Israel Reunion – 2001

Cousins meet in person for the first time — in Israel!

In January 2001, Rhea Bottler met cousins Lilian and Ella Novak, face to face for the first time, in Israel.

Rhea Bottler, descended from Sonia Bottler, submitted this first person article.

January 2001, by Rhea Bottler

After arriving in Israel I spoke with both Lilian and Ella Novak (descended from Leizer Majew) on the telephone before actually meeting with them in Tel Aviv.  Mother and daughter are both so friendly and warm that I immediately felt like I had known them always.  That was my feeling last year when I spoke with Lilian and Ella then.  Since we actually did not meet the last time I was in Israel, I was thrilled to be able to meet both women this trip.

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Bernie Mayoff appointed to Selective Service Board

Bernie Mayoff appointed to Selective Service Board

Yes, there really is a Selective Service Board, the “Draft Board”.  This presidential appointment was made formal in a letter from the Director of Selective Service which says, in part:

“It is my pleasure, in the name of the President, to appoint you as a member of the Selective Service System Local Board in the state of Texas.”

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Steven Mayoff pens words to Swingstep

Arts & Travel

Local lyricist pens the Words to Swingstep musical

Special to The CJN, by Kathryn Kates
[Thanks to Mark Rosen (Sam) for sharing this article.]


TORONTO -The poetic words of lyricist Steven Mayoff will be wafting through the air at Toronto’s Ford Centre for the Performing Arts, in Silver Fox Productions’ new musical Swingstep, running Oct.12 until Nov. 28, 1999.

Swingstep takes place in, Cape Breton and is about love loss and regrets of an older man, who doesn’t want to see his granddaughter, a dancer make the same mistakes he did and not follow her heart.” Mayoff says.

“When a swing band comes to town, she falls for the leader. Sonny, the grandson of a woman who left Cape Breton and happened to be the love of the older man.  It is very exciting to watch the choreography.  The show has created a hybrid of something new, combining swing music and step dancing.”

Mayoff wrote the lyrics based on a script by his longtime writing partner Ted Dykstra.

Originally from Montreal, Mayoff’s career in theatre began when he met actor, writer, composer and director Dykatra while Dykstra was attending the National Theatre School in Montreal.

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