Monthly Archives: October 2015

Israel Edward Press, O.D., 1920 – 2015: Part 11 – Sitting Shiva

My father requested that we sit Shiva, derived from the Hebrew word for seven, in his apartment for one day.  Following that we finished the requisite days in my apartment with my sister, Arlene.  We commenced in the home of … Continue reading

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Israel Edward Press, O.D., 1920 – 2015: Part 10 – The Ultimate Unwanted Surprise

My father died in his sleep in his apartment during the early morning hours of September 29, 2015.  His aide phoned to say that he was unresponsive, and after medically trained personnel confirmed his death, he was transported to the … Continue reading

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Israel Edward Press, O.D., 1920 – 2015: Part 9 – End of Life Care

Let me be blunt.  End of life care in this country is horribly dysfunctional.  The problem is that you won’t realize how maddeningly dysfunctional it is until you have to navigate its many dead ends roads and potholes.  As tempting … Continue reading

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Israel Edward Press, O.D., 1920-2015 – Part 8: The Leader of the Band

Dan Fogelberg’s hauntingly beautiful song often comes to mind when thinking about my father.  I learned so much by observing him and having his office in our house, as was common in the 1950s and 60s, providing a unique opportunity … Continue reading

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Israel Edward Press, O.D. 1920 – 2015: Part 7 – Back to the Future

Dad’s decision to stay in Logan was predicated on it being a special place, in a special time to raise a family and maintain a practice. There are many memories wrapped up in that office-home at 4800 North 10th Street, … Continue reading

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Israel Edward Press, O.D. 1920 – 2015: Part 6 – The Consummate Jewish Educator/Administrator

By this point in time, Dad was ready to take the skills in Jewish education he honed in South Philadelphia and utilize them closer to home.  The local Yiddish newspaper, דער מארגען זשורנאל – the Jewish Morning Journal of Philadelphia, carried … Continue reading

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Israel Edward Press, O.D. 1920 – 2015: Part 5 – The Family Tree

Throughout his lifetime, my father shied away from being President of the many organizations with which he was involved.  One exception was the Hapoel Hamizrachi -מזרחי הפועל.  At the age of 24, he was President of the Eastern Seaboard Region … Continue reading

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