ICFS Fall Meeting 2018 on 10/28 [Postponed to 11/18]

Update 10/22: The meeting has been postponed to 11/18 and moved to Sandy Hornick’s. Please RSVP!

The leaves are falling, crisp apples are in the market, and pastrami is in the air.  We’ll be talking about our recent 105th Anniversary held this past June at a Mets–Yankees game (the Mets won) and we’ll discuss upcoming plans. Hope you can make it!

The fall meeting of the Israel Cantor Family Society will be held on:
Sunday, October 28, 2018
Ben’s Deli (209 W. 38th Street – Manhattan)
Lunch at 1 pm, Meeting starts at 2 pm. $10 per person… the Society picks up the rest of the bill.

Be there or be square,
Your cousin, Phil


Fall 2017 ICFS Meeting on 11/12

The leaves are falling, crisp apples are in the market, and pastrami is in the air.

The fall meeting of the Israel Cantor Family Society will be held on 
SUNDAY, November 12, 2017
BEN’S DELI (209 W. 38th Street • Manhattan)
Lunch at 1 pm
Meeting starts at 2 pm
$10 per person…the Society picks up the rest of the bill.


5/21 – Spring 2017 ICFS Meeting

The next meeting of the ISRAEL CANTOR FAMILY SOCIETY will be on: 
SUNDAY, MAY 21, 2017
209 W. 38th Street in Manhattan
Lunch at 1 pm Meeting starts at 2 pm
$10 per person…the Society picks up the rest of the bill.

I hope you can make it!

The Society needs your help! We need technical help setting up dues collection software, website design and committee volunteers. Please contact via email to learn more. 


ICFS Meeting Minutes: 6/5/2016

June 5th, 2016
Meeting called at 2:18pm 
18 people present:

Barbara Greene
Mitchell Greene
Scott Cantor
Wilma Epstein
Arthur Epstein
Phil Cantor
Ethan Cantor
Ron Jordan
Sara Berman
Sandy Hornick
David Berman
Josh Berman
Scott Berman
Robyn Berman
Ari Berman
Allysa Berman
Ken Wachtell

Reading of minutes by Scott Cantor

Sarah Berman reports her heart feels great after having issues.

Minutes accepted as corrected

Financial Report
Account Balance: $10,724.14
Investment Account: $26,261.23

Scott acknowledges Phil’s hardwork of collecting the dues.

Hospitaler report (via email by Marc Hornick. Read by Phil Cantor):

Arthur Epstein was in the hospital for 4 months but is all clear now.

Florence Hornick broke her knee and then had a minor stroke in the hospital. Slight speech issues but otherwise alright. She’s home now and has an aid working for her.

Dennis & Mary Lou Gladstone have sold their house and moved to Boca Raton.

Jaime Feld (Mitchell & Barbara’s daughter) is pregnant – due in September.

Aaron Hornick & girlfriend are pregnant – due in Septembet. They have plans to get married.

Tess Liebersohn just finished hiking 902 miles on Appalachian trail—North Carolina to New Jersey. She wore thru 3 pairs of boots.

Barbar Greene is leaving for Ecuador for 2nd annual trip Doctors without Borders on June 21st.

Discussed the trip to the Jewish Heritage Museum on September 18th. Tour at 1pm, Lunch at 4 pm

Caterer— Village Crown. Either Meat or Dairy.
Roughly $10-20 per person
30 person minimum.

Private tour is $450.

Show of hands to determine interest—about 14 people raised hands

Passes by popular acclimation.

NJ Cemetary—Side entry way is falling apart. It would cost $1000 to fix. Maybe close that entrance all together because it is hardly used?

Open discussion on: What is the role of the society in the future?

Mitchell- Make it 2 social eventa  year and have a meeting there?

Phil—running the cemetery?

Ron will look into the state rules on long term maintenance of cemetery plots.

Motion to establish a “future” committee to formulate procedures for cemetery use & maintenance organization of the ICFS meetings, social events.

Legal rules governing cemeteries in NY & NJ.

Ron to makes cemetery procedure manual.

Futures Committee:
Scott Berman
Robyn Bernan
David Berman
Julie Cantor (lawyer)
Ron Jordan
Sandy Hornick.

After the meeting: Ethan said maybe the solution is creating a fund to for more casual social events like karaoke or pick up basketball to get young people meeting each other. 

ICFS Spring Meeting and Field Trip

Our next meeting is Sunday, June 5, 2016 at 1 pm at Ben’s Deli (209 West 38th, Manhattan). $10 per person. Meeting starts at 2pm. We will be planning our September SPECIAL event (see below). Please RSVP.


We are having an ICFS field trip to the Jewish Heritage Museum in lower Manhattan for a private tour and lunch on Sunday, Sept 18.  This should be a fascinating view of this wonderful museum. Look for more information in your email inbox in the next weeks and put it on your calendar.


ICFS Meeting Minutes: 11/8/2015

Israel Cantor Family Society
Nov. 8, 2015

Meeting Called to order 2:40 pm at Ben's Deli

Minutes of previous meeting could not be located.
Quorum-Uncertain as to requirement

Treasurers Report:
Phil Cantor: $8797.67 in checking account
Scott Cantor: $26638.61 in brokerage account-consisting of cash and MMF. He will explore investment options for approximately $20000.00 in cash in order to increase our returns. The available opportunities will be discussed with Ron Jordan.

Hospitaler Report:
Sarah Berman had surgery for an abscess on her heart.

Good News:
Wendy Hoffman passed her series seven test and can now trade stocks/bonds if she chooses.
Barbara Greene has just returned from a successful trip to Ecuador where she worked with
Doctors Without Borders to help over 300 people improve their dental health.
Kenny Wachtel and Denny Gladstone have made a long term loan to the Tenement Museum of their paternal grandmothers spice canister set.

Death notification responsibilities (Telephone Chain):
 Sandy Hornick-Gilmans/Bermans-Plockars
 Denny Gladstone-Wachtel-Scott Cantor (Sonny)
 Phil Cantor-Greens-Scott Cantor (Irwin)-Cantors-??+Phil Cantor (L.A.)-Arthur Epstein

Cemetery Report:
Ron Jordan will check access points at both cemeteries.

Old Business:
Next meeting
Ellis lsland
Holocaust Museum
Jewish Museum
A committee consisting of Scott Cantor, Barbara Greene and Sandy Hornick will decide the next location, date (6/5 or 9/5) and also if an additional business meeting is necessary. Costs and convenience will be taken into consideration. 
In addition to the above two dates an 11/13/16 meeting will be held at Ben's unless another suitable location is found by Mark Hornick

Moment of Silence:
A moment of silence was held in memory of Geoffrey Gladstone (Son of Denny & Marylou and brother of Susan) who recently passed away after a long illness.

Meeting ended at 3:53 pm

In attendance:
Stan & Sheila Gilman, Mitchell & Barbara Greene, Scott Cantor, Ken Wachtel, Ron Jordan, Phil Cantor, Dan Cantor and Mark, Aaron, Linda & Sandy and Florence Hornick

ICFS Meeting Minutes: 5/3/15

ICFS Meeting

2:25 PM 5/3/15

Checking account as of 3/31
8739.80 0% interest

Investment account
$16,000 bond 4%
Mutual fund $1763.23
$6,000 mutual fund (6068.83)
$26,580 total as of 3/31

Oldest member present—Arthur Epstein, 89
Youngest—Leon, 5 months

Motion by Scott to take 3,000 from checking account and reinvest it in Wells Fargo account or other vehicle

Previous minutes (first to be received electronically)
Meeting of October 26th
Repair mentioned has been made
Correction to minutes
Names are Ben Bilas and Bob Jordan
Minutes accepted

Members: nothing heard from Daniel Forster
Aaron Kanafa has been removed, his family was not paying dues

Cemetery report:
Ron will check out Beth Israel concrete situation, has not acted due to father’s burial

K. Wachtel will be planting Memorial Day flags at cemetery, 4 PM 5/26

Ron will contact Mt. Judah about replacing Steven Cantor’s grandfather’s headstone

In attendance:
Barbara and Mitchell Greene
Wilma and Arthur Epstein
Steve and Dottie Cantor
Phil Cantor (NJ)
Max Liebersohn
Sandy and Linda Hornick
Ron Jordan
Scott Cantor
Ken Wachtel
Jamie Greenefeld

New business
Hospitality: Sandy says Florence Hornick is recovering from heart surgery, had a valve replaced
World-famous skier Linda Hornick is recovering from an arm broken skiing

New business
Proposal of trip to Ellis Island
Ken says that one-day things should not be for half-decade anniversaries
Ron proposes Ellis Island trip in 2016, May, June

Scott brings up idea of Jewish Museum, Holocaust Museum

Ron also mentions Battery Park picnic idea
Ellis Island has name of ICFS on wall

30 people, Scott proposes each person pay $20, society will pick up rest, everyone bring their own lunch

Date: June 5th, a day that will live in infamy (Ron’s first wedding anniversary), 2016

Scott will check it out online, get back to Phil

Barbara is leaving for Ecuador for dental mission, August 4th-10th

Ken wants to donate $18 to the Jewish war veterans fund, withdraws motion

Scott has 11-month-old grandson, Henry Irwin Cantor
Evan’s son
Daughter has graduated from Columbia, Evan from Ben-Gurion med school

Phil says in his capacity as president of the Business Improvement District, Montclair has been recognized as having the best downtown

Date for next meeting: November 8th

Motion by Scott to adjourn, seconded by Mitchell

Meeting adjourned at 3:35


ICFS Meeting Minutes: 10/26/2014

ICFS minutes Sunday Oct 26, 2014

Attendees Ron Jordan, Jeri Bylus, Bob Bylus, Betsy Bylus,  Phil Cantor, Marc Hornick, Rosalyn Davidoff, Barbara Greene, Mitchell Greene, Dottie Cantor, Steve Cantor, Kenny Wachtell, Florence Hornick and caregiver, Sandy Hornick, Linda hornick, Aaron Hornick

Aaron Hornick was selected to chair the meeting.

Previous meetings minutes were unavailable.   .

Barbara Greene announced:
   …birth of grandaughter Molly Lloyd to Traci and avi Lloyd, Aug 22, 2014, 7 lb 15 oz.
   …Jaimi and Dovid Feld are expecting a baby in December.
Ron Jordan announced the passing of his father, Lou Jordan, on July 3, 2014,one 
     week before his 90th birthday.  The members observed a minute of silence .
Marc Hornick announced Florence Hornick’s continuing recovery from a broken hip,
     sustained in March, 2014.

Treasurer’s report was unavailable. It was estimated that the checking account has approximately $6000. 

Cemetery issues: addressed by Ron Jordan.
    Beth Israel Cemetery foresters requested (ICFS procure) a permit to engrave the stone 
        for George (Forster)
    Mt. Judah Cemetery stones are damaged:  William and Rose Cantor stone is either 
         down or leaning. This would primarily be the responsibility of his nearest 
         descendant. Steve Cantor appears to be nearest relative who is a member.
         Expected cost $300.   
    Ron informed members: 
       The cemetery is responsible for perpetual care but not for repairing stones.
       Also a paving stone or short concrete sidewalk in front of two pylons serving as a 
       side gate to the ICFS plot has been heaved up (possibly by frost or root growth).  
        Resetting or  removal of the sidewalk was discussed. A motion was made to 
        authorize ICFS cemetery representatives to discuss with cemetery the possibility of 
        resetting the stone and possibly authorize the representatives to have the work done 
        for up to $1000.
        Objections were made by 2 members to authorizing such a cost, and Sandy Hornick
        questioned whether the paving stone / concrete was necessary at all since the gate     
        leads only to unpaved grassy area. He suggested we might just have the stone /  
        concrete removed.  Ken Wachtell volunteered to find out what cemetery would do to 
        correct the situation and what it can do for up to $1000.  
        By a vote of 9 -2 it was approved to investigate the cost of the cemetery fixing the 
        problem – up to $1000. Upon investigation, Ken Wachtell or ICFS cemetery 
        representatives will report findings to ICFS.

 New business.
     New members, Ben and Betsy Bylus of New Canaan and Jeri Bylus of Manhattan?
     were admitted as social members. Discussion accompanying the admission   
     determined that Ben Bylus is the grandson of Benjamin Cantor, who was a son of 
     Israel Cantor. And who owned a candy shop. Siblings of Benjamin Cantor were
     identified as Sol, Moe and Molly.
     Recent new member Steven Cantor, who joined ICFS at 100th anniversary meeting in
     June, 2014, identified himself as son of Arthur, who was the son of William Cantor.

Members discussed a date and venue for the next meeting.  Date: May 3, 2015. 
    ICFS will try to arrange the meeting to be on Ellis Island. Ben Bylus volunteered 
    to inquire about facilities to hold meeting on Ellis Island. Members asked that 
    bathroom and meeting room facilities availibility be ascertained, that a caterer should 
    be inquired about for provision of food for $25 - $30 per person, for  20 – 50 people. 
    Alternate date for next meeting would be May 17.
 Ken Wachtell reported that he has been placing 11 American flags on the cemetery 
    at the graves of ICFS war veterans.  Ken proposed that the society contribute $18 to
    Jewish War Veterans, as this type of charitable contribution was very commonly done 
    by ICFS.  Phil Cantor objected that the administrative duties of such a contribution 
    would devolve to him.  No vote was taken on tis proposal.

 Mitchell Greene suggested that we have a mid summer gathering for some social
     activity such as volley ball.  No vote was taken on this proposal.

 Marc Hornick suggested that we try to plan the October, 2015 meeting as an apple 
     picking outing – as Sandy, Linda and Aaron Hornick reported this being a   
     pleasant tradition of theirs.  Sandy Hornick will look into a place for this to occur.
     Lyman Orchards in Middlefield, Ct. and probable facility Harvest Moon Orchard   
     on Hardscrabble Road in Westchester were suggested for this purpose.

 Meeting was adjourned.


Fall 2013 Meeting

The next meeting of the Israel Cantor Family Society is Sunday,  November 3, 2013 at Ben’s Deli, 1 pm for lunch, 2 pm for meeting.

Ben’s is at
209 W. 38th St.


Casino Night

Family Society’s First Casino Night Is A Huge Success!

November 11, 2007 was not only the 98th anniversary of the World War I armistice, but also the first Israel Cantor Family Society Casino Night. It was held at the Hornick-Becker household in Brooklyn , and was a popular event. There was some kind of meeting beforehand, at which cemetery plots and the 95th anniversary weekend were discussed, but all of that was just a preface to the rampant gambling that went on in the basement later.

The shenanigans began with a pre-recorded horse race by Larry Becker. Participants chose from a list of horses, and listened to a race between supposed thoroughbreds named: Fivel Cantor Goes West, Matzoh Ball Kid, Brittney Shmears, Is There A Doctor In The House For My Daughta?, Kutshers Again, and Pastrami Platter. After a neck-and-neck race, the winner was…Kutshers Again! Those who chose the right horse started out with one extra chip. It was a great way to start the afternoon.

Aaron Hornick controlled the poker table.
Aaron Hornick controlled the poker table.

Larry Becker ran the blackjack game
Larry Becker ran the blackjack game.

After the horse race, everyone convened in the basement, where the croupiers wore the standard green clear plastic visors and vests with bowties. Suddenly, family ties meant nothing. Third cousins were challenging each other at the roulette table, husbands and wives were sworn enemies at the blackjack table, and parents and children bluffed at the Texas Hold ‘Em poker table. After two hours of reckless gambling, players cashed in their winnings for raffle tickets, which were redeemed for prizes: t-shirts with Cantor family wisdom on the back (see below). Eli Markham-Cantor and David Berman were among the highest winners, making their fortunes at the poker and roulette tables respectively.

Darryl Hornick-Becker was croupier at the roulette wheel.
Darryl Hornick-Becker was croupier at the roulette wheel.

Eli Markham-Cantor counted his chips before redeeming them.
Eli Markham-Cantor counted his chips before redeeming them.

It was a fabulous event and all had a great time throwing their inhibitions to the wind. Audrey and Daryl Hornick-Becker and Aaron and Meredith Hornick did a fantastic job organizing. And, a big thank you to Amy Hornick and Larry Becker, Linda and Sandy Hornick for their great efforts in making the meeting a success. There is a movement to make this an annual event. Place your bets!

Audrey Hornick-Becker presented the winning t-shirts.

The winners received the above t-shirt with the following legend on the back:

What Happens Here Stays Here…
And has to be argued about for five hours
But can’t get voted on till the next meeting
Where one person will take control of the society
And someone throws a chair
And all the pastrami is gone
And one word:

— as observed by Tess Liebersohn, Philadelphia.