MAZEL TOV & SHOUT OUT TO:

Kim Abramson for co-chairing the annual fundraiser for the Parents’ Association of Country Day School.

Lee Adler, Catherine Fornias Giarrusso, Luz Molina, D. Skylar Rosenbloom, and Rob Steeg on being selected to CityBusiness’ 2018 Leadership in Law Class, which recognizes area law professionals for their career and community accomplishments.

Chad and Vanessa Berg on the birth of their son Brandon Andrew Berg. Mazel tov as well to big brother Michael Berg.

Darryl and Louellen Berger for underwriting and hosting the Jewish Federation of Greater New Orleans’ 8th annual Goldring-Woldenberg Major Donor Dinner. Shout out as well to Alan and Diane Franco for donating the bar.

Sydney Besthoff, III and Leslie Jacobs for being recognized as New Orleans icons by the Times-Picayune’s 300 for 300 project.

Nikki Brown on earning a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant Award. Nikki will teach in the American Culture and Literature department at Ege University in Izmir, Turkey for the 2018-2019 school year.

Sarah Covert, daughter of Cecile and Martin Covert, for receiving the National Council of Jewish Women Greater New Orleans Section Emerging Leader Award.

Julie Fink and Nicole Moody on the birth of their nephew Micah Paul Rudick. Michah’s parents are Sarah Fink and Benjamin Rudick.

Susan Hess on receiving a 2018 American Spirit Medallion from the National WWII Museum. Recipients are chosen for their work and philanthrophy, and for exemplifying the highest standards of integrity, discipline, and initiative while making unselfish contributions to their community, state, or nation.

Max Kesselheim, son of Drs. Aaron and Jennifer Kesselheim and grandson of Rabbi Edward and Andrea Cohn, on scoring in the top tier of a national math exam for the second year in a row.

David Merlin on his marriage to Erin Haney. Mazel tov also to David’s parents Dr. Al and Carol Merlin, as well as his grandmother Jaqueline S. Hochberg.

Bill Mimeles for being the 2018 King of the Krewe of Pork and Beads at Bridge House/Grace House’s Cochon Cotillion XXII. The event raises money for Bridge House/Grace House’s substance abuse treatment programs. Shoutout as well to Bruce Katz for serving as the emcee.

Valorie Polmer and Roel Miranda on the birth of their daughter Azalea Gerard Miranda. Mazel tov as well to grandparents Helen and Andy Polmer.

John and EllenRae Shalett on celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary.

Alon Shaya, for being the featured chef at the 9th annual Second Harvest Food Bank Harvest at Home benefit. Mazel tov as well on the opening of his new restaurant, Saba.

Margaux Schexnider, for being one of three recipients of the Loyola University Outstanding Student Leader Award. This award is presented to non-graduating Loyola undergraduates for demonstrating exceptional leadership on campus.

Sue Singer, for being named co-chair of the 2019 Jewish Children’s Regional Service gala.

The following members and Isidore Newman School students for receiving academic awards:
Marley Aamodt received the Tenth Grade Faculty Award for Scholarship.
Max Moses received the Tenth Grade Faculty Award for Scholarship.Laine Nowak received the L’Union Francaise Prix d’Excellence, an award to a student in an advanced French course who demonstrates excellence in oral communication and enthusiasm for the culture of France; Laine also received the Sewanee Award for Excellence in Writing (The University of the South).
Audrey Singer received the Abraham Goldberg Memorial Prize, awarded annually to a student in the third year of high school French; the Julian G. Hirsch, Jr. Memorial prize, awarded
annually for excellence in chemistry; and the Dartmouth College Book Award.