Class Correspondent

Lisa Adelstein, a seasoned wealth adviser in the Chicago area, is seeking a new opportunity to advise high-net-worth individuals and their families. She lives in Chicago, and enjoys all the city has to offer — dance, theater, concerts, dining, the arts and working out. Michael Bogdanow, P’16, was named Lawyer of the Year by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly and Boston Appellate Lawyer of the Year by U.S. News & World Report, due in part to his success before the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, which affirmed a $63 million verdict against Johnson & Johnson for catastrophic injuries to a young girl that was won by his firm, Meehan, Boyle, Black & Bogdanow. Michael also continues his art career (see his work at, and he and his wife, Margie Freedberg Bogdanow ’78, P’16, are very proud to have raised another Brandeis alum, Alyssa, MA’16, Heller MPP’16. Liane Kupferberg Carter is doing a 10-city book tour to promote her memoir, “Ketchup Is My Favorite Vegetable: A Family Grows Up With Autism,” sponsored by the Jewish Book Council Network. Amy Eilberg returned to Palo Alto, California, where her husband, Louis Newman, began a job as associate vice provost for undergraduate education at Stanford. Amy directs the Pardes Rodef Shalom Communities Program. Amy’s daughter Penina is writing a book about Sulaiman Khatib, the co-founder of Combatants for Peace, a collaborative Israeli-Palestinian peace group. Amy’s stepson Etan was married in September 2016, and stepson Jonah will be married in May 2017. Mark Goldstein and Lea La Due Goldstein enjoyed seeing many familiar faces at the 40th Reunion. Their daughter Carolyn graduated from Syracuse and is now pursuing a master’s in arts leadership there. Mark writes he might consider retiring from the software industry (and get back to painting) when the tuition bills are paid off. Lea continues to teach young violinists and perform with Symphony New Hampshire. Rebecca Lee, formerly a partner at Locke Lord, joined Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo as a member in the firm’s real estate section. Ruthie Mendelsohn Lockshin and her husband, Marty Lockshin, MA’79, PhD’84, moved to Israel in 2016, fulfilling a lifelong dream and bringing them closer to many Brandeis grads in south Jerusalem. Marty is retiring from a fulfilling career as professor of Jewish studies at York University in Toronto. He and Ruthie enjoy spending time with their growing brood of grandchildren (eight at the time of writing). Ruthie and her sister Sally ’77, who is married to David Lowenfeld ’77, launched a website about their father, Robert Mendelsohn, which includes a speech he gave at Brandeis in 1976. Julieanna Richardson’s The HistoryMakers, a Chicago nonprofit that collects the oral histories of African-Americans, is opening its digital archive to 10 major universities across the U.S. After practicing law in New York for 32 years, Jeff Weissmann and his wife, Jill, relocated to Washington, D.C., where he continues his national multifamily-apartment project finance practice representing debt and equity providers, and to be nearer their two sons; daughters-in-law; and two grandchildren, ages 1 and 2. Son Adam is the speechwriter to the Democratic whip in the U.S. House of Representatives, and son Michael is an Orthodox rabbi. Jeff reports that grandparenting is life’s true joy. After retiring from the corporate rat race at Hewlett-Packard and Philips, Lou Yelgin returned to graduate school and became certified as a K-12 school counselor. He works in New Hampshire, providing counseling services to high-school students. Lou writes, “I like using my business background to help students make better career decisions and prepare themselves for life after high school.” He’s still in touch with close friends Ronnie Meckler, Scott Edelman and Harvey Blank.

1976 soccer reunion
BACK HOME: Members of the 1976 Brandeis men’s soccer team, which won the first national championship in school history, were honored for their achievement at Homecoming 2016. The players were among hundreds of alumni who returned to campus for the weekend, which featured varsity soccer and volleyball competitions, alumni athletic contests, a family carnival, the Zero-Year Reunion and Homecoming Bash, and the Waltham Group’s 50th anniversary celebration. (Story and more photos here.) From left: Murray Greenberg ’77, Dean Hanks ’79, John O’Connell ’78, John Prairie ’79, Alan Hasnas ’81, David Lajoie ’80, Cleveland Lewis ’79, Robby Muller ’77, Michael Shannon ’78, Greg Winter ’80, Coach Mike Coven, Fran Beauregard ’81, Peter Schachter ’77 and Serafino Tobia ’80. 
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