Profile Updated: July 22, 2012
Residing In: North Miami Beach, FL USA
Spouse/Partner: Rochel
Occupation: Registered Nurse
Children: Shalom, born 1978
Menachem, born 1992
Yes! Attending Reunion

A little update on me. After CHS, I was involved with the hippies / Yippies for several years, went to Woodstock, traveled to Israel.

I graduated from Community College of Philadelphia in 1975 with an Associate Degree in Applied Science in nursing & became a Registered Nurse.

After Philly, I became Orthodox / Chassidic with Chabad Lubavitch in Berkeley, CA, 1977.

Went to Yeshivah in Crown Heights, Brooklyn for 2 years to learn the basics of Judaism. I received a B.A. in Religious Education & Level 1 Rabbinical Ordination.

Got married in 1980 to Rochel & lived in Crown Heights, Brooklyn for 5 years, 3 years before marriage & 2 years after.

Moved to Toronto, my wife's hometown, for 14 years & went back to school to become a licensed acupuncturist & Chinese herbal medicine practitioner. Was registered as a Doctor of Acupuncture in Canada.

About 16 years ago, we moved to North Miami Beach, FL & I went back to full time hospital nursing. I loved acupuncture but I got tired of running a business. I just wanted to punch a clock, without all the other worries.

I have 2 children. My big son Shalom is 34 yrs old & my younger son Menachem is 20 yrs. old & is entering his 2nd year in the Israeli Army.

And me - I'm working in Psychiatric Nursing for the last 32 years & for the foreseeable future. The best place I worked was in a hospital adolescent addiction unit, where I was for 9 yrs. but they closed in October, 2007 & I had to relocate to another Miami hospital position.

I went back to school at Nova Southeastern University in Ft. Lauderdale & received a Masters in Medical Science in 2005.

Living in Florida for 16 years & into Miami Dolphins but my heart belongs to the Eagles, Flyers & Phillies. (Especially Eagles & Flyers.)

Between work, family & religion, I keep very busy.

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In high school, I was intimidated by Hyman because I thought of him as a tough guy greaser. We were not friends. After high school, his hippie side revealed itself & we became casual friends.

I remember one night, under the influence, circa 1969-1970, Hyman, Mike Seamon & I plotted how we were going to bring down the US government at the height of the war in Vietnam. We wanted to do something that was easy, peaceful & free, but would have a massive, nation-wide effect. We came up with the idea that we would pick a date & time, publicize it nationally, & get tens of millions of people to flush their toilets & turn on & off their lights at the exact same time. We figured that would bring down the grid. Not to hurt anybody. Just to freeze the government, bring it down and halt the war. We obviously didn't think about the consequences of the effect on hospitals, airlines, etc. The idealism of hippie / yippie anarchy. BTW, we never acted upon the idea.

Hyman & I lost contact after that time period but I stayed best friends with Mike Seamon until 1977. Then I read this obit from CHS. Hyman obviously made a tremendous mark in this world that helped many people. His merits will stand him in good stead in Heaven.

In general, when I read about the passing of so many of our classmates, it's shocking. It reminds us of the frailty of life & the preciousness of life. One could live until 120 or, G-d forbid, "cash in our chips" & check out tomorrow. It's a sober reminder that we should try to do as much good & lovingkindness as we can in this physical world to make it a better place. Not necessaily to affect hundreds or thousands of people. Benefit one person. Do a favor for someone. Be kind to someone. Help people in need. I saw a homeless tent area in my city. I went to a McDonalds & bought 20 $1 chicken sandwiches & gave them out, along with a big smile & words of encouragement. Folks were real happy to get a hot sandwich (& the smile). I've done this a few times. Helps 20 people for only $20. Tell our loved ones that we love them while we can. A smile, a pleasant, cheery & friendly face & kindness goes a long way. Hyman, thanks for the inspiration.

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