Annette Keen

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.

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Al Chait: For the Sin I Have Sinned
Category: Diaspora
Issue No. 166
 

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?

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Kaddish for the Matriarch
Category: Diaspora
Issue No. 173
 

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.

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The Meaning of Life and Other Hilarities
Category: Diaspora
Issue No. 158
 

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.

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I am Yoshua Defender of Israel
Category: Diaspora
Issue No. 154
 

A computer doesn’t break down, it crashes. And when it crashes, it does so because it has been corrupted. Annette Keen tells of her experience with her crashed computer.

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Is There a Blessing for a Computer?
Category: Diaspora Leisure
Issue No. 156
 

We are introduced to the enigmatic “O” gene which allows the writer’s father a system of chaos as compared with the order of her husband and daughter who are fastidiously neat and organized.

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The Mysterious Anti-Chaos “O” Gene
Category: Diaspora Features
Issue No. 162
 

Through the anecdote of the death of her first pet the author pays tribute to her late father Cantor Irving Schock. He was a Holocaust survivor who never lost his faith and taught less by what he said and more by what he did.

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God of All Creatures
Category: Diaspora
Issue No. 168
 
 
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