Mar 24, 2020
JNF On Demand: Live challah bake with JNF first lady Lauren Lizerbram
We were welcomed into the Lizerbram kitchen for a challah bake.
By Jewish National Fund
Mar 19, 2020
Coronavirus, from a Jewish perspective: When it comes to good deeds, just do it
At JNF, our inspirational leaders and donors have once again proven their "willingness to act."
By Yossi Kahana
Feb 21, 2020
Singer-songwriter Peter Himmelman: Jewish unity should come from love, not fear
Successfully passing Jewish values on to the next generation requires our children receive a message that soars well beyond mere victimhood.
By Peter Himmelman
Nov 8, 2016 By Myra Chack Fleischer Category: Historical Preservation,
Jewish veterans of honor: Martin Fleischer, champion father-in-law
To talk about my father-in-law, I need to start with my father. My dad was a wonderful man who unfortunately was ill my entire life. He had his first heart attack at age 37 when my oldest brother was six weeks old. My parents bravely went on to have three more children despite my father's continuous heart problems, and I was the fourth born when he was age 44. The odds at that time of him surviving were slim, but he miraculously made it until my first semester in college. He was a funny, wonderful man who could fix anything. The void after he left us was enormous and my mother filled it until I lost her as well 13 years ago.
|Martin "Marty" Fleischer|
Ten years and six days after I lost my father, I married my husband Charlie and inherited his wonderful parents, Martin (Marty) and Margery Fleischer.
Marty, is a funny, terrific man. He is a physician and worked as a radiologist until his retirement. I remember the first time I met him he asked me, "Are you fertile?" My reply: "I don’t know, is Charlie?" We have been great friends ever since. He loved that I talked back. He asked all of his future daughters-in-law similar questions and I apparently had the biggest mouth. My poor mother-in-law simply sat down in a chair and said, "Oh Marty!"
Marty is a character. If he goes into a restaurant or other establishment that has T-shirts for sale he can always get them to give him a free one. He can talk and cajole anyone to see it his way and give him things for his "free advertising" for them. He gets stuff all of the time! I love when we visit and phone solicitors call. He can keep these poor people on the phone for hours. It is hysterical to listen to.
He will be 91 next February and his mind is still sharp as a tack. He started taking Spanish lessons a few years ago and takes two different classes and watches TV in Spanish now. He still works out at the gym five or six days a week.
If I could say one thing he has taught me it is to not take yourself too seriously.
Myra and husband Charlie on a JNF mission.
Without making a fuss or noise my in-laws became my greatest champions and, along with my incredible husband, supported me through law school, through the birth of three children (two of whom were born during law school!), through starting and succeeding at building a law firm and through anything else I have set my mind to do. They became my greatest champions just like any parent would. I am so blessed and fortunate to have them in my life.