Class Correspondent

Hi! As your new class correspondent, I’m looking forward to hearing from all of you. I’m hoping that seeing the name of an actual classmate will inspire you — especially those who’ve never sent updates — to share your latest news or just where you’re at with your life. As for me, I live in Los Angeles with my husband, George, a realtor and lawyer. I’m a research communications analyst and nutritionist for the RAND Corp. I have three stepkids and two grandkids, and am in the process of adopting a little girl.

Tom Friedman, H’88, bestselling author and foreign affairs columnist for The New York Times, was elected co-chair of the Pulitzer Prize Board, along with Denver Post editor Gregory Moore. Tom, who has served on the Pulitzer board since 2004, has won the Pulitzer Prize three times for his work. David Lampl, a partner with Leech Tishman in Pittsburgh, was named a Super Lawyer by Pennsylvania Super Lawyers Magazine. Attorneys selected as Super Lawyers are among the top 5 percent of Pennsylvania’s licensed attorneys. Mindy Littman Holland wrote “The Rebirth of Gershon Polokov,” her first novel, which was published in April. The book tells a story of how conjoined souls find each other in different lifetimes. It brings together a cast of provocative, amusing and sensuous characters who are drawn to each other over and over again. How they meet up in different incarnations — be it in Lower Manhattan, Tsarist Russia, the Bronx, Boston, Long Island, South Florida and points in between — is what provides the suspense, the romance and the mystery of individuals who are truly in it for the long haul, for better or for worse. For more information, visit Jonathan Sarna, MA’75, wrote “When General Grant Expelled the Jews,” which details the notoriously anti-Jewish General Orders No. 11, in which General Ulysses S. Grant in 1862 ordered the expulsion of all Jewish people in the territory under his command in an effort to stop a black-market trading operation. Although President Abraham Lincoln quickly rescinded the order, the aftermath greatly affected Grant’s political and personal life, and his relationship with the Jewish people. Jonathan, the Joseph H. and Belle R. Braun Professor of American Jewish History at Brandeis, describes Grant’s action as “the most notorious anti-Jewish order by a governmental official in American history.” But, according to Jonathan, Grant not only apologized for this action but redeemed himself by his subsequent positive actions toward American Jews, including during his two terms as U.S. president.
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