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50 years of marriage -- and counting!

Posted: December 7, 2010

There are at least 12 couples that live in JCHE's Brighton buildings that have been married for 50 years or more!  Among those 24 individuals, there is at least 600 years of marriage.  Amazing!

For the past 31 years, the City of Boston Commission on the Affairs of the Elderly has held a special celebration to honor those Boston couples who have reached this milestone.  This year's celebration, held at the end of November at the Boston Park Plaza, included the 12 JCHE couples.  It was a grand celebration with corsages and boutonnières, lovely dinner, dancing to a live band, a massive wedding cake and a champagne toast. 

Moisey Kozlenko and Rema Kanevskaya live in Leventhal House and were delighted to attend this gala.  They were definitely eligible to attend as they had exchanged wedding vows 52 years ago in the former Soviet Union.  Their 53rd anniversary is just weeks away.  Their partnership is immediately evident.  As English is not their native language, they worked together to find the words to thoroughly describe the event.  The high point was clearly the dancing.  Moisey said they had not danced together for at least 10 or 15 years.  When asked to reveal their secret for a successful marriage, they indicated that they loved one another, understood one another and shared many interests, including classical music. 

They also share an appreciation for their happy life together in America.  Their connection to their adopted country was very apparent just a few weeks ago.  Together with their children and grandchildren from New Jersey, the Kanevskaya-Kozlenko family recently gathered in their Leventhal apartment to express their thanks with a traditional Thanksgiving celebration.


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