December 22, 2020
The meeting was called to order at approximately 9:05 AM by President Roger Barmash. 72 members and guests were logged on via Zoom conference call.
Ed Shifman led the members in the Pledge of Allegiance.
Secretary Norman Ainbinder read the minutes of the December 8th meeting. The minutes were accepted by majority vote.
The Secretary asked for members to call to member Mario Ferretti who is currently living at thebArbors in Stoughton and is in need of some conversation.
Harvey Tobolsky presented an In Memoriam and a moment of silence to those members who have passed away during 2020, as follows:
Arthur L. Levine,
President Ralph Generazzo,
Robert M. Schwartz,
Past President Sidney Hurwitz,
Past President Robert Howard,
Albert Levenson, and
Glad & Sad: Jay Wassersug is in Hospice Care at home
Congratulations to Ira & Rosanne Abramson on the birth of a grandson, Samuel Henry Abramson who was born on Sunday, December 6th . Proud parents are Steve and Emily Abramson.
We received an acknowledgement and thank you from the family of Leo Kadet for our donation in his memory to the Temple Sinai, of Sharon, Hesed Fund.
Condolences are extended to the family of Herbert Snyder who had passed away on December 13 th . Services and internment were private. A donation in his memory will be made to the Greater Boston Food Bank.
We extend our condolences to Stephen Lechter whose mother, Evelyn Lechter Blumberg, passed away at the age of 91 on December 17 th in Westwood, MA.
Past President Joe Beberman recently had a pacemaker procedure at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital and is recuperating at home.
The club extends condolences to the family of Chick Herinberg who passed away on December 21st from complications due to COVID 19.
Treasurer’s Report: Treasurer Jim Jeneral presented a year to date summary as follows:
Income $8,513 Expenses: $2,689 Net Income: $5.824
Checking Account Balance: $7,407 Savings Account Balance: $8,049
Expenses for the year were minimal as we have been meeting on line for the last 9 months.
Historian/Webmaster: Dan Liberman has received some additional assistance with the task at hand. We are grateful to those who have stepped up to do so. However, more help is still needed. Please call Dan to see how you can help get this important work completed.
Sharon Cable has provided copies of some of the Hits and Misses Winter Concerts which have now been posted on our club website.
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Investment Club: Neil Nager advised that the group will be meeting this afternoon at 3:30 via Zoom conference. Members are pleased with the group’s investments return and growth in buy-in share value over this past year.
Membership: Harvey Levine reported that membership currently stands at 277 slightly down from over 300 in recent years. A few men are currently awaiting initiation and formal introduction once we are able to resume in-person meeting(s).
Bob Soffer, Chairman of the Speakers Committee introduced Jody Kipnis co-director of the Holocaust Legacy Foundation. Jody presented 3 freshman college students who had participated in the Foundation’s educational opportunities and trip to the internment camp sites in Poland in 2019. Each student briefly reviewed his/her experiences for the club members and guests. Jody introduced her co-director, Todd Ruderman and also Debbie Coltin who is involved in the Foundation’s educational efforts.
A very interesting Q & A followed the presentations with an emphasis on the need to preserve the memory of the atrocities committed during the Holocaust. The number of survivors is decreasing rapidly, and it falls to us and our families to keep the story alive, maintain the struggle against anti-Semitism and to be aware of the Holocaust Deniers and their influence on future generations. It was also suggested that an effort should be made to create a Holocaust Museum and education center in the Boston area to help preserve the story.
March of the Living is another resource available to young people in the Boston area for trips to internment camp sites in Poland combined with a trip to Israel.
Our next meeting on January12th will be our annual MLK gathering with a special presentation on Modern Day Slavery scheduled.
Christmas Greetings and a Happy New Year to all.
Norman Ainbinder, Secretary