Audio: Judy's FIL, Kurt Simon, shares lessons, stories, adventures

Judy talks to her FIL Kurt Simon about being a living example.
10/17/2013, 6:51 AM

A7 Radio's "Life Lessons with Judy Simon" with Judy Simon
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Born in a small town in Germany before the Nazis rose to power, Kurt Simon remembers Kristallnacht clearly as the day his family was thrown into the streets, their belongings ruined, and his father taken into a concentration camp. Though his father was released due to his teenage sister's boldness, it didn't end well for him. In 1939, his family boarded a boat from Italy to America.

Throughout Kurt's life, he saw challenges as adventures, (to the chagrin of his mother, whose every gray hair was attributed to him). To this day, he takes life lightly, laughing at challenges and moving on. Some of his stories are about saving his teacher's life, getting his rabbi's permission to eat non-kosher chicken rather than vegetables, serving in the US army during the Korean War, raising children by example, getting up and walking immediately following hip surgery, and making Aliyah to Israel after the children were grown and married. One of his main messages is never giving up.

Kurt Simon, in his light and humorous tone, describes things which would stop a lesser man. In addition to being Judy's father-in-law, he is a true inspiration.

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Judy Simon is the host of the show Life Lessons and the mother of six children. After almost 20 years of teaching English and special education, Judy now serves as the Beit El Tourism Coordinator, and organizes tours of the site of Jacob's Dream in Beit El. Check out Beit El's website: and "like" the Beit El Heritage Center Facebook page: To "like" the Hebrew page: Life Lessons explores fascinating people from all walks of life and follows their stories of lessons learned along the way. The Life Lessons podcast airs every Thursday from 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Israel time on Israel National Radio.
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