About Me

Fred Casden and Cookie in The Sukkah (photo by Natania Casden)

It’s a long way from where I grew up, The Bronx, N.Y., at a time when there were more Jewish people in that borough than in the entire State of Israel. I went to school at P.S. 80, J.H.S. 80, The Bronx H.S. of Science, DeWitt Clinton H.S. , and finally “City College,” where I majored in English literature and minored in ancient languages (very useful!). After teaching English to eighth graders for several years, I began working for NYC’s Department of Social Services as an entry level caseworker. When I left the agency almost thirty years later, I was the second-in-command of an office of 150 employees in the Child Welfare Administration. After a brief stint as a synagogue administrator, I spent about ten years doing data-base work for a Jewish non-profit organization, before re-retiring and moving to Israel with wife and family.

Sometime about 1970, I developed an interest in photography. I had the amazing good fortune to meet the American master photographer Lou Bernstein, who became my teacher and my friend. If you were to ask me what I have accomplished in my life, I would of necessity point to my forty plus years of work in that medium. Now that I have a little more time on my hands, I have been able to resume writing, which is what I started out to do five decades ago.

One thought on “About Me

  1. Happy to know you have “made it” – having influenced so many people in the world and happily returned to The Promised Land. Thank you for the support, providing boss advice for me those many years ago. Things stick, and I rarely, if ever, split infinitives! Be well, and I pray for your continued health,and happiness!


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