Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Letters, we get letters---OK-emails, we get e-mails

The New Year has brought with it a flood of e-mails and too little time to answer them all.  Thanks to everyone who wished me a Happy New Year.

Since I started this blog nine months ago, I know of at least four sets of long-lost friends that I’ve been able to put in touch with each other.  In at least one case, 50 years had gone by since the last time the two had communicated.  Before giving out e-mail addresses and phone numbers I have always gotten in touch with both parties, to make sure that it’s OK.  But, we live in the age of the Internet and at the urging of Tony Siegle, in San Francsico, I’ve set up The Trenton Jewish Project on Facebook as a way to facilitate direct communications between those who are interested.

I’ve decided to make it a closed page, which means that if you go on Facebook and search “The Trenton Jewish Project”, you’ll see the page, but to see comments, leave comments and contact members of the group, you will have to send me a request through Facebook.  Once I’ve received it and approved it, you’ll be able to “friend” other members and send them e-mails directly.   I’m not out to make this an exclusive group, I just want to start slowly and see how it goes and if everything works out, I’ll probably open the group up.  So, if you are interested in exchanging stories, catching up with old friends or making new ones, here’s what you need to do. 

You need to be a member of Facebook.  In the search bar at the top of the page, type in Trenton jewish Project.  The group page should be the first entry.  Click on the Ask to Join this Group button.  I’ll turn it around as quickly as possible.

I got an e-mail from David Weinstein, who let me know that Sol Weinstein’s Oy-Oy-7 books are now available as e-books on line. 

Sol’s Oy Oy 7 books can now be purchased as ebooks on line.
There is a new website – visit:

You can also order a hard copy if you wish. All 4 books are available in an Omnibus edition as well (electronic or hard copy).

So pass the word far and wide and help Sol make a penny or two so he can pay his bill at JC Penney… which also amounts to a penny or two.

From Marc Lipschutz in San Francisco,

My paternal cousins, the Marcus-Nitzburg family, owned Mercer Paint and Paper Company, located on Market between Jackson and South Broad.  Cousin Jennie, also of blessed memory, lived either behind or above the store.
I met Frank and Ruth Lubitz a couple of times during the past few years, when I was visiting and at Adath Israel for Shabbos, and they were both very warm and welcoming.  My heart goes out to Ruth; may memories of her husband provide her with comfort and blessings. 

Sugie Ellis’ son, Robert Norman, sent along this photo from the JCC Nursery School graduating class from 1958. The school was on Stuyvesant Avenue across from Cadwalder Park.

Robert has identified all but 5 of the people in the photo and it resides on his facebook page, which can be found at:

If you aren’t on Facebook, I’ll try to include the id’s in the next blog entry. 

If you haven’t looked at the galleries (use the links on the right side of the page) recently, I am getting quite a few names and have been tagging the photos.  If you run your mouse over the pictures, the names will pop up.  If you recognize anyone, you can leave a comment or send me an e-mail with the picture number and detailed information.

Coming up next time:  Pictures from the 1933 Trenton Central High Yearbook and more.

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