Our newest nephew Eytan Ziv Altenberg’s birth and bris were celebrated in Houston on August 13. During the ceremony, his proud father offered this remarks:
(Eytan’s Savta [grandmother] said, “We had a magnificent evening last night! Eytan’s bris was spiritual and communal. We had about 80 + people welcome him into our covenant. There was a real sense of love and community.
“Although you weren’t with us physically, we certainly felt your love! I am forwarding Joaquin’s remarks so you can feel even a bit closer to Eytan.
Hugs and love SAVTA!!!”
Thank you to everyone for coming and sharing this joyous occasion with us. We appreciate your support and contribution to our son’s life!
I would also like to give special thanks to those who have made this possible, our wonderful family members who are no longer with us. They include:
Mr. and Mrs. Eddie & Jean Litwin – Alison’s maternal grandparents
Mrs. Sophie Weisman – Alison’s paternal grandmother
Mr. and Mrs. Pequin & Maruja Perez – Joaquin’s paternal grandparents
Mr. Norman Altenberg – Joaquin’s maternal Grandfather
And Mrs. Marcella Altenberg – Joaquin’s mother
Without their love and support, we would not have been able to be here today.
For those with us and with whom we have the privilege to share our lives with, we would like to thank:
Eileen and Lenny Weisman – for being parents to us each day, for their constant support, love and guidance and for hosting this fantastic Bris. Also, we are glad to share with them their first grandchild.
To Alison’s Paternal Grandfather – Moses Weisman who we get to share each day and this honor of his first great grandchild.
To my grandmother – Delia Altenberg who could not be here but is here in spirit
To our sister and brother-in-law Jessica and Ernest Cambareri, and to Eytan’s adorable cousins Marcella and Julia for making the trek from New York to be here.
To our other brother and sister-in-law – Josh and Liz Weisman for making the trek from Dallas and putting aside other arrangements to be here for us, To Josh who is here in spirit and supporting us from Iraq and possibly here via Skype.
To Alison’s paternal aunt – Aunt Pearl Westrich coming from Delaware to be with us today
To Alison’s maternal aunt – Aunt Jan Barbell who came all the way from New Jersey to be with us.
To all our family, we thank you.
I would also like to thank Dr. Mintz for officiating the ceremony and for being the ever-delicate mohel to celebrate this with us.
We would also like to give a special thanks to Dr. Todd Ivey who delivered our son under tense circumstances and kept us calm, safe and took great care of Alison through it all.
We wanted to share with everyone the idea behind the name: Eytan Ziv Altenberg
The first name, EYTAN, is Hebrew meaning STRONG… and a name he is already living up to. We loved the sound of the name and more specifically, we wanted a name that also enabled us to give respect to Alison’s dear Grandfather Eddie Litwin. It is customary to use the same first initial, “E” in this case after the person being remembered.
Eddie or Poppy, as he liked to be called, is remembered for his larger than life personality. A big hearted, loving family man who had a great sense of humor, charisma and solid work ethic to provide for his family and always wisdom to impart in a jovial way. We hope EYTAN reflects Poppy’s values and spirit and we are thrilled to share our son in his memory.
Ziv, the middle name is Hebrew for splendid or brilliant. We chose this name because it reminded us of my mother Marcella Altenberg. My mother was a radiant person. She shined with her smile and big heart. She always had a kind word or something to offer anyone who needed it. We did not have much, growing up, but somehow she always had something to give. It was that radiant nature and quick to laughter that made her such a wonderful person to be around. We hope our son shares this gift of brilliance to connect with the world out of kindness and love from his heart. We also wanted to honor my mother for all that she gave to guide me here to this day.
Please feel free to practice his name, share it with others and we hope you find as much joy is saying it as we do! With love, Alison and Joaquin Altenberg