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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.

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

Unasked Questions

I’ll bet I’m not the only one who wishes she had asked her parents and grandparents more questions about family history before it was too late. Although I asked some, and did tape (remember tape recorders?) my grandmother’s reminiscences when she was close to 100, there are other questions that occurred to me only when… Continue Reading

An Informal Introduction

Recently, as I paddled on my favorite Rochester creek, I reveled in the newness of a totally familiar place. Although I hadn’t canoed here in about a year, I knew just what to expect:  where there would be a ninety-degree bend, where a log island, where a dead tree. And yet the water was higher… Continue Reading