Netanyahu receives gift of his Philly high school’s yearbook

Marcy Oster

(JTA) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu received a copy of his class yearbook from the high school he attended in Philadelphia.

Alumni of the Cheltenham High School Class of 1973 sent Netanyahu the yearbook and a note in April, reported Wednesday.

Netanyahu graduated in 1967, but missed the ceremony and receiving his yearbook because he left to join the Israeli army at about the time of the Six-Day War.

The 1973 classmates — David Gorewitz, Sam Katz, Bonnie Mason and Chuck Langerman — sent the yearbook. The note congratulated Netanyahu on his reelection as prime minister a month earlier.

Netanyahu responded last month with a personal note.

“Thank you for your kind message of congratulations and support. I appreciate your sending me the copy of the Cheltenham High School yearbook. It brought back many fond memories,” it said.

Netanyahu was active on the school’s debate team and in the chess club. He also played for the soccer team.

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