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A Career of Caring

Barbara Bensoussan

After extricating herself and her family from a life of poverty, Batsheva Mandel was driven to help other children whose lives had been marred by tragedy or disability. Batsheva, who helped found Ohel Children’s Home and Mishkan Bnai Yisrael, left this world last Kislev, but her groundbreaking contribution to the welfare of Jewish children carries on.

 

Turning Tides: Second Wife, Second Best

As told to Leah Gebber

I was one of those women who, never having found the right person, seemed to whither and shrivel into premature old age. And then, in an Indian summer, when I was 49, I was introduced to a widower seven years my senior. David was 56, with six children. His wife had passed on four years before and, gregarious and sociable by nature, he didn’t want to spend the rest of his life alone.

 

Shviggers Talk

Esther Sender

Your child is no longer the child that you knew and raised. He or she is now half of a couple. A new creation that has to meld and bond. So where does this leave you? A collection of shvigger experiences — before and after these women resolved to make a dramatic shift in perspective.

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