Barbara and Norman Stein of Philadelphia announce the engagement of their daughter, Rachel Amy Stein, to Kevin Douglas Birns, son of  Mark and Ann Birns of Potomac, Md.

Rachel is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in communication and rhetoric. She holds a Master of Education in elementary and special education from Holy Family University. Rachel is a second-grade teacher in Fairfax County, Va.

Kevin graduated from Indiana University at Bloomington with both a Bachelor and a Master of Science degree in accounting and technology management. He is a licensed certified public accountant and has his own government contracting consulting business in the Washington, DC area.

Rachel is the granddaughter of the late Hilda and Joseph Kahn and the late Rae and Manuel Stein. Kevin is the grandson of Sally Krieger of Palm Beach, Fla., and the late Karl Krieger and the late Naomi and Leon Birns.

Sharing this joyous occasion are siblings Caitlin and Mitchell Stein, Jason Altman, Samantha and Robert Hirschberg, Michael and Rachel S. Birns, as well as nieces Jessica, Alexis, Brooke, and Abigail and nephews Jordan and Ryan

A December 2018 wedding is planned in the Philadelphia area.



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Kate and Charlie Cohen of Merion Station and Kathy and Gary Thal of Edgewater, N.J. announce the engagement of their children, Molly Cohen and Adam Thal.

Molly is a graduate of the University of Michigan’s Gerald Ford School of Public Policy and received her master’s degree in education. She is an elementary school principal at Success Academy Charter Schools in New York City. Adam is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin and received his Ph.D. in political science from Princeton University. He is a postdoctoral researcher at Yale University.

Molly is the granddaughter of the late Sandi and Fred Cohen, and the late Jeanne and Robert Fleming. Adam is the grandson of the late Rudy and Ruth Thal, and the late Luisza and Laszlo Hoffstadter.

A wedding is planned for May 2018 in Philadelphia.



Cindi and Elliot Hersh of Montgomery County, and Leila Kushner and Arie Covrigaru of Denver, announce the engagement of their children, Jill Hersh and Barr Covrigaru.
Barr is the grandson of Ferne Kushner and the late Jack J. Kushner of Allentown.

Jill is a graduate of Arcadia College, and Barr graduated from Michigan State University.

A wedding is being planned for September 2018.



Marc and Suzanne Tepper of Rydal announce the engagement of their daughter, Ellie, to Jon Schulman, son of Joel and Phyllis Schulman of West Windsor, N.J.

Ellie is a graduate of the University of Miami and earned her master’s of religious education from the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. She works as the regional director of youth engagement for the Mid-Atlantic Region of NFTY.

Jon is a graduate of Indiana University and earned a graduate degree in camp administration and leadership from Touro University. The couple met at URJ Camp Harlam, where Jon works full time and Ellie spends her summers as the program director.

They live in Philadelphia and are planning a May 2018 wedding.


Alan and Sheila Snyder of Bensalem, along with Mitch Hirsch and Sylvia Lifschitz of Spring House, announce the engagement of their children, Stacey Elizabeth Snyder and Joshua Jacob Hirsch.
Stacey graduated from West Chester University and Drexel University Thomas R. Kline School of Law. She is a captain in the United States Air Force Judge Advocate General’s Corps. Josh graduated from Dickinson College and works as a middle school special education teacher.
Stacey is the granddaughter of the late Harry and Sarah Cohen of Philadelphia and the late Aaron and Florence Snyder of Wyndmoor.
Josh is the grandson of Rose Lifschitz of New York City and the late Joseph Lifschitz of Israel and Eileen and the late Robert Hirsch of Los Angeles.
Sharing in the couple’s happiness are Stacey’s brother Scott and sister-in-law Allison.
The couple lives in Centerville, Ga., and is planning an April 2018 wedding in Philadelphia.



Les and Susan Krawitz of Havertown announce the engagement of their son, Alan Frederic, to Jennifer Pacyon of Buffalo, N.Y. Jennifer is the daughter of Ken Pacyon and Deborah Hartman, also of Buffalo.

Alan is an MBA graduate of Widener University and works in commercial real estate. Jennifer has her Ph.D. in psychology.

Alan is the grandson of Roslyn D. and the late Melvin A. Krawitz. Jennifer is the granddaughter of Francis and the late Kenneth Egan.



Robert and Debra Goldich of Blue Bell and Brad and Ellen Ashinoff of Woodland Park, N.J, and Peoria, Ariz., announce the engagement of their children, Mitchell Goldich and Samantha Ashinoff.

Mitchell is an alumnus of Lehigh University, and earned a graduate degree from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. He works as a writer and social media producer for Sports Illustrated in New York City.

Samantha is an alumna of the University of Michigan, and earned a graduate degree in speech-language pathology from Teachers College, Columbia University. She works as a speech-language pathologist at a rehabilitation and skilled nursing facility in Manhattan.

Mitchell is the grandson of Dolores Goldich of Plymouth Meeting, and the late Norman Goldich, and Melvin and Lillian Kaner. Samantha is the granddaughter of Miriam and Manuel Herbst of Tinton Falls, N.J., Seena Ashinoff of Delray Beach, Fla., and the late Robert Ashinoff.

Sharing in the couple’s happiness are Mitchell’s brothers Matthew and Russell, sister-in-law Robyn, nephew Graham and many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

They live in New York City and are planning a November 2018 wedding in New Jersey.



Joy and Steven Schorr and Carol and Bruce Mettin announce the engagement of their children, Justin P. Schorr and Sarah K. Mettin.

Justin received a Bachelor of Science in civil engineering from Northwestern University and a Master of Science and a Ph.D. in civil engineering from The George Washington University. He is employed at DJS Associates, Inc. as a collision reconstruction/traffic and transportation engineer, as well as an adjunct professor and research scientist at The George Washington University.

Sarah received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the State University of New York at Purchase, at the Conservatory of Dance, and is a graduate student at Drexel University pursuing a Master of Science in arts administration. She is a ballet mistress/choreographer at Metropolitan Ballet Academy, rehearsal director/choreographer at Edge Dance Company and owner of Mettin Movement.

A May 2018 wedding is planned in Philadelphia.




Marsha Polin Fajge of Richboro announces the engagement of her daughter, Erica Brooke, to Jared Michael Gordon, son of Arlene and Kenneth Walters of Pompano Beach, Fla., and formerly of Richboro.

Erica, a magna cum laude graduate of Arcadia University, received a Bachelor of Arts in communications/print media with a minor in marketing. She also holds a Master of Education in English education from Temple University. She works at Merck in Upper Gwynedd as a content manager on Aquent Studios’ Content Automation team and is also an adjunct professor at Temple University’s Fox School of Business.

Jared graduated from the Pennsylvania State University with a Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering and also received a Master of Science in electrical engineering from Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, Fla. He is a senior hardware engineer at Arris in Horsham.

Erica is the daughter of the late Henry Fajge and granddaughter of the late Rebecca “Reba” and Isadore Polin and the late Genowefa and Jozef Fajge. Jared is the son of the late Robert Gordon and grandson of the late Mildred “Mickey” and Edwin Segal and the late Marion and Joseph Gordon.

Sharing in the couple’s happiness are Erica’s brother, Adam; sister-in-law, Cheryl; nephews Zachary and Ryan Fajge; and Jared’s sister, Erica Jill Gordon.

The couple lives in Hatfield and is planning a summer 2018 destination wedding.



Mindy and Richard Soltoff of West Berlin, N.J., along with Bonnie Abrams of Bristol and Robert Abrams of Yardley, announce the engagement of their children, Erica Soltoff and Jason Abrams.

Erica is the granddaughter of Bert and Harriet Soltoff of Warminster, and the late Elaine and Mort Haftel. Jason is the grandson of Jean Snyder of Yardley, and the late Jack (Reds) Snyder and Alan and Lucille Abrams.

Erica graduated from Towson University with a Bachelor of Arts in special education, and is working toward a Master of Science in education. She works as a special education teacher at Zane North Elementary School in Collingswood, N.J.

Jason graduated from Ohio University in Athens with a Bachelor of Arts in communications. He works as a technical engineer supervisor for NBC/Comcast.

Sharing in the couple’s happiness are siblings Scott and Amanda Soltoff and Ariel Abrams, along with their many aunts, uncles and cousins.

The couple is planning a November 2018 wedding.