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Lester Schenker: Man of the Year

My paternal grandfather was presented this month with the highest honor of his temple, Man of the Year, at a stately ceremony in Brooklyn, NY. Les Schenker, or Poppa as I know him, was lauded by long-time friends and family, with pleasantries and wisecracks, both of which he was acknowledged to be known for as well.

Lester is a veteran of World War II, having been an airplane mechanic in the (then) Army Air Corps based in Washington, D.C.

A veteran of the screw industry (which ended up being the target of many of his covert roasters), he still at almost 90-years-old volunteers at a local airfield, repairing and restoring historic aircrafts.

The Rex Manor in Brooklyn, NY

They weren’t posing for this photo…


It’s amazing that sarcasm doesn’t run in my family. No, really. ?

Look how well my unplanned speech held the room’s attention.

Well now I have “Don’t You (Forget About Me)” by Simple Minds stuck in my head.

Apparently my facial hair was a highlight of the event. Just ask my grandmother.

Mrs. Lotte Bloom (center) seen here with my parents is a survivor of the Holocaust, a friend as close as family, and one of the nicest people you’ll ever meet. You can hear more of her story here.


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