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19th October, 2014

Congratulation Eli Harari


Dear Whittingehamian,
My highly reliable intelligence sources deep inside the White House tell me that President Obama is giddy with anticipation.  The President is soon to meet his first Whittingehamian, our own Dr. Eli Harari, and award him — please sit down for this — The US National Medal of Technology and Innovation for 2014.  Not bad.  Congratulations.

Read all about it:

Nissan Boury 


8th October, 2014

Passing of Danny Porjes  (1944 -2014)

It is with deep sadness that we ask you to inform the Wittinghame family of the death of Danny Porjes who passed away  last week aged 70.    Danny attended school from 1959 to 1963.  Danny was a very  special person.  Always a true gentleman, he was  kind, warm- hearted and totally lovable. A loving husband, an exemplary father ,a dotting grandfather and the very best friend one can hope for.  He leaves behind a grieving wife, Bina (  ) his daughters Karin and Michelle , grand children and families  and dozens of truly broken hearted friends.  He will be greatly missed.
May his soul rest in peace.   

Dear Bina,
Although we have never met, please accept my sincerest condolences.  I remember Danny from Whittingehame, playing the piano. To this day, I marvel at the talent.  I always wished I could do the same!
Our thoughts and prayers are with you and the family.
Baruch Dayan HaEmet
Ronnie Barokh
tel: 203-405-6299

cell: 323-899-1201

Nora and I were devastated when we got the call from Isaac this morning. We cherish the memory of Dan's smile, warmth, musical talent and long lasting friendship. 
We will miss him terribly. When you attend the Yom Kippur and other services, please include him in your prayers, DAN BEN HANS AND ELSA.

May you rest in peace, dear friend.
Jack & Nora

My Dearest Bina,
What a shock.  Handsome Danny who always looked in top form -- suntanned and dedicated to his Friday tennis game -- is gone.  Last I saw him, he looked the perfect picture of a healthy Israeli, benefiting from the country's lovely weather and all that it has to offer.  With his beautiful and adoring wife at his side and two stunning daughters, he had it all.  

There are two things I'll always remember about Danny:  

First, was his handsome French movie actor looks, always wearing his tie with a slightly open collar, as if making a statement of defiance to English convention and setting his own personal style.  And that goes back to the early 1960s, when we were still in our mid teens.

Second, was his amazing musical talent.  Having never been formally tutored in music, he'd sit by his piano (or keyboard) and produce the most magical of melodies, composed right there on the spot, for our listening pleasure.  What an innate talent.
And now he is gone, not yet 70 years of age.  I will all miss him terribly.  Dearest Bina, my thoughts and prayers are with you and the family.

Nissan Boury

Dear Boys,
Itzahak  just informed me that -Unfortunately and with deepest regret and sadness our beloved friend Danny Porges past away a few hours ago. His wonderful wife Bina took care of our dear friend to the last moment with all the love possible.

We shall treasure our memories with Danny and shall always remember him with our love.

Baruch Dayan HaEmet
 Tony (Loew)

Dear friends:
I am in total shock, with the sad news of loosing so prematurely another of the "Jewels of the Crown"!
Dany was like a brother to me, as I met him at the same time I met Edgard, while living in Paris in May 1968.-1971 We made an immediate bond and became best of friends.  He used to share an apartment with Edgard in gorgeous Paris at that time, and it was like the "odd couple", Dany so organized and meticulous in every thing and Edgard a little bit messy in comparison with Mr. Perfection", Afterwards my Edgard learned from his room mate, and became also Mr. Perfection #2"...

We shared lots of happy anecdotes during the revolution of '68 in Paris, and later on when I met his better half Bina, one of my closest friends, we became quite attached to each other.  He will always  be remembered with his good looks, so elegant,  and so romantic every time he sat down in his piano to delight his guests with his musical talent.

Bina my dear, be strong, and just think that we have our two angels looking after us from up above!

Wish I would be there next to you to hug you and give you my support and warm friendship in this hard moment.
May he rest in peace, much love

Lupe Mann

I'm so, so sorry. I just heard the devastating news this moment . I don't even know what to say.

Danny was such a wonderful friend to Joe and such a good guy. He Always had a smile on his face and a showed true love to all his family and friends .

We shall always treasure the good times we had together and may his memory be a source of comfort to you and your family at this most difficult time .
Michele and Joseph Romano

Joseph Romano





16th August, 2014

Passing of Chaim Henry Gehl

Dear Whitniks,
It is with sadness that I must inform you of the passing of Chaim Henry Gehl (1957-1962), brother of Zorach Gehl.  Chaim was one of the first five members who started our Whittingehame Club and became our second chairman. 

Chaim participated in the activities of the club and attended most of the reunions . He had a wonderful personality and was loved by everyone. Chaim sadly passed away 15/08/2014 in Israel after being in a coma for 2 weeks. 

Eddy Edelsburg



  10th August, 2014  

Dear Whittingehamian,
I am please to inform you that several weeks ago, three memorial park benches in memory of our beloved teacher, Ella Smith, were unveiled in the central park of Carmarthen, Wales — Ella and Eldon’s home since the closure of our beloved Whittingehame College.  Below you’ll find several photographs of the benches and the plaque that adorns each bench. The plaque reads:


In Loving Memory Of


1921 — 2014

Of St. David’s, Brighton and Carmarthen

   Given By Her Grateful Pupils From

Whittingehame College



Eldon and his family were present at the inaugurating ceremony and to quote Eldon and Betty:  “the benches are marvelous.”  Eldon and the family are extremely pleased and they thank all Whittingehamian for their concern and kindness.  



The benches were funded by several (about 10) of your fellow Whittingehamians.  We did not launch a school-wide fundraising campaign because of time constraints and our desire to save such an effort for the Whittingehame Memorial project, which will follow.

If you wish to donate funds in memory of Ella, the family suggests a contribution to the Ella Owen Smith Memorial Fund at the Macmillan Cancer Support.  Below you’ll find a document on the Fund and how to contribute to it.  Please make sure that your donations specify the Ella Owen Smith Memorial Fund and the name of the MCS executive in charge of the account, Ms. Jackie Phillips.  Once the contributions are in place, MCS and the Smith family will decide how to commemorate Ella’s memory.  For those of you in the US, note that your contributions are tax deductible (under Section 501.c3), if you make your contributions thru the American Friends of Macmillan (see attachment). Otherwise, please use the attached donation form and mail  your contribution directly to the MCS

Now that the commemoration of our beloved teacher is complete, we can turn our attention to the Whittingehame Memorial project, where we can memorialize all departed teachers and pupils. This is a substantially more complicated project, and thus it requires careful and professional analysis and execution.  Idle, and impatient, calls to ‘let’s decide and move with it’ will likely doom the project.  As we proceed, we should consider such issues as: cost, fit-for-purpose, on-going maintenance, perpetuity, etc.  I’ll try to find time and put my thoughts in an email in the coming weeks, but I will NOT coordinate this effort and will leave it to others to take it from here.  

Warm regards, 

Nissan Boury 



The Ella Owen Smith Memorial Fund
Confidential May 2014

Thank you so much for getting in touch with Macmillan Cancer Support. We are sorry to hear about your teacher, Ella Owen Smith, and it a lovely gesture that you are considering honouring her with a gift to Macmillan. We are grateful to you for thinking of us in this manner and have set up the Ella Owen Smith Memorial Fund in her name.

Supporting people affected by cancer is a wonderful way to pay tribute to someone special like Mrs Owen Smith. Below you can see how you can make a contribution, based on your location and what might be the best means for you.

All gifts will be restricted to the Ella Owen Smith Memorial Fund, and spent in consultation and agreement with her family.

We look forward to hearing from you and thank you.

How to make a gift

For all gifts, please note somewhere on the correspondence that the gift/s should be attributed to:
- The Ella Owen Smith Memorial Fund and,
- Please also use my name, Jackie Phillips, as a reference. That way, we can track donations easily.

For ALL donations regardless of your location, you can:

- Use the donation form attached. If you choose to give in your own currency, please be aware that the figure received may fluctuate slightly as we will convert it into sterling.
- Transfer funds directly to our account:

A/c Number 27114767

Sort Code 56-00-33

Bank name

Bank address

National Westminster Bank Plc
27-29 Horseferry Road, London SW1P 2AY

Branch Millbank

A/C Name Macmillan Cancer Support

IBAN GB41NWBK56003327114767NWBKGB2L


- Call our Fundraising Support Centre on 00 44 (0) 300 1000 200, and we can take a credit or debit card payment over the phone. Our lines are open 9am – 5pm GMT, Monday to Friday.
- Please send a cheque made  payable  to  ‘Macmillan  Cancer  Support’ in pounds sterling or in your local currency to our head office, at Macmillan Cancer Support, 89
Albert Embankment, London SE1 7UQ. Please note, bank charges may be deducted from your donation when using this method, so the other two options are the most cost-effective for us.
Confidential May 2014

For UK dwellers only, you can:

- Go to our website and give at:

For US dwellers who would like to take advantage of 501c3:

The American Friends of Macmillan was formed in 1991 as the US affiliate of Macmillan to support its charitable programmes.
American Friends of Macmillan operates in a manner typical of American Friends organisations. It is fully qualified as a public charity described in section 501(c)(3) of the US Internal Revenue Code. Accordingly, amounts contributed to it are deductible for US tax purposes. It may devote funds received by it to any purpose consistent with its charitable objects, as dictated by its Board of Directors.
People wanting to contribute funds in support of Macmillan but also wishing a US income tax deduction often make their donation to the Friends with a request that the Friends provide support to Macmillan.
Should you wish to make a donation in this way, you can send a cheque in dollars to the
‘American  Friends  of  Macmillan  Cancer  Support’,  who  are  based  in  the  US  - for the attention of Jerry McCoy. He will process the gift and you will receive any 501c3 benefits, as
applicable. Once the funds are received by AFMCS, Macmillan are notified and we will then
‘apply’  for  the  funds  via  grant  proposal.  The  funds  are  then  transferred  to  our  UK  account.
Please send donations to: Jerry Mc Coy
American Friends of Macmillan Cancer Support
1720 N Street Nw
Washington, District Of Columbia 20036
Alternatively you can donate online via here http://non-profit-
Please note Ella Owen Smith Memorial Fund and Jackie Phillips on correspondence to
Mr McCoy.

Off-shore account:

We do have an off-shore account for any donors who might wish to avail of this. This is a much more rigorous process, and we would be happy to provide further detail separately as required.

Thank you

I hope this is helpful. Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions. Thank you again.
Jackie Phillips
020 7840 4830
Confidential May 2014


12th February, 2014

Dear Whitnik,
Ella (DOB 20.11.21) died last night (11.2.14). She loved you all.


My Dear Eldon
I was deeply upset by the sad news of the loss of your dear sweet Ella.  She was a wonderful woman and while you said she loved us all you must know that we all loved her dearly too and I know I speak for all Whitniks when I say a little bit of our lives has passed on.  I remember you had not been married too long when I arrived at the school in 1951 so your marriage was indeed a very long and happy one, more than many of us have been able to achieve.  It is quite curious because for the last week or so I have been getting increasingly concerned that we haven't had one of your emails for quite a while and I was rather nervous about writing  for fear of what I might hear.  Now all is clear and my worst fears have been realised.

You know Eldon that on occasions like this it is customary to wish the bereaved a long life and that wish was never more sincerely meant than it is now.  We all wish you a long life for, apart from the deep affection in which you are held by us all, you represent the last link with our happy days spent at Whittingehame.

Alan Bobroff

 Dear Eldon,
I woke up this morning to the shocking news of Ella’s passing.  It was difficult to comprehend and absorb, because it was only a couple of months ago that we talked on the phone and she sounded her old self.  But I am not the only one.  Ella was loved and admired by each and every Whittingehamian and the sad news has reverberated around the world.  Emails of the sorrowful event have circled the globe many times, all pouring love and fond memories for our dear teacher.

Eldon, I know how much Ella meant to you over these many decades you have spent together.  I cannot even imagine the loss you now feel.  But if it a small consolation, you are in the thoughts and prayers of all of us.  And all of us are standing ready to help you in any way we can.  Please be strong, we are all standing shoulder to shoulder with you.

Finally Eldon, please accept my deep and truly heartfelt condolences on this monumental loss.

Warmest regards. 

Nissan Boury 

Dear Eldon,
I have only just now received Nisky's email.

I would like to join in, with my own condolences to you, for your irreparable loss of dear Ella.

Nisky has expressed beautifully what all of us feel, and there is little we can add to that.

I have wonderful memories of Ella, who was my teacher when I came to England, at the age of 8.
She taught me English, and many other things, but above all she taught me good values for life.
May your wonderful memories of her console you during these difficult days.  We, her pupils, all feel like orphans.
May her soul rest in peace.

 With love, edward

Dear Eldon,
It is with a heavy heart that I convey my condolences. Ella was an integral part of our formative years, and will not be forgotten.

We prey for her soul to rest in peace.  

Joseph Yadegar.


Dear Eldon,
I was deeply grieved at the news that Ella had passed away.

When I first arrived at  Whittingehame, in 1947, she was only 26  years old,  but seemed to a 14 years old new arrival at the school,  a distant and untuchable pillar of authority.  How wrong could one be.  Ella proved to be kind, loving and considerate and rediated warmth, as such I shall always keep her in my memory.

I am sending you my deepest condolences  at the sad loss of Ella, and appreciate the deep sorrow which you and your family feel.

Yuval Levy

Dear Eldon
I am very sorry to hear the loss of a very great person as Ella.

May she rest in Peace.

My Condoences to you and the family

John Khedouri

Dear Eldon
I have received the EMail from Alan Bobroff and like him I was concerned that I had not heard from  you . I enjoyed receiving regular E Mails from you  and I know that you were very interested in receiving my news especially about  Penny and I and the  work we are doing in Uganda.

I cannot  add to the excellent  words Alan Bobroff has written  and to add my many happy memories I have of you and Ella
Kindest regards

Dear Eldon,
We just heard the sad news of the passing of Ella and would like to offer our sincerest condolences.  It was always a pleasure to see her at the reunions and the joy she displayed when meeting all the old boys.  She will be greatly missed.

Wishing you a long life,
Louis and Tilly Mandel


Dear Eldon
Jill and I are writing to express our sorrow at the sad loss of Ella and to extend our sympathy to you and your family.


Words uttered by your friends will have little meaning and cannot begin to penetrate the depths of sadness and loss that you are feeling right now. We have both suffered the departure of a loved spouse and know that you will put on a brave face in public, but the real grieving you will do when you are alone. And no-one can share that with you. You just struggle to do the day-to-day things and get by the best you can.


Your real friends will give you space and let you settle into your new life at your own pace. Those that break from you were never true friends and you can part from them with out any sorrow.  Take it slowly and gain your own inner strength before you venture into the World again. You have too much to offer in the way of ability and knowledge to hide away for ever.


We wish you a long life and may this loss be the last sorrow you suffer


With our love and best wishes


Mervyn and Jill
 Mervyn D Cole


 My Dear Eldon,
I’m so sorry to hear about the passing of dear Ella.

She was a gentle, intelligent person, and respected by all of us. I’d the pleasure of being one of her students and have very strong memories of her.  She’ll be missed by all of us Whitts, but her memory will stay with us forever.

Please accept my heartfelt condolences. May her soul rest in peace.

Please let us know if she had a favorite charity so that we can make a donation in her name.
Warm Regards,

Joseph Romano



Dear Eldon ( Mr.Smith).

This is a very sad day for the entire Whittingehame family, our hearts and souls cry for you and Ella, she was a wonderful person.

We are with you.

Haim and Aitana


My dear Eldon

I am so sorry for your loss. Ella's loss is ours as well. I remember her fondly. She was a patient and thoughtful teacher and part mother to all of us. May your healing process begin as soon as possible

Gideon Weingarten

Dear Eldon,
Although no words can really help to ease the loss you bear, just know that you are very close in every thoughts and prayers.

May the peace that comes from the memories of love shared comfort you now and in the days ahead.

Please accept our most heartfelt sympathies for your loss. Our thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time.

We share your grief in this time of bereavement with deepest sympathy and condolence.

Rosemary & Ilan Reisner

Dear Eldon,

Please accept our heartfelt condolences on the loss of dear Ella. May the peace that comes from the memories of love shared comfort you now and in the days ahead.

Kindest Regards,

Joe Tchira
Dear Eldon,

My deepest sympathies and condolences.

Marc V. Schnur

Dear Eldon:
My heart felt condolences to you and family on the passing away of Ella. She will be missed by all of us RIP.
Michael Gilerman


Dear Eldon,
I was realy sorry to hear of the passing of Ella. I remember her as a gentle loving lady who was a blessing to many of us whittingham boys.
I will remember you in my prayers that you may know God's shalom peace and strength as you grieve her loss in your private moments.
Ralph Goldenberg


Dear Eldon,
I am very sorry to hear about the loss of Ella.
She was pinnacle to all of our development and she will be in our memories forever.
Sending you my deepest condolences and we are with you every step of the way in the grieving process. We wish for your strength.
Best regards,

My Dear Eldon,
 So sad to hear of the loss of Ella.
 I remember her of course as Miss Tudor when she taught me English in 1946 . All my letters home were dictated by her. They started "Dear Mum and Dad , I am well and  happy at school...and ended "please send a tuck parcel"
She new what I wanted!
She also  was very good at keeping your Welsh temper down !.

 Fond memories keep flooding back like her role in  JBRs Eastern River and all the other dramatic roles she played.

Tempus fugit and we are seeing the passing of time gradually catching  up with us all.(I am 75 this week)
Oh sweet bird of youth.
 Much love to you and Betty Wyn and all your family at this very sad  moment in your lives.
Thinking of you


Dear Eldon,
Iris and I just heard of Ella’s passing.  We want you to know friends and pupils who love you surround you.

Our thoughts are with you in this time of sorrow.

With fond regards

Poldy and Iris Kula

Dear Eldon,
I was so sad to hear of Ella's passing.  My earliest memory of Ella was on my arrival at Whittinghame aged 5, sixty-one years ago.  Ella showed me many kindnesses and will forever be a part of my early childhood memories and my thirteen years at Whittinghame.  I shall always remember her fondly. 

I know you will miss your soul mate enormously.  My thoughts are with you.  Please accept my sincere condolences.
Kindest regards,

Ian Burton

Dear Eldon,
Ariella and I were greatly saddened by the news of Ella`s passing.

We both have wonderful memories of her, especially I ,as en ex pupil of her.

May her soul rest in peace.

We are with you in our thoughts.

I am very sorry to hear the sad news. I hope you and your family are doing fine. She was a great lady and we shall all miss her.

Jack Melroy

dearest eldon
am very saddened to hear of the loss of our  very dear ella....she was the most wonderful special woman...

may she rest in peace...god bless her...

hope to see you soon...

jaqui e safra

Dear Eldon 
 Our sincere Condolences. Words are not sufficient when you loose your lifes loving  companion. A person who has shared the wonder of lifes journey with you. Those of us blessed in this way always know a terrible price will be paid at this moment of parting. Bless your memories and hope for a final reunion.
 Life the greatest gift of all. 

Lee and Kate Balch

Dear Eldon,
It is with great sadness that Nora and I heard of the passing of your beloved wife and soul mate Ella.   She was was my English teacher. 
We are looking back warmly on your visits to New York.  It was an honor welcoming you to our home for the first Whittnik get-together in America.
We cherish the memory of her smiling face while holding and playing with our baby son Isaac twenty six years ago.  Her charm, warmth and smile will remain with us forever.
May she rest in peace and may G-D comfort you in your sorrow.   We all share your loss and grief.
In Ella's memory and your honor, we are starting a fruit tree orchard in Israel in recognition of your dedication and contribution to our success. 
We invite our friends the Whittniks  to join us.

Nora and Jack Abraham

Dear Eldon,
It was with great sadness we received the news of the passing of dear Ella.  You were both stalwart's of Whittingehame and played a major part in not only my life but of all the boys who's life you touched. 
Please accept my sincere condolences at this sad time.
Vyv Nusenbaum



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