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Sholom Aleichem Club Members
Reflect on their Association with the Club

The Sholom Aleichem Club has not only provided a venue for members to express their Jewishness, celebrate the holidays in a Secular way, and to be stimulated by cultural and political programs. It has been friendships, social bonds that have lasted for decades. Whether members have been part of the Club for 50 years or 10, they have gained a special connection that they wouldn’t trade for anything. The Club is family and everyone shares the naches (joy, thrill) of another member’s achievement, the marriage of each other’s children, birth of grandchildren, and family accomplishments. Each month, the newsletter, News and Comment, has a column, News of the Mishpocha, which means “News of the Family.” Unfortunately, they also mourn the loss of fellow members. Every Yom Kippur, there is a board listing the passing of former members.

A 50th anniversary is a time of celebration, though, and over the last several months, News and Comment has been running profiles of members or reflections by members of what the Club has meant to them. We re-run them below.

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October, 2003 (Jack Rosenfeld, Florence Olivenbaum)

February, 2004 (Profile of Fay and Joe Hocky)

March, 2004 (Mildred Diamond, Joan Reisman, Pauline and Sherm Labovitz, Fran
and Bob Kleiner)

April, 2004 (Club Officers, Iz and Liz Reivich, Renee Shai Levine, Nettie Salomon,
Buddy Stensky, Gerry Lauter and Sy Kornblum)

May, 2004 News and Comment, 500th Edition (includes Reflection by Hesh Jacobs and excerpts from newsletters in the 1960s)

Photos of 50th Anniversary Party
May 2, 2004

Photos by Tom Warms

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Florence Olivenbaum (left) of Glenside chats with former member Harry Milner, who now lives in Florida.
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Mother-daughter: Bess Katz (left), a founder of the Club, dances with daughter, Elaine Sohn and others. As soon as the banquet hall was opened, members and guests took to the dance floor. Katz, a former resident of Mt. Airy, now lives in Center City; Sohn lives in New York.
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Mother-daughter: Bess Katz (left), a founder of the Club, dances with daughter, Elaine Sohn and others. As soon as the banquet hall was opened, members and guests took to the dance floor. Katz, a former resident of Mt. Airy, now lives in Center City; Sohn lives in New York.
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From left, Sy Kornblum (Quadrangle in Haverford); Dr. Gert Copperman (Bala Cynwyd); Blanche Jacobs (Wayne, PA); Joe Hocky (Broomall); Valerie Solitrin (Wyncote).
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Marty Katz (husband of Bess and father of Elaine Sohn) and Liz Reivich dance. Both are former residents of Mt. Airy and now live in Center City.
copperman_gitlin From left, Dr. Gert Copperman (Bala Cynwyd), Dr. Sidney and Clara Gitlin (Center City) chat.
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Pauline and Sherm Labovitz of Center City, among the early founders and participants.
solitrinsFrom left, Marty and Valerie Solitrin, with Marty’s father, Herman Solitrin of Mt. Airy, who organized the 50th anniversary celebration.
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Bea Solomon of The Quadrangle in Haverford (formerly of Mt. Airy), editor of the newsletter, daughter, Carol Allen, son-in-law David Rogers, daughter Randi Calbazana and Sara Zallman of The Quadrangle. Solomon and Zallman have been members for more than 40 years.
schatzFrom left, Dr. Sayre and Letta Schatz of The Quadrangle in Haverford (formerly of Melrose Park and Wyncote).
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From left, Hesh and Blanche Jacobs of Wayne, Fay and Joe Hocky of Broomall.
kants_solgFrom left, Fern Kant of YIVO Institute for Jewish Research, and Cherry Hill, NJ, her father, Milton Kant, Chairman, Philadelphia District, Workmen’s Circle and of Cherry Hill, NJ, and Sol Glassberg of Elkins Park.

Sol Glassberg of Elkins Park put together
an extensive display of newsletters, photographs and programs through the years
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