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50th Wedding Anniversary

 One of the important days of my life is my 50th wedding anniversary (1996).  One Sabbath evening, Eliya put two tickets in my hand.  He said "I want you to celebrate your 50th wedding annivesary in Israel".  My grandson Shemi Barokas picked us up at the airport and took us to his home.  We were in Israel for more than 20 days.  We went all the way to Eilat, my husband bought me a necklace [she showed the necklace around her neck and said that she never took it off after that evening].  Another Sabbath evening, my daughter said "we are going

50th Wedding Anniversary

One of the important days of my life is my 50th wedding anniversary (1996).  One Sabbath evening, Eliya put two tickets in my hand.  He said "I want you to celebrate your 50th wedding annivesary in Israel".  My grandson Shemi Barokas picked us up at the airport and took us to his home.  We were in Israel for more than 20 days.  We went all the way to Eilat, my husband bought me a necklace [she showed the necklace around her neck and said that she never took it off after that evening].  Another Sabbath evening, my daughter said "we are going out t

My Daughter’s Wedding

My husband adored children.  When I had my period, all hell would break loose.  He would wail "I won't have children".  My mother-in-law consoled him "be smart Albert, there is no reason not to have any", she would say.  When I became pregnant with Lucy, it meant the world to him.  But I had such a difficult pregnancy, such a difficult birth, and a difficult postpartum period that the guy did not want a child again.  When Lucy was born she was the sweetest baby in the world, or it seemed that way to me, but I would faint all of a sudden.

Young girl

This is my photograph as a young woman.

When the children of two large families, the Abravanel's and the Sages', were married, they started living in Bursa.  I am the second child of this family.

Even though I carry my grandmother's name according to traditions, Camila is only my name on my birth certificate.  I am called Janet or Jana in my daily life.  I remember being Camila only when I use my passport. 

My father

My father Jak Sages was born in Bursa (1881).  He came and went to Istanbul often.  He wasn't very educated but he was an esteemed merchant.  My father's good looks were legendary.  He had good relationships with the women in his factory.  He was a tough father.  He had an authoritarian attitude with his wife and son, when it came to me, he melted down.  He was cool toward religious matters, some of the arguments he had with my mother were even about how to apply our religious traditions.  When the usher knocked on our door on Saturday morning

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