The Best Boy in the United States Of America: A Memoir of Blessings and Kisses

The Best Boy in the United States Of America: A Memoir of Blessings and Kisses

by Ron Wolfson
The Best Boy in the United States Of America: A Memoir of Blessings and Kisses

The Best Boy in the United States Of America: A Memoir of Blessings and Kisses

by Ron Wolfson


    Qualifies for Free Shipping
    Choose Expedited Shipping at checkout for delivery by Friday, June 2
    Check Availability at Nearby Stores


Powerful life lessons in a funny and moving portrait of family, community and spiritual discovery in America.

Hilarious and heartfelt, Ron Wolfson's inspiring memoir is filled with stories of growing up in a warm family, encountering colorful characters like the merchants of Omaha and the famous Warren Buffett, navigating adolescence and learning never to underestimate his mother.

With easygoing Midwestern humor and profound poignancy, Ron's "true stories" of family and community in the United States of America will resonate with anyone seeking to shape stronger families, create compelling communities and live their best life, a life of joy and laughter, meaning and purpose, and, yes, blessings and kisses.

"I am the best boy in the United States of America. That’s what my grandfather—my 'Zaydie’—called me from the time I was a little child in Omaha, Nebraska. I know it’s true because this is a true story. All my stories are true....

“Zaydie loved three things: his family, his business, and his adopted country—the United States of America. I never, ever heard Zaydie say 'the United States.’ It was always ‘da United States of America,’ in his thick Russian accent.... For Louie Paperny, each one of his nine grandchildren was the best boy or the best girl in the United States of America. We believed him. I believed him. And in a certain way, I’ve lived the rest of my life trying to be that best boy."

—from Chapter 1

Related collections and offers

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781580238380
Publisher: Turner Publishing Company
Publication date: 07/31/2015
Edition description: 1
Pages: 192
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Dr. Ron Wolfson, visionary educator and inspirational speaker, is Fingerhut Professor of Education at American Jewish Universityin Los Angeles and a cofounder of Synagogue 3000. He is author of Relational Judaism: Using the Power of Relationships to Transform the Jewish Community; The Seven Questions You're Asked in Heaven: Reviewing and Renewing Your Life on Earth; Be Like God: God's To-Do List for Kids; God's To-Do List: 103 Ways to Be an Angel and Do God's Work on Earth; Hanukkah, Passover and Shabbat, all Federation of Jewish Men's Clubs Art of Jewish Living family guides to spiritual celebrations; The Spirituality of Welcoming: How to Transform Your Congregation into a Sacred Community; A Time to Mourn, a Time to Comfort: A Guide to Jewish Bereavement and Comfort and, with Rabbi Lawrence A. Hoffman, What You Will See Inside a Synagogue (all Jewish Lights), a book for children ages 6 and up. He contributed to May God Remember: Memory and Memorializing in Judaism—Yizkor, Who by Fire, Who by Water—Un'taneh Tokef, All These Vows—Kol Nidre and We Have Sinned: Sin and Confession in Judaism—Ashamnu and Al Chet (all Jewish Lights).

Table of Contents

1 The Best Boy in the United States of America
2 The Best Boy in the United States of America ... Except in Religious School
3 Bubbie's Candles
4 Why Do I Do What I Do?
5 Eat! Eat!
6 Zaydie's Seder Surprise
7 A Tale of Two Bar Mitzvahs
8 Missing Shabbes
9 Never Underestimate Your Mother
10 Tevye
11 Mom
12 Dad
13 The Merchants of Omaha
14 Louis Market
15 Mrs. B, the Furniture Queen
16 My Hour with Warren Buffet
17 S. K.
18 Der Rosenkavalier
19 A Rabbi, Maybe?
20 An Educator, Maybe?
21 Wrestling with God
22 L. A.
23 A Dress for Shabbat
24 Learning Laboratory
25 Recipes for Memories
26 Fiddler Redux
27 Why Doesn't Everyone Love Synagogues?
28 A Vision for Transforming Synagogues
29 Mrs. Maizie
30 Life Lesson at AAA
31 What Do I Do Till the Kids Say "I Do"?
32 The Hope of God
33 Keep Moving
34 Saying Good-bye
35 Mom's Legacy
36 Facing Mortality—Together

In Gratitude
Discussion Guide

Customer Reviews