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Ocean’s Apart

Ocean’s Apart

A Guide to Maintaining Family Ties at a Distance

By Rochel Berman

Oceans Apart will help you understand and enhance your long distance family relationships. In this book you will discover how to:



  • Maintain close, loving ties with family members who live far away

  • Plan a successful visit

  • Keep in touch between visits

  • Set aside meaningful one-on-one time with individual family members

  • Manage tension and conflict from afar and during a visit

  • Cope with illness and death at a distance

  • Maintain ties with grandchildren

  • Bridge the gap between you and your long-distance siblings, nieces and nephews

  • Deal with cultural and language differences

  • Use technology effectively to stay in close touch.






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Reviews

With aliyah and extended stays in Israel on the upswing, as well as international assignments for professional advancement becoming common, members of our community will have much use for the practical wisdom amassed in this advice-packed book.Review by Jewish Orthodox Feminist Alliance journal
With aliyah and extended stays in Israel on the upswing, as well as international assignments for professional advancement becoming common, members of our community will have much use for the practical wisdom amassed in this advice-packed book. The author, a social worker, came to her subject because of the aliyah of her older son and the subsequent birth of her grandchildren living "oceans apart," yet she has taken her topic of maintaining loving family ties at a distance and universalized it. Her subjects include recent and long-term immigrants to the United States, American professionals who choose to live in Europe, Chabad emissaries who devote themselves to far-flung Jewish communities, and a variety of olim. All must deal with adjusting to cultural differences, coping with parental illness and death at a distance, and trying to maintain traditions and closeness despite separation from their family of origin.
Given twenty-fIrst-century technologies such as e-mail and Skype, many families manage to communicate frequently and in a variety of media, but the author points out that these are not the same as being a physical presence in a grandchild's life. She offers sensitive suggestions on how to preplan visits with distant grandchildren, deal with the tensions arising from turf issues, and extend a trip's afterglow by creating a photo album of the stay. Each chapter has a practical "take-away," and the reader feels in the presence of a wise and savvy grandmother sharing her life's learning.
This is a warm and helpful book for the kin-keepers among us, no matter how much distance separates us from our loved ones.
(Posted on 5/27/2015)
Oceans Apart has become a personal counselor to each of usReview by Nefesh B'Nefesh Website
After reading Oceans Apart, I provided a copy to each of my children and their spouses all of whom are faced with the situation of separation from siblings and from parents. Having just experienced the reality of our making our home in Israel, they welcomed a book that would help us all transition. Oceans Apart has become a personal counselor to each of us, encouraging us and creating unique ways to face the numerous challenges that separation over the ocean entail. "Lessons from Life" appearing at the end of each chapter, along with the technology chapter expertly crafted by her husband, George, offer practical approaches to integrate the lessons learned into our own lives. (Posted on 5/27/2015)

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Additional Info

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Format Hardcover
SKU ktav2354
Publisher Ktav Publishing House