By MYRON LOVE

Members of Peretz School’s class of ‘72 (with pictures of themselves from 1972 captioned with their first initial and surname in Yiddish) Back row (left-right): Keith Levit, Ken Pollock, Lorne Stoller, Eric Zipman, Chuck Blanaru, Jeff Minuk, Howard Morry Front row (left-right): Leslie Assor, Anna Gail Goldfeld, Lori Ainemer, Pamela Weinroth, Tami Katz, Carla Rubenfeld, Harriet Kraut, Fay-Lynn Katz


Shalom Square –the Israel Pavillion at Folklorama – featured some special guests at the early show on Friday evening, August 9. That would be the members of the I.L. Peretz Folk School class of ’72 who had come together on the weekend of August 9-11 to celebrate their 60th birthdays this year.

 

 

 

 

 

Morry has high praise for the co-operation of major communal institutions such as Gray Academy, the Rady JCC, and the Jewish Foundation of Manitoba. “The support of the communal institutions was fantastic,” he says. “(Gray Academy Head of School) Lori Binder arranged an Oneg Shabbat for us at the school. The Rady JCC arranged for our Folklorama appearance. And the Jewish Foundation helped us with registration.”
This was the Class of ‘72’s second reunion – the first – in 1997 - being the celebration of the 25th anniversary of their graduation from Grade 7.
Morry reports that 18 of the 25 ’72 grads came for the reunion. “With spouses, there were 27 of us,” he says.
While most of the former classmates are still in Winnipeg, others came from Toronto and Vancouver, Arizona, Florida, and England.
Following the show at Shalom Square, the classmates gathered at Howard and Hope Morry’s home for a barbecue and reminiscing. Among the highlights of the evening was a video taken by Howard Morry’s father, Julius, of the classmates’ kindergarten graduation, which included a Yiddish-language version of “Little Red Riding Hood” – “Gitl mittn Hitl”.
“I played the wolf,” Morry recalls.
Julius Morry filmed the event with Super 8 film, which had more recently been converted to a DVD. “It was amazing seeing our five and six-year-old selves,” Morry observes.
Julius Morry also made a poster with all of the Class of ’72 students’ grad pictures.

The class of ’72 also invited two former teachers who are still around – 102-year Betty Warshawsky and Arnice Pollock.
One lasting legacy of the reunion – in addition to the memories – was the creation of an endowment fund with the Jewish Foundation of Manitoba in memory of classmates David Polsky and Marshall Shuster, both of whom recently passed away, with interest earned going to Gray Academy.
“We have already raised more than $2,000,” Morry says.
Morry adds that the Peretz School Class of ’72 reunion co-ordinated with Garden City Collegiate, which held a Class of ’77 reunion the day before, which some of the Peretz School classmates were al