40 Years in America

 

From: innabakker . <innabakker@gmail.com>

Date: Oct 25, 2013

Subject: Fwd: Today is our anniversary : 40 YEARS IN AMERICA


My dear family, friends and everybody on my travel list,

Today is a very special day, 40 years ago we landed in New York,

emigrating from the Soviet Union, my husband, my 2 year old son and me,


we did not know anybody, did not have money, just a chance to get

out of Russia, it was like a jump in a big black hole, no information,

no knowledge. Thank God, Jewish organizations helped us all the way

and took care of us, i left my wonderful parents and we did not know if

we will see each other again, but they, my brother and his family came to

NY five years later, my parents lived in NY for 20 years and always said

that they were the best years of their life and that i prolonged their life

for 20 years, they would never live so long in Russia.


everything was a challenge, raising a child, giving him Jewish and

secular education, studying myself to get my dentist license, working

very hard, learning the whole new way of life.


also meeting wonderful people, having new friendships lasting for 40 years,

traveling the world, having 2 wonderful grandsons, being part of the

Jewish community, helping Israel, being thankful and appreciative.


from the bottom of my heart i thank my friends whom i met from

the beginning of arriving in NY, from whom i learned so much goodness,

learned to give back, learned to appreciate and to be positive,

learned to help and to be tolerant and many , many more good things.


bad, good, great, that is life, but we are very very lucky. this is a great

country of opportunity for everybody who wants to study and to work

very hard to make a good life,


GOD BLESS AMERICA


thank you to every person for being part of my life,


be healthy and happy,


much love, Inna



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From: Mira Grinberg <miragrinberg@hotmail.com>
Date: Tue, Oct 29, 2013 at 4:04 AM
Subject: Love from Sydney
To: "innabakker@gmail.com" <innabakker@gmail.com>

Dear Innochka,

Mazaltov on your anniversary!

It was so interesting to read your letter, indeed you have achieved so much! I vividly remember first time we met - in was at

Rina's place in Leningrad, Ilya was in a pram and you were leaving for good virtually the next day.
It really seems to have happened just only several years ago...

May you, your family and all you love be blessed for many more years in your wonderful country!

Also, just today I met with Lena who passed on your lovely gifts for Rina and me, thank you so much, we'll enjoy the

aromas and think of you.

Love from Ary and me to Joz, Marina and hugs/kisses to you.

Please keep in touch,

Mira

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From: Marona <skutelskymarina@gmail.com>
Date: Tue, Oct 29, 2013 at 9:39 AM
Subject: RE: Today is our anniversary : 40 YEARS IN AMERICA
To: "innabakker ." <innabakker@gmail.com>

Congrats,all  the  best

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From: Lilyan Seixas <lrsseixas@gmail.com>
Date: Fri, Nov 1, 2013 at 4:25 PM
Subject: Anniversary note to Susan
To: "innabakker@gmail.com" <innabakker@gmail.com>

Dear Inna,
Your message to Susan about your 40th anniversary in America was beautiful!!  We would like to put it in the next newsletter, with your

permission, just the way you have written it. Let me know if that's ok.
Thank you for your thoughts and feelings and for sharing them.  That was very special.
Sincerely

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From: Aaron Baker <aaron_ebaker@yahoo.com>

Date: Sat, Oct 26, 2013 at 7:02 PM

Subject: Re: Today is our anniversary : 40 YEARS IN AMERICA

To: "innabakker ." <innabakker@gmail.com>


You make America a better place, and are the heart of the Baker (Bakkar) family here.


A


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From: Beverly <bvictor555@yahoo.com>

Date: Sat, Oct 26, 2013 at 6:34 PM

Subject: Re: Today is our anniversary : 40 YEARS IN AMERICA

To: "innabakker ." <innabakker@gmail.com>


We are grateful to have such a loving and special cousin in our family.


Sending you much love,


Beverly & Ken


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From: Galina Spektor <galinaspektor@yahoo.com>

Date: Sat, Oct 26, 2013 at 7:37 PM

Subject: Re: Today is our anniversary : 40 YEARS IN AMERICA

To: "innabakker ." <innabakker@gmail.com>


Dear Inna, congratulation, it is special day , you are right. You are a great person . I am proud of you how you are help Israel I

know that Sara will come I hope to see you too All the best you love Galina Spektor


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From: Estelle Freilich <effreilich@aol.com>

Date: Sat, Oct 26, 2013 at 8:29 PM

Subject: Re: Today is our anniversary : 40 YEARS IN AMERICA

To: "innabakker ." <innabakker@gmail.com>


Yours is a wonderful, inspiring story. If my father and grandparents were alive today, they would feel the same way.

Estelle


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From: Esther Levin <esther@ksm-a.com>

Date: Sun, Oct 27, 2013 at 3:57 AM

Subject: RE: Today is our anniversary : 40 YEARS IN AMERICA

To: "innabakker ." <innabakker@gmail.com>


Dear Inna,


Even though I know your life story, still the way you wrote it, straight forward and sincere, was so touching

that you left me tearful.

The way you know how to accept, how to thank for what you have, for what you got, for what others gave you, for

the chance to get things yourself, makes you the special person that you are.


I love you


Esther Levin


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From: Pamela Lazarus <pamelalazarus@hotmail.com>

Date: Sun, Oct 27, 2013 at 12:44 AM

Subject: RE: Today is our anniversary : 40 YEARS IN AMERICA

To: inna bakker <innabakker@gmail.com>

Cc: Samantha Karni <samanthakarni@gmail.com>


Inna--

This is so beautiful. I am glad I met you & have become part of your circle of friends, part of your life. And I am

proud to have you as part of the Sar-El family.

Whenever I see you, whatever you are doing, you are always smiling & you show the happiness that you are

showing in this letter.

Continue to do what you do...explore new things & enjoy life.


Love,

Pamela


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From: Leah Modlin <leahm23@gmail.com>

Date: Sun, Oct 27, 2013 at 12:26 AM

Subject: Re: Today is our anniversary : 40 YEARS IN AMERICA

To: "innabakker ." <innabakker@gmail.com>


We are all privileged to know you, dearest Inna, and you have enriched the lives of everyone around you.

Thank you for being such a loyal loving friend. Your positive energy is an inspiration to me and surely to everyone you share it with.


Till 120!!!!!!!!


Love always,


Leah

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From: Barbara Waitman <barbarawaitman@yahoo.com>

Date: Sun, Oct 27, 2013 at 8:56 AM

Subject: Re: Today is our anniversary : 40 YEARS IN AMERICA

To: "innabakker ." <innabakker@gmail.com>


Dear Inna,

What a beautiful sincere letter you wrote.How wonderful that you are so appreciative of all the good things

you experienced and the kind people who befriended you.So many of us take life here for granted .It certainly

too k a great deal of courage for you to to leave your country and begin all over here .Having to study again for the

dental exam in a foreign language to gain your professional license could not have been easy,but you succeeded !

Your sense of adventure , intellectual curiosity, desire to always learn more and warm gracious nature is something

 very special. It is great honor for me to be your friend.

With love and warmest regards,

Barbara


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From: Janet Seligman <jmsijs@optonline.net>

Date: Sun, Oct 27, 2013 at 1:56 PM

Subject: Re: Today is our anniversary : 40 YEARS IN AMERICA

To: "innabakker ." <innabakker@gmail.com>


We send our very best congratulations to you & Ilya on your special anniversary. We feel privileged to

share in your journey.

Love & best wishes from Janet & Red in Morocco


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From: <g.rifkind@comcast.net>

Date: Sun, Oct 27, 2013 at 3:03 PM

Subject: Re: Today is our anniversary : 40 YEARS IN AMERICA

To: "innabakker ." <innabakker@gmail.com>


Dear Inna:


Congratulations on the 40th anniversary of your arrival in America. We are so happy to have shared so many

 good times with you and your family. We remember your parents with great respect & love. We will celebrate with

 you, Ilya, Joseph & the family next Friday night.


Love


Joyce & Gary


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From: Beverly <bvictor555@yahoo.com>

Date: Sat, Oct 26, 2013 at 4:34 PM

Subject: Re: Today is our anniversary : 40 YEARS IN AMERICA

To: "innabakker ." <innabakker@gmail.com>


We are grateful to have such a loving and special cousin in our family.


Sending you much love,


Beverly & Ken


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From: Dorothy Langer <dorothy@langerco.com>

Date: Sat, Oct 26, 2013 at 5:32 PM

Subject: RE: Today is our anniversary : 40 YEARS IN AMERICA

To: "innabakker ." <innabakker@gmail.com>


Congratulations, Inna! Mazel tov! Beautiful email message. Thanks for sending.

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From: <sharon.chapple@comcast.net>

Date: Sat, Oct 26, 2013 at 6:17 PM

Subject: Re: Today is our anniversary : 40 YEARS IN AMERICA

To: "innabakker ." <innabakker@gmail.com>


Very nice Inna! I am so happy for you! America is a good country...and is better because of you and all the others

who have come before & after you! Thanks for sharing!


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From: Aric Azbel <aricazbel@rogers.com>

Date: Sat, Oct 26, 2013 at 6:20 PM

Subject: RE: Today is our anniversary : 40 YEARS IN AMERICA

To: "innabakker ." <innabakker@gmail.com>


Mazal Tov Inna! Keep up the good work!


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From: Susan Kelstein <sek31@aol.com>

Date: Sat, Oct 26, 2013 at 6:25 PM

Subject: Re: Today is our anniversary : 40 YEARS IN AMERICA

To: innabakker@gmail.com


Inna, I had no idea you arrived in NYC 40 years ago. Many, many more fabulous years in America. I would

like to get together with you - and catch up on the latest news. Have you ever been to the Aipack conference

that is held in Washington, DC?? I am thinking of possibly attending. Let me know what you think of the

event


Susan Kelstein

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From: Drkohen <drkohen@gmail.com>

Date: Sat, Oct 26, 2013 at 6:39 PM

Subject: Re: Today is our anniversary : 40 YEARS IN AMERICA

To: "innabakker ." <innabakker@gmail.com>


Congratulations Inna.

Is a long time,and I am part of that new life for you,the dental school,the difficult times,

I am glad we reconnected,and will get together,one of these days,love anna


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From: Ilya Grozovsky <igrozovsky@gmail.com>

Date: Sat, Oct 26, 2013 at 4:37 PM

Subject: Re: Today is our anniversary : 40 YEARS IN AMERICA

To: Inna Bakker <innabakker@gmail.com>


Very nice


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From: isabelle friedman <isabellefriedman@me.com>

Date: Sat, Oct 26, 2013 at 4:38 PM

Subject: Re: Today is our anniversary : 40 YEARS IN AMERICA

To: "innabakker ." <innabakker@gmail.com>


Happy Anniversary my dearest Inna. When I you leaving for Paris?

With love.

isabelle


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From: paltura@aol.com <paltura@aol.com>

Date: Sat, Oct 26, 2013 at 6:45 PM

Subject: Re: Today is our anniversary : 40 YEARS IN AMERICA

To: innabakker@gmail.com


Dear Inna,


HAPPY ANNIVERSARY!!! This is beautiful. I cried when I read it. It says so much. I hope you don't mind, I already forwarded

your email to several of my friends here in L.A. (they don't know you)

Happy anniversary and GOD BLESS AMERICA, love, Paul


-----Original Message-----

From: paltura <paltura@aol.com>

To: pmmwin <pmmwin@aol.com>; phkaperl <phkaperl@aol.com>

Sent: Sat, Oct 26, 2013 5:31 pm

Subject: Fwd: Today is our anniversary : 40 YEARS IN AMERICA


Hi,


I'm forwarding this because I think it is worthwhile, it's from my Russian-woman- friend who lives in NYC and is a practicing

dentist there. Her written-English is not yet perfect, but still, she is brave enough to write and to share her feelings.

She loves to travel because of the feeling of freedom and adventure and education that it gives her, something she was not

 permitted to do in the USSR. She is especially proud to travel the world, speaking English and able to flaunt an American passport.

We were together as volunteers on the same base in Israel. PTA

t


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From: Burt, Jeffrey A. <Jeffrey.Burt@aporter.com>

Date: Sat, Oct 26, 2013 at 7:52 PM

Subject: Re: Today is our anniversary : 40 YEARS IN AMERICA

To: "innabakker@gmail.com" <innabakker@gmail.com>


How beautiful!!! Thank you for coming and enriching the lives of many - and for being part of the American adventure! With appreciation. Jeff


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From: Regina Shusterman <reginas41@gmail.com>

Date: Sat, Oct 26, 2013 at 8:01 PM

Subject: Re: Today is our anniversary : 40 YEARS IN AMERICA

To: "innabakker ." <innabakker@gmail.com>


Congratulations! And many, many Happy, Healthy and Enjoyable YEARS to GO!!!


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From: Monique Voyagis <moniquev88@sbcglobal.net>

Date: Sat, Oct 26, 2013 at 8:13 PM

Subject: Re: Fwd: Today is our anniversary : 40 YEARS IN AMERICA

To: "innabakker ." <innabakker@gmail.com>


Inna,

What a touching true story ! I am sure with all your friends "you" also taught them to be positive and to appreciate life.

I can identify, I myself love this country as much as my own for it has brought me a loving husband, 2 great children and 2 adorable grand children...

Probably like you I was meant to become an American !!!

Congratulations and many years of happiness to come your way !

Love, Monique


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From: Andrea Klein <andrea.klein@randtech.com>

Date: Sat, Oct 26, 2013 at 9:25 PM

Subject: Re: Today is our anniversary : 40 YEARS IN AMERICA

To: "innabakker ." <innabakker@gmail.com>


That was beautiful and inspiring...thanks for sending it.

You have made a difference in the world Inna....people like you make this a better place to live.

Abk


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From: Susan Nurin <snurin@yahoo.com>

Date: Sat, Oct 26, 2013 at 9:32 PM

Subject: Re: Today is our anniversary : 40 YEARS IN AMERICA

To: Inna Bakker <innabakker@gmail.com>


Dearest Inna,


Thank you so much for sharing your very special day. It is deeply significant to you and your family and to me, too,

since I compare it to my own four grandparents leaving the same way albeit many years earlier than you. We Jews

have always been on the run but blessedly, the United States has provided a wonderful new and welcoming home for us.

I am so glad to have added you to my list of special new friends.


Welcome HOME, Inna!


Much love, susan

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From: Alex Marks <doctormarks51@gmail.com>

Date: Sun, Oct 27, 2013 at 12:08 AM

Subject: Re: Today is our anniversary : 40 YEARS IN AMERICA

To: "innabakker ." <innabakker@gmail.com>


Happy Annie!

Doc@DentServ


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From: Alisa Bodner <LOTEM@jnf.org>

Date: Sun, Oct 27, 2013 at 1:32 AM

Subject: Re: Today is our anniversary : 40 YEARS IN AMERICA

To: "innabakker ." <innabakker@gmail.com>


Mazal tov. May G-d send you abundant blessings and may you continue to discover new treasures in life.

Alisa


THANK YOU FOR 40 BEAUTIFUL FRIENDSHIP THAT WE HAVE .

SEE YOU SOON . I AM COMING ON THE 5TH OF NOVE, 21287 36 75 ,

LOVE SARA


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From: Samantha Karni <samanthakarni@gmail.com>

Date: Sun, Oct 27, 2013 at 6:26 AM

Subject: Re: Today is our anniversary : 40 YEARS IN AMERICA

To: "innabakker ." <innabakker@gmail.com>


This is beautiful! America is a better place because of you. I am so happy to know you.

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From: charlotte schwartz <schwartzcharlotte@yahoo.com>

Date: Sun, Oct 27, 2013 at 8:11 AM

Subject: Re: Today is our anniversary : 40 YEARS IN AMERICA

To: "innabakker ." <innabakker@gmail.com>


Inna dear: That is very beautiful. Many of us have learned much from you. Thank you...and Mazal Tov! Charlotte


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From: Yanina Bekker <yanina.bek@gmail.com>

Date: Sun, Oct 27, 2013 at 8:11 AM

Subject: Re: Today is our anniversary : 40 YEARS IN AMERICA

To: "innabakker ." <innabakker@gmail.com>


Congradulations! You have done a great job!


Love, Yana


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From: Raisa Aguf <jaytravel@sbcglobal.net>

Date: Sun, Oct 27, 2013 at 8:30 AM

Subject: Re: Today is our anniversary : 40 YEARS IN AMERICA

To: "innabakker ." <innabakker@gmail.com>


Innochka. Congratulation. God bless you such a positive and light person. Live long in happiness and joy. How is everything with you? love you. Raisa.

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From: Janice Michaelson <janicem4@gmail.com>

Date: Sun, Oct 27, 2013 at 9:21 AM

Subject: Re: Today is our anniversary : 40 YEARS IN AMERICA

To: "innabakker ." <innabakker@gmail.com>


What a beautiful and heartfelt email you wrote.

Thank you.

It is very admirable that, among other things, you studied to be a dentist here, too.

Best,

Janice


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From: Alla Meikson <allameikson@gmail.com>

Date: Sun, Oct 27, 2013 at 9:31 AM

Subject: Re: Today is our anniversary : 40 YEARS IN AMERICA

To: "innabakker ." <innabakker@gmail.com>


It is so true -- very emotional and wonderful letter.


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From: Ahuva <talholland@gmail.com>

Date: Sun, Oct 27, 2013 at 9:42 AM

Subject: Re: Today is our anniversary : 40 YEARS IN AMERICA

To: "innabakker ." <innabakker@gmail.com>


Innuchka, this is a beautiful letter.

Thank you for including me on your list of friends.

A.


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From: Jessica Stout <jesslstout@hotmail.com>

Date: Sun, Oct 27, 2013 at 10:44 AM

Subject: RE: Today is our anniversary : 40 YEARS IN AMERICA

To: Inna Bakker <innabakker@gmail.com>



Congrats, Inna!!

Can't wait to see you this weekend.

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From: Valeria Bogdanowa <valeria_bogdanowa@hotmail.com>

Date: Sun, Oct 27, 2013 at 1:16 PM

Subject: RE: Today is our anniversary : 40 YEARS IN AMERICA

To: "innabakker ." <innabakker@gmail.com>


Dear Innachka!


Thank you so much for sharing your family history with me.

It was so touchable and lovely to read.


I also forwarded it to Yan Shmois and Marik Goltsman in Rochester, I hope it is ok for you?


Big hug,

Lera

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From: Mila Backer <mbacker2@gmail.com>

Date: Sun, Oct 27, 2013 at 4:30 PM

Subject: RE: Today is our anniversary : 40 YEARS IN AMERICA

To: "innabakker ." <innabakker@gmail.com>


Innochka,

Congratulations to you! You had earned the right to be proud of your achievements! And I admire your outlook at life.

I wish you many more good and fulfilling years in our country.


Mila


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From: Phyllis Seaman <seaphyl@earthlink.net>

Date: Sun, Oct 27, 2013 at 6:01 PM

Subject: RE: Today is our anniversary : 40 YEARS IN AMERICA

To: "innabakker ." <innabakker@gmail.com>


Hi Inna,


Congratulations and many more wonderful years in this great country! I will schedule an overdue cleaning soon. Things have been very hectic this year.


Love,

Phyllis


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From: Jeannette Shaw <jini_50@hotmail.com>

Date: Sun, Oct 27, 2013 at 7:38 PM

Subject: RE: Today is our anniversary : 40 YEARS IN AMERICA

To: INNA BAKKER <innabakker@gmail.com>


You are wonderful! congratulations on making the most of your 40 years.


You are a great example for all the complainers.


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From: Mitch Farber <MFarber@dentserv.net>

Date: Mon, Oct 28, 2013 at 7:15 AM

Subject: RE: Today is our anniversary : 40 YEARS IN AMERICA

To: "innabakker ." <innabakker@gmail.com>


Thank you.


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From: Cindy Hoddeson <C.Hoddeson@visitmonaco.com>

Date: Mon, Oct 28, 2013 at 7:36 AM

Subject: RE: Today is our anniversary : 40 YEARS IN AMERICA

To: "innabakker ." <innabakker@gmail.com>


Congratulations!!!!! Your note is very touching.


Cindy


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From: edward koplin <edandcarolynkoplin@msn.com>

Date: Mon, Oct 28, 2013 at 10:21 AM

Subject: Re: Today is our anniversary : 40 YEARS IN AMERICA

To: "innabakker ." <innabakker@gmail.com>

Mazel Tov. Wonderful

R U skiing this year in Vail?????? Do you still have the strength?

Since my pacemaker surgery 5 years ago, I have trouble at altitude, but still skiing with the "boychicks" an 84 year old & an 86 year old.

Have skied 2 days this month.

Todah

Ed

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From: Hannah Baker <hanachka@gmail.com>

Date: Mon, Oct 28, 2013 at 10:34 AM

Subject: Re: Today is our anniversary : 40 YEARS IN AMERICA

To: "innabakker ." innabakker@gmail.com

My dear Innochka, you are right, there is so much to be greatful for. Love you so much and wish we could be there to celebrate, but we will be there in spirit! xxx

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From: Elssy <elssyrif@yahoo.com>

Date: Mon, Oct 28, 2013 at 5:27 PM

Subject: Re: Today is our anniversary : 40 YEARS IN AMERICA

To: "innabakker ." innabakker@gmail.com

Inna, from one immigrant to another, Mazol Tov! Congratulations...

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From: Schreiber, Susan <SSchreiber@thejm.org>

Date: Tue, Oct 29, 2013 at 8:31 AM

Subject: RE: Today is our anniversary : 40 YEARS IN AMERICA

To: "innabakker ." innabakker@gmail.com

Inna:

Thank you for sharing your story and congratulations on your 40 year anniversary and for all you have accomplished.

Did you send this to the editors of the newsletter Lilyan Seixas, Rebecca Koffler and Dinah Gildener? If not, would it be ok if I forward it to them? Not sure if they can use it, but if they can it would be very interesting.

Best,

Susan

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From: IRINA YEFIMOV <iyefmd@optonline.net>

Date: Fri, Nov 1, 2013 at 8:08 AM

Subject: RE: Fwd: Today is our anniversary : 40 YEARS IN AMERICA

To: inna bakker innabakker@gmail.com

Now I have received it.Bravo. Very well said about everything, with the same thoughts and feelings BIG CONGRATULATIONS, Love, Ira

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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