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Wednesday January 28, 2015

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Appearing in our July 2014 Alumni Newsletter is a message from our Alumni Editor and Coordinator, Stu Rothstein '64. It is self-explanatory and reads as follows:

"The Newsletter is going out to all people who paid their dues between 2011 and 2014. The January 31, 2015 Newsletter will be going out to all of you who paid between 2012-2014."

Stu writes further, "If you move, please notify me (, because the postage is getting expensive. Please do not send me any payments for 2014 after October 15, 2014 and date them for 2015. If you do, I will return them."

We hope you will continue your subscription to our Newsletter, catch up with the lives of your fellow classmates, and reunite with fellow classmates at our luncheons and major reunions.

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Many have been the imposters claiming to be the redeemer, or proclaiming his imminent arrival; this man is simply another such person who persuades the gullible. Glancing some of the comments, it becomes clear that there is confusion in some Christian quarters who posit that Jesus is G-d, the son of G-d, or the completion of a metaphysical trinity. Of course, we are all sons and daughters of G-d, a unified Being that is neither split nor delegated to a favorite --- a son of sons, as it were!

With this issue settled to my satisfaction, permit me to engage the Christian Orthodox public, a segment of whom I had a most unsatisfactory Internet discussion through Skype three evenings ago, on another, the Jewish pedigree of Jesus! He was born a Jew and died one; in the interim, he was circumcised, and became a rabbi, teacher, preaching far and wide, while assembling with his followers for a last supper, which was a Passover Seder! Yet, to my self-confessed astonishment, these points were met with ... skepticism, and, later, outright abuse to my person! Will the sane and decent among you, please, affirm my self-evident assertions? Such a step can work wonders to reduce anti-Semitism, for, indeed, Christians (whose theology they espoused many, many years after the founders' demise), cannot hate the progenitors of their faith, for it sprung from Jewish roots; continuing to despise Jews is counterproductive, bordering on the blasphemous (and we all must know the potential murderous consequences on display more than a week ago in Paris, and on January 17 in Belgium)!

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At 1 P.M. on Thursday, Dec. 11, twenty-seven female graduates of TJHS gathered at Henry's restaurant in Delray Beach. The luncheon was opened to anyone who had gone to our high school. Our feelings are, the more the merrier. And how true it was. It was a delightfully cool day in paradise, which is why we either live here or are lucky enough to spend our winters here.

Bonnie (Linden) Berkowitz '61, our newest snowbird, was introduced - after only one week, Bonnie already loves Florida living. I thank Thea for all her hard work. A 'Thank You" to Natalie (Sisselman) Lefkowitz, Eileen (Goldstein) Fisher and Bonnie for distributing name tags. We also had the women who are not in our data base fill out their information so that they can receive invitations to future socials.

Our TJHS friends were greeted and encouraged to mingle rather than sit with the women they already know. Guests were congenial with one another, talked about where they had lived, and a few reconnected after not having seen each other since high school. The food and service were excellent.

At about 3:30, people began to leave; each and everyone of them gave me a big THANK YOU for coordinating the luncheon. They certainly look forward to the next one. I want to thank everyone who attended. We are very pleased to have made new friends.

Our social gatherings have been very special to me. My high school friends now are very important to me. If you live in the southern Florida area or plan a visit, call me two weeks prior to your arrival and a luncheon will gladly be arranged... or call me if you would like to talk - 561-638-3802.

I wish everyone A HAPPY AND HEALTHY NEW YEAR!!!!

Irma Sherman Latinsky

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* AL CINAMON '55 *


A driver over 65 is likely to never drive drunk. Unfortunately, alcohol is only one drug that impairs drivers. Older drivers are the most likely to drive while under the influence of multiple medications. Drugs typically affect people differently at age 60 than at age 20. With age, people tend to gain weight and lose muscle tone, which changes the way chemicals are absorbed. An older body can also take longer to rid itself of drugs.

So if you are taking medication, should you be driving? Most likely, yes. But the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) advises that itís best to be absolutely sure before you get behind the wheel. While most medications donít affect driving ability, some prescription and over-the-counter (OTC) medicines can cause reactions that may make it unsafe to drive. These reactions may include sleepiness/drowsiness, blurred vision, dizziness, slowed movement, fainting, inability to focus or pay attention, nausea, and excitability.

Driving while on medication can also be a legal issue. State laws differ but in New York driving under the influence of certain medications (prescription and OTC products) could get you in the same kind of trouble as people caught driving under the influence of alcohol.

Knowing how your medication Ė or any combination of them Ė affects your ability to drive is clearly a safety measure involving you, your passengers, and others on the road.

Products that could make it dangerous to drive include some anti-depressants, some cold remedies and allergy products, tranquilizers, sleeping pills, pain relievers, diet pills, drugs containing stimulants such as caffeine, or codeine. Itís also important to know that you should never combine medication with alcohol, which would create a synergistic effect (a greater effect than if each were taken separately).

If you must drive, donít stop taking your medicines unless told to do so by your doctor. Do talk to your doctor or pharmacist about possible side effects of the medicines you take.

It would also be advisable to carry a list of your medications including names and dosages, just in case of an emergency.

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Please assist us in our effort to maintain a Web presence that performs in the best possible manner. I am here to present you with quality reading material, help navigate your journey through the halls of TJHS and to assist you in re-connecting with long-time friends. Your participation is welcomed - please direct correspondence to your Class Administrator.

MISSING GRADS - I've received hundreds of requests to locate your friends. Be assured that each request remains active until the person is found. It may take a day, a month, even a year or more, but we are working diligently to find them. Lend a hand -- alert '61 Jeffersonians in hiding to come-out-come-out-wherever-you-are!

PROFILED BUT NOT REGISTERED? - Please be advised that a profile exists for all students of TJHS 1961 including those MISSING. If this is your first visit to our web page, please do not create a second Student File. First consult the 1961 Class Directory which is listed in alphabetical sequence by last name. It is accessible at the top of our page within the TJHS 1961 orange header.

If you are a regular visitor but have not registered, please do so by assigning your private password. Without a registered password you will not be able to gain entry to your file or edit - nor will you be unable to contact students who elect to maintain privacy - nor will you be able to post messages or become involved with many activities available to those who are. Your Password is confidential - you and the Classreport organization alone maintain such information. Assign your private password: refer to the SIGN IN box (upper right), then click LOST PASSWORD and, upon prompt, enter your "PW." Then click SAVE.

SOCIAL LINKS (i.e. Facebook, et al.) have been added to many profiles by the respective registrants. The links you post should lead where indicated. In instances where the link was not added correctly, it leads to a dead zone. Accordingly, we have deleted the invalid link and added a notation in your BIOGRAPHY Please test your links before posting.

ABOUT YOUR PROFILE - We have completed yet another phase in updating personal biographies. It now includes the Honor Societies, Service Clubs and Extra Curricular Activities (ECA) you performed for our Alma Mater. Learn more about your role and those of the young adults with whom you forged friendships in high school because of your services to our school. Go to BIOGRAPHIES on Classreport.

PRACTICING EMAIL COURTESY - When you forward e-mail received from others, please delete the forwarding history, which means the e-mail addresse of each person on your mailing list. It is a courtesy to others who may not wish to have their e-mail addresses sent throughout the Internet. Erasing the history helps prevent spammers from mining addresses, computer fraud, identity theft and viruses. Always use the "BCC" feature when sending e-mail.

Conversely, when preparing e-mail which originates with you, so as to maintain the privacy of those to whom your communication is forwarded, it is necessary that you "BCC" everyone rather than publish private contact information for all to see. "BCC" is a standard feature in e-mail preparation and represents BLIND CARBON COPY. Please use it.

THE CLASS OF '61 has officially entered the world of TECHNOLOGY . Reunion invitations will be available to you on this web page and via e-mail. If you have not provided us with your e-mail address, kindly add it to your Classreport profile. Now is also the time to update your profile and correct all outdated data. It is your decision whether to go private or public with this information so that others may reach out to you; however, be assured that if you wish privacy, your email address will not be viewable to anyone but the Office; plus, my outgoing e-mails are always distributed as "blind copies." When someone requests your e-mail address, it is my policy to drop you a note requesting permission to share.

Note: Our presence on Classreport will continue strong, as will the continuation of the TJHS Alumni Association and the TJHS Alumni Newsletter. Our newsletter is brought to you by Al Solomon '49, Alumni President; Stu Rothstein '64, Editor and Coordinator; and literary contributions from Alumni members. Tell us of your news ... write your Class Administrator!

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Contact your Class Administrator if your name appears here ~ Mattie Goldman ~ Anthony Grimaldi ~ Howard Miller ~ Gerald Parnes ~ Linda Saks ~ Howard Yudelevitch~

We've only begun to whet your appetite with our news and those delectable photo and video h'or deurvres. If you're ready for the main course, please consider a yearly membership in the TJHS Alumni Association. You'll receive Alumni newsletters about all graduating classes of TJHS, filled with personal stories, tributes, reunion info ... and much more . . . all mailed to your home ... for a membership fee that is more economical than five cups of java that won't last as long as the written word.

How much, you ask? Only $10 per year (to help defray the cost of printing, postage and handling).

Stu Rothstein is ready to mail a membership application to your home. Please contact him at - provide your name (ladies, please include your maiden and married names), complete address, phone number and month/year of graduation. Your dessert will be many happy classmates thrilled to reunite with you at our upcoming reunions.

Your memories are everlasting only when preserved.

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Many thanks to LESTER COHEN for sharing the images you see below. And to think we've been told we can't go home....

Officials and school children lead by Fire Department and band at TJHS school site - May 11, 1922:

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Ground-Breaking Ceremony for Thomas Jefferson High School, 1922:

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The official opening of Thomas Jefferson H.S. on October 28, 1924:

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Our Alma Mater, as appeared in The Brooklyn Standard Union dated July 5, 1925:

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TJHS Interior 1948:

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