Welcoming New JCA Members!

Last Updated 4/18/2024

Welcome Beth and Dan!

Beth Falk and Dan Herman recently pulled up their 32-year-old roots in Katonah, NY and moved to Northampton, mid-way between their son’s family in northern Vermont and their daughter in Providence, RI.  Beth is a clinical psychologist, working part-time, and Dan, an emeritus professor of social work at Hunter College, continues to do work focused on addressing the needs of mentally ill unhoused people. Beth and Dan are both musicians and songwriters and hope to make new musical connections in the area. Hiking, reading, writing (Beth), cooking (Dan), and community service are among their interests, and they spend as much time as possible with their 5- and 3-year-old granddaughters in Vermont.

Welcome Shiri, Gonen, and Michael!

Shiri and Gonen Dori-Hacohen moved to the Amherst area in 2011. They were both born in Israel; Shiri was raised partly in Israel and partly in the US. They live in Amherst center with their two children, Gavahn (10) and Korrenne (4); the family speaks Hebrew at home. Gonen is an Associate Professor in the Communication Department at UMass Amherst. Shiri is a PhD alum of UMass, and is an Assistant Professor at the School of Computing at the University of Connecticut. Gonen enjoys running and watching (American) football. Shiri enjoys rotating hobbies over time; currently, painting, making jewelry, and building with LEGO. 

Rabbi Dr. Michael Greenwald is originally from Kingston, New York, the same town in which his grandfather was born.  He earned his B.A. in Astronomy from the University of Pennsylvania in 1970 and went on to rabbinic studies at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, first in Jerusalem and then in Cincinnati, earning his Master of Arts in Hebrew Letters in 1973 and receiving smichah in 1975.  He continued his studies at Boston University while serving congregations in Milford and Melrose, Massachusetts.  He earned his Ph.D. in New Testament and Christian Origins in 1989 and taught at the University of Vermont, Virginia Polytechnic and State University (Virginia Tech), and Swarthmore College before taking a full-time position in the Department of Religious Studies at St. Lawrence University in Canton, New York where he taught for 28 years.  He retired from St. Lawrence in 2017 and moved to Amherst in 2021.  He also served for 40 years as a volunteer naturalist for the Appalachian Mountain Club and is an avid birder and hiker.   He is married to Dr. Claudia Setzer, who is a retiring professor of Religious Studies at Manhattan College in the Bronx, New York.

Welcome Alexis, Billy, and Steven!

Alexis Brooks and Billy Spitzer moved to Hadley 2 years ago from the Boston area. Billy, originally from Long Island, is now Executive Director of the Hitchcock Center for the Environment in Amherst. He loves all outdoor activities—  skiing, swimming, running, biking, camping and hiking.  Alexis, originally from Manhattan, is an adult psychiatrist in private practice in Northampton. She also likes the outdoors, does Improv Comedy, is on the Tikkun Olam Committee, volunteers at the Amherst Survival Center and loves being with friends. They love reading and movies. They take great joy in their two young adult children, one in CA, one in Philly. 

Dr. Steven Markow is originally from Newton, Mass.  An Optometrist who practiced in Florida for 15 years, before moving to South Hadley in1997. He opened Village Eye Care in 2001, then in 2022, sold the practice and is now retired. Retirement hobbies have yet to be determined, but hopes to get in more hiking, sailing, listening to music, traveling, a few Red Sox games, and community involvement.

Welcome Lisa and Wendy!

Lisa Kosanovic is an engineer who has been living in Amherst since the late 1980s. She and her husband, a retired UMass professor, divide their time between Amherst - where they raised their two sons - and their lake house in the northern Adirondacks. Lisa is a member of the Tikkun Olam committee. In her spare time she enjoys writing fiction, and she is learning French.

Wendy Foxmyn, of Leeds, is a returning member, now (mostly) retired from a primary career as a Town Administrator. She was a founding member of the Wholesale Klezmer Band and is a violinist with the Pioneer Valley Symphony and many other local ensembles. She continues her work as a mediator and facilitator having worked with FEMA, USPS, local courts, municipalities, and intra-Jewish dialogue. She enjoys wandering and wondering.

Welcome Thelma, Kathy, and David!

Thelma Fenster grew up in New York and taught French and Medieval Studies at Fordham University. She was married to Jim Craddock, an fish biologist at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. She moved to Amherst at the end of 2022 and lives at the Applewood community. 

Kathy and David Pollard recently moved here after 26 years in central PA (where Penn State is). David is a retired paleoclimatologist who still works a bit with colleagues at UMASS. Kathy works in the research department of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine. She is a nutrition instructor and still teaches occasionally through University of New England. David surfs and snow boards; Kathy doesn't; she does yoga. They both love hiking, and keep meaning to learn Mah Jongg. The Pollards have two grown children, both married, who hopefully will come back to settle in Massachusetts. They live with their two cats in Amherst Woods.

Welcome Rachel, Dan, Ilene, and Terry!

Rachel Magin and her fiancee, Dan Corkran live in Amherst with their two dogs, Roni and Ciara. Rachel is a psychologist at Aviva Psychology Services in Northampton, and Dan is in a UMass Ph.D program in hydrogeology. Rachel and Dan enjoy attending services at JCA and love the outdoors, hiking, camping, walking the dogs and traveling.

Ilene and Terry Rosenfeld have been South Hadley residents since 2013 and moved here from Yardley, PA., to be near their daughter, Amy Sweeting and her family in Amherst.  Born in Trenton, NJ, the Rosenfelds raised their two children in NJ and PA. Terry is a volunteer at The Yiddish Book Center, a stamp collector since he was 12, and is on the South Hadley Conservation Committee;  Ilene is active in Hadassah, enjoys playing Mah Jongg, goes to basic fitness and yoga classes at the South Hadley Senior Center, and is in two book clubs. They both take peer-moderated seminars through the Five Colleges Learning in Retirement program.
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