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1: My Family Report | 8th Grade, 2011

2: Tatty My father is a network engineer and a computer technician. He can fix your computer if it's broken, restart your Internet if it goes down, repair just about any problem that comes his way. He was born in Israel on June 21st. He lived in Israel for most of his teenage years but then moved to New York where he and my mother met. He is very into his work and loves it so much that I'm sure he could be on the computer for hours and never get bored. It doesn't matter to us; we all still love him anyway. He is very caring and loves us to bits. He is loads of fun and especially enjoys making bon-fires Motzei Shabbos when we are in the country. He makes the fire so nice that people from the colony stop by for a while. It's a very warm and friendly environment that matches his personality just right.

3: Mommy My mother is a teacher in a school called Masores Bais Yaakov. She teaches 4th grade English. She was born in St. Louis Missouri on July 21st. As a child, my mother traveled a lot and had to move many times. Ultimately, her family settled in Binghamton, New York for most of her childhood. Later they settled in Crown Heights on Eastern Parkway. One of my mother's endearing qualities is her obsession with neatness. That's how I became a neat freak. I can't stand messes, but the difference is that she cleans it up while I sit and complain about it. She is a kind and loving person that does whatever she can to help our family and make us all happy. That's why we all love her so dearly.

4: Binyomin My oldest brother's name is Binyomin. He has his own website know as Crownheights.info. He made this website when he was only 18. He made it for fun only as a blog and it ended up being a very big website where he pays and gets paid to do stuff. He is also very good with computers at the age of 8 my uncle gave him a broken computer and he took it apart, put back together and it was working. He also is a photographer and takes amazing beautiful pictures and publishes it on his website. It is also so much fun playing Wii with him he gets so into it and it is so much fun watching him get mad when he gets out.

5: Mushky, Yaakov, and Mendel My sister's name is Mushky. She is in school to become a pharmacist. She is married to Yaakov Flint and has an adorable son named Mendel. Yaakov has seasonal Yom Tov jobs like schach. Mushky is very smart and sometimes tends to be a little stubborn she and I have a weird relationship and sometimes ends up in laughter or yelling. She looks like my father but sometimes people say we look alike which is ridiculous because we look nothing alike she is like a spitting image of my father. I babysit for her a lot which gets annoying at times but I love helping her. She and I are the only 2 girls so whenever I don't want to babysit she bribes me but I don't mind because I get the better end of the stick.

6: Menachem My other brother's name is Menachem. He is the second to youngest in the family and he is 19. Right now he is learning in yeshiva. He is very good at many things, but mostly he really excels in sports. He sometimes can be bossy, but not so often that it irritates me. He likes to be funny, but to me, he really isn't. One time he locked me in our Sukka until I finished my food which took a long time like forever. I was not amused and began banging on the door until he let me out. Menachem is very strong and energetic. He is also tall, standing at 6 feet. He makes me look like a little kid.

7: All about me My name is Bella and I was born on November 6, 1996 on a Thursday night in Beth Israel Hospital. I am named after my great grandmother who lived most of her life in Poland and unfortunately was nifter at the young age of 36. My most vivid memory is the day my nephew was born. I remember saying goodbye to my sister as she left to go to the hospital. I knew she was going to have her baby and that the next time I saw her she was going to be a new mother and I was going to be an aunt. At 1:26 AM my dream came true; I was an aunt of a beautiful new baby boy. Mendel was a little anxious to join us because he was actually premature by three weeks. We are four children altogether; I am the youngest. My oldest brother, Binyomin, was born on June 7, 1986. He used to take me swimming when I was about 6 or 7. I remember a cute incident when once my cousin wanted to be funny. She threatened Binyomin, saying that she was going to throw his robe into the pool which she ended up doing. He was so mad at her and it made a very funny sight. My sister Mushky was born October 6, 1988. One Shabbos she was so bored that she started playing with my hair. She made me a very cute hairstyle and I looked so pretty.

8: I was thrilled because I was going to a Shabbos party. Imagine my misery when my sister took out my beautiful hairdo. I was almost in tears. My other brother, Menachem, was born on April 7, 1992. On Sukkos he had to eat with a towel over his head because it was pouring outside. This was one of the funniest moments I can recall. I laughed my head off even though I did feel a little sorry for him. We have some very cool coincidences about birth dates in our family. For example, my sister and I are both born on the 6th of the month, my brothers are both born on the 7th of the month, and my parents are both born on the 21st of the month...a little unusual, right? My father and my mother can sometimes be strict in some ways. For example, my father gets upset with me if I put a dish in the sink and don't wash it. He hates when the dishes aren't done. My mother is a stickler for making sure I do my homework, and of course, let's not forget the mess thing; my room must be clean at all times. I guess you could think of more strict parents then mine, because I don't really think making basic rules means that parents are strict. I resemble my mother without a doubt. When I was in first grade my mother showed me a picture of her in first grade and I thought it was me. On the other hand, the only person in my family that doesn't look like my mother is my sister; she looks like my father. As for my brothers, they look like me and my mother.

9: On the day of my Bat Mitzvah my parents were so happy that their youngest child was finally grown up. They were ecstatic and they made it a very beautiful and wonderful time. They hired someone special to entertain my friends and family for 6 hours. That was a day I will always remember, and I will never forget the effort my parents put into that special day. Even though it may not seem so important, I have to say the food was awesome. My personality is loving, caring, and a little bit laid back. This doesn't mean that I never get nervous, but I tend to be the more relaxed one in the family. I don't think I get my traits from anyone. I am my own person and I take after myself. My hobbies are: sports, painting, playing on the Wii and computer, swimming, skiing, snow tubing, and basically, most active sports. Very few things are boring to me. I am interested in so many things. I guess that I am lucky that way. My favorite sports are dodge ball and machanayim. I do lots for fun like eat, talk, text etc. I don't get allowance and that has never been an issue for me. I am lucky that when I ask my parents for money, if it is something they approve, they give freely. I do have some home responsibilities which include keeping the house clean and any other chores my parents give me. Whatever my mother asks I do but depends if I do with a smile.

10: My favorite subject in school is math and my least favorite is chumash. My favorite colors are all of them except light pink but if I would have to name them they would be orange, green, yellow, blue, purple and many more. I go up to the country for the summer because I love swimming and it is so refreshing. I have been to New Jersey and Connecticut and have lived in Israel for the first 4 years of my life. I remember for a separate Bas Mitzvah gift from my mother a singing snow globe which I keep right by my bed. I remember when I was going to the doctor and my grandmother was the assistant and she heard yelling so she went into the room and she saw it was me and she sad why are you screaming so I said I'm getting a shot so she said I’'l hold you and when she was holding me I felt a needle. I love my mother's care a devotion toward helping each student excel I want to take after that for my children. When I am finished with my schooling I want to become a lawyer because I love standing up for people who can't do it themselves I want to help get out of an uncomfortable situation. I look up to my parents for love and guidance to help me through hard times and happy times. I remember when we were staying by a Chabad house and one of the members of the shul brought his dog for me. My mother and I were playing with it and we didn't want it to go out of the room so we closed the door and the little dog went to the door and starting crying. I learned that everyone has feelings and we should accommodate them.

13: Maternal

15: Zaida My grandfather was born in Israel in the Old City of Yerushalayim. He left Israel when he was about 25 years old and then headed to Paris. There, he was a teacher in Bais Rivka. He also met my grandmother in Paris and they were married in Montreal. After they were married, they moved to America where they lived in an apartment. My grandfather's travels were always on a boat. In Israel my grandfather was a freedom fighter in a group called Etzel. Before he went to Paris, he fought for Israel's independence. As a young boy, he went to a yeshiva in Israel called Aitz Chaim. When he came to the United States he got a teaching job at a day school. Keeping Shabbos presented no difficulty for my grandfather because he taught in a Jewish day school. Keeping kosher was also not a problem because there was a local kosher supermarket.

17: Bubby My grandmother, Elka Orlansky, was born in Shedlitz Poland. She traveled from her birth place to Russia. There, her mother passed away at the young age36. From Russia my grandmother was sent to Siberia for a long time, many years. After she left Russia, she went to Paris where she met my grandfather, and from there she traveled to New York. She was married in Montreal and afterwards, both my grandparents came to New York. In those days, all that traveling was difficult because the main form of transportation was by boat. She was only 18 years old when she came to New York so she was a student until then. She didn't have a permanent job before she came to New York. My grandmother fled from Poland to stay out of the war. It was a long hard journey but she made it to safety. My grandmother was educated in a school called Bais Rivkah in Paris. She wasn't able to go on to any form of higher education because in those days no one could really afford the high price of college. When she came to New York she looked for a job and found one teaching in. It wasn't really hard for my grandmother to keep Shabbos because she was teaching in a Jewish school. Luckily that job posed no difficulty in her keeping Shabbos. When my grandmother and grandfather came to New York, they rented an apartment in the Lower East Side. One special minhag observed by the Eichler family is that when we get married we go directly to lighting three Shabbos candles instead of two. It is a segula in our family to have children. My grandmother made a Kiddush for her mother's yartzeit and one of the women at the Kiddush asked my grandmother to say something about her mother. This made my bubby angry and she replied that she was only 9 years old when her mother passed away; she didn't remember anything of her mother. Dissatisfied with my grandmother's reply, Mrs. Sharfstein said that even a 9 year old remembered something about their mother. My grandmother calmed herself down a little and said that she actually did remember something. She remembers that her mother, after whom I am named, used to daven everyday as if Moshiach was coming. That was a sign of her tremendous strength,and belief that Moshiach was coming.

19: Interview with my Uncle Meyer 1.What is your full name? 2.Who are you named after and is there anything special about your last name? My father's grandfather named and my mother's grandfather named. It's a derivation of the German word eschler which was people who dealt with forestry somewhere back our ancestors dealt with lumber. 3.Where were you born? New York City. 4.How many children are in your family and what number are you? I am the oldest of 3. 5.Where did you live as a child? I lived in many cities; the first was New York, Louisville Kentucky, St. Louis Missouri, Binghamton New York, Milwaukee Wisconsin, and then back to New York. St. Louis was the primary place I lived because I lived there for most of my youth. We lived in a suburb part of the city, and we were mostly surrounded by non-Jewish people and middle class working people. It was a good neighborhood, there were parks close by and there was a very famous college there. 6.What was the house that you grew up in like? How many bedrooms and bathrooms did it have? We lived in a house with 2 bedrooms 1 bathroom. I slept in the basement because there were only 2 bedrooms so my parents got one room and my sisters got the other and I stayed in the basement. 7.What was the mode of transportation? We had buses. 8.Where were your parents born? My father was born in Israel he is the 5th generation Yerushlaim and my mother was born in Shedlitz Poland which is a small city next to a larger one called Lodz and my parent were always teachers in . 9.How did your family earn money? How did your family compare to other families? My parents were hardworking very honest people they had lots of integrity and they were moral and kind. My parents were in . We were pretty much middle of the road by no means rich and by no means poor. 10.Did you know your grandparents? I knew my father's mother and father and my mother's father and stepmother her mother died when my mother was 9 years old. My mother's father lived in New York City lower east side and my fathers parents lived in but his father also worked in the U.S a lot so he commuted.

20: 11. What is the earliest memory you have of you childhood? I remember when I was about 3 years old the apartment we used to live, in Louisville Kentucky. 12. What were you like as a child? What did you like to eat? What did you do for fun? What were your hobbies? I was athletic, I had a good sense of humor, I enjoyed reading, I pretty much ate anything, and I liked playing ball riding my bike and going bowling. My favorite sports are football and baseball. I had lots of favorite books but if I have to choose it would be “Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand. 13. What kind of elementary school did you go to? What was your favorite and least favorite subject? What kind of student were you? I went to day school which was split, half a day we learned and the other half secular studies. My favorite subject was history and my least favorite was chemistry, I was a fair student. 14. What are some vivid memories of your elementary school years? The day that Kennedy was shot and the day our school principal died. 15. Did you have any heroes or role models? My father was my role model. 16. How did you spend your summer vacation? Did you ever go on any vacations? Summers my family spent in the Catskills mountains we used to go to a bungalow colony for many years. We went mostly to Israel 17. What were your favorite summer activities? Playing ball, swimming and when we went to Israel touring. 18. Did most of your family live in the same community? We had no extended family with us it was only me my parents and my sisters. 19. What did you want to be when you grew up? An ophthalmologist- eye surgeon. 20.What big world events do you remember when you were and eighth grader? The assassination of Robert Kennedy, the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther king JR. the Vietnam War, and the 6 day war. 21.What invention did you most remember? The personal computer (P.C). 22. What is the difference between the children growing up now and from when you were growing up? I think the world was a much more peaceful place, the environment was less stressful, and the activities were more wholesome. 23. What was your 1st job? My job was called “Mobile Mitzvah Library Center”. We built the bus with audio, visual technology and books. I used to drive around from school to school to speak to students, not religious students about Judaism.

21: 24.What job did you have for most of your life? I founded Eichlers in 1977 it is a store that sells religious article and gifts. 25.How did you meet your spouse? Through a shadchan in Crown Heights. 26.Where did you get married? In Crown Heights, the Brooklyn Jewish Center. 27.How many children do you have? 3 boys. 28.What was your experience of when your first child was born? Happiness and eagerness. 29.What is something special you liked about seeing your children grow up? Watching them develop and growing up to be the kind of men that I am proud to say that they are my children. 30.How did you feel about raising your children? What was the best part? Very excited and challenged. The best part was watching them get up in the morning and going to sleep at night. 31.How am I like my mother/father? You are quieter than your mother and you seem to be more laid back than she is. 32.What is it like to be a grandparent? Very nice and enjoyable. 33.What do you remember when I was born? When you were a month old you moved to Israel so you grew up there, but I do remember when you and your mother came to visit and you were standing on the coffee table and dancing to music, you were very musically involved. 34.Do you enjoy traveling and where have you traveled to? Yes, I've been in lots places like Israel all over the United States and Europe. 35.What has been your greatest adventure so far? Touring throughout Israel, especially the in parts that we were restricted to go before the 6 day war. 36.What interest and hobbies do you have now? I read, I like learning, I like academia and I like business marketing. 37.What kind of things bring you pleasure? Spending time with my family. 38.What was the most difficult happened to you? Opening a business, building it up, and maintaining it, but it was also the most gratifying when I succeed 39.What are some things important to you? That my grandchildren grow up in a safe world and to have the comfort of life and being able to use it to lead a happy life. 40.What's been your greatest accomplishment so far? Raising 3 sons to be good men.

22: 41.What was your happiest and proudest moment? When I married off all my children. 42.What would you change if you knew what happened now? Not much. 43.What do you hope to accomplish next? To continue to build up business maybe some more geared to helping Israel and people in Israel and accomplishing more good. 44.What do you hope to accomplish next? Helping people. 45.What do you think stayed with you throughout your years? The Lubavichter Rebbe. 46.What age would you go back to if you had a chance and why? To the age around the time I got married, because I would take advantage of the some of the opportunities that I turned down years before that represented itself to me but at the time didn't take them. 47.What advice would you give me? To live your life like a Lubavichter girl, and choose something that you like to do so that your life's work should be what you enjoy. 48.What advice would you say about education? Education is the most important thing that you can impart to someone, you enable them to reach out and do whatever their heart wants to do. 49.What advice would give about money? Money is important but if money is your goal then it'll never bring you happiness, money should be used to help achieve a goal not be your goal. 50.What advice would you give about raising children? Raise your children with honesty and integrity. 51.Is there anything you'd like to add? You should be proud of where you come from, you come from a good family from your mother and father and you have a lot of good family traits from both sides and use them to your advantage. 52. how much did these things cost: Stamp 5 cents Stamp 44 cents Buses 35 cents Buses $2.25 Soda can 10 cents Soda can $1.00 Candy bar 5 cents Candy bar $1.00 Potato chips 5 cents Potato chips 40 cents Loaf of bread 40 cents Loaf of bread $2.00 Roll 6 cents Roll 45 cents i learned from my uncle to always have faith in myself, and to go after what i believe in.

25: Paternal

27: Saba My Saba was born in Hadera, Israel in a hospital called Hillel Yaffe. Throughout his life he lived in Israel, but traveled to many places because he was a shochet. It wasn't difficult for him to keep Shabbos because no one worked on Shabbos in Israel. At that time, Israel was mostly populated by Jews. My Saba trained for about three years and served in the Israeli military. He fought in the Six Day War, the War of Attrition, and the Yom Kippur War. He didn't go to college; at that time college was very expensive and the Rebbe didn't let him go to college. The school in Israel at that time was Bais Rivka. It wasn't difficult for my grandfather to keep kosher. His work as a schochet put him into the position of being able to shecht whenever he pleased. He lived in a spacious apartment with his wife.

29: Savta My grandmother, Chaya Lifshitz, was born in Tashkent, Russia. She lived in Yagorevesk and then went to Paris before she left for Israel. She didn't have a job where she lived because she was only five; most of the time she played with her sisters. Living in Russia was difficult for Jews and so her family ran away. She lived in France for two years before leaving for Israel on a boat named the Galilla. She lived in France until after Israel's War of Independence. My grandmother's education included going to elementary school and then on to high school. She didn't have the opportunity to go on to higher learning because it was not allowed by her Rebbe. When she arrived at her destination, she was still in school and she couldn't get a job. In Israel she attended the Bais Rivka School. Luckily, living in Israel posed no problem in keeping Shabbos or keeping kosher. At that time, my grandmother and her family lived in a state that was mostly populated by Jews. “The first time I went to Argentina, we stopped in Crown Heights. There we saw the Rebbe for the first time. It was a very emotional experience for me. We then went on to Argentina for a year. The people there didn't know what a Jew was. They used to yell at your Saba because he had a beard. It was hard to leave my family, and shortly after, my father passed away. “ My husband left for 3 wars: the Six Day War, the Yom Kipper War, and the War of Attrition. He was injured in the 6 day war.

31: 1.What is your full name? Freida Levin. 2.Who were you named after? I am named after my great grandmother who was named after the daughter of the Alter Rebbe. 3.Where were you born? I was born in Kremenchug Ukraine. 4.How many children were in your family and what number are you? I am the oldest of six 5.Where did you live as a child and describe the life there? When I was 1 years old we moved to Klimavichy Belarus. When I was 7 we moved again to a city named Gomel Belarus we lived in Gomel until I was 17. When I was 17 we moved to Yegoryevsk Russia. Most of the Jews in Gomel were not frum. There were no shuls because the communist government did not allow us to practice Judaism but economically we were stable because there was free trade during the Lenin regime. 6.What was your house like how many bedrooms and bathroom did it have? We lived in a small house but after some time we moved to a big house and that house had 2 bedrooms a living room a bathtub and we were the only house in the city that had a bathroom in our house the rest of the city had bathrooms outside. My room was a small room but well kept and I had a bookcase with all kinds of miniatures and some flower pots hanging on the walls. 7.Describe the mode of transportation you grew up with. There was no transportation we walked everywhere. 8.Where were your parent born and what memories do you have of them? Mother's name was Shaina and she was born in Klimavichy and my father's name was Yosef Yichiel I remember everything they were very religious they had for yiddishkeit they were very good parents they provided us with all we needed my father never worked on even when it was dangerous to not work. My mother was a stay at home mother she managed the house she was very busy we had a cow that she milked and took care of the laundry was done in the river. 9.How did your family earn money were you rich or poor? Economically we were like the average family we were not rich but not poor first my father had a small shop he was repairing and rebuilding sewing and knitting machines. My father was very talented he would buy old machines fix them and sell them he did this all by himself that's how he made a living. Later on when Stalin took power they nationalized all private businesses so my father would go from factory to factory and fix and maintain the machines but he was fired because he refused to work on Shabbos and Yom Tov. When lost our lively hood we moved away from Gomel.

32: 10.What do you remember about grandparents? My grandmother and grandfather from my mother's side I partially remember of the time when we live together in Klimavichy. My grandmother Chaya Sara had a grocery store and my grandfather Moshe Nissan sat and learn the whole day and he would fast every Monday and Thursday and he would tell my grandmother that he shared with her all his rewards from learning and davening because she made it possible for him to learn torah. She passed away when I was 9 years old from pneumonia. At that time they she bought and watched wheat in the house then they would take it to the mill to make flour for the matzos for Pesach. On the way back from the mill it started to rain it was a very cold day she took off her coat covered the flour and ran home, that's how she got pneumonia and passed away. My grandmother from my father's sides name was Risha Rochel and I don't remember a lot from her because she passed away when I was 3. My grand-father from my father's sides name was Nachmun Yehoshua. I remember him very well he lived by his daughter in Gomel when he got old he would stay each month at one of his children's homes. I remember that we honored him and took care of him. We used to go and bring him to our house in a horse and buggy every morning I used to go and buy for him fresh rolls. He used to sit and learn a whole day. 11.Can you tell me anything about your family farther back? My great-grandfather from my father's sides name was he was a Breslev Chossid he used to go to Eretz Yisrael to bring money from the nations to help the Chassidim he is buried in Har Hazasim. My great-grandfather from my mother's side was a dayan in Lubavitch. 12.Is there anything else that you would like to share with me about your family? My mother's brother Reb Hershel Klimuvitcher was a Chossid in Lubavitch by the Rebbe Rashab he passed away young at the age of 36 all our lives were full with event it was times of war and hunger one thing I remember very distinctively that they arrested my father because they ordered him to give them all his gold and he only had 10 dollars and a ring from my mother they didn't believe him so they arrested him. 13.What is your earliest memory from when you were a child? I have a memory of when I was 4 at my uncles wedding it was very happy wedding even though there was no music everyone was singing and dancing. At the age of 5 I remember when my grandmother Chaya Sara gave us money to go to the bakery to buy a roll with one raisin and for us it was a real treat. 14.What were you like as a child, what did you eat, and what did you do in your free time? I like to eat everything because there wasn't much and there was no variety. I like to knit after classes I was working in manufacturing bobby pins and that was how I had money for my expenses. There were no games so we played hopscotch and we used to go to gym I had a library membership and read a lot. We went to the theater I especially liked the operas and

33: operettas and classical music and we had lots of records. In the opera building there was a food stand and my mother delivered to them baked goods so I would deliver it to them in the evening and stay and watch the show there were different groups played. 15.What do you remember about the time before you went to school? I was not in preschool. At the age of 10 I went to school for the first time so till the age of 10 I stayed home and taught myself how to read. 16.What kind of elementary school did you go to and what were your favorite and least favorite subjects? I went to the only Jewish elementary school, learning was in the Yiddish language because the law mandated that all Jewish children had to attend Jewish schools and they had to learn Russian as a foreign language. I liked all subjects but math was my favorite. I was very good student academically. The schools were secular and the anti religious Jews would make parties in the schools on Yom Kipur and on the Seder night of Pesach. I had to find ways to avoid these parties and it was quite hard at my age. 17.What are some memories you have of your elementary school years? I remember the studies were very interesting and high level. They gave us tours in factories my math teacher was very good I also remember my Russian teacher crying from us because we used to make a lot of trouble my science teacher was very strict we weren't allowed to even make a peep in her class. I remember the first principal he passed away and the second principal was also the math teacher. 18.Did you have any heroes or role models? My father was my role model. 19.How did you spend your holidays and did you go on vacations? We didn't do anything special for the summer there was no money for vacations. 20.What were your favorite summer activities Hanging out with our friends in the town. 21.Did most of your family live in the same town? In our town we had aunts and uncles on Yomim Tovim we weren't together but on shabbos we used to get together and visit our relatives. 22.What did you want to be when you grew up? I dreamed of being a doctor or an engineer. 23.What big world events do you remember at the time you were an eighth grader? I didn't know what was going on in the world the newspapers and radios were censored by the Russians. 24.What inventions do you remember? Nothing I remember. 25.What did you learn from someone that had a profound effect on you? From my father I learned to be a straight and honest person to be charitable and helpful toward other people and this is how I lead my life till today.

34: 26.What is the difference about the children growing up to from the way you were brought up? I don't know how the kids behave today I know in my day that there was a lot of discipline in the schools we respected our parents teachers and grandparents the grandparents were a very important figure in the lives of their family. When I was a kid we were at a loss of food, money and games these days B”H the kids are living comfortably. 27.What was your first job? My first job was knitting and selling it for profit. 28.What job did you have for most of your life and what did you like about it? For 21 years I was the head of the kitchen and dorm at the yeshiva in Kfar Chabad. I really enjoyed caring for the bochurim and I was very happy to see the bochurim get what they needed. The work was very challenging and it was very hard to find workers I general specifically good workers. 29.How did you meet your spouse? My husband Binyomin OBM I met in a city called Yegoryevsk someone arranged the shidduch. 30.Where did you get married how and what was your wedding like? I got married in my parents’ house in Yegoryevsk it was very jubilant wedding and went on a whole night. People took a lot of L-chaims I remember my father getting up on a table and dancing. 31.How many children do you have? I have 6 children, 5 daughters and 1 son. 32.What was your experience when your first child was born? When my oldest daughter was born I was very excited to have a healthy and beautiful daughter. 33.What are some memories you have of your children? They were good kids they were athletic they I remember their bar and bat mitzvahs 34.What is something embarrassing that one of your children did that you'll never forget? I remember once my 4 years old daughter went out for a walk and crossed a 6 lane street. 35.What did you feel about raising your children and what was the best and hardest part about it? The kids grew up in very hard conditions, it wasn't any water in the house they had to draw and carry the water to the house there was no heat in the house there was no money for clothing I had to sew them myself the good part about raising the kids was when my father was alive the house was full of joy and happiness my husband had a very nice voice he was a very good chazzan I'm never going to forget the songs we sang on shabbos when he passed away there was 5 kids at home and the youngest was 7 and the house was saddened.

35: 36.Am I more like my mother or father? You are mostly your mother not really your father. 37.What is it like to be a grandparent? It's an amazing feeling you don't have the worries of raising them only the nachas I really like giving them presents and making them bracelets and flowers from beads. 38.What do you remember about me when I was at an early age? I remember when you were 3 years old you used to come with your father to my house every Shabbos you had your small little chair and a special plate and you used to eat the nosh that I gave you. You were a very sweet I loved you a lot a little while after you went to America I came for a bar mitzvah when you saw me you ran over to me and sat on my lap this really touched me. 39.Did you like to travel, where have you gone? When I was young I liked to travel, I traveled to Leningrad and Moscow. 40.What was your greatest adventure? My whole life was full of adventure the most dangerous time was when we were running away from place to place we left everything we had and we were left with nothing. 41.What interests and hobbies do you have and what do you do for fun? I like arts and crafts I make bracelets plates boxes necklaces and with this I fill my time. 42.What things bring you pleasure now? Giving presents brings me most pleasure. 43.What impact did World War One have on your family? When my father was almost drafted into the army he took a temporary injection that caused his arm to be numb the doctor was Jewish and she put herself in grave danger to save my father because in the army they knew about this trick. 44.What impact did the Great Depression have on your family? It had no impact on my family being that I was not in America. 45.What impact did World War One have on your family? The Second World War really hit us hard we ran from place to place we suffered from hunger and diseases. We had to hide from the government so they shouldn't send my husband to the army we were in grave danger when we crossed the border with false papers in the holocaust a lot of our cousins were killed. 46.What is the most difficult thing you had to endure? After I became a widow I had to take care of 5 children I worked really hard in order to feed my family normally it was both hard physically and mentally to take care of all the problems that awakened there were people that helped but taking itself is hard I also had to marry them off myself and that was not easy.

36: 47.What is most important to you now? To take care of my health to live a life of self dependency so I don't have to rely on people to help me. 48.What was your greatest accomplishment? Getting married to a person that I loved and respected and raising a beautiful family. 49.What was your happiest moment? My wedding was my happiest moment. 50.What would you change in your life if you would have known what would've happened? I don't know what I would changed I learned that everything that happens you learn from and you except reality the way it is. 51.What do you hope to accomplish next? To merit the coming of Moshiach. 52.If you could do anything you wanted to do what would it be? Learn more. 53.What do you think stayed with you throughout your entire life? My morals. 54.If you could go back to any age what age would it be? The age when I was a kid because that is when I had no challenges. 55.What advice do you remember that was the best? From my father to leave Russia. 56.What is the best advice you can offer me? To go in the right path to be a Chossid and to respect your parents. 57.What advice can you offer the future generations of our family about education? To be a good student to listen and to have kabalat ol. 58.What advice would you give them about money? To be happy with what you have. 59.What advice can you give on raising children? Physically to feed them they should have clothing they shouldn't be cold to be patient and not to enforce rules by hitting. 60.Since future generation will be reading what do you have to say to them? Hashem should give them what they need they should have luck in life and they shouldn't have to go through the hardships that I went through. 61.Is there anything else you would like to add? To my dismay I lived in a time of poverty people died in the street there was no food or clothing to our luck we had a cow that gave us milk we had old neighbors that their kids sent them bread from Leningrad and they used to give us the left over hard bread this really saved us so you have to thank Hashem for the help that he is giving and to always be faithful. 62.What did it cost for postage stamp, subway, nosh, etc.? We only had the basics no nosh we had bread and milk which was cheap before the war we had no subway postages or anything like that.

39: Family Photos

40: My sister Mushky and my brother-in-law Yaakov | My brother Menachem | Me | My brother Binyomin

41: My parents | My mother's father | My mother's mother | My mother's brother

42: Binyomin | Mushky | Menachem | Me | Mushky | Menachem

43: Binyomin | Menachem | Me | Mushky | Me | Binyomin

50: My father, Mussie Goldshmid, Yami Lifshitz, Tzvika Lifshitz, and Chanie Oilidort | My mother and father at their wedding

52: Binyomin Levin, Are'le Eichler, Zaida, Shlomie Levin, Bubby, Shalom Eichler, Shlomie Eichler, Binyomin Lifshitz, Yossi Levin, Chaim Levin, Menachem Lifshitz, Mushky Lifshitz, Sara'le Levin | My mother, Savta, Saba, My father, Mushky, Menachem, Binyomin

53: My father at 4 years of age

54: My mother my grandfather and my grandmother | My mother | My grandmother my grandfather and my mother

55: My Uncle Meyer, my Aunt Bella, and my mother

57: My mother, my grandfather, and my great grandfather Ahron Eliyahu Eichler

58: My great grandfather Ahron Eliyahu Eichler, and my uncle Meyer | My uncle Meyer, my aunt Leah, my mother and my father

59: My great grandmother Baila Orlansky (Nitzkin) | My great grandmother Sara Toiba | My mother's mother

60: My great grandfather Ahron Eliyahu Eichler | Yuda Schechter, my great grandfather Shlomo Shmuel, my uncle Meyer, and Shya Matlin

61: My mother's mother

62: My great grandmother Freida Levin with her sister Rochel Rivkin | My great great grandfather Yosef Rivkin | Yitzchak Lifshitz and Binyomin Levin

63: Doba Lerrer, Rochel Green, Chana Sucharenko, Freida Levin, Rivka Zacklikowsky, Binyomin Levin, Shlomo Lifshitz, Chaya Lifshitz and Feitel Levin | Shmuel Fried, Shlomo Shimon, Yaffa Shimon, Ada Sudwkewitz, Tzvi Lifshitz, Esther Lifshitz, Rivka Ben Menachem, Avi Ben Menachem, Malka Freid, Yaakov Fried, Yitzchak Lifshitz, Chezkel Shimon, Shlomo Lifshitz, Chaya Lifshitz, Rochel Halperin and Shmuel Ben Menachem

64: Rochel Reichman, Yaakov Reichman, Binyomin Levin, Hersh Rivkin, Chaim Rivkin, Ida Rivkin, Shaina Rivkin, Yosef Rivkin, Freida Levin, Rochel Levin, Chaya Lifshitz, Mulik Rivkin, Batya Hecht, Chaya Kurant and Zahava Klein | Shlomo Lifshitz | Chaya Lifshitz

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