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Torah Into Polish
Because Sandy Danto's grandparents' lives were
forcibly extinguished during the Holocaust, she and
her husband, Jim, wanted to find a way to honor their
memories with the dignity they were denied.
The Dantos created the Gitel and Yankel
Muskovitz, Sarah and Kalma Garfinkel Memorial
fund at JHCN to help individuals and their families
cope with terminal illness and end-of-life issues.
"We support JHCN because it helps provide the
dignity denied to my grandparents at life's end,"
Sandy says. "We are grateful for the spiritual
support, counseling and compassionate services
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he body of Polish-born
Israeli Robert Dov HaEzrachi
was recovered Dec. 17 near
Dahab, Egypt. HaEzrachi suffered
a diving accident on Dec. 13 in the
200-foot deep drop of the Blue Hole,
the spectacular and dangerous diving
site in Sinai, where he had worked as
a diving instructor for the last four
HaEzrachi, formerly Wieckowski,
first came to Israel as a student at
the Pardes Institute in Jerusalem in
2003 when he was 40 and studied
through 2005, the year he converted
to Judaism. Before his conversion, he
made a unique contribution to the
Jewish world by helping to translate
the Torah into modern Polish for the
new Jewish community there, the
Jerusalem Post reported in 2005.
"He was a terrific student:' recalled
David Bernstein, dean of the Pardes
Institute. "He was serious about his
desire to join the Jewish people and
a real mentsh. He fell in love with
Judaism in Poland and came here!'
HaEzrachi took an active role at
Pardes, acting as construction man-
ager of the first rooftop sukah in 2004.
"He designed it and put it together:'
said Bernstein. "He was very handy"
Though HaEzrachi had never explic-
itly told his non-Jewish family, all of
whom still reside in Poland, that he
wanted a Jewish burial in Israel, they
"understood that he would want to be
buried here said Bernstein.
In a letter to Pardes, they wrote that
although they would want to have him
closer to the family in Poland, it was
Robert's life decision to be Jewish and
he would "want Jerusalem." His Polish
and American relatives were to come
to Israel, many of them for the first
time, for the funeral. fl
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