By Saul Abrahams
The wonders of technology and a class reunion in 2018 – all methods of communication were used to entice the classmates of ’88 to the class reunion. On Thursday 24 May the ‘official’ Class of ’88 students met up for dinner and a few drinks at a local Pub and Micro Brewery in Kfar Saba. The turnout was excellent with eight of a possible 13 known to currently be living in Israel.
The journey to Israel for those present was different for sure, some making Aliya shortly after completing their studies in 1988, others making their way later over the past 30 years with their families or as individuals directly from South Africa or via extended stays in other countries.
Common to all present was not only the influence of a Jewish and Zionist education at Herzlia but the profound influence on that education by guest of honour, Solly Kaplinsky. Solly had ‘followed’ the class of ’88 first as Middle School principal and then as Headmaster at the High School. In his own inimitable style, Solly connected on a personal level with each at the table, engaging not only on Herzlia nostalgia but the challenges of education in Israel today.
There was plenty of time for nostalgia and much laughter with chief archivists Liora Glazer Blum and Caryn Schroder Tamari, unveiling a trove of old photographs, school magazines and year books. Notable also was the growing tribe of the reunion participant’s children which now also included the recent birth of a granddaughter to Lara Bregin.
Special thanks goes to Avi Maltz, who arranged the event, and organizes regular informal gatherings of the group during the year. These are especially lively when ‘out of town’ representatives of the class of ’88 are visiting Israel.