Wednesday, July 13, 2016


shirley's yahrtzeit is 8 Tammuz according to the jewish calendar which starts tonight at sundown...
aunt ruth's yahrtzeit is 5 Tammuz...
somehow there is a certain symmetry to the two sisters passing away so closely together although they weren't close in life. 

and with aunt ruth's passing, that is the end of the first generation American Sandlers...  ruth, roby and shirley....when I started this blog in 2009, seven years ago, the first generation was they are all gone along with my oldest and dearest friend Michael.

Looking back: Aunt Ruth and I used to talk on the phone for hours. Sometimes when the Red Sox were playing I would call the whole game play by play for her and she loved it. She was just as excited about the Red Sox as Roby and I. It was fun for both of us. 

Tuesday, July 12, 2016


I just got a telephone call from Ken. His mom, Ruth Weissman passed away peacefully at 5:20 PM on July 11th, three days before her 95th birthday. She will be cremated and Ken arranged to have her ashes scattered far from the shore of the Atlantic ocean. Everybody knows she went on dozens and dozens of cruises. Eventually she stopped getting off the ship when they visited foreign ports - all she wanted to do was be on the water.

Ken shared a memory. While living on Greendale Road in Dorchester, his parents got divorced when he was 9. He told me she cooked him his favorite meal, fried chicken, potatos, salad...."she had the ability to be a kind woman. She had her own needs and now she is dead."

I have a lot of photos of Aunt Ruth and will post some of them.
 b. July 14, 1921 - d. July 11, 2016

Monday, July 11, 2016


Happy Birthday and congratulations to my Aunt Bernice on her 88th birthday ! Thank you for your insights, caring and sending me a lot of family photos and other Sandler family memorabilia, i.e. Zaidy's glasses and watch. It means a lot to me.

In 1990 Bernice and Roby invited me to visit. We went and visited aunt Ethel (Rutstein) where this photo was taken. I have more photos from that visit which I will post.