Births:

  • Mazal tov to Heidi and Jonathan Jonas (Nivonim 1991) on the birth of their son Jacob in June 2019.

  • Mazal tov to Lizzie and Micah Kafitz (Nivonim 1994) on the birth of their daughter Charlie Lior in August 2019.

  • Mazal tov to Lindsay and Zach Kafitz (Nivonim 1997) on the birth of their son Bernard Lion in June 2019.

  • Mazal tov to Laura and Zeke Fraint (Nivonim 1998) on the birth of their daughter Samantha Maya in September 2019.

  • Mazal tov to Jodi and Avram Fraint (Nivonim 2000) on the birth of their daughter Daisy Sivan in October 2019.

  • Mazal tov to Felice and Michael Schur (Nivonim 2000) on the birth of their daughter Evie Mae in July 2019.

  • Mazal tov to Tali and Michael Feldman (Nivonim 2001) on the birth of their children Yisrael Yehuda and Shayna Bracha in August 2019.

  • Mazal tov to Judy Herbstman (Nivonim 2001) and Josh Wertheimer on the birth of their son Yoav Simon in May 2019.

  • Mazal tov to Kelly and Jon Kutas (Nivonim 2001) on the birth of their daughter Cameran Eszter in July 2019.

  • Mazal tov to Rebecca (Nivonim 2001) and Rabbi David Russo (Staff 2000s) on the birth of their son Lev Moaz in August 2019.

  • Mazal tov to Orly and Elan Zinkow (Nivonim 2001) on the birth of their son Aviv Meir in July 2019.

  • Mazal tov to Mollie Flink (Nivonim 2002) and Steven Chaitman on the birth of their son Ilan Zev in August 2019.

  • Mazal tov to Jaclyn and Ashi Gavzy (Nivonim 2002) on the birth of their child in August 2019.

  • Mazal tov to Rabbi Sarit Horwitz (Nivonim 2002) and Rabbi Abe Schachter-Gampel on the birth of their son Lavi Hirsh in June 2019.

  • Mazal tov to Samantha and Shai Dobrusin (Nivonim 2004) on the birth of their daughter Noa Iris in May 2019.

  • Mazal tov to Kashmir Kustanowitz (Nivonim 2004) and Etan Newman (Nivonim 2002) on the birth of their son Adin Oz in August 2019.

  • Mazal tov to Hannah (Berkowicz) and Brian Pogrund (both Nivonim 2005) on the birth of their daughter Yakira Ida Pogrund in October 2019.

  • Mazal tov to Abigail (Landis) (Nivonim 2005) and Jonathan Miller on the birth of their daughter Aviva Bee in June 2019.

  • Mazal tov to Jackie (Wolff) (Nivonim 2005) and Michael Friedman on the birth of their son Matthew Francis in June 2019.

  • Mazal tov to Tali (Ribnick) (Nivonim 2006) and Adam Baruch on the birth of their son Matan in May 2019.

  • Mazal tov to Naomi and Mitch Paschen (Tikvah 2000s) on the birth of their daughter Leah Elyse in July 2019.

  • Mazal tov to Erick and Lainie Goihman (Year-Round Enrollment and Operations Associate) on the birth of their daughter Talia Miriam in October 2019.

Engagements:

  • Mazal tov to Toby Warnick (Nivonim 1991) and Jordan Davis on their recent engagement.

  • Mazal tov to Yael Brunwasser (Nivonim 1996) and Dan Marzouk on their recent engagement.

  • Mazal tov to Deanna Neil (Nivonim 1997) and Tal Wolfson on their recent engagement.

  • Mazal tov to Jeremy Frankenthal (Nivonim 2006) and Jenna Lewis on their recent engagement.

  • Mazal tov to Risa Hurwich (Nivonim 2006) and Mike Kopinsky on their recent engagement

  • Mazal tov to Jake Shanas (Nivonim 2006) and Joanna Nelson on their recent engagement.

  • Mazal tov to Allison Rosenberg (Nivonim 2007) and Or Samuel on their recent engagement.

  • Mazal tov to Shira Olson (Nivonim 2008) and Scott MacPhee on their recent engagement.

  • Mazal tov to Daniel Rubin (Nivonim 2009) and Jennifer Tickman on their recent engagement.

  • Mazal tov to Zachary Spellman (Nivonim 2009) and Sarah Ungerman (Nivonim 2010) on their recent engagement.

Marriages:

  • Mazal tov to Rabbi Jeremy Fineberg (Nivonim 2005) and Heather Kesselman on their marriage in September 2019.

  • Mazal tov to Adam Berman (Nivonim 2006) and Emunah Belenky on their recent wedding.

  • Mazal tov to Carly Cooper (Nivonim 2006) and Aaron Wolff on their marriage in September 2019.

  • Mazal tov to Juliana Hersh (Nivonim 2006) and Howie Abrams (Nivonim 2007) on their marriage in July 2019.

  • Mazal tov to Hannah Porter (Nivonim 2006) and Marshall Pollack on their marriage in June 2019.

  • Mazal tov to Ari Spector (Nivonim 2006) and Kayla Hammes on their recent wedding.

  • Mazal tov to Assistant Director Adina Allen (Nivonim 2007) and Rabbi Josh Warshawsky (Nivonim 2006) on their marriage in August 2019.

  • Mazal tov to Allie Hurwich (Nivonim 2008) and Brett Dresner on their recent wedding.

  • Mazal tov to Alieza Schvimer (Nivonim 2008) and David Hoffman on their marriage in May 2019.

  • Mazal tov to Andrew Wieberdink (Nivonim 2008) and Samantha on their recent wedding.

  • Mazal tov to Jake Levine (Nivonim 2009) and Lucy Starer Marshall on their marriage in September 2019.

  • Mazal tov to Phoebe Brown and Mike Becker (Both Tikvah 2000s) on their wedding in August.

Ramahnik Updates:

  • Amy (Israel) Pregulman (Nivonim 1986) and her husband John Pregulman started an organization called Kavod, dedicated to photographing every living Holocaust survivor and helping survivors who are living in poverty. Read more here.

  • Randy and Jason Sklar (Nivonim 1988) are developing a new comedy series for CBS. Read more here.

  • Mazel Tov to Lauren Grossman (Nivo 1994) for joining AJC Chicago as Assistant Director, Advancement & Engagement.

  • Donna (Elyashar) Rudolph (Nivonim 1994) and Donielle Lavintman (Nivo 2002) teamed up to start their own business. Read more here.

  • Kol HaKavod to Sarah (Ettinger) Caplan (Nivonim 1998) on becoming a new tax partner at Deloitte.

  • Yaron Goldfarb (staff 2001-2005, 2008) recently launched a new website showcasing some of his beautiful papercut Judaica artwork – a skill he fine-tuned during summers in the Ramah Wisconsin Amanut and Nagarut.

Baruch Dayan HaEmet:

  • We share the sad news that Tiberius Klausner passed away in October 2019. We extend our condolences to his entire family, including his wife Carla, his children Danielle (Nivonim 1983), Serena (Nivonim 1986) and Mirra (Nivonim 1986), and his grandchildren, some of whom are current campers and alumni. Tibor spent many summers on staff in the 1980s as a guest artist and music specialist.