Class Correspondent

Miriam Biale (formerly Maryellen Ivker) made aliyah to Israel after graduation. She met her husband, Avraham, while they were both studying at Hebrew University’s Faculty of Agriculture. They were married in 1971 and have lived ever since in Kibbutz Shluhot in Emek Hamaayanot (Beit She’an Valley). They have six married children and more than 20 grandchildren. Miriam worked for many years in the kibbutz petting zoo and continues to be in charge of the mikveh (ritual bath). She would love to hear from other Brandeisians. Is anyone ready to part with a class yearbook? Miriam would love one, since she never received hers. The nonprofit New Jersey SEEDS recognized Arthur Levine, president of the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation, as a Leading Change honoree for his commitment to educating students across the country and for his efforts in revitalizing the education of teachers in New Jersey. Arthur has written several books that examine today’s college students, with a special focus on students who come from challenging backgrounds. An interview with him was the cover story in the Winter 2014 issue of Brandeis Magazine. Deborah Spitalnik is founding executive director of the Boggs Center on Developmental Disabilities at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, where she is also a professor of pediatrics. The chair of the New Jersey Medical Assistance Advisory Council, Deborah was appointed to the national President’s Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities in 2014.
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