By Philip Krawitz
“As we travel along the path of life
Whether we’re alone or together
We’ll keep the light
Of memory bright
We’ll sing this song forever”
If ever current Herzlia pupils wanted vindication of that verse from their school song, then the 50th Anniversary Reunion of the Class of 1967 provided such proof.
On Thursday 15 February 2018, almost half the class reunited in Cape Town with classmates flying in from Canada, America, Australia, and Israel. Others came from Johannesburg, and Grahamstown, all driven by a desire to reconnect after more than five decades apart. The evening kicked off with an ‘Ice-breaker’ at the home of Stanley and Sheryl Ginsburg. Jeff Kaimowitz arranged special lapel buttons with photos taken from our Matric year to ensure that we would be able to recognise each other. The hugs, kisses, tears and embraces that followed were truly something to witness.On the Friday morning, Herzlia hosted a special function at the school, where the greying and balding classmates had an opportunity to visit the Middle and High School and interact with Student Counsellors and heads of portfolios. Apart from attending a special assembly with a wonderful performance by the Herzlia Choir, they also got to see the Media Centre, Herzlia’s state of the Multi-Purpose Hall, and the incredible Music Centre. Informal arrangements continued throughout the day.
After a pre-shul schnapps, we all attended a wonderful Shabbat service at the Marais Road Shul, conducted by our very own classmate, Joel Lichterman. This was followed by a dinner at Avron’s Place, where Guest of Honour, Mike Kessel, our former teacher, regaled us with stories and anecdotes from the past. Saturday night saw us reunited for a spectacular evening at the Cape Union Mart Head Office canteen, where the committee ladies arranged a slap-up dinner. The premises were decorated with wonderful school photographs, as well as posters of Cape Town some fifty years back. To add to the atmosphere, there were TV screens showing music videos from bands and artists of the sixties.
Classmates from around the world, who were unable to attend, were able to connect via Skype and share the excitement of the reunion. The highlight of the evening was an incredible movie, put together by filmmaker and fellow classmate, Mike Kawitzky, featuring clips from alumni. The movie was livestreamed to classmates around the world.
On a sad note, we all stood while Joel Lichterman recited a hazkara, remembering our four classmates who have sadly passed away:Suzanne Israelite, Victor Jacobson, Alan Katz and Cyril Zaacks
He also recited a Refuah Shlema for those who were unable to attend through illness.