April 19 brought joyful birthday celebrations to the Amsterdam at Harborview, two of which are quite significant. Anne Salzberg turned 100 years young on April 10, and at the party she graciously accepted a distinctive Proclamation from Town Councilwoman Dina De Giorgio honoring her life. Joe Weintraub turned 102; he received his Proclamation two years ago while celebrating his 100th birthday. They celebrated with all the Amsterdam “April babies.” Family, friends and staff came together to share the beautiful festivity.
Salzberg was born in 1916 in Carteret, NJ, the youngest of five children, in a warm and loving household surrounded by many family members. Playing the piano was a central part of her young life and it continued into adulthood. As a teenager, she was a substitute player for silent movies at the local theater in Carteret. Many of the residents at the birthday celebration spoke of her talent for playing the piano, something she does to this day at the Amsterdam. When she was 22 years old, she became the youngest president of the Hadassah chapter in Carteret. She continued to be active in the Hadassah chapter in Great Neck, where she moved with her husband and growing family in 1957. She takes much pleasure in a family that now includes her grown children, Sue, Tom and Jerry, daughter-in-law Barbara, two granddaughters, Jessica and Eve, two great-grandsons, Dean and Asa, and a new granddaughter on the way. Salzberg is described by her family as the matriarch of a very large family, who is a very loving, social person and a superb hostess. Even today, at 100 years old, she plays piano for residents in the Tuttle Health Center. Her son Tom and daughter-in-law Barbara claim one of Anne’s secrets to a long life is her wonderful sense of humor.
Weintraub was born a few months after World War I began on the East Side of Manhattan. He started working at the age of eight, helping his parents after school in a store they owned. He graduated from high school in 1931 and went on to college at night while working during the day. While serving in the Army in 1942, he met and married Lillian Himmel. They had a son named Jonathan and moved to Oakland Gardens, Queens, and made it their home for 55 years. Weintraub worked for the Railway Mail Service for 38 years after the war ended. He worked his way up through the years and became a manager of a financial analysis unit for the Northeast region. In addition to his professional work, Weintraub did a lot of hands-on work as a carpenter and locksmith, using his talent to help others, such as repairing Braille typewriters. Weintraub and his wife, Lillian, lived a life that included helping others through their work and community life. Weintraub moved to Port Washington in 2011 after his dear wife, Lillian, passed away. His son is now married and Weintraub has three grandsons. Weintraub’s sister-in-law, Renee Yarmoff, said he is always active. He is extremely well read and if there was ever a book or article she wanted to discuss, she would look for him for conversation. When Weintraub was asked what his secret to a long life is, he said it has taken him 102 years to figure it out. Weintraub is also known for his keen sense of humor.