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Beth Ahabah Voices: David Gardner: Teaching an Old Dog a New Trick

by David Gardner

As I approached my 70th birthday and retirement about three years ago, I began to think about new adventures and challenges. In the past I had run marathons, cycled, skied, played tennis, etc.—all of which provided balance in my life to offset the stresses of my academic and clinical pursuits. Read More


Beth Ahabah Voices: Renate Forssmann-Falck: Trekking Kilimanjaro

by Renate Forssmann-Falck

It started in spring of 2014 with an advertisement of the Massey Cancer Center. It showed a man hiking in a desolate landscape. The voice said something like “He finished his cancer treatment and is now on the way to a better place–Kilimanjaro.” It touched me deeply. I knew I had to go up there. I love mountains, hiking and nature. It is also a connection with my mother who trekked the Alps with my grandfather. When life was rough, she would say “Look up to the mountain, there will be help.” I too, when life poses struggles, find solace in the solitude of nature. Eventually, I figured out that my mother cited Psalm 121. Read More


Beth Ahabah Voices: Karen Olshansky: Renewal After Retirement

After retirement, I revived a passion that had been dormant for the 35 years that I practiced clinical social work. I have always loved poetry, and had even tried writing some poems in my high school and college years and then again as a young mother. With the hectic responsibilities of motherhood, going back to school to pursue an MSW degree, and building a practice, my earlier interest in poetry became buried under the more pressing (although very rewarding and pleasurable) activities of professional and family life. Read More


TRAVEL: Gomez Mill House (c.1714)

by Jim Schuyler

During the Labor Day weekend, Frank and I drove to Northern New Jersey to celebrate my grandniece’s Bat Mitzvah. We decided to continue north to New York’s Hudson River Valley, where we reserved a lovely cottage near Hudson NY for a week’s holiday.

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Beth Ahabah Voices: Brandon Farbstein

“I’m Meant to Make a Difference for Somebody”

On stage and in the community, a young Richmonder proves he’s more than his disability

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Beth Ahabah Voices: Earl Ferguson

One of the most delightful parts of my position as Chair of North American Camping and Israel Programs for the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ) is that I get the opportunity to visit the various camps around North America.  Most of our congregants are not aware that the URJ own the largest group of non-profit Jewish Camps in the world!  As of writing there are 16 of them. They are (in no particular order) Read More


Beth Ahabah Voices: Debra Gardner

When I was about to turn 60 and planning to retire from almost 30 years practicing law, I had a major problem. What was I going to do? My brain was going to turn to mush! I Read More


Beth Ahabah Voices: Jeff Reynolds

Many people strive to reach the top in their careers, but for Jeff Reynolds, it has a whole other meaning. Jeff has reached altitudes few have ever experienced, 29,029 feet to be exact. That was the top of Everest in May, 2012.

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