Class Correspondent

Hello, fellow ’76ers. I was recently promoted to co-executive producer of “Bizarre Foods: Delicious Destinations,” a Travel Channel show. My daughter, Ariella, is getting married in September to her wonderful fiancé, Tyler.

Susan Abramson, P’17, the longest-serving female rabbi in Massachusetts, was profiled in The Boston Globe. She has led Temple Shalom Emeth of Burlington since 1984. She’s known for her efforts to dissolve prejudice by bringing people of different faiths and cultures together. In 2014, Ellen Blitz moved from New York to Houston at the request of her employer, Hess Corp. Notwithstanding the lack of any real public transportation, she has a much-improved quality of life and is only three hours away from her sons in Los Angeles. She writes, “I miss friends and family back East and would love to connect with Brandeisians in the Bayou City or those who are visiting.” Liane Kupferberg Carter received a writing award from the American Society of Journalists and Authors for her memoir, “Ketchup Is My Favorite Vegetable: A Family Grows Up With Autism.” Lewis Kachur was among those who reminisced about the late Carl Belz, a former Brandeis professor and director of the Rose Art Museum, at his memorial tribute at the Cambridge Art Association in October. Dan Marmorstein’s new two-movement work for string quartet, “The Garden of the Forking Paths” (after a short story by Jorge Luis Borges), was performed in Graested, Denmark. Dan lives and works in Copenhagen and Marbletown, New York. In his day job, he translates articles and books from Danish to English. Ilene Raymond Rush continues to write freelance health and science articles, and publish short fiction. A recent short story, “Boundaries,” appeared in the Winter issue of Lilith magazine. Ilene has been married for 33 years to Jeff Rush, the director of the film program at Temple. Elder son Sasha is a professor of computer science at Harvard, and younger son Noah works in web development at a Philadelphia startup. Todd Silverstein retired after 27 years of teaching chemistry and biochemistry at Willamette University. He has published more than 60 articles in peer-reviewed journals on enzymology, bioenergetics and pedagogy. For 35 years, Todd served as the High Holidays cantor at Congregation Kol Shofar in Tiburon, California. He began serving as a cantor in 1973 at Brandeis egalitarian services. Marc Wine was appointed to a leadership role in information technology innovation at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs in Washington, D.C. He’s had a 40-year career in federal health policy, health IT and health-systems development. His book “Medical Informatics 20/20” is considered a benchmark in its field.

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