Omer Story Share: Mike Mittelman

Fawn and Mike met at Wesleyan over 25 years ago this September and will have been married 22 years this June. Together, they have raised Celeste, who celebrated her Bat Mitzvah at TOS last year and Max, who after discovering a love textual analysis in “You, the Jury” has became a regular at Torah study.

Max is named after Mike’s grandfather, who was tragically killed during the Holocaust after jumping from the train transporting him from a work camp to another location. Mike has kept alive his memory by wearing his tallis and telling his story, in a very unique way. He created a website to encourage people to tell stories slowly, one word per day at www.thismighttakeawhile.com. You can read his story about his grandfather here, and find out when he wrote each word by hovering over it.

Mike is also a dedicated skydiver, who has been jumping out of plans for over 20 years. He has over 1200 jumps and helped break the record for the largest formation of skydivers over the age of 40 in Massachusetts. He’s also the mastermind behind the “Flying Minyan” a group of Jewish skydivers who in 2019, formed a set of Torah scrolls and chai, the Hebrew word from life, thousands of feet in the air.