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Issue #20                                                                                                                                                                                             September 2015

 
MAZEL
TOV!


ENGAGEMENTS

N atasha Kaufman (HS '07) on her engagement to Neal Sheme

Jordana Aronovitz (HS '03) on her engagement to Noah Gorsky

Dara Maidenbaum (HS '06) on her engagement to Stanley Rothman

Elizabeth Moskovic (HS '09) and Michael Selinger (HS '05) on their engagement 

Bryan Sterba (HS '07) on his engagement to Lea Eisenberg

Alyssa Davidoff Sterba (Hillel '75, HS '78) and her husband Leslie on the engagement of their son Bryan


 
WEDDINGS

Brandis Weissler (HS '03) on her marriage to Joseph Buzkin

Jamie Rohr (HS '09) on her marriage to Yoely Turkel

Alyssa Galler (HS '05) on her marriage to Steven Greenstein

Perry Zahner (HS '07) on his marriage to Ruthie Frohlinger 

Daniel Fertig (HS '99) on his marriage to Pamela Diel

Jacqueline Segelnick (HS '11) on her marriage to Neal Polaniecki

Leon Mayer (HS '08) on his marriage to Keved Blumenfrucht

Buzz Mayer (HS '80) and his wife Elizabeth on the marriage of their son Leon

Jacob Decter (HS '08) on his marriage to Rachel Varon

Ashley Wiener (HS '04) and Steven Kohn (HS '02) on their marriage

Gabby Spivak (HS '11) on her marriage to Jordan Slotnick

Nicole Beck Spivak (HS '87)  and her husband Jeffrey on the engagement of their daughter Gabby



BIRTHS

Sean Steinmetz (ES '94) and his wife Shana on the birth of a daughter

Rebecca Steinmetz Jerozolim (ES '01) and her husband Adam on the birth of a son

Jackie Fiedler Weiss (HS '06) and her husband Shlomo on the birth of a son
 
Jonathan Katz (HS '00) and his wife Jessica on the birth of a son

Perri Senders Kaye (HS '02) and her husband David on the birth of a daughter


Tamar Gefen Grashin (HS '03) and her husband
Mayer on the birth of a daughter

Natalie Shalolashvili (HS '02) and her husband Samuel on the birth of a son

Jennifer Twersky  Gertelman (HS '02) and her husband  Benji on the birth of a son

Jessica Kollander Jesselson (HS '05) and her husband Roni on the birth of a  daughter

Allison Mayer (HS '09) and her husband Noah on the birth of a son

Buzz Mayer (HAFTR '80) and his wife Elizabeth on the birth of a grandson

Avi Weber (HS '05) and his wife Talia on the birth of a daughter

Adam Sider (HS '03) and Lauren Genachowski (ES '01) on the birth of a daughter

Lisa Goldman Reiss (HS '03) and her husband Josh on the birth of a daughter

Nikki Senders (HS '02) and her husband Max on the birth of a son

Farrah Stricker Blinder (HS '94) and her husband Mo on the birth of a daughter

Eliana Bavli Tisch (HS '03) and her husband Samuel on the birth of a son

Jen Silberstein Ellner (HS '04)
 and Aaron Ellner (HS '04) on the birth of a daughter

Jennifer Cohen Gober (HS '01) and her husband Daniel on the birth of a son

Arielle Kollander Parkoff (HS '98) and Adam Parkoff (HS '98) on the birth of a daughter

BAR/BAT MITZVAHS

G alia  Wyszkowski Libin (HS '93) and Judah Libin ('79) on the Bar Mitzvahs of their sons Eitan and Ezra 


I f you have a simcha to share, please e-mail us at HAFTRalumni@haftr.org 
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Class of 1975 (Hillel)

C lass of 1976 (Hillel)
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Welcome back to HAFTR HERITAGE!

 

We hope you had a wonderful summer! We wish you all a Shana Tova and a G'mar Chatima Tova- an easy and meaningful fast to you!

 

It has been very exciting to hear all of your feedback! We also want to thank you for sending us your updated contact information. This has allowed us to build a stronger alumni database. Please continue to do so. We really appreciate it.

 

 

 

Melodie Scharf, Chairperson, HAFTR Alumni Relations and Co-Editor of HAFTR Heritage

 

Rise (Davidoff) Kaufmann, Hillel Elem. '73, Hillel High School '76, Vice Chair, HAFTR Alumni Relations

 

Leslie (Reis) Gang, HAFTR Elem. '99, HAFTR High School, '03, Director of Admissions & Communications, Co-Editor of HAFTR Heritage

 

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HAFTR ALUMNI FEATURE  
Avery Salamon (High School Class of 1997)

WHAT YEARS DID YOU ATTEND HAFTR?
I attended HAFTR from 3 year old nursery through my High School Graduation in 1997. I did not go to Israel for the year. I attended Hofstra University for my undergraduate degree. I then attended Touro and received my Masters in Education and got my MBA at the University of Phoenix.
 
 


TELL US A LITTLE BIT ABOUT WHAT YOU DO TODAY?
Today, I teach at The Academy a K-12 charter school in Westminster, CO. ( http://www.theacademyk12.org) I also manage a band called Skyburial ( skyburialco.bandcamp.com) and write music reviews for several online magazines.
 
HOW DID YOU BECOME INVOLVED IN THE MUSIC INDUSTRY?
 I  always wanted to be involved in the Music Industry. I started in the Music Industry during my sophomore year in college. I worked at the Island/Def Jam music group. I asked a person I saw at several shows how to get into the industry and it was all on from there.

WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO BE AN EDUCATOR? 
Wh at inspired me to be an educator was running a street team (guerilla and viral marketing). I came in contact with a lot of children and realized the postive effect I can have on them. 

WHAT IS THE MOST INTERESTING PART ABOUT WRITING MUSIC REVIEWS?
The most interesting part about writing music reviews is the chance to get to hear new music before anyone else truly does. It is great to be able to get a reader into a new artist or new album.
 
WHAT GENRE OF MUSIC DO YOU PREFER THE MOST?
I listen to Metal and Hard Rock music the most. I tend to love the energy that goes along with it.
 
IF THERE IS AN UP AND COMING ARTIST OUT THERE YOU KNOW ABOUT AND THE WORLD SHOULD WATCH OUT FOR- WHO IS IT?
Skyburial is a band everyone should know about. They will be big in the underground scene very soon. 
 
WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR BIGGEST CHALLENGE?
My biggest challenge is melding my love of music into education while avoiding the ire of parents.
 
NOW THINKING BACK TO HAFTR, CAN YOU REMEMBER ANY FUN OR EXCITING MOMENT IN THE CLASSROOM OR WITH A TEACHER?
One great HAFTR memory is playing card with Rabbi Lichtman. This was senior year and if he won we learned two gemorah periods but if we won we could go to bagels for one period.
 
ARE YOU STILL IN TOUCH WITH ANY OF YOUR HAFTR CLASSMATES?
Due to Facebook my class of 1997 seems to be pretty up to date on what we are all doing.

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Network and connect 

with other HAFTR graduates!

 

We have created various portals for our HAFTR alumni to reach out to one another for both professional and personal networking. 

 

 Please take advantage of these opportunities!

 


 

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HAFTR FACULTY FEATURE 
Sarina Ellner Kerper   
(Elementary School Class of 2002)
 
WHAT YEAR DID YOU GRADUATE HAFTR?
I graduated HAFTR Middle School in 2002.
 
WHAT WAS YOUR FAVORITE SUBJECT WHILE ATTENDING SCHOOL?
My favorite subject was Math, but I also really enjoyed Navi with Ms. Nissan and Torah Shebeal Pe with Ms. Greer from the Middle School. 
 
WHAT ACTIVITIES WERE YOU INVOLVED IN?
I participated in Friday After School activities. I was a part of piano, baking, and the home economics clubs.

WHAT SCHOOL(S) DID YOU ATTEND AFTER GRADUATING FROM HAFTR?
I attended SKA for High School, Darchei Binah for one year of seminary, and Queens College for both of my Undergraduate and Graduate degrees. 

WHAT IS YOUR CURRENT POSITION AT HAFTR?
I am currently teaching Mathematics in HAFTR High School to the 9th, 11th and 12th grade students. 

WHERE DID YOU TEACH PRIOR TO HAFTR?
Prior to HAFTR I taught in Queensborough Community College. 
 
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE THING ABOUT BEING A TEACHER AT HAFTR?
My favorite thing about being a teacher at HAFTR is knowing that I am a part of this warm family that cares about each student and faculty. I know that being a teacher can have a big impact on each student's life and I hope that I can be a positive role model, not only academically, but personally too. 

WHAT DO YOU LIKE TO DO FOR FUN OUTSIDE OF SCHOOL?
For fun I like to kayak, play tennis, and bake, but most of all spend time with my family and friends.
 
TELL US ABOUT YOUR FAMILY.
I married my husband Simcha almost four years ago and we have been blessed with our two daughters. Devorah is two and half years old and in the HAFTR Toddler program. Kayla is almost 5 months old and in the HAFTR Daycare. We currently live in Kew Gardens Hills. 

NOW THAT YOU ARE WORKING AT HAFTR, CAN YOU TELL US HOW THE SCHOOL HAS CHANGED SINCE YOU WERE A STUDENT HERE?
Besides the aesthetic changes of the HAFTR buildings, the principals have changed since I was a student in HAFTR. Ms. Lippman who is now the Principal at HAFTR High School was my former administrator in the Middle School. 
 
DO YOU KEEP IN TOUCH WITH THE CHILDHOOD FRIENDS THAT YOU MADE WHILE YOU WERE A STUDENT AT HAFTR?
One of my best friends is a former classmate of mine from HAFTR Elementary school. 

YOU HAVE ALSO JOINED THE HAFTR FAMILY AS A PARENT, AS WELL AS A FACULTY MEMBER. WHAT ARE YOU MOST EXCITED TO SEE?
I am most excited to see my daughters gain a great education as well as hopefully have some of my former teachers that I loved so much. 
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We are very excited to be planning 

 the following reunions:

 

HAFTR High School Class of 1990

(25 years) DATE TBA!

** WE ARE LOOKING FOR 

 A CLASS REPRESENTATIVE**

 

HAFTR High School Class of 1996 

(20 years) Date TBA

 

HAFTR High School Class of 2005

(10 years) 

December 5th, 2015

 

If you would like to join our planning committees for either of these events, please e-mail us at haftralumni@haftr.org

 

 

 
HAFTR ALUMNI COUPLE
Cindy Gross Margareten (Hillel HS '74) 
& Jack Margareten (HILI HS '72)




HOW MANY YEARS DID YOU ATTEND HILI/HILLEL?
 
Cindy: 7 years at HILLEl
Jack: 3 years at HILI






WHAT YEAR DID YOU GRADUATE FROM HILI/HILLEL?
Cindy: 1971 HILLEL ES, 1974 Hillel HS
J ack: 1972 HILI HS

WHAT WAS YOUR FAVORITE SUBJECT WHILE ATTENDING SCHOOL?
Cindy: Drama
Jack: Breakfast

WHAT ACTIVITIES WERE YOU INVOLVED IN? 
Cindy: Cheerleading
Jack : Football
 
HOW OLD WERE YOU WHEN YOU MET?
Cindy: 12
Jack: 15
 
WHEN DID YOU BECOME A COUPLE?
Cindy: I was 17
Jack: I was 20  
 
WHEN DID YOU KNOW HE/SHE WAS THE ONE?
Cindy and Jack: Over time
 
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE SCHOOL MEMORY TOGETHER?
Cindy and Jack: hanging out at the Wagner's and the Alter's house together.
 
I F YOU COULD HAVE LUNCH WITH ONE TEACHER TODAY,  WHO WOULD IT BE?
Cindy: Mrs. Robbins
J ack: Julia Philips - to apologize for what we did to her.
 
IF YOUR FRIENDS FROM HILI/HILLEL COULD DESCRIBE YOU IN ONE WORD, WHAT WOULD IT BE?
Cindy: Nerdy
Jack: Mischievous
 
WHAT IS YOUR MOST MEMORABLE CLASSROOM MOMENT?
Cindy: Being Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady
J ack: Being in 1776 Playing Ben Franklin with Dr. Susan Katz
 
WHERE DID YOU GO TO SCHOOL ONCE YOU GRADUATED?
Cindy: Queens and Barnard
Jack:  Queens and NYU?Stern Graduate School of Business
 
DID YOUR CHILDREN ATTEND HAFTR?
Cindy and Jack:  Yes, all HAFTR graduates.
 
IS THERE ANYTHING THAT YOU SEE THE STUDENTS EXPERIENCE IN SCHOOL , THAT YOU WISH YOU HAD THE CHANCE TO PARTICIPATE IN WHILE BEING A STUDENT?
Cindy and Jack: Computers
 
DO YOU KEEP IN TOUCH WITH THE CHILDHOOD FRIENDS THAT YOU MADE WHILE YOU WERE A STUDENT AT HAFTR?
Cindy: Susan Wagner, Brenda Mehl, Karen Alter, Michael Feldstein and Larry Glaser and keep up on Facebook.
Jack: Jack Blumenthal, Eddie Wolf and Mike Feller



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HAFTR ALUMNI SHARE...
Shifra Osofsky Friedman 
Hillel Elementary School '74 / Hillel High School '77

On June 18th, I attended a ceremony marking the occasion of the 1st yahrzeit of Mrs. Evelyn Pfeffer (z"l) who had taught science in Hillel Elementary School in the 1970's (& 1980's when Hillel became HAFTR).
 
I live in Israel in Beit Shemesh.  The week before the ceremony was to take place, I happened to read a portion of the Jerusalem Post with blurbs of things happening around the country. There was a notice of a ceremony scheduled the following week in Zichron Yaacov where someone named Barbara Pfeffer Billauer-Bailey was going to dedicate a bench and plaque at the Beit Aharonson museum on the occasion of her mother's 1st yahrzeit.  Well her mother was my science teacher in junior high school and I had loved and respected her and I decided to make every effort to attend.   I did attend and I was so glad that I made the effort.   Rabbi Meir Fendel (pictured), who was the principal of HANC, where Mrs. Pfeffer taught before she taught at Hillel,  came from Yerushalayim and gave a wonderful hesped.
 
It was so appropriate to associate Mrs. Pfeffer's memory with this museum:  the Aaronsohn family, one of the founding families of Zichron Ya'akov (1882) (where Mrs. Pfeffer's daughter, Barbara, and her husband now live),helped established the 'N.I.L.I. ' (Netzach Yisrael Lo Yishaker) spy ring against the Turkish Army.  One of the brothers, Aaron Aaronsohn, was a scientist who discovered the original prototype of wheat for which he received international acclaim.  Mrs. Pfeffer would have been thrilled!
 
In the words of one of my classmates as we reminisced about her, "She was a true educator, trying to make us better ourselves in life in general, not just in science."

 


May her memory be a blessing to all. 


If you have a story you would like to share with your fellow alumni, 
please email it to haftralumni@haftr.org
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