Mazel Tov



Pamela Gofberg of Philadelphia and Lisa Bluen of Sherman Oaks, Calif., are thrilled to announce the engagement of their children, Marissa Gofberg to Benjamin Bluen, son of the late Jeffrey Bluen. 

Marissa is a graduate of the former Akiba Hebrew Academy. She received her master’s degree in social work from Temple University. Marissa is employed as a licensed clinical social worker at Penn Medicine.

Benjamin is a graduate of the University of California–San Diego and the Technion Faculty Medical School. He completed his residency and is employed by Hahnemann University Hospital. He will finish an infectious disease training program in June 2018.

Marissa is the granddaughter of the late Loretta and Walter Gofberg. Benjamin is the grandson of Millie Siegel, the late Sidney Siegel, and the late Naomi and Klaus Bluen. Sharing in the couple’s happiness are Benjamin’s older brother, Joel, and fiancé Chelsey, as well as his younger brother, Steven.

The couple is planning a June 2018 wedding in Philadelphia.

Jacob Aaron Kline


Janice and Martin Kline of Yardley,Carol Stern McMichael of Bala Cynwyd and Lawrence McMichael of Philadelphia announce the birth of their grandson, Jacob Aaron Kline, on Oct. 17 in Alexandria, Va.

He is the son of Elizabeth McMichael Kline and Howard Kline of Alexandria.

Jacob is named in loving memory of his great-grandfather Jerome Selinger, his great-grandmother Joan Stern and his great-grandfather Horace Aaron Stern.



Debbie and Edward Hoffman of Holland, and Sandy and Howard Slavit of Palm Beach, Fla., announce the marriage of their children, Kate and David, on Nov. 12 at The Hay-Adams in Washington, D.C. Rabbi Elliot Strom officiated.

The wedding party included Joshua Hoffman, Kate’s brother; Wendy Slavit, David’s sister; Erica Schafer and Rachel Wilf, cousins of the bride; and dear friends Megan Savage, Susan Mendicuti, Piper Hall, Jaime Janowitz, Adam Janowitz, Patrick Millard and Thomas Cowles. Sidney Hoffman, niece of the bride, completed the wedding party as flower girl. The signing of the ketubah was witnessed by Melissa Jones and David Ochsman.

Kate is the great-niece of Florence Reid of Elkins Park, granddaughter of the late Faye and David Kay, the late Irving Radetsky, the late Jacqueline and Burton Hoffman and the great-niece of the late Samuel Reid. David is the grandson of Frances Pensler of Chevy Chase, Md., and the late Leslie Pensler and the late Ann and William Slavit.

Following a honeymoon in Hawaii, the couple resides in Potomac, Md.  


Barry and Hilarie Weiss of Warrington announce the engagement of their son, Matt Weiss, to Liz Rosenthal, daughter of Joy Rosenthal of Wynnewood and the late Brian Rosenthal.
Matt received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in finance and accounting from Bentley University. He also earned his CPA and works in corporate finance at GlaxoSmithKline in Philadelphia.
Liz received her bachelor’s degree in marketing from Penn State University. She went on to receive her elementary education certification from West Chester University and English as a second language certification from Arcadia University. She has been an educator in the Philadelphia School District for the past eight years.
Sharing in the couple’s happiness are Liz’s stepmother Amy Rosenthal; brothers Adam and Alex; sisters-in-law Nicole and Dana; nephew Ethan; Matt’s brother Scott; sister-in-law Liz; nieces Nola and Emme; and grandmothers Evelyn Weiss and Elaine Smiler.
The couple lives in Philadelphia and is planning a July 2018 wedding.

Mayah Elyse Berman


Kimberly (née Kanoff) and Jarett Berman and big brother Lenny announce the birth of their daughter and sister, Mayah Elyse Berman (Esther Zahava), born on Nov. 13.

Sharing in their joy are grandparents Janice and Joel Kanoff of Hollywood, Fla. (formerly of Huntingdon Valley), Sondra Berman of Miami, and Gene and Enid Berman of Santa Rosa, Calif., as well as great-grandfather Morris S. Smallow.

Joining in welcoming baby Mayah are Aunt Heather, Uncle Todd and cousins Haley and Justin Navon; Uncle Jonathan Kanoff; Great-Aunt Bonnie Berman; and Great-Aunt Karen and Uncle Stanley Goldstein.

Mayah Elyse is named in loving memory of her maternal great-grandmother Esther Kanoff, her maternal great-aunt Shirley Small, her paternal great-grandfather Melvin Daum, and her paternal great-grandmother Elizabeth Berman.

Juliette Maya Cohen


Ilyse and Hilton Cohen of Encino, Calif., announce the birth of their daughter, Juliette Maya Cohen, on June 26.

Sharing in the family’s happiness are grandparents Harriet and Marshall Baker of Cherry Hill, N.J., and Natalie and Anthony Cohen of Denver, along with great-grandmother Bernice Rosenberg, Aunt Dayna and Uncle Larry Weintraub, cousins Jonah and Noam Weintraub, Aunt Janine, Aunt Stacey and Uncle Yair Bar Chaim and cousin Raphael Bar Chaim.

Juliette Maya is named in loving memory of her paternal great-grandmother Julia Esther Cohen and her maternal great-uncle Marvin Rosenberg.



Joy and Charlie Doneson and Jodi and Steven Levine  announce the marriage of their children, Stephen Adam Doneson and Dani Fara Levine, on Aug. 6 at Congregation B’nai Tikvah in North Brunswick, N.J. Rabbi Eric Yanoff officiated.

Heather Levine-Levy, Dani’s sister, was the matron of honor. Bridesmaids were Lori Doneson, Stephen’s sister and Tamara Spiewak Toub. Michael Doneson, Stephen’s brother, was the best man. Groomsmen were Larry Levy, Dani’s brother in-law, Cory MacIntosh, Ryan Osgood, Craig Shaner and Kyle Wood. The Ketubah signing was witnessed by Stuart Kesilman and Stephen Toub.

Grandparents Adrienne and Philip Rabinowitz and Rochelle Doneson completed the wedding party.

The couple resides in Philadelphia.

Bennett Mikah Hochman


Phillip and Ilissa Hochman of North Wales announce the birth of their son, Bennett Mikah Hochman. Sharing in their happiness are his grandparents, Scott and Fran Gordon. Also welcoming Bennett to the family are aunts and uncle, Carly and Brad Gellman, and Blair Gordon. Sharing in their joy are great-grandmother Marcia Gollis and great uncle Alan Gollis. Bennett is named in loving memory of Bruce Hochman and Marty Gollis, his grandfathers.


Elise and Gary Kaplan of Plymouth Meeting and Ruth and Larry Berland of Woodbury, N.Y., announce the engagement of their children, Melissa Lauren Kaplan and Michael Andrew Berland.
Melissa graduated cum laude from Muhlenberg College and Villanova Law School. She works as a deputy attorney general for the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Office in the Bureau of Consumer Protection. 
Michael has a bachelor’s in business administration from the University of Michigan. He was a Palmer Scholar at the Wharton School of Business, where he received his MBA, and works as a consultant for PwC.
Sharing in the couple’s happiness are sisters Andrea Kaplan and Alyssa Berland, their grandmothers, and many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. The couple got engaged in Ventnor, N.J., and plan to marry in June 2018 in Philadelphia, where they reside.  



Susan and Howard Levy of Bryn Mawr announce the engagement of their daughter, Valerie Beth Levy, to Jeffrey Samuel Goodman, son of Ellen and Jim Goodman of Sudbury and New Seabury, Mass.
Valerie is a graduate of the University of Michigan, where she earned a Bachelor of Science in psychology, and Columbia University School of Nursing, where she earned both a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in nursing. She is a licensed RN and will soon be taking her boards for certification as a nurse practitioner.
Jeff is a graduate of Harvard University, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in economics, and The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, where he earned an MBA in finance and health care management. He is a vice president of a private equity firm in Boston.
Valerie is the granddaughter of Beverly and William Levy of Philadelphia, formerly of Cheltenham, and Rose Benely and the late Daniel Benely. Jeff is the grandson of the late Adele and Bernard George and the late Dorothy and Milton Goodman.
Sharing in the couple’s happiness are siblings Jennifer Levy and Adam Yoffie, Michele Levy and Julie Goodman.
A November 2018 wedding in Philadelphia is planned.