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PART A – Year 1920- ENTERING PALESTINE............................................................. 1

1.      My Grandparents. ............................................................................................1

2.           My Parents- Entering Palestine............................................................. 3

3.           The Early Years in Palestine. ..................................................................5

A.          Earning a Living. ..................................................................................5

B.           Arab Terrorism.................................................................................. 8

C.           Haganah & its Precursor................................................................. 9

4.            MAMA............................................................................................................ 9

A.          Zionist Youth Leader.......................................................................... 9

B.          Arrested by the Bolsheviks........................................................... 10

C.          Kibbutz Degania & Later Afikim................................................... 10

D.          Silent Films........................................................................................ 11

E.           The Beauty of Classical Music..................................................... 11

F.      Emotional Reunion after 47 Years. ..................................................12

G.          Memories of Mama. .........................................................................12

5.      PAPA –Early Years in Palestine. ...............................................................15

A.          From Crimea to Palestine. .............................................................15

B.          Hired by the British.......................................................................... 15

6.      KIRYAT CHAIM................................................................................................ 16

A.          New Yishuv......................................................................................... 16

B.          Rechov Beit .........................................................................................17

C.          Toilet Facilities.................................................................................. 17

D.          Chicken Coop. ....................................................................................18

E.          Guard Duty.......................................................................................... 19

F.          Weaponry............................................................................................ 20

G.          Growing Up In a Tiny Yishuv......................................................... 20

H.          Mahmud, the Arab Halva Vendor ................................................21

I.           The Fish Peddler & Others............................................................. 21

J.           Wildlife................................................................................................ 22

K.          Scorpion Invasion............................................................................. 23

L.          Activities. .............................................................................................24

M.         Schooling. ...........................................................................................25

N.          Mischievous Me. ...............................................................................26

7.      ARAB MASSACRES & WAR THREAT....................................................... 27

A.          Hebron Massacres.......................................................................... 27

B.          Emigration to America................................................................... 28

Part B - COMING TO AMERICA...................................................................................... 28

1.      COMING TO AMERICA – September 1939............................................... 28

A.          Panic in Paris. ....................................................................................28

B.          Cherbourg and the Queen Mary................................................... 29

C.          Finally- In America. ..........................................................................31

D.          Fire Alarm Signal Box. ....................................................................32

E.          The Bicycle Shop and Rear Apartment...................................... 32

F.          New York World's Fair..................................................................... 33

G.          Burnt Beyond Recognition............................................................. 34

H.          The Zucrows to the Rescue. ..........................................................36

2.      OUR ‘NEW’ APARTMENT.............................................................................. 37

A.          Brownsville –145 Christopher Avenue, Brooklyn, N.Y........... 37

B.          A Ramshackle Building................................................................... 37

C.          Our New Neighborhood - Brownsville........................................ 39

D.          Streets Filled with Children.......................................................... 40

E.          Synagogues Everywhere................................................................ 40

F.          Our First Radio.................................................................................. 40

G.          Our ‘Indoor’ Refrigerator ................................................................41

H.          Our ‘Outdoor’ Refrigerator .............................................................42

I.           Army Cot in Kitchen. .........................................................................42

3.       Poor in Brownsville. .....................................................................................43

A.          Poverty. ................................................................................................43

B.          A Hard Life. .........................................................................................43

C.          How Little We Had............................................................................ 44

D.          The Local Grocery Store. ...............................................................44

E.          Rationing and Wartime Restrictions........................................... 45

F.          Doing Laundry................................................................................... 46

G.           The Outdoor Clothes-Lines........................................................... 47

H.           Tziganyas (Gypsies)........................................................................ 48

I.          Dusseldorf – The Parrot................................................................. 49

J.          Communal Pesach. ..........................................................................51

K.         I Remember........................................................................................ 52

L.          Reusing everyday items................................................................. 53

M.          Movie Theater................................................................................... 53

N.          My Simple Childhood...................................................................... 54

O.          Communication- Then and Now.................................................. 55

P.          CARBON PAPER................................................................................ 55

Q.          SENSE OF COMMUNITY.................................................................. 56

R.          CENTRAL HEATING & ALTE ZACHEN.......................................... 56

4.       MOVING TO WILLIAMSBURG.. ...................................................................57

A.          New Job for Papa. ............................................................................57

B.          Rented Horse and Wagon.............................................................. 57

C.          Kooba Kola – A Grim Situation..................................................... 58

5.       BACK TO BROWNSVILLE.............................................................................58

1949 – A Turning Point ..................................................................................60

Papa Opened a Locksmith Store. ...............................................................60

6.       LINDEN BLVD................................................................................................. 61

A.          A Brand New House......................................................................... 61

B.          Kapchonkas. .......................................................................................62

Part C – My Education..................................................................................................... 63

1.      SCHOOL- Elementary & Junior High School .........................................63

A.          Elementary Public School............................................................. 63

B.          P.S. 184. ..............................................................................................63

C.          Challenges to Academic Achievement....................................... 64

D.          Determined to Succeed.................................................................. 65

E.          Junior High School ...........................................................................65

2.      Judaic Studies................................................................................................ 66

A.          Talmud Torah. ...................................................................................66

B.          Hebrew High School ........................................................................67

C.          Chaim Berlin Mesivta. .....................................................................67

3.      BROOKLYN TECHNICAL HIGH SCHOOL................................................... 68

A.          Gaining Admission........................................................................... 68

B.          Culture Shock.................................................................................... 68

C.          An Inside Look................................................................................... 69

4.           AT COOPER UNION.................................................................................. 70

A.          Gaining Admission. ..........................................................................70

B.     Intensive Instruction............................................................................. 70

C.          Drop Outs............................................................................................ 71

D.          Green Engineering Camp............................................................... 71

E.          Classes Resume. ...............................................................................73

F.          Cooperation Trumps Competitiveness....................................... 74

G.          Honors, Awards & Achievements................................................ 74

H.          Extra-Curricular Activities............................................................. 78

I.           Fraternity Life................................................................................... 78

J.          Teachers. .............................................................................................81

K.         DEBATING SOCIETY.......................................................................... 82

L.          WEST POINT MILITARY ACADEMY............................................... 83

M.          Public Speaking. ...............................................................................84

5.      Graduate School ............................................................................................85

A.          Graduate School, Work or the Armed Forces?. .......................85

B.          Fellowships........................................................................................ 85

C.          Magnanimous. ...................................................................................92

D.          Harvard versus M.I.T....................................................................... 94

6       AT MASSACHUSETTS INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY (M.I.T.) .............94

A.          The MIT Sloan School of Management...................................... 94

B.          My Roommates at the M.I.T. ..........................................................95

C.          Private Room Became Available. .................................................95

D.          Kosher Provisions. ...........................................................................96

E.          Dean Eli Shapiro. ..............................................................................96

F.          The Sloan School of Finance and Industrial Management ..97

G.          Graduate Management Society.................................................... 97

PART D –World War II & My Grandparents. ..............................................................98

1.      An Emotional Upheaval ...............................................................................98

2.      SAVTA and SABA.. .........................................................................................99

A.          My Paternal Grandparents Remained In Palestine................ 99

B.          Searching Garbage Dumpsters for Food. .................................99

C.          Papa and Lazar go to Palestine. ................................................100

Part E.     SAVTA, THEN VARYA, ARRIVE IN AMERICA......................................... 100

1.      Port of New York (July 1946) ...................................................................100

2.      SAVTA Gets Lost ..........................................................................................101

3.      Kissing the Mezuzah.................................................................................. 101

4.      Savta Grieved. ..............................................................................................102

5.      VARYA.. ...........................................................................................................102

B.  Private Bill Passed by Congress. ........................................................103

C.          Bringing Varya to America.......................................................... 103

D.          Keeping Varya Occupied.............................................................. 104

E.          Varya Hospitalized. ........................................................................104

PART F - BLOSSOM –My Wife of 56 Years............................................................. 104

1.            BLOSSOM................................................................................................ 104

A.          How we met .....................................................................................104

B           Marriage. ..........................................................................................107

C.          Nanny Gittel .....................................................................................108

D.           Our Wedding................................................................................... 109

1.           Our 47th Anniversary- “How well I remember” ..........111

2.           For My Darling Bunye, on Our Golden Anniversary -November 28, 2009. ............................................................................117

E.          Jalopy. ...............................................................................................119

F.          Family Arguments......................................................................... 120

PART G- OUR HOME.. ....................................................................................................120

1.            OUR FIRST APARTMENT ON EAST 91ST STREET...................... 120

A.          A Travesty........................................................................................ 120

B.          Trudging Up Four Floors............................................................. 121

2.      Mill Basin House. .........................................................................................121

A.          Purchase of House. .......................................................................121

B.          Our Home for 35 Years................................................................. 122

C.          Pesach Kitchen. ..............................................................................122

D.          Our Garden. .....................................................................................123

E.           Tornado on Erev Succot .............................................................125

F.          Thirty Six Years.............................................................................. 126

3.      MANALAPAN.. ...............................................................................................126

A.          Leaving Mill Basin......................................................................... 126

B.          New Single Home Development ...............................................127

C.          Dream House. .................................................................................127

D.          Gardening........................................................................................ 134

PART H – SHARON  ע"הN . ..........................................................................................141

So many stories to tell about both our daughters. .............................................141

1.         Sharon –Our First-Born. .......................................................................143

A.           Time to Go to Hospital................................................................. 143

B.           Birth of Sharon. ............................................................................143

C.           COMING HOME FROM THE HOSPITAL..................................... 144

D.           PROPITIOUS TIMING.. ...................................................................144

E.           A VERY SPECIAL “BEREISHIT”................................................... 144

F.           Sharon Volunteers for Six Month. ............................................145

2.          Sharon- Cambridge Experience........................................................ 145

3.          Sharon’s Marriage to Uriel ..................................................................146

4.          Sharon’s Aliyah to Israel ......................................................................146

5.          1991: Iraqi Scud missiles hit Israel ...................................................147

6.          SHARON   ע"ה  - A True Eshet Chayil ................................................148

PART I – My Summer & Part-time Jobs. ...............................................................149

1.           EVENING OUT MAGAZINE. ...................................................................149

2.           SUNNYLAND HOTEL - MY UNCLE’S HOTEL IN THE CATSKILL. 150

A.          Summer Getaway. .........................................................................150

B.          Recruited Five High School Friends. ........................................151

C.          Promoted to Busboy. .....................................................................151

D.          Evenings Were for Relaxation. ...................................................152

3.    Recruiters at Cooper Union. .......................................................................153

4.           G.E. Pittsfield- My Patent..................................................................... 154

5.           LONG ISLAND JEWISH WORLD.. ........................................................156

6.           Merrill Moore and the Dance of Death............................................ 157

A.           Industrial Background................................................................. 159

B.           Solderless Terminals and Connectors. ..................................159

A.          How it started. ........................................................................159

B.          Financing the Business. .......................................................160

C.          Larger Premises.................................................................... 161

D.          Floor Caved In. ........................................................................161

E.          Relocation & Growing Pains............................................... 162

F.          Relocating Again. ...................................................................162

G.          Relationship with Japanese Supplier. .............................162

H.          RELOCATING ONCE AGAIN.. ................................................163

I.            Preston Court - Moving In. ..................................................163

J.           Farmingdale Building.......................................................... 165

K.          Unionization Attempt............................................................ 167

L.          Office Operations. ...................................................................167

M.         Papa and Mama Relocated to Syosset............................ 167

7.           My Very First Trip. .................................................................................167

8.           Arriving at Tokyo International Airport ...........................................168

9.           Japanese Greetings. .............................................................................169

10.          The Bullet Train & Arrival in Osaka................................................ 169

11.          The Guest of Honor & the Restaurant............................................ 170

12.          Brachot?. .................................................................................................170

13.          Food Artistry.......................................................................................... 170

14.          The Following Morning....................................................................... 171

15.          Business & Technical Meetings. ......................................................171

16.          Eating Supper in My Hotel Room.................................................... 172

17.          My First Shabbat in Japan. ...............................................................172

18.          Blossom Joins Me on a Trip to Japan. ...........................................172

19.          Selling and Reselling the Business. ...............................................176

Part J   - Papa- in America........................................................................................ 177

1.           A Creative Genius Papa (1905- 1988) .............................................177

A.          Storeroom.. ......................................................................................178

B.          A Well Organized Workshop. ......................................................178

C.          Fearless. ...........................................................................................178

       2.Memories of Papa. .............................................................................................179

A.          Obligations to HaShem................................................................. 179

B.          Marriage to Mama. ........................................................................179

C.          Pesach Seder ..................................................................................180

D.          Papa’s Visits.................................................................................... 180

E.          Rheumatism and the “Greener” Dentist.................................. 181

F           Mincha. ..............................................................................................181

G.          Back to Kiryat Chaim.................................................................... 182

H.          On the Occasion of Papa’s 10th Yahrzeit................................ 183

I.          On the Occasion of Papa’s Eleventh Yahrzeit, ..... ..................184

PART K.   Children, Grandchildren & Great-Grandchildren. .............................185

1.           Children, Grandchildren -Baruch HaShem.. ..................................185

2.           Marriage of Grandchildren. ................................................................186

PART L- The Wonders of Change. ............................................................................187

1.           My Tenth Birthday. ................................................................................187

2.           Simple Pleasures.................................................................................. 188

3.      I Remember Well .........................................................................................188

A.          AS AN OCTOGENARIAN................................................................ 188

B.          EMAIL................................................................................................. 189

C.          MUSIC.. ..............................................................................................189

D.         Telephones. .......................................................................................190

E.         Smart Phones................................................................................... 191

F.         Skype....................................................................................................191

G.         Waze. ..................................................................................................192

H.         Car Seats –. .......................................................................................192

I.           Air Bags & Auto Safety Devices. .................................................192

J.          Microwaves...................................................................................... 193

K.         Television. ..........................................................................................193

L.          Dragon Naturally Speaking......................................................... 193

M.         GPS. ....................................................................................................193

N.         The Candy Store.............................................................................. 194

O.          Punishment..................................................................................... 194

P.          Transportation. ...............................................................................194

Q.          Coney Island. ...................................................................................195

R.          The Clothing I Wore. ......................................................................195

S.          PLAY STATIONS & VIDEO GAMES. ............................................195

T.          Pushcart Market .............................................................................195

Part M -      Going to Russia........................................................................................ 196

1.           Trip to Kransodar (Russia).................................................................. 196

Part N-      Aliyah to Israel........................................................................................... 200

1.          Fulfillment of Our Dreams................................................................... 200

2.          Wish to Join our Children and Grandchildren................................ 201

3.          Our Daughters’ Aliyah........................................................................... 201

4.          Our Aliyah. ................................................................................................203

A -         Nefesh B’Nefesh. ...........................................................................203

B-          Packing. ...........................................................................................204

C-          Arriving in Israel............................................................................ 206

D-          By Order of US Homeland Security. ........................................206

E-          Container Finally Arrives. ...........................................................207

F-          Letter to our Friends.................................................................... 208

G.          Worth it all ........................................................................................209

H.          Spine-Tingling Experience…....................................................... 209

I.            The Cookie Factory -..................................................................... 210

J.           Chanukah Came Early. .................................................................211

K.           Clinging to Memories – The Sacred (?) Amulet.................... 214

L.          VISITING SACRED SITES. ..............................................................215

5.      Machpela (Cave of the Patriarchs)......................................................... 215

6.                   KEVER RACHEL............................................................................. 216

7.           The Kotel.................................................................................................. 218

8.           Ancient Synagogues............................................................................. 219

A.          BESEECHING GREAT TZADDIKIM.............................................. 219

B.         Frustrations of a New Immigrant ..............................................219

9.    Even before we made Aliyah we savored “Israeli exasperation”... 220

10.           Absorption Experience...................................................................... 220

11.           The list begins with…......................................................................... 221

PART O -     WRITING AND ACTIVISM.. .....................................................................223

1.           Love of Writing....................................................................................... 223

2.           Motionless Wor....................................................................................... 224

3.           Progression and Effectiveness. .........................................................225

4.           Writing with a Passion......................................................................... 227

5.           Other Writing. ..........................................................................................227

PART P - Superstitions. ...............................................................................................228

1.           Growing Up With Superstitions......................................................... 228

2.           Poo, Poo, Poo. .........................................................................................229

3.           Cutting an Egg on Pesach. ..................................................................230

Part Q.   Synagogues & Returnees to Judaism.. ...................................................231

1.           Flatbush Park Jewish Center............................................................. 232

2.           Sephardic Center of Mill Basin. .........................................................232

3.      Working with Returnees to Judaism.. ...................................................233

PART R.   Sefer Torah Dedications........................................................................... 234

PART S-  Ambivalent Emotions................................................................................. 235

1.           Baruch Dayan Emet – Mama & Papa............................................... 235

2.           Death of Our Daughter, Sharon. ........................................................235

PART T –  Krymchaki -  A Personal Background................................................. 235

1.          Who Were the Krymchaki ?. ................................................................235

2.          Melodies and Minhagim the Pesach Seder. ...................................236

3.           Hamin Eggs (a traditional Krymchaki  favorite)........................... 236

4.          Pastel .........................................................................................................237

5.          Languages. ...............................................................................................237

6.          Religious Ritual & Rites. .......................................................................238

Part U - GLOSSARY.. ....................................................................................................238

APPENDICES. ..................................................................................................................243

APPENDIX A - Books I have written. ................................................................243

APPENDIX B - DOCUMENTS Relating to Palestine, USA. Immigration. 246

APPENDIX C- Newspaper Articles about Israel Rubin. ..............................279

1.       FROM: Jewish Telegraph (UK) 12/2/2011.................................. 279

2.      Jerusalem Post Magazine – Dec 4, 2014..................................... 280

Appendix D   The Family Whistle. .....................................................................282

Appendix E- -My Hobbies. ...................................................................................282

A.          Stamp collecting. ...........................................................................282

B.          Clarinet and Flute. .........................................................................283

Appendix F –  Management Consulting. ........................................................283

Appendix G -Disclaimer. .....................................................................................286

Photo Gallery A –  KIRYAT CHAIM - Photos........................................................... 287

Photo Gallery B –  ARAB VIOLENCE- Photos. .......................................................287