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I am a partner in the New York office of the law firm Duane Morris. My practice is focused on those who come to the United States to live, work and start businesses. My husband continues his own practice as a litigator. We discuss daily what we intend to do in the next phase of our lives: interesting conversation but no resolution. We reside in NYC, have a getaway place in Vermont, travel occasionally, and try our best to enjoy ourselves. Music is my avocation; I take piano lessons and perform for my own entertainment as well as for the “therapy” it provides.

Joyce Antler, the Samuel B. Lane Professor of American Jewish History and Culture at Brandeis and a nationally renowned women’s historian, retired at the end of the 2015-16 academic year. She was honored at a conference, “Re:Joyce — Women Changing the World,” which reflected on her lifelong commitment to empowering women. Professor Roslyn Laufgraben Bernstein wrote an article for Guernica, “In the Shadow of Auschwitz,” which focuses on the Galicia Jewish Museum and the Jewish Community Centre in Kraków, Poland. During a summer residency as a Gloucester Writers Center fellow, Charles Giuliano launched his third book of poetry, “Ultra Cosmic Gonzology,” with a reading. The publisher and editor of the Berkshire Fine Arts website, Charles is serving his second term on the American Theatre Critics Association board and is working on a fourth book, “The Nugents of Rockport.” Ira Lott has worked at the University of California, Irvine, since 1983, when he was recruited to direct child neurology. His research focuses on the relationship between Down syndrome and Alzheimer’s disease. He recently received a $4.7 million grant from the National Institutes of Health. Ira and his wife of 52 years, Ruth, have two children and two grandchildren. He remembers his years at Brandeis as among the most formative in his life. An amateur classical pianist since early childhood, he says he recalls his Brandeis music professors with particular pleasure. Lawrence Rosen continues as the Cromwell Professor of Anthropology at Princeton, where he received the university’s Graduate Mentoring Award. He won the J.B. Donne Essay Prize from the Royal Anthropological Institute; served as residential scholar at the University of Arizona’s School of Anthropology; and has two books in press, one on Islamic law, and the other on American culture and the law. Vic Samuels, the founder of Victory Packaging, a leading distributor of packing materials and corrugated boxes, received an honorary degree from the University of Houston for his service to the community. He is active with the Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center, where he and his wife, Barbara, established the Bobbi and Vic Samuels Center for Jewish Living and Learning. Marc Sapir retired from primary-care medicine after a highly diversified career. He is still writing and circulating plays. Margaret Shirley lives in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, where she practices internal medicine part time at a regional hospital. Her husband, Nik Morgunov, commutes to Halifax daily as head of physiology and biophysics at Dalhousie University. In their spare time, they enjoy sailing, music groups and traveling. Judy William retired last year from teaching ESL, and enjoys having more discretionary time for reading, cultural activities, socializing and social-action work through her synagogue. She volunteers at a preschool and works to combat human trafficking and gun violence.

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