Milestones and Mazal Tov!
Lisa Helfman (MAJCS '05) is engaged to Joe Gottman. He proposed with 40 diamonds on Lisa's 40th birthday: three decks of playing cards and a diamond ring. The wedding will be March 14, 2010. Lisa is a Congregational Representative in the East District of the Union for Reform Judaism.
Rabbi Daniella Kolodny (MAJCS '95) married Robert Owen on June 7, 2009 at the Jewish chapel at the U.S. Naval Academy where she was a U.S. Navy chaplain until June 19, 2009. The couple now lives in London, UK where Daniella is looking for full time employment.
Iris (Rosenthal) Weinstein (MAJCS '02) and her husband Greg welcome the birth of their first child, Jasmine Olivia Weinstein on August 20, 2009 at 11:06pm in Evanston, IL.
Larry Nathan (MAJCS/MSW) and his wife Rabbi Mara Nathan welcome their daughter Miriam Adele, who was born on October 2 in Westchester, NY.
Rachel (MAJE/MAJCS '07) and Ari Margolis (MAJE '08, ordination '10) proudly announce the birth of
Laila Millie Margolis on November 23 in Los Angeles. She weighed 6 pounds, 7 oz and is 19.3 inches tall. Rachel is director of education at University Synagogue in Los Angeles, and Ari is a student rabbi and school principal at Congregation Kol Ami in West Hollywood.
Robyn Schneider (MAJCS/MBA '08) recently accepted a position at the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles and will be working with the Medical Division, the Fashion Division, and Del Rey Yacht Club.
Yuri Hronsky (MAJE/MAJCS '01) has been appointed the new Head of School of Heschel West Day School in Agoura, CA, beginning July 2010.
Jeff Bernhardt (MAJCS/MSW '94) is directing and producing his play "Mixed Blessings" which will be performed at the NOHO Actors' Studio beginning January 15 in North Hollywood, CA
Adam Inlander (MAJCS '98) and his wife Ginny will celebrate their tenth wedding anniversary this December.
Congratulations to our most recent graduates! Where is the class of 2009?
Missy Bell (MAJCS/MAJE) is the Director of Teen Services at the Sid Jacobson JCC in East Hills, New York.
Ben Bloom (MAJCS) is the Programming Associate at the Jewish Educational Alliance/Savannah Jewish Federation in Savannah, Georgia.
Rena Fraade (MAJCS/MARE) is working as the Director of Religious School Program at Larchmont Temple in Larchmont, New York. She currently resides in New Rochelle, NY with the Israeli dog, Asher, she adopted during her year in Israel.
David Harris (MAJCS/MPA at USC) lives in Los Angeles and is working at Temple Israel of Hollywood.
Jessica Ingram (MAJCS) is completing her MA in Religious Education at HUC's New York School of Education, and is a consultant at UJA-Federation of New York, working in the Missions Department.
Matt Kahn (MAJE/MAJCS) lives in Los Angeles and works as the Religious School Special Programs Director at Congregation Shir Ha-Ma'alot in Irvine, CA.
Laurel Klein (MAJCS/MSW at University of Texas) is living in New York and working with Eden Village, a Jewish camp with a focus on earth based education and social justice, helping them to prepare to open their doors this summer. She also volunteers with Jewish Farm School and Teva's Jewish Climate Change Topsy Turvy Bus.
Shira Liff-Grieff (MAJCS/MA in Communications Management at USC) is living in Cambodia where she is working for the Cambodian Women's Movement Organization (CWMO) as an American Jewish World Service volunteer, and then traveling throughout Asia.
Luisa Moss (MAJCS/MAJE) currently resides in Sherman Oaks, CA and thrilled to serve as the Assistant Director of the Religious School at Temple Adat Elohim in Thousand Oaks, California.
Anna Schwartz (MAJCS/MPA at USC) is the Campaign Communications Manager at the Jewish Federation of Greater Long Beach.
Adynna Swarz (CJCS/MBA, UCLA '08) is working at the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles and oversees the Emergency Cash Grants Program and the Volunteering Initiative.
Laura Siegel (MAJCS/MAJE) is living in Johannesburg, South Africa and serving as Director of Development for the Jewish National Fund of South Africa, where she is spearheading their Global Warming Education and Action campaign for 2010. She is also serving as a consultant for a synagogue as they navigate a change process, helping to shape their future as a vision driven organization.
Emily Walsh (MAJCS/MAJE) is working as the Assistant Director of Education for Youth and Family at B'nai Jeshurun in New York City.
Congratulations to these Distinguished Alumni on Receiving their Honorary Doctorate Degrees
On May 18, 2009 (25 Iyar 5769), the faculty and the Board of Governors of the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion conferred the Honorary degree of Doctor of Jewish Communal Service upon:
Mark L. Goldstein
Mark David Gurvis
Cheryl Kessler, z"l
Zev A. Kessler
Amy Dover Neistein
Steven A. Reitman
SJCS Alumni Asst. Executive Committee
Lori Lander Goodman, Co-Chair and Alumni Council Rep.
Esther Cohen, Co-Chair
Larry Nathan, Past Chair and Alumni Council Rep.
Joy Wasserman, National Director of Alumni Affairs
Richard Siegel, ex-officio
Lori Klein, ex-officio
Jessica Ingram, Coordinator of Alumni Affairs
Use the HUC-JIR Online Alumni Directory Looking for an old friend or lost classmate? You can find any HUC alum in the online directory. Simply go to www.huc.edu/alumni/private/. The directory is password-protected. For the username and password, please contact Jessica Ingram and SJCSAlumni@huc.edu.
Once there, please make sure that your own information is correct. Have you moved, changed jobs, married, or had children? Your entry might be outdated. Updates you send to the SJCS Alumni Association are shared with the national directory maintainers, but it is a separate database.