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The Brotherhood of Three Men
Seniors at Kittay House make new friends based on shared interests. These members of the Masonsonic Order kindled their frienship at Kittay House
Once you meet Jerry Siskin, Jesse North and Sam Baum, it is crystal clear that their association is meaningful. These fellows are deeply bonded through their Masonic Order membership and are delighted to have found one another at Kittay.
Jerry, a retired chiropractor, has been a Kittay House tenant since 2008. He discovered that Sam was a fellow Mason during an afternoon conversation in the library. But just saying you’re a Mason isn’t enough.
The Masonic Code of Honor requires a slew of questions that only a “real” Mason can answer. Sam passed Jerry’s test and the tie was sealed. “He’s a wonderful guy and a great friend,” says Jerry about his beret-donning brother.
Shortly thereafter, Jesse, a Mason since the mid-1950s, noticed Jerry’s Mason pin emblem. The pair greeted each other with a unique Mason grip.
Kittay House was the setting for a memorable ceremony. Jerry was pinned for his 60 years as a member of the Masonic Order. Jon R. Pufahl, the Worshipful Master of his lodge, Lodge Arcana #246 in Manhattan, led the ceremony, which was attended by a group of Jerry’s Kittay friends, including Sam and Jesse. Jerry reflected, “It means a lot in the Masonic order having made all these friends and relationships for 60 years as a Mason. When I had surgery at the VA in Manhattan, the Phillipino nurses there recognized my Masonic ring and made sure it was protected for me during the surgery.”
“No matter where I’ve gone – near or far – I always found a Masonic friend,” remarks Jerry. He continues, “My fellowship with Sam and Jesse, right under my own Kittay roof, is the perfect example. We are true brothers to the end.”