Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Old Times: Jewish Center for Aged Celebrates New Year Early

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Old Times: Jewish Center for Aged Celebrates New Year Early

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The Jewish Center for the Aged rang in 1995 two days early. Except for the timing, the party was much like any other New Year's Eve bash.

More than 100 residents dressed up in their party clothes, wore razzle-dazzle party hats and danced the hora as the Jack Merman Orchestra played "Fiddler on the Roof" and "Heveinu Shalom Aleichem."

Traditional hors d'oeuvres were served, including herring. Champagne - the non-alcoholic type - also was served.

A little after 9 p.m., bright-colored balloons fell from a net on the ceiling as the orchestra struck up "Auld Lang Syne."

"The JCA believes life is more than just long," said Alice Handelman, director of community relations at the center. "We help the residents ring in the new year to celebrate life."

The center's staff and volunteers have held the party for the last 18 years, Handelman said.

One of the residents, Richard Lawrence, 91, said his New Year's resolution is to live another week.

"At my age, I don't make plans for the future," said Lawrence, who says he's the best bridge player at the center. …

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