From left to right.My great grandfather Ruben Ralphalovitch who immigrated from Russia to Palestine and owned much land there and then he moved to Montreal in the 1880’s or before and also owned much property there .Next is his wedding picture probably around 1880 in Montreal.My grandmother was born in 1890,one of 5 children.Next is […]
These are my great grandparents and my grandmother on the right i believe in 1895 in Montreal. Before this my great grandparents lived in Palestine coming from Russia . Wait that makes me Palestinian then right?
Happy Birthday to one of my best friends ,my older brother Brian who is 18 months older than me. We always have each other’s backs. We are both steeped in music and in adventures .His rival mine if not greater .He has travelled all over China and Russia and lived in Greece on an island […]
My grandfather Ben circa 1910.He won a clothing store in a poker game on a train stop in Red Deer Alberta .The clothing store was a few miles from Alaska in Prince Rupert a frontier town where most were indians.My father and his siblings were born there,the only Jews ever born there.
this is the little village my great grandparents and family came from in Poland.n a valley, between flat little mountains lies my hometown Krinik. The round market place was the center of the shtetl. Two rows of stores – the source of Jewish retail income – were divided by so called “gates” that united both […]
If you read the story about my grandfather Ben below a few stories back i was on the internet and found out that Ben and his brothers owned the Maple Leaf Theater in Vancouver.My father who was the result of divorced parents on either side of Canada did not really know his father and he […]
Here is a typical Jeremy and Dad story .He is maybe 12 .I am watching a movie or about to .we are downstairs .Jeremy wants to watch something else.I say whoever gets up there and gets the remote control first gets to watch what they want starting NOW ,i race up there do a perfect […]
i believe the balcony on the right was my grandmother’s back in the early 50’s in Montreal..I was maybe 4,5 as she took me by the hand and led me to the Rachel st market across the street where she bought a “fresh killed ” chicken right in front of my eyes.I stared in horror […]
I always felt loved by my Bubbe ,she loved me unconditionally and exuded the warmth of Yiddishkeit that is lost now with that generation.Her accented english played like honey in my ears and i didn’t have to use my imagination to be transported to Lodz or Grodno in the 20’s or 30’s .There was a […]
This was written about 17 years ago .I was in Hawaii when i heard the news on top of the volcano Haleakala above the clouds.GOODBYE Bubbie,Gentle woman.grandmother of my soul and spirit and blood,it is time for you to leave usand i stand by the shore in Maui thinking about you…….Seeing your soft skinned warm facein […]