Class Correspondent

I’ve been Class Correspondent since our graduation. It’s not been “heavy lifting,” and it’s always enjoyable to receive your notes. I hope our dialogue continues for many years. Happily, I continue to practice law, traveling to Brazil to meet with clients and attempting to improve my Portuguese. I can’t help but reflect that the turbulence, polarization and protests that surround us are reminiscent of the ’60s. I hope that, with the benefits of age, education and collective experience, we can effect positive change.

Joyce Antler wrote a book titled “Jewish Radical Feminism: Voices From the Women’s Liberation Movement,” published this spring by NYU Press. A quarter of the 40 activists profiled in the book attended Brandeis. Roslyn Bernstein, an arts and culture journalist in New York City, wrote two articles that were recently published in Guernica: “Shawn Walker, Cultural Anthropologist” and “The Incendiary Photography of Jill Freedman.” After spending their entire lives on the East Coast, Joan Smolin Korenman and her husband moved to San Francisco. She reports they love living in the middle of a vibrant, walkable city, only 15 minutes from their son, daughter-in-law and twin grand-daughters. Joan hopes to connect with classmates in the area and can be reached at Judith Shapiro is stepping down as president of the Teagle Foundation, which gives grants to support liberal arts teaching and learning, and as board chair of ITHAKA Harbors, which includes JSTOR, among other branches. She will continue to be a member of a number of nonprofit boards, including Scholars at Risk, the Association of American Colleges and Universities, and University of the People. Julian Weitzenfeld, who is still doing art photography, recently took some images of the ancient/Jewish/Arab core of historic Palermo, Italy. He writes, “After World War II, the Mafia built a new city to the west of the old city center, which was left as a festering slum. Until recently, tourists were told it was unsafe to go there. Now a few artisan workshops and boutiques — and many satellite dishes — are next to bombed-out ruins and Baroque (not Baroque-style) churches. Like the grass in the wake of the Mount St. Helens eruption, life slowly returns, and the marks of centuries of history cluster together.”

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