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12/19/14 - NNHS Newsletter -  

As you celebrate
the Festival of Lights
may your home be bright
with happiness and love.

Best Wishes at Hanukkah!

Dear Friends and Schoolmates, 

   Today is the third full day of Hanukkah.  I hope you're having a wonderful time!

BONUS - - Mi Yemalel? - Kol Hadov at the UCCE Holiday Concert, December 8, 2010



   Happy Birthday today to Durwood Adams ('57) AND The late    Suzie Bauz ('63) (deceased 11/03/14)!

     Happy Birthday tomorrow to   Ellen Carney Manson ('63) of SC!  

   Happy Birthday this week to:

21 -   Ray Stinnette ('63) of VA;

22 -   Kitty Norman Haskins ('57) of VA AND Elliott Schlosser ('63) AND    Dottie Pegram Daniels (NNHS / George Washington HS - '64) of WV AND    Harry Barritt ('64) of VA AND    Dale Mueller ('64) of VA AND   Bill Rash ('67) of VA;

23 -     Tom Flax ('64) of VA AND     Joyce Lawrence Cahoon ('65) of VA AND  Holly Hill Campbell (Hampton Roads Academy - '72) of VA;

24 - James Gay ('57) AND Ann W. Hutcheson ('57) AND    Malcolm Davis ('65) of VA AND   Sandye Jordan Frost ('67) of NC;

25 -   Patsy Bloxom Meider ('57) of NC AND Doug Dickinson ('69) of VA!

   Many Happy Returns, One and All! 



December 19, 1941 - Adolf Hitler became Supreme Commander-in-Chief of the German Army.

December 19, 1941 - Limpet mines placed by Italian divers sank the HMS Valiant (1914) and HMS Queen Elizabeth (1913) in Alexandria harbour.



Saturday, December 19, 1964 - The South Vietnamese military junta of Nguyễn Khánh dissolved the High National Council and arrested some of the members.

Saturday, December 19, 1964 - Actress Béatrice Dalle was born Béatrice Cabarrou in Brest, Finistère, France.

Saturday, December 19, 1964 - Basketball player Arvydas Sabonis was born Arvydas Romas Sabonis in Kaunas, Lithuania.


    From Mayim Bialik (North Hollywood High School, CA - '93) of CA - 12/18/14 - "Gift of Life AND The New Exodus Movie":

This Chanukah, I am again teaming up with The Maccabeats to help Gift of Life grow their bone marrow registry.

Go to to see me swabbing my cheek and find out how you can do it too and potentially save a life.

My exclusive (and amusing, I hope) review of the movie "Exodus" for @kveller:

   Thank you so much, Mayim! I really appreciated your review of Exodus! I'm embarrassed to admit I'd never even heard of the Red Sea vs. Sea of Reeds theory before. It's fascinating reading:


  From My Friend, Evelyn Dudzinski Griffis (Mars Hill HS, PA - '75) of NY - 12/18/14 - "Happy Hanukkah":

     Thank you, Evelyn! I happen to know that you're LDS and will personally be celebrating Christmas rather than Hanukkah, but I admire and appreciate your ecumenical spirit, and of course we are all praying for peace!

   Happy Hanukkah and Merry Christmas!



        From My Husband, Paul Harty (Bardolph HS, IL - '61) of NC - 12/18/14 - "Moment Channel":

This is a video of how a wife received closure for the death and MIA of her husband during the Vietnam War with the recovery of his Dog Tags and wedding ring.

This is a “tear jerker” …no words can express the feelings…... 
Moments Channel  Not Forgotten (A Moment of Truth)

     Thank you, Haul Party!


From My Friend, Sherri, of UT - 12/18/14:

     Thank you, Sherri! I do know that feeling quite well!


From My Friend, CJ, of IL - 12/18/14:


   Thank you, CJ! I totally understand that concept as well!



    From Jimmy Smith ('62 / '63) of VA - 12/18/14 - "Holiday: Drinking and driving":

With the Holidays upon us I would like to share a personal experience with my friends about drinking and driving.

As you may know, some of us have been known to have brushes with the authorities from time to time on the way home after a "social session" out  with friends.

Well, two days ago I was out for an  evening with friends and had several cocktails followed by some rather nice red wine. Feeling jolly, I still had the sense to know that I might be slightly over the limit.

That's when I did something that I've never done before - I took a cab home.  Sure enough, on the way home there was a police road block, but as it was a cab they waved it past. I arrived home safely without incident. 

This was a real surprise, as I had never driven a cab before. I don't know where I got it and now that it's in my garage, I don't know what to do with it.

   Thanks, Jimmy!


        From My Husband, Paul Harty (Bardolph HS, IL - '61) of NC - 12/02/14 - "Some Grins (#7 in a series of 15)":

  Laughs for the day………..

           Thanks, Dools!



From Nancy Winall Summerford ('70) of VA - 12/18/14: 

  AMEN! Thank you, Nancy!




The Holiday Card by

It was our first big celebration as a family since our son's bris, eight years earlier. Our daughter Aliza was becoming a Bat Mitzvah. We had a fun idea for how to celebrate it: We had been married years earlier on a boat in Manhattan, and since Aliza was born on our first anniversary, we thought we would do it again.

So we hired a boat and invited a small group of mostly relatives and classmates. In planning the food and the flowers and the music, there seemed to be something missing. We had the “bar,” but where was the “mitzvah”? Aside from my daughter's Dvar Torah (“the speech”), what could we do to elevate this gathering from being just another birthday party?

Providentially, there was a request in our synagogue to pray for a local soldier who was being deployed to Iraq. The idea was born; let's have all the kids at our simcha (celebration) make Chanukah cards to send to Jewish soldiers overseas. Nothing earth-shattering, just a way to inject some meaning into the festivities.

The date arrived and our ship sailed. God granted us a picture perfect September day and when Aliza's carefully prepared speech blew overboard, she adlibbed admirably. The Chanukah cards were written and colored and decorated. A lovely time was had by all. And the next day, the cards were mailed out with heartfelt wishes and love to our Jewish brothers and sisters. End of story.

Or so we thought.

Six months later, when the bat mitzvah was a fond, distant memory, there was a knock on my door in the middle of the day. Bravely, I unlocked the door, even though I didn't recognize the voice on the other side. A pleasant twenty-something man greeted me:

"I'm Lt. Steinberg, and your daughter sent me a Chanukah card when I was in Iraq."

Well, you could've blown me over with a feather.

But wait -- it gets better.

Apparently our few dozen cards had been thrown in with the hundreds and thousands of cards sent to celebrate that other December holiday. The chaplain showed up one day at the army base with an enormous sack, filled to the brim with cards and letters. As he passed out handfuls of cards to the grateful troops, Lt. Steinberg was hanging back, feeling pretty left out and lonely.

Suddenly amidst the celebratory crowd, the company captain noticed our soldier. "Steinberg, why are you so quiet? How come you’re not opening any cards?"

Oh brother, Steinberg thought, don't they get it? "Captain, I'm Jewish, remember?"

"C'mon, Steinberg, don't be a spoilsport. Take a card."

Steinberg tried to shrink himself into invisibility. But the captain wasn't having it. "Let's go, Steinberg. These people were nice enough to write to us. NOW TAKE A CARD!"

By now the captain had everyone's attention and Steinberg was getting pretty uncomfortable in the spotlight. Quick, he told himself, just grab a Christmas card and you’ll stop being the center of attention.

Steinberg reached deep into the sack, pulled out a card and looked at it. To his complete and utter shock the return address said Wesley Hills, New York. Steinberg is from Wesley Hills.

Hands shaking, he tore it open and found a beautiful hand-made Chanukah card, signed by my daughter Aliza, the Bat Mitzvah girl herself. Steinberg was dumbfounded by the providence of it all. He broke out in a huge grin and proudly showed the card to the captain and the entire platoon. Everyone understood the small miracle they had just witnessed.

Standing there in my Wesley Hills home, with my mouth gaping open and tears in my eyes, I begged Steinberg to come back and retell the story when my children were home. Indeed, he returned the following week with a friend and a camera. For our family, it was an incredible inspiration to see so clearly the power of our "little" mitzvah.

But that’s not the end of the story. Just this past September one of the chaplains I had contacted about sending those cards asked if I could help arrange kosher meals and snacks for troops in Afghanistan for the High Holidays and Sukkot. I organized some people in my community and we sent 144 kosher meals to Afghanistan. Aish HaTorah’s Project Inspire got involved and sent dozens of personal cards and honey sticks for Rosh Hashanah and then chocolates for Chanukah to troops in Afghanistan, Iraq, Italy and Kuwait.

The story of Lt. Steinberg continues to bear more and more fruit. May all my daughter’s mitzvot enjoy such success!

(The story is true; Lt. Steinberg’s name has been changed.)


BONUS CHRISTMAS CROCHET PATTERN: - Katherine Eng's Christmas Granny Afghan - "Unique pattern, very attractive."


BONUS CHRISTMAS RECIPES: - "Hole y" Christmas Tree - "Out of creative ideas this holiday season? How about a Christmas tree...made of doughnuts? It's a crazy idea, but we think it works!" - Frozen Peppermint Cheesecake - "Wake up your taste buds with this no-bake cheesecake that explodes with big peppermint flavor. For a classic pairing, serve slices in generous puddles of rich chocolate sauce, and sit back and enjoy the raves!" - Coconut Cream Pie - "A favorite diner dessert is luscious Coconut Cream Pie. Why go out for it when you can make this scrumptious version so easily at home?"



From - 12/17/14:

A city slicker moved to the country and decided he was going to take up farming.

He headed to the local co-op and told the man, “Give me a hundred baby chickens.”

The co-op man complied.

A week later the man returned and said, “Give me two hundred baby chickens.”

The co-op man complied.

Again, a week later the man returned. This time he said, “Give me five hundred baby chickens.”

“Wow! The co-op man exclaimed. “You must really be doing well!”

“Naw,” said the man with a sigh. “I’m either planting them too deep or too far apart!”


1. Wednesday, January 14, 2015 - The NNHS Class of June 1942 meets at noon on the second Wednesday of every other month for a Dutch treat lunch at the James River Country Club, 1500 Country Club Road. PLEASE JOIN THEM. Give or take a few years makes no difference. Good conversation, food and atmosphere. For details, call Jennings Bryan at 803-7701 for reservations.


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Mi Yemalel?


Mi Yemalel?

Mi yemalel g'vurot Yisrael?
Otan mi yimneh?
Hen bekohl dor ya kum hagibor goel haam.

Sh'ma Bayamim hahem baz'man hazeh,
Makabi moshia ufodeh,
U v'ya memi kol am Yisrael,
Yit abed yakum lehigael.

Mi yemalel g'vurot Yisrael?
Otan mi yimneh?
Hen bekohl dor ya kum hagibor goel haam.


Who Can Retell?

Who can tell the things that befall us?
Who can count them?
In every age a hero or sage came to our aid!

Hark!  In days of yore, in Israel's ancient land,
Brave Maccabeas led the faithful band.
But now all Israel must as one arise.
Redeem itself through deed and sacrifice.

Who can tell the things that befall us?
Who can count them?
In every age a hero or sage came to our aid!


"Hear O'Israel! The Lord is our G-d, the Lord is One!" (Devarim 6:4)


“Mi Yemalel” midi courtesy of - 12/28/05

"Mi Yemalel" lyrics (and available sheet music) transcribed from - 12/29/05
(My deepest apologies if I mutilated the transcription.)

Greg Hildebrandt's Painting “Mi Yemalel” courtesy of - 12/29/05

"Shema Yisrael" ("Hear O'Israel") Image (©2006 Adam Rhine) used to form Divider Lines courtesy
of - 12/29/05

Animated Tiny Birthday Cake clip art courtesy of Sarah Puckett Kressaty ('65) of VA - 08/31/05
Thanks, Sarah Sugah!

Navy Seal clip art courtesy of - 05/29/06

Army Seal clip art courtesy of Al Farber ('64) of GA - 05/24/06 (still missing...)
Thanks, Al!
Replaced by Norm Covert ('61) of MD - 02/09/09
Thanks, Norm!

Animated Laughing Kitty courtesy of Tom Flax ('64) of VA - 06/03/06
Thanks, Tom!

Animated Laughing Smiley courtesy of Janice McCain Rose ('65) of VA - 02/07/07
Thanks, Janice!

Animated Laughing Cat courtesy of Joyce Lawrence Cahoon ('65) of VA - 07/29/08
Thanks, Joyce!

Gold Star of David courtesy of - well, I cannot seem to locate that information right now, but it's been in my files since 12/26/05.

Animated Ringing Christmas Bell clip art (designed by Art Holden) courtesy of - 12/08/05

Animated BOO-HOO courtesy of Glenn Dye ('60) of TX - 08/28/09
Thanks, Glenn!

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