I attended The Central High School of Philadelphia from September 1967 to June 1971. My French studies were accelerated. I had studied French in junior high school in grades 7 and 8. At Central I began with 10th grade French in the ninth grade. In tenth grade and eleventh grade there was a fellow student in my classes named Fredric L. Cohen, who was a year ahead of me at Central. He graduated in 1970 (229th class). We were not acquainted.
One day after school, on my trip home on the L Bus route in Philadelphia, I sat adjacent to Fred Cohen who was talking to a friend about an arcane point of Jewish law. Noting the fact that work is forbidden to Jews on the Sabbath, he questioned how a rabbi may accept compensation for his work on the Sabbath. Wasn't this a violation of Jewish law? Fred Cohen's intellectual investment in this issue of Jewish law seemed odd for a young man his age and suggested to me an unusual maturity and an admirable stake in his Jewish heritage. I took note of what I witnessed that day. It was a significant moment.