“When You’re Smiling” Sung by Three Holocaust Survivors in Latvia

Try not to kvell from this heartcocklewarming rendition of “When You’re Smiling sung by three Holocaust survivors in Riga, Latvia. Erica Fishbein, on a trip with JDC Entwine/American Jewish Joint Distribution Commmitte, video’d the senior crooners at a JDC-facilitated “Warm Home,” where elderly Jews convene once a week for food, song and camaraderie.

I too had the honor of visiting Riga’s tiny-yet-vibrant Jewish community with JDC Entwine, but when it came time for  my Warm Home visit, I was split from my better-half, Erica, and broke bread with an alternate  “____ ” of babushkas… (hmm — gaggle of geese, congress of baboons, bellowing of bullfinches… what’s the collective noun for babushkas?) Anyhoo, I couldn’t resist dropping ditty myself, in the form of Tradition, a number I also performed at last year’s Heebonism.

Here are more photos from Latvia;  If its more babushka’s you crave, check out Erica’s “Babushka of the Month” blog from her year (2008) with JDC in Minsk, Belarus, and if you want to meet some in person, take a humanitarian adventure with JDC Entwine.

JDC Entwine “Warm Home” visit in Riga, Latvia


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Jeff Newelt

JEFF NEWELT AKA JAHFURRY is comics editor of Heeb, SMITH and Royal Flush Magazines, reggae promoter/performer, a PR / Social Media consultant, event producer and dot connector. He is editor of THE PEKAR PROJECT, Harvey Pekar’s (American Splendor) webcomix as well as Pekar's final graphic novel CLEVELAND.

4 Responses

  1. Rachel

    It is difficult for me to maintain my status as a skeptic and cynic when I see videos like this.

    I’m not crying! Just got some dust in my eye.

  2. Sherrie Anderson

    Don’t you think that in English it would be a boss of babushka’s. They rule you know!

  3. David C Pinkowitz

    Hey JahFurry — Well done! I especially loved your Tradition ditty video and Erica’s Babushka of the month blog. BTW, I added this to your Web scrapbook.


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