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In January 2016, Tovah Honor Aronin successfully defended her doctoral dissertation in biology at Johns Hopkins University. In June, she and her husband, Noah, welcomed their second son, Eli. The family — which includes older son Yaakov — lives in Riverdale, New York. Anna (Pikovsky) Auerbach is thrilled to be back on the East Coast after moving to New York City from Las Vegas in June 2016. She recently launched a new startup, Werk, which bills itself as the go-to destination for flexible, career-building jobs for ambitious women. Anna’s son, Asher, is now 3, and her husband, Phil, is chief commercial officer at Lindblad Expeditions. Alexander Bakst writes, “The Bakst family is getting reinforcements: We’re excited to announce that Emily Irene was born a healthy girl at our local hospital in Berlin. We’re loving every day of it, and we can only hope that Emily will one day decide to study at her dad’s alma mater.” Hayley Ablon Fontaine, husband Jason and daughter Riley are excited to be expecting another baby girl in January 2017. Wendy Glaberson and Matthew Bial had their first child, daughter Jordan Gabriella, on Jan. 23, 2016. Wendy finished her residency and has started a pediatric nephrology fellowship in Miami. Matthew runs a health-care software company. Shanna (Nussbaum) Goldstein and husband David welcomed a son, Aiden Ezra, on Dec. 30, 2015. He joins 5-year-old twins Charlie and Emma. Jacqueline Hersh completed her postdoctoral fellowship in Harvard’s Department of Psychology, got married and joined the faculty at Appalachian State University, in North Carolina, as a clinical assistant professor and director of the psychology clinic. Daniel Horwitz was named one of the 32 most inspiring rabbis in the United States by The Forward. He founded the Well, a year-old initiative in metro Detroit aimed at Jews ages 22-40 who are not attached to a synagogue and are looking for innovative programming, from discussions about refugees, to whiskey appreciation, to following the cycles of the moon in accordance with the Jewish calendar. Former basketball and baseball star Bryan Lambert was inducted into the Joseph M. Linsey Brandeis Athletics Hall of Fame at a ceremony during Homecoming. He ranks eighth on the basketball team’s career-scoring list with 1,500 points and is sixth in career rebounds with 775. Bryan was named All-University Athletic Association in each of his four seasons and earned a spot on the UAA Silver Anniversary team. His team-record 12 saves for the baseball team in 2005 led all of NCAA Division III. He also hit seven home runs as a first baseman in 2005 despite not having played the position since his freshman season. Beth Mandel married Darrin Mann on Sept. 26, 2015, at Elodie Farms, in Rougemont, North Carolina. A large crowd of Brandeis friends were in attendance. Beth and Darrin live in Durham. She owns a photography studio, Early Bird Photo, and he is a software developer at Duke’s Office of Research Informatics. Shira Schwartz is the new director of programming for special education at Connecticut’s Darien High School. Ankita Sharma is a hospitalist in internal/geriatric medicine at North Shore University Hospital and assistant professor of medicine at Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine in Manhasset, New York. She graduated from the New York Institute of Technology’s College of Osteopathic Medicine, and did her residency in internal medicine at NYU Langone/Lutheran Medical Center and a fellowship in geriatric medicine at Northwell.

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A BIT OF SPARKLE: Beth Mandel ’05 married Darrin Mann on Sept. 26, 2015, at Elodie Farms, in Rougemont, North Carolina, before a bevy of Brandeis friends.

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