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My wife, Alison Gilvarg ’73, P’11, and I celebrated the marriage of our older son, Ethan ’11, to Sarah Kreditor over the Memorial Day weekend. About 20 Brandeisians traveled to Dallas for the wedding festivities, including many of Ethan’s Brandeis friends and our Brandeis friends. Ethan is an employment-law attorney at Jackson Lewis’ Boston office. Our younger son, Adam, a graduate of Brown, is an editorial project manager at BuzzFeed.

Victoria Hilkavitch Bedford, Marion and Len Lubinsky ’63, and Ellie Liebman Johnson joined the Brandeis Travelers trip to Cuba in March. According to Ellie, besides learning a lot and having a wonderful time, the “village elders” were able to enlighten younger travelers on what the Brandeis campus was like during the Cuban Missile Crisis and the Bay of Pigs invasion. W. Bernard Coard’s memoir, “The Grenada Revolution: What Really Happened,” has been published. It explores the issues that led to the Reagan administration’s invasion of Grenada in October 1983, as well as his own 26-year imprisonment. Nancy Foner was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship for 2017-18 and the Berlin Prize by the American Academy in Berlin. She is a professor of sociology at Hunter College and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. David Johnson worked in foreign policy, with a focus on the Soviet Union and Russia, from 1970-2012, and started an email newsletter, Johnson’s Russia List, in 1996. He and his wife, Lisa, a former high-school English teacher, have lived in Chincoteague, Virginia, since 2012. Daughter Laurel is an ER nurse in Baltimore; son Keir works in video production; and son Blake is planning a medical career. Susan Kolodny and her husband, Lewis, have a son, Noah, and two grandchildren. She is a psychoanalyst in Oakland, California, and the author of a book on creativity and two books of poetry. She writes, “I’m trying to decide when to retire, and how to survive the current political and social madness.” Monique Lang has practiced as a psychotherapist in New York City since graduation. She plans to keep working when she moves to Syracuse to be closer to her daughter and 10-year-old granddaughter. She leads women’s trips to Ecuador to visit indigenous shamans and organizes workshops to help women with their relationship with their bodies. Her two recent books are “Meditations for Healing” and “Ceremonies for Healing.” Since retiring from a 43-year career in social work, Elsa Lichman writes articles for the Waltham News Tribune; contributes prose and poetry to books, journals and newspapers; and sings with the Jewish community chorus Koleinu. She writes, “I cared for my parents for many years. It was a privilege to do that, and I miss them.” Jonathan Porath and his wife, Deena, have lived in Jerusalem for the past 33 years. Now retired from the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee’s Russian department, he comes to the U.S. periodically to speak and teach. He and Deena have five children and six grandchildren. Carla Singer reports she is writing again and recently published an article in The Washington Post.

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