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The Detroit Jewish News, 1990-05-18

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FRIDAY, MAY 18, 1990

Special to The Jewish News

T

he temperature was 92
degrees and climbing.
On board the Circle
Line tour boat of New York,
passengers were fanning
themselves, sipping cold
drinks, looking limp and
languid.
Not my mother. She sat
sedately on the upper deck,
looking cool in her crisp sum-
mer outfit, watching eagerly
as our boat neared the Statue
of Liberty.
Adjusting her sunhat, she
stood up to get a closer view
of the famous statue, and
beyond it, Ellis Island, where
her own parents had arrived
on a boat from Russia more
than a century ago.
She didn't say a word, but
just gazed for long minutes
into the distance.
Later that weekend, she
went with me on a walking
tour of Lower Manhattan. We
saw the plaque marking the
spot where the first Jews had
set foot in the United States,
visited the Wall Street Syna-
gogue and later noshed on
bagels at the South Street
Seaport.
Despite the heat, my
mother maintained her brisk
stride — and her enthusaism.
As usual, she sent a postcard
to her granddaughter in
Israel, signing it, as she does
lately, "From your globetrot-
ting grandmother."
It's a title she's surely earn-
ed. Ever since my mother,
Lillian Abrams, started to ac-
company me on many of my
trips as a travel writer, she's
been keeping quite a pace.
New England, the South,

Ruth Rovner is a free-lance writer
from Philadelphia.

the Caribbean — she's been
on the move. She's taken
planes, trains, trams, buses
and subways as she shares
with me the joys of Jewish
travel.
With her youthful en-
thusiasm and energy, my
mother defies every stereo-
type about a senior citizen.
And though she'd draw the
line at my announcing her
age publicly, I'll say that she's
been reaping senior citizen
discounts — which she unfail-
ingly asks for whether in our
home town or away — for
more than a decade.
And now she's become an
avid traveler who keeps up a
lively pace as we visit
synagogues, try new delis,
search out Jewish art,
bookstores and historic sites.
She's helped me find stores
selling Judaica in Old San
Juan; wandered with me in
the French Quarter of New
Orleans until we found a
special art gallery featuring
Jewish art and climbed the
hill in Newport to admire the
simple, austere beauty of
Touro Synagogue, oldest in
the nation.
Perhaps it's because she
realizes she doesn't have
endless years ahead to see
new sights that she responds
with unabashed enthusiasm
to each travel experience.
She's even started a travel
journal, promptly getting out
her pen as soon as we're on
the plane returning to
Philadelphia from wherever
we've been. "I want to
remember every detail," she
said recently, as she started
writing her day-by-day ac-
count of our trip to San Juan.
My mother's delight in
Jewish travel has made each
trip more memorable for me
as well. Yet, when we plann-
ed our first jaunt — just a

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