Alumni Honors

Zac Kaye ’82 recently celebrated 25 years of working at Hillel. He began his Hillel career at the University of Melbourne in Australia and now leads Hillel of Greater Toronto. Zac has spent the last three decades caring for students on a 24/7 basis. When Kaye and his wife Suzanne started their careers as Jewish professionals, they lived inside the Hillel building at University of Melbourne. Since then, they've moved on to serve Jewish students in Vancouver and Toronto. Under Kaye's leadership, Hillel has blossomed to serve an extremely high percentage of the 18,000 Jewish university students in the Greater Toronto area.

Jocelyn Berger Krifcher '88 and her husband, Danny, received the Community Leadership Award from the Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Washington, D.C. on June 1, 2009. She currently holds the volunteer position of Vice President for Israel and Overseas at the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington, D.C., and serves on UJC's campaign cabinet as the National Chair of Supplemental Giving. Jocelyn, Danny and their four children still reside in Potomac, MD.


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Professional News

Eleanor Ginsburg Pearlman '71 is most grateful for the blessings of 2008. She and her husband William became grandparents with the birth of their first grandchild Gideon Ariel Rosenthal on November 25, 2008. Gideon is the son of their daughter Rachel Leah Pearlman and her husband Seth Rosenthal. On May 22, 2008 Eleanor earned her rabbinical ordination from The Academy for Jewish Religion in Riverdale, NY. Eleanor now works as an adjunct rabbi at Congregation Gates of Heaven in Schenectady, NY and continues in her part-time clinical social work practice.

Dr. Gerry Showstack '72 continues to live in Omer, Israel, which has been home since 1982 (made aliyah in 1973). He has three kids post-army (two of whom are post-college as well), youngest in 10th grade. His wife, Rahel, is the principal of the elementary school in their community and he is doing consulting and fund-raising for Israeli non-profits in the areas of healthcare (Soroka Medical Center), special needs (Preschool Development Center for children with CP), sports and education (Hapoel Tel Aviv soccer and education program - 20,000 kids throughout Israel), and sexual abuse/domestic violence (MASLAN: Women's Support Center Negev). He says, “Terrific people doing incredible work, and a real privilege to be able to assist them. If anybody's community is looking for best quality projects and an anchor in Israel in these areas of activity, be in touch and come visit!”

Marden David Paru ’73 organized a very successful “Second Night Seder Lite” for 130 individuals including school age children at Congregation Kol HaNeshama, the new Reconstructionist synagogue in Sarasota, FL. While observing all the customs and rituals of a traditional seder, no main course was served and they only charged a nominal fee. The seder managed to recruit many new families not synagogue affiliated. For more details:

Harvey Raben ‘73 and Sandy Feinstein Raben ’73 are the proud parents of Zev Raben (one of their 3 children) who graduated Cardozo Law School in May 2008. He was admitted to the New York Bar and is practicing law in NYC. They are currently living in the San Diego area.

Henry Srebrnik ’73 has published Jerusalem on the Amur: Birobidzhan and the Canadian Jewish Communist Movement, 1924-1951 (Montreal: McGill-Queen's University Press), a study of left-wing Jewish support for the Soviet project to create a Jewish Autonomous Region in the far east of the USSR.

Cindy Chazan '74 is Vice President of Alumni and Community Development for The Wexner Foundation based in New York. Her husband, Jay Leipzig, retired from American Friends of The Weizmann Institute to consult with various Jewish organizations on issues of strategic planning, development and coaching. Daughter Deborah is Development Director at ReBoot and son Eric is a sophomore at Boston University.

Judy Feierstein '75 recently moved. She is the CEO of Transitions & Resources, Ltd. which is a company whose career specialists with expertise in building custom-made courses, workshops and programs on career related subjects in Israel.

Leah Ronen ’75 is Executive Director of the Augusta Jewish Federation in Georgia. Her husband, Charlie, has started a business producing natural soap products called "Asparagus: A Green Company." The company motto is:” Indulgence with peace of mind". Their son, Ayal, just finished his MA in neurobiology at the Weizman Institute in Israel. He is getting married in September to, Yfat Yahalom, who is studying for her doctorate in Biology Research on Autism at Hebrew University.

Frieda Hershman Huberman '76 & Steven Huberman, PhD, Heller '79, announce the marriage of their son, Daniel Huberman, M.D. to Becky Pearl. Their daughter, Shira, is a graduate student in early childhood/special education, and their son, Jonathan, will be starting college at Columbia/JTS in the fall. Frieda is one of six Hornstein alumni working at UJA Federation of Northern New Jersey, where she serves as Director of School Services. Steven is the Dean of the Graduate School of Social Work at Touro College.

Rabbi Rayzel Raphael aka Randy Robinson ’77 is the Rabbinic Director and Founder of InterFaithways: the Interfaith Family Support Network of the Delaware Valley. InterFaithways, has received a $75,000 grant from Federation (in this economic climate!) to help synagogues become more welcoming to interfaith families.

Lynn Hazan ’80: 2009 marks the twenty fifth year that Lynn Hazan has worked as an executive recruiter and her tenth as President of Lynn Hazan & Associates, an executive search firm in communications and marketing. Located in Chicago, LH&A recruits nationwide for corporate, agency, and not for profit clients. Lynn also provides consultation services for candidates who are re-positioning themselves in their job searches. In her spare time, Lynn performs as a storyteller and conducts many workshops and seminars on topics related to storytelling, recruiting, and social media and hiring trends. In July 2009, Lynn will present, “Jewish Stories that Touch the Heart and Soul”, for a week-long Elderhostel in WI. Lynn would love to connect thru Facebook or Linkedin.

Elliot Karp ’80 is loving and living “the dream” in Las Vegas since last December as the new President & CEO of the United Jewish Community/Jewish Federation of Las Vegas. His real pride and joy are Naomi (working as a Program Associate for the Schusterman Family Foundation in Washington, DC) and Josh (currently studying at Tel Aviv University for the semester from Indiana University). If you ever make it to Las Vegas…let him know.

Lauri Fine Friedman ’81 works in development at the Yemin Orde Youth Village, just south of Haifa. At the Village, they have 500 new immigrant children from Ethiopia, the FSU, Brazil, and many other countries. The children range in age from 6-19, but most are high school age. She would love it if fellow Hornstein alumni would come to visit when in Israel.

Samuel Berman ‘83 is the Skills and Learnership Facilitator for Broll Property Group and chairs the Differently Abled Trust for children with Disabilities in South Africa. Samuel and Ashley have three wonderful children, Aryeh (12), Gavriel (10) and Moriya (7).

Debbie Korisky ’84 lives in Huntington Beach, CA. She has retired from her position as a school principal, a role she loved. “I still feel my mission is to educate Jewishly and I do that at my daughter's school now, with hands on presentations and packets describing everything about the holidays. I can also be a full time mom to my beautiful Sharon Anna who's 10 and needs me! I'm truly blessed at this time in the country to be able to retire. I always think of my dear colleagues at Brandeis and wish we had stayed in touch. Brandeis was a terrific and quite stimulating time in my life. I was reintroduced to my life's calling and passion – what joy, and what a delightful time I had in the process – would that I could go back and still have what I have now!”

Gregory Schneider ’89 was unanimously appointed as Executive Vice President of the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany.

Jeff Springer '89 is now the Chief of Corporate Operations for UJA Federation of Greater Toronto. He was formerly the Campaign Director. Jeff is also a graduate of the UJC Mandel Executive Development Program.

Staci Light ’90 is in her sixth successful year as President of Philanthropic Alternatives, LLC where she is a consultant to various non-profit organizations, and advisor to philanthropic individuals.

Marcia Bloomberg ’91 moved from Cleveland, OH, where she had been the Executive Director of the Cleveland Hillel Foundation for 9 years, to Greenfield, MA in August 2007. Since then she has become a certified empowerment coach and created the Non-Profit National Resource Directory which connects consultants, coaches, vendors and specialists to the nonprofit community in an effort to help nonprofits enhance their effectiveness and maximize their efficiency. Her daughter, Dasi Fish, is engaged to be married in August 2009 to Amit Wehle of Brooklyn, NY, and her son, Nate Fish, who played baseball in the one and only summer of the professional Israel Baseball League has written a book about his experience called The Schnitzel Awards which will be published this summer.

Matthew Cohen ’91
was a recent presenter at the National Conference for the Association of Jewish Aging Services in San Diego. His topic was “Jewish Education of Staff: the Other Regulatory Agency”. He is currently the Director of Ancillary Resident Services at The Cedars at the Jewish Center for the Aged in Chesterfield, Missouri. He has also recently completed another master’s degree, an MBA in Healthcare Management.

Gershon Levine '91 has been the Executive Director of Temple Emanu-El in Providence, RI for the past three years. His wife, Rabbi Andrea M. Gouze, is the Rabbi of Temple Shaarei Tefila in Norwood and Head of Chaplaincy at New England Sinai Hospital. Son Eitan is finishing his first year at Sarah Lawrence College, daughter Daniella is a freshman at Classical High School in Providence, and his youngest, Nili, is a sixth grader at the South Area Solomon Schechter Day School in Norwood.

Didi Gilbert '93: while "retired" professionally, her Hornstein skills are being put to use in her capacity as a Vice President of ARZA and as Treasurer of ARZENU. Both organizations (the former, the Association of Reform Zionists of America and the latter, the International Federation of Reform and Progressive Religious Zionists) keep her busy commuting among home in the San Francisco Bay area, temporary home in New York City and in Israel, where she is also serving as a member of the Va'ad HaPoel of the World Zionist Organization. “I love working with Elana Paru, another Hornstein grad in her capacity as former Associate Executive Director and current Interim Executive Director of ARZA. Would love to hear from fellow classmates.....”

Linda (Rabow) Cohen '94 has completed her 1000 mitzvah project in memory of her father after 2 ½ years. Linda says, “This project has been both therapeutic and rewarding as a way to move from the darkness of grief back to the lightness of life.” She is currently writing and speaking about the experience.

Elena Rosin ‘94 is still teaching at Emanuel School in Sydney, Australia. Her boys are grown up: Noah is a high school teacher and has 2 little girls, Anna and Billie, and Max is an Architect, doing his MA in Zurich. She is hoping to be in the US (primarily NYC) for her Sabbatical, October -January 2010. She says, “It would be good to catch up with some of the friends from my class. I will try to fit in a trip to Boston during that time.”

Shelby (Ronkin) Apple ‘95 is living in Fishersville, Virginia with her husband Kevin and children Rachel (6) and Benny (5). She is the Director of Camp Congregation Beth Israel,a Reform Jewish day camp in Charlottesville. She also runs the PJ Library program and wears many other hats at her synagogue.

Jeff Richard '96 recently became Deputy Vice President for Development atColumbia University in New York. He had previously been the Associate Dean for Development & Alumni Relations at Columbia's Graduate School of Journalism for nearly 5 years. Jeff lives in New York City with his partner Marc (a Jewish communal professional) and their three children, son Matan (age 5) and twin daughters, Merav and Rinat (age 2.5)

Shannon Stein ’97 opened up her own family law practice in December 2008. She is married to Shaul Nassi and has one son, Micah.

Stephen Wise '97 is the Rabbi at Shaarei-Beth El Congregation in Oakville, near Toronto. His wife Cheryl was recently hired as the Director of Education, and they are both thrilled to be working together at one synagogue close to their hometown of Toronto. They have 3 children: Jacob (5) Talia (3) and Alexa (2). “Please be in touch.”

Rachel Canar '00 writes that she made aliya nearly four years ago to work with Anat Hoffman as the Development & English Communications Director at the Israel Religious Action Center.

Amy Klotz ’00 is the Associate Director, Reunion and Volunteer Programs at Noble and Greenough School in Dedham.

Yael Aldrich ’01 came back from Tokyo Japan last summer to West Lafayette, Indiana and got straight into building a Jewish outreach organization called PurJEW with her husband (the recently minted Rabbi Daniel Aldrich, Ph.D.). They have had speakers from Ohio and New Jersey, myriad Shabbat meals and services, one-on-one Torah classes as well as a very popular weekly Torah class taught by Daniel at Purdue Hilllel. They also operate a Free Loan Gemach (Gemilut Chassidim organization devoted to helping the Jewish community) in these trying economic times. They sent several students to Israel and New York on great Jewish trips with other Jewish students to promote Jewish knowledge and love of Israel. She was also recently nominated to the Executive Board of the Greater Lafayette Federation. When they are not busy with PurJEW, they homeschool their three children (Gavriel Tzvi, 8; Yaakov, 5; and Yehudis, 2).

Hollis Gauss ’01: after eight-plus years living in the greatest city on earth, Hollis and Ari Gauss left New York for Chapel Hill, North Carolina in June. Ari is the Executive Director at NC Hillel, and Hollis is looking for opportunities in the Jewish community in the RTP area. They would love to hear from alumni with connections in the area, whether personal or professional!”

Wendy Aronson ‘02 is now the Program Director of the JWest Campership Program of the Foundation for Jewish Camp. JWest aims to recruit 3,000 first time, middle school aged campers to attend one of twenty non-profit Jewish overnight camps in Western North America.

Barbara Weinberg ‘02
is working for the Jewish Federation of Palm Beach County as a Program Coordinator for the Jewish Community Assistance Network (JCAN). JCAN is an 'aging in place' program operating in 7 retirement communities. She coordinates health and wellness programs, bring in speakers, and organizes 'neighbor helping neighbor' groups designed to help people stay at home and out of assisted living facilities and nursing homes for as long as possible. She also organizes sit-down dinners for 200 frail, low-income elders, utilizing about 120 volunteers, at Thanksgiving, Chanukah, and Purim. Barbara says, “I love my job, and love that it brings together my community organizing experience with working in the Jewish community.”

Leora Schaefer ’03 has moved back home to Canada and is living in Toronto. She is still working for Facing History and Ourselves and is now Program Director of Facing History and Ourselves Canada. This is a new office that the organization opened in Toronto this year.

Addie Lewis '04 was recently promoted to Director of Volunteer Management at the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia. (See also announcement under Engagement and Weddings)

Jill (Starkweather) Perlman ’05 will be entering her fifth and final year of rabbinical school at HUC-JIR in New York where she is writing her rabbinic thesis on congregational outreach to Jews in their 20s and 30s. She is enjoying her work as the rabbinic intern at Temple Tikvah in New Hyde Park on Long Island. Jill and her husband, Jeff, recently adopted a dog named Sunny. Sunny was a rescue and Jill and Jeff look forward to giving him the happy, loving, and safe life that he deserves.

Rachel Segaloff '05 has been at Combined Jewish Philanthropies (CJP) for four years working in their Development Department. Her current role as Director of Professional Networks focuses on engaging donors and volunteers in CJP through their professions and interests. “I can't seem to leave Waltham since starting as a freshman at Brandeis in 1997! I am thrilled to add that we had our first child, Evan Max, on Nov. 17, 2008 and he is the center of our lives!"

Jason Harris ’08
became the Legislative Director for Congressman Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL). He says it is a very exciting and stressful job, but loves working on Capitol Hill and being so heavily involved in public policy. He says, “I have been able to work on Jewish community/Israel/anti-Semitism issues, as well, so I do occasionally get to take the Hornstein degree out for a spin.”

Adam Kancher '08
recently became the Associate Director for New Orleans Hillel.

Ariel Libhaber ‘08
was promoted to the position of Senior Planning Associate, Boston-Haifa Connection for Combined Jewish Philanthropies. In his new role, Ariel continues to work on the strategic priorities and planning for the Boston-Haifa initiatives and supports the budgetary allocations process and the work of the lay committees.

Adam Kolett ’09 has recently joined the Greater Miami Jewish Federation as a Senior Planning Associate.

Mazel Tov on Engagements and Marriages to:

Michelle Klein ’03, who married David London of Toronto on January 18, 2009. The couple resides inToronto.

Addie Lewis '04, who married Craig Klein on June 7, 2009 at a ceremony in Little Rock, Arkansas.

Julie Unger ’06, who married Matt Wallace on June 13, 2009 in St. Pete, Florida! Julie is still living in Somerville, MA, and working at Jewish Vocational Services as a Career Networks and Group Program Specialist.

Jordan Fruchtman ’08, who became engaged to Rachel Kaufman after a long distance relationship while each finished graduate school. A summer 2010 wedding is planned in Santa Barbara, CA.

Josh Sternburg '09, who married Natalie Marcus in Toronto this past summer.

Mazel Tov on Births to:

Daniel Laufer 87' and his wife Jessica Steinberg, who had twin boys born October 13, 2008. “My wife and I are very happy and very tired. Fortunately, I'm getting younger every day.”

Susie Hyman Mackler '96
, who had a baby boy, Reuben Max, on April 25, 2008. Rueben joins big brother, Meyer age 3, and sister, Stella age 5. Susie still lives in Atlanta, and is enjoying being a full-time mom.

Jennifer Zwilling ’98 and husband Jon Rosenwasser, who welcomed daughter Roxanne on September 18th, 2009.

Stephanie Stern Fink ’99, who welcomed daughter, Laila Leora, sister to Gabriel, on January 15th, 2009. She left Mount Zion Temple in June after ten years as their educator, and is aggressively pursuing new part-time work, preferably in the field of Jewish Education or Jewish Professional Leadership. I'm looking to expand my network. We intend to stay in Minneapolis; I seek local leads or jobs that can be done from my home office.

Rachel Glazer '00, who had boy/girl twins, Sam and Abby, in April 2009 and is now a consultant for the Combined Jewish Philanthropies.

Dvora Goodman '01 and her husband, David Emerson, who had a daughter, Mira, on December 29, 2008. Mira joins her four-year-old brother, Nadav.

Rachel (Clark) Happel ’02 and her husband, Jason, who welcomed their second daughter into the world. Josephine Eliot Happel was born December 21, 2008. She is doing great, and their older daughter, Evie, is a terrific big sister!

Avi Friedman '03 and his wife, Amy, on the birth of their daughter, Noa Liat, on November 17, 2009. "Most surprising was that dad stayed vertical for the entire delivery!"

Robin (St. Cyr) Anderson ‘04 and Michael Anderson '04, who are the proud new parents of Yoni Ari, born on December 28, 2008.

Rosa (Kramer) Franck ‘07 and her husband Mike, who welcomed a baby girl, Mira Golda, on July 26, 2009.

Baruch dayan ha’emet

Our deepest sympathies to:

Susan L. Shevitz, former Hornstein director and faculty emerita, on the recent passing of her father, Harold Rosenblum, in Orlando, Florida.

Cantor Ellen (Siegel) Dreskin ‘79 and Rabbi Billy Dreskin on the death of their son, Jonah Dreskin.

The family of Ernie Singer ’81, cousin of longtime Hornstein administrator Natalie Greene. Ernie passed away on August 12, 2009 after a long illness.

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