Personable, likeable and sharp minded northwest resident Betty Samuels Seidel, celebrated her very special 90th birthday with family, many friends and members of Beth Am Synagogue's seniors group named "Daytimers/Hazak," at Roland Park Place, located at 830 W. 40th Street, 21211.

At this spring meeting, a very large crowd attended to celebrate and spend quality time with the birthday lady on her milestone birthday, plus view and enjoy an interesting travelogue slide show entitled "Israel Old and New" presented by Henry Feller, executive director of Beth Am Synagogue.


Betty conducted this interesting meeting. Feller and wife, Renee have traveled to Israel previously. Recently Feller participated in the Annual Conference of the North American Association of Synagogue Executives, held in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv.

Seven years ago, Feller presented a travelogue of Israel for Daytimers/Hazak. On this very special day, Betty's birthday, he compared that time with Israel of today. Israel, he said, is the size of New Jersey. Video pictures featured reconstruction of a synagogue, another picture, a settlement with 40,000 residents, two of three entrances the residents here have access to use. There was additional discussion about several other synagogues. Plus there was a picture of an underground bullet factory the British never knew existed.

There were pictures of modern structures in Tel Aviv. Another picture featured the Schechter Institute. Shown were pictures of street markets with many Judaica items. Plus there was a picture of the vineyards in Galilee, another picture featured the Yitzhak Rabin Center, another picture featured the Goldsmith Center, also a unique marzipan collection. Plus, there was a picture of Theodore Hertzl's grave.

Plus the Golan was pictured, another picture featured from desert to snow on the mountains. Yes, from desert to snow! Plus a herb factory was shown. Interesting was a gold and black dome mosque. Another picture showcased a resettlement village, plus a Ramot ranch. There is a restaurant with waiters who are deaf and blind. They are very efficient! A lot of good work is done at this restaurant!

Everyone enjoyed Feller's interesting slide show and current update!

Overwhelmed by the large attendance and many birthday flowers, plants, gifts and cards, including a beautiful large floral arrangement from Terry Snyder, president of Roland Park Place, in conclusion, birthday celebrant Betty Seidel commented, "everyone has been so generous and wonderful, I am going to celebrate my 90th birthday again, next year!"

Also amongst the many birthday revelers in addition to above mentioned, Cantor Ira Greenstein, Elaine Weiss, Ruth Levy, Joyce Schmulowitz, Dolores Purzitsky, Fran Rubenstein, Linda and Jack Lapides, Carol and David Traub with their daughter Barb visiting from California. Plus Debby and Harold Freeman, Rena Kronheim, Lorraine Pugatch, Erma Sigler, Selma Levin, Paula Williams, Mildred Strutt, Shirley and Paul Sachs, J. Wynn Rousuck, Eileen Yoffe, Edith Stark, Sheila Meyers, Mary Miller, Fred Katz, Debbie Potts, Terri and Mike Kane, Barb and Barry Blumberg, Sarajane Greenfeld, Joyce Keating, Hilda Coyne, Mimi Davidoff, Phyllis Gerber, and many more guests too numerable to list.

Beth Am Synagogue's Daytimers/Hazak is a program for people age 55 plus who want to keep active in mind, body and spirit and to socialize with other synagogue members. It is the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism's organization for those seeking camaraderie, intellectual stimulation, religious experiences and fun. Events and trips bring together people from Beth Am, the Seaboard Region and the entire country.

To participate in Daytimers/Hazak programs, contact Betty Seidel, coordinator, at 410-542-2323 or on your computer

. Family members and guests are always welcome!

Note: Betty has been very involved with the programming and success of Beth Am's senior "Daytimers/Hazak group for mega years! Their meetings are held at Roland Park Place.

Another note, Roland Park Place opened in 1984, is an 8-story lovely building with three historic Victorian cottages on an eight acre campus, is a Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC) home to residents with varied life experiences, work, cultural and religious backgrounds.

There are one-bedroom, two bedroom, two bedroom with den units with over 20 floor plans. Pets are allowed with approval!

Again, if interested in becoming involved with Betty Seidel's active senior group, do call or email her at your choice of the above listed contact venues.


Lifecycle Simcha Celebrations

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

Dr. Lauren Schnaper, Carla Surdin, Dr. Sam Benesch, Judge Robert Steinberg, Spike Mansfield, Jeff Feldman, Richard Rynd, Lowell Glazer, Leslie Ries, Connie Getzov, Aimee Adashek, Laura Sirkin Brown, Carol Wagenheim, Ann and Buddy Monfred, Dan Zerden, Michael Pachino, Elaine Omansky, Sue Lorch, Ida Samet, Wendy Quartner, Michael Stuck, Jerry Walters, John Dietrich, Debra Berenholtz, Naomi Proper and daughter, Susan.

Also Joan Feldman, Pam Ryan, Dolores Hoeche, Helen Streimer, Dr. Shlomo Carmi, Dr. Robert Wack, Allan Richmond, Estelle Ginsberg, Annette Snyder, Denise Kline, Ron West, Mal Katzen, Michael Kalis, Lester Brill, Jeffrey Kuperstock, Bryna Spector Bernstein, Julia Lichter Mason, Gloria Askin, Jacob Eisenstein, Michael Gill, Doug Helfman, Ron Furman, Fred Rosen, Paula Childress, Marilyn Marcus, Art Gaister and Robert Segal.

Happy centenarian birthday to youngster Dorothy Diamond.

Happy kids birthday to adorable precious twins Ellie and Lexi Kass, celebrating their very first of many wonderful happy birthdays!

Happy, happy birthday to each and every-one and those celebrating birthdays not listed!

Hope you all enjoyed oodles of ice cream, cake and goodies. Especially the goodies! Yes!

Engagement congrats

Alison Petok to Dan Slipakoff


Best wishes for wedded bliss: Deborah (Engerman) and David Turner


Welcome to an adorable handsome bundle of joy:

A son, Brady Noah, to Jenn and Richard Gould.

Mazel Tov to the entire Gould family, enjoy with oodles of hugs and kisses!

Anniversary congrats

A whopper gorgeous (diamond plus, plus, plus) 65th anniversary Rosa and Werner Marks, Lucille and Stan Sachs. An equally gorgeous (diamond) 60th anniversary Tema and Marv Rubin.

WOW! Two 65th wedding anniversaries and a 60th wedding anniversary! Fantabulous!

We all wish Rosa and Werner, Lucille and Stan, Tema and Marv, many, many more wonderful anniversary celebrations with good health and happiness! Yes!

A beautiful (emerald) 55th anniversary to Gail and Charles Yumkas. A fab 53rd anniversary Cloe and Dick Belman. A great 51st anniversary Phyllis and Fred Frank. Celebrating their (golden) big 5-0 half century anniversary are Frada and Ron Galler.

A wonderful 48th anniversary Barb and Dr. Julian Goldberg. An attractive (sapphire) 45th anniversary Phyllis and Harvey Shankman. A wonderful 43rd anniversary Lynne and Larry Lichtig. A lovely (ruby) 40th anniversary June and Robert Jacobs.

A fab 37th anniversary Sue and Steve Weintraub. A pretty (coral) 35th anniversary Sharon and Barry Snyder, Sydny and Jeff Gaber. An attractive (pearl) 30th anniversary Yvonne and Stephen Lovell.

An enjoyable 29th anniversary Amy and Lance Lowenstein. A fab 26th anniversary Elaine and Dr. Sam Benesch. Celebrating their (silver) 25th anniversary Sharon and Mitch Schwartz. A very happy 20th anniversary Marci an Paul Burt, Paula and Bill Reidy.

A wonderful 16th anniversary Brenda and Wayne Williams. A beautiful (crystal) 15th anniversary Sharon and David Selko. An enjoyable 10th anniversary Diana and Richard Hegmann, Mr. and Mrs. Mark Zimmerman. An equally enjoyable 10th anniversary Deena and Bruce Sindler.

Happy anniversary to all of the above and to 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

Happy young adult birthdays to Debra Parks, Alexia Ain, Dan Kaufman, Dustin Tucker, Cameron Frank and Alex Kratz.

Happy 20-something and under-30 birthdays to Jenn Freed and Jordan Halle.

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

We all wish Betty Samuels Seidel many many more happy, healthy milestone birthdays!

Memo: Shabbat candle-lighting time, Friday evening, July 20, is 8:11 p.m. Everyone, have and enjoy a terrific week! Yes, everyone!