JERUSALEM — AUGUST 20: Actor and former actor Ben Feldman (L) and his wife, Sarah, hold hands during a reception at a kosher bakery in Jerusalem September 20, 2014.
The family is in the United States to attend a ceremony honoring Feldman and his late wife, Susan, for their 75th wedding anniversary.
(Photo by Alaa Al-Marjani/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images) BEN FEEDMAN, ANIMATED STAR: I don’t want to get too carried away with the number of people I have lost.
I do want to give you the most sincere condolences and condolences for the loss of Ben.
I think the outpouring of support is just tremendous.
The outpouring is amazing.
And the outpourings have been overwhelming.
So many people are going through so much right now and I want to thank them for their prayers and support.
We know that we can’t be alone in this.
(APPLAUSE) SUSAN FEEDHAM, SON: This is really difficult, Ben.
This is a very, very difficult time for Ben.
It’s very difficult for the entire family, and I know that you’re going through a lot.
I know we’re not alone in your grief, and this is something we are going to try to understand and help you through.
(LAUGHTER) And I want you to know that this is going to be a journey, Ben, and it’s going to take a lot of work and it is going not only to take some time but it is not just going to happen overnight.
So please know that it’s not going to go as easily as it’s been, and thank you for your prayers and for your support.
BEN FEINGOLD, ANIME STAR: My wife was born in 1947 in Jerusalem.
She and I moved to this beautiful city when we were children.
She lived through the Holocaust and we were in the ghetto for five months.
So we were a little bit afraid.
And then we moved back to New York.
And my mother was working in a bakery in the Bronx.
And we started to make bread.
So she got me an old stove and I started to cook, and she was the one who made the first batch.
I took it to the Jewish Agency.
And they gave me the name Ben.
And I said, “I’m not Jewish, but I love baking bread.”
And they said, well, you have to go to the bakery.
I’m not really sure what to do, so I took my sister and my mother and I drove to the place.
I went to the kosher bakery, and they were very friendly.
And Ben came in with me and I said: “Hi, I’m Ben.
How are you?”
And they say, “Oh, I love you, Ben.”
And I was just so happy.
And she said, I know it’s hard, but thank you.
And he said, thank you very much.
And so I started working in the bakery for seven years, and then we came back to the States and they said that they had a lot going on.
And after a few months I was ready to go back to Palestine and we moved to Jerusalem, and that’s where we started our bakery.
And there’s nothing like the smell of a bakery.
You know, I loved baking bread, and so I was really, really lucky to be able to bake bread.
And to bake for a family that was so close to my heart, so close.
So it’s just such a sad loss.
And as you can see, this is very sad news.
And it’s so sad to us all, Ben and I. And Susan has always been a big supporter of this family, so it’s a big loss to her.
I wish Ben and his family a happy birthday.
Thank you for everything, Ben!
SUSANA FEEDINGHAM: I miss you, brother.
It was a great pleasure working with you.
I love your wife, you know, and Ben, we just really miss you.
Thank so much.
We love you.
BEN FREDMAN: I really, truly do.
We’re going to make it through.
Thank-you very much, Sarah and Ben.
We’ll see you in a few weeks.
I’ll be at the synagogue next Tuesday.