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S: Bubbie Basia's 90th Year Celebration

FC: Bubbie Basia's 90th Year Celebration August 8, 2011

20: Phyllis Simon, Arthur Hister, Vita Kolodny, Mel Krajden, Pola Hister, Melanie & Jack Bailey | Talia & Lauren Bailey, Zach Altman, Jared Altman, Erica Lewis, Harry & Mary Klonoff, Jeremy Altman | Jacob Altman, Michael & Marion Elterman, Michelle & Larry Shaffer, Edie Reiman

21: Aza Reshef, Aaron Altman, Jean-Paul Tremblay, Matan Reshef, Joanna Altman, Danna Reshef, Rita Taylor, Allison Reshef | Gloria & Jack Altman, Ruth Tepper, Michael Altman, Irwin Altman, Pam Klonoff, Bubbie Basia Altman

38: An Ode to Bubbie Basia by the Phoenix Altmans | One fine Phoenix sunny day Bubba Bashia came to stay Escaping Vancouver’s wintry rain It was the Klonoff/Altman’s happy gain After a day or two of relaxation and rest We asked Bubba Bashia to do what she does best She headed to Fry’s with Sandra in tow Collecting all the ingredients needed to get things just so She settled herself in our kitchen barely used Planning recipes that as novices we were confused Baking and cooking and eating we did The Altman boys so enjoyed being a kid Brady and Hazel were excited to see All the good eats and smells and crumbs – those were key Each day before Oprah which came on at 3 Bubba Bashia waited for the Altman boys, wondering where we could be She cooked their special snacks, laid them out as a feast Her hands still covered with flour, sugar, and yeast Around the table all would sit, laugh, and share Bashia and the boys enjoying life without a care You see Bashia is not just a cook and a baker She’s in touch with the teachings and laws of our maker She’s lived a life of hardships and woes It sends shivers down from our heads to our toes | Her experience and wisdom it flows from the heart It you listen to her, you can only get smart She’s espoused how to get by on the littlest of things Instead focusing on values and love, which make your heart sing She loves her sons and daughters in law She’ll tell you to her they’re like daughters – no flaws She treats everyone with kindness, patience, and love She strives to bring happiness and peace like a dove For years the mispookchah went to Tofino Ate bread and cheese and lots of fine vino Basha taught the visitors words that were Yiddush And Friday nights, was part of the Kiddush We’ve learned lots of phrases like mensch, noodge and noo But best of all was just being with you. Bubba Bashia loves Shama for over 66 years Today we express our love and hopefully he hears What a wonderful legacy they both have created A family full of great grandchildren, born since they mated We love our Bubba Bashia in our hearts to our core She’s bequeathed a richness to our lives living on in Altman lore Today we gather to honor her special 90th birthday Please join us as we hug and enjoy, and let us say “le chaim”

39: Our Bubbie Basia takes care – of her family Her sons and husband were fed – like royalty Kapitkus and chicken soup Apple cake and blueberry buns too These are just a few – of her specialties Oh don’t you know She’s our, she’s our, she’s our Bubbie Basia Our one and only – she’s our Bubbie Basia (She’s our, she’s our) she’s our Bubbie Basia We love her so much! Bubbie’s finger means that – she won’t back down When it comes to killing wasps – she takes the crown She’ll eat her onions raw Find bargains when she shops And her Chicken Dance – is the best around Oh don’t you know She’s our, she’s our, she’s our Bubbie Basia Our one and only – she’s our Bubbie Basia (She’s our, she’s our) she’s our Bubbie Basia We love her so much! | She’s Our Bubbie Basia To the Tune of "Be My Baby", by the Ronettes Written & Performed by Joanna, Allison, Matan, Danna, Aza & Jean-Paul

40: Good afternoon. I would like to thank you on behalf of my two brothers and myself for coming to this celebration of our mother’s 90th year. Depending on how this goes it is either my good luck or your misfortune that I couldn’t find any photos to add to the presentation that Aza created for my mother so that I was selected to do this speech. What can a good Jewish boy say to his mother on behalf of himself and his brothers to explain the extraordinary impact that she has had on their three lives? Well, first, he can always talk about food. In this we were very fortunate. Our mother made some wonderful dishes that we still enjoy to this very day. For example, gefilte fish. Every Passover, we would gather around the seder table (when we weren’t sneaking off to grab a peak at the tv coverage of the Canadiens playoff game) and enjoy gefilte fish like no other in the world. Now we are very fortunate in that our mother found someone to carry on that tradition in Gloria and so that flavor is being passed on to her great grand children as well. Then there were kopitkes – a potato, flour and egg combination that we all dearly loved. I took that cause up and my Italian version of that dish, gnocchi, has also delighted those great grand children. By the way I owe my own cooking skills to her as well in that a number of years ago when I still lived at home she left me with our father for a few days. Well my father was certainly no cook and in order to survive I had to cook for the both of us. Our mother was a great baker – honey cakes, butter cakes, apple pies, marble cakes and the summer favourite – stonikes, a blueberry pastry baked in a yeast dough that we would consume by the dozen. That dish has become a summer ritual for the Altman gang that gathers in Tofino each year where Jack, Gloria, Irwin, Pam and others faithfully recreate it – by the way I take it you didn’t bring any back for me. Our mother certainly kept us well fed, but food is but an element of life and her contribution to us far exceeded that. Our mother took an interest in all parts including becoming an avid follower of the sports news on our behalf. When we were living together under one roof she became the morning purveyor of the sports at the breakfast table. In the spring, summer and early fall she would advise us of the Dodgers score and if Koufax were pitching the night before, how he did. In the fall, winter and spring she would keep us apprised of how the calikes (the Canadiens) had done. In addition, you could always count on our mother to keep up on the coming and going of the Hollywood stars and for many years if you needed to know what had happened to a particular performer all you had to do was call her and she would tell you and if by some misfortune the actor had passed on you would hear the ultimate Yiddish expression of that person’s fate – er licked in dreit. In more serious matters, our mother also played a crucial role – she was the family’s disciplinarian. Our mother was determined to ensure our success. She monitored our school performance and if it wasn’t up to snuff, you might be rewarded with a pithy phrase that could keep you up at night, as in my case in university she advised me: Michael, you can ruin your life any way you want. Or you could have a shoe thrown at you just to make sure you got the point. Well, we all got the point as to the benefit of education. But ultimately, the greatest gift a Jewish mother can give (and no I am not talking about guilt) is the love she bestows upon her children and of that she provided us an endless supply. For all of this and much more we are all thankful to you Ma. | Michael's Speech

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