Spotlight: News/Events

ENCORE Members Visit Ellis Island September 2016

Moe candidsEncore member in the Great HallEllis Island viewsThe Wall of ImmigrantsDisplay of Immigrants' ClothingInside the Great Hall, Flag flying


"Who we are now and who we were when" was the theme of Encore's Travel-Learn excursion this September. Led by Bev Schulman, Travel Committee Chair, the energetic group toured the main building, marveled at the displays of immigrant memorabilia, and viewed the names on the Wall of Immigrants.



Encore Travels to Lower East Side Tenement Museum September 10, 2015

What was daily life really like for the thousands of immigrants (perhaps some of them your own ancestors) who poured into New York City between 1863-1935. Experience it for yourself on Encore's travel-learn trip to the renowned Lower East Side Tenement Museum. In these carefully restored apartments and shops, Museum guides will take you back to the "living" past. Everything you will see and hear has been researched and reconstructed from anecdotal accounts, immigrant family histories, and historical records. Perhaps, too, we'll ponder new insights into current debates about immigrants.   After the tour (approximately 1 hour), you are free to lunch on your own at your choice of local restaurants, including the famous Katz Deli. The $42 trip cost includes bus transportation, admission fee, and bus driver's tip. Lunch is on our own.

      Lower east Side Tenement Museum Exterior Interior Tenement Apartment Group Tour Inside Tenement Hallway and Stairway Italian Immigrant Family Photo

NOTE: Trip registration is open to MEMBERS' ONLY; it is via printed registration form members will receive in August. Space is limited and is on a first come-first served basis. No phone registrations.



Five new Encore Steering Committee members will assume their duties September 1. Four were elected at the June Members' Meeting. They are Florette Soroka, Mary Berrigan, Joe Petrosi, and Joel Weintraub (pictured below). The fifth, Nancy Sears, was appointed in July to fill the remining term of Gert Mokotoff who becomes Board EMERITA.


Florette Soroka Mary Berrigan Joe Petrosi Joel WeintraubNancy Sears


Encore also says thank you to retiring Steering Committeee President Shirley Gordon (pictured below)who is moving away. At the July Steering Committee meeting, board members lauded Shirley's commitment, service and leadership. Active on ENcore's challenging Curriculum Committee as well, Shirley has infused new ideas and offerings.


Shirley's last message to membership

It's June 2014! Time for the Annual Members' Meeting and Ice Cream Social!


Members sampling the Blue Mountain Ice Cream BarEncore Faculty DisplayMembers Socializing at Tables

As a fitting finale to another year of lifelong learning, Encore members celebrated at our annual Members' meeting in June. In addition to make-your-own ice cream sundies and socialing at parlor tables, the members and Steering Committee celebrated Encore's incredible volunteer faculty. The facuty were saluted with a display wall of their photos and courses, a special presentation of engraved pens, and a tribute via the keynote address.

A short business meeting was also part of the afternoon's doings. Steering Committee members were elected; two new members were added: Irma Scherz and Bev Shulman. Re-elected were Chris Godwin, Shirley Gordon, who serves as president, and Bob Foglia.

June 2013 Annual Members Meeting Highlights Past & Future

Gert Mokotoff and Helen Elia, Encore Steering Committee MembersCity of Middletown 125th Anniversary Seal Jerry Kleiner, Speaker

At Encore's Annual Members Meeting and Ice Cream Social, our community and our organization's past and future held center stage. Founding member and outgoing Encore president, Gertrude Mokotoff received our thanks via a touching tribute by Helen Elia, another founding member. Gert has been our driving force since Encore's inception; she promises to stay active as a Steering Committee representative. Then Middletown's Jerry Kleiner entrhalled us with the plans for this month's upcoming 125th Anniversary of Middletown. Jerry gave us a succinct history of the city's founding and major milestones; he then elaborated on the variety of events open to us all during the celebration. This includes a gala parade whose grand marshall is our own Gert Mokotoff.

Parking Information

SUNY Orange suggests:

  • If you bring your own car, you may park in available space in the open college lots. Be sure to place your blue “Attending Encore class”  strip on your windshield. However,
    • Harriman Hall Parking Lot (Lot 2 directly behind Harriman Hall, corner of Wawayanda Ave & East Conkling St.) is still CLOSED due to construction.
    • Orange Hall Parking Lot (behind Orange Hall) can be entered ONLY THRU the Grandview Ave. entrance. Once you are parked, you can still enter Orange Hall from the inner campus.

Encore Receives Prestigous Community Service Award

SUNY Orange's Encore will receive the 2011 Community Service Award Sept. 15 from the Jewish Family Services, the multi-faceted service organization for our area. Cynthia Weintraub, JFS president, describes Encore as " a real treasure and a commitment we admire." She also notes that Encore is the only organization to be so honored this year. Included are Rhoda Pollack, Dominic Elia, Gertrude Mokotoff, Jane Rabinowitz; Michael Schwartz, Shirley Gordon, Kathy Hamilton, Linda Smith, Robert Foglia, Helen Elia, Chris Godwin, Harriett Clarke.

Encore Board and Office Staff members in formal picture.