Class Correspondent

35th Reunion
June 9-11

Since participating in the Brandeis Hiatt Institute in Israel in 1982, Jay Bernstein, P’17, has worked to free Soviet Jews, advocated for human rights and health care in the New Jersey courts, helped found the New Jersey Bar’s emergency response program, and supported Red Cross disaster-relief efforts. His next endeavor is a worldwide war moratorium in August 2020 to mark the 75th anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima. Jay is excited that his daughter Eliana ’17 graduated from Brandeis in May. Elizabeth (Taub) Breslow went to Palm Springs, California, with her Brandeis Mod 15-mates — Hallie Shapiro Clemm, Anat Frumkin Napp and Rachel Bijou, all ’81 — to celebrate the 30-year wedding anniversaries of Elizabeth, Hallie and Anat, as well as “more years of friendship than we can count.” After 18 years of living in a cute cottage, Lisa Field moved up the street to a bigger place. Her transition from event planner/caterer to real estate investor is also going well. She writes, “I’ve got my hand in about 12 events a year, plus I am building up my portfolio, both in rentals and flips. I love the variety. My family is healthy and happy. We just got back from visiting our seventh continent — Antarctica.” Charri (Gurwitz) and Joshua Goldman, P’13, announce their promotion to bubbe and zayde of grandson Gabriel. His parents are their daughter Merissa (Goldman) Spector, MA’13, and her husband, Matt. After spending the past two years in Guinea and most of her career abroad, Teta Moehs will return to the Washington, D.C., area this summer for her next assignment at the U.S. State Department. Jon Parritz, an attorney at the Maslon law firm in Minneapolis, was named co-chair of the Twin Cities Cardozo Society, an affinity group for Jewish attorneys, judges and law students. Jon heads his firm’s competitive-practices/unfair-competition litigation group. Sara Smolover works at Hebrew SeniorLife Hospice Care as the volunteer coordinator and invites local Brandeis grads to become part of this fulfilling work. She is co-president of her Brookline, Massachusetts, temple, Temple Beth Zion, where her husband, Larry Kraus ’84, was board chair for six years. Son Aaron is a senior at the University of Vermont, Micah is a freshman at the University of Pittsburgh, and daughter Adina is a freshman at Boston Latin School. Their family spends most Shabbats and holidays — both Jewish and secular — with Brandeis friends Jacqueline Hallo and David Bunis ’83, both P’16; Eric Nadel ’84; Jonathan Landman ’84; and Marianne Paley Nadel ’85. Rabbi Stephen Weisman received an honorary doctor of divinity degree from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in recognition of his 25 years of service to the Jewish community. He has been the spiritual leader of Temple Solel in Bowie, Maryland, for 17 years and serves on the faculty of Six Points Sports Academy, a Reform Jewish summer sports camp. Stephen has been married to Loren Reisner Weisman ’83 for 27 years. Loren is the development associate at Chrysalis House, a nonprofit that provides services for women recovering from addiction and their at-risk children.

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