LOS ANGELES, CA – JANUARY 25: Honoree Debbie Reynolds (L) and actress Carrie Fisher pose in the press room at the 21st Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on January 25, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
Debbie Reynolds was one of the windows of the world for a small boy who had such a hard time in the world. It’s been a very hard year for Andrew and I. He has been so ill. More surgeries and complications. Then shots to help with the pain from the complications. Some of our beloved pets have left this year. As for me, I’ve had two hand surgeries and elbow surgery and now I must have lower back surgery. With all that, my beloved mother passed three months ago just short of 90. With all of this there is still a good life. Andrew and I on December 27 celebrated our 36th anniversary.
A Memory of long ago I was living with my mom and dad after I had left working for the academy award winning actress and writer Ellen Burstyn. Why I bring this up today is that I remember my mother at this time in my life. My mom surprised me and we went to see Debbie Reynolds at the Sunrise Music Theater. It was right by their home in Tamarac Florida. She waited with me as I got to say hello and got her to sign the program. It’s a sweet special memory of an evening with Debbie and my mom. Some how with all this I just do not feel the same about anything except Love, giving it, getting it and sharing it. For in the end of this life all that is really here is love. Love is what we take with us. Below is a little movie I made of Debbie Reynolds in the film Tammy and The Bachelor. in 2015 for my blog. She has always been one of my favorite entertainers.
Program Cover for her one woman show I saw at Sunrise Musical Theater in Tamarac Florida
My Saturdays At the Strand Movie Palace in Far Rockaway New York 1967
I spent many afternoons in the Strand movie palace on school days and always on Saturday, often alone in the big movie house during the week. I would watch films in chairs that were made for two people to sit in, It was a great old movie Palace. So many families during the 1920 – 1960s would spend a Saturday night walking in town and than catching a movie. Often we would go to our favor places to eat before we would all see the new movie out this week. So many wonderful times.
CONNECT + INTERSECT: HOW ONE DESIGN COMPANY WORKS WITH CLEVELAND ARTISTS AND BRIDGES THE GAP BETWEEN ART AND DESIGN
written by Brittany Mariel Hudak
I’m excited and proud that my spouse, Andrew Reach was featured in an article written by Mariel Hudak, in the CAN Journal (Collective Arts Network) about the company she works in, 4walls, that specializes in large scale digital wall murals featuring artwork from Cleveland based artists,them among Kate Snow and Mark Thomas. an others from all over. Brittany Mariel Hudak first saw Andrew’s work at at the Maria Neil Art Project, a gallery in the Waterloo Arts district in the Collinwood neighborhood in Cleveland. where he had a solo show and approached him to license a couple of his artworks for their Level4 Digital Wall Coverings.
screen shot from canjournal.org for article written by Mariel Hudak
CONNECT + INTERSECT: HOW ONE DESIGN COMPANY WORKS WITH CLEVELAND ARTISTS AND BRIDGES THE GAP BETWEEN ART AND DESIGN
excerpt from article:
“While the marriage of art and design certainly comes with challenges, it doesn’t have to be a rocky relationship. The Cleveland-based wallcovering company, 4walls, regularly sources local art to use in designs for commercial contract wallcoverings. The company’s belief is that making use of local resources can be mutually beneficial. Serving as a liaison between the artists and designers, I see both sides–and that great things can happen when these two fields intersect.” CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE
Most of these wonderful old cards are from the Hebrew Publishing Company from the early 1900’s. They are all die cut prize Lithos some are Embossment and others are pop ups . They are truly works of art. Shanna Tova Jewish Die Cut 1909 Zion Flag
I’m honored that the work “There’s No Place To Hide”, by my spouse Andrew Reach, is on the cover of the 2016 fall issue of the CAN Journal. It’s a detail of the larger work. It ties into an article about University Hospitals Art Collection and Trudy Weisenberger, a co-recipient with Joanne Cohen of the 2010 Cleveland Arts Prize for her work at UH. Weisenberger started the collection in 1987 and nurtured it until her retirement in 2011. Tom Huck took over the reigns and is continuing to enhance and expand the collection. Tom Huck chose this work to be in the Angie Fowler Adolescent & Young Adult Cancer Institute at UH Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital. Special Thanks to the Michael Gill, executive editor, writer and editor of the journal and also Brittany Hudak and Joanne for the cover design. The installation of this work was featured in CODA Magazine – Healing Art II issue, an online magazine of CODAworx.com, a portal for the collaboration of design and art featuring public art installations. Click here to read more and see the installation.
from left: William E. Forester and myself (Bruce Baumwoll)
William Forester is an inspiration. He overcame a stroke that left him paralyzed and unable to speak and like me has become an artist. Click here to read article on Cleveland.com
From left: Gregory Aliberti, Lynne Breitenstein Aliberti and Michael Gill, executive editor, writer and editor of the journal
My partner Andrew submitted his art in a competition, 5th round of ArtSlant’s Showcase Series. He was a winner in the abstract category. I’m very proud of him.Winners in a showcase advance to a final round of judging for a chance to win the ArtSlant Prize. Below is a screenshot of Artslant.com homepage. Andrew’s art is featured under the ArtSlant Prize Showcase Series on a rotating basis with the other winners of the showcase.
UPDATE (9/9/2016): Since this was first posted, I can now say that Professor Heshel Teitlebaum, University of Ottawa, has confirmed that my family is now part of his research to be published in the near future. I look forward to all the discoveries that he and his team will publish. I have been sworned to secrecy until then. I feel so honored that my family will be remembered. Stay tuned.
Through research, I found the paper titled “A Genealogical History of the Jews of Pinczow (Poland) in the 18th & 19th Centuries” by Heshel Teitelbaum of the University of Ottawa. IIJG Announces Grant Awards
The International Institute for Jewish Genealogy in Jerusalem has announced that three of the proposals submitted to it have received awards. They include:
• “A Genealogical History of the Jews of Pinczow (Poland) in the 18th and 19th Centuries” awarded to Prof. Heshel Teitelbaum of Ottawa, Canada, for a study. Teitelbaum’s research presents a novel approach to creating extended family trees for the Jewish residents of an entire Polish town. Second, the process necessarily generates surnames for Jews otherwise known only by their patronyms. Third, this proposal introduces, for the first time, the concept of synthesizing group-trees for each of several classes (political leaders, rabbis and teachers, tradesmen, craftsmen, merchants etc.) and for examining the possibility of social mobility between these classes. Finally, the author will, for the first time, analyze the history of the scholarly class in Pinczow on a large scale and identify hitherto unknown family links between various rabbinic dynasties.
I am so honored that he has begun to help me find the lost parts of my family and my soul. Before 1821, the jews of Pinczow didn’t have surnames I beleive jews everywhere.. This was called the Patronomic Era. This system of surnames uses the name of a person’s father as that person’s surname. He is using a new methodology through research of each family to assign them surnames so that the data can complete each families tree. We are now back before last names. The year is 1765. I am so taken back at how things keep turning up. They want to be found. The Pressmans , Hakohens , Fogels , Baumwols,
Mr. Teitelbaum has been able to connect me with my second great cousin, My great great Aunt who was the sister of my great great grandfather, Sura Jenta baumwoll born 1847.
We only now must find the family going back. He feels that they were their. Now the fun begins.
You have found the grave of Yochanan HaCohen Fogel, father-in-law of Hersz Wolf Baumwoll and great-grandfather of Nathan Baumwoll. He came from Pinczow and was a Cohen. I would like you to see if we can find any of them or any about them.
My family lived their. Many never left until they were marched to death. I am searching for them now.
Pińczów Synagogue, built at the turn of the 17th century, is the last surviving Jewish monument in the city of Pińczów, once a thriving economic and cultural Jewish center. The synagogue is unusual both for its age as well as its adaptation of a Renaissance architectural style. Inside, large sections of polychromic patterning, attributed to the Jewish painter Jehuda Leib, decorate the synagogue’s main prayer hall and porch. Interior murals, some of which date from the 1600s, are the oldest synagogue fresco paintings in the country. The town of Pińczów, which, for centuries, had benefited from its reputation for ethnic and religious diversity, was largely destroyed by German troops in the fall of 1939. The vast majority of the town’s Jewish population was later killed, many sent to Auschwitz, and much of the community’s cultural heritage destroyed. The synagogue itself was vandalized by Nazi occupation troops, and then damaged in fighting during the final year of the war.
When WMF began work at Pińczów in the spring of 2005, the building showed the affects of years of neglect and defacement. Our conservation efforts focused specifically on the women’s gallery and the kahal room, used for meetings of elders, which house some of the synagogue’s finest wall paintings and which had suffered from years of deterioration. A team of conservationists worked to desalinize and restore wall paintings, remove and replace crumbling plaster sections and joints, and clean the exposed wall underneath. The team also replaced damaged window frames and stone elements, and repaired several of the building’s walls. WMF’s project was completed in 2005. Some of the inscriptions and scrolls found during our work there have supplied valuable new research material for academics studying Jewish history in Poland.
Pińczów Synagogue is an emblem of local history, prosperity and the tragic results of the Holocaust. WMF’s conservation efforts at the synagogue highlight the artistic and cultural triumphs of the Jewish community from the 16th to the early 20th century and also acknowledge the neglect of the site due to the loss of the Jewish community in the aftermath of World War II.. Our work also recognizes the significance of the site to a global audience, as both a historical and artistic monument; our efforts to preserve the synagogue’s wall paintings and interior decorations will ensure the site remains in good condition, enduring even as the Jewish community that once surrounded it has largely disappeared.
The Following is an excerpt from Wikipedia about Pińczów Poland and the fate of the Jews and my family during WWII:
Pińczów was destroyed by Germans in September 1939 (see Polish Defensive War), and almost all Jews, who had accounted for about 70% of the town’s population, were killed or sent to extermination camps. Most Pińczów’s Jews were murdered in the death camp Treblinka. The Jewish cemetery was also destroyed. Some Jews of Pińczów survived the Holocaust by hiding in nearby forests. Some, though not many, were hidden by Polish farmers until the end of the war. The Republic of Pińczów was a short-lived Polish uprising, which took place in July – August 1944. Units of the Home Army and other underground organizations managed to push Germans from the area of app. 1000 km2., which stretched from Pińczów to Działoszyce, and from Nowy Korczyn to Nowe Brzesko. The resistance was very active here, there were two attacks on a local Gestapo prison, in which hundreds of Poles were freed.
It is one of the oldest synagogues in Poland, built in 1594-1609. The designer was probably the Florentian Santi Gucci. During World War II it was vandalized by the Nazi Germans, then damaged during fighting in 1944, and it is inactive since then. From the 1970s it has been restored.