Class Correspondent

Hello, classmates! At the time of this writing, Brandeis has just named a new president, the final of the World Cup is looming, and there is too much oil in the Gulf of Mexico. Again, there are complex and competing events that draw our attention away from the details of everyday small stuff, and in the next moment bring those details into acute focus with a slightly different perspective. The heat in Boston is reminiscent of our move-in day temperature 22 years ago — I repeat, 22 years ago — in fall 1988. Talk about perspective! I hope that you all have enjoyed the summer and that you continue to share some of the small stuff with your fellow classmates. It’s only two years before our 20th Reunion, so now is a perfect time to catch up with folks you’ll see in June 2012!

Eve Aronoff owns Eve, a contemporary fine-dining restaurant in Ann Arbor, Mich., that opened in 2003. Last year she appeared on two episodes of the Bravo series “Top Chef.” Her cooking alma mater, Le Cordon Bleu, started using her cookbook, “Eve: Contemporary Cuisine/Méthode Traditionnelle,” as a textbook at five of its schools. She got her start cooking for friends at Brandeis.

Evan Berland was named Associated Press news editor for the Carolinas. Evan has been AP’s South Carolina news editor since 2006, overseeing coverage of the state’s early presidential primaries and Gov. Mark Sanford’s disappearance and subsequent state ethics investigation. Evan has also worked for the AP in Trenton, N.J., and Hartford, Conn.

Lara (Alper) Nathans of Toronto recently made partner at her law firm, McCarthy Tetrault. She and her husband, Brahm, had a baby boy, Quinn Zev, who was born on Jan. 14. She writes, “Big sister Emma is thrilled to have a new brother!”

Eric Chenven lives in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., with his wife, Caryn, and their children, Benjamin, 6, and Alexis, 4. He is entering his seventh year of urology practice with his two partners.

Anna Law’s first book, “The Immigration Battle in American Courts,” was published in June. She is a professor at DePaul University in Chicago.

Alan Cohen has joined Henry Schein, the largest distributor of health care products and services to office-based practitioners, as director of global corporate social responsibility. Alan has more than 15 years of international nonprofit experience, most recently as the senior director for strategic planning and organizational resources at UJA-Federation of New York.

Tara Thiagarajan was profiled in India Today in a story headlined “The Accidental Entrepreneur.” An explorer, traveler, scientist and now entrepreneur for social change, Tara serves as chair and managing director of Madura Micro Finance.

Rachel Hernandez and her husband, Gil Speyer, had a baby girl, Vivian Ximena, on Feb. 18, 2009.

Elizabeth Power Robison and Mark Robison welcomed a baby girl, Leah, on Feb. 13.

Allyson Block recently launched an online Judaic art store featuring ketubot and children’s items based on her original abstract art (

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