100 Year Reunion at JCC -- Hundreds of Alumni Coming
Rich Memories Attract Alumni From Near & Far Celebrating its 100th anniversary this year, the JCC of the North Shore has touched generations of families, changing lives and creating indelible memories.
This summer, the J is welcoming back alumni for a centennial reunion, attracting people from around the country and Europe.
“So many people grew up at the JCC,” said Ken Sorkin of Swampscott. “On Market Street in Lynn and then in Marblehead, it has been like a family for thousands of people.”
The JCC opened in Lynn in 1911 with a largeand vibrant membership. It featured a preschool, after-school classes, summer camps, teen programs, champion baseball and basketball teams… even a bowling alley! Sorkin has spent his whole life at the JCC. He’s proud to show off pictures of his father, Nathan, playing on the 1912 baseball team.
Ken went on to work at the J, running Camp Simchah for years. He’s now organizing the reunion weekend July 20-22.
Who’s invited? All former and current JCC members and everyone who attended JCC preschool and camp, played on sports teams or came to dances and other social events.
Dan Singer will travel from his home in California for the reunion this summer. He practically lived at the Market Street JCC from 1950-1962. “The Saturday night dances, the roller skating in the gym, Sunday morning volleyball. It was a place of comfort and familiarity. I’m looking forward to seeing everyone I grew up with one more time.”
Shari Silverman Sarnevitz of Lynnfield will be at the reunion, too. She attended nursery school at the J on Market Street and remembers “the big metal jungle gym out back, as we ran out the double doors from the gym on the first floor. Beyond the gym was the great smell from Edie and Minnie cooking something yummy for our lunch.” Sarnevitz was part of the move to Marblehead in 1972. “We were shoveling dirt with my father (Kenneth Silverman) and grandfather to break ground for the new JCC. Those tennis courts and baseball fields were our fields of dreams.” Camp Simchah changed her life, Sarnevitz said. “These are the poignant memories that make me love the idea of kids and camp to this day. I have shared this wonderful experience with my children. This is what the JCC of the North Shore did for me.”
The reunion weekend begins Friday, July 20 with a Welcome Reception at the JCC, 4 Community Road, Marblehead. Saturday night everyone’s invited to adinner and party at the Kowloon Restaurant in Saugus. There will be a brunch on Sunday morning at the JCC. Organizers expect more than 500 JCC alums to attend – and they’re looking for help tracking down members spread around the country and the world. If you’d like to attend – or know how to find friends who might want to -- please contact Joan Lawrence at the JCC at 781-631-8330 or email her at email@example.com.
Several volunteers are working on the 100th Anniversary Reunion. They include Arthur Ansin, Marilyn Berenson Kramer, Donny Hurwitz, Sandy Kanofsky, Scott Kaplan, Shirley Kaplan, Jeff Kline, Morry Kranz, Hubie Kreplick, Marvin Kupelnick, Marcie Lunder Miller, Ronnie Orris Northrop, Irma Weiner Rubin, Jeff Phillips, Arlene Sandler Stahl, Jack Stahl (co-chair), Shari Silverman Sarnevitz, Howard Seligman, Lou Simons and Arthur Sommerstein.