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Births, Bar/Bat Mitzvahs, Engagements, Weddings, Anniversaries

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Bar & Bat Mitzvahs

    Zoë Hannah Campagnolo Goldenfeld

    Zoë Hannah Campagnolo Goldenfeld will be called to the Torah as a Batmitzvah on 25th Elul 5771 (Saturday, September 24th 2011) at 9.30am.  Zoë is the younger daughter of Nigel Goldenfeld and Joan Campagnolo, and sister to Zipporah. 

    Zoë is a member of the Traditional Minyan, which she has attended regularly all her life.  For the last year or so she has been studying with Lynn Wachtel, whom she thanks warmly for a wonderfully enjoyable experience. 

    Zoë is an avid reader and writer, and a keen artist.  She’s also a self-described history and science-fiction geek, and a fan of deep sea creatures.  Zoë grudgingly admits to being musical, but not if it means she has to do more piano practice.  She attends Countryside School, where she writes and draws extensively for the school newspaper, and especially enjoys her classes in social studies, literature, and Mandarin. 

    Jonah Koslofsky
    will be called to the Torah as a Bar Mitzvah on Saturday, May 28, at 10:00 am at Sinai Temple.

    He is the son of Dana Rabin and Craig Koslofsky of Urbana and the grandson of Clare and Adam Koslofsky (deceased) and David Rabin (deceased) and Pauline Rabin and Mort Miller of Sarasota, Florida.

    In addition to his studies, Jonah enjoys soccer, First Lego League, Habonim Dror Tavor summer camp, and spending time with friends. Jonah has attended Sinai Temple Religious School for nine years and has especially enjoyed his experiences with his B’nai Mitzvah class. For his Mitzvah project, Jonah has been volunteering at the TIMES Center in Champaign, helping to serve meals there.


      Lisa Spooner and Corey Curtiss
      were married April 27th, 2011 in Champaign, IL.

      Lisa is currently working towards a degree in Criminal Justice. Corey is stationed at Camp Lejeune with the US Marine Corps.

      Lisa is the daughter of Ray and Rae Spooner. Corey is the son of Kent David Curtiss and Carolyn Sue Chapman.

      The reception was held in Rae and Ray's living room.

      Entertainment was provided by a string quartet led by Tamara Gingold, catering provided by  family and friends, florist-Schnucks, photographer Jon Dessen, event planner-Lisa

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        Eleanor Lily

        Eleanor Lily
        Born Wednesday, November 16th
        5 lbs, 14 oz, 18.75"
        We are delighted to announce the birth of a baby girl to Kate Meghji, and her husband Tony Fabri.  Eleanor Lily and her mother, Kate are resting and doing well.

        Livia Rose Avgar

        Livia Rose Avgar

        Ariel and Christie are pleased to announce that Livia Rose Avgar was born Monday, June 6 at 7:31pm. She weighed 8 pounds 2 ounces and is 18.5 inches long.  Both Livia and Christie are doing well.

        Aitan, Ella, Livia, Christie and Ariel


         Malachi James Franklin Sosnoff
        Born March 27, 2011
        Weighs 7 pounds 13 ounces and is 19.5 inches long
        Son of Jake and Ruth Sosnoff of Urbana, IL

        Hudson Scott Lewis

        Born February 27, 2011
        Son of Lisa Gottheil & Nick Lewis
        Grandson of Diane & Fred Gottheil
        Brother of Jaya Spencer Lewis, age 3 yrs, 9 mos,
        seen holding her new brother

        Lila Adele Elsworth
        Born January 31, 2011
        Daughter of Ilana Libman and Scott Elsworth.
        Granddaughter of Lisa and William Libman. 
        She was named after her grandparents Lainie and Adele. 

        Shira Marie Harkins

        Shira Marie (Shira Michal) Harkins
        January 19, 2011
        6 lbs. 7 oz.

        Named Shira because mommy loves to sing :) Michal because there is no Hebrew for Marie and we liked the story of Michal

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        Jacob Leo Epstein

        Jacob Leo (Ezriel Aryeh) Epstein
        January 17, 2011
        7lbs, 11oz, 21in

        Named after Dan's father and Shira's Grandfather

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          Max Dayan and Mariya Kossover

          Max Dayan, 23 of Skokie, IL and Mariya Kossover, 21 of Glenview, IL got engaged at the Cohen Center for Jewish life on Friday, April 1st. Max and Mariya are students at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Max is studying Communications and Mariya is pursuing a degree in Marketing and a minor through the Hoeft Technology and Management Program. They are both actively involved and dedicated to the Jewish community on campus. 

          Max's mother and grandmother are both alumni of the University and he invites everyone to participate in the mitzvah of writing a Torah in honor of his late mother. See this link for information about the event.