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This Is Page 10 of the Camp Shoshana Guestbook!

We're No Longer Taking New Messages - But Read What's Already Here!

Entry of Nov 3, 2002 at 21:19 [EST]
From:Steve Kolodny - sgkolodny@aol.com

Steve Kolodny writes: This starts page #10 of the guestbook. If you haven't written in lately why not leave us a note and tell us how you are doing?

Entry of Nov 13, 2002 at 20:35 [EST]


Entry of Nov 14, 2002 at 21:30 [EST]
From:roni goodman - ronihead@yahoo.com

roni goodman writes: I have been wondering why no one was writing & I didnt want to take up all the space. I have been tellng my new friends to ceck out the camp website especially the pics Jyll posted of us all. I have been busy living with Fred Jaffe. His computer goes to the library, i assumed he was e-mailing you guys. He is doing surveys for neilson ratings and joined a gym, he works nights and I work days. My kids think he is fine and he follows all my rules :) He loves Florida and I think it hit 75 degrees today, it was chilly :) Wayne you are awesome by keeping in touch and you're in my heart everyday! Let's try to see who can get together end of Jan or Feb, Let's do it!

Entry of Nov 15, 2002 at 09:30 [EST]
From:Steve Kolodny - sgkolodny@aol.com

Steve Kolodny writes: We are going to meet for lunch at Ellen's Stardust Diner (B'way at 51st Street) at noon on Thursday Nov. 21st.
Please let us know if you would like to join with us.

Entry of Nov 15, 2002 at 13:22 [EST]
From:Fred Jaffe - JaffeFregorjaf@aol.com

Fred Jaffe writes: Hi, everyone. Just checking in again. Wayne, you have a good point that we should all keep in touch, after such a great reunion. And not only those that were able to attend, but those who weren't, as well. A holiday party sounds great, as does a lunch in NYC, but as Roni has indicated, I now reside down here with her, in sunny Florida. I've spent every winter of my life up North, and just had to get away to the warmth, while I had the opportunity. It's great living down here, but I would have liked to get together with old campers again for a mini-reunion this Holiday season. Oh well, maybe as Roni suggested, we can get together sometime in the late winter or spring, when Roni can get away from work, and she and her son and I will drive up North together. Looking forward to seeing you all again soon, and everyone keep in touch.

Entry of Nov 16, 2002 at 08:56 [EST]
From:Steve Kolodny - sgkolodny@aol.com

Steve Kolodny writes: I just put up some photos, some of Ricky Marcus dressed as "The Good Fairy" that are hilarious, sent in by Mike Blau. Go there now! |

Entry of Nov 16, 2002 at 23:30 [EST]
From:Sue Rachlin - Susanrachlin@aol.com

Sue Rachlin writes: Way to go, Wayne! Someone's got to light the fire under all of us. Unless there is ongoing contact and input by everyone, the results of the August 10th reunion will settle into just a happy memory. And perhaps that is what happens to reunions. Think back to your high school or college reunions...only a small percent of alumni every participate. In today's NYTimes a featured article described the new president of NYU and how he decided to go after alumni for the specific purpose of fund-raising for the university. The turnout was great because those who attended responded to the idea of being part of an important project. Now, perhaps we could decide on some philanthropic project like raising funds to send ill or underprivileged children to various camps during the summer and establish that project under our name. Think about it! and send in your ideas!

Entry of Nov 19, 2002 at 19:55 [EST]
From:roni goodman - ronihead@yahoo.com

roni goodman writes: Great idea Sue, Fred & I want to help, I can check into some camps for underprivaledged kids I know kirk cameron has one and I of course can get that info to help us too. I also hope that we all keep in touch as I even called Glen Belfer tonight and he works so much. Lori york is doing okay trying to get into real estate and being a loan officer. Fred & I saw her 2 weekends ago. I am hoping we can pull together in spring to a camp out at bear mtn or surrounding area. We can bring our kids as well as doing what campers do, anybody up for that maybe spring break. please write in replys and ideas and get your sleeping bags ready!!!!!

Entry of Nov 20, 2002 at 11:42 [EST]
From:Ira Presser - ira818@aol.com

Ira Presser writes: Hi all.
Sorry I haven't been online much lately. I am also sorry that the video hasn't been sent out yet. As I told a few of you, the video guy (Marc), has had a few personal issues that he had to deal with. I told him to take care of your problems and don't worry about the video. I did speak to him on Monday and it is almost complete. He is just adding the songs onto it. Then when I get the video, I will send them out to those of you that ordered one.
I hope to see as many of you as possible at lunch on Thursday. We have all worked very hard in gathering all of us, and Steve has continued to keep this site up and looking great. Let's all come up with some idea's to keep it going for years to come. If we can all continue to locate and once located keep in touch with our old friends, we can definitely plan another reunion which will be bigger and better than the last one. I still think a reunion at a camp site would be the best place, but we can discuss this another time. Just figured I would put that in. HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!!!

Entry of Nov 21, 2002 at 15:27 [EST]
From:Steve Kolodny - sgkolodny@aol.com

Steve Kolodny writes: Marc Shapiro, Ira Presser, Karen Weissman, Sue Rachlin and I met for lunch today. picturemixture8.html">See it now in the @lunch section of the CAMPHOUSE pages.

Entry of Nov 24, 2002 at 01:15 [EST]
From:Steve Kolodny - sgkolodny@aol.com

Steve Kolodny writes:

Happy Birthday Karen Weissman

- enjoy that thimblefull of beer! ---Steve

Entry of Nov 27, 2002 at 08:40 [EST]


Entry of Nov 27, 2002 at 09:35 [EST]
From:Steve Kolodny - sgkolodny@aol.com

Steve Kolodny writes:

Forget Thanksgiving! Happy Birthday Wayne Belfer!

Entry of Nov 28, 2002 at 21:37 [EST]
From:roni goodman - ronihead@yahoo.com


Entry of Dec 1, 2002 at 18:15 [EST]
From:Ellen Bochner - elgebo@aol.com

Ellen Bochner writes: Happy Chanukah!

Entry of Dec 5, 2002 at 15:18 [EST]
From:jyll - jyllk@powerlist.com

jyll writes: Hi everyone! Sorry it's been so long since I've written - life has been very busy here, both business and personal. We're on the brink of being snowed in here in CT so I finally have time to write. I just want to tell everyone that even though I haven't written, I think of all of you often. I hope everyone had a Happy Thanksgiving and Happy Hanukkah! For those of you in the South - enjoy your beautiful weather, and for those of you up north, stay safe and warm! Happy Birthday Wayne and Happy Birthday Karen! Everone, please keep in touch, even if it is a quick note to say hi - and I promise to do the same! --Jyll

Entry of Dec 6, 2002 at 20:44 [EST]
From:Ellen - EllenStockwell@aol.com

Ellen writes: Hi everybody. It has been quite a while since I've written or even been on a computer for a while. Life has been very busy for me the past couple of months but I really miss all of you, so I wanted to just take the time to say "hello" and wish you all a very happy holiday season. As you all must know by now, I got married in August. I transfered my job to Maryland and moved here a couple of weeks ago. My husband and I bought a beautiful home in Westminster, MD. It is very large and I would love to have you all come over in the near future so we can see eachother again. Let's not wait a few years for another reunion!!! Hope to hear from you all soon. Love, Ellen

Entry of Dec 8, 2002 at 00:07 [EST]
From:Ira Presser - Ira818@aol.com

Ira Presser writes: Hi all. Well, I am happy to say that the videos have been sent out. Again, I am sorry for the delay. I was able to take some video of how the camp looks today. I did make one mistake in the video. Let's see if you can figure it out. Just in case I don't get the chance, A VERY HAPPY AND HEALTHY NEW YEAR TO ALL OF YOU.
Love, Janet and Ira

Entry of Dec 9, 2002 at 21:00 [EST]
From:Steve Kolodny - sgkolodny@aol.com

Steve Kolodny writes: I just watched the video -- Ira it is amazing! Great job. I was especially wowed by the new video you took of the campus as it is now. The memories, the sounds, the smells, all came back to me with a rush.

Entry of Dec 12, 2002 at 09:37 [EST]
From:Steve Kolodny - sgkolodny@aol.com

Steve Kolodny writes: I had a dream that Camp Shoshana was marching in the Macy's Parade. The Jr. Boys and Girls were singing 'In The Beginning B'ray-yay-shit' as they marched. I was one of the counselors. It was all so terribly out of season. We were in winter garb except for Bobby Sherman who was dressed in shorts and had a towel around his neck.

Entry of Dec 17, 2002 at 18:04 [EST]
From:roni goodman - ronihead@yahoo.com

roni goodman writes: hello everyone!!! I have just watched the video and I cried through the whole thing. I am so amazed we all did what we did by going to camp and having the reunion. Everyone has touched my heart and I thank Sue and Harry for help making the memories as strong as you have & helped me be a strong women today. We are our experiences and the fact is Sue & Harry helped so many of us in this world grow and learn so many things, thank you once again! I will always cherish those days & though I had left camp early to move to Florida, camp never left my life. I'm so happy to be in touch with everyone again, and at the reunion everyone was so good to me, thank you all. And I am proud of us all for growing into fine adults and makiing this reunion possible for Sue to see how she & Harry have helped us all and enriched our lives. LOVE YOU ALL

Entry of Dec 23, 2002 at 19:30 [EST]
From:Diane Margolin - dimike@bellatlantic.net

Diane Margolin writes: Steve, I am looking all over my office for my book on dream interpretation. I remember what the seven fat and thin cows mean, but I can't recall what marching in the Macy Day Parade indicates. I'll let you know when I find it. I too enjoyed the video. Ira you may be tired of hearing it, but you and your inner circle really gave us all a present. We now have a piece of our past connected to our present and it is a wonderful addition. As I listen to my daughter prepare for her bat mitzvah in the light of my Christmas Tree, I want to wish everyone a healthy, happy, and peaceful new year.

Entry of Dec 27, 2002 at 00:47 [EST]
From:Sue - Susanrachlin@aol.com

Sue writes: Well, dear friends, the year 2002 is nearly at an end and what a year it has been for me. In some ways it reminds me of the one and only time I rode on a roller coaster...I was about nine or ten years old...but I still remember the sensation. Life hands us all sorts of challenges and generally we humans manage to cope with them, but when they come in big bunches, that's where the test of our mettle and strength comes into play. However, let us focus on that lovely Sunday in August somewhere in New Jersey when a half-hundred of us gathered to renew old acquaintances. It was truly a unique day for me to see so many of you, grown up and in some cases with children of your own. What a hoot! It was as though thirty plus years of my life went by in the snap of my fingers. Did I ever stop grinning that day? And then to receive the video...WOW! By the way Ira, the only boo-boo I picked up was in one of the songs that referred to JC which obviously should have been edited out. Other than that, I sat and cried through most of it...cried out of joy, nostalgia, sadness and laughter. The music and songs were appropriate and taking a stroll around the camp grounds was a stroke of genius. After twenty years the swing set and the tetherball pole and the blacktop and the Little House and the cool room with COOL still painted on the wall and that old wooden chair on the front landing that hasn't been moved in all these years gave me the eeriest feeling of the place frozen in time. Thank you, Ira. You are really someone special...there had to be a reason Harry loved you. Thank you Steve for the website that has become home-plate for everyone needing to connect with the past from time to time. There has to be a reason I love you. My wish to all of you in the coming year is for good health followed by an improved economy and peace in your lives and for the entire world. Keep in touch with one another for as long as you can hold onto the sweet memories of your youth. HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Entry of Dec 30, 2002 at 18:24 [EST]
From:Barry Sussman - kinneret@warwick.net

Barry Sussman writes: I would like to plan a get together with as much as you folks as possible. I would like it to be up here near Shoshana. How about some feedback as to what would be a good idea to attract you. I want to have it it spring time. Please reply to me with any and all feedback and of course your desire to attend. Meantime I will look into things but please do not be bashful. To you and yours have a happy and healthy! Shana Tova vmatookah!

Entry of Jan 1, 2003 at 11:04 [EST]
From:roni goodman - ronihead@yahoo.com

roni goodman writes: I will be in New York 2nd week in March, let's do it folks!!!!!!

Entry of Jan 2, 2003 at 00:50 [EST]
From:Steve Kolodny - sgkolodny@aol.com

Steve Kolodny writes: I just added 3 new pages in the staff/group photos + video area - Ira Hofher was kind enough to scan and send in Sr. Boys 1 '62, Sr. Boys 2 '63, and TA Boys '65. I must say that it had been so long since I had added pages that I had gotten a little rusty at it. Please kep sending in those photos as you find them!

Entry of Jan 2, 2003 at 19:31 [EST]
From:Steve - campshoshana@aol.com

Steve writes: The Camp Shoshana Mutual Admiration Society page is now live. Use This Link to join! Satisfaction guaranteed!

Entry of Jan 4, 2003 at 10:11 [EST]
From:roni goodman - ronihead@yahoo.com

roni goodman writes: hi! I wrote in May ut I mean May and i hope we can get together, sespecially Elaine & Ellen Levy!!!

Entry of Jan 4, 2003 at 17:51 [EST]
From:ronigoodman - ronihead@yahoo.com

ronigoodman writes: Hi made a mistake gonna be in New York in March, let's get together, whoever can especially Ellen & Elaine Levy. HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!!!!!!!

Entry of Jan 5, 2003 at 19:13 [EST]
From:Pope John - bigguy@thevatican.org

Pope John writes: Shalom Aleichim. As many of you know I am fluent in a number of languages. I was just reading this page -- if anyone speaks 'roni' please contact me and translate her last 3 messages.
The Pope

Entry of Jan 6, 2003 at 19:36 [EST]
From:roni goodman - ronihead@yahoo.com

roni goodman writes: oops!!!!!!I will be in New York in May and want a bunch of us to get together especially the levy twins :) and Wayne :)

Entry of Jan 10, 2003 at 14:52 [EST]
From:Renee Littner Shavel - rshavel@adelphia.net

Renee Littner Shavel writes: Steve, I just went to the Camp Shoshana Mutual Admiration Society page. I am still laughing.

Entry of Jan 15, 2003 at 19:27 [EST]
From:roni goodman - ronihead@yahoo.com

roni goodman writes: As you may all know, anything I am involved in just is funny, it is the story of my life. Since Sue came to Florida Fred, Glen & I decided to have a mini reunion. Let me explain out here in Florida there is a hwy called Sawgrass expressway, and it has never been a busy road. Well Fred & I set out to get Sue south of us to come back north to IHOP to meet Glen & his family. We told Glen 6:30pm. However when Fred & I got on the hwy there was not only 1 accident but 2, so naturally we called Glen to tell him we will be late. Well, we hung a u turn to back track and take the streets,bad idea because everyone else was doing that. Now we are sitting in traffic as if we were in rush hour traffic in the city. Fred then had to pee, my son was getting a headache & I was calling Sue & Glen saying we are still going to be late. We took a ride through a neighborhood Weston, where we got lost, we asked for directions and the guy even said he knows how we feel in that town, lost, I was glad we were in Fred's car with Jersey plates, so we didn't look like total idiots lost in our own town. We got back on the road and we were laughing about how on the 1 night we pick to meet (and we had little time seeing we had kids and it was a school night)the accidents on the road that never happen kept happening. so with my son getting a headache in the back, Glen at the restaurant waiting for us, we finally get Sue. We call Glen and said we are on our way back, but it was like 7:30. A 20 minute ride took 2 hours. We called Glen when we were 5 minutes away & he said he already had 3 dinners, :) it was sooo funny. He got the check and we finally arrived. We had our reunion in the parking lot of IHOP in Tamarac. Now we are all talking, singing we are from Shoshana we couldn't be prouder & I am taking pictures and the kids are looking at us like we are crazy, and we were laughing. Then Glen left with his family for home and Fred, sue, my son & I went to dinner. I told the waitress we wanted the same table they had as if we were eating with them, but we weren't... never a dull moment, we had the reunion in shifts at the table. Then Fred brought me & Sue home, because he had to pick his cousin up at the airport, like a never ending drive.... We all did wear our camp shirts and showed Sue our spirit could never be broken no matter what obsticles come our way.

Entry of Jan 16, 2003 at 20:48 [EST]
From:Pope John - bigguy@thevatican.org

Pope John writes: Like I was saying earlier on this page...

Entry of Jan 22, 2003 at 21:14 [EST]
From:Roni Goodman - ronihead@yahoo.com

Roni Goodman writes: Well, anyone can make fun of my stories, however at least I'm keeping the site alive, not too many people are staying in touch with us all. Did we catch up at the reunion & that's it???? I was even thinking we could do a monthly little paper & keep us all up to date & current with our lives. I can't do this alone, the webmaster started the site, Ira keep the reunion alive & real, I called people out of the blue, if it was so special, why aren't we as careful not to lose it again????

Entry of Jan 23, 2003 at 14:13 [EST]
From:Ira Presser - Ira818@aol.com

Ira Presser writes: Hey Pope. I think this is even too much for you. We'd better go to a higher authority. Although I think that when even HE reads the entries that she writes he gets confused and says "I love her no matter what she says even though I don't have a clue what she is talking about."
Roni you are a nut and I mean that in a good way. If you are coming up in May, let's plan something for then. Somebody make a suggestion as to where we could all meet and I will help make it happen.
Ira Presser

Entry of Jan 25, 2003 at 01:16 [EST]
From:Sue - Susanrachlin@aol.com

Sue writes: Listen everyone! She may be incoherent, fast talking, poor in grammar, but Roni gets AAA for enthusiasm. Ira please contact Barry Sussman...he's up your way in a town very close to you and he has already volunteered to host a reunion sometime in the spring. It seems he was sorry to have missed August 10 and is prepared to do the next one. Please call him and get the ball rolling. Roni"s idea about a newspaper sounds fine and I will be happy to work on it providing people send me their news items via email. We will then put it together and Steve will tell me again how to email it to everyone on the contact page. Keep warm...spring is just around the corner!

Entry of Jan 25, 2003 at 08:11 [EST]
From:Roni Goodman - ronihead@yahoo.com

Roni Goodman writes: Thank you Sue

Entry of Feb 14, 2003 at 14:09 [EST]
From:Diane Margolin - dimike@comcast.net

Diane Margolin writes: This guestbook has been silent for too long. I am missing reading about the doings of my old friends. Hasn't anyone traveled? married? given birth, broken an arm, bought a house, changed jobs? discovered the cure for the common cold? remembered a story from camp they forgot to share at the reunion? decided on a charitable project we can work on together? Enough suggestions, my point is made. Here in northwestern New Jersey it is very much winter. We have been skating on our pond and playing in the snow. School gets in the way (I hate homework even more the second time around), but we try to do something fun everyday. My eldest daughter is preparing for a pilgrimage to Florida to see the Cardinals and Mets play preseason ball, so I know spring is coming. I hope to hear some exciting details from you lives on these pages soon. Sincerely...

Entry of Feb 16, 2003 at 19:57 [EST]
From:Ellen Bochner - elgebo@aol.com

Ellen Bochner writes: Well, Diane, and everyone else . . .anyone have time for anything else besides deleting spam emails? I've been planning my son's Bar Mitzvah, which is in 3 weeks and remains about 30% unplanned . . .50% if you consider that I haven't gotten shoes yet. Hope everyone's managing to get through this cold, cold winter (even in Florida, where I hear it's been a bitter 60 degrees some nights). The days are definitely getting longer, if you noticed, so spring's coming . . . it's coming. And my kids are counting the days till camp. I think they're packed already :)

Entry of Feb 17, 2003 at 17:59 [EST]
From:Sue - Susanrachlin@aol.com

Sue writes: Go Diane Margolin, Go Ellen Bochner! Perhaps noone is writing lately because they are suffering from the winter blues. Witness the blizzard of February '03! I have become a prisoner on the 18th floor of my condo...sure, sure, I have Central Park but that's for KIDS with all the snow. However, spring cannot be far behind and the crocuses (or is it croci?) are beginning to push through the snow in front on my building. It happens every year about this time. In the meantime, Laura Allen and I have been "talking" back and forth about my earlier suggestion regarding founding a camp scholarship in the name of our alumni for one or more financially needy children, with physical or emotional problems that would benefit greatly from several weeks in a GOOD summer camp (not day camp!) Such a project would fall into the realm of tzedakah (act of righteousness) or gemilut hesed (doing a good deed!) Didn't I teach you anything? Reach one, teach one! Reach out and touch someone! No matter how bad you think you have it, someone's got it worse! Etc, Etc, Etc. All ideas are welcome. Doing something for someone else will chase the winter blues away. Think CAMP!

Entry of Feb 21, 2003 at 20:36 [EST]
From:Roni Goodman - ronihead@yahoo.com

Roni Goodman writes: Hi eveyone! I do know about how cold it can be, however it is beautiful in Florida. It may be chilly in early morn hours & late evenings, but when the sun shines it is a wonderful day. Jyll & her family have visited me here in Florida, they didn't know they wouldn't be able to fly back out, airports closed up north :) We did take some pictures that Jyll will put on our site. I have had a horrible incident and my camera was lost & it hurts more about the film. The film was of us having a Fla mini reunion in an IHOP parking lot. I feel aweful. Anyway, I have sold my condo & moved on to a better world. My life is hard but Sue is right there are more unfortunate than I. I do not know what I could do to help with this scholarship, but if you need me, just ask. I always give a hand even though I am just managing my own :) That's what it is all about. Bye the way while Jyll was here she even got a little tan, no snow days here. :) Be safe

Entry of Feb 24, 2003 at 15:30 [EST]
From:jyll - jyllk@powerlist.com

jyll writes: Hi everyone! Sorry it's taken me so long to write. I have checked the site on and off and glad that at least some people are keeping it alive (I will try harder). As Roni wrote - I saw her while I was on vacation in Florida and was forced to stay an additional 3 days :). Got a chance to catch a glimpse of Fred too! Glenn was really busy but maybe next time. Anyway it was great to have some time to catch up with Roni and see her old place and her new place. I can't believe she lived so close to my mother-in-law all these years! Roni - I haven't put the pictures up yet, but I will get to it soon. I've been up to my eyeballs in work (both at work and home) but hopefully things will calm down soon. It was a much-needed vacation and I have vowed to spend more time on the important things in life like keeping up friendships. I hope that I will have a chance to see all of you again this spring/summer - let me know if there is anything I can help with. Diane - sounds like the old you - you haven't changed a bit! Ellen - MazelTov on the upcomming Bar Mitzvah (it will all get done somehow). For those of you up north - I hope you are all managing to enjoy the snow (Monroe broke a record with 30") and for all of you in warmer climates - send us some of that warmth! - I'd love to hear from y'all and I promise I will write back! Love to all!

Entry of Mar 6, 2003 at 10:23 [EST]
From:Fred Jaffe - JaffeFregorjaf@aol.com

Fred Jaffe writes: Hi. Fred Jaffe writing here, just checking in with an update. I'm still living here in South Florida, but no longer with Roni and her family, although we still keep in touch. In fact, we're planning on driving up North in early May, to visit family and friends (including camp friends, of course). She hasn't been to the Monroe area in years, and wants to see it again, including what used to be called Orchard Hill Estates, and of course what used to be called Camp Shoshana! Susan Kalish is the only other camp member that I regularly keep in touch with. I talked to Harold Richland in the last couple of days, for the first time in a while. He's doing fine out in Thousand Oaks, CA. He said he has been communicating via E-mail with Wayne Belfer, and since Wayne's brother and parents are here in South Florida, as are Harold's parents, we may have a mini-reunion down here, in the not so distant future. I'm just enjoying the warm weather, and I sure picked the right winter to make the move, although there are some people and things that I still miss in (and about) the New York area. Well that's it for now. It sure would be nice to hear again (either by E-mail or through this website) from some of our 'old gang' who were such good friends through those great years. There's too many to list here, but you all know who you are. It would also be great to hear again from campers who may not have been within the exact circle of friends that I regularly hung out in, but who were good friends, nonetheless. That's pretty much everyone else in camp, as camp was just a large family, with smaller, immediate families within it. So keep in touch when you can, and (once again) if anyone has any information about the whereabouts of Steve Salamon, please make them public!

Entry of Apr 05, 2003 at 18:23 [EST]
From:Fred Jaffe - JaffeFregorjaf@aol.com

Fred Jaffe writes: Steve: I don't know whether it's important for you to know or not, but I've been signing in to the campsite typing only the following letters for quite a long time now: members.aol.com/campshoshana