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 (firstname.lastname@example.org), 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.
* ASHER J. MATATHIAS *
22 Tevet, 557 - January 13, 2014
INTERNET GREEK RADIO REMAINS MIRED IN IGNORANCE AND PREJUDICE
Years ago, Kostas Terezis, then a producer of a weekly program on www.hellasfm.us, in Astoria, NY, and having observed and appreciated my activities in the Greek-American Association Argonauts, invited me as guest in a series of segments designed to raise the information/education quotient of a population severely deprived of both. Within a very short time, I realized that I had found myself in the midst of frequent audience tirades directed at me, the sole Jew around, and the frequent subject of anti-Semitic outbursts.
Specifically, I was pointedly demanded to defend Israelís existence and policies; explain the perceived justified hatred the world harbors for Jews; react to the groundless accusations that Jews deserved their fate during the Holocaust, including the martyrdom of nearly 90 Greek Jewry; repulse the slanders contained in the fraudulent Protocols of the Elders of Zion about a dark conspiracy by the Jews for world dominion, and the outrageous charge that Greek Jews have masterminded legislation to legally escape paying taxes to the Greek polity. All, along, of course, and unlike the more progressive wing of Christianity headquartered in Rome, which had absolved Jews of the responsibility for the crucifixion, the issue was dangerously real among the Orthodox!
Taking such nonsense in stride, I would take my blood pressure pill before taking the studioís microphone, but encounters ended acrimoniously and inconclusively, it could not be otherwise, even as I was encouraged by responsible Greek voices to persist in the labor to combat the darkness by helping to enlighten. Medical problems have sidelined my friend Kosta, and that station reverted to a cacophony of irresponsible commentary, the chance for sustained necessary and mutually-beneficial dialogue postponed.
Through the proverbial grapevine, one Angelos Angelatos of www.wpso.com, of Tarpon Springs, FL, has also taken up the cudgel to bring to a Greek audience Internet education and entertainment; however, and on virtually every topic he brings up for discussion, he reflects a depth of deficiency, which, when added to the self-evident lack of fluency in English and Greek, is breathtaking and utterly dismaying. Still, I persevere, when I am repeatedly assured that my interlocutors will behave, and I am given time to complete sentences, even paragraphs. Thus, fruitful exchanges managed to be recorded, though any positive outcomes are short-lived.
Thus we come to this eveningís two-hour program, conducted via Skype, 5-7 PM. A prearranged conversation alerted me to the sessionís start, and that I would be in dialogue mode with one John Kountouris, an American-born self-promoted translator, interpreter, and expert witness in legal cases where knowledge of Greek is needed, and the author of the tome Your Academic Guide to the Greek Language, Culture and Civilization. However, it soon became apparent that he was no free-wheeling thinker, for his preordained agenda contained side trips to a mythical Greek past, where he acquired his jingoism, emphasizing the domination and preeminence of Greek over Hebrew, stressing his Christian Orthodoxy as a timeless construct even in pagan polytheistic ancient Greece. As is well-known formal Christianity was introduced much later.
As is usual with a certain type of Greek pseudo-intellectual, John was precise, forty years ago, when contemporary Greece took a wrong turn in its development, seeing his duty to bring the country back from a precipice to self-destruction. When I pointed out that his time frame fit precisely with the return of democracy to Greece, following a disastrous seven-year dictatorial interregnum by a junta of colonels, 1967-1974, and that we must not pine for those bad old days, he remained insistent of his historical rectitude.
This early exchange was small potatoes for the unpredicted main event that was in the offing. To wit, Johnís insistence that anti-Semitism through the ages is the outcome of Judaismís inability to accept the good news revealed in the New Testament. Protesting that he surely veered off topic, and that he was not qualified to preach theology, nor was I interested in being proselytized, he cited Martin Lutherís perfidious references to Jews, after they rejected his message (just as the Apostle Paul, the former Jewish Saul, was apoplectic when Thessalonikiís Jews did not convert).
Then, quite innocently, I let it stand that: Jesus was a Jew, circumcised eight days following his birth, and was known as a rabbi, teacher, and, at 33 died as a Jew. Such obvious truths eluded John, who continued to dogmatically emphasize that he was spreading Truth, writ large, but only the convenient, and most suitable to his preconceived world view. Under the circumstances, I abstained from informing him that no less an authority than the Greek Orthodox Archbishop Demetrios of North America told me that the daily liturgy begins with chanting Davidic, that is to say Jewish, psalms!
With so much gone astray, Angelos wanted to know whether the Chief Rabbi Berel Lazar of Russia had told President Vladimir Putin something derogatory about Greece on the occasion of the Jewsí triumph against the enforced Hellenism of the pagan King Antiochus in the Festival of Hanukkah; and obsessed as the more thoughtless Greeks appear to be with Dr. Henry Kissinger, whether he was tasked to play a high wire act as mediator between our President Obama and his Russian counterpart to bring about a rapprochement in frayed relations over Russiaís annexation of Crimea. The rabbiís expression does not impact on todayís Greece/Greeks; as to the latter possibility, if true, reflects our Presidentís sagacity, a quick study in adopting a traditional approach of bipartisanship in foreign affairs!
The remainder of our time was marred by insulting interventions by orchestrated provocateurs, as Angelos appears to be as well, who make up a coterie of outrageous personalities with an axe to grind, and directed often against Americans, Jews, Zionists, and, with the looming Greek national election on January 25, Communists. The observation made in the past holds: one may be taken from the village, but the circumscribed boundaries of the town persist, even when the person is transplanted to the heady and elevated life of our glorious city on the hill we call America.
Surely, a person must seize the opportunity to grow, and excel, having won lifeís real Lotto; but, for too many Greeks, in their understandable anxiety living among so many ďothersĒ the transition is daunting. We can help to reassure, and in our embrace of them provide a safety net; then, they may make the required leap into a known unknown, as we also have, and to a more hopeful, fulfilled future.
* IRMA SHERMAN LATINSKY *
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
* 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 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.
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!