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Saturday, March 31, 2021

The Gefilte Fish Chronicles is the story of a Passover Seder that, for some forty years, has been held in what should be very familiar territory for me:

For a century, the family has gathered at Passover and celebrated the Seder together… first in Brooklyn, then in Boonton, New Jersey.

For the last four decades, Passover has been celebrated in Newburgh, New York.

Led by the three surviving sisters, Sophie Patasnik, Peppy Barer and Rosie Groman, traditional preparations were made for the Seder at Peppy’s home in Newburgh.

Newburgh, where I was born and spent the first 18 years of my life. In fact, I’ve learned that Peppy’s house is right down the road from the high school I attended, and from there, within walking distance from the house I grew up in. Small world.

What’s with my hometown getting so much media exposure in recent years? When I was growing up, we used to lament how absolutely nothing of consequence ever happened around the ‘burgh. The one and only event back then was the landing of the Iranian hostages in 1981 at Stewart International Airport. Figures the action would start after I leave…

Anyway, The Gefilte Fish Chronicles is airing tomorrow night on New York’s longtime PBS station on Channel 13. I think I’ll catch it. Maybe it’ll even inspire me to head up to Peppy’s place this Tuesday for Passover — my non-Jewishness notwithstanding. (Would it be rude to crash a Seder?)

by Costa Tsiokos, Sat 03/31/2007 07:54 PM
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Well, not quite. But a French labor/industrial court awarded Catherine Sanderson a year’s salary as compensation for being unjustly fired for blogging while on the job.

Not that she necessarily needs the money now:

Publicity surrounding her dismissal last year led to up to 30,000 people day reading her blog at petiteanglaise.com. She has since signed a two-book publishing deal worth almost £500,000.

The first book, “petite anglaise, the memoir”, will be in the shops in January. Since being dismissed, Miss Sanderson, a graduate in French and German from Bath university, has been concentrating on writing and has not sought other work.

Since Petite Anglaise provided me with one of my more thought-provoking posts a couple of years ago, regarding the split-personality effects of bilinguality, I tip my hat to her for all the resultant good fortune.

Maybe I should work on getting dooced, if it means parlaying that into a sweet-sweet book deal. But, being a consultant, I’d have to fire myself, then sue myself — all of which could get a bit messy. I’ll pass.

by Costa Tsiokos, Sat 03/31/2007 03:52 PM
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