Class Correspondent

I’m thrilled to report that I have been cast as Goneril in a “King Lear” production at WSC Avant Bard (May 25-June 25). Speaking of taking the stage, I had the pleasure of seeing Scott Klass during his band Look Park’s tour. We had a great time, and I got to meet the band members and hang in the green room. I enjoyed drinks with Michelle Weisberg Cohen and Nicky Goren at the end of last summer. Michelle is now on the board of the National Woman’s Party, and Nicky, the CEO of the Meyer Foundation, was named to Jewish Women International’s Women to Watch. Jackie Kugell and I once again shared a beer at college — except this time it was at Wake Forest University’s Parents Weekend. Our daughters are both undergrads at Wake Forest (and in the same sorority). Please drop me a line if you’re going to be in the D.C. area; I would love to see you.

Melissa Hafter reports, “My winter break was full of Brandeis alums. I saw Phil Liebschutz ’90 and Nicky Goren in Los Angeles, spent a week in Berkeley with Steve Goldin ’88, and celebrated Beth Ellyn McClendon’s fabulous 50th in Napa. I continue to work on my education blog and enjoy helping folks help their kids to be successful in school. I also continue to use altruism, something I saw as a truth unto its innermost parts, as my guide in life. Looking forward to celebrating my own 50th birthday this summer. Thinking it may look like a Massell reunion.” Raquel Varon lives with her husband, Ofilio Perez-Balladares (brother of Panama’s former president), and their 8-year-old-son, Nathan, in Arlington, Virginia. She directs Hebrew language courses and lead-teaches Judaic classes at a Reform temple. She also owns a yoga company that specializes in mindfulness and meditation work. Raquel is an active member of the Citizens’ World Language Advisory Committee for Arlington Public Schools. She says her greatest joys are spending time with her family and watching her son “organize” neighbors’ closets, an unusual skill he seems to have been born with.

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