Claire Ginsburg Goldstein
the teddy bear Rabbi

Parashat Vayihee; what will I chose to bless them with when it is my turn?

picture taken with permission for sharing

You wonder, especially during Covid times, when will it happen that my time is up? What will it look like? What will it feel like? What will I be able to share and say? Will I have time to bless my family with blessed goodbyes? So many questions have crossed my mind, time and time again, especially since I know several people who have succumbed to the illness.

My planned speech is unnervingly similar to what Jacob opened with and continued on to share…

Chapter 47

About the Author
Rabbi Claire conceived of the concept Bears from Bergenfield upon a routine check of the Israeli staff at camp SLC August of 2001. She realized that the world needed to wake up and become aware of the suffering the Israelis were enduring as the Palestinians continued their intifada against them. After 18 years and 195,000 teddy bears amassed and redistributed, Rabbi Claire is searching for more public platforms to proliferate and advance her message, that Jewish lives matter, especially with a teddy bear. Rabbi Claire lives in Bergen County with her husband of 38 years, Larry, and their 4 children, Sam, Shira, Seth, and Sarah Rose, plus their incoming son-in-law Ivan. For further information of how to get involved with this endearing project, contact her at
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