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Paz Shusterman Memorial Book

Dear Friends and Family,

I am putting together a book as a tribute to my brother’s memory. I hope that you will consider contributing something.

I hope to collect an image (either a photo or artwork) and some text (it may be only a couple of lines or it can be up to a full page) from each of you. The text may be anything you like, a description of a memory, a thought, a quote (with attribution), a song, or a poem. Whatever. The image can also be whatever you like but please try to pick something that is high enough resolution for print reproduction. Please send me the highest resolution version you can (I can always reduce it).  Right now I am thinking it will be one page of text and one page of image per person, but that may change.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact me either by email or phone.

I think this can be a beautiful way to celebrate Paz. I hope you will participate.

Please let me know if you’d like to participate in the next week or so (so I can keep track) and send me all materials by November 23rd (the Wednesday before Thanksgiving). I’ll do my best to have it put together by the beginning of the year. (I am going to be using blurb http://www.blurb.com/ so the books won’t be free but I will try to keep the cost down or at least offer a couple of options). I’m also open to ideas on this so if you have something you’d particularly like to do/share, please let me know. This will be a document for all of us.

I’m also missing lots of email addresses so please share this with people you think might be interested (don’t hesitate to contact me if you’d like to double check).

Thanks and all my love,


gemma (at) atomicbee dot com


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the belltower, for us

For all of us who love and miss him.

“Let This Darkness Be a Bell Tower” by Rainer Maria Rilke; translation by Joanna Macy and Anita Barrows

Quiet friend who has come so far,
feel how your breathing makes more space around you.
Let this darkness be a bell tower
and you the bell. As you ring,

what batters you becomes your strength.
Move back and forth into the change.
What is it like, such intensity of pain?
If the drink is bitter, turn yourself to wine.

In this uncontainable night,
be the mystery at the crossroads of your senses,
the meaning discovered there.

And if the world has ceased to hear you,
say to the silent earth: I flow.
To the rushing water, speak: I am.

Sonnets to Orpheus II, 29

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The first birthday without you

June 10, 1984

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The Shusterman Grandchild Trusts

Dearest friends and family-

We lost Paz very suddenly on April 27th, 2011. He leaves behind a loving family including four young boys between of the ages 5 months and 7 years. As his parents and sister, we want to ensure his children’s long-term needs are met.

We’ve created four trusts, one for each of Paz and Dalia’s children. The trustees are Paz’s parents, Alice and Dennis Shusterman. Because of the specific trust type (2503c), contributions need to be made separately to each trust. We understand that people want to help and we are grateful of any donation, regardless of the amount. We just request that equal contributions are made to each of the boys’ accounts.

The trusts are entitled:

Zakkai Shusterman Grandchild Trust
Yisrael Shusterman Granchild Trust
Yosef Yitzchak Shusterman Grandchild Trust
Shalom Dovber Shusterman Grandchild Trust

Contributions can be sent c/o:

Mechanics Bank
1801 Solano Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94707

If you’d like additional information on the trust, including information on electronic funds transfer, please contact us at trust@pazshusterman.net.

– with love and gratitude,

Dennis, Alice, and Gemma

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Information on Memorial and Trust for Paz’s Sons Coming Soon

As we struggle to find the words for our grief, we embrace the people who love Paz and are touched by the outpouring of support and love. We will be posting information soon regarding a memorial event and a trust that we are setting up for Paz and Dalia’s children.


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