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Publication: Jewish Exponent
Date published: April 12, 2012

ENGAGEMENTS

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BEZALEL-MITTELMAN

Susan and Neil Mittelman of Huntingdon Valley, and Barbara and David Bezalel of Long Island, N. Y, announce the engagement of their children, Matthew Aaron Mittelman and Ayelet Dorit Bezalel.

Matthew, a graduate of Temple University, is an account manager for Forman, Inc.

Ayelet is a graduate of the Pratt Institute. She is the owner of Cocoa and Lime, a designer of custom fine jewelry.

Sharing in the couple's happiness are Matt's brother, Michael, sister-in-law Jennifer and niece Talia; along with Ayelet's sister, Hila, brother-inlaw Jake, and niece and nephew Ella and Oren; and brother Jonathan and sister-in-law Lindsay.

Matthew is the grandson of the late Martha and Michael ("Micky") Perlie; Jeanette Mittelman of Delray Beach, FIa.; and the late Maurice (Hyder) Mittelman. Ayelet is the granddaughter of Eli and Helen Feller of Livingston, N.J.; and the late Zilpa and Yaacov Bezalel of Tel Aviv.

The couple is planning an October wedding in Long Island.

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BR0WN-SCHIFFMAN

Debbie and Jeff Brown of Bensalem, and Amy and Jonathan Schiffman of Wynnewood announce the engagement of their children, Melanie Brown and Michael Schiffman.

Melanie, a graduate of Bensalem High School, earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in public relations/advertising from Penn State University. She is the local sales manager at Talk Radio 1210 WPHT.

Michael, a graduate of Lower Merion High School, earned a Bachelor of Science degree in finance from the University of Maryland. He is a principal at Breeze Investment Group.

Melanie is the granddaughter of Selma and Nate Bralow, and the late Adele and Morris Brown. Michael is the grandson of the late Edgar and Irene Rose, and Judge Jacob and Hannah Schiffman.

Sharing in the couple's happiness are Melanie's sister and brother-in-law, Stephanie and Jason Eggert; and Michael's sisters, Jodi and Sara Schiffman.

The couple, who lives in Philadelphia, is planning an April 2013 wedding.

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HAMMOND-ROSENTHAL

Mr. and Mrs. Harry and Lynn Rosenthal of Laverock, Pa., along with Dr. Mark and Sandy Hammond of Louisville, Ky., announce the engagement of their children, Ryan Rosenthal and Lauren Hammond.

Ryan is a graduate of (SUNY) Binghamton University where he was a member of Phi Beta Kappa and recognized as a scholar-athlete. He also earned a Master of Business Administration degree from Penn State University's Smeal School of Business. Ryan is an analyst, small cap equities, for an institutional investment company in Chicago.

Lauren graduated with distinction from the University of Michigan. She is currently completing a graduate degree in industrial organizational psychology at New York University.

Lauren is the granddaughter of Margot Barr and the late Larry Barr, and the late Warner and Kate Hammond. Ryan is the grandson of the late Alfred and Harriet Silberman, and the late Hyman and Lillian Rosenthal.

The couple, who lives in Chicago, is planning a summer wedding in Louisville.

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SHERMAN-KRUL

David and Sima Sherman of Wynnewood announce the engagement of their daughter, Lauren Meira Sherman, to Daniel Barry Krul, son of Dr. Geddy and Renee Krul of Elizabeth, N.J.

Lauren will graduate in May from the Yeshiva University Stern College for Women with a degree in political science. She plans to attend law school in Manhattan. Lauren is also currently working as a staff member on the Mitt Romney campaign.

Daniel holds a degree in finance and is a graduate of Yeshiva University. He is currently working at Goldman Sachs in New York City.

Lauren is the granddaughter of Rabbi Amiram and Rachel Gabay of Northeast Philadelphia, and Irving and Sandra Sherman of Livingston, N.J. Daniel is the grandson of Charlotte Friedman and the late Ed Friedman, and the late Jack and Sonia Krul.

The couple is planning a June 24 wedding in Philadelphia.

REUNIONS

Melrose B'nai Israel Emanu-El invites orginal and current members to "rewind and remember" the past 50 years before moving on to a their new location on Friday, May 4, at a 6 p.m. Shabbat dinner at 133 W. Cheltenham Ave., Cheltenham. To RSVP, call 215635-1505 or email: Rewind@M.B.I.E.E.org.

The 198th class (1952) of Central High School will host its 60th-year reunion on Saturday, May 19, at 6:30 p.m., at the Union League of Philadelphia. For information, call 215-561-3600.

Olney High School class of June 1962 will host its 50th-year reunion on Sunday, April 29, at the Bala Golf Club. For more information, call 610-825-2175 or email: lhaegelel@verizon.net.

MARRIAGES

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RUSKIN-BOOKFOR

Harris and Susie Bookfor of Alexandria, Va., and Jonathan and Ruth Ruskin of Falls Church, Va., announce the marriage of their children, Chérie Bookfor and David Ruskin.

The wedding and dinner reception took place on Sept. 17 at the Fairmont Hotel in Washington, D.C.

The signing of the ketubah was witnessed by Sheldon Cohen and Dean Pastor.

Chérie currently works as a management analyst for the Marine Corps Community Services at Quantico, Va., where she is responsible for modernizing functional systems for the retail division.

David serves as the lead staff member for the deputy director of the Defense Center of Excellence at Crystal City, Va., an initiative to help military service members and their families with the effects of traumatic brain injuries and mental health issues.

Cherie is the granddaughter of the late Martin and Lillian Bookfor, and the late Frances Cohen. Her grandfather Sol Cohen of Coral Springs, FIa., formerly of Philadelphia, shared in the joy of this simcha. David is the grandson of the late Joseph and Edna Ruskin, and the late Frank and Rose Zafren.

The couple, who lives in Alexandria, honeymooned in Greece.

ADVERSARIES

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Irma and Louis Malissa of Rydal, Pa., and West Palm Beach, FIa., celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary on March 22. They enjoyed a festive evening in Palm Beach with their children Phyllis and Gary Finkelstein, and Dean and Debby Malissa. Heartfelt tributes were also extended by their four grandchildren and their spouses. The couple has five great-grandchildren.

BIRTHS

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FRIEDMAN

Arielle Cohen Friedman and Gregory Friedman of New York, N. Y, announce the birth of their son, Boaz Daniel, on Oct. 26.

Sharing in their happiness are grandparents Raphael and Andrea Cohen of Wynnewood, and Paul and Karen Friedman of Wayside, N.J., along with greatgrandmothers Elaine Friedman of Florida, and Jean Haber of New Jersey.

Also welcoming the arrival are Uncle Micah and Aunt Amy Cohen, Uncle Douglas and Aunt Ana Friedman, and Uncle Spencer Friedman.

Boaz Daniel is named in loving memory of great-grandmothers, Ruth Haber and Dina Rochelle Cohen.

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BOOKATZ

Nicole and Brian Bookatz of Frisco, Texas announce the birth of their first child, Julianne Leigh, on March 3, at UT Southwestern Hospital in Dallas. Julianne weighed 4 lbs., 15 oz.

Sharing in their happiness are grandparents Marjorie and Eric Deutsch of Dallas, formerly of Philadelphia; and Barbara and Stephen Bookatz of Piano, Texas; along with great-grandparents Lillian and Les Deutsch of East Brunswick, N.J.; and Selma Bookatz of Piano.

Julianne is named in loving memory of her great-grandmother Jannette Zevin, her great-great-grandmother Anne Kirschner, and her great-grandfather Louis Silverman.

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KOLHAN

Mort and Toby Kolman of Warminster announce the birth of their grandson, Asher Bradley (Asher Baruch), on Feb. 10.

Welcoming their new addition are parents Lou and Claire Kolman, and big sister Makena of Durham, NC.

Sharing in their happiness are grandparents Ben and Vivian Herman of Calgary, Canada; Aunt Audrey, Uncle Matt, and cousins Kelsey and Zack Goldberg; Uncle Gregg Davis; Aunt Sherry, Uncle Mark and cousin Jenna Berman; Aunt Emily, Uncle Sebi and cousins Annie and Leo Sztabzyb; and Aunt Jackie and Uncle Jonathan Herman.

Asher Bradley is named for his great-grandmothers, Sarah Friedman and Bronia Sonnenschein.

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