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EXCERPT

OF TIMES PAST:
GRANDMOTHER TO GRANDCHILD
Arlene Chavel and Sara Farkas

The Introduction:

MESSAGE TO GRANDMOTHER

Jewish life is about religion, history and tradition. Its transmission through the generations is the key to its vitality.

As grandmother you are the heir to your family history and traditions. You are the link that connects the past with the present and the future; it is a genuine responsibility but a wonderful challenge. Significant events in Jewish history have occurred during your lifetime, your parents' and your grandparents'. As time goes by learning about one's past is less likely; many records and documents disappear along with the generations that have lived through the events. The result is that families find it difficult to pursue their quest for roots. This book offers you an opportunity to preserve precious memories of generations past, to record special dates and episodes meaningful to your family and to pass them on to your grandchildren.

The creation of this family heirloom is a nostalgic journey. We have provided prompts for genealogy, and space for reminiscences. Read through the book. You may then wish to reflect, organize your thoughts and gather information and mementos before writing on its pages.

Have a wonderful time filling in this book. It will become a cherished record for you and your family. In the years to come, when your grandchild is asked by succeeding generations about their family background, a treasure trove of answers will be there for them to go through together.