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!
18 Cheshvan, 5775 - November 11, 2014
REFLECTIONS AS INITIAL MOURNING PERIOD ENDS
The first seven days of mourning, shiva, for Maurice (Moshe ben Yitzhak) Franses, z”l, are over. Ironically, today marks the anniversary that ushered Armistice, the permanent truce that concluded the Great War (1914-1918), the year Anna’s father was born, a time our nation, in concert with Europe, recalls the carnage which netted 20 million dead!
While my father-in-law’s widow, Toula, with her daughter, have been sitting in the traditional lowered stools, to indicate the abject diminishment of status in the departure of their loved one, son Isaac “Zak” Franses was similarly observing the Jewish funereal ritual in NY. Now, and with the end of morning worship, the family rises from the week of psychic trauma for the loss of husband and father, to resume a semblance of normality, executing once more the routines of living.
During the week, and continuing, sympathetic visitors have arrived to offer sympathy, listen to the family in grief, while others sent a myriad telephonic and electronic messages; memorialized our beloved departed through their beneficence to worthy organizations. On Shabbat Parasha Vayera, and the eve of the 76th anniversary of Kristallnacht, my daughter, Miriam Herman, and I, at different venues, dedicated talks to Papou , grandfather, and father-in-law Maurice, z”l: she delivered a D’var Torah, Word of/on The Law,to the assembled congregants of the BACH Jewish Center, who gather for a monthly service at the Allegria Hotel in Long Beach, NY; while I expounded from the pulpit of the Old Westbury Hebrew Congregation on the fate of Greek Jewry during the Holocaust.
Twice daily I conduct extensive conversations with Anna, who remains in Volos, Greece, for the shloshim, the month after her father’s passing, and another marker on the way to the first year commemoration of her father’s death. For the duration, I have assumed the zahut, merit, of joining the minyan, quorum, for the recitation of Kaddish, the prayer for the dead, a practice I joined earlier upon the April 2 passing of Mom Nina’s younger sister Medi Mesrahi, z”l. Her time has been taken up reading Rabbi Maurice Lamm’s volume, "The Jewish Way in Death and Mourning," a useful general guide which at times veers from local custom: semi-permanently wearing black, wreaths, prohibition of attending to the final resting place of a deceased by women family members. Moreover, Annoula (Anna) has to mount the challenge of dealing with an embedded much-commented turgid bureaucracy, with clerks surprisingly forthcoming in their help, and without monetary “consideration.”
Soon enough, she and we Stateside would have to ponder the long-term living arrangement for her aged Mother Toula, 90. The two angels of mercy, Dora and Agapi, who together offered 24-hour service to my father-in-law, may have an amended schedule with his widow; there are relatives to lean upon, and who selflessly offer assistance, as do the Jewish communities of Volos and Thessaloniki. Of course, the possibility exists, and with medical consent, for my mother-in-law to spend her remaining years among us in the USA!
Noting the ending of shiva, my beloved wife offered her own moving eulogy for her father, Moisis “Maurice” Franses, z”l: Today, marks one week that my father left us, flew away, for the afterlife. I am lost for words. How can I describe a giant of a man? He was, a distinguished gentleman, soft-spoken, yet outspoken, with a sense of humor, always with a smile, strict as I was growing up, brave, sensitive, fearless, full of compassion. I always looked forward speaking on the phone with him, as he made me laugh when I was feeling sad. He instilled in me so much confidence, each time I was feeling uncertain to undertake a task. He would hold my hand and with patience guided me to the right path in life. He taught me that the road will not be smooth, sometimes it will be uneven, and some little pebbles will cause me to lose my balance and fall. Not to worry. Get up, and walk again ... He taught me good manners. Be polite and respectful. He never uttered a profane word, using a euphemism instead. I have my wonderful memories of him that I shall keep them in my heart forever and ever! I will never say goodbye, dad, because you are with me ... A.F-M, Volos, Greece
May his sweet soul be bound up in life eternal. Amen.
OFFICIAL INVITATION TO TJHS LUNCHEON!
FOR THOMAS JEFFERSON H.S. FLORIDA RESIDENTS AND THOSE TRAVELING TO FLORIDA IN DECEMBER!
Female graduates of all years and female spouses and significant others of male graduates, are cordially invited to join a lively group of TJHS ladies. Please share the details of our Florida luncheon with your TJHS friends!
THEME: Winter Wonderland in Florida - FOR WOMEN ONLY
Thursday - December 11, 2014
16850 Jog Road, Delray Beach, FL
NOTE: Separate checks
***** MUST RSVP BY DECEMBER 2nd!*****
Please call Irma Sherman Latinsky '61 to let her know how many reservations you require. Dial 561-638-3802
LOOKING FORWARD TO SEEING YOU!
* 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!