Author Archives: B.J. Yudelson

B.J. Yudelson 1939-2015

Died August 8, 2015, at age 76. Predeceased by her parents, Bert and Joe Heyman, and daughter, Ruth Leah Yudelson. Survived by her husband, Julian; son, Larry; daughter, Miriam Katz; grandchildren; and sister, Margaret Cohen.

She loved family and friends, Judaism and the outdoors, writing and learning. B.J. was an active volunteer in many areas of the Rochester community. She shared her life’s story in her book, “With an outstretched arm: A memoir of love and loss, family and faith

B.J.’s service was held at Congregation Beth Sholom. Please consider donations to Congregation Beth Sholom or the Jewish Community Federation or a charity of your choice . How you do for others is your choice, that you do for others is B.J.’s wish.

Geriatric Picnic

We are at a Catskill resort to celebrate my parents’ 50th anniversary. Even in its heyday, the Homowack would not have been up to my family’s standards. It’s not that it wasn’t fancy enough—my parents gravitated toward rustic North Carolina lodges. It just attracted a different type of guest, those from Brooklyn or the Bronx,… Continue Reading

Loving Nurses: Refined by Fire

  It was three days before I noticed it. The third night that Molly was my nurse, I spotted her wrist tattoo: a graphic of some kind, and what seemed to be Hebrew writing. At first, I tried to sneak a better glimpse. When my surreptitious peeks didn’t work, I broke down and asked this… Continue Reading

Tutoring: Nourishing the Spirit

…The single most important predictor of academic success is the amount of time children spend reading books—more important, even, than economic or social status (Atwell, 2007). At the start of a new school year, I walk down the hall with the mild-mannered fifth grader I have tutored since she was six. “How was your summer?… Continue Reading