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:
"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 (email@example.com), 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 and catch up with the lives of your fellow classmates after 53 years down the path to senior citizenship. Enjoy your lives!
* PROF. ASHER J. MATATHIAS *
2 Cheshvan 5775 - October 26, 2014
ENERGIZED BY RELIGIOUS AND POLITICAL ACTIVITIES
Shabbat was an extraordinary exercise in love of Jew qua Jew, as two congregations --- Conservative Beth El, Cedarhurst, and Orthodox Beth Sholom, Lawrence --- breaking bread, read Hallah, in common, enjoyed an Oneg, festive meal, prepared by Seaview Caterers, with song and dance; then, Saturday afternoon, reassembling with the additional shul; finally, concluding with Arvit, evening, prayers and Havdala, the ritual separation from the sanctity of the day in order to return, renewed, to the mundane activities of the week ahead.
Sandwiched between religious expressions was a tantalizing, good-natured teasing, between the spiritual protagonists: the Conservative adherent Rabbi Matt Futterman, and his Orthodox counterpart Rabbi Kenneth N. Hain. Asked to describe the misconception(s) held by Orthodox Jews about their non-Orthodox brethren, Rav Futterman hesitated not to stress that the points of agreement --- Halacha (Jewish norms differently accented), Kashrut, identification with Israel, concerns about preservation and continuity --- are more unifying than appears, even among the secular. The Jewish spirit exists in us all, dare I say, in the contradictory mind of the atheist!
Further, the Conservative Movement is not a version of Judaism-lite, but a genuine, comprehensive, and distinctly American construct which seeks to draw coreligionists from all levels of observance in order to attract an ever-increasing commitment to the faith. Thus, driving to synagogue, in order to connect with fellow Jews can be viewed as precisely such a step that, with more understanding, may lead to future adjustment --- relocation of domicile, or a longer walk. In no way, it was repeatedly stated, a secret agenda exists to “concert” Conservatives to Orthodoxy!
In turn, Rav Hain, related that he was suspected of attempting to bring a frum, observant, environment, to his a former pulpit in a Houston synagogue --- his member enunciating in a characteristic southern drawl. Then, he sped to delineate that he was neither speaking for Orthodox Jews, nor is it easy to put all of them in a straitjacket. From personal experience, having written and spoken often on the topic, the chain of Young Israel shuls are varied, religiously and politically, none more warm and welcoming as the aforementioned North Woodmere affiliate. Key to good relations remains respect and acceptance of all traditions, a position that comes naturally to this Sephardic; a fervent supporter of both neighboring institutions, while a member of the Temple at Branch Boulevard, Cedarhrust. (Rabbi Daniel BenNun heads the Sephardic Minyan at Beth Sholom.
With the aura of the unusual Shabbat unity still hovering over the Five Towns, and with Election Day 2014 a mere nine days away, I was invited by dear friends Irving Kaminetsky, Saninatry District No. 1 commissioner, and Stanley Kopilow, GOP district leader of North Woodmere, to twin candidates’ events, with Kosher fare offered: a brunch hosted by Inwood leader Frank Mistero (making steady recovery from a recent indisposition), at the Veterans of Foreign Wars building at Doughty Boulevard, and an afternoon gathering headed by Stanley.
Guests had their fill of politicos, office-holders and aspirants, would-be judges, and locals with accumulated seniority, most prominently, Senior Town Councilman Anthony J. Santino, and NYS Senate Majority Leader Dean G. Skelos. Also appearing were: Councilman Darcy, Supervisor Kate Murray, Legislator Howard Kopel, NYS Assembly candidate Avi Fertig (whom I introduced earlier at Temple Hillel, after I concluded assisting in services), NYS attorney general candidate John Cahill, nonagenarian Cedarhurst Mayor Andrew Parise, Sanitary District No. 1 Superintendent George Pappas --- along with commissioners Harry Bentrani, and chair James J. Vilardi --- GOP area leader Anne Demichael, Hewlett Republican leader Charles Kovit, and others. Still, the mantra heard of smaller government and lower taxes remains unconvincing.
Chris Matthews authored Life’s a Campaign, an insight cogent and pragmatic, for all decisions, everything we say and do, is political, even if we do not use the phrase much less realize it. The lessons for religion and politics is to eschew extremism, learn about the “other,” live and let live, recognizing that compromise is not a reflection of a character flaw, but another unique American contribution to jurisprudence. Without wishing to mar the import of this essay, the sorry condition of our Public School District 15 was often commented upon, derisively, with leaders and residents shaking their heads in indignation and dismay.
Signs of decline are everywhere: the politicization of professional staff, declining student achievement, the coarseness of public discourse. Separately, and together, this prevailing negative atmosphere has created a momentum, unfortunate in my opinion (given limited resources for public education), to establish a charter school alternative. Before we confront this challenge united, let us reject dogmatism in the ballot box and in the operations of our Lawrence Public Schools; the latter, a case of a reduced student body, housed in fewer buildings, supervised by an administration and board with incredibly shrinking minds and smaller hearts, inexorably losing public confidence and trust.
INVITATION TO TJHS LUNCHEON/REUNION
Irma Latinsky is now accepting reservations for December 11. Female graduates of all years and female spouses of male graduates are welcome to join us. All you need do is contact Irma to let her know you'll be joining us.
Please share the details of our upcoming Florida luncheon with all TJHS female grads.
THEME: Winter Wonderland in Florida - For Women Only
DATE: Thursday - December 11, 2014
TIME: 1 P.M.
ADDRESS: 16850 Jog Road, Delray Beach, FL
DETAILS: Separate checks
RSVP: by December 2 - December is Florida's busy season - we need to know in advance how many reservations you require. Plan early. Tell Irma to count you in!
CALL: Irma - 561-638-3802
ABOUT HENRY'S -"Henry’s is the winner of Boca Raton Magazine’s 2012 and 2013’s Readers’ Choice Award for Favorite Restaurant and Best American Cuisine. Henry’s offers classic and contemporary comfort food in a warm and inviting setting. Henry's also offers a beautiful patio for al fresco dining during cooler months. The menu at Henry’s features the best in-season products, select cuts of meat and poultry and the freshest seafood available.
"Executive Chef, Ben Burger, offers a wide variety of menu options including Horseradish Crusted Salmon, Turkey and Mushroom Meatloaf and Coriander-Seared “Rare” Yellowfin Tuna. Henry’s also offers a large selection of gluten-free, vegetarian and low-calorie menu options."
* AL CINAMON '55 *
DRIVERS MED COURSE
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 it’s best to be absolutely sure before you get behind the wheel. While most medications don’t 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 – or any combination of them – 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. It’s 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, don’t 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.
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 submissions and suggestions are welcomed! Please direct correspondence to TJHS1961@aol.com
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 directed. 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 respective Bios. Please test your links before posting.
ABOUT YOUR PROFILE - We have completed yet another phase in updating personal biographies. Your profile 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. Check out biographies on Classreport.
PRACTICING EMAIL COURTESY - When you forward e-mail received from others, please delete the forwarding history, which includes the e-mail addresses of EVERYONE listed. 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 and represents "Blind Carbon Copy." The feature is an option in email preparation. 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!