Pauline “Polly” Schaffer DeNur returned to Atlanta from Dallas, Texas, for her 90th birthday celebration on Saturday, Sept. 9.
Daughter Bobbi Kornblit, a Buckhead resident, hosted a party for 50 relatives at the Grand Salon of the Phoenix on Peachtree condominiums. The theme was “90 Is the New 60,” a reference to Pauline’s high energy and youthful attitude.
Partygoers were mainly Atlanta cousins, including the Joffres, Weinmans, Cohens, Terry Spector, Amy and Paul Harris, and Californian Sherry Weinman Umansky. Sisters Peggy Slotin, with her family, and Harriet Hess, in from Washington, D.C., also attended the celebration.
Singer Megan Harkins performed Broadway show tunes, a favorite form of entertainment of the honoree.
Pauline was born in Atlanta in 1927. Her parents were the late Freda and Dave Schaffer, Russian immigrants who owned groceries and real estate. Pauline graduated from Girls’ High and moved to Dallas after marrying Georgia Tech graduate Samuel Feldman in 1945.
She later wed Amnon DeNur in Texas, who died two years ago. Israeli-born DeNur, a retired businessman, was one of the 20 original pilots in the fledgling Israeli air force in the War for Independence, joining in 1948.
Pauline, an inspiration to friends and family, attributes her good health and vitality to 40 years of Jazzercise aerobic dance sessions. Over the decades she has celebrated almost every simcha of her relatives in Atlanta.