Sunday, March 26, 2023

7th Grade TBE 1988 and 1990 Class Yearbooks

As I've been rummaging through old files, I came across something of particular interest.  This is the yearbook put together by our 7th graders  in 1988, my first year in Stamford.  I wanted to coordinate this project because at the time, as assistant rabbi, I was teaching the 6th grade and had very little to do with the B'nai Mitzvah class.  So this gave me a chance to work with the 7th grade students individually and put together a meaningful keepsake (which I doubt most of them actually kept).  It also was an opportunity to pilot a concept that I would develop more fully when I became the senior rabbi in 1992, the B'nai Mitzvah booklet.  Three main features are introduced here: the d'var Torah, family tree and autobiographical sketch.  It's a formula we follow to this day.  Many of the students who appear here are still connected to the TBE community, some with teens of their own.  Sadly, a few have passed on and are no longer with us.  In so many ways, this yearbook, compiled 35 years ago, is a true historical document, a living time capsule that will bring tears and chuckles to anyone who knew - or still knows - these students. 

Here's 1988's

And here is 1990's 

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