Brenda & Larry Klar

My maternal grandmother was diagnosed with cancer when I was eleven years old. In an attempt to preserve her dignity and independence and because there was not a Jewish nursing facility here, it was decided that I would move into her home in Newport News to take care of her. Every morning my mother would call and give me my directions for the day. She would remind me that Bubie needed a bath, that her dressings needed to be changed, and then she would tell me how to prepare the meals for the day. Meanwhile, my Bubie would begin each day by putting a quarter in the Tzeddakah box. She told me that we had to do that because if we could make a difference in at least one person’s life, we will have lived a good Jewish life. Those words have been the guiding force in my life. Larry and I share that belief and it has been the cornerstone of our lives together. We both agree that the Tidewater Jewish Foundation has provided us with the vehicle we needed to make a difference in at least one person’s life.