Class Correspondent

Danielle Friedman married Elliott Charles Kalan on Aug. 29, 2010, at Cline Cellars, a winery in Sonoma, Calif. She is pursuing 
a master’s in library science at the Pratt Institute. She had been an assistant editor at Touchstone Fireside, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, in New York. Elliott is a writer for “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” on Comedy Central.

Benjamin Walker married Elise Katzif on May 15, 2010, in Kansas City, Mo. He is director of federal finance for Mass. Medicaid.

Robert Tanenbaum married Phyllicia Michelle Hoffman on July 25, 2010, at B’nai Israel in Norfolk, Va. Following their honeymoon in Costa Rica, the couple lives in Silver Spring, Md. Robert earned a law degree from American University in 2007 and is an attorney with Womble Carlyle Sandridge and Rice.

Shelby Bleiweis is a program and communications associate in the Office of Global Affairs at Brandeis. She encourages you to visit the Global Brandeis website ( to learn about our alma mater’s globally themed initiatives.

Heather Ames married Matthew Elrick on Sept. 26, 2010, in Falmouth, Mass. They currently reside in Ann Arbor, Mich., where they are both M.D./Ph.D. students.

At the wedding, Susan (Abrams) Kolpon and Jennifer Sklar were bridesmaids. Attendees included Marc Kolpon, Beverly Levine, Sol Schulman, Sara Espowood, Matthew Frischer, Corey Frucht, Danielle (Friedman) Kalan, Allison Klein, Evan Graber, I.-tyng Hsieh, Emily Dahl and Sarah Orzalli. Rabbi Allison Berry ’00 officiated. The reception featured a surprise reunion performance by the former Brandeis a cappella group Your Mom.

Jody Naiberg Yoken and Jonathan Yoken ’02 are the parents of Ryder Irving Yoken, who was born on Aug. 19, 2010. They live in Toronto.

Rachael (Kostegan) Jussaume
, husband Adam and son Ethan welcomed Addison Margaret on May 10, 2010.

Mason Harper Kamins, son of Jake Kamins and Jackie Kamins, was born Oct. 10, 2010 (10/10/10).

Debra (Weiss) Alper and husband Benji Alper welcomed David Alex, born June 3, 2010, into their family. He is a little brother to Katie, born on Oct. 27, 2006.

On Sept. 12, 2010, in the presence of their family and friends, including numerous Brandeis alumni, Gabriel Reif married Jennifer Matoney in Narragansett, R.I.

Lynne Gauthier
successfully defended her dissertation and will graduate in August with a doctorate in clinical medical psychology from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She is completing a clinical residency in behavioral medicine at Brown University.

Lee Tusman is traveling around the world for 10 months visiting and collaborating with artists, curators, pirate radio stations, social documentarians, guerilla filmmakers, experimental musicians, graffiti writers and interventionists. For more information, visit

Meredith Bodgas has been writing a daily blog for Glamour magazine since June 2010.

Rachel Schneider became engaged to Joshua Erich on Nov. 5, 2010. They met on JDate in 2009. She is a graduate student in psychology at Yeshiva University and he is a freelance graphic designer. The couple plans to get married by the Atlantic Ocean in Long Branch, N.J. 
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