Friday, October 03, 2014

Vintage Photo Friday - Yom Kippur

Today at sundown is the start of Yom Kippur.  This is the holiest of high holy days EVER in the Jewish religion. It is customary to fast and reflect on your life, atone for your sins and pledge to do better in the coming year.
My maternal grandfather was very religious. He always celebrated his birthday at the end of Yom Kippur, no matter what the date was. The dinner to break the fast was also Grandpa Sam's birthday party.  We have always celebrated this day together. Our family has changed over the years, many have left us and new generations have joined, but we still convene to break the fast at the end of Yom Kippur.
Here are a few family gatherings of years gone by:
1943. Los Angeles, L-R: Celia, Mae, Jack, George, Roz, Freda and Sam.  This looks like some FANCY restaurant with those silver domes on everyone's plate!

1959. Granada Hills. Top Row, L-R: Carolyn, Sam, Janet, Freda.  Bottom Row, L-R: Ellen, Marilyn, Kenny

1959. Granada Hills. L-R: Sam, Marvin, Kenny, George, Bob

This year's break-the-fast will, once again, be held at Hillcrest Country Club.  This is a most sumptuous feast, enjoyed with family and friends. 
2012.  Hillcrest Country Club Dining Room

October 2013. Our family dinner.  Back Row, L-R: Hal, Julia, Doug, Ellen, Larry, Carolyn, John, Karen, Janet, Laurie, Mike.  Front Row, L-R: Roz, Mae, Phil, Marilyn

I look forward to seeing all of my cousins, their spouses, Mom and Auntie tomorrow night.

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