Class Correspondent

Hi, everyone! I hope you all had great summers. Thank you for sending in your updates. One bit of news I’d like to share is that I’ve been working on expanding the reach of my blog. As a good American studies major, I’ve continued my quest to understand social and cultural nuances within the framework of film, television and pop culture. Take a look and feel free to comment. If you have a topic you’d like to see explored, feel free to send me a note and I’ll try to write about it.

Congratulations to Tamara Fine Skversky and Aron Skversky, who had a baby boy, Nitzan Itiel, on Dec. 12, 2010, in Jerusalem. Keren Solomon Birnbaum gave birth to her second daughter, Emily “Emmy” Keira, on May 29. Tammy (Haendel) Mintz and Etan Mintz welcomed a daughter, Ilana Nitzaya, to their family on April 24. Andrei Khots entered the part-time M.B.A. program at New York University’s Stern School of Business. Samantha Brinn Merel recently started a new job at the law firm Sidley Austin in New York. Daniel Schleifstein and Heather Miller were married on Aug. 14 at Temple Rodeph Torah in Marlboro, N.J. The celebration was held at Jumping Brook Country Club in Neptune. Daniel is an attorney in the New York office of Reed Smith. Heather is an elementary school teacher at Lafayette Mills School in Manalapan, N.J. Naomi Skop is engaged to Joseph Richter. They will marry on Nov. 12. Helene Lowenfels was promoted to the position of gallery director at Arader Galleries in New York. She had been serving as Arader’s researcher and cataloger. Helene invites Brandeisians to visit. She writes, “We specialize in 16th- to 19th-century works on paper, including maps, books and natural history prints and watercolors. It is a private collection unlike any other in a beautiful, six-story Beaux Arts mansion.” Carrie Bilodeau, M.A.’06, was one of 54 people selected for a Woodrow Wilson Indiana Teaching Fellowship. She will receive a $30,000 stipend to complete a special intensive master’s program at Purdue University. After graduation, she will teach for at least three years in a high-need urban or rural school in Indiana. Since graduation, Carrie has worked as a zookeeper, veterinary keeper and animal lab technician. Stephen Goldstein married longtime girlfriend Amy Schneider on Nov. 13, 2010, at the Charles Hotel in Cambridge, Mass. They grew up together in Stoughton. Stephen, who graduated from the Tufts University School of Dental Medicine, is a restorative dentist at Dental Associates in Quincy. Amy is a speech-language pathologist. They live in Boston.
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