Judith spends Friday afternoons with her son David.

“It is the story many Israelis can tell you.
I was born in Czechoslovakia in 1919. Czechoslovakia was found by Americans in 1918. My parents were born at the territory of Moravia which was the Austrian land. My whole family always wanted to come to Israel… I ran away from Hitler, in 1939 I left Czechoslovakia. I came as a student to Hebrew University. I only could come to Palestine because I was admitted to the University. There were few of us from Czechoslovakia… But afterwards I didn’t want to study at the University so I entered the school of nursing. The language of studying was Hebrew, I knew Hebrew a little from the Zionist Movement and of course I learned quickly at the University. I studied nursing for three years, now the study program lasts 4 years. After I finished I was chosen to be a director of the school. I was the director for 15 years but I am not 100% sure. I was able to link the school to the Hebrew University so it had become a regular faculty of the medicine department. In the meantime I was studying and received B.A, M.A and PHD degrees. I also got married. My husband was a composer, conductor and also played many instruments.”

David: “My father studied in Prague to become a layer. They both came on the same boat to Palestine in December 1939 but they got to know each other many years later. He worked for the radio and he formed the Bach Society. In 80’s he formed the Chamber Music Orchestra for new immigrants. He was a well-known composer and conductor. He loved the organs the most and he mainly played in the churches.
My mom’s life work was the establishment of a nursing department at Hebrew University from the former professional school. She did it the same in Tzfat. She received many prices among the others the highest award from the major of Jerusalem.”

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Judith: “There was a time when Israel had a good relationship with Africa. I don’t remember which the year was but I was sent to Africa to see how efficient and relevant our knowledge and experience was for Africans… In the exchange they were sent to us so we could train them in our school in Jerusalem. I think that was the most interesting part of my life."

David: “I think she should light a torch on the independence day at Mount Herzl as many great Israelis do.”

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