THE QUEST

For a New Home.

DETERMINATION

Israel presented new challenges to the two immigrants. Joram discovered that the new ethnically Jewish country wasn’t yet free from discrimination. Jews from all over the world had come to settle in the new country, and tensions still existed between the different nationalities. Joram found that the Russians were especially prone to looking down on him, and it stunted his ability to make use of the schooling he was able to get. Instead of learning, Joram spent a lot of time in the fields, tending to livestock, a task he disliked. Joram dropped out of school and entered the military, aided by his new stepfather who, as an ex-military man himself, had connections in the service. Joram was able to find some success there, but he found that he still felt stunted by his lack of education. Deciding he had no future in Israel, he determined he would move to America, a decision that would forever cause tension between him and his mother.
In all his life, and despite all they had been through together, the one time he saw her cry was when she bid him farewell at the docks. A family friend met him in America, and soon he was talking English classes at Bucknell University in Pennsylvania. Armed with his new English skills, he set off across the country to California. There, he enrolled at UC Berkeley. His school records had been written in Hebrew, and the college admissions staff couldn’t understand the writing. They chose to admit him, anyway. In 1967, he graduated with his Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering, followed by a Master’s degree in Macromolecular Science from Case Western University in 1970. In 1985, he would earn his Doctorate in Chemical Engineering, and he would go on to teach at UC Berkeley as well as work in the private sector where he would go on to help develop more than ten patents related to chemical protectants used in computers. After retirement, he settled in the suburbs of San Francisco, where he met Kendall, his neighbor, during a border dispute between their two properties. During the dispute, they became fast friends, and for the first time, Joram began to tell his story in earnest.

Joram passed away on [insert date here]. While he is no longer with us, his foundation is, and its goal is to help those who never finished high school get their GED so that they have the same shot at life he did. Asked in later years what got him and his mother through the Holocaust in one piece, Joram always answered the same way. His mother had taught him an attitude that had served him well ever since.

Never Give Up!

EDUCATION

Joram started his education back in Israel when he was living in the Kibbutz. After arrival in the states, he needed to learn the English language. He enrolled at Bucknell University in Lewisburg, PA. where he learned how to read and write a new language.
Joram started his education back in Israel when he was living in the Kibbutz. After arrival in the states, he needed to learn the English language. He enrolled at Bucknell University in Lewisburg, PA. where he learned how to read and write a new language.