Class Correspondent

As always, it is wonderful to hear from all of you, so keep those updates coming. Ari Fox ’99 and I are in the midst of navigating the New York City public school system to find the best fit for our son, Nathan, who begins kindergarten in the fall. There really should be support groups for these types of journeys. Our little guy, Elijah, just turned the big “O-1.” As exhausting and overwhelming as the past year has been, it cannot begin to compare to the joy and love that little Elie has brought to our lives. Luckily for him, his big brother planned his birthday party for a month. Nathan even prepared the guest list, which, of course, included only his friends. We celebrated the day with cupcakes from Crumbs (founded by Mia Bauer ’91), one of Elie’s favorite treats.

Cheryl Pollock Stober lives in Newton, Mass., with her husband and two children, and works as a product analyst for an investment firm. She also maintains a blog at, where she writes about work-life balance and the idea of “having it all.” This year, she began a series called the Having It All Project, in which she interviewed fellow Brandeisians Rabbi Allison Berry, the Rev. Carol Allman-Morton and Rabbi Eleanor Steinman ’01 — and many others — about their strategies for managing their busy lives. SerahRose Roth was promoted to executive director at the Pioneer Valley Ballet in Easthampton, Mass. Congratulations to Galete Levin, who just made partner at the law firm Cullen and Dykman. Rachel Boyer and Doug Shuman are enjoying life in Scottsdale, Ariz., and can hardly believe son Ethan is 5 already. Doug is a hospitalist. In addition to her photography business, Rachel has started a new venture partnering with Rodan + Fields, the company founded by the doctors who created Proactiv. Rachel is especially excited about the fact that Rodan + Fields is committed to and founded in part on the concept of tikkun olam. Barbra Res­nick married Steve Arthurs on March 24 in Paisley, Fla. Despite some bad weather at the beginning, it was a beautiful day. Alumni in attendance included Proma Paul, Ilana Blatt-Eisengart and Debra Rafson. Barbra is a licensed clinical social worker for the Orange County Public Schools in Orlando. Steve is an assistant professor at the University of Florida. Joel Fleekop, rabbi at Pensacola’s Temple Beth El, was profiled in a story in the Pensacola News Journal. Joel left a position as an associate rabbi at a San Jose, Calif., temple to become the rabbi at the oldest congregation in Florida. “The congregation at Temple Beth El reminded me of where I grew up in Reno, Nev.,” Joel told the newspaper. “It was a small congregation where everybody knew everybody in the temple. It was a congregation based on relationships. I wanted my children to have that kind of relationship here.” Joel and his wife, Andrea, have two children.

Nisman twins BABY BRANDEISIANS: Stacy Weitz Nisman ’00 and Ari Nisman had twins — Reese Harper and Jordan Ira — on Dec. 28, 2012.

Resnick wedding WEDDING BELLES: Debra Rafson, Ilana Blatt-Eisengart and Proma Paul, all ’00, traveled to Florida to see Barbra Resnick ’00 marry Steve Arthurs on March 24.

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