Class Correspondent

Daniel Elkaim; Elizabeth Etra Jick, P’09, P’12; and Victor Ney, P’11, are pleased to report that $158,664 has been raised for the Class of 1981 Endowed Scholarship thus far, and extend a hearty thank-you to all who have contributed. They write, “We are striving to continue to build the scholarship as a meaningful legacy for our class, in support of students who might not otherwise be able to afford a Brandeis education. Some of us have had the pleasure of meeting the current Class of 1981 Scholar, Jesse Manning ’13, who says, ‘I love Brandeis. I am extremely grateful for the Class of 1981 Scholarship, which has allowed me to attend Brandeis, and I appreciate all that supporters of the university do for the school.’” If you are interested in supporting Jesse and other Brandeis students through our class scholarship fund, please contact Lisa Fleischman in the Office of Development and Alumni Relations at 781-736-4062. The New England chapter/Bay State branch of JDRF (formerly known as the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation) honored Michael Weintraub and his wife, Leslie, at the organization’s annual gala. The Weintraubs, who live in Sudbury, Mass., first became acquainted with JDRF through the Bag of Hope program following the diagnosis of their son Greg with Type 1 diabetes in 2001. They have been active in the Boston Walk to Cure Diabetes. In 2007, Michael co-founded Boston-based Humedica, a clinical informatics company, where he currently serves as president and CEO. Shari Goodstein, P’12, attended her son’s graduation from Brandeis on May 20. She writes, “Zach double majored in history and economics, spent four great years at Brandeis and had an amazing semester last spring in Pune, India. He is looking for a job in management consulting. Our daughter, Sara, finished her sophomore year at Syracuse University and enjoyed an internship in visual design at Anthropologie this summer.” Amy (Alkoff) Chasin and husband Mitchell Chasin, a physician, live in Livingston, N.J. Their oldest son, Danny, is a freshman at Tulane. Alex Koifman was named president of the Russian Jewish Community Foundation (RJCF) in Boston. RJCF works closely with Sderot, an Israeli city near the Gaza border that has a large Russian community and is a frequent target of Palestinian rockets. RJCF runs a camp in northern Israel for Sderot children and also built a community center in the city. Kenneth Kapner has a busy solo law practice in Philadelphia concentrating in personal injury and workers’ compensation. He is active in trial lawyers associations and is a recent past chair of the Philadelphia Bar Association’s workers’ compensation section. He and his wife of 20 years have two children. Ken was inspired to return to running after the passing of his father last year. Today, in his 50s — even after taking 30 years off from the sport — Ken has run three half-marathons. He was a member of the Brandeis track team as a 400- and 800-meter runner, coached by the late Norm Levine.
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