Tonight I made my friend Liz’s apple cinnamon cake in a “spring-form pan” for break-fast or just for breakfast. I was thinking about my blog entry from April 2012 when I thought I was hysterical writing about….”springform pans in 1800′s Europe” and “Do they have 5k’s in Warsaw?”. Back then I thought I was the only one going to read my blog. It amazing that even after the trip, I am still getting followers and my blog has hit over 4,300 hits. Since the trip, I have a visual on the house where my great great grandparents lived. Like me tonight, they prepared special food and deserts for the holy holiday of Yom Kippur. I wonder if we share the same recipes? Did my great great grandmother use a spring-form pan? LOL. Wishing everyone an easy fast.
It’s been a long time since I have blogged. Got a little burned out and hadn’t had a major break through in a while. I decided to cyperstalk at the bottom of the tree to see if I could find some “live” family and make a connection. What I found was a gem! Have had some wonderful emails with cousins on my dad’s side. One of the cousins lived next door to him growing up on Tilbury St in Pittsburgh. How wonderful. I hope we can continue the dialog and meet someday.
I think everyone close to me (and now public in the Phoenix Jewish News article from last week) knows that I am pretty passionate about doing genealogy research on my Ancestry.com Family Tree. In the article, I admit to being a Facebook stalker. I may be incorrect but I feel like if you had someone who is doing research on documenting your family tree and you were in that family, wouldn’t you want to know? It is not like I am looking to become best friends; just friendly. I usually message , “hi, I just wanted to let you know I have done a lot of research on our family and if you are interested, I can send you an invite to our tree” I usually include how we are related with names. It is funny…of the family that I have stalked (easy with the “I’m related to” section of Facebook) about 20% have responded. The rest have ignored my message. My picture is rather normal…I don’t have crazy cat pictures on my wall… wondering why they don’t respond? It’s ok because the ones I do communicate with have been gems.
I think it is amazing to know I have found family members that are/have been incredible things like….optometrists, butchers, 2 in NFL personnel, Rabbis, writers, the founder of IHOP, a Holocaust survivor living 3 years in the woods, embroiders, Doctors, actors, flax dealer, bartenders, Cantors, painters, and a tattoo artist. Still connecting the dots on Al Jolson… It is written that he was born in my great great grandmother’s house, she was supposedly his Aunt.
I just finished reading “Crossing the River” by Shalom Eilati. It was recommended to me by a Temple Chai Member who is related to the author and thought I would be interested as I had just spoke at Yiskor about our trip to Lithuania. He said he wanted to go with his cousin who had an incredible escape from the Kaunas Ghetto, lived in hiding with Lithuanians, traveled to Germany then finally to Israel. I feel like I now have names and stories to the places I visited. The IX fort which was the mass murder site for more than 30,000 Jews has names attached. When we were there; we walked the grounds, traced the path of the escapees, saw the areas of execution, but…it didn’t feel personal until now. The pictures I took in the museum (oops I wasn’t supposed to, sorry Chaim!) now have new meaning. Anyway, Bennett has now taken the book and is likely going to read it in 2 days being the speed reader that he is. I am sure that he will write about it in his “bennettsbookblog” when he finishes it. I will be curious to see his reaction as a child the same age as the author while under Nazi captivity. What would he have done? Would he have been so brave?