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Obituary: Nathan Sokoloff, 100, Hardworking Man of Integrity, Beloved Father of Heidi Saxe

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Nov 132017
 

Nathan Sokoloff, 100, a long time resident of Orange, and most recently of Tower One in New Haven, devoted husband of the late Clara (Tolchinsky) Sokoloff, died at his home on November 10, 2017.

Born in Brooklyn, NY., December 16, 1916, he was the son of the late Irwin & Rachel (Wiener), Sokoloff. He was preceded in death by wife Clara; grandson Jeremy Saxe; son-in-law Gregory Johnson; his brother George and his sister Sophie. Beloved Father of Jill Noel (John) of Hamden, Heidi Saxe (Tracy) of Orange and Michael Sokoloff (Judy) of Cheshire. Cherished Grandfather of Dayna, Jessica, Robert, Ryan, Brian, Thomas and the late Jeremy Saxe.

Nat had a long career working full-time from 13 years old in the Garment District in NYC and was still working one day a week even after his 100th birthday. In addition to his long career in textiles, he had success in other industries as well, including the game industry, banking and, finally, working part-time in legal services. Nat served in the US Army during the Second World War. He was also President of Orange Little League during their championship year.

Nat was an extremely devoted husband, father, and grandfather. Nat and Clara were married for more than 70 years before she passed in 2010. Always the love his life, she inspired in him a passion for songwriting after her death that resulted in him writing over 70 songs in both English and Yiddish, many of them romantic ballads to Clara’s memory. He began to perform live shows at his new home at Tower One in his 90s and was preparing another performance at the time of his death. They both excelled at ballroom dancing and enjoyed traveling.

There was nothing Nat wouldn’t do for his family. Nathan leaves behind a loving family who have always admired him, learned from him, and will deeply miss him. Well educated, and self-taught, he continued his lifelong learning to the very end through extensive reading, research on the internet and kept current with technology using his iPhone for texting and social media to keep abreast of his grandchildren.

A celebration of the life of Nathan Sokoloff will be held at Robert E. Shure Funeral Home, 543 George Street, New Haven on Tuesday, November 14, 2017, at 10:30 a.m. with interment services to follow with military honors at B’nai Jacob Memorial Park, 200 Wintergreen Avenue, New Haven.

Nat’s family will be receiving from 9:30 a.m. until the time of service at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be sent to Jeremy Saxe Foundation Saxe Doernberger & Vita, P.C. 35 Nutmeg Drive, Trumbull, CT 06611.

To sign an online registry book or leave a message of condolence, please visit: www.shurefuneralhome.com

Jeremy Saxe Volleyball Tournament Fundraiser Is This Friday

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Nov 272014
 

Jeremy SaxeYou can make a difference this Friday (the day after Thanksgiving) in honor of Amity Grad Jeremy Saxe, who dedicated his life to giving to others.

The traditional Jeremy Saxe volleyball tournament will take place at the Connecticut Sports Center, 21 South Bradley Road, Woodbridge, Friday, Nov.28, 2-8 p.m.

In addition to the volleyball there will be an expanded marketplace with local artisans offering fine clothing, jewelry, art, home goods, plus handmade woolens and ornaments from artisans in Nepal.

Due to the tremendous turnout in past years, the tournament has been moved from Amity High School to CT Sports Center, which allows more playing time for teams and a refreshment area offering food, beer and wine to enjoy.

The Jeremy Saxe Volleyball Tournament, established in November 2008 by Amity volleyball players, honors Amity Alum Jeremy Saxe who tragically lost his life due to an undiagnosed heart condition.

The Late Jeremy Saxe

The Late Jeremy Saxe

All proceeds support Jiwanko Saathiharu: Jeremy Saxe Foundation for Education and Development, Inc., an independent social development organization with 501 (c)3 tax exempt status formed by Jeremy’s friends, colleagues and family members.  The Foundation funded Clara’s Childcare Center in the village of Pharping, Nepal.

The tournament

The tournament is a Sixes Coed. Please sign up as a team of at least 6 (at least two girls per team) or sign up as a single ($15/player) and get placed on a team. The first 100 players signed up will receive an event t-shirt!

Players should submit their names individually (to be added to teams) or their team rosters by email (jsvbtourney@gmail.com) or at the Facebook Event page (“Jeremy Saxe Volleyball Tournament with Holiday Artisan Marketplace”).

This is a community event and all are welcome and encouraged to attend.

 What the funding is for

The childcare center furthers the Foundation’s development objectives by improving outreach for the women’s literacy program and providing quality care, school readiness, and Montessori early education to the children. Clara’s Childcare Center empowers women of the Village of Pharping by providing care for their young children while they attend the Women’s Community Literacy School.

Clara’s Childcare Center has served as a model that has now been replicated in the surrounding villages, multiplying the impact of donors on the lives of these families, especially the children!

These children will then have a strong start when they attend the Foundation’s planned project: Jiwanko Saathiharu Sikshyalaya (“Friends of Life/Friends of Jeremy Place of Learning”). Jiwanko Saathiharu Sikshyalaya is planned as a community-based “School for Future Leaders.” The school will be open to all castes and ethnic groups providing American style education and emphasizing critical thinking and analysis with rigorous academics. The school will promote good global citizenship while fostering a love of Nepal that encourages students to build a better future for Nepal

You can view a video thank you from their Nepali partners, ASC and the children of the village of Pharping, Nepal at JiwankoSaathiharu’s Channel – YouTube

In the spring of his junior year he studied abroad in Nepal where he fell in love with the country and its people and committed his future to international development. While in Nepal, Jeremy was given the Nepali name, Jiwan, which means “life” and Jiwanko Saathiharu translates to “Friends of Jeremy/Friends of Life.”

It is the hope of the Foundation that the lives of its donors and volunteers will be touched as deeply as the lives of its recipients when they witness their investment coming to fruition, making our world a better place.

Local sponsors
The tournament committee thanks this year’s very generous sponsors: Amity Auto Repair, Anderson Automotive, Cigar and More, Dr. Robert Rauch the Gentle Dentist, Jamba Juice, Orange Fence & Supply Co., Racebrook Wine & Liquor, Saxe, Doernberger & Vita, P.C., Sponge Brothers, Ted’s Cleaners, Webster Bank and Winkle Bus.

To sign up, volunteer, or for more information, e-mail: jsvbtourney@gmail.com or heidi.saxe@jeremysaxefoundation.org. Contributions can be mailed to Jeremy Saxe Foundation c/o SDV 1952 Whitney Avenue Hamden, CT 06517.

 

Originally Published on: Nov 23, 2014 @ 15:15

Jeremy Saxe Volleyball Tournament & Holiday Artisan Marketplace: Shopping and Spiking to Make a Difference: From Amity to Nepal

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Nov 282013
 

Jeremy Saxe, Amity Volleyball 2005

Jeremy Saxe, Amity Volleyball 2005

Looking for a way to make a difference this Thanksgiving weekend?

On Friday, November 29th, 2:00 – 8:00 PM come to the CT Sports Center, 21 South Bradley Road, Woodbridge (note: new location). For a $5 suggested donation you can shop for unique holiday gifts, watch exciting volleyball games and support a local community event that benefits the children of the beautiful, spiritual, but impoverished nation of Nepal and also supports an annual Amity scholarship.

This year features the added attraction of many outstanding local artisans offering their fine clothing, jewelry, art, home goods and more. Beautiful woolens and ornaments, handmade from our friends in Nepal, will also be available for purchase.

Due to the tremendous turnout in past years, the tournament has been moved from Amity High School to CT Sports Center which allows more playing time for teams and a refreshment area offering food, beer and wine to enjoy.

The tournament is a Sixes Coed. Please sign up as a team of at least 6 (at least two girls per team) or sign up as a single ($15/player) and get placed on a team. The first 100 players signed up will receive an event t-shirt! Players should submit their names individually (to be added to teams) or their team rosters by email (jsvbtourney@gmail.com) or at the Facebook Event page (“Jeremy Saxe Volleyball Tournament with Holiday Artisan Marketplace”).

 Enjoy a drink, connect with friends home for the holiday, and support local small businesses! Find unique gifts and support the work of Jeremy’s legacy foundation in the beautiful but impoverished country of Nepal and take a respite from the mall on “Black Friday.” Even if you can spare only a few minutes to say hello, you will be making a difference! This is a community event and all are welcome and encouraged to attend.

All proceeds support Jiwanko Saathiharu: Jeremy Saxe Foundation for Education and Development, Inc., an independent social development organization with 501 (c)3 tax exempt status formed by Jeremy’s friends, colleagues and family members.

The Foundation funded Clara’s Childcare Center with memorial donations given in honor of Jeremy’s grandmother, Clara Sokoloff (1920-2010).  On September 7, 2011, during UNESCO’s International Literacy Day celebration, Clara’s Childcare Center was inaugurated as the first childcare center in Pharping, Nepal!

The childcare center furthers the Foundation’s development objectives by improving outreach for the women’s literacy program and providing quality care, school readiness, and Montessori early education to the children. Clara’s Childcare Center empowers women of the Village of Pharping by providing care for their young children while they attend the Women’s Community Literacy School.

Clara’s Childcare Center has served as a model that has now been replicated in the surrounding villages, multiplying the impact of donors on the lives of these families, especially the children!

These children will then have a strong start when they attend the Foundation’s signature project school: Jiwanko Saathiharu Sikshyalaya (“Friends of Life/Friends of Jeremy Place of Learning”). Jiwanko Saathiharu Sikshyalaya is planned as a community-based “School for Future Leaders.” The school will be open to all castes and ethnic groups providing American style education and emphasizing critical thinking and analysis with rigorous academics.  The school will promote good global citizenship while fostering a love of Nepal that encourages students to build a better future for Nepal

Children of Pharping, Nepal welcoming Jeremy Saxe Foundation

Please view a video thank you from our Nepali partners, ASC and the children of the village of Pharping, Nepal at JiwankoSaathiharu’s Channel – YouTube

The Jeremy Saxe Volleyball Tournament, established in November 2008 by Amity volleyball players, honors Jeremy Saxe who tragically lost his life on September 4, 2008 from an undiagnosed heart condition: hypertrophic cardiomyopathy.

Jeremy graduated Amity High School in 2005.  He was an outstanding student, co-captain of the Soccer, Ski Racing and Volleyball Teams and voted MVP for all three sports.

Jeremy attended Lafayette College where he maintained a 3.84 overall GPA as a Philosophy major.  In the spring of his junior year he studied abroad in Nepal where he fell in love with the country and its people and committed his future to international development.  A natural leader with abundant positive energy, tremendous integrity, insightful intelligence, compassion and good humor, Jeremy inspired all that knew him.

Jeremy’s inspiration continues through the work of his foundation.  While in Nepal, Jeremy was given the Nepali name, Jiwan, which means “life” and Jiwanko Saathiharu translates to “Friends of Jeremy/Friends of Life.”

The vision of Jiwanko Saathiharu, “Friends of Jeremy/Friends of Life,” is to be a strong international team based on enduring friendships built on mutual respect and shared values, working together to inspire global action, connecting people across borders, and transforming hearts and minds through the development of cultural programs that educate, create dialogue, and build community.

It is the hope of the Foundation that the lives of its donors and volunteers will be touched as deeply as the lives of its recipients when they witness their investment coming to fruition, making our world a better place.

The tournament committee thanks this year’s very generous sponsors: Amity Auto Repair, Anderson Automotive, Cigar and More, Dr. Robert Rauch the Gentle Dentist, Jamba Juice, Orange Fence & Supply Co., Racebrook Wine & Liquor, Saxe, Doernberger & Vita, P.C., Sponge Brothers, Ted’s Cleaners, Webster, Bank and Winkle Bus.

To sign up, volunteer, or for more information, please e-mail: jsvbtourney@gmail.com or heidi.saxe@jeremysaxefoundation.org. Contributions can be mailed to Jeremy Saxe Foundation c/o SDV 1952 Whitney Avenue Hamden, CT 06517.

Come out! Make a difference on November 29th!