Time-Honored Traditions! #galicia


Susan E. King <susan.king@...>
 

As we gather with our families in celebration of Passover, we are
reaffirming our links to one another, and our links to the past. Just
imagine, if you will, your grandparents as children searching for the
Afikomen and their delight upon finding it. Now imagine your own
grandchildren engaging in the same time-honored tradition, right down to
the joyful expression on the children's faces.

The simplest Jewish traditions connect us, one generation to the next.
JewishGen is there to help us make these connections, to uncover our
past, and to pay tribute to and inform for the future.

We would like to share with you the story of how one family just did
this very thing.

Joel Ostrowicz, a long-time resident of Brazil, and native of Kielce,
Poland, passed away in September 2001 at the age of 86. Seeking a unique
way to honor his memory, Joel's granddaughter, long interested and
involved in her family research, initiated discussions within the family
about how to honor his memory. She approached JewishGen regarding the
Kielce Yizkor Book and together we came to the conclusion there is no
more fitting and lasting memorial than to pay tribute to a beloved
family member by helping people worldwide learn about his place of
birth.

We invite you to visit
http://www.jewishgen.org/Yizkor/Kielce/Kielce.html and
http://www.jewishgen.org/Yizkor/translations.html. Joel's family
generously provided funding for JewishGen to undertake a complete
translation of the 328-page Kielce Yizkor Book and to insure that it
will be available as a public service at the JewishGen Yizkor Book
Project site. This gift will have great benefit to everyone throughout
the world with family roots in Kielce and an interest in Poland's Jewish
cultural heritage and history.

There are partial translations of 322 Yizkor Books currently online, and
all can be expanded to include the entire book. There are hundreds more
to do if we are to achieve our mission. We cannot do this without your
dedication and support. It was because of the generosity and creative
thinking of the Joel Ostrowicz family that JewishGen is able to provide
yet another venue for you to honor those who you love and cherish.

Before we gather with our families to commemorate Passover we urge each
and every one of you to visit the newly created Dedication Plaques
address
(http://www.jewishgen.org/jewishgen-erosity/DedicationPlaque.html).
Please consider adding your name or that of a loved one and make a
special investment today in the JewishGen Yizkor Book Translation
Project.

Would this not be a fitting way to participate in such a time-honored
tradition? Together, we can preserve our history for future generations!

from all of us at JewishGen, the Board, the Executive Committee and the
hundreds of volunteers who work behind the scenes to make it all
possible, we wish you a happy and joyous Passover. To our Israeli
friends and families, please know our thoughts and prayers are with you
this holiday - with hope for peace and understanding.

Susan

Susan E. King
President and Founder
JewishGen, Inc.
http://www.jewishgen.org

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