JASA Members Celebrate Birthdays and the Jewish New Year

After the festivities, the birthday group posed for a picture: On the far left Galina Stanishevskaga, 74, Jean Robertson, 85, Florence Lennon, 84, Riva Moshaev, 62, Shirley Nightingale, 84, Morris Fielstein, 91, Jacob Gurveitch, 79, Audrey Earle, 70, Irving Katz, 87, Viola Fulton, 80, Livia Jacobson, 85, Angel Claudette, 69, Doris Davis, 77, Maria Ruiz, 73, and Simona Bucknor, 83.

After the festivities, the birthday group posed for a picture: On the far left Galina Stanishevskaga, 74, Jean Robertson, 85, Florence Lennon, 84, Riva Moshaev, 62, Shirley Nightingale, 84, Morris Fielstein, 91, Jacob Gurveitch, 79, Audrey Earle, 70, Irving Katz, 87, Viola Fulton, 80, Livia Jacobson, 85, Angel Claudette, 69, Doris Davis, 77, Maria Ruiz, 73, and Simona Bucknor, 83.

 

On September 24, members of the JASA Starrett City Senior Center danced the morning away during a party that celebrated members’ birthdays and Rosh Hashanah.

The center, located in the community space on the lower level of the Brooklyn Sports Club, was transformed into a club with multi-colored lights flashing and the seniors gaily and energetically moving and clapping their hands to the guitar riffs of Rickey Pen.

Age is nothing but a number for these seniors as they dance the morning away.

Age is nothing but a number for these seniors
as they dance the morning away.

The center holds quarterly birthday parties to promote togetherness and fun, says Anjelika Sulayamanov, JASA’s Group Case Worker. Last month’s event, which coincided with the celebration of Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, was, as usual, a lively affair that included live music, dancing and exchanging gifts.

The festivities also included Ruth Horowitz, President of the Advisory Board for JASA, giving a short speech commemorating Rosh Hashanah, and everyone joyfully singing “Happy Birthday” to their friends.

Two new JASA members, Florence Lennon, 87, and Audrey Earle, 70, celebrated their birthdays with members whose birthdays are during July, August and September. Everyone welcomed Rosh Hashanah with the hope of continued good lives, health and prosperity, and shared lots of laughs in celebration of becoming another year older, and remaining young at heart.

BY AMANDA MOSES

Photos: Amanda Moses