Where We Going? Spring 2020 Meeting 5/31

Dear Cantor Family member, 

Yes, it is me, Larry, again. Perhaps you didn’t make it to the spring event at Belmont Park last June? Had other plans?  Didn’t care for horse racing ?  Live too far from Belmont Park?  Whatever the reason, we understand. But, you missed a splendid time and we want to make sure you don’t miss out again.  We have started planning our next event for May 2020.

Now, we could return to Belmont once again.  But the Cantor tradition demands we spend time debating what to do and where to do it… That’s what we do. So here’s the thing: 

  1. We could return to  the Belmont park picnic area where we could watch the horses run, drink (us, not the horses), bet, kibbitz, cook out and eat.
  2. We could have an old fashioned Cantor family picnic at South Mountain Reservation in West Orange, New Jersey. We can play softball, visit the park zoo, bbq, drink, kibbitz, and eat.
  3. Or, we could go bowling in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, wear different shoes, drink, kibbitz and eat. (I assume you noticed a common theme here). 

But we want YOU to have a say in what we do.  
The date is Sunday, May 31, 2020.  Let us hear from you.  
respond and tell us if you would prefer to:

  1. SPARE no expense and go bowling (get it? SPARE no expense?) 
  2. Stay on the RESERVATION and have a get together at South Mountain (get it? SOUTH MOUNTAIN RESERVATION?)
  3. Or, we can WIN at the PLACE we SHOWED up at last year, beautiful Belmont Park (get it? WIN PLACE AND SHOW are racing terms… Oh never mind). 

Let us know.  Save the date, Sunday, May 31, 2020. Tell us where you would like to spend that day with us. Will it be the track, the reservation or bowling?  We need everyone to chime in. But remember, wherever most of us decide to spend the day, it will be a great day ’cause we will be together once again, griping, kibitzing, complaining and eating.

And of course you haven’t heard the last from me.

Cantor Strong,
Larry Becker (Amy Hornick’s husband)


The Passing of Irwin Pomranz

I regret to inform you of the passing of our member Irwin (Pete) Pomranz, 92. The World War II veteran was buried this past Sunday, March 31, 2019 in the ICFS section of Beth Israel Cemetery in Woodbridge, NJ, next to his wife, Ray (Stein) Pomranz who died in 2016. Family was extremely important to Pete. Even though he lived in St. Louis for most of his life, the father of Steven, Jeffrey, Jon, and Craig was a lifelong member and supporter of the Family Society. We extend condolences and our good thoughts to his family.

The following obituary appeared in the St. Louis Jewish Light:

Irwin (Pete) Pomranz, age 92, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, March 26, 2019 in Sarasota, Florida. 

He was born on September 18, 1926 in Brooklyn, New York, the only son of Joseph and Celia Pomranz. He is preceded in death by his wife Ray (nee Stein), whose hand he held for 69 years; and by his sister Lenore Shier. He was the proud father of 4 sons: Steven (spouse Meg), Jeffrey, Jon (spouse Cynthia), and Craig (partner Tom Fernandez).

Pete’s most passionate and proudest times involved his family and his community. He led by example and placed an emphasis on moral integrity and family values. He coached Khoury League Baseball for his sons. He was past President of the St. Louis Chapter of the B’nai B’rith, and a former Councilman for the City of Olivette, Mo.

Pete had a strong entrepreneurial spirit. He owned several businesses over the years and was involved in multiple other enterprises. He was a World War II Veteran, having met his vivacious wife, Ray, at a USO dance while stationed at Scott Air Force Base.

Pete was also grandfather to 2 grandchildren: Michael Pomranz (spouse Claire) and Kristyn Merritt (spouse Jeff), and great grandfather to Delaney, Polly and Maisy; and favorite Uncle to Susan Shier and Jessica Shier Speck. He was loved and respected by many and will truly be missed.

A family graveside service was held on Sunday March 31, 2019 at Beth Israel Cemetery in Woodbridge, N.J., the location of the Israel Cantor Family Society burial site.

For those wishing to make a donation in his name it is suggested they do so with the Fisher Center for Alzheimer’s Research Foundation or the Jewish National Fund.



Hello! Yes I mean you, Mr. or Ms. Cantor Family member.

You probably don’t know me. We both probably have not gone to many family society meetings. Too much to do, people you don’t know. Maybe you don’t have that much interest anymore. We are the oldest chartered family society in New York State. That should mean something. The question for all of us, myself included, is whether it still means enough to keep the society going. At the last meeting people actually talked about whether they should just give up trying to keep the Society going. And yet…..

We are the oldest chartered family society in NY state!

If we can keep it going, no other family society will be able to make that claim!

So I am emailing all of you, to persuade you to come to our next event where we are planning something different: The Cantors are going to hold our 2019 spring event on June 2nd at Belmont Park on Long Island, one of the most famous horse racing tracks in the country. We’ll get to see each other, renew friendships, meet new cousins, and of course do what we do best—eat, talk and have fun. We may even have a race named in our honor (oh, yes we may!). We may get a tour of the paddock area where you can see the horses before the race (oh, yes we may!). 

We will have a special picnic area just for us at the Top of the Stretch, right next to the track. We will picnic, grill (our own food, including Kosher), eat, drink (including our own beer and wine), and adults can gamble on the races. Even if you don’t want to bet, come watch the races. Just by coming out for the day you’ll be a winner!

There is a playground for the kids and you can see the horses before they go out to the track.  So this is definitely a kid-friendly event. They will get a kick when they see the horses start to CANTOR around. (I know you were thinking about that pun…)

The date: Sunday June 2, 2019. 
The time:  Noon to 5. (The races start at 1 PM.)
The location: Belmont is located on the Queens–Nassau border at 2150 Hempstead Turnpike, Elmont, NY 11003. 

Check your email and click on the link to tell me if you are thinking of going. No commitment yet. If you need more information tell me that also. Please tell me as soon as possible, but no later than Sunday, March 31, 2019.  I plan to NAG (get it?!) you several times about this.

You can do this. I can do this. We can do this. We only get together twice a year. If we can get more people to come, we can have a fall event that you can help with and then maybe another spring meeting and then…….
But wait. One step at a time. I will be in touch. But make a plan to be there. One Sunday in June is all it takes to keep us going. Come on.

Your not so distant relative,
Lawrence “Seabiscuit” Becker (Amy Hornick’s husband!)
ICFS spring event committee



ICFS Meeting Rescheduled – 11/18

We are postponing the October 28 ICFS meeting due to too few RSVPs.

The fall meeting of the Israel Cantor Family Society has been rescheduled for Sandy Hornick’s house in Brooklyn.

Sunday, November 18 at 1pm
142 Park Pl, Park Slope, Brooklyn


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


Florence Hornick 1923-2018

Portrait of Florence Hornock

Florence Adele Hornick

December 15, 1923 – May 27, 2018

Florence Hornick passed away on Sunday May 27, 2018 at the age of 94. Her life is remembered below by her son, Sandy, and granddaughter, Meredith.


Sandy Hornick, Son
June 29, 2018

Florence and Joseph with Meredith Hornick, October 19, 1982

I recall sitting at a funeral with my dad where the rabbi told a story of a 70-year old man distraught at the funeral of his 90-something year old mother. His rabbi asked why he was so inconsolable. The rabbi noted that his mother had lived a very long and full life in good health to the end.  The mourner replied, “Today I am an orphan.”

Today, Marc, Amy and I are orphans.


ICFS 105th Anniversary at the Ballpark


We are going to CitiField to watch the Mets GET CLOBBERED by the Yankees next June 10th. Or, maybe the other way around!

You should come with us. This is our ONE and ONLY celebration of the Society’s 105th Anniversary.

Here’s the deal. The ICFS is an ABSURDLY long-lived “cousins group.” We were CHARTERED (I’m not kidding) by the State of New York in 1913, and may be the oldest such chartered group still eating pastrami twice a year.

YOUNGER COUSINS, LISTEN UP. The guy after whom this Society is named (Israel Cantor) was born in 1831. His father (Yichel Michel — a name that has sadly gone out of style) was born in the 1790s, and played third base for the Minsk Draft Evaders. He just missed the chance to get shot by one of Napoleon’s soldiers on the Russian front. No way do you want to miss the chance to drink beer and discuss this and other aspects of Cantor family history.

We have a SERIOUSLY GOOD DEAL on offer. It’s FIFTY BUCKS a ticket and includes LUNCH, with the Society picking up the rest of the cost (like another $145 per person, so NO COMPLAINING!).

WHY are we doing this? Because WE ARE COUSINS and it’s KIND OF COOL to keep this going. We have rented a PRIVATE ROOM at Citifield and we will GATHER at 11:15 am SHARP in that room for an early lunch and a discussion of TRADITIONAL Cantor Family topics: Lean vs Fatty Pastrami, Traffic, Cemetery maintenance, a bit more on Pastrami, the 10 greatest Jewish baseball players of all time, and why young people should be nice when we ask for help using our smart phones.

OKAY. I really hope a lot of us will do this. If you aren’t sure whether this is a good idea, send an e-mail to SANDY HORNICK, whose love for the hapless Mets knows no bounds. He believes that if enough COUSINS agree to attend the game, GOD herself will be happy and three more excellent CUBAN players will join the METS next year before the government ends all visas for any Latinos who can hit for average AND power.

For out-of towners, it is worth a trip to the Big Apple for this.

Call or write with any questions.

Your planning Committee:
Phil Cantor
Barbara Greene
Sandy Hornick
Scott Berman
Dan Cantor


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. 

Member News

Craig Pomranz Live

Family Society member, Craig Pomranz, will be reprising his wonderful show in NYC next week. He recently returned from a successful engagement in London and he brings his special talents to the New York nightlife scene at the Cafe Noctambulo on May 2. I’ve been to a couple of his shows, and they are a BLAST!
Click here for the details.