Fifty preschoolers at the Selma Maisel Nursery School at Temple Sholom in Greenwich helped their school’s matriarch Selma Maisel celebrate her 90th birthday with a big bash held at the school on Tuesday, Sept. 23. Maisel – aka “Bubbe Selma” – and her late husband Mel were integral members of the local Jewish community, including UJA Greenwich, when they established the Selma Maisel Nursery School in 1990. Today, Maisel continues to be a positive force in the community, serving as an honorary grandmother to the approximately 2,000 “graduates” of the nursery school that carries her name.
At the birthday bash, each class sang songs for Bubbe Selma and then presented her with handmade birthday cards. Before blowing out the candles on her beautifully decorated cake, the preschoolers delighted Bubbe Selma with a rousing rendition of “Happy Birthday” – sung in both English and Hebrew.