YUDIT SIDIKMAN, 54 FROM: HIGHLAND PARK, NEW JERSEY, TO JERUSALEM, 1984.
(photo credit: EL HALEV)
From seminary student to home repair specialist, from toy entrepreneur to women’s self-defense expert, Yudit Sidikman has played many parts since her arrival in Israel 34 years ago. She has experienced trauma and tragedy, as well as success and acclaim. Sidikman recounts her story with an emotional mixture of laughter, tears, humor and self-deprecation.Her father, president of the local Reform synagogue in New Brunswick, New Jersey, was active in the Jewish Federation, and wanted her to have a Jewish education. Sidikman attended Hebrew school as part of her regular schedule. She speaks with great regard for the education that she received. “One of the most profound things that I was taught was ‘don’t dismiss a mitzva until you learn about it and decide if it works for you in your life.’ The encouragement to make that type of analysis made me observant,” she says.
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