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In-Memoriam

Dr. Boaz Kahana Z"L ‘55IBC. A lifelong student of classical Jewish Texts, Boaz saw the wisdom of the Rabbis in the analysis and treatment of psychological distress, whether caused by ordinary events or extreme trauma. Boaz was a regular at synagogue services and was a good friend to many fellow congregants. Boaz married Eva Frost, who was a Holocaust survivor and immigrant from Hungary. Together they raised two sons: Jeffrey b. 1967, and Michael b. 1969. Boaz collaborated with his wife, Eva, on many scientific projects. His sons followed in his footsteps, becoming professors. Boaz loved traveling and learning foreign languages and made friends wherever he went.

Spouse: Dr. Eve Kahana ‘62SCW, Father of Jeffrey (Marlene) of Cleveland and Michael (Jessica) of Philadelphia. Grandfather of Nathan, Ezekiel, Joseph, Raphael, Benjamin, Samuel, and Leah. Brother of Sarah Hertzberg of Teaneck, New Jersey and  Dr. Baruch Kahana of Miami Beach, Florida

Abraham Sodden ‘56YC. Abraham Sodden played for the Yeshiva University Maccabees from 1952-1956 and ranked number 16 on the all time scoring charts for the macs. He was captain in the 1955-1956 season and was named College Division All-American. He was inducted into the Yeshiva University Athletics Hall of Fame in 2017. May his Neshama have an Aliya.

Rabbi Abraham D. Mandelbaum, Z"L ‘59YC, ‘62REITS, ‘62BRGS and Leona Mandelbaum Z"L ‘59YUHS. Rabbi Mandelbaum z"l was the Rabbi Emeritus of the Young Israel of Hewlett.

Father and Mother of: Channah Spiegelman ‘87SCW,  Yosef Mandelbaum ‘84YUHS, ‘88YC Moshe Mandelbaum and Eliyahu Mandelbaum

Publications

OU Press Published a new Sefer by Rabbi Dr. Norman Lamm Z"L '49YC, '51R, '66BR entitled Torah Beloved: Reflections on the Love of Torah and the Celebration of the Holiday of Matan Torah.

Among The Remnants: Josh Gortler's Journey, Co-authored by Josh Gortler ‘54MTA, ’58YC, ‘60WSSW, ‘14DHL. “From the refugee camps of war-torn Europe during the Holocaust to a distinguished professional career in America, Among The Remnants tells the story of one young man’s courage and determination to not only survive but thrive”

Rabbi Dr. Bernhard Rosenberg ‘69YC, ’74 Ferkauf, ’92 Azrielei has published and authored a book titled, Rosenberg Holocaust Siddur: Program Material Preserving the Memory of the Holocaust.

Drew Kopf ‘64MTA, ‘68YC published a Sedrah Painting and a Biblical Commentary.

Celebrations

Cantor Simeon Vogel ‘74YC and Diane Vogel announce the marriage of their son to Tzvi to Avital Horowitz of Chicago and Israel. The couple reside in Givat Shmuel, Israel.

Mazel Tov to Phil Schiffman ‘79YC and Miriam Maltz Schiffman ‘80SCW on the engagement of their son Avi to Malory Shain..Daughter of Brent and Jodie Shain.

In-Memoriam

Dr. Bernard Lichstein Z"L was a devoted husband, loving father, adoring zaidy, favorite uncle, and dedicated friend. A talented painter and voracious learner, he sought to understand Hashem's world. A scientist and inventor, he developed products for wound and health care. His family established a campaign to raise funds for United.

Father of: Rachael Katz, ‘79SCW, Elizabeth, NJ Leah Malamet, Jerusalem, Israel,  Devorah Schatz, ‘86SCW, Teaneck, NJ,  Shulamis Hes, ‘87SCW, YU Librarian, Teaneck, NJ and  Yoel Lichstein, ‘91YC , Monsey, NY. His grandchildren and great-grandchildren include Yeshiva University graduates: Sara Schatz, ‘20SCW Yisroel Schatz, ‘19YC and Yosef Schatz, ‘21YC

Awards

 Judah Lifschitz ‘74YC was recognized in the 2021 edition of The Best Lawyers in America by U.S. News & World Report's in the area of construction law.

Publications

Chaya Passow ‘70SCW has authored a book titles Letters from Planet Corona. The Covid-19 epidemic exploded in Israel, as well as on the rest of Planet Earth, in mid-March 2020. Trying to make sense of the ensuing insanity Jerusalem resident Chaya Passow soon began to share her thoughts and reflections with friends and family in the form of letters from the newly dubbed Planet Corona, formerly Planet Earth. What began as an attempt at personal catharsis and a quest for meaning grew to a collection of 70 letters covering seven tumultuous months in 2020, culminating in the Jewish High Holidays.

Letters from Planet Corona is unique, the result of an intelligent, strong feminine voice which combines witty, satirical, and humorous narratives with thought-provoking, uplifting, and inspirational insights. The author has an engaging style which makes her often penetrating and incisive observations accessible to all as she describes her journey from initial bewilderment and occasional despair to a deeper understanding of what it means to truly put your faith in God during a pandemic that has tested human endurance. Writing these letters helped the author cope with and ultimately grow from this unprecedented experience. Reading them will do the same for you.  A book both timely and timeless.

Letters from Planet Corona will open your mind and touch your heart.

Daniel Klein '75YC published Shadal on Genesis: Samuel David Luzzatto's Interpretation of the Book of Bereshit was published by Kodesh Press in November 2019. The second edition of a work originally published in 1998, the book is a translation of Shadal's original Italian and Hebrew, with explanatory notes and information on Shadal's sources, including new and newly available data and reflecting the latest Shadal scholarship.

Publications

Shoshana Golin-Cahn ‘89SCW has published a new book: Windows of Light and Prayer. About the Book In 2007, the Young Israel of Hillcrest (Queens, NY) completed the renovation of its main sanctuary culminating in a monumental series of nineteen carved, frosted, and stained-glass windows designed by artist Shoshana Golin. Trained at the NY Academy of Art, Golin’s designs  respond to the unique character of Hillcrest’s community. This book tells how the task of designing the windows fell to Golin, how she experimented with design motifs, and how those ideas were realized in collaboration with the glass artist John Nutter. Splendidly illustrated with full, detail and process photos by Alyssa M. Roth and Danny Bauer, among others, these images explore the use of both traditional stained glass and modern carved glass techniques to convey the aesthetic aims of the windows in their dynamism and meaning. Shoshana Golin-Cahn's website. The book is for sale at Blurb.com

Yerachmiel Bratt '89YC, '92C published his third Sefer-  The Light of the Ben Ish Chai on Megillas Koheles (Targum Press 2019) which is a translation of the commentary of the Ben Ish Chai.

Rabbi Yeshaya Fruchter '90YC has published a 2-volume work on daf yomi in memory of his father, Harav Shmuel Aharon Fruchter. Entitled Chizuk Shmuel, the aim of the sefer is to make daf yomi study transformational by identifying a topic on each daf in Berachos and Shabbos, and using it as a springboard to develop mussar and hashkafic insights. The thesis is that, along with classics like Mesilas Yesharim and Chovos Halevavos, Gemara study can also serve as a daily source of mussar, hashkafah, and chizuk.

Celebrations

Benson Stone '90YC on his engagement to Marlena Humphries.

Publications

Ziona (Hochbaum) Greenwald '97S, J.D., a writer and editor, recently published her first children's book, Kalman's Big Questions (Targum Press).

Eli Shoshani '95YUHS, '99YC wrote an article titled, “Remembering Ratner’s: An Ode To Onion Rolls," for The Jewish Week. The article is based on a book he is completing, about his experiences working at The Lower East Side's iconic Ratner’s Restaurant. The article was shared 3.2K times in the first week since being published online.

Ann Koffsky '93SCW has authored a children's book called Kayla and Kugel's Happy Hanukkah.

Robby Berman ‘98YC has authored and published his book titled “ Min Taq Taq: A Collection of Arabic Idioms”

Publications

Rabbi Saul Haimoff '09YC Co-authored newly released book titled "Handbook of Torah and Mental Health ", which is published by Mosaica Press and distributed by Feldheim. It features over 50 Torah sources and connects them to modern mental health ideas, and supported by peer reviewed research.

“Sharansky’s Faith”, Written by Rabbi Dr. Meir Y. Soloveichik ‘02YC, ’03 REITS

Awards

Esther and Yitzy Frankel '13YC, '18SB on being honored as the Dor Chadash Honorees at the Beth Jacob of Beverly Hills 2020 Gala.

Publications

“Memories of Rabbi Sacks, zt”l”, Written by Rabbi Dr. Stu Halpern ‘10BR, ‘13A

“Why Humdrum Cheshavan Is The Jewish Month We All Need Right Now”, Written by Rabbi Dr. Stu Halpern ‘10BR, ‘13A

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