Messages to kdhs class of 1981 sydney reunion | Antony Gordon
Dear Matriculants of the Class of 1981,
It is difficult for me to believe that three decades have passed since you
matriculated. Though I have seen many of you since 1981, my frame of reference for
KDHS Linksfield endures so strongly that in my mind’s eye I still see all of you frozen in
time in your school uniforms!
In order to get a comparative age perspective, I made a quick calculation for your
reunion, and realised that all of you are approximately forty-eight years of age, and
that when I was your headmaster in 1981 I was forty-five! So the “old fuddy-duddy”,
who was your headmaster in 1981, was in fact three years younger than you are
today! Makes you think, doesn’t it?
I am sorry that I cannot join you at your wonderful reunion, and I wish you all well. I
assure you that though you are not part of my conscious thinking every day, all I
need is the mention of your names, and the flood of cherished memories come
pouring into my mind, as fresh as ever.
As you probably know, I retired at the end of 2001, and am now involved with the
King David Schools’ Foundation as a fund-raiser. We face new responsibilities in our
fund-raising and now face 517 students who need to be subsidised, since government
schools are in disarray and no longer provide a suitable learning environment for
We have recently launched a new fundraising campaign, called Dor le Dor –
Generation to Generation, in which we aim to create an Endowment Fund. Capital
growth and income generated from the Endowment Fund will be applied to
continuing our subsidy programme.
It will also be applied to certain projects that will ensure that the King David Schools
remain synonymous with the standards of excellence for which they are known. These
projects are Enhanced Development of our Teaching Programme (attracting and
retaining quality teachers), Expansion of our Learning Programme (strengthening
academic, religious, cultural and sporting curricula), Improvement of our
Infrastructure (upgrading our facilities and technology) and Support of our Outreach
Programme (enhancing our commitment to previously disadvantaged communities).
I would so appreciate it if those of you who think warmly of your schooldays at KDHS
Linksfield and are in a position to assist me to offer a similar experience for others,
could make a donation to our cause. Please go to the KDSF web-site for further
I hope that you all have a wonderful reunion and that we shall have an opportunity to
meet again face to face. I promise I shall wear a red carnation on that occasion for
As you all meet for your reunion I wish you some wonderful memories of the years that
you spent at KDHS.I am proud to have been a part of King David and to be
associated with its staff. During my years at KD I met so many wonderful pupils and it
brings great joy to me to still have contact with many of them.
I hope that all goes well at your reunion and that you enjoy your time together.
It is a great thrill and an honor to be part of something so big that it transcends time
and space. I am jealous of all of you who were able to make it to this fantastic
occasion to commemorate and reminisce about the good old days.
We now live in Houston in the great state of Texas, My wife Linda is a teacher and
I am a radiation oncologist
My kids range in age from 8 to 19. --three girls and two boys. My daughter attends
the University of Toronto while the rest of them are in Jewish day school.
My family knows that despite which school they attend or teach at, I always say King
David is the best school in the world.
Not only did we receive a superior education, we were taught life lesson’s- friendship,
commitment, courage and perseverance.
After almost 40 years I still remember an incident in 3rd grade when the teacher, Ms
Benatar picked on me and my friend Stephen Shubitz stood up and defended me.
Despite not having seen Stephen for almost 25 years I still remember his act of
friendship and feel a bond with him as I do with all of you.
This bond of fellowship is forever wherever we may be
May you all continue to be successful and find happiness in all that you do
I hope to make the next reunion
Jesse, Sara, Clarice, Mikayla and Oren
So sorry to not be joining you guys for the Big Reunion. Hard to believe it is so far into
the future already! As I watch my seven year old daughter in Grade One at Herzlia,
here in Cape Town, and the incredible warmth and care she receives, I have to
admit to shedding a tear and feeling immense gratitude for the Jewish School system
here. I sometimes think of those amazing people I journeyed through high school with,
and when I encounter them on occasion, am amazed how successful each one has
been and what incredible people they all turned out to be. From the Southern tip at
the end of a long dusty road, I wish you guys a wonderful and successful reunion!
Ps, you might remember that Immanual (nee Richard) Suttner and I made a short
movie for the end of matric year - which I will try locate, rip and send.
Technology is not really my thing - I use what I need, and avoid the rest! Hopefully this
will work, despite me. (Glen produced and incredible a video of his travels)
To complement this, my story is as follows:
I basically live to travel. I spent some time in Israel, and then hitch hiked across Europe
to fly back to SA via London. I spent 2 years in the Army, cooking, of all things, and
then worked for Davis, Borkum Hare, the largest stockbrokers at the time in SA. They
are now Merrill Lynch SA.
I bought a Toyota Land Cruiser and had planned on driving to London with some
friends from SA. I decided not to do it, for a number of reasons, and instead bought a
50 foot sailboat in Cape Town. I got married in the same year, and we left in February
1997. We really didn't have any concrete plans, other than to see and do whatever
came our way. My wife got seasick, and falls into the 10 percentile who never get
We cruised the Caribbean, Venezuela, and ended up spending some time in the
Chesapeake Bay. After the winter, we came down to Charleston, where I have
family, and we settled there.
I am a partner in a yacht brokerage, and we still live on our boat. I got my US Coast
Guard license, 100 ton Masters, which allows me to do deliveries and charters. I am
also a partner in a little charter company, and I race on a sailboat here in Charleston.
So, for a landlubber from Johannesburg I am now completely involved in the marine
My wife Susan is a pharmacist, and used to do clinical trial research in SA. She was
unable to get into the same field here in the US, and has worked primarily in hospital
pharmacy. She has just been appointed interim director of the pharmacy.
We have no children, and choose to spend our time traveling, mostly the national
parks of the US, but also do some travel outside of the US. Australia is definitely on our
I hope everyone is well, and look forward to being able to attend the next reunion,
wherever it may be.
So sorry I cannot be there with all you guys – would have been great to reconnect
after 30 years. My journey since school has not been the “norm’ i.e. School / university
/ career in hometown. As I am sure it has not been for a lot of our year group.
Growing up in South Africa when we did, there were so many pressures both from a
conscience and political point of view to look at other options of where we would live
and bring up our families. It is sad that so many of us are scattered throughout the
world and that we could not have the majority in South Africa and do this at
Linksfield. Facebook and other social networking sites have helped reconnect many
When I finished school I registered at Wits for a BSc and was hopelessly immature and
unmotivated, dropping out in the middle of the year and doing a bunch of odd jobs,
the following year after some advice I got from Professor Philip Tobias at the medical
school, I went and repeated some subjects at Damelin college (really embarrassing
as I was in the same “year’ as my younger brother Charlie, and my peer group were
well into their second year at University). I then applied for medicine and still did not
get in. I completed my BSc at Wits, and in some way lost touch with all my peer group
from KDHS other than Joel Schnieder, Dennis Kampel and Adrian Gore.
I then was accepted into Stellenbosch medical school, where I completed my
degree. I did my house job at Woodstock hospital. During my house job my dad
passed away (I am sure all of the sportsman who were in teams with me will
remember how he never missed a match that my brothers and myself played), my
late father was in practice in Edenvale (the town I grew up in), and after my house
job was completed I went and took over the practice for a year.
I then married Ruth Solomon from Cape Town (Herzlia school) and remained in JHB
for two years, while in JHB both Ruth and myself became involved in more orthodox
Judaism through Chabad and I started keeping Shabbas and Kosher. I was then
offered a post in Cape Town and we moved down with a small little girl – my eldest
daughter Sarah. In Cape Town we had another daughter Shayna, after Shayna was
born my wife became ill and this illness eventually led a divorce and to me becoming
a single parent looking after 2 little girls.
I then completed my registrarship in Radiology and was poached by a private
practice in JHB – Linksfield Clinic. I moved into Glenhazel and reconnected with
several of my peer group again – played football a few times with Herby Lewis and
Giddy Lubotzki and saw Raffi Lidchi around and hardly recognized Brian Flax, who
had also become frum. Being back in JHB was different from how I had it pictured in
my minds eye – there was a loss of freedom, a general panic, and an almost deep
seeded wish in everyone I met to leave to avoid some impending melt down. Almost
everyone I spoke to had stories of violent crime involving them and/or their family and
friends. I also saw another side to the crime as Linksfield had an emergency center
and I often dealt with the victims and their family and friends. After my brother was
held at gunpoint I decided that as a single parent I was being irresponsible to bring
my children up in South Africa and began the process of leaving.
It was a complicated affair as I had to make arrangements for my ex wife to come,
schools for the kids, let alone a job and a place to live. I left South Africa in 2004 and
have made a life for myself in the UK, in Hendon, London. I have moved out of clinical
medicine after working as a radiologist in the NHS for a number of years and am
involved in both starting up medical diagnostic businesses and reviewing medical
projects for funding. I remarried, a lovely lady from Gibraltar, have two stepdaughters
and a load of in-laws, cousins, nieces and nephews who speak Spanish. I have
attached a picture of our girls and one of Michel and I.
My family still live in JHB and I don’t get to see them that often but when I do and I
am back in JHB, I feel that there is a part of me that is complete again, and in my
heart I wish we could all be back there and not have to be and feel as immigrants in
our new homes outside of South Africa.
Best regards, Michael
Kol ha Kavod to you and whoever else assisted in arranging this re –u. I would really
love to be there- but it ain’t going to happen.
Please send my very best wishes to the group participating this weekend in the Blue
In summary, together with my ex Davidian wife, Debbie (nee Handler) see pic 1, very
happily married for 19 years (20 years this Dec), we live in Cape Town with our 3 sons
Asher 17 (now in Matric at Herzlia), Aaron 14 (the blond one) and Benjamin 10.
I have been involved in the commercial and retail property investment market for
‘lank’ years ( remember that word from the 80’s).
I have recently taken an equity stake in a risk management business focused on the
road freight and airline industry. Quite exciting – but I have just realized that now I
have to work really hard – which is such poor planning! Just when I was getting the
lifestyle balanced to enjoy the beauty of CT…….
I won’t bore with any more info, save to say this is available on request – terms and
People that I have had frequent/ infrequent contact with in various forms are;
1. Lance Cohen (on the beach in Clifton)
2. Ruth Kahanowitz (at shul in Sydenham when I make a biz trip)
3. Loris Rech (to stay out of jail – he’s an attorney)
4. Tony De Aguiar (to explain maths to me,still!)
5. Adrian Gore (to speed up my medical aid claims)
6. Raffi Lidchi (he has not changed one tiny iota – meet in various coastal spots
and coffee shops and talk only ‘kak’(which I can’t do with Adrian) – usually in
7. Mark Gordon (in CT on business occasionally)
8. Leonie Wittert (at kiddies parties a while back)
9. See 1 to 8 above!
One incident, amongst many many things, that I have never forgotten about my time
at KDHS is that when I arrived at the school in Std 7, I was not there for more than 2
weeks when Elliot Wolf caned Loris Rech and me for breaking a small glass window in
the prefabs next to the admin block. We were not even guilty, but some prefect took
us to Elliot and whack – we got caned. What was amazing is that we both came from
govt schools where caning was an every day event – unlike at KDHS! As a result, we
were well known far too quickly for the wrong reason.
Also, we used to have Loris Rech copy the Shakespeare English homework from Peter
Amoils – all while we were in prayers putting on tefillin, which of course Loris never
attended! Gore, De Aguiar, Brian Flaks, Martin Slon, myself and one or two others
would feast on the immaculately prepared answers from Peter Amoils. Made life sooo
much easier man! And check- I can still write English!
Stephen, I hope that we can have a look at some post weekend reunion feedback (
especially pics) and wish all of you, everything of the best and hope you have had a
Warm warm Cape Town wishes.
Asher, Aaron and Benjamin
I am quite envious of all the attendees at the reunion. I tried to rearrange my
schedule to fit in a quick Australia visit, but when you live on the east coast of the US,
there is no such thing!
Where you live, What you do, and a memorable moment at school! Easy and tough.
So the easy part:
I live in Cresskill, NJ, a small town of about 20,000 that is basically a suburb of New York
City. It is located 8 miles north of Manhattan. I live in a 110 year old Victorian house
that has six bedrooms and a constant need for upgrade – a financial black hole, one
could say. I am married to Karen Reisner (Colin’s little sister). Karen is an Orthodontist
who practices in our town. She is beautiful, smart (much smarter than I with two ivy
league degrees) and the most wonderful wife and mom I could ever imagine. This
year, we will celebrate our 20th anniversary. We have two great kids. Emma is 13.
The is quite brilliant, with a beautiful personality, really outgoing and talented. She
does great in school, is a fantastic violinist and swimmer. Chase is 11. Also very smart,
but keeps Karen and I on our toes. He has a very sweet disposition, and a very
enquiring mind. He is a cellist and a swimmer. We have two dogs – Cody who is a
Golden Doodle and Simba who is a Cockapoo.
I have lived in NJ since finishing engineering at Wits. I worked for a while in food
irradiation, going to far as to patent and new food processing plant. I then started
my own business with a new technology I developed for sending documents securely
via the Internet. This was a little before the Internet was commercialized. This path
gave me intimate knowledge of Venture Capital, an industry for which I was totally
unprepared. After raising $17 Million over several years, I lost control of my company
(you have got to retain 51% or else…), and the new CEO and I did not quite see eye
to eye – I lost. But at least I got a house and my name on a patent someone else
now owns. It was a fun ride. I decided to become an artist and get out of the wall
street, cut-throat rat race. I started my current business which combines my ongoing
passion for aviation with art and engineering. 14 years later, my little business is the
world leader in designing styling for the outsides of aircraft. This does not translate into
a huge $$ company though, as it is a small niche area of a small industry, but it
certainly is an enjoyable one for me. Years of drawing planes in my school books
actually turned into a way to earn a good living! Who would have guessed.
Hobbies: I am still an aviation nut. I own a fancy plane, which I use primarily for
business these days, and from which I get a great deal of pleasure. I have taken up
Tae Kwon Do with my kids, and we are all approaching our first degree black belts
together. (We are red belts).
What is a special memory from King David – that is a really tough one. I always found
it interesting that I loved school so much. I was not the best student. I certainly was
not the most popular! I was pretty much on the outside most of the time. There is no
single event rises as the “most memorable.” But here are a few that made me smile
as I thought about the request:
I remember the week during Std. 9 when we were decorating for the Matric
Dance – we did an Asterix theme. I had so much fun helping put that dance
together – though strangely enough chose not to attend that dance (were
we even invited?), nor even our Matric Dance.
The mass of kids pushing to the counter in at the tuc shop during break to by
mince meat hamburgers and brown rolls and frittos.
Hanging out with Tammy behind the last building before the ridge while she
engaged in “unhealthy activities.”
Having a fist fight with Ivan Izakowitz for reasons I still don’t remember, and for
which I am still sorry.
My dad flying his Spitfire so low over the school one day that some kids
thought we were being attacked.
Climbing the ladder back stage and hanging out with a girl up in the rafters
instead of going to class.
Singing in the choir.
But more than anything, my friends – some of whom are still friends today, and
others who happily wonder through my thoughts now and then.
I miss you all, and which I could be there with you for this reunion. Have a great time.
I look forward to seeing the photos and reading about it.
All the best, Craig
Wish I could be in the same space as all of you and experience in real time the the
re-membering of our 'youth'....the politics of the school yard and the smell of the
tarmac and so on......and more excitedlty the re discovering of each other at this rich
phase our lives......Enjoy in joy and if ever any of you are in KwaZulu Natal, youre most
welcome to come and visit me up on the hill against the mistbelt forest for a cup of
coffee or pineapple sage tea!!!!!!!!!!!! Otherwise, Id love to receive emails from a
kindred king davidian anytime!!!!!!!! Linzi
P.S. I live in rural kzn on a hill with a community of firends, moshav style. My husband
built our humble home--- I run an aids educational trust, have 2 boys who run like the
wind, we've set up a school for our children and local kids and we grow our own
food- vot else!? I still maintain a quasi spiritual life; Shabbat n good food wine and
RHONA SEGAL (WULFSOHN)
Hi class of 1981
I hope you all have an unbelievable weekend and I’m sorry I can’t be with you. It
seems ridiculous that we graduated high school 30 years ago. But what is interesting is
this year my son graduates high school and my daughter graduates middle school.
Most of you will remember me as Rhona Segal. I married Bruce Wulfsohn and we
moved to Toronto Canada in 1991. We have a son, Robbie who is pretty talented in
the music field. He got a scholarship to Berklee College of Music in Boston USA from
next year, This is a prestigious contemporary American music school. You guys
should listen to his song Mardigras on itunes. My daughter Hannah is amazing too.
Both my kids love to sing and have attended Jewish Day schools here in which they
have really excelled. The system here is different to KDHS as they spend half a day
studying Hebrew and religious studies in Hebrew. It’s a little more pressurising in North
America compared to the environment we grew up in. The kids love it here though,
and don’t know any different.
There is a wonderful, supportive and large South African community here in Toronto.
From our year at King David, there is Beverley Aron, Brian Taylor, Neil Maresky and
myself. I actually saw Neil at Shabbat dinner last – that’s what a small world it is.
Anyway, sorry I sent this to you so late but it’s the busiest time at the end of the school
year here. I run a Speech and Language Pathology private practice. I work with
school aged students with language based learning disabilities or speech disorders.
It keeps me busy somewhat.
I wish you all the best
MARTINE JACOBSON (CHAVKIN)
I am married to Mark Chavkin who grew up in Durban. We have three children,
Tamara and Natasha who are 19 and Adam who is 18. They have all had many
fantastic years of education at King David Linksfield and Adam my last child at the
school, is currently in matric. Tamara is back in the King David family as she has been
given a learnership to study pre-primary teaching and teaches in one of the schools
under its umbrella. Natasha is studying Law at University of Johannesburg formally
I am currently running my late father's accounting practice, a field I never thought I
would go into as I hated Maths and anything financial at school.
In my "spare" time I have had the privilege and honour of being an executive
member of the South African Board of Jewish Education, a honour I have shared with
Adrian Gore. We have both loved every minute of the past 8 years that we have
served. My personal responsibility is being the representative of the Linksfield
campus. I also look after the 10 PTA's we have across our schools, and I assist
with marketing, security and infrastructure development across all schools. It sounds
like a lot but it truly has been the most fulfilling period of time in my life.
I can't believe that 30 years have passed since we sat in the classrooms of King David
Linksfield. I am so appreciative of the opportunity my parents afforded me to attend
this wonderful school and I have fond memories of my school days and of my
friendships with many of you. By the way those "sloppy joes" are just as tasty and
enjoyable if you want a serious case of heartburn!
Enjoy the reunion and hopefully many of you will be able to contribute to the reunion
that Ruth and I are arranging in early October at our old school.
Kudos on all your time and energy in putting together our “30 year King David class
reunion” … Wish I could have joined you guys … Please keep me in mind as you
inhale the clear and fresh air during your hike in Australia while my lungs continue to
atrophy in the dense pollution of Los Angeles clearing only sporadically when the
earthquakes are strong enough to shake up the morning smoke!!
Life is extremely busy - not that I would change it for anything - while my “day job” is
Wall Street-centric and more specifically being a principal in a hedge fund based in
LA which by definition has been a platform for me to meet with some of the richest
(but far from happiest) folks in the world, I spend many hours per week involved in the
Jewish community in the United States … sit on several national Jewish Boards;
actively involved in lecturing on various life challenges (received Rabbinical
ordination in Jerusalem several years ago after a 14 hour grueling examination) but
delivery always interspersed with the King David assembly/Wits Rag Dynamics humor
which makes broaching tough topics palatable to most audiences …
Wife and 6 kids (so far! ) … While 30 years feels like a prior life time, I think back to
our time together at King David Linksfield with incredibly warm, happy and nostalgic
memories … Let’s face it, our formative years were unique and the bonds that were
created seem to transcend time and place …
G-d Willing we will continue to “cross paths” and share in simchas together … As for
the immediate future, there is much to be done - I hope to play a role in ensuring that
my former classmate from Harvard Law School, President Barack Obama is not given
another four years to continue to drive America into an irreversible debt and to
increase unsustainable pressure on Israel (He was a pathological narcissistic
megalomaniac at law school whose disposition has only been exacerbated with time
- I warned people about how dangerous this guy was in 1990, the year I graduated
from HLS); America is an incredible country but its “welcoming melting pot embrace”
has resulted in so many South African Jews becoming estranged from our beautiful
traditional Jewish heritage … notwithstanding the “noise of Wall Street” and often
having to fly around the world, at the end of the day, it is in connection with the latter
area which I have in effect dedicated my life to in one form/other … If I had one
piece of advice that I was allowed to impart to my former classmates across the
world it would be the words of my Rosh Yeshiva who said in essence the following -
find something that is worth dying for … and then go out and live it!
Have an meaningful and awesome day together …
Best love …
I have been keeping half an eye on the messages regarding the reunion. I have
been in a very pressurized semester and had my daughter's batmitzva a month ago
with lots of family coming from abroad (we all know about the consequences of us
ex-South Africans being spread far and wide!). I renewed contact with some old
friends through this reunion (it is so easy to 'click' on making new (or old) friends on
Facebook) but unfortunately haven't had the time to reestablish contact (will do so in
the summer). I wish you all a lovely reunion.
I live on Manof, a village in the Galilee in Israel. I have lived here for the last 21 years
and have been living in Israel since 1986. I did my Ph.d at the University of Haifa -
finished about 10 years ago in the field of language learning and learning difficulties.
Today I teach and research at Oranim College of Education and Haifa U. I married
Neil Horwitz from Pretoria who was very involved in Habonim at the same time as I
was and we have two children. Roi, my son, is 16 years old and a passionate
drummer and my daughter, Maya, a 12 year old who did her 'aliya le'tora' in the
Conservative Congregation in Karmiel (very different to the batmitzva we all had at
King David). Today I am in contact with Shira Zimmerman who lives on Kibbutz Tuvual,
near us – we used to live there too and in fact our families have our Pesach Seder
together every year. I am also in contact with Melanie Davids (Gluckman) who lives
near to me in a neighboring village. Funny how all these years later I consider school
to be one of the most insignificant aspects of my life. It is hard for me to think of
memorable moments. Perhaps the most memorable moment was when I heard that I
had been accepted to be an exchange student in the U.S. during form 4 and then I
left in the middle of matric (isn't really connected to King David, is it?) However, had
the reunion been in my area I would have come and I send you all my warmest
Thanks you guys for getting this amazing weekend together. I was so dying to be
there, but its so far from New York City and my kids end the school year next week so
its just not possible.
I'll try fill you all in a bit on where life has taken me since 1981.
I spent 3 years in Israel- they were amazing, it was my first taste of freedom and
independence. It was a beautiful time. The next 3 years were in New York City,
studying film at NYU. I became a child bride at 23!! and we moved to London where
both our families were living. I left the film world and fell madly in love with India. I
started a small import business with a friend of mine designing textiles and selling them
in London. Alas, my marriage failed, (we are still great friends however) and I found
myself back in NYC studying gemology. I started a jewelry business but after a short
while, was shocked to find myself pregnant!! Yes, it can happen. Actually, it
happened to me twice! Noah is now 10 and Lola is 8. They have the same father, but
marriage and a relationship was not on the cards for us. Sadly he passed away
recently. My kids are a total joy, as I am sure many of you can relate. They keep me
on my toes and now I understand why i am here in the first place.
Life is good, my family are all well, living in London, I remain in New York, its an
awesome city. For those of you who remember my brother Steven, he is married to
Loren Krok, Bernice's younger sister!
I would so love to hear more stories, I hope people share their lives with us. I have
such strong fond memories of school.... a trip down memory lane would be amazing.
love to you all
Thank you so much for all the emails. It is really nostalgic to see the names of our
fellow Davidians attending the reunion. I am impressed that you were able to track
down so many friends. I was in Israel when you first emailed me and Anthony's email
reminded me to reply.
I am so sorry that I won't be able to attend. It has been 25 years since I was last in
South Africa and equally as long since I have seen most of our former classmates.
It is summer time in America and that is when life in the theater gets crazy. I spend
months preparing for our summer season and then work 24/7 for three months to
make sure that everything goes off smoothly. I have spent the last two and a half
decades acting, directing and producing. After graduating from Drama School I
spent many years living out of a suitcase, touring with productions. It was a perfect
time for a young South African to start an acting career. South Africa was a hot topic
and the theater world couldn't find enough South African shows to produce. I went
from working as Master Harold to every mean South African you can imagine. I told
Athol Fugard that he supported me for most of my early adulthood. I managed to
squish in many comedies along the way.
After 8 years on the road, I took a small hiatus to run a theater company and lecture
at a University. Not suited to the academic life, I took over the Artistic Direction of a
national chain of Comedy Clubs. That brought me to Southern California. I worked
on developing television sit coms and preparing new shows to showcase as television
shows. Some of them made it to air. Many did not. Some of the shows that didn't
make it on television found a life of their own in theaters. I realized how much I missed
live theater and moved back to my roots and back to the theater.
I act, tour nationally, run theater companies, develop shows, produce shows, direct...
life is great!!! This year, I am going back to my African roots. I am producing a
"Cirque" type show with an African Theme. In four weeks, I have groups arriving from
Ghana, Tanzania, Nairobi and Ethiopia. I am not sure how it will go but it is worth a
try. I tried to recruit acts from South Africa but sadly, I didn't find anyone. Two nights
ago, the band from Ghana invited me over for dinner and we had Mielie pup and
gravy. It was vegetarian, in my honor, but still not tasty.
I often get calls from friends who have kids who want to act. After spending a few
months with me, they are quickly cured of this.
If anyone finds themselves in Southern California, they are welcome to look me up. I
have a large home and can host entire families. Bring a few families at once... I am
near the beach, near the downtown area. Southern California is beautiful and a
great vacation spot.
Please send everyone my regards and tell them I look forward to reconnecting soon,
All the best,
Shalom from Atlanta Georgia where I've been living since 1989. When I arrived here I
did a residency in pediatrics and have been in private practice as a pediatrician for
16 years. I went native and married an American AJ Robinson ( as far as my parents
are concerned I may as well have intermarried ) we are celebrating our 18th
anniversary this month. I have three kids a daughter, Micaela who is 15yrs old and
two sons Ethan 13 years and nathaniel 11 years old.
Hope all of you are doing well. It's been great catching up with some of you on
xxx Hugs and kisses xxx
Hullo to everyone at the reunion!
It’s so wonderful that you have all gotten together and I dearly wish I could be with
you!! I have such cherished memories of my days at King David Primary and High, but
a few that spring immediately to mind include Mrs. Greene’s class in Standard 4; the
Standard 5 Eastern Transvaal trip; Dr. Beron; the chicken soup from the tuck shop on
cold days; learning the Zulu alphabet from Mac the bus driver; becoming a prefect;
learning how to cook in home economics and then giving the goodies to the boys
who took accounting (ha!); maths with Mrs. Barclay; acting in school plays; the visit
from Bishop Tutu; going on Ulpan; and all the amazing kids with whom I became
friends and took classes. It seems like I have dreams about the Class of 1981 at least a
few times a year, and I always wake up with a strong sense of longing and gratitude.
My family left SA in 1980, and we moved first to Minnesota, and then to Texas. I
received my BA in philosophy from the University of Texas in Austin, and then
completed law school there. I never practiced in Texas, but moved to Los Angeles as
soon as I graduated. For a bit more than ten years, I was a business litigator and an
appellate lawyer, then I quit the firm to give birth to my son. He is almost 11, and my
daughter is 8. I’ve been married for about 15 years to a writer/editor who is always
interesting and is my best friend. For the past 4 years, I’ve been writing books and
practice guides for attorneys regarding construction law and architect and engineer
malpractice. I also home school my kids, who are bright and tons of fun and make
sure I never stop learning.
I’d so love to hear everyone else’s stories, and if you’re inclined to post them, I’d be
very grateful. In any event, I hope your time together is as beautiful as I imagine it will
be, and that you take and post lots of pictures.
Much love to you all!!
I would so love to have been with you at the party and catch up and reminisce and
reassure myself that some of you have also gone a bit grey and wrinkly.
When I finished med school I worked for a while in the Ciskei (dodging the army) and
then trained in psychiatry. I worked at Chris Hani (Baragwanath) for 3 years after that
and, in that time, married Gillian Fine (also a psychiatrist). After our first child (Dylan)
was born in 1996 we got a bit spooked by the carjacking epidemic and left for
London. We had another boy 5 years later (Misha) and although they have a good
life here, both have a strong South African loyalty. I love being a psychiatrist and,
although life in the UK has its challenges, it has a lot going for it too and I have a great
family and am generally pretty contented.
I am rubbish at Facebook and am so sorry not to have replied to those of you who
have tried to be in touch. -definitely better at e-mail- if you still have the will, drop me
a line - email@example.com Have a blast - my best wishes to you all
NADINE MELAMED (WEISFELD)
Lisa and brenda can tell you where what and how re me...as both have seen me in
last few years and and still friends from std.5.
Married to an American, Jeff Weisfeld. Live in Los ANgeles, and have 2 children...a
girl of 13 going into high school in September and a 10 year old son going into 5th
grade. Kids go to public school here, 80% Jewish, 80% Persian culture. Happy here,
it is home. but sad when I think of how my family and friends are scAttered all around
I am sorry to be missing the reunion. It's fantastic to see the list of people who will be
there, and I would really have liked the opportunity to meet up again, and share
some special memories and life experiences with you.
I live in South Africa, and am married to Lauren Moffson, a KD Victory Park graduate.
We have three wonderful children - 2 daughters and a son - spanning university down
to Standard 6 at King David High. My business is active in a number of countries, but
unfortunately not Australia, and so I have not had the opportunity to meet up with
any of you since our school days.
I recall my time at school with incredible joy - it prepared us all with the ability to
pursue anything we set our minds to. I'm extremely grateful for this.
Wishing you all a wonderful weekend!
Hey there from the Galilee in Israel, where I have spent the last 23 years as a kibbutznikit
(remember those awful movies we used to see about "life on the kibbutz" - well they
weren't true!) I live with my partner (who is from Melbourne and went to Scopus) and our
3 boys aged 14, 11 and 7. For many years, I worked as an Eng teacher and Head of Eng
Dept. at our regional school, which has some things in common with KD being a
community school (as well as lots of grassy areas to cut classes and many places to
smoke). For the last 3-4 years, I have been working in Internet marketing, which is quite a
change from the challenges of a classroom of Israeli teenagers. I am fluent in Hebrew
despite Geveret Amiel's predictions, but my kids have a good laugh at my accent. I
spend many a Saturday on the football field or at the tennis courts cheering my kids'
teams on and wondering how our genes (neither of us being very sporty) got so mixed
I have some great memories of school, friends, spending breaks on the grass, the French
room and our intimate group of students, Mrs Barclay's math class and Juffrou's Afrikaans
class. Not all of my memories are good ones though - I hated Home Economics and am
still not much of a cook or seamstress. I can't believe we girls didn't demand a choice of
doing something useful, like accounting, instead of accepting the sexist status quo! I
hated the school uniform, especially the hats in primary school. My kids now moan about
having to wear a t-shirt, in any colour, with the school logo on it.
Hope all of those that met up face-to-face had a great time and now that I know that
there are so many of you in Australia, I will make an effort to have a get together next
time we make a trip Down Under. You are all very welcome to pop in for a visit next time
you're in the Middle East.
IMMANUEL (RICHARD) SUTTNER
Firstly well done to you and Tracy and everyone else who had a part in initiating and
organising the reunion. Sorry I won't be there.
Most of you will remember me as Richard, but straight after school I made Aliya to
Israel, and there began using my hebrew name - Immanuel. I've used it ever since,
even though I returned to South Africa in 1991.
I could fill pages and pages with my recollections of high school, but here are a few
random impressions which arose:
I remember having a time management problem (even in high school!), and
managing to miss the bus driven by Esau. I therefore extended my thumb and
hitched a lift to school every morning (down Hamlin street, up Louis Botha, then along
Club Street, often with the same people every morning) in this manner managing to
miss prayers until Mr Wolf threatened me with suspension if I did not get to school on
time... imagine a time when children were not afraid to hitch rides with strangers
I remember Adrian Gore picking me up to drive to school in matric, in his Alfetta, with
Urgent by Foreigner blaring on his car tape (this was the pre cd era) How cool I felt
driving into school...what a big macher.
I remember sudden fits of religiosity when I would not take off my kipa during a PT
soccer game. I remember spaghetti bolognaise source served on rolls by the
canteen, and us adding chips (crisps) to the concoction. I remember children
gathering outside a drain adjacent to the admin block where a tampon had got
stuck, and snickering and ahhing. I remember making a speech about Animal Rights
(Beauty without Cruelty) to the school at assembly, my legs shaking uncontrollably
from fear and performance anxiety.
I remember smokers corner in the aloe strewn bush to the side of the school, and
Charlene Kaufman sunbathing on the lawn of her father's house next to the school. I
remeber messing around on the school stage until Mr van Loggernberg, literally
spitting with anger, booted us out of the hall. I remember sitting in maths classes
looking dreamily at the outline of girl's breasts under their white blouses...
ah how beautiful we were and remain...
I am married to Vivien (nee Leveson) an educational psychologist. We
have (bli ayin hara) two spawn Guy Raveh (aged 11) and Daniel Shalev (aged 9). By
vocation I am a writer, and my books include Cutting Through the Mountain (1997,
Penguin) about SA Jews who were prominent in the struggle, Hidden & Revealed
(2007, Quartz Press) a collection of poetry, and The African Animal Football Cup
(2010, Quartz Press ) a children's book.
We immigrated to Sydney in 2008.
Love and blessings to you all, and may we meet on happy occasions