Jules E. Mastbaum Alumni Association (JEMAA)

P.O. Box 655

Ocean City,  New Jersey 08226-0655


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     JEMAA is a group of former students from Jules E. Mastbaum AVTS, 3116 Frankford Avenue (corner Clementine Street), Philadelphia, PA. 19134, who seek to promote fellowship among our membership, publish a newsletter, arrange fund raisers to support gifts of monetary awards to deserving students at graduation, assist our school on various projects not supported by the Board of Education, support the faculty and students to improve the level of education at our alma mater. 

     We are a non-profit association and, as such, exempt from Federal Income tax under Section 501 (c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Service Code, therefore, contributions to the association are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.

     Through the years, JEMAA has made many donations to our alma mater.  To name just a few: varsity football helmets, new uniforms for the cheerleaders, a new banner for the gym honoring the 1989 girls Volleyball Championship, a plaque dedicating the gym honoring Ralph “Bones” Schneider, a Sports Hall of Fame plaque to honor students who were All-Public in their sport, from funds donated by the 1977 class (a reunion), a new trophy case, a donation for painting the cafeteria for a Martin Luther King Service Day, a new flag for the auditorium, and on numerous occasions made donations to assist students with travel expenses to various competitions. 

     We have also assisted graduating seniors through the years with monetary gifts (currently totaling over $54,000.00) toward their continuing education.

     To support these endeavors, we have several fund raisers each year:

  • Alumni Basketball game held in the early spring in the Ralph Bones Schneider Gym with participants from Mastbaum basketball teams of the past.  This event earns cash for the Ralph Schneider Graduation Award.
  • All-Class Reunion at the Shore (Wildwood, NJ) in late spring, supporting our graduation funds.
  • All-Class Dinner-Dance in the fall, also supporting our graduation funds.

     We encourage you to have your class reunion at either the Shore Reunion or the Dinner Dance.  JEMAA does all the work (hall, food, drinks, DJ) all you have to do is purchase a ticket and show up!  We will reserve tables for your class to ensure they are all seated together.

  • We also gather annually for Alumni Day where you have a chance to "go back in time" and visit your old alma mater.  We meet at The Thinker, from which you can take a tour of the school to see the trades being currently taught or have lunch at the Panther Cafe' where the Culinary Arts students prepare and serve a delicious lunch for you. 

     Please keep an eye on the JEMAA EVENTS tab for the dates and times of these events.

     While we are not a large organization, we strive to assist the school and the students however we can and  .... we do this through your annual membership dues and donations to the various graduation funds

     We thank you for your continued support!


     Active membership is open to all interested former students  of Mastbaum (you need not to have graduated) ....   and to all past and present faculty at the school.

     If you would like to support us by joining, please go to JEMAA MEMBERSHIP






A Man of Many Hats

Nuncio Cali, 83, a.k.a. “Benzio”, passed away November 12, 2016 in his home in Bensalem, PA, surrounded by family.  He is survived by his loving wife, Violet Cali, and his sister, Nina Cali. 

Born in Philadelphia, on August 4, 1933, Nuncio grew up in St. Mary of the Eternal parish, attended St. Mary of the Eternal parish school, then Northeast High School.  He went on to receive a Bachelors of Education at LaSalle College and then a Master’s in Education from Beaver College.

Nuncio married his wife, Violet, on June 4, 1964 and they lived in Philadelphia all their lives until a recent move to Bensalem.

“Benzio”, a nickname combining his love for Ben Franklin and his Italian heritage, volunteered at the Franklin Institute since retiring in 1993 as a teacher from Mastbaum AVTS. At Mastbaum, Nuncio taught Biology, Physical Sciences, and Physics.  He also coached cheeleading, majorettes and the colorguards.   Being Benzio combined of his love of science and his love of entertaining people with costumes, hats, props or puzzles.

If you were ever lucky enough to visit the Franklin Institute, or attend Mastbaum AVTS, then you were undoubtedly touched by Nuncio Cali.  It wasn’t just his goofiness, pranks or costumes that would capture your attention.  Nuncio thrived off the joy and kindness that he brought to people.  As his student, niece, nephew, cousin, in-law, sister, wife, godchild, or friend, you forever hold the memory of the joy and laughter that he brought to you.

If you invited Nuncio over for a Christmas party, he would arrive with a lighted singing hat, or flashing glasses.

If you were his student without a prom date, he would find someone else without a date, and make you take that person (threatening to flunk you).  And then you’d end up married for 40+ years.

If you went to Parent-Teacher night at Mastbaum, you may have seen him walking the halls with a boa constrictor around his neck.

If you were his student taking a physics exam, you may remember him dressed in costume, on top of the lab table with a long stick to tap anyone who lifted their eyes off their paper.

No matter what hat he wore, husband, brother, uncle, godfather, friend, Nuncio brought light and love to our lives.

We are honored to have a graduation fund set up in his name at the Jules E Mastbaum Alumni Association where monetary awards have been presented annually at graduation to deserving Mastbaum grads.  Mr. Cali taught at Mastbaum from 1959 through 1993.  He will be missed by many faculty and students who were lucky to have been taught by him at Mastbaum.


He was the beloved husband of Violetta M. (nee Minissale)Íž brother of Anna CaliÍž also
survived by nieces, nephews, and 7 godchildren, Sharon Magness Blake (Ernie), Michael Minissale, Lynne Marie
Daviet (William), Stephen Minissale (Dana), Lino Timpanelli (Sheri), Katie Frayne (Michael), and James
McCullough (Sharon).
Relatives, friends, former faculty and graduates of Jules E. Mastbaum H.S. and staff of the Franklin Institute are
invited to his Funeral Mass Friday, November 18, 2016, 11:30 A.M., at St. Katherine of Siena Church, 9700 Frankford Ave., where
friends may call after 10:15 A.M. Int. Holy Sepulchre Cem. There will be a Viewing Thursday, November 17, 2016, 7 to 9 P.M.,
at BURNS FUNERAL HOME, 9708 Frankford Ave. (So. of Grant Ave.). In lieu of flowers, contributions to Holy
Redeemer Home Health Agency, 12265 Townsend Rd., Phila. PA 19154, or a charity of donor's choice would be

We Need Your Help


     Your Alumni Association can really use some help, we are very few in number and we are all getting older.  We need some of the younger alumni, particularly those who graduated in the 1970’s, 1980’s and 1990’s to get involved in the Executive Board and attend our monthly meetings (however any alumni who would like to help will not be turned away).  We need help planning our annual events or suggestions of other types of events that may help us to raise the funds we need to continue doing what we do for our school and the Graduation Awards for the students attending now.  Your help is always needed and appreciated.  Attendance has been dwindling at our annual events over the last few years (Shore Reunion and Dinner Dance) and we need to figure out how to turn this around since these are the two big fund raisers we hold.

If you have any suggestions please come out to an Executive Board meeting and let’s talk about it.  Our Meetings are held on the 3rd Monday of each month at the Fox Chase Library at 501 Rhawn St, they begin at 6:45 pm and last about an hour (no meetings in January, February, July or August).  Our next meeting will be on Monday, October 19,2015 at 6:45pm at the Fox Chase Library, 501 Rhawn St.  Hope to see you there…. 

I have included a link on my jukebox page to a PDF of the 1970 yearbook - it is quite large (307mb) and you may get a read or scan error when you open it - completely safe to download - here is the link to the page: http://www.jaxjukes.net/

I also have it on my Google Drive if that makes it easier:


Enjoy - any problems, let me know

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