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Karen Finesilver was promoted to partner at the Miami law firm K&L Gates. She represents clients on contract disputes, noncompetition and trade-secret misappropriation cases, joint-venture and class-action disputes, and employment-discrimination cases. Comedian Michael Kaplan (known as Myq Kaplan when he performs) appeared on NBC’s “America’s Got Talent.” His standup routine included jokes about his pickup lines and his arrangement with his long-distance girlfriend. Carl McDonald, a chartered financial analyst, joined the Health Care Service Association as divisional senior vice president for treasury, investments and business development. He previously worked with Citigroup as an equity research analyst. Institutional Investor magazine ranked him one of the top industry analysts in its All-America Research survey. Freyda (Gottesman) Mechlowicz and her husband, Brian, welcomed a baby boy, Jacob Joseph, on Jan. 5. Natalie Nanasi has returned to her hometown of Dallas, where she joined the Southern Methodist University law school faculty and serves as director of the Judge Elmo B. Hunter Legal Center for Victims of Crimes Against Women. Amy Rubenstein, her husband, Milan, and her brother Joshua opened the Windy City Playhouse on Chicago’s northwest side. Amy, Windy City’s artistic director, aims to provide entertainment that is both intelligent and accessible, especially to a younger audience. When she is not bringing thea­ter to Chicagoans, Amy is a principal at Windy City RE, a real-estate investment firm that acquires, renovates and sells in Chicago and California. She was named to Oy! Chicago’s Double Chai in the Chi list of 36 young Jewish adults striving to make the world a better place. Amy has two children, Maximilian, 6, and Goldie, 4. Kimberly Santiago and her husband, Jed, are both clinical faculty members at the University of Washington’s Department of Restorative Dentistry. As a student at the school, she was the top-ranked female dental student and graduated third in her class. Kimberly and Jed currently run a dental implant, sedation and aesthetics-based general dental practice, Santiago Dental Wellness, in Issaquah, Wash. Jaimee Shalhevet was promoted to senior rabbi at North Shore Synagogue in Syosset, N.Y. She has been at North Shore since 2008, when she was ordained by Hebrew Union College. She leads innovative services, provides pastoral care, and works with the religious school and the nursery school. She lives with her wife, Rabbi Helayne, and their two children, Sammy and Gabi.

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