Annette Keen is a freelance writer in upstate New York. She has been the editor of several magazines over the years, ranging from arts and culture to news and industry. She is also the text author and editor of the all-occasion, award-winning gourmet cookbook, Divine ™ Kosher Cuisine written with chefs Risé Routenberg and Barbara Wasser, available at Amazon.com.
Annette Keen recalls an incident when she was 8 years old, on Yom Kippur 1952. Her father was a survivor from a displaced persons camp in Germany and she and her family were living in a rural community in the USA. Her father was the Cantor and he was unusually quiet and thoughtful as they set out for the Kol Nidre service. Finally he told her that he had been thinking about the past and was praying for forgiveness for leaving his father behind.More...
The story of the the "Matriarch's" life and death embodies the history of so many Jewish American families who struggled to set themselves up in their new country and then achieved the American dream of wealth and success. But at what cost? And who will know how to say kaddish for them when they die?More...
Hey! Your best years are ahead. Annette Keen shares her understanding of the meaning of life, and admits there is no simple potion to extend the bloom of youth, but accepts the challenges and triumphs, the love and laughter that come with the years.More...
Annette Keen remembers her childhood in a Displaced Person Camp. “I am Joshua, Defender of Israel,” are the words spoken by a five-year old boy who helped her overcome monsters, and defend her against them, soothing away her nightmares as a child in a horrific situation. The article speaks of a childhood stolen and of affection found despite their surroundings.More...
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