Dr. Harry and Wendy Lessig of Huntingdon Valley announce the engagement of their daughter, Rachael Judith, to Joshua Daniel Israel, son of Larry and Judy Israel of Springfield, Va.

    Rachael, who attended Lower Moreland High School, earned a Bachelor of Science degree in biopsychology at Muhlenberg College in Allentown. She also holds a Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Arcadia University in Glenside, and completed work toward a pediatric physical therapy fellowship at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in Baltimore. Rachael specializes in pediatric physical therapy working at P.A.C.T., which is affiliated with Kennedy Krieger Hospital and Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore.

    Joshua, a graduate of Robert E. Lee High School, attended Virginia Tech, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in chemical engineering. He holds a master's degree in engineering from the University of Maryland in Baltimore County, and a Masters of Business Administration degree from New York University. Josh works for the Department of Defense in Maryland.

    Joshua is the grandson of Paul and Edel Fischer of Sydney, Australia; and Victor and Fran Israel of Garden Grove, Calif. Rachael is the granddaughter of the late Dr. Philip and Ruth Lessig of Waterford Works, N.J.; and Joseph and Edith Jennings of Long Branch, N.J.

    The couple, who recently purchased a home in Lutherville, Md., is planning a Memorial Day 2011 weekend wedding in Philadelphia.