THEN & NOW: Aviva and Harry Stern
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THEN & NOW: Aviva and Harry Stern

As an Atlanta Jewish Times tradition, we spotlight some of the city’s most optimistic and fun-loving couples who share how they met and their secrets to longstanding marriage.

After 35 years with the Atlanta newspapers, Marcia currently serves as Retail VP for the Buckhead Business Association, where she delivers news and trends (laced with a little gossip).

Aviva and Harry Stern
Aviva and Harry Stern

Years Married: 54 years
March 1968
Location: Aviva’s aunt and uncle’s home, Franklin Square, Long Island

How we met:
Aviva: I was the dance instructor and Harry a counselor for 15-year-olds at Surprise Lake Camp, a Jewish Federation Camp, in Cold Springs, N.Y.

Initial Attraction?
Aviva: Harry was very handsome and mysterious looking. I wanted to get to know him — although he came to camp with his long-time girlfriend.
Harry: I spotted Aviva on the camp bus. She was/is beautiful and unusually poised. I was intrigued by her demure personality and grace while dancing.

Secrets?
Harry: We love Israel and lived there for six years. There, Aviva joined the Bat Sheva Dance Company, and I was on the faculty of Hebrew University in Jerusalem. We’ve visited Israel since many times.
Aviva: We both love traveling. Fell in love with Italy and visited many times. We share many interests. However, any relationship requires constant work and compromise.
Harry: I agree with Aviva. I’m a work in progress.

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