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Marriages

Singer-Soifer

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Edward and Sheila Singer announce the marriage of their daughter, Samantha Joy Singer, to Benjamin M. Soifer, son of Harvey Soifer and the late Myra Getson.

The ceremony and reception took place on May 13 at Front & Palmer in Philadelphia. Rabbi Peter Rigler officiated. Deborah Livingston, sister of the bride, served as matron of honor. Eric Rosenberg, brother-in-law of the groom, served as best man. The bride’s nephews, Max Simon and Ari Livington, completed the wedding party. The signing of the ketubah was witnessed by Julie Agnew and Susan Stahl.

The couple resides in South Philadelphia

Nover-Barbag

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Liz and David Nover of Doylestown Township announce the marriage of their daughter, Amanda, to Alex Barbag, son of Candy and Harvey Barbag of Boca Raton, Fla., on Sept. 3.

Amanda is the granddaughter of Barbara and Ed Zinbarg and Jackie and Jack Nover. Alex is the grandson of Mildred Jacobs.

Amanda is a graduate of Tufts University and earned a master’s degree in public administration from The George Washington University. She is the director of special events for Food & Friends in Washington, D.C.

Alex is a graduate of the University of Florida and earned an additional degree in computer science from the University of Maryland. He is a software engineer for Marriott International and a stand-up comedian, making a YouTube web series, Safe For Work.

Rabbi Josh Beraha of Temple Micah of Washington, D.C., and the bride’s friend, Cantor Laura Stein, officiated at the wedding at the Capitol View Rooftop. Joining the couple under the huppah were siblings Lori Nover, Adam Barbag and Keith Barbag, along with Amanda and Alex’s lifelong friends Rebecca Douglas, Dagny von Ahrens, Liz Chou, Sam Cohen and Adam Isaacs.

Hirsch-Serota

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Stacey Hirsch (Hirschhorn) and Howard Serota joyfully announce their marriage on June 4 at Jansen Restaurant in Philadelphia. Rabbi Nathan Martin officiated.

The chuppah was held by the bride’s sister, Debbie Mittleman (Hirschhorn), the groom’s brother, Jack Serota, and the groom’s sons, Max and Adam Serota. Stacey was accompanied down the aisle by Jamie Goren and Gregg Greenberg, of Cape May Point, N.J., while Howard was accompanied by his parents, Enid and Irving Serota of East Meadow, N.Y.

Stacey is the daughter of Edith Kaplan of Sarasota, Fla., and the late Abraham Lewis Linton.

Stacey and Howard honeymooned in Ireland and reside in Wynnewood.

Witkin-Polevoy

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Lisa Rochelle Witkin and John Gerald Polevoy were married on Sept. 16 at the Ritz-Carlton in Philadelphia by Rabbi Peter J. Rubinstein.

The bride, 34, a double-board certified physician in anesthesiology and pain medicine, is the site director of pain management at New York-Presbyterian/Lower Manhattan Hospital and the site director at Weill Cornell for the Tri-Institutional Pain Management Fellowship. She is an assistant professor of anesthesiology at New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell.

She graduated from The Schreyer Honors College at Pennsylvania State University magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in engineering science.  She received her medical doctorate from Johns Hopkins University. She is a daughter of Arnold N. Witkin and the late Evelyn D. Witkin of Huntingdon Valley.

Polevoy, 42, is the principal of PREP Advisory Services, a real estate consulting firm in New York City that works with public and private companies. He graduated from The University of Pennsylvania. He received an MBA from the Georgetown McDonough School of Business, where he was a Georgetown MBA scholar, and earned an advanced degree from the New York University Real Estate Institute. He is a son of Nancy T. and Martin D. Polevoy of Manhattan.

The couple met in September 2012 in New York.

Stein-Roth

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Jane and Melvin Stein of Blue Bell are delighted to announce the marriage of their daughter, Alexandra Erin, to Justen Harris Roth, son of Nina and Cary Roth of New York City. The ceremony and reception took place at the Rainbow Room on the 65th floor of 30 Rockefeller Plaza, New York City, on June 10.  Rabbi/Cantor Richard Botton, cantor emeritus of Central Synagogue of New York City, officiated the ceremony.

The bride and groom met in 2009 at the University of Pennsylvania, from which they both graduated. Alexandra went on to earn a juris doctorate degree with honors from Rutgers Law School and is an attorney specializing in matrimonial law at a Manhattan law firm. Justen recently earned his Master of Business Administration from Columbia Business School and joined Goldman Sachs as a private wealth advisor.

Following a honeymoon in South Africa and Victoria Falls, the couple returned to their home in New York City.

Levy-Goodman

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Lauren Beth Levy and Eric Robert Goodman are to be married on May 21, 2017 by Cantor Benjie Schiller at the Grounds for Sculpture in Hamilton Township, N.J.

Lauren is the cantor at Beth David Reform Congregation in Gladwyne. She graduated from the University of Pennsylvania, received a master’s degree in vocal performance and opera from the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami, and her cantorial ordination from the Debbie Friedman School of Sacred Music at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in New York, NY. She is the daughter of Phyllis and Michael Levy of Voorhees, N.J.

Eric is a hospital medicine physician at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York, N.Y. In July, he will pursue a clinical fellowship in hospice and palliative medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. He graduated from Brandeis University and received his medical degree from Weill Cornell Medical College. He is the son of Lore and Richard Goodman of West Hartford, Conn.

Edelman-Catania

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New Year’s Eve 2016 was a festive night for the Edelman and Catania families, when Jackie Edelman and Steven Catania tied the knot at Vie in Center City, Philadelphia. The wedding was officiated by the bride’s dear family friend, Joan Katz.

Helping others is a passion for the couple, who invited their guests to bring a new or gently used item of warm clothing to be distributed to those in need. In response, Jackie’s and Steven’s guests brought bags and bags of coats, hats, scarves, gloves and everyday clothing — enough to fill a dozen large bags that were donated to the Broad Street Ministries.

Jackie’s and Steven’s wedding celebration also had an unusual “after party.” Instead of hanging out at a bar or dancing through the night, the couple’s guests gathered at the Courtyard Philadelphia Downtown Hotel, where they assembled 100 bags of sandwiches, chips, fruit, cookies donated by Tate’s Bake Shop, and drinks that they delivered to homeless folks in Philadelphia over the New Year’s weekend. In fact, so many guests participated in assembling the meals that the bags were all ready to go in a little over an hour after the official wedding festivities ended. This wonderful project was featured in the New York Times on Jan. 15 in Alix Strauss’ piece titled “The Pay-It-Forward Wedding:  When ‘I Do’ Becomes ‘I Do More.’”

Jackie is the daughter of Diane and Jonathan Edelman of Merion, and Steven is the son of Charlotte and James Catania of Norristown. Jackie is the consumer experience manager for Pantry Boy, a new home meal delivery service, and Steven is both an AV systems engineer for Education Management Solutions in Exton and a musician, performing often solo and with bands in the Philadelphia area.

Following a honeymoon at the Jersey Shore, the couple resides in Merion with their loving rescued pup, Nips.

Luber-Press

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Photo by Dreamlove Photography.
Photo by Dreamlove Photography.

Barbara and Joel Luber of Radnor announce the marriage of their son Matthew William Luber to Charlotte Jane Press, daughter of William and Lisa Press of Hamilton, Mass.

The wedding took place in Stowe, Vt., on Aug. 13, 2016. Brother of the groom Joshua Luber was best man. Sister of the bride Annabelle Press was maid of honor. Flower girl was Fiona Luber, niece of the groom. Ring bearer was Javier Luber, nephew of the groom.

Matthew is the grandson of Beryl and the late Marilyn Weinstein of Boca Raton, Fla., and the late Donald and Roberta Luber. Charlotte is the granddaughter of Sue and Richard Kaplan of Exeter, N.H. and the late Sydney and Victoria Press.

The couple recently honeymooned in South Africa. They live in Birmingham, Mich.

Baron-Pew

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Blaire Elizabeth Baron, the daughter of Susan Baron of Penn Valley and Robert Baron Sr. of Millville, N.J., was married on Oct. 8 to Derek Nicholas Pew, the son of Lydia Geacintov of Mountainside, N.J., and Richard Pew of Forest, Va. Rabbi William Kuhn officiated at the Philadelphia Country Club in Gladwyne.

Mrs. Pew has spent her career in corporate sponsorships and sales. She is a graduate of George Washington University. Her father is president of Baron & Company, an investment banking concern in Millville, N.J. Her mother is in advertising sales at the Jewish Exponent in Philadelphia. The bride is the stepdaughter of Valerie Baron.

Mr. Pew is chief executive officer of MediaCast Holdings, LLC, an event cinema marketing and distribution company based in Philadelphia. He graduated from Dartmouth College and received a law degree from the University of Pennsylvania Law School. His mother is director of studies at the Pingry School in Martinsville, N.J. His father is an investment counsel in Virginia. The bridegroom is the stepson of Diane Pew and Nicholas Geacintov.

The couple resides in Philadelphia.

Labow-Buzgon

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Sharon Labow of Horsham announces the marriage of her daughter Lisa Michelle to Harold Michael Buzgon on July 10 at Northampton Valley Country Club in Richboro.

Rabbi Bradley Bleefeld officiated. Harold was escorted by his father, Solomon Buzgon, and cousin, Cantor Marlena Taenzer. Bridesmaids were Debora Gonzalez and Darris Klasovsky. Lisa’s sister, Debra Jasner, was matron of honor with flower girls Rachel and Emily Jasner. The Ketubah signing was witnessed by Marc Ostroff and Uri Taenzer.

After a honeymoon in Hawaii, the couple will reside in Montgomery County.