Kisses For Ellen is a story of faith, family, love and patriotism. And the will to live, thanks to a tiny girl named Ellen. 

Carl Sandburg wrote: “A baby is God’s opinion that the world should go on.” But what if that baby is born in a time of World War? In December of 1943, when young Herman “Hymie” Silverman heard that ‘call to arms’ he set his sights on becoming a Marine. In “Kisses for Ellen” we’ll follow him from boot camp to the bloody sands of Iwo Jima. But, who is this Ellen? She’s the reason Hymie was able to carry on. Little Ellen, Hymie’s niece, was 9-months old at the time of his enlistment. And, he carried her spirit in his heart and her picture in his fatigue shirt pocket. Almost every letter he wrote included a “kiss for Ellen”. Our story comes from some 500-plus fascinating letters written to and from Hymie and family and friends back home in Coney Island. Along the way we visit some of the events happening on the home front between those years. From honest, to humorous, to horrific, to heartfelt…”Kisses for Ellen” is a timeless story of the power of love. Made possible with support from the Broward County Cultural Division.

This free 2-hour multimedia event will be presented live August 29, 2022 at ArtServe, 1350 East Sunrise Blvd., Ft. Lauderdale from 7 to 10pm.