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A widowed mother fights on
July 17, 2014 14:03
Struck by tragedy, Ellen Amzallag found comfort in community and by helping others.

'Its still challenging,’ Amzallag says of losing her husband. ‘But we were in an amazing community and people were just incredible.’. (photo credit:ABIGAIL KLEIN LEICHMAN)

In 1970, 10-year-old Ellen Berkman came on her first trip to Israel with her parents. She recalls writing to her fourth-grade classmates at Hillel Academy in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, that “everyone in Israel is friendly, including the birds, because they eat breadcrumbs from my palm.”

Her father rented a car on that trip and often stopped for hitchhiking soldiers. When Ellen complained about having to share the backseat, he explained that he was setting an example. “One day you may be here, and I want others to pick you or your children up if you need a lift.”


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