…from the archives (with minor updating), reposted on what would be her 4th Yahrtzeit
21st of Tevet 5674 — 8th of Tammuz 5765
December 20 1913 (the winter solstice) — July 14, 2005
Our mother, Faye Hurvitz, died July 14, 2005 (8th of Tammuz 5765).
Three months earlier, Mom suffered a debilitating stroke. Until that time she lived a full and gratifying life, and throughout her 91 years enjoyed very good health.
Mom was a loving mother who in return was much loved by her children and grandchildren, and by the many friends she made throughout her life.
She was a great communicator, yet felt that she didn’t do enough to let other people know what they can do to bring about peace — especially peace in the Middle East. She was always quick to ply friends and acquaintances with information about the Givat Haviva Educational Foundation in Israel, an example she believed showed how small steps can make a big difference.
Mom’s funeral took place on July 18, at Hillside Memorial Park and Mortuary in Los Angeles. She was buried next to her husband of 43 years, Nathan Hurvitz.
Contributions in her name may be made to the
Givat Haviva Education Foundation:
114 West 26th Street Suite 1001
New York, NY 10001
- Libbe and Loren Madsen (Laytonville, CA)
- Anne, Nora
- Mark Hurvitz and Debbie Prinz (Poway, CA and NYC)
- Avigail, Noam
- Jay Hurvitz and Tzippi Pellat (Kibbutz Hatzor, Israel)
- Eitan, Nadav, Hila
A few photos from before Mom was born till when she was still a baby.
To celebrate her 88th birthday we posted a bit about Mom’s High School Graduation.
Graphics depicting Jewish life of Eastern Europe
Throughout their married life our parents collected graphics that depict Jewish life of Eastern Europe before the Sho’a. Shortly after Dad died, Mom arranged to have the collection of graphics they had assembled contributed to the Judah L. Magnes Museum in Berkeley, California. The museum mounted an impressive show called Shtetl Life and published a wonderful catalog by Florence Helzel that included small reproductions of each of the items in the Hurvitz Collection.
Among these graphics is one by Chaim Goldberg. She’d be pleased to know that the Wikipedia article about him mentions her and Dad in its list of the exhibitions of his work. While the book is out of print, it is (as of this posting) available.
A couple of years
ago earlier, as part of a class assignment, Avigail prepared some family history materials. This page [has been removed from the Reed Web site], From Margin to Mainstream in Difficult Times, 1924–1945 is fairly self explanatory. I have the code. With Avigail’s permission, I will make it available once again on this site.
Mom often wore a lapel button. Usually it was a blue one with white text, about 2.5″ in diameter that read: “Every Mother Is a Working Mother.” Once in a while she would switch that with another that read: “I’m a scientist… let’s experiment.” (I don’t know where those buttons are now.)
Bobe’s Lullaby CD
When we were children Friday nights after our Shabbat celebration, we’d change into our bed clothes and climb into bed. Dad would sing us lullabies. When Avigail was born I asked Mom and Dad to prepare a tape of the songs they sang so I could have their voices singing for her. They prepared a list and procrastinated. After Noam’s birth and Dad’s death I put more pressure on Mom. She prepared a list, collected the songs, wrote her script in shorthand, then typed that up and finally recorded a tape. Our kids listened to it for a number of years then it joined the many cassette tapes in the drawer. I found it
a couple of years ago sometime around 2003. Noam digitized it, separated it into tracks and we made a CD of it with a label using the photo on this page.
|Faye Hurvitz sings Yugnt Hymn [audio:http://www.davka.org/what/music/lullabytape/26.YugntHymn.mp3]|
Yugnt Hymn was written by Shmerke Kaczerginski as an anthem for the youth of the Vilna Ghetto. The refrain: “Anyone is young who wants to be. Years have no meaning. Old people can also be children, in a new day of freedom.” Tears of joy would probably come to her eyes if she could watch this group singing the same (and other) song(s). There is a 1:15 minute introduction before the singing begins.
|Vozes do Holocausto (Voices of the Holocaust) Conducted by Cícero Alves Filho (www.ciceroalvesfilho.com.br). Participação especial do ator Dan Stulbach ( O Léo de Queridos Amigos). Solistas: José Maria, Roxana, Ana Maria, Sergio Waintraub. Local: Teatro Cultura Artística, São Paulo, Brasil, Brazil. Yugnt Himen, Still the Night,Itsik Vitnberg, Partisan Anthem. Orquestração: Sheridan Seyfried.|
Each of the grandchildren now has a copy of the CD. Mom enjoyed listening to it herself when she went to sleep… singing lullabies her husband sang her children which she then sang for her grandchildren. This was one of the CDs she enjoyed listening to most in her final months.
She would be thrilled with what her progeny are doing and to know that they enjoy being with each other.
Thank you for all your expressions of condolence.
First posted: July 27, 2005
Immediate preceding update: September 13, 2005
Reposted on the afternoon of June 29, 2009 = (erev) 8 Tammuz 5769 | ח תמוז תשסט