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Samech Sameach (ס׳ שמח) is the name of a huge Israeli dance party scheduled for Saturday night, May 10 2014,
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Samech Sameach (ס׳ שמח) is the name of a huge Israeli dance party that took place on Saturday night, May 10 2014,
 
in celebration of [http://larry.denenberg.com/ Larry Denenberg's] sixtieth birthday, which falls on that very day.
 
in celebration of [http://larry.denenberg.com/ Larry Denenberg's] sixtieth birthday, which falls on that very day.
  
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=== Time, Place, and Food ===
 
=== Time, Place, and Food ===
  
The event will take place at the [http://www.sthagop.com/ St. James Armenian Apostolic Church]
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The event took place at the [http://www.sthagop.com/ St. James Armenian Apostolic Church]
in Watertown, Massachusetts, a suburb of Boston adjacent to Cambridge. Open dancing will begin
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in Watertown, Massachusetts, a suburb of Boston adjacent to Cambridge. Open dancing began
at 8:30 PM and will continue until the dancers are forcibly ejected from the hall.
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at 8:30 PM and continued until the dancers are forcibly ejected from the hall at 1:00 AM.
  
Refreshments will be provided by [http://www.anicatering.com/id26.html Ani Catering], makers of
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Refreshments were provided by [http://www.anicatering.com/id26.html Ani Catering], makers of
fine Armenian and Middle Eastern Cuisine. We can neither confirm nor deny that [[Moshe Eskayo]] may or may not make falafel.
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fine Armenian and Middle Eastern Cuisine. [[Moshe Eskayo]] did not make falafel.
  
 
=== Dancing ===
 
=== Dancing ===
  
The harkadah will be under the direction of [http://eladperel.blogspot.com/ Elad Perel],
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The harkadah was under the direction of [http://eladperel.blogspot.com/ Elad Perel],
 
superstar markid from the Haifa area. (In Larry's opinion, Elad's Thursday night session at the
 
superstar markid from the Haifa area. (In Larry's opinion, Elad's Thursday night session at the
 
Technion is one of the best in the country.) Elad is familiar with the local
 
Technion is one of the best in the country.) Elad is familiar with the local
repertoire from his leadership at [[Gvanim]] 2013 and is expected to provide a good time
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repertoire from his leadership at [[Gvanim]] 2013 and provided a good time
for all. We can neither confirm nor deny that he may or may not teach a dance or two in the course of the evening.
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for all. He did not teach any dances in the course of the evening.
  
There will also be exciting activities and entertainment for nondancing spouses, to
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There were exciting activities and entertainment for nondancing spouses,  
include at least parcheesi, acey-deucey, and mah jongg.
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including parcheesi, acey-deucey, and Sorry!.
  
 
=== <span style="color:red">Zikukim Performance (new!)</span> ===
 
=== <span style="color:red">Zikukim Performance (new!)</span> ===
  
Early in the evening, we will have a break in the dancing for a performance by Zikukim, one of Boston's premier semiprofessional Israeli dance troupes. Zikukim will perform a piece choreographed by group director [[Becca Rausch]] for the 2014 [[Boston Israeli Dance Festival]]. (Becca herself will not be dancing in the performance, because by the time of Samech Sameach her belly would knock the other dancers off the stage.)
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Early in the evening, we had a break in the dancing for a performance by Zikukim, one of Boston's premier semiprofessional Israeli dance troupes. Zikukim performed a piece choreographed by group director [[Becca Rausch]] for the 2014 [[Boston Israeli Dance Festival]]. (Becca herself was not dancing in the performance, because by the time of Samech Sameach her belly would have knocked the other dancers off the stage.)
  
 
=== History ===
 
=== History ===
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[http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1901773/ Rachael Rosner]. The original invitation is [http://larry.denenberg.com/party.html here].  
 
[http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1901773/ Rachael Rosner]. The original invitation is [http://larry.denenberg.com/party.html here].  
 
Note, however, that the complex admission
 
Note, however, that the complex admission
price structure from that event will '''''not''''' be repeated; Samech Sameach is free to all.
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price structure from that event was '''''not''''' repeated; Samech Sameach was free to all.
  
 
=== Directions, Parking, Public Transportation ===
 
=== Directions, Parking, Public Transportation ===
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minutes on Saturday night. The last bus inbound arrives at School Street at about 1:25.
 
minutes on Saturday night. The last bus inbound arrives at School Street at about 1:25.
  
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=== No Gifts! ===
 
=== No Gifts! ===
  
In lieu of gifts, attendees are encouraged to make a contribution to their own retirement
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In lieu of gifts, attendees were encouraged to make a contribution to their own retirement
 
savings. They will appreciate it when they themselves become 60, or have children approaching
 
savings. They will appreciate it when they themselves become 60, or have children approaching
 
college age. Trust me.
 
college age. Trust me.
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=== RSVPs ===
 
=== RSVPs ===
  
No RSVP is necessary, but if you are planning to attend you are encouraged to record the fact below by
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No RSVP is necessary, but if you attended you are encouraged to record the fact, with your comments, by
 
[http://horapedia.com/index.php?title=Samech_Sameach&action=edit editing this page]. (If you haven't already, you must first [[Special:UserLogin|register at
 
[http://horapedia.com/index.php?title=Samech_Sameach&action=edit editing this page]. (If you haven't already, you must first [[Special:UserLogin|register at
 
HoraWiki]].) Other changes to the page will be summarily reverted. Unless they're improvements.
 
HoraWiki]].) Other changes to the page will be summarily reverted. Unless they're improvements.
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Karen Kaplan is attending with her husband Ed, simply to prove to the IFD world that he does indeed exist.  
 
Karen Kaplan is attending with her husband Ed, simply to prove to the IFD world that he does indeed exist.  
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Revision as of 23:18, May 12, 2014

Samech Sameach (ס׳ שמח) is the name of a huge Israeli dance party that took place on Saturday night, May 10 2014, in celebration of Larry Denenberg's sixtieth birthday, which falls on that very day.

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Time, Place, and Food

The event took place at the St. James Armenian Apostolic Church in Watertown, Massachusetts, a suburb of Boston adjacent to Cambridge. Open dancing began at 8:30 PM and continued until the dancers are forcibly ejected from the hall at 1:00 AM.

Refreshments were provided by Ani Catering, makers of fine Armenian and Middle Eastern Cuisine. Moshe Eskayo did not make falafel.

Dancing

The harkadah was under the direction of Elad Perel, superstar markid from the Haifa area. (In Larry's opinion, Elad's Thursday night session at the Technion is one of the best in the country.) Elad is familiar with the local repertoire from his leadership at Gvanim 2013 and provided a good time for all. He did not teach any dances in the course of the evening.

There were exciting activities and entertainment for nondancing spouses, including parcheesi, acey-deucey, and Sorry!.

Zikukim Performance (new!)

Early in the evening, we had a break in the dancing for a performance by Zikukim, one of Boston's premier semiprofessional Israeli dance troupes. Zikukim performed a piece choreographed by group director Becca Rausch for the 2014 Boston Israeli Dance Festival. (Becca herself was not dancing in the performance, because by the time of Samech Sameach her belly would have knocked the other dancers off the stage.)

History

Eleven years ago, this same venue hosted the Boston party celebrating Larry's marriage to Rachael Rosner. The original invitation is here. Note, however, that the complex admission price structure from that event was not repeated; Samech Sameach was free to all.

Directions, Parking, Public Transportation

St. James Armenian Church is at 465 Mount Auburn Street in Watertown (map) at the intersection of Mt. Auburn and School Streets.

From anywhere on I-90, the Mass Turnpike, get off at exit 17, head toward Watertown on Galen Street, go straight through Watertown Square onto Mount Auburn Street and proceed to number 465, on your right.

From Harvard Square take Mount Auburn Street westbound. Bear left just past the Star Market. Proceed to number 465, on your left.

There is parking next to the building (enter from School Street) and on the other side of Mt. Auburn Street, a block or two closer to Harvard Square.

The #71 bus runs between Harvard Square and Watertown Square along Mount Auburn Street, roughly every fifteen minutes on Saturday night. The last bus inbound arrives at School Street at about 1:25.

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No Gifts!

In lieu of gifts, attendees were encouraged to make a contribution to their own retirement savings. They will appreciate it when they themselves become 60, or have children approaching college age. Trust me.

Links

You can send email here if you have questions or need further information.

A flyer for the event, created by Rina Wagman.

RSVPs

No RSVP is necessary, but if you attended you are encouraged to record the fact, with your comments, by editing this page. (If you haven't already, you must first register at HoraWiki.) Other changes to the page will be summarily reverted. Unless they're improvements.


Ari and Mona Atkinson would have LOVED to come to this party. Unfortunately Ari will be in the middle of finals during this weekend. Ari and Mona are very sad to not attend. They wish Larry D the happiest birthday ever!

Becca Rausch and Lior Barnoon will be there! Can't wait to dance the night away while poking fun at the old guy.

Alexis Maharam will attend really just to see which is greater - Larry's age or the number of t-shirts he requires during the evening.

Erica Goldman will attend, but only because she thinks she has plenty of time to work up a better present than the L-for-50 t-shirt. If she comes up empty, she ain't coming.

Edy Greenblatt will attend because she needs an occasion on which to return the compliment he paid me a few years ago, "You used to be a great dancer." We'll see if the shoe fits, gramps.

Aliza and Howie will attend if only to hijack the party for Aliza's birthday which is the 11th. ( I can't call him gramps, I'm older).

Karen Kaplan is attending with her husband Ed, simply to prove to the IFD world that he does indeed exist.


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