David and Irena (nee Balis) Sandler celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on Oct. 22. The couple marked the occasion with a family gathering. Sharing in their happiness are their five daughters and sons-in law: Lauren and Samuel Zurier of Providence, R.I.; Julie and Melvin Roat of Wynnewood; Amy and Seth Rubin of Flemington, N.J.; Sherry and John Pearlstein of Bryn Mawr; and Valerie and Alex Thaler of Reisterstown, Md., along with their 13 grandchildren. Also in attendance were David's sister, Bette Hutton, and Irena's sister and brother-in-law, Francis and Jerry Ackerman, in addition to numerous cousins.
Renee and David met while singing in the University of Pennsylvania Hillel Choir in March 1958. David, a CPA, has worked at Dreslin and Co., for 52 years. He is a past treasurer of Tiferet Bet Israel in Blue Bell, where the couple are members.
Irena worked in the Norristown Area School District as a teacher and administrator, and as a vice principal of the Norristown Area High School. A past president of the Pennsylvania Association of Gifted Education, she has been an active volunteer at TBI and other organizations. Irena, an accomplished cellist, plays at the Settlement Music School.