Class Correspondent

35th Reunion
June 3-5, 2016

Deborah Bier created DementiaWise, which offers training in best practices in dementia care for family and professional caregivers on behalf of the home-care franchiser ComForcare. Deborah still lives about a dozen miles west of Brandeis, in Concord, Mass., where she is on the board of directors of Thoreau Farm, the birthplace of Henry David Thoreau. Bob Carroll and his wife, Ruthie Levi, live most of the year in Jerusalem, where he serves as director of development and communication at the Interfaith Encounter Association. Among the many Brandeis alums he has seen recently on one side of the pond or the other are Ellen Miller Arad, P’16; Idie Benjamin ’74; Louis Benjamin ’78; Deborah Bernstein, P’12; Robert Eisen ’90; Jody Garfinkle ’80; Michael Goldstein; Robyn (Singer) Gopin ’86; Mordy Hurwich ’79; Neil Kritz, P’16; Nathan Lindenbaum ’83; Charlie Popky; and Linda Schwartz ’83. In addition to his nonprofit work, Bob also spends a significant amount of time photographing ghost towns and other areas in the American Southwest. Michele Chabin writes, “I gave up a rent-stabilized apartment in Greenwich Village and a job at Cosmopolitan to move to Israel in the late 1980s. Today, I’m the Jerusalem-based Israel correspondent for USA Today, The New York Jewish Week and Religion News Service. Having 13-year-old twins is helping me and my wonderful husband, Sidney Slivko, stay young.” Lily Diaz-Kommonen was made full professor in new media, with tenure, at Aalto University’s School of Arts, Design and Architecture, in Espoo, Finland. Her three-dimensional virtual installation for the Vrouw Maria Underwater project, which allowed viewers to “navigate” a Dutch vessel that sank in 1771 in Finnish waters on its way to Saint Petersburg, Russia, received a special mention in the prestigious Europa Nostra competition. When Amiet Goldman Kahn and Colin Kahn’s daughter, Sara Jennifer, had her bat mitzvah in May, Brandeis friends Marian Garber Marlowe ’83, P’16; Debbie Naseck Bienstock ’83; and Dan Bienstock ’82 were there to celebrate with the family. Amiet, Colin, Sara and son Eric live near Morristown, N.J. David Greeley serves as president and CEO of American International Health Alliance. He and his wife, Salamatou — a native of Burkina Faso, the African nation where David served in the Peace Corps after graduation — have two children, Ethan, 13, and Seth, 11. For his global mitzvah project for his bar mitzvah, Ethan raised $20,000 to establish the first public library in his mother’s village. Meryl Resnick Moser and Stu Moser are enjoying life in Edgemont, N.Y. Stu is a practicing cardiologist in Yonkers and the Bronx. Meryl, who retired last year from nursing at White Plains Hospital, is playing lots of mah-jongg. They have four kids: Sharon, a senior event manager at Marriott; Benny, a project manager at Mutual of America in NYC; Jack, a junior pre-med at the University of Wisconsin-Madison; and Harry, who just graduated from high school and headed off to Vermont. They write, “We’re still in touch with Nathan Belofsky, P’08; Mike Pelosi; and Gregg and Julie Blinderman Bannett, P’09, P’11. Always missing our dearest departed friends, Brian Feuerlicht, Eddie Vozzella and Tony Figuerido ’82.” Ginny (Lypscon) Richburg, a standout runner who was inducted into the Joseph M. Linsey Brandeis Athletics Hall of Fame in 2009, was profiled in The Boston Globe’s “Catching Up With …” feature. Nearly three decades after her last competitive race, Ginny joined a running club for masters and seniors. She recently began a new job teaching math at St. Thomas Aquinas High in Dover, N.H. She and her husband, Larry Richburg, have two grown daughters, Kristina and Amy. Lee Schlesinger relocated to Austin, Texas, to join the tech company Spiceworks as managing editor. He recently appeared in the musical “The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas.” Amy Wasserman was honored as Woman of the Year at the Sharon-Stoughton Hadassah’s 70th anniversary celebration.

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