Judy and Lee Caligor

Judith and Leopold Caligor, basically my adopted grandparents, were killed this last Thursday when run over as they crossed a highway after dinner. They died as they lived–together, united, as one before the universe. They were 76 and 82, respectively.
Being raised an ocean away from my biological grandparents, Judy and Lee more than filled that role–celebrating with me birthdays, holidays and vacations.
More than anything else, however, they were teachers. Judy and Lee Caligor taught me the importance of community and the ethics of Judaism. At their funeral, seeing the hundreds of people who they touched personally and deeply with their loving kindness, I realize that the Beatles were almost right when they wrote: “And in the end, the love you take, is equal to the love you make.” Almost, because such is not the case. The truth is that even in their passing, they did not take any love out of this world. Our love for them burns on, and their memories will forever be blessed.


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