Generations: Rodef Sholom Storytelling Project

Hear the stories. Meet the people. This is our heritage, right here at home.

 

 

We tell stories to capture and preserve times long gone.

We tell stories to learn who we are, where we’re from, and what carries us forward.

The Generations Project takes us into the lives of people in our midst at Rodef Sholom. From Austria to Morocco, from Brooklyn to Seattle, from Paris to Berkeley, these individuals represent Jewish life in many ways, from strict observance to progressive Judaism. Some have lived through the horrors of the Holocaust and World Wars, others have borne the hardship of the Depression.

No matter what their life’s path, they share extraordinary tales, often untold, of adventure, resilience, strength, faith and character.

This is our heritage, right here at home. A portrait of our beginnings at Rodef Sholom and early Jewish life in Marin. Their stories create a rich tapestry of our Rodef Sholom community.


 

FRAN BARRISH
The world moves quickly, but Judaism (and art) keeps her grounded. 

 

 

SHIRLEY BERMAN
Teaching Hebrew was one of the best experiences of Shirley's life.

  

 

SHAYNE BIALKIN
"Do whatever you can each day, and don’t put things off.  And don’t sweat the small stuff."

 

 

MARIAN BLANTON
Teaching and writing have sustained Marian through thick and thin.

 

 

SUZANNE & DAVE BROAD
"You always hand the Torah down to the next generation but my children handed it up to me."

 

 

GERI & MARTY BROWNSTEIN
Dedicated to tikkun olam and Rodef Sholom.
 

 

ELIANA DUNCAN
It's all about good writing, classic movies, and tzedakah.

 

 

JOAN & FRED FALENDER
A WWII vet with a huge heart.

  

 

POPPY FINSTON
"I sought out Judaism, because I knew that’s what I was. I wanted to know my people."

 

 

LOTTE FRANK
"I try not to look at the bad things, I really don't. I've got so much."

 

 

SOLANGE & ANDRE GABANY
“Even at the end of the war, we still did not believe that the Nazis had killed so many. It’s an important lesson to remember.”

 

 

ANNETTE & HERB HELLER
Reslience, luck, and love shaped their lives, as individuals and as a family.

 

 

JOAN HERSKO
UC Berkeley and a Jewish sorority started Joan on her path.

 

 

MARILYN JACOBS
Family, Judaism and community are central to Marilyn's life.

 

 

JANET KAPLAN
"I loved cooking for the Passover Seders."

 

 

ELSIE KRINITSKY
A Rodef Sholom choir member who was also a shadchanit (matchmaker) brought Elsie and Dave together.

 

 

WARREN LEFORT
"It's important young people know our history."

 

 

INNA MINK
Her path led her from Shanghai to Corte Madera. All along the way, there was art and culture.

 

 

HILDA NAMM
Giving back to the community feeds Hilda's social, spiritual, and physical well-being.

 

 

EDA & JOE PELL
"It's important that people learn to live with each other, and the best way to do that is through knowledge.”

 

 

BETTY PORTJE 
"
My main hope is peace. Be generous. If you think you are wrong, be generous enough to go and admit it."

 

 

VIVIAN RAIN-ZUKOR
Having family nearby is a blessing.

 

 

JEANNE ROSENBLUM
Judaism and Omaha are close to this Midwest woman's heart.

 

 

MAY RUBIN
Activism has always been part of who May is.

 

 

MARLENE & MAX SCHERER
High Holy Days sevices at Civic Center are better with a mezuzah, thanks to Max.

 

 

MARILYN SCHNEIDER & ED SIMON
Listening to the songs at services fills their hearts.

 

 

OLGA THEIN
An independent streak led her from Chicago to the Bay Area to Israel.

 

 

ROSALIE & STAN YACKNIN
Resourceful, vibrant, and helpful members of every community they joined, no matter how big or small.