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ATTENTION CLASS OF 1961: INVITATIONS TO REUNIONS AND LUNCHEONS WILL BE SENT TO EACH PERSON WHO HAS INCLUDED HIS/HER EMAIL ADDRESS IN THEIR EXISTING PROFILE. DON'T NEGLECT TODAY THAT WHICH YOU WILL REGRET WHEN YOU MISS OUR GALA CELEBRATIONS.

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PRELUDE TO AN INVITATION
by THEA ALPERT
Class Administrator/Event Coordinator

THOMAS JEFFERSON H.S. - 55th GALA REUNION - CLASS OF 1961

The year was 1961. We were teenagers of 16, 17 and 18 at graduation. Who could have known the future and made sense of the concept of 2016. We were young and free in the 60s, pursuing a college education; landing our first job; traveling the world; questioning, searching for inner and world peace; serving our communities; searching for reciprocal love, even starting families. Lives were interrupted and cut short as our country engaged in protested war; assassinations gripped the nation; turmoil on U.S. soil begged for social reform. Much has gone awry in our world in 54 years, but it is because of our individual strengths, humor and good fortune that we have made it to 2015 in what has been a journey of substance.

The year 2016 will be a shining one as we celebrate our 55th year of graduation from Thomas Jefferson High School, the institution that offered us a quality education, the road to maturity, and the place where many lifetime friendships blossomed. 2015 will be an exciting year as we engage in plans for our gala affair. The Tri-State area is the chosen site of celebration in Springtime of 2016. Details will follow at a future date.

Snail mail has been discontinued. Invitations and registration forms will be sent to all 1961 students who provide us with their e-mail address.

Join us in celebration and indulge yourself memorably at our 55th high school reunion.

With best wishes and a good year to all.

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WE ALL AGREE,
WE LIVE IN PARADISE!

by Irma Sherman Latinsky
Florida Luncheon Coordinator

Sunday, March 15, 2015, was our day of pleasure in the Paradise of Florida. Forty four 1942 thru 1964 graduates of Thomas Jefferson High School who grew up in Brooklyn arrived at Arrabiatas in Boynton Beach, ready to say hello to long-time friends and meet new ones at our luncheon reunion. Balloons of all colors provided a festive aura. One by one, Brooklynites filled the room and received a name tag with the year of their graduation. Guests of previous socials were happy to see one another and new attendees were excited to share in a new experience. Each person introduced her/himself, telling us when they graduated, where they lived in Brooklyn, and every person spoke of how much they love living in Paradise.

Seating was open, everyone engaged in enjoyable conversation with those seated at their table. Many walked around to find friends from high school and others long remembered.

Menus were at each place setting. Dallas the waitress and David the owner could not have been more accommodating. Service was excellent; food was plentiful and enjoyed by all.

As guests began to leave at 3:30, they thanked me for a wonderful day and asked for an encore. When I introduce myself I make a point of saying how grateful I am to all the gals with whom I reconnected at our 50th reunion in New York. It's sometimes said that you don't make new friends at our age. I disagree. Thanks to all who attended.

Special thanks to Thea Alpert for her role in creating our March 15 event.

*One way to get the most out of life is to look upon it as an adventure." - William Feather*

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COMMENTARY
by ASHER J. MATATHIAS

29 Nisan 5775 - April 18, 2015
The Fall of the Ottomans, by Eugene Rogan - NYTimes.com

A timely overview of a subject much in the news, at its centenary. After 100 years of silence, or indifference, on the ghastly Armenian genocide, which included hefty numbers of other Christians, including Greeks, it is refreshing that the current Pope Francis I, has weighed in with mighty impact on the subject.

Emulating the moral clarity of an illustrious predecessor, Pope John XXIII --- who half a century ago acknowledged that he can indeed be fallible in erroneously judging Jews responsible for the crucifixion, Francis, too, seems to be made of, and for, courageous actions, when warranted.

My hope is that Eastern Christian Orthodoxy will follow the example of Cypriot Archbishop Chrysostomos who, a few years ago, with Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi Metzger of Israel, signed a similar accord, and finally did the right, decent, moral thing to excise such collective slander of my People from church dogma!

Unfortunately, both Greece, and to a much pronounced egregious condition in Russia, those wings of Christendom remain mired in the prejudices of the Dark Ages in world history. One does not miss that such faith-based bigotry inevitably exerts a retarding influence on national development --- as we witness in the awful state of affairs in those two countries!

We, expatriates and promoters of enlightenment, can, must, play a vital role in lovingly urging our compatriots to adopt the aforementioned more sane and decent postures to deal with their secular messes; but also guide them to shed reflexively-invoked, age-long held spiritual scapegoating! As modern Turks are rediscovering, the burden of denial is a heavy one, indeed!

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Stu Rothstein is ready to mail a membership application to your home. Please contact him at sturothstein64@yahoo.com - 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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IN THE BEGINNING...

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, in The Brooklyn Standard Union dated July 5, 1925:

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TJHS Interior 1948:

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Thomas Jefferson High School,
400 Pennsylvania Avenue, Brooklyn 7, NY:

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Hanging on the wall of a bagel shop in Boynton Beach, FL:

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