Class Correspondent

55th Reunion
June 6-8, 2014

It is time to mark your calendars for our 55th Reunion, which is scheduled for June 6-8. Let’s convene in Waltham to celebrate all that we have accomplished and all we are still striving to do. In advance of our Reunion, let me hear about where you are, what you are doing and what major changes you’ve had in your lives.

Letty Pogrebin writes, “I’m still a full-time writer and activist focusing mostly on women’s issues, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the dynamics of intergroup dialogue. My 10th book, ‘How to Be a Friend to a Friend Who’s Sick,’ published in April 2013, was inspired by my experience as a breast cancer patient in 2009 and my fascination with the different ways my friends and family members responded — some helpful, some decidedly not. My book tour and speaking engagements have taken me all over the country, and I often find a few Brandeis classmates in my audiences. On the family front, my husband, Bert, and I are approaching our 50th wedding anniversary, to our complete astonishment. Our three kids — twin daughters Robin, who covers culture for The New York Times, and Abigail, an author and freelance journalist; and son David, a restaurateur — continue to bring us great nachas, especially in the way they’re raising our six grandkids (four boys and two girls, ages 11-16), of which each has produced two. If not for the depredations of time and aging, I’d say life doesn’t get much better than this. Visit me on my website (, or contact me via Facebook or Twitter.” On Jan. 1, 2013, Gloria Orenstein became professor emerita at the University of Southern California, where she was tenured in comparative literature (sharing her position with the gender studies program). She taught at USC for more than 30 years. Before that, she taught at Rutgers and the University of Paris for 10 years. She recently contributed to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art exhibition “In Wonderland,” about women surrealist artists who immigrated to America after World War II. Carol Rabinovitz was one of 10 recipients of Pinnacle Golf’s second annual Going the Distance Award for making a difference in the fight against breast cancer. Pinnacle made a $10,000 donation to Susan G. Komen for the Cure in Carol’s name.

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