✡️ Mazel Tovs & Condolences
BZ Chesed Committee
The Bernard Zell Chesed Committee wants to share in your joy or express sympathy when appropriate. If you have news to share, please email all the details to chesed@bernardzell.org for inclusion in the next issue. 

May 23 - June 6, 2024​​

B’nai Mitzvot:

  • Mazel Tov to Sebastian Schneider who became a Bar Mitzvah on May 25, 2024!
  • Mazel Tov to Ari Walny who became a Bar Mitzvah on June 1, 2024!
  • Mazel Tov to Chloe Meadows who became a Bat Mitzvah on June 1, 2024!

Condolences:

  • The Chesed Committee, on behalf of the entire Bernard Zell community, extends heartfelt condolences to Sara (Ari) Jacobson ('96) and Cooper Reinfeld (6th) on the loss of Sara's grandmother, Elaine Lipschutz.

May 9 - May 22, 2024​​

B’nai Mitzvot:

  • Mazel Tov to Rocky Price who became a Bar Mitzvah on May 11, 2024!
  • Mazel Tov to Avriel Vays who became a Bar Mitzvah on May 18, 2024! 
  • Mazel Tov to Lila Shashoua who became a Bat Mitzvah on May 18, 2024! 

April 11 - May 8, 2024​​

Births:

  • Mazel Tov to Third and Fourth Grade Learning Specialist, Sarah Truglio, and her husband Alexander, on the birth of Maeve Grace on April 13, 2024!

B’nai Mitzvot:

  • Mazel Tov to Abby Huberman who became a Bat Mitzvah on May 4, 2024!
  • Mazel Tov to Noa Vaysberg who became a Bat Mitzvah on April 20, 2024!
  • Mazel Tov to Grady Grossman who became a Bar Mitzvah on April 13, 2024!

Engagements 

  • Mazel Tov to Nurse Sam Mor on her recent engagement Evan Lowsky! 

Condolences:

  • The Chesed Committee, on behalf of the entire Bernard Zell community, extends heartfelt condolences to Marna (former BZ Chief Advancement Officer), Dan, Hannah ('18), and Elana ('21) Goldwin on the loss of Marna's father, Burt Fainman. 
  • The Chesed Committee, on behalf of the entire Bernard Zell community, extends heartfelt condolences to Sean Bleizeffer (Business Associate and Registrar) on the passing of his grandmother, Sophia Maximovich.  

March 28 - April 10, 2024​​

B’nai Mitzvot:

  • Mazel Tov to Max Hesser who became a Bar Mitzvah on March 30, 2024!
  • Mazel Tov to Jack Seligman who became a Bar Mitzvah on April 6, 2024!

Engagements 

  • Mazel Tov to Early Childhood Teacher, Julia Foran, and her fiancée Julia Lawson (BZ Class of 2012) on their engagement!

March 14 - March 27, 2024​​

Births:

  • Mazel Tov to Matt Tobias, Director of Security and Safety, on the birth of his grandson, Jackson Philip Tobias, on March 16, 2024!
  • Mazel Tov to Miri Allali, Lower School Hebrew Teacher, on the birth of her granddaughter, Lea-Mira!

Condolences:

  • The Chesed Committee, on behalf of the entire Bernard Zell community, extends heartfelt condolences to Andrea (Jeremy) Raskin, Senior Kindergarten Jewish Studies Teacher, on the loss of her father-in-law, Selwyn Colley.

B’nai Mitzvot:

  • Mazel Tov to Stella Grazman who became a Bat Mitzvah on March 23, 2024!

February 29 - March 13, 2024​​

Condolences:

  • The Chesed Committee, on behalf of the entire Bernard Zell community, extends heartfelt condolences on the passing of Sylvia G. Gordon, a longtime friend and supporter of Bernard Zell and the school's library. 
  • The Chesed Committee, on behalf of the entire Bernard Zell community, extends heartfelt condolences to the Arkes Family, Helen, Michael and Daniel ('11), on the passing of Helen's mother Arlene Elenore Leshner. 

B’nai Mitzvot:

  • Mazel Tov to Henry Borden who became a Bar Mitzvah on March 2, 2024!
  • Mazel Tov to Oliver Robins who became a Bar Mitzvah on March 9, 2024!

February 15 - 28, 2024

Condolences:

  • The Chesed Committee, on behalf of the entire Bernard Zell community, extends heartfelt condolences to Barry and Sharon (BZ Trustee) Rosenberg, Drew ('19), Lauren ('22), and Carly (8th), on the passing of Barry's grandmother Dina Brodsky.
  • The Chesed Committee, on behalf of the entire Bernard Zell community, extends heartfelt condolences to Joey Shapiro, Middle School Humanities Teacher, on the loss of his grandfather, Richard Shapiro.
  • The Chesed Committee, on behalf of the entire Bernard Zell community, extends heartfelt condolences to Heather Segil, Middle School Humanities Teacher, on the loss of her grandmothers, Shirley Horwedel and Rosemary Aten. 

February 1 - 14, 2024

Births:

  • Mazel Tov to faculty member Rachel Silverberg, her husband Jon, and big sister Neallie, on the birth of Avi Harper Silverberg on February 7, 2024! ​​

B’nai Mitzvot:

  • Mazel Tov to Hannah Greenburg who became a Bat Mitzvah on February 3, 2024!

Condolences:

  • The Chesed Committee, on behalf of the entire Bernard Zell community, extends heartfelt condolences to Jamie Wendt, Middle School Humanities Teacher, on the loss of her grandfather, Maynard "Mickey" Freeman. 
  • The Chesed Committee, on behalf of the entire Bernard Zell community, extends heartfelt condolences to Ron Berman (1986) (Michele) on the loss of his father, Roger Berman, grandfather to Andie ('16), Zoe ('19), Jonah ('21), uncle to Leor Auerbach (Simon), great-uncle to Eden (7th), Adam (5th), and Nate (SK). 

January 18 - January 31, 2024

Births:

  • Mazel Tov to Malika and Igor Golubchik and big siblings Sasha ('19), Leeza ('20), Ava (3rd) and Adam (SK) on the birth of Gavi Simon. ​​

B’nai Mitzvot:

  • Mazel Tov to Ethan Becker who became a Bar Mitzvah on January 20, 2024!
  • Mazel Tov to Morgan Kohn who became a Bat Mitzvah on January 27, 2024!

Condolences:

  • The Chesed Committee, on behalf of the entire Bernard Zell community, extends heartfelt condolences to the Apple Family, Nicole, Ryan, Sam ('21), Jacob (8th), and David (6th) on the loss of Nicole's father, Byron Zotaley.
  • The Chesed Committee, on behalf of the entire Bernard Zell community, extends heartfelt condolences to Bernard Zell's former Head of School, Alyson Horwitz on the loss of her mother-in-law, Isabel M. Horwitz. 

December 21, 2023 - January 17, 2024

Births:

  • Mazel Tov to Leah Frydman, Lower School and Early Childhood Social Worker, and her husband Josh on the birth of Myles Sidney Frydman on December 20, 2023! 
  • Mazel Tov to Bernard Zell alum and former faculty member, Mitch Daar '99 and his wife Gillian on the birth of Gemma Stevie Daar on December 30, 2023! ​​

Weddings

  • Mazel Tov to Nicky Mintz, Assistant AD and PE Teacher, and his wife Haley Manley who were married on December 31, 2023! 

B’nai Mitzvot:

  • Mazel Tov to Solomon Ellis who became a Bar Mitzvah on December 23, 2023!
  • Mazel Tov to Owen Rich who became a Bar Mitzvah on January 13, 2024!

Condolences:

  • The Chesed Committee, on behalf of the entire Bernard Zell community, extends heartfelt condolences to Kelsey Gorelik, Senior Kindergarten teacher, on the loss of her grandfather, Howard Ruskin.
  • The Chesed Committee, on behalf of the entire Bernard Zell community, extends heartfelt condolences to the Royal Family, Jill Ceitlin, Russin Royal, Havi and Somi, on the loss of Jill's father, Harold Ceitlin.

December 7 - December 20, 2023

Births:

  • Mazel Tov to Reena and Marty Ritter and big sibling Lev (JK) on the birth of Eyal Jack (EJ) on December 5, 2023!​​

B’nai Mitzvah:

  • Mazel Tov to Asher Estell who became a Bar Mitzvah on December 16, 2023!

Condolences:

  • The Chesed Committee, on behalf of the entire Bernard Zell community, extends heartfelt condolences to Ashley Johnson, PE Teacher, Advisor and Coach, on the loss of her uncle, Greg Johnson.  

November 16 - December 6, 2023

B’nai Mitzvah:

  • Mazel Tov to Sophie Menard who became a Bat Mitzvah on November 18, 2023!
  • Mazel Tov to Avital Klein who became a Bat Mitzvah on December 2, 2023!

November 2 - November 15, 2023

B’nai Mitzvah:

  • Mazel Tov to Rafi Shalit who became a Bar Mitzvah on November 4, 2023!
  • Mazel Tov to Stella Graines who became a Bat Mitzvah on November 11, 2023!

Condolences:

  • The Chesed Committee, on behalf of the entire Bernard Zell community, extends heartfelt condolences to the Letourneau-Bailey Family, Brienne Letourneau, Richard Bailey, Connor (3rd) and Julia (SK), on the loss of Brienne's Grandmother, Marcia Pearson.

October 19 - November 1, 2023​​

B’nai Mitzvah:

  • Mazel Tov to Jake Berger who became a Bar Mitzvah on October 28, 2023!
  • Mazel Tov to Eden Auerbach who became a Bat Mitzvah on October 21, 2023!

October 5 - October 18, 2023

Births:

  • Mazel Tov to Sarah and Nat Sager and big siblings Boaz (Fourth Grade), Maxine (Senior Kindergarten), and Sivan (Nursery) on the birth of Yael Sager on October 16, 2023!​​

B’nai Mitzvah:

  • Mazel Tov to Andrew Schwartz who became a Bar Mitzvah on October 14, 2023!

Engagements 

  • Mazel Tov to Lower School teacher, Lydia Malkin, and her fiance Chris Smiciklas on their engagement!

Condolences:

  • The Chesed Committee, on behalf of the entire Bernard Zell community, extends heartfelt condolences to faculty member, Yelena Spector on the loss of Yelena's father-in-law, Alexander Radutny.  

September 21 - October 4, 2023

​​B’nai Mitzvah:

  • Mazel Tov to Noa Raisher who became a Bat Mitzvah on September 30, 2023!

Congratulations:

  • Mazel Tov to Avraham Sosa, MS Science Teacher, who became a U.S. Citizen on September 26, 2023!

September 7 — September 20, 2023

Births:

  • Mazel Tov to Benje Casper and Leda Ghannad and big sibling Jordy (Nursery) on the birth of Lyla Joy Casper on September 17, 2023!

B’nai Mitzvah

  • Mazel Tov to Henna Chamlin who became a Bat Mitzvah on September 9, 2023.
  • Mazel Tov to Jesse Sager who became a Bar Mitzvah on September 9, 2023.

Condolences:

  • The Chesed Committee, on behalf of the entire Bernard Zell community, extends heartfelt condolences to Early Childhood teacher, Julie Gelfond and her family Mitch, Hannah ('14), Eva ('18) and Charlie ('22) Silver, on the loss of Julie's father, Robert "Bob" Gelfond.

August 24 — September 6, 2023

B’nai Mitzvah

  • Mazel Tov to Anna Jury who became a Bat Mitzvah on September 2, 2023.
  • Mazel Tov to Orli Lanski who became a Bat Mitzvah on September 2, 2023.
  • Mazel Tov to Simon Shapiro, son of faculty member Joey Shapiro, who became a Bar Mitzvah on September 4, 2023.

Engagements & Weddings

  • Mazel Tov to staff member Rebecca Bloom and her fiance Jacob Letwat on their engagement!

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