Alumni News

Lucie Shiffman ('10) won the 2018 Student Prize for Civility in Public Life and she is now serving in the Peace Corps in Rwanda.. Read an article here about her 2018 Award.  

Julia Scharfstein (‘10) was Valedictorian at Shaker Heights High School and is currently attending Princeton University.

Naomi Shapiro (’11) was just accepted as a candidate for the Israeli Defense Forces Officers Course.  After a six month training, she will receive the rank of Lieutenant, Second Class.  Naomi currently serves in the IDF Liaison Unit, and is responsible for “relations between the IDF and foreign armies, international bodies operating in the region and with the Palestinian Authority.  Naomi is the first alumna to be accepted into this prestigious IDF Officers Course. 

Hallie Brooks Flaxman ('01) received her Master's degree at the Bar Ilan University in Israel and is currently a 3rd grade Special Education teacher in Brooklyn, NY.   

Ali Dettelbach ('17) recently competed in a national debate tournament at Yale University.

Carly Stewart ('15) has been named a National Merit Semifinalist (less than 1% of high school seniors receive this distinction).    

Melanie Feltoon ('11) graduated from Ohio University in 3 years with a degree in Sports Management.

Nathaniel Starkman ('10) has accepted a fully funded position in a PhD program in computational astrophysics at the University of Toronto.  

Asaf Roth (’13) helped lead the Beachwood High School boys' soccer team to a 14-5-2 record - the most wins in the school's history - and the Division III regional final.

Noah Horowitz (’13) had his original composition - a duet for piano and cello called Daybreak - debut at the Cleveland Composer's Guild recital at the Music Settlement. He was the youngest composer featured at the recital and the only "non-professional" composer.

David Buchinsky (’13) plays tennis for The Ohio State University.

Ariana Starkman (’12) now at the University of Pittsburgh, was named as one of three teen editors by the Cleveland Jewish News for its "Teen Talk" section. Ariana has worked on both The Voice and The Gator Byte while at Laurel. She was also named to this past year’s Saltzman Youth Panel, a program sponsored by the Jewish Federation of Cleveland that brings together area teens to learn about the philanthropic process and respond to community needs.

Hannah Borow (’12) was elected as president of the United Synagogue Youth (USY) regional executive board.

Danielle Buchinsky (’11) attends Washington University in St. Louis.  She had capped her successful high school tennis career by finishing third in Division II singles at the Ohio High School Athletic Association state tournament in Columbus. 

Jonah Yulish (’09) was one of four students at Ohio University who formally stood up to protest the move by Ohio University's Student Senate president who poured red-tinted water over her head and stated her views against Israel as her way of responding to the ALS Association's ice bucket challenge.

Nadav Marcus (’08), now a Peace Studies major at Goucher College, started and now solely leads an Israel-Palestine discussion group on Goucher’s campus. Nadav took a year off after finishing high school to participate in a 10 month program through AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corp. He was stationed in the U.S. Southwest, where he completed several assignments, including one as a wild land firefighter in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Galia Nurko (’04) is now working as a Press Officer for The Embassy of Israel to the United States in Washington, D.C. Prior to that, she was the Mid-Atlantic Regional Advisor for Hasbara Fellowships, a leading pro-Israel campus activism organization working with over 80 universities across North America. Galia graduated from The Ohio State University where she earned a B.A. in History with minors in Hebrew and International Studies / Security and Intelligence.

Ari Warner (’03) was recently featured in The Plain Dealer. Referred to as Ari Michaels, the article highlights the Negative Space Gallery and Studio where Ari is an art teacher.

Ben Sattin (‘01) was one of three young professionals selected to act as a Jewish community leader and live at the Moishe House in Cleveland Heights. In this position, the three residents regularly host events for Jewish professionals and graduate students, emphasizing peer-to-peer connections. Ben, an attorney, earned an economics degree from Washington University in St. Louis before returning to Cleveland to earn a law degree from Case Western Reserve University. He also spent nine months volunteering in Berlin’s Jewish community.

Linda & Clifford Wolf (’96 Alumni Parents) renamed the technology fund they started and to which they generously contribute. It is now the Peggy Bloom Wolf and Marvin Wolf Technology Fund, named in memory of Cliff’s parents.

Stephen Lazar (’96) now works as a teacher for the New York Department of Education and Harvest Collegiate High School. Prior to that, he worked as a teacher at the Academy for Young Writers, the Bronx Lab School and the Fairfax County Department of Education. He received his BA from Brown University and his MA from Columbia University. A National Board Certified Teacher, Stephen is currently writing a model U.S. History curriculum for the state of New York. He also recently testified before the U.S. Senate Education Committee in Washington D.C. on the reauthorization of No Child Left Behind. 



Emily Noa was born to David ('02) and Erica Kaplan on Yom Kippur 2018.  
Noa Austrian-Yitzhak born to Karen Austrian (’94).



Sam Newman (’03) to Janelle Daling.
Jacob Attias (son of Cindy Goldberg Attias ’77) to Dana Benaim. Both are students at the IDC Herzliya School of Business in Israel.



Hallie Brooks Flaxman ('01) to Eric Flaxman.
Adam Stewart ('07) to Meredith Goodman.
Ryan Haber ('98) to Shlomit Steynovitz.
Ben Sattin ('01) to Rebecca Fleisher. 
Michelle Forkosh (’00) to Brandon Kohn.

Josh Rzepka (son of Mandel JDS student Hillel Rzepka ’77) to Katie Gluck.