Judy Stonehill Labensohn

Profile Updated: April 16, 2023
Residing In: Israel
Spouse/Partner: David Kurz
Occupation: retired writer and teacher
Children: Eytan, 1975
Yael, 1978
Daniel, 1982

and five grandchildren: Bar, Negev, Gefen, Alona More…and Imri
Homepage: www.judylev.com
Yes! Attending Reunion
Will You Be Joining us in July?


Do you still see/talk to/hang out with any classmates? Who?

Kitty Solomon, Janie Arsham, Paula King, Cathy Berke, Henrice Hunter, Gerald Goldstein


Sorry I won't be coming to the 60th reunion. Hopefully, I'll make the 70th.
I will be in CLV in September, however, and hope to do a book event at Loganberry Book Store on Larchmere. I'm also doing a Zoom book launch on May 21st. If anyone is interested, email me at judylabensohn@gmail.com and I will send you the flier and registration info. Lioness Books is publishing my first book, a memoir that takes place in CLV and Jerusalem. I hope by May 1st Our Names Do Not Appear will be available as an e-book and on June 1st as a POD.

I'm following my 11th grade love for Emily Dickinson and putting some of her poems to music. Eventually you can hear them at www.judylev.com That's my pen name and stage name--Judy Lev--my coming out as a performer name at 77.
On Passover I was on a hike near the Lebanese border when Hizballah started firing rockets. It was potentially scary, but I decided not to be scared. This is a nasty neighborhood, but a love for the countryside still remains. The country is definitely an experiment, as is American democracy. Everything that seemed so strong and stable as the statues of Jefferson and Lincoln in Washington is falling apart. We're also doing a good job of abusing Mother Earth. I do my best and try to stay heathy and limber, as I am curious to see how things will work out in 2045! Love to all, Judy

What's your life been like in the past 15-20 years? What changes have influenced you?

David and I moved from Tel Aviv to Haifa six months before the first lockdown. It was a good decision. I bought a piano and started piano lessons, having quit in 7th grade. Now I understand the importance of practicing. I'm also putting some poems to music. Stay tuned.
This year I was "elected" to be the Chair of our co-housing project. My experience as Student Council Secretary has finally borne fruit. I can lead a meeting! We may never see a building, but we have a nice community of people who want to live in co-housing. This keeps me busy and engaged. In my next life, I will become an architect.
Gaining weight during Corona. Feeling less anxious now that I have the 2 Pfizer vaccines. Trying not to get depressed about Israel, America, climate, end of the world, etc etc. Still like to laugh and dance. Maybe I'll even make it to a reunion.

School Story:

Had a creepy biology teacher in 10th grade who made us do a bug collection -- Mr. Sturm. There was no way I was going to do a bug collection because I was still scared of bugs, so I got Dr. Lieder, Tip and Tom's father and my allergist, to write a letter saying I couldn't go galavanting in fields looking for bugs because I had hay fever and other allergies. teacher. Instead of killing and pinning bugs, I had to write a report on taxonomy. I share this with you now in case you have grandchildren who want to get out of doing a bug collection.
I loved Latin with Mr. Slater and English with Mr. Burnett. Even geometry fascinated me for some reason. I loved the gym lesson when we had to dance to a poem. I danced to Two Roads Diverged in a Yellow Wood. I also liked lunch!

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Mar 20, 2024 at 3:32 PM

Thanks to Mary Ann and John Hexter, I was able to visit Marcia iin beginnig October when I was in Cleveland. I was impressed by her poised grit, how she succeeded in making everyone around the table and in the house feel welcomed. With her stamina and love of life, I was sure she would be around for much longer, so I was shocked and saddened to hear of her death.She exuded such positive energy, it was hard to believe she was  so ill. May her family find comfort in knowing that her many friends will always remember her generosity kindness and friendship.The celestial Federation of Angels is fortunate to have Marcia in their group.

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Mar 03, 2024 at 11:50 AM

Dennis even reached out to classmates living abroad. I remember how moved I was by Dennis's good wishes at least forty years after I had seen him last at Shaker. He was a beautiful person in all respects. My condolences to Carole.

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Feb 27, 2024 at 3:07 AM

The world has lost love and a smile, goodness and a warm heart. May he sit among the angels and take care of us from above.

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Dec 27, 2023 at 1:49 PM

I am so sorry to learn of Gail's death. I remember her well from 7th grade at Woodbury when we appeared in a talent show together with Joanie O. and Marlene Z. We sang "Me and My Shadow." Of course I had no oidea of the shadow of lung cancer she carried from her family. A warm loving woman. May her memory be for a blessing.


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Posted on: Jun 06, 2023 at 4:21 PM

Hi Mary Ellen, I have such warm memories of you from Ludlow School. You met your challenges with a certain nobility, so that even today that you are in a wheel chair you can be proud of the many years you struggled and succeeded in leading a full life. Sending you warm regards. Judy Stonehill

Apr 17, 2023 at 11:00 AM

My mom's poem on Toussaint L'overture waS put to music by Hale Smith, who did arranging w Quincy Jones. Did u say u attended her salons for poets? I also a trying to improve my piano skills. Better to practice than to listen to the news. Also I'm in a Jacktown Ukes group. We're playing a gig at the Walker Tavern this summer. Congrats on your future career. I gave presentations on Sons + Soldiers -my dad + his cousin are listed in the back as Richie Boys. Maybe we're related- I'm doing a zoom w relatives in Israel May 6.My cousin, Dorit Seligson Edut discovered 2,000 on our family tree. Crazy, no?

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Oct 04, 2022 at 1:43 AM

I adored Jay Shaw. We used to giggle together during a Geology class in 7th grade. He lived in the Sierra Nevada mountains of California and I've been dreaming about visiting him there for the past twenty years. I am so sorry he is gone.

Jul 11, 2022 at 4:33 AM
Dec 26, 2021 at 2:12 AM

Happy Birthday, Care. Many more years of good health, fun, wisdom and acceptance. xox Judy (S) L.

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Dec 26, 2021 at 10:22 AM

Posted on: Dec 26, 2021 at 2:09 AM

Hi Judy. We were all in homeroom together with Mr Sturm. My interests have also gone from literature to real estate, with a little social activism thrown in. The lit was all based on the inspiration from Mr Burnett.

Jul 11, 2021 at 4:33 AM
Feb 16, 2021 at 4:06 PM

Though I did not know Big George, I am deeply moved by his writing and the life he led. May he rest in peace.



Jan 31, 2021 at 11:31 AM

Martha and I were friends at Ludlow School. I remember sleeping over at her house in 5th or 6th grade and her teaching me the facts of life. She must have been a good teacher if I still remember. May her memory be for a blessing. ???? ???? ?????

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