DAVID AND REGINA COMINS FROM PASSAIC, NEW JERSEY, TO JERUSALEM, 2016.
(photo credit: ALAN ROSENBAUM)
The couple sitting opposite me in the busy Jerusalem café resembles many retired American immigrant couples. The husband wears a large black kippah, and his neatly trimmed salt-and-pepper beard and stylish glasses are part of the daily uniform of many a New Jersey expat. The wife, sporting a colorful kerchief and stylish red earrings, has a quick smile and a friendly manner. But once they tell their tale, it becomes clear that David and Regina “Reggie” Comins are no ordinary couple.
David Comins, 69, grew up in a middle-class Jewish neighborhood in the Bronx, but had no Jewish education. “My parents had a Christmas tree in the house. No bar mitzvah, no candles, no menorah, no fasting on Yom Kippur. I knew I was Jewish and that was the extent of my Jewish education.”
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