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Most people know me as Ask Ella in The Canadian Jewish News, I've been writing an advice column in The CJN for the past 20 years. Along with my column, I'm the Operations Manager at the paper, having grown to that position through many years of working at different jobs at the paper.

I was born to Holocaust survivors, Shoshana Gold and Fishl Burakowski, who met after the war in Foehrenwald, a displaced person's camp in Germany. Together they smuggled on an Aliyah Bet ship to make a new life for themselves in Israel. Ella and her older sister Sarah, were both born in Israel, before the family moved to Canada.

When I was 14, my mother died in front of me of a massive heart attack. When she died, she took with her every story, every experience
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Ella Burakowski When I was 14, my mother died in front of me of a massive heart attack. When she died, she took with her every story, every experience of how she surv…moreWhen I was 14, my mother died in front of me of a massive heart attack. When she died, she took with her every story, every experience of how she survived the Holocaust. She took with her the reason she used to scream in the night, the reason I was different than the other kids. There was so much I didn’t know.

It wasn’t until I became an adult that I was interested in the story of how she survived, but it was too late to hear it from her. My Uncle David Gold, my mother’s brother, is still alive today at the age of 85. I felt compelled to write my family’s story while he was still able to describe the events my family endured during one of the most horrific periods in human history.

Writing Hidden Gold has allowed me to reconnect with my mother and walk in her footsteps through the darkest time in her life.(less)
Ella Burakowski If I've been writing a lot, I give myself a break - a short break. No more than a few days before I force myself to sit down and write. It may not be …moreIf I've been writing a lot, I give myself a break - a short break. No more than a few days before I force myself to sit down and write. It may not be perfect, and it may not be something I will use in my book, but I force myself to write to break through the block.(less)
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Celebrating Mother’s Day during Covid-19

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[image error]I’m dreading Mother’s Day this year. I’ve been entertaining three kids ages 4 through 8, for a couple of months now, seems more like a couple of years. 


My husband locks himself in his room most of the day, even on weekends. He says he’s working, but I know he is struggling being in isolation. Normally, I would help him, but emotionally, I’m running on fumes and just don’

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