Class Correspondent

Mark S. Cohen, P’09, P’17, continues to practice law, now exclusively for a company mostly owned by another Brandeis alum, and engages other alumni as local counsel whenever feasible. Mark and his wife, Roberta Weinstein-Cohen ’79, P’09, P’17, recently celebrated the birth of their third grandson, born in Kansas to their only “non-Brandeis” child, and went to Israel for the 3rd birthday of their oldest grandson, born to their oldest child, Hanna Cohen Winkler ’09. Mark and Roberta’s youngest child, Rivka Cohen ’17, lives in New York City, where she is program manager at the Jewish Orthodox Feminist Alliance. Dan Feier’s company Silego Technology, where he worked as CFO for 15 years, was acquired by Dialog Semiconductor. Dan retired at the end of March. Philip Gerstein, a professional fine-art painter, took part in many group exhibitions last year and had two well-reviewed solo shows, one in Boston, the other in Manhattan’s Chelsea neighborhood. Philip’s next solo show is scheduled for October in Boston. Diane Botwick Greenlee, who retired from her law firm in June 2017, keeps busy going to the YMCA, volunteering at the local animal shelter and spending lots of time with her grandchildren. She writes, “Allen is still practicing medicine in D.C. All three daughters are now married, and, if anyone wants wedding advice, I’m available after planning three weddings in six years.” Jerome Hoberman stubbornly persists in doing what he’s been doing for the past 27 years in Hong Kong — conducting, teaching, lecturing and broadcasting. His wife, Grace Chou, a history professor at Lingnan University, twisted his arm to teach a “Music and Revolution” class, bringing him back full circle to the heady days of the Pearlman Hall takeover, in which he did not participate. Daughter Maia married David Snider in 2016 after their graduation from Michigan; both are software engineers at Facebook. Daughter Gabi, an English and creative writing major, graduated from Barnard in the spring. Marta Kauffman was honored by Big Sunday, a nonprofit organization that promotes ways for people to help one another, at its annual gala on March 8 in Los Angeles. Marta is an Emmy- and Golden Globe-winning television writer, producer and showrunner who — along with David Crane ’79 — produced the TV series “Friends.” A Los Angeles resident, Marta has three children, two dogs, two cats and many horses. Eric Linden and Gayla Zoghlin enjoyed their annual “roommate trip” this spring with Alan Spatrick and Kaj Wilson, and Judy Benstein. This tradition, which was started by Eric and Alan more than 15 years ago, “has expanded as our nests have emptied,” they write. The friends are also enjoying the renaissance of Detroit, which is producing many more good options for foodies. The second edition of Rosa Lowinger’s book “Tropicana Nights: The Life and Times of the Legendary Cuban Nightclub” was published in October 2016. Rosa continues to lead cultural and architectural tours to Cuba. Her article “In Defense of Decorative Finishes: Architectural Conservation in Cuba” was featured in the Getty Conservation Institute newsletter last fall. Dave Lubin traveled the U.S. to attend games during this year’s NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament, including sightseeing stops in Philadelphia; Rectortown, Virginia; Cherokee and Murphy, North Carolina; Greasy Creek and Dickson, Tennessee; Tunica, Mississippi; Shreveport, Louisiana; and Dallas and Grapevine, Texas. Scott Marnoy is celebrating his 30th year as a gastroenterologist at Kaiser Permanente. He lives in Claremont, California, with his wife and family. Ricki Morell is a longtime journalist who currently writes for Harvard’s Nieman Reports. Earlier in her career, she was a metro daily newspaper reporter in Charlotte, North Carolina, where she met her husband, John Hechinger, who is also a journalist. After they moved to Brookline, Massachusetts, about 20 years ago, Ricki began freelancing for The Boston Globe and The New York Times. Daughter Rachel is a junior at Swarthmore College. Iris Raylesberg has lived in Philadelphia with her husband, Michael Rozansky, whom she met at Columbia’s School of Journalism, since 1989. She writes marketing materials and other communications for corporate clients. They have two children: a daughter, Hallie, finishing her first year of residency at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston; and a son, Rob, a fellow at a Washington, D.C., science policy institute. Iris is still close friends with classmates Chaye Zuckerman Shapot and Sue Freidus Katz. Kenneth Paul Rosenberg, a clinical associate professor of psychiatry at the Weill Cornell Medical College and NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, celebrated the publication of his first trade book, “Infidelity: Why Men and Women Cheat.” Steve Saklad sends greetings from sunny Miami Beach during TV pilot season. He reports he designed a dressy one-hour drama called “Grand Hotel” for ABC. He spent last year in Atlanta, transforming that chameleon city into Denver, New York and Washington, D.C., for a Jason Reitman feature called “The Frontrunner,” starring Hugh Jackman. Steve still holds out hope that one day a producer will hire him to design a show in which Los Angeles is meant to look like Los Angeles. During Thanksgiving 2016, David Schneiderman; his wife, Miriam; three of their four kids; and Blue, the family’s 65-pound Labradoodle, moved into a wonderful house on a dead-end canyon road with no lights or sidewalks, near Beverly Hills. “Very quiet and peaceful,” David says. He was formerly the COO of InvestTech, which was acquired by Accenture in February 2017. “I have now transitioned to a very interesting role in the corporate operations group, managing office consolidation efforts and overseeing deployment of some internal applications. Not very quiet and peaceful!” Judi Shostack created the Brandeis Women’s Lawyer Network of Toronto. For the past four years, she has also been president of the Toronto Alumni Club. She continues to practice law full time at the Civil Law Division, Transportation, in the Ministry of the Attorney General of Ontario. Her practice is focused on major infrastructure work. Her daughter graduated from law school in June and will move back to Toronto to do her articles with a boutique law firm. Her son is working in marketing at Enterprise. As a longtime member of Sloan Wainwright’s band, bassist Doug Wray had the honor of accompanying Ernie, the world-famous Muppet, as he and Sloan performed a duet at her holiday show last December. Doug performs regularly in the New York metropolitan area with various groups.

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