Kissing an Old Dream Goodbye: A Memoir 1950 – 1959

When Gloria Levi is 19, she travels to the new State of Israel—and her life changes forever. Told through the eyes of a young woman and mother, this remarkable memoir recounts the painful and poignant journey of a young family trying to integrate into Israeli society in the 1950s and her realization that her path to Israeli identity is both complex and multilayered. More

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About Gloria Levi

Speaker, activist and author, Gloria Levi was born and raised in New York City, and has lived in Israel and Canada. A gerontologist with more than 30 years’ experience in the field, Gloria has worked as a recreation therapist, social worker, trainer/consultant in aging, and a community volunteer coordinator. Her series of six booklets, Challenges of Later Life (1992) was widely distributed throughout Canada. Her book, Dealing With Memory Changes As You Grow Older (Bantam, 1998), co-authored with Kathleen Gose, has been translated into six languages.

A political activist, Gloria served as a councillor on Coquitlam Council from 1981 to 1984. She later established Habitat for Humanity of Greater Vancouver and helped build 27 houses, from 1997 to 2004.
A dedicated student of Judaic studies, she translated the story of a Chasidic master, The Life and Times of Simcha Bunim of P’shischa (2007), from the original Hebrew.

Gloria published her first memoir, My Dance with Shechina, in 2012, followed by her second memoir, Kissing an Old Dream Goodbye (Fictive Press), in 2019. A mother of five, a grandmother of 11 and a great grandmother of seven, she lives in Vancouver, British Columbia.

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