Jewish War Vets, seniors, celebrate and donate

Jewish War Vets, seniors, celebrate and donate
Pikesville Senior Center senior party revelers celebrating the New Year, 2012. (Submitted Photo, Carroll County Times)

Jewish War Veterans Maryland Free State Post 167, Roger C. Snyder Memorial Post 117, and Paul D. Savanuck Post 888 and its ladies auxiliary hosted for its members, a fun and enjoyable Hanukkah party, in the spacious and patriotic banquet room of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 521, in Owings Mills.

An added bonus was top-notch, award-winning entertainer, Jay Wachter, a fantastic multitalented banjo player, singer, humorist. His very enjoyable program included anecdotes, musical tidbits about his musical selections, plus stories and interesting historical trivia.

Jay, a very personable entertainer has performed professionally for more than 30 years! His 25 entertainment tours included Europe, London, Vienna, Amsterdam and Oslo, Norway, with his excellent, lively and interesting program of vintage American songs and music.

Jay has entertained at embassy events in Washington before diplomats, and royalty, in the U.S. Senate, House of Representatives, and the White House. Also the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. This columnist can vouch that he is phenomenally entertaining!

Everyone attending this fun Jewish War Veterans Hanukkah bash brought a Hanukkah or Christmas gift for a child that is a patient in Mt. Washington Pediatric Hospital, to be distributed during the holidays.

On behalf of Mt. Washington Pediatric Hospital, accepting this great assortment of lovely holiday gifts were Tom Paullin, vice president development and external affairs and Brigid Kernan, director of development.

Note, Mt. Washington Pediatric Hospital, located off Rogers Ave., in northwest Baltimore, this year is celebrating it's 90th anniversary. The hospital cares for infants, children and teenagers, helping these patients in time, become productive members of our society.

Gargantuan thanks, Frank Bressler, Sr. Vice Commander, Free State Veterans Post 167, who did a great job coordinating this fun bash and the smooth flow of activities.

Thank you also, to the very helpful kitchen krew that prepared and set up the goodies: Rona Barrash, Eleanor Chernikoff, Lenore Conn, Evelyn Schwartzman, Ellen and Craig Rabinowitz. Nat Schaeffer and Willie Shavitz assisted at the registration desk.

Always helpful representing and involved with our Jewish War vets., Col. Erwin Burtnick, is Commander of the Jewish War Veterans, Maryland.

Also among the 100-plus Hanukkah party revelers not previously listed were, Frank Bressler's wife Irene, Myrna and Malcolm Sears, Judy and Jerry Yamin, Sonia and Phil Schlinder, Sylvia Cooper and Morris Gordon, Sam Ruddie, Ben Blum, Beverly Caplan, Lenore Conn, Sam Ansel, Elliott Lehem, Marv Leventon, Gil Miller, Mel Shichtman, Ben Weinstein, Mark Mentz and Mike Zippert.

Missed was Richard Udoff, former VFW Chief of Staff Post 521 and VFW District 7 Commander, Captain VFW National Honor Guard, Commander JWV Maryland Free State Post 167, and involved mega years in many leadership responsibility roles with both VFW and JWV. He was visiting his son, in sunny San Diego, weather there was a perfect 85 degrees! Welcome back to Baltimore, Richard, you are always missed when not attending veterans get-togethers!

Thank you Marvin Barrash, event photog.

Thank you also VFW Post 521, for use of your spacious patriotic veterans themed room. It is always a pleasure to use this appropriate and convenient veterans facility!

Pikesville Senior Center

Located in Pikesville, this senior center celebrated New Year 2012 with a fun and enjoyable "New Year's Bash" with a tasty lunch catered by Yaffa, the center's Eating Together caterer. Plus, a delicious banana foster dessert personally prepared by caterer, Monroe Zeffert. Thanks!

Fab entertainment music was provided by the band Confusion, with many Pikesville seniors dancing to their fab beat!

Over 100 seniors attended and enjoyed this lively New Year's 2012 party bash.

Amongst the many party revelers were, Deborah Blank, Gerrie Highto, Irene and Frank Bressler, Fran Weinstein, Ehud Cohen, Claudia Fowlin, Michelle Tuerk, Shirley Rhone, Marilyn and Henry Sherr, Laura Waschler, Jay Cohen, Irv Cohen, Betty Feldman, Helen Glazer, Ruth Hoffman, Nancy Ferguson and many others too numerable to list.

Special thanks to the many helpful servers that were also party revelers Dottie Allen, Vicki Becker, Lorraine Berkowitz, Irv Cohen, Evelyn Schwartzman, Arlene Trencher, Adele Trowe also above listed Michelle Tuerk.

An added bonus among the helpful helpers, Pikesville Senior Center director Judy Finifter's family, including husband, Baltimore County Circuit Court Judge, the Honorable Michael Finifter, on his holiday day off with their two handsome sons, Joshua and Jeremy. Also their pretty niece Samantha Straus. Thank you for your helpfulness serving the many seniors.

Officers of Pikesville Senior Center Council: Estelle Roll, president; Dottie Allen, first vice president; Shirley Rhone,second vice president; Vicki Becker, recording secretary; Fran Weinstein, corresponding secretary; Sandy Weinstein, treasurer; Jerry Fineblum, first assistant treasurer; Blanche Katz, Sergeant At Arms; Sam Rubin, advocate. Members at large includes Sid Katz, Linda Okimoto, Carolyn Noel and Leonard Weiss.

Dedicated staffers are Judy Finifter, their top-notch director; Karen Bowling, their equally top-notch assistant director; Amy Fingles, center connection; Jarod Amos, custodian; Rita Young, senior aide; Marilyn Axman, community outreach; Joyce Goodman, dedicated home team.

Officers and staffers all worked in harmony serving the happy 100 New Year 2012 senior party revelers.

Rita Young, Wanda Fletcher and Betty McNeill, involved with the center's senior aid program, assisted diligently at the registration desk.

Gargantuan thanks to everyone assisting with the success of Pikesville Senior Center's New Year's 2012 party bash!

Pikesville Senior Center, is located at 1301 Reisterstown Road in Pikesville, in the same building as Pikesville library, is open Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. except holidays. Their mission is to develop and administer programs and activities that support Baltimore County senior citizens. And, they do a great job! Many interesting classes, programs exercise classes and fun events are available. A daily kosher lunch is also available.

For more info call 410-887-1245 during the center's above listed weekday hours, or on your computer, e-mail, or go to


Lifecycle simcha celebrations

A very happy and a few belated birthday greetings to family, friends, co-workers, neighbors and community celebrating 30-something, more or less. Also a sprinkling of kids, tween/teens, young adults and seniors (recycled teenagers):

Dr. Ron Surdin, Dr. Jay Karpa, Roz Weiner, Linda Hurwitz, Richard Lansburgh, Michael Friedman, Linda Paige, Kim Levitt, Sherry Bernstein, Allan T. Hirsch III, Jay Blumenthal, Susanne Braverman, Anne Neiwirth, Carl Oppenheim, Alma Katzen, Linda Rutkin, Ronnie Glaser, Dr. Joseph Feinsod, Art Rosenbaum, Jean Burgin, Norm DuBois, Milt Bereson, Rev. Ira Zaidman.

And, Shirley Gambel, Cindy Perlow, Fran Richman, Dave Bookoff, Art Rosenbaum, Tim Lawrence, Shirley Goodman, Aliza Rothenberg, Lindsy Frang, Carolyn Goldberg, Stan Neuhauser, Joshua Rattet, Dan Lemmerman, Mary Costley, Sarah King, Barb Zelt, Wendy Dechowitz, Felicia Stein, Bernice Bers, Donna Sack, Joan Shifren, Karen Sober, Marilyn Abrams, Ellen Gochnauer, Debra Simon, cousins Ron Gensler and Jamie Meliker.

Happy kids birthdays to Ella Millen and Rebecca Fruman.

Happy, happy birthday to each and everyone and those celebrating birthdays not listed! Hope you all enjoyed oodles of ice cream, cake and goodies. Especially the goodies! Yes!

Engagement congrats

Katelyn Citrenbaum to Matt Levinson.


Best wishes for wedded bliss: Davina (Abrams) and Micah Kleid, Miriam (Haber) and Zack Greenberg


Welcome to this trio of adorable precious bundles of joy:

A daughter, Hadasa Fayge, to Sue and Matt Schoenfeld.

A son, Jack Solomon, to Melissa and Jordan Levine.

A daughter, Mila Corrine, to Allison Zuckerman and Adam Rogers.

Mazel Tov to all! Enjoy with oodles of hugs and kisses and a few loveable squeezes on their eensie, weensy tiny diapered tushes!

Anniversary congrats

A gorgeous (diamond) 60th wedding anniversary to Mr. and Mrs. Jules Shaivitz.

WOW! 60 years! Fantabulous! We all wish the Shaivitz's many, many more wonderful anniversary celebrations with good health and happiness! Yes!

A fab 52nd anniversary to Dr. and Mrs. Ray Caplan, Paulette and Jay Pollack. A great 51st anniversary to Lil and Milt Norwood. Celebrating their (golden) big 5-0, half-century anniversary are Mr. and Mrs Joel Smeyne, Arlene and Eli Fleischer.

A wonderful 46th anniversary to Sonia and Art Alperstein. An attractive (sapphire) 45th anniversary to Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Schnydman. A lovely (ruby) 40th anniversary to the Honorable and Mrs. Charles Shubow.

An enjoyable 31st anniversary to Thommie and Ted Williams, Nancy and Darryl Garfinkel. An attractive (pearl) 30th anniversary to Mr. and Mrs. Gary Pell, Doris and Julian Kline.

Celebrating their (silver) 25th quarter-century anniversary are Dr. and Mrs. Howard Hauptman, Wendy and Jeffrey Miller. A very happy 22nd anniversary to Sue and Steve Sklar. An enjoyable 20th anniversary to Paula and Dave Katinsky.

Happy anniversary also Linda and Steve Landsman.

Happy anniversary to all of the above and those celebrating anniversaries not listed! May you all enjoy many, many more wonderful anniversary simchas! L'Chaim!


Shannon and Taylor Stern, tween/teen, young adult and under-30 social columnists

Your choice of awesome cool/hot happy double digit birthday cha, cha chas to Joey Bernstein, Sidney Braverman and Joshua Bernstein.


Bat Mitzvah

Mazel Tov to Zoey Schunick and Marcelle Philosophe.

Bar Mitzvah

Mazel Tov Zachary Caplan, Daniel Elkes, Henry Zlotnick and Edwin Fishman.

B'nai Mitzvah

Double Mazel Tov to both Tatiana and Boris Zilberstein also Edwin and Meyer Fishman.

Happy young adult birthdays to Madison Schwartz, Marissa Friedman, Tanasha Cook, Ethan Rosman, Neil Esterson, Shane Perlow, and Evan Glaser.

Happy 20-something and under-30 birthday to Becca Scurnick, Adam Hoffberg, and Adam Grossman.

Happy birthday to all the double-digit, Bat and Bar Mitzvah celebrants, young adult and 20-something and under-30 birthday celebrants not listed! Happy milestone birthdays all!


Thursday Feb. 2, is weather-forecaster Groundhog Day! We have been fortunate this winter that it has been tolerable with lots of warm weather and little snow. Will the groundhog see it's shadow?


Shabbat candle-lighting time, Friday evening, Feb. 3, Shevat, is 5:11 p.m.

Have and enjoy a terrific week! Everyone!