Class Correspondent

Naftali Ejdelman, MA’08, founded an organic farm in Goshen, N.Y., where students learn Yiddish as they work the farm. Find out more at the Yiddish Farm Website. Leah Berkenwald won a Simon Rockower Award for Excellence in Jewish Journalism for “Harry Potter: Four Progressive Lessons for the Jewish Community,” published on the Jewish Women’s Archive’s Jewesses with Attitude blog. She won first place in Excellence in Single Commentary in the category of publications with a circulation of more than 15,000. The Rockower awards are sponsored by the American Jewish Press Association. Marina Virnik married Sam Yospe on Aug. 12 at the Glen Island Harbour Club in New Rochelle, N.Y. Marina is a senior design consultant at Roundarch Isobar in New York, a designer of Web and mobile applications. She received a master’s in human-computer interaction from Carnegie Mellon University. Sam had been a litigation associate at the New York law firm Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison and is now a law clerk for Judge Robert E. Cowen of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit in Trenton, N.J. He received a law degree from Columbia. Yael Buechler launched a website dedicated to combining Jewish education with nail art. Midrash Manicures was featured in The New York Times and recently launched a line of Jewish nail decals for Jewish holidays, including Hanukkah. Yael is the rabbi-in-residence of the lower school at the Solomon Schechter School of Westchester.
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