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JEFF 1960 CLASSMATES....
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7/12/2010 A TRIP TO HAITI - LEON FAY, MD
I RETURNED HOME 6/19/10 AFTER 2 WEEKS IN HAITI. I WENT WITH A GROUP OF MEDICAL STUDENTS AND FACULTY FROM THE TUFTS UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF MEDICINE IN BOSTON TO THE NORTHERN TOWN OF MILOT ABOU
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5/21/2010 INFORMATION TO ORDER **DVD** FOR 50TH REUNION - JEFF CLASS OF 1960
FOR YOUR INFORMATION:
RAINES VIDEO PRODUCTIONS (COMMISSIONED BY YOUR REUNION BOARD) VIDEOTAPED OUR 50TH REUNION AND IS OFFERING A 90 MINUTE **DVD** FOR $33.95.
THE **DVD** CONSISTS OF
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THE TJHS FLORIDA REUNION, MARCH 18,2012
by Evelyn Walsdorf Israel
When the 48 attendees arrived at the lovely Indian Spring Country Club location they first picked up their beautiful badges made by my son Randy Israel, (better at technology and graphics than he ever was at cleaning his room).
Everyone then retired to the comfortable, elegant lobby for the cocktail hour to sit and chat with old friends and new. Along with the vegetables, dips and hors d'oeuvres was a big surprise at the bar - complimentary genuine N.Y. style egg creams made with Fox's U-Bet syrup. People heading to the bar for a "real" drink could not resist stopping to have an egg cream instead. The idea for egg creams was not original. It was borrowed from the lovely TJHS 1961 Reunion held at the same location on January 15th, 2012, which Dave Hoffman and I attended to get suggestions for our event. They called me "the copycat", but so what?
After the cocktail hour we entered the dining room where the tables were decorated, among other things, with a professional looking program brochure (Randy again), orange and blue paper airplanes, made by committee member Mort Levine, and delightful cartoon maps showing landmarks of Brownsville and East New York, especially Pitkin Avenue. Remember the Kishke King and Loew's Pitkin?
Steve Vine proposed a touching, heartfelt champagne toast to our years in Jefferson and what they meant to us. Heads nodded in agreement with his fine words.
Next the sumptuous buffet with wonderful food. For dessert the sugar-free cheesecake choice was so good it rivaled Junior's.
We sang the Jefferson ALMA MATER with the words flashing on a karaoke screen large enough so that even non-classmates could sing along with ease. At Gail F. Wander's suggestion the screen then soundlessly played a video of the 50th reunion in the background.
As it happened to be the birthday of classmate Anita Adler Weinstein, we all sang "Happy Birthday" to her and presented her with a token gift.
With D J Randy at the helm the music and dancing began.
There was, of course, a high spirited stroll led by Mort who had decreed that, above all, the event must be FUN. And fun it was! He brought ten genuine Spaulding pink balls and started a game of Hit the Penny, modified to Hit the Quarter, due to inflation and lessened eyesight. Not even the Super Bowl received as much attention as this game. It seemed that almost everyone lined up to play and watch. Whoops of delights were heard each time someone scored or especially, turned the coin over.
Ellen Feinberg Blecher, Class President, January 1960, then made a speech as lovely and charming as she is herself.
Soon it was karaoke time with the words flashing on the giant screen so that the whole audience could sing along with the singer. It reminded me of "Follow the bouncing ball" in the movies long ago. Longtime pals Dave Hoffman and our official photographer Steve Vine led off singing "With a little help from my friends" Randy Israel and his mother made their way through the long and complicated song "American Pie" and the audience was singing along with them all the way. Jim Andrews, husband of Cecile Strum Andrews, an experienced and very talented karaoke artist did several encores as requested.
All too soon it was time to leave, with embraces, kisses, and promises to keep in touch and not let it be such a long time. And, naturally, "We'll see you at the 55th." Any worry that the reunion would be too small was put to rest with so many attendees praising, the warmth, fun and most especially the "intimacy" that characterized it.
This event, like all enterprises, was not easy to put together. Many thanks go to the committee members who helped, each in their own way.
Carole Levine Bleecher, my treasure, my treasurer, who kept the books accurately to the penny.
Stanley Bleecher, Carole's husband, always ready to lend a hand.
Mort Levine, a shrewd businessman, but a kid at heart,imbued the party with his sense of fun.
Audrey Armet Malkin who kept excellent computer records from the faraway Bronx.
Gail F. Wander, who knows a thing or two about making a reunion, gave excellent advice and made crucial phone calls.
Helena Rubenfeld Singer whose idea the event originally was, ironically, was unable to attend. But she kept up with every detail and supplied encouragement.
And, of course, Randy Israel, who volunteered his time and considerable talents, spent so many days and nights working to make the reunion a success.
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Been traveling ever since I got out of the Army in 1963 - Alaska to Newfoundland and points in between - Met my wife Joan in '69 and got married in '72 and we have been traveling together ever since - What do we do and what do we see ? Well we saw the plains of mid-America, New Hampshire in the fall, southern Arizona and New Mexico in the summer when it was 110 out (But it is a dry heat - yeah right) Washington State during an eighty mph gale - (That was a duzzy - waves crashing against the costal rocks and trees bending in the wind) - North Dakota - flat as a board (till youi get to the western part of the state) and filled with endless potholes full of water and thousands of birds - Gros Morne Newfoundland, Canada - The most beautiful. rugged and isolated spot we have been to except for Alaska and so it goes - Never been to Europe or the Far East to much stuff to see right here in North America - We now have a small RV which we now use for our travels -Can't wait for mid October when we will be going for the second time to West Virginia - Yes folks thats WV - The Mountain State and pretty beyond all measure - How do we do it - Well obviously you need time and money - Time we have as we both were always self employeed and made time for our journeys and money came from various jobs and photographs we took and sold - You gotta have fun - We stoppped traveling for 2 years when we had Matthew but then we said what the heck and stuffed the kid in the trunk and took off for parts unknown (Just kidding- we really stuffed him in the back seat where he became an accomplished traveler just like his parents) - With Dave it was no problem - we just took him and Matthew and off we went - They both learned and saw a lot - As a matter of fact Dave who is now 26 just went on his first cross country trip by himself this summer and is loving it ( Who says kids aren't influenced by their parents ) Well that's about it - YA GOTTA HAVE FUN AND NEVER STOP LEARNING !
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