: They should always remember me in a good way. Mimi: What is the one thing you most want people to remember about you? Shaul: My | Comparison between purchasing these days and those days. | Shaul's Days Now Days | _________________________ | ---------------------------------- | Postage stamp 5 pence Loaf of bead 20 pence Roll 3 pence Potato chips 2 pence Soda can 7 pence Candy bar 3 pence Milk 15 pence Subway 15pence | $2 50 cents 40 cents $1 25 cents $2.19 $2.25 $2.25 | 34 cents

42: Uncle Shaul taught me that family unity is very important in life. Also you should learn and study, and have a good education or you will get nowhere in life. Be respectful to other people, so they will be respectful to you and always cherish your memories and think highly of you.

43: No matter how you feel and what's going on in your personal life, always greet someone with a smile and have something nice to say. Furthermore Hashem gives us the strength to overcome all obstacles big or small we just have to recognize that it's a test and have Bitochon in Hashem and know that he loves us very much.

45: In Loving Memory of My | Great-Grandmother Yentah Bas Brinah

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