Remembering our friends

This has been a difficult year of loss for everyone, and the Or Hamidbar community is no exception, as we have lost a number of our loved ones. This is an opportunity for us to share photograps and memories about each of them.

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Vicki Miller

Ruth Sonderling

Shirley Waterman

Pearl White

I remember meeting Ruth and hearing about all of her volunteer activities. And in fact, when one ran into Ruth at the Desert Regional Hospital it was like meeting a celebrity! Over the many years that she worked at the hospital, she had become known for her ability to connect with each patient and every staff person - she was known for her positive energy and spirit!
Ruth gave me a feeling of familiarity. Someone coming from Europe with a similar background as my parents and me . It never ceased to amaze me how Ruth was able to stay so positive even after all negative and difficult experiences she had been through in her life. And she was able to find something good in each situation!
Still thinking of Ruth often and feeling close to her as I continue to say Kadish for her.
May Ruth's memory be a blessing and may all her acts of kindness be a guiding light for us all.

Sascha Lazar

One of my favorite memories with Vicki was going together on the LA Women’s March, in March of 2028. Before that, we had gotten to know each other when she volunteered in an office I managed. We loved discussing art & fashion, and she gave me dating advice! I loved being at their home for Seder - Vicki was a fabulous hostess!

Larea Pettersen

It was always so wonderful talking to Shirley! I admired her for her energy, commitment and her drive to show up for each and every class or event happening. I loved listening to Shirley's stories about her family , about her childhood and her children, grand and great-grandchildren . I loved that Shirley continued to help others even when she herself was weak. With all the sad events Shirley went through in life, she was still so resilient, accepting reality and adapting to it in her own special way. It felt like Shirley drew strength from her beautiful family and also very much from the wonderful Or Hamidbar and Havurah communities to get through these sad times. I learned from Shirley about the importance of persistence of study, about friendship and the ability to give but also to accept help. May Shirley’s spirit of persistence, resilience, love of learning and love of family be a guide to us all and may her memory be a blessing !

Sascha Lazar

Vicky taught me about gratitude and elegance. When talking with Vicky through all her hardships, it was special to see that she was strong and grateful for all she did have. I was very moved by Vicky's talk at the meeting where she shared her experiences about becoming Jewish. Vicky was so proud of her Judaism . The way she described how much she loved the practices and getting to know everything that is involved in being jewish made me see my own spirituality and connection to Judaism in a new light. It seemed like when one sees a child discovering a new thing in life - this experience was very inspiring to me. I remember Vicky always being dressed meticulously and very elegant.
May Vicky's memory be a blessing and may her spirit guide us to see things in a new light every day.....

Sascha Lazar

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