Women for Israel Brunch
June 21, 2013 11:00 am
Home of Judy Rosenbaum
Speaker: Lynda Fishman
Brunch will be served. Dietary laws observed.
Event Committee: Helene Blumenfeld, Barbara Belchatowski, Sherri Middleberg, Judy Galler, Meryl Rodgers, Amy Brown, Judy Rosenbaum, Randi Denmark
In 1970, when she was just 13-years-old, Lynda Fishman’s life was altered forever. An Air Canada plane travelling from Montreal to Los Angeles crashed in Toronto, Ontario – everyone died including Fishman’s mother and two younger sisters. The loss, of course, was devastating. Her father fell into a deep depression and she was essentially left to fend for herself. Fishman recounts this terrible time - and the four decades since - in her moving 2010 book Repairing Rainbows: A True Story of Family, Tragedy and Choices. As she writes about those early days after the crash, “One minute you thought that maybe, just maybe, you were going to be okay and the next minute you were overcome with anguish. Paralyzed. Out of nowhere would come a fresh flood of terror. A panic attack. Like a time bomb, ticking away silently and then exploding with a loud boom.” She too could have fallen into a life of on-going despair, but instead, as she writes in her novel, “I chose life.” The start of this story may be hard to hear, but the rest is truly inspiring. Fishman dedicated her life to learning, growing and making a difference. She was determined to find meaning and purpose in her life, and she did. The trained clinical social worker, and recently retired summer camp director is now an inspirational speaker and facilitator. Fishman shares her moving story, and talks about how she got past those darkest of days and became an inspiration to thousands of others.
Alisa Bodner will provide an update of JNF's partnership and with LOTEM.
RSVP by June 14, 2013 to Lynn Norton Robins at 215.832.0690 ext. 860.