* SIMCHA BAKER *
IN VIOLATION OF THE TORAH
Just to let you know that the current government of the U.S. may be running second to that of Israel for utter stupidity for the article that appears below. Releasing murderers without any payback by Israel's enemies is just plain dumb; paying for abortion on demand by pregnant women 20-33 years old in just plain incomprehensible.
What is happening to this world? Israel should know better - this 'law' violates the Torah and denies the power of HASHEM. Both of these are bad for Israel. The only good thing about this article is that it further separates those that against G-d and therefore needlessly sacrifice their souls and those that are for G-d and all that He stands for, thereby preserving their souls when Moshiach finally arrives.
Obviously many do not care what their future holds with respect to this life and the consequences of their actions. We lost 75-80% of the Hebrew population when the Jewish people left Egypt about 3300 years ago. I'm afraid we have not learned our lesson and do not understand the implication of these ridiculous actions. All life is precious,
especially the helpless souls before birth.
Hopefully we will begin to see the error of our ways in 2014 - may Moshiach come ASAP, preferably yesterday! We need him in the worst way to get us back on the proper track.
Abortion added to healthcare basket
The 2014 basket includes 83 new treatments and abortion for women aged 20-33 without a medical reason for terminating pregnancy.
30 December 13 15:09, Globes correspondent:
A special Ministry of Health committee this morning handed to Minister of Health Yael German the list of new drugs, procedures and technologies that will be covered for the first time by health funds in the 2014 health basket.
Women aged between 20 and 33 will now be eligible for abortions even if they do not have a medical reason for terminating their pregnancy. However, they will still be required to receive approval from a pregnancy termination committee.
The committee also added 83 new drugs to the health basket provided to all Israelis through their health funds, which will be used to treat 115,000 patients needing them. 600 new drugs were considered. The entire health basket costs over $5 billion and it will increase by NIS 300 million in 2014. Most of the new drugs approved are for cancer treatment and other new drugs in the basket are for AIDS, epilepsy and treating blood clots to prevent strokes. Drugs left outside the basket include treatments for impotence, anti-depressants, attention disorder,
and alcohol addiction.
Published by Globes [online], Israel business news - www.globes-online.com - on December 30, 2013 -
© Copyright of Globes Publisher Itonut (1983) Ltd. 2013
* PROF. ASHER J. MATATHIAS *
CVS QUITS FOR GOOD AND ALL BREATHE EASIER
From the grassroots, to the loftiest Oval Office in the White House, 76,000 CVS locations around our country receive accolades for the corporation's forthcoming ban of cigarettes, and tobacco products, as of October 1, 2014. Larry J. Merlo, the firm's president and CEO, stated that such items "have no place (in his stores) … This is the right thing to do." Our own distinguished national Chief Executive, under pressure of his wife Michelle to quit his own smoking habit, supported the change for it "sets a powerful example … (and will) help advance my Administration's efforts to reduce tobacco-related deaths, cancer, and heart disease, as well as bring down untold numbers of families from pain and heartbreak for years to come."
This affectionate note is most appropriate written today (Feb. 14), and is meant to comprehensively include in the effusive compliments Store #2145, found at 929 Broadway, Woodmere, NY 11598. So often I lament to my undergraduates that singly and collectively we are more prone to register complaints against targets large and small, private and governmental. When justified, no one can begrudge such action, for in a democratic, responsive society, this is the civil method to resolve problems. However, it is morally imperative to likewise take time to applaud, encourage, cheer the postman, police officer, sanitation worker, and even your local pharmacist and staff thereof.
With unambiguous delight my wife Anna, and my 93-year-old Mom Nina, resident with us for the past six months, join me singing the praises of certified pharmacists Cheryl Sable-Wood (she trained at St. John's University, where I am assistant professor of political science), Gina Macaluso, and Christina Mach-Laveglia; an augmented, and incomplete, collection of competent counter assistants Billal, Jennifer, Natia, Shalea, and Jenna (who personally intervened to have my elderly Mom enroll in a preferred insurance arrangement that can save her plenty in co-payments). Additionally, and as one enters the store, there are steady veterans of the retail business, Amy and Billy, providing service with verve, smile, and even humor, along with sometimes good-natured unsolicited advice!
With personnel of excellence, and visionary leadership at the corporate helm, can Kroger, Rite Aid, Target, Walgreen, Walmart, among other chains, long ignore the challenge to similarly make a constructive pronouncement on the current health initiatives? Not only must they eschew the profits from harmful commerce, but fully come aboard: to promote the Affordable Care Act, expand in-store clinics, create useful partnerships with the various health care systems, synergistically to promote incentives for self-responsibility, reducing the $132 billion albatross, the annual amount spent to treat smoking-related diseases. Thus, the initial loss of nearly $2 billion in sales, impacting on a one or two percent reduction of its shares on Wall Street, CVS will gain in spades via its "good citizenship award," and in the higher returns accruing from the ongoing implementation of ACA.
To understand, and better appreciate social progress in our nation, consider that smoking in public places was officially enacted several years ago in Greece, but habits of entitlement die hard, with the population self-exempting itself from compliance; the country, along with the eastern Mediterranean, the Middle East (where hookah-vaporized smoking is common), and Far East remain among the highest-consumption areas of nicotine. However, too many new young people, girls and women continue to be enticed, rapidly gaining on men in achieving the dubious distinction of death by smoking. From this perspective, CVS is roundly congratulated for protecting, preserving, and promoting a healthier, and, consequently, more productive next generation. L'chaim! to Life!
Ambassador Csaba Korosi
Machberes: Inside The Chassidish And Yeshivish World
By Rabbi Gershon Tannenbaum
On Thursday evening, January 23, “A Remembrance of the Holocaust in Hungary: 70th Anniversary Exhibition” was held at the United Nations. The event was of major historical importance in that His Excellency Csaba Korosi, Ambassador of Hungary to the United Nations, apologized to the world on behalf of the Hungarian government for its participation in the Holocaust.
Jewish history in Hungary begins more than 1,100 years ago. In the beginning of the 20th century, of Hungary’s then population of 17,000,000, Jews represented 5 percent. They were doctors, lawyers, professionals, tradesmen, industrialists, merchant, scientists, and artists, playing a major role in the modernization of Hungary.
The Hungarian Holocaust is a tragedy of the Hungarian nation. Because of indifference and various levels of collaboration, most of Hungary’s Jewry in the countryside were murdered, amongst them a painfully large number of children.
The memorial year will serve to emphasize the tragic loss the Hungarian nation suffered socially, as well as in the fields of culture and science in consequence of the Holocaust and the persecution of Jews. Seventy years after the tragic events, it is the duty of the entire Hungarian nation to face the past.
The true horror of the Holocaust, the suffering of children, must be demonstrated to young people. This year, memorial plaques will be installed on the walls of elementary and secondary schools throughout the country in remembrance of the children taken away to concentration camps and of teachers who tried to save them. The government will allocate funds to have every secondary-school student visit the Holocaust Documentation Center and Memorial Collection.
Memorial events will be coordinated with the Jerusalem Yad Vashem Institute, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, and Hungary’s embassies and foreign representations abroad. Particular emphasis will be made in researching and identifying the child victims of the Holocaust. Austrian-Hungarian cross-border events will be coordinated with the Austrian embassy to teach secondary-school students the fate of Jewish communities at the time.
The Ambassador’s Personal Story. The ambassador told of his grandfather, Joseph, who aided Jews fleeing from the Germans when the deportations began. Deportation commandos, Hungarians working with Germans, directed by Adolph Eichmann, Hy’d, transported 437,402 people in 147 trains on 56 days beginning on Tuesday, May 15, 1944, right before Shavuos. The trains were composed of cattle cars, with 80–90 people crowded into each car. A train consisted of 35 cars. Three to four trains arrived daily at Auschwitz, where as many as 12,000 people were killed every day.
When the deportations began, Jews attempted to flee. Some sought shelter with gentiles along the way. A Jewish family knocked on Ambassador Korosi’s grandfather’s door, seeking food and lodging; they were willing to pay. The family was invited in. Food was shared and places to sleep were organized; the family left early in the morning. Joseph declined payment. The family left behind a teapot and a teacup as a token of consideration.
As the ambassador grew up, he always saw the teapot and teacup on an upper shelf in the kitchen, but did not know its significance. When he went to college, he took the teapot and the teacup along, as they were ideal for a college student away from home. When he returned from college, his grandfather asked about the teapot and shared its history. When the ambassador asked his grandfather if he knew the family’s name, he said it was Joseph, just like his own, and added that they were just like us.
Yad Vashem has recognized 806 noble-hearted Christian Hungarians by granting them the title of Righteous Among the Nations for their selfless safeguarding and help in saving Jews. This number does not include the many who were caught helping Jews and immediately executed.
The commemoration at the United Nations was also addressed by Peter Launsky-Tieffenthal, Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations for Communications and Public Information; Gyorgy Vamos, president of the Lutz Foundation; Dr. Katrina Lantos Swett, president of the Lantos Foundation; and Dr. Tamas Fellegi, president of the Hungary Initiatives Foundation. The closing prayer was delivered by Rabbi David Halpern, rabbi emeritus of the Flatbush Park Jewish Center in Brooklyn. The event was chaired by Maxmilian Teleki, president of the Hungarian American Coalition.
Important organizations joined in sponsoring this significant event, including the Carl Lutz Foundation, the Tom Lantos Foundation for Human Rights and Justice, and the Hungarian American Coalition.
The Tom Lantos Foundation for Human Rights and Justice was established to carry on the legacy of Congressman Tom Lantos (1928–2008), distinguished Chair of the U.S. House Committee on Foreign Affairs, cofounder of the Congressional Human Rights Caucus, and the only survivor of the Holocaust to be elected to Congress. Congressman Lantos, as well as his wife Annette, were amongst the 100,000 souls saved by Raoul Wallenberg, the righteous gentile who selflessly risked his life to save the last remnant of Eastern European Jewry. Congressman Lantos worked tirelessly to advance the role of human rights and justice in American foreign policy. The Foundation’s mission is to recognize, support, and honor the heroes of human-rights movements, to educate and mentor a new generation of young leaders, and to partner with and provide assistance to other human-rights organizations.
The Carl Lutz Foundation was established in Budapest in 2004 to preserve the memory of the rescue activities of Carl Lutz, former Swiss vice-consul representing American and British interests in Hungary during World War II, and to remember the Zionist Halutz youth, a Hungarian youth resistance organization that helped Carl Lutz’s efforts to save Jewish lives. The Foundation also operates a memorial room in the “Glass House” in Budapest, organizes related exhibits and events, supports publications, and develops cooperative programs with governments, local governments, and NGOs.
When he became head of Switzerland’s foreign-interests section in Budapest in 1942, Lutz helped 10,000 Jewish children emigrate to then Palestine. The Glass House was a glass factory used by him to protect 3,000 Jews during the Holocaust. Lutz is credited with saving tens of thousands of Jews by providing diplomatic protection. The Glass House was one of 76 safe houses operated by Lutz.
A Footnote To History
Dr. Lawrence (Yitzchok) E. Levine serves as a professor of mathematics at the Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, NJ. Dr. Levine also served as a visiting professor at the United States Military Academy at West Point. Professor Levine is the author of Glimpses into American Jewish History. Professor Levine quotes Zalman Alpert, periodicals and reference librarian at Yeshiva University’s Mendel Gottesman Library:
"Joseph Stalin allowed more than 750,000 Polish Jews fleeing from the Nazi onslaught to settle in the USSR, and most survived the war. Menachem Begin, as prime minister of the State of Israel, expressed gratitude to the USSR for allowing hundreds of thousands of Polish Jews fleeing German occupation after September 1939 to enter the USSR. After 1941, tens of thousands more fled the advancing German armies. Many recall being in displaced-persons (DP) camps in Germany after the war. No children were around, and then suddenly, with the repatriation from Russia, whole families started to arrive safe and sound. Like all Russians, many starved and died in Russia from 1941 to 1945. In addition it was the Red Army in most cases that liberated the death camps, not the U.S. army.
Only about 60,000–100,000 Jews survived the camps. Most survivors were in the Soviet Union during the war. Estimates range from 500,000 to 1,000,000 Polish and other foreign Jews having survived in Soviet Russia. “The truth is the truth, even if the only ones helping Jews were fiends like Stalin, Trujillo, Franco, King Boris of Bulgaria. Progressives like FDR and the British leaders did very little.” v
Rabbi Gershon Tannenbaum is the Rav of B’nai Israel of Linden Heights in Boro Park and Director of the Rabbinical Alliance of America. Rabbi Tannenbaum can be contacted at email@example.com.
* SHEILA BLUMENFELD FELSEN *
1.0 THE BOOMER YEARS
Life stage 3 or 4, kids grown and out of house, we've retired.
I'm finding that more and more of my friends are a) moving away, b) getting seriously ill or c) dying. Surprisingly, few are divorced, pretty amazing considering that we lived in L.A. for 10 years and still have a half dozen good friends (couples) there as well as old friends from our early marriage when we lived in N.Y. Add to those the friends we've made here in CT over the last 34 years and those we met up with in our travels. Where have all the flowers gone???? Not, thankfully to graveyards every one! Some went south, some west, some to where their kids and grandkid's settled. Regardless...they are no longer close by.
What to do? I think we tried the most viable (for us) options. We volunteer at 4 different theaters, take classes at Lifetime Learners in 2 different towns, go to lectures, belong and go regularly to several gyms (thanks to Silver Sneakers) and are in a wonderful philosophy bullsh*t group that meets monthly called a 'salon' as well as an international book club. Also, occasionally, we get involved in other town activities. We travel extensively, visit with family and friends and often see and "muchly" enjoy our grandchildren. Everyone says we are models for retirees, that we should teach a 'how to' class. In fact, hubby gave such a talk at a retirement get-together recently. And yet....
Something's missing!!!! Is it the sense of winding down instead of gearing up? Is it the lack of pressure to be obligated to do certain things at certain times?
* 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.
Treat yourself to a few moments of relaxation, if you would, and allow my crystal ball to transport you to a time and place where you are the only person permitted to enter. Take a deep breath, exhale gently, and then close your eyes and focus. Your parents are before you, overcome with the joy of your arrival. Observe, listen in quietly, feel the wonder of your birth, the elation in their hearts, their hopes and dreams for their newborn. Congratulations on reaching your splendid age with dignity and humor. I wish you a deliriously happy birthday.
The years and memories you and your loved one have shared are precious. I wish you both a love and commitment that continues to enrich your souls and provide sustenance. May the celebration of your anniversary be joyful reminders of all the two of you have created.
Poem compliments of Al Cinamon '55
THOMAS JEFFERSON HIGH SCHOOL CLASS OF 1961
INVITES YOU AND YOUR GUEST TO OUR DINNER PARTY!
PLEASE JOIN US!
ON: Saturday, March 22, 2014
TIME: 6:30 P.M.
AT: Hunan Gardens
4900 Linton Blvd. #23
Delray Beach, FL 33445
Look for Hunan Gardens
behind Poppies Restaurant,
in the rear of the Boca Ray Plaza Shopping Center
Separate checks will be distributed.
CALL: Irma at 561-638-3802 for reservations.
RSVP: Monday, March 10, 2014
TJHS Class of '61 needs not a juice maker. Absolutely not! No way! Because we have the juice to party all night! WTG, Jefferson partygoers! Welcome home from your birthday celebration with the Class of '61! We are delighted you attended and hope you enjoyed the evening and re-connecting.
Guests shared their experiences, here is but a sampling…
Merv & Sue Sealy: We had a wonderful time at the birthday party. Can't wait until we celebrate our 55th & 75th reunions.
Simon & Dalia Raclaw:Our reunion in January was lovely and we had an enjoyable evening.
Elliot & Sandy Goldberg: The evening was wonderful. The entertainment was great, the food was delicious and of course, all the alumni that came.
Eileen Goldstein Fisher: Reflections of our 70th Birthday Reunion Party in Florida will always remain. It was beautiful on the beach at the Holiday Inn in Highland Beach, Florida. We had 55 attendees, 2 wonderful singers and all had a good time. There were some new people and we were all delighted to see each other. It was certainly a fun party and everyone left saying they had a fabulous time.
Marsha & Howard Krieg: We have to say that we had a great time at the reunion. I met up with a few people that I haven't seen in many years and it was wonderful. Kudos to the women who made this all possible. They put a lot of hard work and time into making this affair one to remember. Howie and I would especially like to thank Barbara & Dave Rubin for opening their house to us and making us feel very comfortable.
Bernard Horowitz: To those who were not able to attend the 50th Birthday Party, you missed a classy event. The food was first class and plentiful. The entertainers were right out of a nightclub, the female singer was extraordinary. We all sang our Alma Mater and Happy Birthday and lit a candle. Each of us received a mega millions Lottery ticket. Hope someone won. I am looking forward to the next reunion. When one of our guests saw my nametag, she approached me with enthusiasm and reminded me that her mother and mine played in the same Mah Jongg group back when. Her name is Nancy Bavar Backlund.
Judy & Karl Levine (nee Fielder: It was a beautiful day in Florida and I was so looking forward to my 70th birthday reunion with our high school alumni. Carl and I arrived early and when we went in Natalie Sisselman Lefkowitz greeted me with a big hug and kiss. We were good friends in Jefferson. Carl and I received our name tags, and proceeded to sit down at a table overlooking the water, the site was beautiful. As people slowly trickled in, the place filled up. Sitting at our table were Vicki Lemberg Plumer, Sam "Shikey" Rappaport, Marci Radish Schechter and husband Harvey, and Allen Hammer and wife Lily Miranda. We soon feasted on pigs in blankets and potato pancakes and applesauce. The main meal was excellent. Carl had the salmon and I had the chicken. Of course, we sang the Alma Mater. The biggest surprise was...are you ready...a woman comes over to my table and says JUDY! I turned to her and said, NANCY! Nancy and I introduced her ex father-in law to my mother. They were married 11 years before he passed away in 1979. I have not seen Nancy during these 35 years; we hugged, kissed, and took pictures. We talked about old times and our children and grandchildren. It was wonderful to see Nancy again. She emailed me and we hope to get together again. By the way, in case you have not figured it out, her name is Nancy Bavar Backlund. My grandson's Bar Mitzvah was on the 20th and was great. He did a good job and the food, friends, and family were wonderful.
Thea: It is with personal regret that I was unable to spend the evening of Jan 12 with you. As your Cocktail Hour approached at 5:30 p.m., here I was miles away, ready with hors d'oeuvres of gefilte fish and horseradish on party rye and miniature franks with mustard. Out came the wine. I raised the glass and offered my congratulations to all on our achievement! At that moment, tears began to speak for the impossibility of having arrived at this here and now. Soon refilling the glass, I searched for the Kahlua mousse dessert but it was nowhere in sight! I continued to sip the wine as I enjoyed the Ring Ding that replaced the mousse (yes, Ring Dings are back)! One sip too many and my pillow called my name. I spent a perfect evening with you; I hope your evening was perfect, too!
My best wishes to all for good health and prosperity! Stay well! Stay tuned! Stay connected!
P.S. Our door is always open to the Class of '61. Invitations will continue to arrive announcing our Florida and Tri-State area luncheons. Barbara, Irma, Natalie, Eileen and I will be on sabbatical and regret a major event in Florida or New York is not in our plans for 2015. This brings us to 2016. At this early date, springtime 2016 holds the promise that we will see you in the New York area for our 55th Reunion. To continue to receive your invitations, please maintain a current email address at all times.
Barbara Schaeffer Rubin, Irma Sherman Latinsky,
Natalie Sisselman Lefkowitz, Eileen Goldstein Fisher,
and Thea Alpert - Class Administrator
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 Jeffersonian friends 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 email received from others, please delete the forwarding history, which includes the email addresses of EVERYONE listed. It is a courtesy to others who may not wish to have their email addresses sent throughout the Internet. Erasing the history prevents spammers from mining addresses, computer fraud, identity theft and viruses. Always use the "BCC" feature when sending emails.
Conversely, when preparing email 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 in email. If you have not provided us with your email 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 emails are always distributed as "blind copies." When someone requests your email 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!