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Jordan is a therapist who works with autistic children and adults at the Nashoba Learning Group, where she reports she snagged third place playing musical chairs at the holiday party. She says she enjoys weekends with her crew in Boston, sometimes spending a little more money than she should, which she explains with this hashtag: #NonProfitWorkDoesntPay. Daniel is living in Izmir, Turkey, for the year as part of a fellowship with the Joint Distribution Committee. He runs the youth program for the Jewish community and plans community-wide events.

Justin Barash is an analyst in the finance division at Goldman Sachs. In his free time, he likes to work out, see friends and explore the food in NYC. Max Berner is an assistant project manager at Rugged Races, an obstacle-course race company featured on the TV show “Shark Tank.” Max travels around the country managing a construction crew, designing obstacles and creating courses. Jane Berry, of Somerville, Massachusetts, volunteers with several local political organizations. She works for a software company that helps federally funded housing-rehabilitation programs get low-income families into safe, affordable housing as quickly as possible. Olga Birbrayer conducts research in pediatric bone-marrow transplant at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and also works as a biology tutor. Before jumping into the next chapter of her life, Hannah Brooks spent a month visiting 15 countries in Europe. She is now pursuing a master’s degree in the forensic linguistics program at Hofstra University. She is planning trips to see more of the U.S. — she has visited most of the 50 states — as well as a few more countries and continents. Sam Daniels is pursuing a master’s degree in social work at Penn. She says she is loving Philly so far. Tyler Diamond works at Liberty Mutual’s strategic revenue-generation team in Boston. He looks forward to catching many Red Sox games at Fenway Park with his roommates and co-workers this year. Jonathan Dweck works at Medallia, in San Francisco. In addition, he is a member of the rLoop team competing in the SpaceX Hyperloop competition, volunteers at the Marine Mammal Center and has embarked on a project to combat climate change with the help of a few Brandeis professors. Madi Gagnon, a patient advocate at a health-care company, reports she is living it up in Boston with her best friends. Daniel Glasgow lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts, with two classmates and works as a software engineer at Amazon in Kendall Square. In his free time, he’s writing a fantasy novel that he started at Brandeis. He participates in the Eser young-adult learning series through Combined Jewish Philanthropies and enjoys hosting monthly Shabbat dinners for friends. Max Hart is attending grad school. Leonie Koch lives in Boston’s North End with Jonathan Jackson. She enjoys working as a paralegal at Rose, Chinitz & Rose. She frequently meets up with classmates who have stayed in and around Boston. Summer Koop works part time for the public health and community medicine department at Tufts University School of Medicine, where she is pursuing a master’s in health communication. She also co-leads a federal grant awarded to Norfolk County to advocate for prescription-drug disposal, which is based in the Needham Public Health Department. She writes, “I still love Disney and Diet Coke. Nothing, really, has changed.” Katy Lehmann is a research fellow at the National Institutes of Health, in Bethesda, Maryland, where she uses the mouse olfactory system (the part of the brain dealing with smell) to study Alzheimer’s disease and neuroplasticity. She writes, “Neurons in the olfactory system regenerate throughout a person’s life, so there are constantly new neurons that have to make new connections. We think if we can understand the molecular mechanism behind those new connections, we can understand what happens when the system is interrupted, like it is in Alzheimer’s.” Eric Leviton is a systems engineer at Analog Devices. Danny Lubarsky is a clinical research assistant at Mass. General’s Herscot Center for Tuberous Sclerosis Complex. He helps run the operations for a clinical trial for cannabidiol, a derivative of marijuana that has been stripped of all tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), for use by children and adults with refractory epilepsy. Dave Maher works at MFS, where he provides clients access to the firm’s mutual funds and grows their practice, usually through building portfolios or assisting with marketing campaigns. He says he makes about 60 phone calls a day. Sam Miller works in fund services at State Street Bank. Danielle Novotny, who lives in New Jersey, is a business consultant for Metrus Group. She works with the CEO, assisting with organizational research, employee surveys and marketing initiatives. Megan Hope Rubenstein is an intern in the exhibition design department at the American Museum of Natural History, in New York City. Jesse Ruth lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts, with two classmates and works as a paralegal at a Boston law firm. He speaks with Daniel Koas on a near-daily basis. Colby Smith sells energy-efficient windows and roofing at Power, and waits tables at Olive Garden. Maddie Sullivan is in a two-year training program with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Lincoln, Nebraska. Her areas of interest include health-care-associated infection and data surveillance. Maddie also coaches softball and is training for a half marathon. Aaron Traeger is a financial representative at Fidelity Investments. Kevin Trotman works in customer operations at New Balance. Pat Vaughn is a legal-systems specialist at Netcracker Technology, a subsidiary of NEC. He helps process contracts, updates the contract-management system and prepares documentation for international employees.

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