The Menschions & Mimosas Gala on May 19, 2019 is a must attend, feel good event. It honors individuals in our community who make exceptional contributions close to home and around the world. Click here to purchase tickets or to help sponsor the event. If you cannot attend but would like to make a donation, please click here.
Click on the names below to read this year’s Mensches’ stories:
Dec. 20, 2018
For years, Melissa Caplan has served as a role model to children in and out of the classroom. A special education teacher in the Marblehead schools, Melissa previously taught in Swampscott schools and at Congregation Shirat Hayam. During the summer, she leads the inclusion camp program at the Jewish Community Center of the North Shore. Melissa lives in Swampscott with her husband, Andrew, an attorney, and her daughters, Lila and Louisa.
April 4, 2019
Steve Cohen is the president of the Negotiations Skills Company, and over the years he has served as an executive coach and mentor, an academic and a writer. He is married to Andréa MacLeod, a journalist and the former publisher of the North Shore Woman Directory. Their older daughter, Julia, is chair of the English Department at the Field School in Washington, D.C. and mother of Eli (8) and Pip (5). Abigail, their younger daughter, most recently served as an Associate Dean of Accessibility at a New England liberal arts college.
Feb. 7, 2019
Dr. Irv Danesh has been an emergency room doctor for 36 years. Danesh grew up in California and met his wife, Fanny, in New York. Over the years, he has also served as a medical consultant and associate producer of the TV show, “Royal Pains.” In addition, he has written two books, “The Loco Life of Doctor Taco,” and “Doctor Brooklyn: Love & Life at the End of a Knife.” Irv and Fanny live in Marblehead and have four sons: Sam, Zach, Max, and Jake.
Aug 2, 2018
Growing up in Newton, Amy Farber immersed herself in Judaism at a young age. After graduating from UMass- Amherst, she married Mark Farber and moved to the North Shore. Over the years, she has served as president and vice president of Temple Ahavat Achim; chair of its membership committee, and co-president of the temple’s Sisterhood-Hadassah. She’s also been a board member of the women’s division of the Jewish Federation of the North Shore, the first director of admissions of Cohen Hillel Academy [now Epstein Hillel School], as well as co-president of Hillel’s PTA.
Jan. 10, 2019
As the funeral director of Stanetsky-Hymanson Memorial Chapel in Salem’s Vinnin Square, Carl Goldman is in the business of being compassion- ate. His father, Murray, founded Goldman Funeral Home in Malden. Carl and his wife, Laurie Ann Hymanson, have been married for 25 years. They live in Peabody, where they are members of Temple Beth Shalom, and have three children: Hallie, 23; Gabe, 17; and Jesse, 14.
June 7, 2018
Arlene and Mike Goodstein have lived on the North Shore for 45 years, and were key contributors to the construction of the Jewish Community Center of the North Shore and the original Hillel day school, now known as the Epstein Hillel School. They also helped create an endowment for the former Temple Israel in Swampscott, and contributed to numerous other Jewish organizations. The couple lives in Swampscott and has two children and two grandchildren. Their son Mark and his wife Sherri live in Newton and have two daughters, Elizabeth and Samantha; their daughter Shari and her husband, Robert Munro, live in Marblehead.
Nov. 1, 2018
Adele Lubarsky grew up in Chelsea, and still spends most of her days there as principal of the Hooks Elementary School. She has lived with her husband, Mark Lubarsky, in Peabody for 40 years, and is the president of Temple Ner Tamid there. Adele and Mark have two sons, Lee and Eric. Lee and his wife, Lauren, live in New York with sons Max and Drew. Eric lives in Lynn.
Nov. 29, 2018
Todd Levine, who owns Larry Levine’s in Peabody, is one of the few kosher butchers in Greater Boston. Levine grew up in Malden, and learned the kosher butcher business from his father, Larry. He has volunteered for different Jewish organizations, including serving as the president of Temple Ner Tamid in Peabody. Levine lives in Peabody with his wife, Simone, a pharmacist. They have two daughters, Allie and Hillary.
Oct. 18, 2018
Ed Medros, a native of Chelsea and a retired quality supplier engineer for General Electric medical products, is the president of Chelsea’s Walnut Street Synagogue. He married Ruth Bronstein in 1971, and the couple live in Portsmouth, N.H. They have two sons, Adam and Jonathan, and five grandchildren.
Sept. 7, 2018
For the last 36 years, Betsy Mullen has played a major role in the growth and expansion of Chelsea Jewish Lifecare (CJL). She has worked with thou- sands of residents and their families, and is known for her kindness and empathy. Betsy began her career as a nurse in the Boston area; today she is chief operating officer of Chelsea Jewish. A resident of Byfield, Betsy has two grown sons, Andrew and Jason, and two grandchildren.
Feb. 21, 2019
Attorney Jim Rudolph has been deeply involved with Jewish organizations and public service for decades. A Beverly native, he has worked as an attorney for 44 years and is the managing partner of Rudolph Friedmann LLP, which has offices in Boston and Marblehead. A former Swampscott selectman and chair of the town’s Zoning Board of Appeals, Rudolph also has been the chair of the New England Regional Board of the Anti-Defamation League and president of the Jewish Rehabilitation Center for the Aged of the North Shore. Rudolph lives with his wife, Susan, in Marblehead. Their son Billy, an attorney, and his wife, Sari, live in Salem with their children, Jackson and Hadley. Another son, Bobby, is also an attorney, and works at Rudolph Friedmann LLP. Their daughter, Katie, is studying to become a physician’s assistant at the University of New England in Maine.
March 21, 2019
For decades, Anne Selby has been deeply involved with Jewish communal life on the North Shore. This summer, she will celebrate her 49th wedding anniversary to her husband, Bob Selby. They have three children: Joe, Steve and Kate, and spouses, Ari, Rachel and Dan, and eight grandchildren (four boys and four girls ranging in age from 6-14). All live in Marblehead. Selby is part of a fourth-generation family business, Kappy’s Fine Wine and Spirits. It was founded by her grandfather Harry Kaplan, and continued by her father, Ralph and uncle Bernard Kaplan. Her husband, Bob Selby, and her brother-in-law Brian Moore, have led Kappy’s for many decades, and now the business is being led by her sons Joe and Steve Selby, and nephew Scott Moore.
Nov. 1, 2018
Bruce Siegel is a native of Beverly, and went on to become a cantor who served congregations in New York, Georgia and New Jersey before retiring. These days, he volunteers to read Torah at temples in Beverly and Gloucester. Bruce and his wife Anne live in Gloucester. The couple has a son, Joshua, who is married to David Bowles.
Jan. 24, 2019
Judi Simmons is a household name on the North Shore. A native of Winthrop, Simmons worked at Camp Menorah in Essex for 35 years, and was camp director for most of those years. She lives in Swampscott with her husband, Stephen. Judi and Steve are members of Congregation Shirat Hayam and Judi is involved in the temple’s newly formed Chesed Committee. The couple has two children, Russell (wife is Jennifer) and Jill (both siblings are graduates of Epstein Hillel School), and four grandchildren.
July 19, 2018
Sue Weiss has always liked to volunteer and give back to her community. A former public school teacher, she was married to the late Rabbi Ken Weiss for 47 years. The couple served congregations in Los Angeles, El Paso, and San Diego before moving to Marblehead in 2007. Now a resident of Salem, Weiss volunteers at Epstein Hillel School, Temple Emanu-El, and Congregation Shirat Hayam. Her daughter Jennifer is married to Jonathan Lederman of Marblehead, and the couple has seven children: Joshua, Juliana, Jillian, Jeffrey, Jared, Joel, and Jessica. Her daughter Amy lives with her husband Scott Levingston in Needham, and they have two children, Zaccary and Olivia. Her son Daniel Weiss and his wife Michelle live in San Diego.
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See you on May 19.
With gratitude for your support,
Steven A. Rosenberg
Neil D. Donnenfeld
President, Board of Overseers