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Leonard Davidman (RIS ‘67-‘68) is celebrating his 38th year at HHC's Metropolitan Hospital. He began April 11, 1977 as the Chief Psychologist of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and the founding psychologist of Ward 7-South, the Adolescent Psychiatric Inpatient Unit which opened on that day. Prior to that he was a senior psychologist at Kings County Hospital, where he began in 1971. When he started at Met he had not yet reached his 30th birthday – he was the youngest chief psychologist in the city system! In addition to his hospital duties he is president of DC37 Local 1189, the labor union representing NYC public sector psychologists and also the president of the New York State Psychological Association representing thousands of licensed psychologists throughout the state.While at Hebrew U, Dr. Davidman was the art editor of the American Friends yearbook Discovery ’68.

Asya Pereltsvaig (B.A. ’92-‘96) recently published a textbook, Languages of the World: An Introduction. Dr. Pereltsvaig is a notable linguist, educator and author. She currently teaches at Stanford University’s Department of Linguistics and the Continuing Studies Program, as well as at Santa Clara University Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. Check out her writing in her popular blog, 

Rabbi Charles Lawrence Arian (RIS ‘79-‘80) was presented with an honorary doctorate from the Jewish Theological Seminary at convocation in New York City on April 29th. Rabbi Arian was among a group of 40 distinguished rabbis, all members of the Rabbinical Assembly, to receive the special honor. All of the recipients have been active leaders in the Jewish community for over 25 years and were recognized for their outstanding achievements and contributions to Jewish communal life. See the press release for more details. Rabbi Arian is the Rabbi of Kehilat, Shalom, a synagogue in Gaithersburg, Maryland.
Bryan Bender (RIS ‘93) left his position at The Boston Globe in March to become Defense Editor at POLITICO Pro. Bryan is the author of You Are Not Forgotten, the true story of a modern-day soldier’s search for a missing World War II fighter pilot in the rainforest of Papua New Guinea, published by Doubleday in October 2013. He has written numerous articles on U.S. military operations, terrorism, the international arms trade and government secrecy. Check out recent articles by Bryan Bender here.
Rabbi Eric Grossman (‘92-‘94), a recipient of The Hebrew University Bible Prize and a Fellow at The Hebrew University’s Institute for Advanced Studies in the summer of 2007, was recently hired as the new Head of School for Ramaz, a prestigious Modern Orthodox Jewish day school in Manhattan. He will begin his position there in the beginning of the 2015-2016 academic year. Rabbi Grossman will be leaving his position of Head of School at the Frankel Jewish Academy, a nondenominational Jewish high school in metropolitan Detroit. Rabbi Grossman has authored numerous publications on educational leadership and pedagogy, as well as on Torah, Judaism, and Orthodoxy, including;"Creating a Culture of Change," which appeared in the Lookstein‐Bar Ilan Journal of Jewish Educational Leadership, and "The Torah of Relevance," which was published in HaYidion, the Journal of RAVSAK. He is also a recipient of the Claus Nobel Educator of Distinction award. Read more about Rabbi Grossman’s appointment here and here.
David Stevens (RIS ‘14) was awarded the Chemistry Department Senior Service Award at the University of Richmond for his research on the flap dynamics of the HIV-1 protease. He graduated from the University of Richmond this year and will be attending the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign for a Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry.
Seth L. Sanders (‘94-‘95, ‘97, ‘04), Associate Professor of Religion at Trinity College, was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in early 2015 to support his research and writing as a biblical scholar. The John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation grants funding to fellows based on "prior achievement and exceptional promise.” Sanders was one of 175 scholars, artists, and scientists selected this year, from among more than 3,100 applicants, in the Guggenheim Foundation’s 91st competition. Sanders also was recently awarded a National Endowment for the Humanities grant to support his scholarly work. His book The Invention of Hebrew was awarded the Frank Moore Cross prize from the American Schools of Oriental Research and was a finalist for the National Jewish Book Award.

Chava Weissler (RIS ‘65-‘66) retired this spring from the faculty of Lehigh University, where she had taught for twenty-seven years. She is the outgoing Philip and Muriel Berman Professor of Jewish Civilization, a post to which she was appointed in 1999. Since 1999, Weissler focused her research on the "Jewish Renewal Movement.” Prior to teaching at Lehigh University, Weissler held posts at both Princeton University and Harvard University. Her book Voices of the Matriarchs: Listening to the Prayers of Early Modern Jewish Women won the Koret Award for Outstanding Work in Jewish History for 1999, and was a finalist for a National Jewish Book Award. Check out an interview with Weissler featured in The Forward here.

Itai Sneh (B.A., ‘87) published a book review in May in H-Net: Humanities and Social Sciences Online on Michael J. Gerhardt’s The Forgotten Presidents: Their Untold Constitutional Legacy. Tenured in the Department of History at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, Associate Professor Itai Sneh completed his doctorate at Columbia University. He also holds a law degree and a master’s degree in Eastern European Jewish History from McGill University. For his Bachelor’s degree at The Hebrew University, he studied Jewish History (with minors in International Relations, Biblical Studies and Yiddish Language and Culture). His work focuses on topics such as human rights, U.S. politics, American foreign policy, terrorism, the Vietnam War, and the Middle East. He is the author of The Future Almost Arrived: Why Jimmy Carter Could Not Change U.S. Foreign Policy, published by Peter Lang Publishers. His Torture Through the Ages is under contract with the Praeger division of Greenwood Press.
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