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As members of the Horowitz Families Association in Israel, who live under the continuous threat of terrorism, we wish to express our heartfelt sympathy to our American friends and the families of the victims of the terrorist attacks in the USA

Annual Hanuccah Meeting of the Horowitz Families Association and the Conference "Horowitz and Chelouche family members in the early days of Tel-Aviv" will take place at the conference hall of the Bible Museum in Tel-Aviv (16 Rothschild Boulevard) on Tuesday, December 11th, 2001, the second day of Hanuccah, at 17:00. To see its agenda, click here.

Since one of the purposes of the Horowitz Families Association is to document the history of Horowitz families in general (including branches spelling Hurwitz, Ish-Hurwitz, Gurevitch, etc), and the contribution of outstanding Horowitz individuals to their community, we intend to gather and to publish relevant information on these subjects. We are pleased to announce that Dr. Chaim Horovitz, member of the Board of the Association, has taken charge of the library and the archives of our society. He is presently cataloguing the existing material in the library, and the results will be published in due time on the website. In order to enlarge the scope of the documentation, we appeal to our Members and Friends to send us relevant testimonies about historical and familial events and personal biographies. We shall welcome materials related to the Horowitz heritage. For further details, please contact our website or directly Dr. Chaim Horovitz, on his


In Memoriam
LEAH AGROSKIN (nee Gurevich) 1923-2001


We regretfully announce the death of our member and dear friend, Leah Agroskin (nee Gurevich), on July 7, 2001 at the Jerusalem Shaarei Zedek hospital.

Lea was born in Moscow in 1923 into the family of an acclaimed Russian Soviet drama and film writer, Itzhak Gurevich (penname Natan Zarkhi). Her formative years were marked by the dramatic events of early Soviet history - the Stalinist purges of the 1930s - 1950s and the outbreak of World War II. She never joined any communist organizations, and her family home in Moscow served as a meeting place for liberal Jewish artists and intellectuals - from Moscow actors of the nascent Hebrew-language Habima Theater to Yiddish poets and actors associated with the Moscow Yiddish theater and cultural institutions. She graduated from high school on June 22, 1941 - the day Germany invaded the Soviet Union. During the war years, she worked on the construction of Moscow city defense lines and subsequently, at a defense industry plant in the Urals. After returning to Moscow in 1944, she received an advanced degree in English-language teaching and was later appointed Assistant Professor of English at Irkutsk University in Siberia. In 1949, she returned to Moscow and married a reputable otorhinolaryngologist, Dr. Shmuel Agroskin, whose patients included members of the Soviet political elite. During the so-called Doctors' Plot (1952-53) Lea and her family lived under constant threat of arrest. In 1957, she resumed her professional teaching career. Until her emigration to Israel in 1977, she taught English at Moscow University and at the Naval Department, where she earned the reputation of a most popular and well-loved teacher. In 1977, Lea and her 73-year old husband gave up their successful careers and comfortable lives to make Aliya to Israel. She settled in Jerusalem and lived there until her death on July 7, 2001. She worked as an editor and proofreader of Russian-English translations, while continuing to serve as an informal educator and English teacher to neighbors and friends in her community. Lea learned Hebrew and felt a close emotional connection to Israel, its history, values and people. She helped dozens of new immigrants, relatives and friends to establish themselves in their new homeland. Lea was a beautiful, delicate woman, a refined, cultivated lover of poetry, classical music and the arts, as well as an excellent story-teller. At the same time, she was a generous person who extended her kind and helping hand to people in her community in Kiryat Yovel, Jerusalem, irrespective of ethnic origin or level of religious observance. A woman of extraordinary memory at 78, Lea kept alive the stories and memories of her branch of the Gurevich family currently residing in Israel, as well as Riga, Latvia and St. Petersburg and Moscow, Russia. She is deeply missed by her daughter and son-in-law, Natalie and Steven Hassman, as well as by her extended family in Israel, the US, England, Latvia and Russia.

May her memory be a blessing!


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