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Yom Kippur Thoughts
by Doreen Deutsch Spungin
What can I do to atone
for the many hurts--
The ones I never intended
The ones I may have intended
Have you felt the stab of angry
thoughts that ooze out, unguarded?
I keep trying to undo
but it is always too late
I remind myself to think
next time before I act
I ask it of you as I grant it to you.
We have this Day Of Atonement
It should be Everyday
Oh my fellow humans, what can we do
to atone for all our failings?
by Alan Olin
Most of the pics were taken at the flowers shows in Philadelphia over the last four or five years.
I use a Nikon D810 camera, with a 50mm Nikor lens. I also edit the pics to some degree to make them look better. Digital photography needs a boost in sharpness, as well as an increase in over all tonal weight, and saturation in my opinion.
I have been in the graphic arts for many years, and I am convinced of my opinion. I do my own printing on an Epson R1900, an can print up to 13x19. They look fantastic if I must say so myself.
I have been encouraged by several Photo pro shops to go pro, but at this stage of life I just want to enjoy life and tranquility. Do it as a labor of love. I do sell many of my works matted and framed.
Al C's creativity in producing the video above put a big smile on my face.
Adm Note:If any classmate would like to purchase a picture(s), contact Alan Olin at: email@example.com. I'm sure he'd be thrilled to hear from you.
A Gorgeous 'Thank You'
from Alan Olin to Al C.
Alan Olin sent me some photographs that he took at the Philadelphia Flower Show. They were gorgeous and so I put them to music in the video above. Alan liked the video so much that it put a smile on his face. Then, he decided to send me another photo...via UPS. This time is was matted and framed. It was even more gorgeous than the bare original. It was his way of saying thanks for the video and it put a smile on my face. Of course, it was totally unnecessary, but I will treasure it as I do all my Jeffersonian memorabilia.
80th Birthday Bash
Russo's On The Bay
After a year of planning and cajoling, our Birthday Bash is now in the history books. A total of 46 people attended.
Awards were given to people who have helped make our past reunions a success, namely, Bob Bruno, Myles Seitz, Bob Davidson, Ruth (Yablonsky) Becker, Eileen (Kesden) Reinish, Charlie and Rosalind Berger, and Phyllis (Hoffman)Miller. An award will be mailed to Doreen (Deutsch) Spungin who was unable to attend.
An award was also presented to Stuart Rothstein, the Director of the TJHS Alumni Association, who has always underwritten our gatherings and provided the Jeff banner to be hung high in our hearts. He was also given a donation of $200 for the Alumni Association on behalf of the Class of '55.
Another expression of thanks to a grateful and humble classmate who takes great pleasure in keeping us all together.
The letter reads as follows:
Sometimes Thanks Is Not Enough
By Dd. Spungin
Al, the amazing
Loving and loyal
No one else would have kept us together
A job, many jobs, so well done
Making this group (for so many years) shine on
Officially speaking, our deepest thanks
Never to be forgotten—our Al Cinamon
And who would have dreamed, back in 1955 that we’d be still clinging to our beloved TJHS memories. Al, you grabbed the bull by whatever was available and created this amazing cluster of Brooklynites. Without your work, your vision, your dedication, we wouldn’t be here (or be wishing we were here) today.
You are a force to reckon with, and we reckon you have no equal when it comes to dreaming a dream and making it come true. From the quiet kid we all knew as Alex from Wyona Street to the single minded dynamo we know now, you’ve etched your image in our memories, even as you have almost single-handedly preserved our precious high school memories in our hearts.
No sometimes “Thanks” is not enough. How about, “Thanks and love, dear friend!” Stay well and enjoy the rest of the ride.
In addition to the framed letter, I was given a Yankee cap and enough money to buy a pair of Yankee tickets to a game of my choosing. Wow! Did I really deserve all that? These reunions were a labor of love for me. I never expected any compensation except for the pleasure of my classmates so many of whom have gone on to accomplish so many great things for our community and world.
At this time I would like to once again sing their praises.
With us at this Birthday Bash was none other than the January class president, Bob ”Butchie”Davidson A/K/A Davis, a great "tumler" who started as a social director in the Catskills, but since he liked being president, he went on to become the President and CEO of the Daytona Hotel and Motel Association, which represents over 100 hotels in the Daytona area.
Another tumler, who started in the Catskills, is Harvey "Arvito" Averne who went on to receive the first two Grammy awards ever presented for Latin music.
Also present was Jerry “Cookie” Wolkoff, a great real estate developer who is now in the midst of building a "city." Yes, a self-contained city called Heartland, in the Brentwood section of Long Island.
Barry Elbaum was also in attendance. As Chairman of the Dental Department at Monmouth Medical Center for 30 years, Dr. Elbaum was the recipient of the Pinnacle Award, the highest honor to be bestowed on a member of the dental profession
Bob "Nemo" Nemser, a Past President and Chairman of the Education Council of the Art Directors Club of New Jersey has received over 350 industry awards for his communication achievements including 5 Gold Medals from the Art Directors Club of NJ and the prestigious "Andy" award from the Advertising Club of New York. I think he started by drawing "hopscotch" boxes on the sidewalk.
It was my distinct honor to be sitting at their table; my compensation, you see.
Phyllis Hoffman Miller was seated at another table. She started as a reporter for a NJ weekly paper and then went on to become the editor of a large daily NJ newspaper. She recently received the Presidential Lifetime Award for volunteer service. (Of course, her greatest accomplishment is writing the reviews of our reunions).
Sadly, many of our great classmates are already gone.
Alex Fefer, class president of the June class, was a member of the pioneering Seattle bone marrow transplant team that developed transplantation as a therapy for leukemia, and other blood cancers. His research spurred the development and testing of immune therapy of cancer in the ensuing decades. The bone marrow transplantation studies he led were the first to show that patients with chronic phase chronic myelogenous leukemia could be cured. He passed in 2011.
Emanuel "Manny" Axelrod served as Orange County, New York District Superintendent of Schools and Executive Officer of B.O.C.E.S. for nineteen years. During his tenure he significantly enhanced programs for children with special needs and for those in occupational education. he spearheaded the drive to build world class facilities on the B.O.C.E.S. campus in Goshen, NY Early in his superintendency, at the bidding of the commissioner of education, he served an integration order on the Newburgh City School District and courageously promoted its implementation. He passed in 2013
I believe our classmates have many more great accomplishments to achieve, so I pray that you all take care of yourselves and stay healthy. You have made me so proud to be part of the Class of '55
4/2/2018 Catskill Update
The Breezy Corners Bungalow Colony was bulldozed a few years back. It was replaced by a casino hotel, Resorts World Catskills, which opened last month.
The casino is not the only tourism-
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12/22/2017 How Old is Grandpa??
One evening a grandson was talking to his grandfather about current events. The grandson asked his grandfather what he thought about the shootings at schools, the computer age, and just thin
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12/14/2016 "What You Don't Know About Driving Can Get You Killed"
A expose of phony traffic laws and dangerous driving habits. Authored by Al Cinamon and available on Amazon.com It's a must read for anyone who drives or walks...especially new or learning
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I married my teenage sweetheart, Barbara, who also graduated Jeff in 1958. We have been living in Florida for the past 19 years. Eight in Boca Raton and eleven in Boynton Beach.
We have 3 children. Larry and Robin live in Marlboro, NJ and Jeffrey lives in Roslyn Estates, Long Island.
We have six grandchildren. Two girls and four boys.
I am semi-retired and Barbara works four days a week. We love to visit our grandchildren whenever we can. They also come to see us on their vacations. We also love to travel and do many things within our development.
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