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Barbara Cohen-Kirsch and her husband, Michael Kirsch ’59, visited Brandeis in October 2015, when the 1957-58 men’s basketball team, of which Mike was a member, was inducted into the Joseph M. Linsey Brandeis Athletics Hall of Fame. Barbara is a psychotherapist, and Mike is a physician. They have three children — Dan, a physician; Lisa, a psychotherapist (who works as Barbara’s partner); and Steven, a VP in Silicon Valley — and seven grandchildren. Ed Feldstein and his wife, Judy Rothenberg Feldstein ’63, P’88, completed their first season as judges for the Suzi Bass Awards, the Atlanta equivalent of Broadway’s Tonys. Ed and Judy viewed and critiqued close to 50 plays. Suzanne Hodes showed her paintings with Artana Gallery at the 20th Boston International Fine Arts Show at the Boston Center for the Arts’ Cyclorama. Although the bill Susan Kahn advocated for in behalf of dyslexic children failed to come to a vote in the Massachusetts House after passing the Senate, she plans to continue her fight to ensure civil rights for children with disabilities. In other news, she reports she has created three short animated videos on phonics, available free of charge. Now that she has retired, Susan Kanrich has become involved with the Women’s Rights and Information Center in Englewood, New Jersey, and volunteers for the Bergen Reads program. Her youngest granddaughter was a bat mitzvah in May 2016, and the oldest one was married the following July. The Boston Globe profiled Mike Long, a former Brandeis football star and the first player to wear No. 87 for the Boston/New England Patriots. That number is now worn by All-Pro Rob Gronkowski. In 1960, Mike played in two Patriots games during the team’s inaugural season. For the past five years, Lucinda Rudin has taught a course on gardening for the Lifetime Learning Institute, which offers affordable courses for people over 50. An herbalist, Lucinda enjoys teaching others how to improve their health with herbs. Her granddaughter entered medical school in August 2016, following in her father’s footsteps. Lee Snider and partner Lei moved to Chapel Hill, North Carolina, in the fall. After 55 years in Manhattan, Lee says, it was time for a change. Robert Weiner is the academic editor for McGraw-Hill’s “Annual Editions: Global Issues.” Nisha Zenoff (known as Nancy Robinson during her Brandeis years) was a grief counselor and psychotherapist for more than three decades. After her beloved 17-year-old son Victor died in a hiking accident in Yosemite in 1980, she vowed to do something to help other grieving parents. Her book “The Unspeakable Loss: How Do You Live After a Child Dies?” will be published next fall. It is both an account of her own 36-year healing journey and a compilation of the collective wisdom and guidance of hundreds of bereaved parents, grandparents and siblings.

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