By Lisa (Keschner) Lashansky


It was a cool, grey, drizzly day in the north eastern suburbs in Sydney, Australia on Sunday, 5 November 2017. A group of 1977 Herzlians gathered at the beautiful waterfront home of Matthew and Averil Nurick to commemorate 40 years after leaving school.

There were shrieks of instant recognition, together with more muted mumbles of “Who IS that?” Within minutes we slipped into an easy, comfortable exchange regarding study, work, family and travel. Some of us had intrepidly travelled from Perth and Melbourne for the reunion with evidence of travel bags

scattered about. There were several dutiful or motivated partners too who joined us and we were most happy to have them in our midst. We tittered over old black and white school photos that someone had brought, we remembered teachers who had taught us both relevant and irrelevant impartings and we remembered with sadness those of our group who had passed away.

Over mouthfuls of delicious cheesecake, le chaims of good quality whiskey, crunchy celery sticks and cauliflower florets, we re-established friendships and ignited new networks. Nobody seemed in a rush to leave. And as the sun began to sink a little lower and as the rain drifted to a halt, the warm, meaningful, delightful afternoon drew to a close. We began our goodbyes with commitments to stay in touch, to visit, and to gather in the future and we left clutching bags of leftovers.

We give thanks to our welcoming hosts, we appreciate those who organised this gathering ( Reunion committee: Lorraine Sadowsky Smith, Beverly Katzeff Meyrowitz, Lisa Keschner Lashansky, Ivan Schwartz and Ivan Kaye) and especially to all those who participated. B’H that it worked out so well. We indeed give thanks to Herzlia School which forged these relationships in the first place.