Brandeis Alumni, Family and Friends
News from 2021
Give your Brandeis pride a boost with this look back at our most popular alumni stories of 2021.
Reggie Sapp ’73, MA’05, overcame many obstacles to attend Brandeis and advocate for change.
Drew Weissman ’81, MA’81, P’15, along with fellow scientists whose work led to the development of COVID-19 vaccinations, has been named one of 2021's "Heroes of the Year" by Time Magazine.
Terris co-founded Simulate, a plant-based food start-up that raised a $50 million series B this summer.
These sweet offerings from Brandeis alumni will delight the senses this holiday season.
Anne-Marie Asner, MA '96, teaches children about the Eastern European Jews' mother tongue in such books as ” “Shmutzy Girl,” “Noshy Boy” and “Klutzy Boy.”
That itchy sweater you got for Hanukkah that's two sizes too small? That kitchen gadget you know you'll never use? Comedian Josh Gondelman '07 writes about what NOT to do when you get a lousy holiday gift.
Giving DEISday the Brandeisian version of Giving Tuesday, had another banner year, exceeding one million dollars in donations and surpassing targets.
Help us recognize Elaine Wong, P’06, senior associate dean for undergraduate education, for her countless contributions to the university, in advance of her December retirement.
Brandeis National Committee members remember two national presidents who leave a legacy of leadership and service.
Known as the "Father of Green Chemistry," Paul Anastas, MA’87, PhD’90, was awarded the prize for his groundbreaking work in reducing chemical waste and toxicity.
Steve Rabitz ’92 looks at the breadth and talent of the Brandeis network in the fields of law, finance and beyond.
“He was fearless,” says Ann Carol Grossman ’69 of her film-making partner of 25 years who died this month at 79.
Gustavo Gelpí ’87 has been confirmed by the US Senate as a judge for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit.
John Dowling, Ph.D. and Doris Tsao, Ph.D. will deliver the John Lisman ’66 Memorial Lectures in Vision Science and Receive Award.
Inspired by Mitch Albom ’79's "Tuesdays With Morrie," we want to hear stories of mentor/mentee relationships from the Brandeis community.
Nominations are open for BOLD 9, honoring up-and-coming young alumni. Nominate yourself or a Brandeisian you admire.
This Hispanic Heritage Month, a look at how Latinx alumni are mentoring students and preserving the rich history of Latinx culture at Brandeis.
Alumni and students are making valuable connections via the Rise Together program on B Connect - Brandeis' networking and mentorship hub.
Comedian Josh Gondelman '07 offers his thoughts on Yom Kippur, "the official Jewish festival of 'I'm Sorry.'"
Watch how Brandeis welcomed the class of 2025.
A look at the facts and figures for the newest members of the Brandeis community.
For the first time, Brandeis Alumni Association President Lewis Brooks ’80, P’16 welcomed the Class of 2025 to the university's robust network of alumni.
As executive director of the New England Jewish Labor Committee (NEJLC), Ari Fertig '08 is sounding a clarion call to the Jewish community to support workers' rights.
Brandeis has just launched The Jewish Experience - a new multimedia site that looks at Jewish culture and traditions as well as issues facing Jews today.
Fenway Park organist Josh Kantor ’94 has a wide-ranging repertoire thanks to fan requests from Twitter.
Fulfilling a key part of its strategic plan, the alumni board now has a membership that looks a lot more like the Brandeis community.
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Laiona (Weaver) Michelle, MFA'00 wrote and portrays the role of Nina Simone in a play about the famous singer's life.
Deborah E. Lipstadt, MA’72, PhD’76, H’19 is appointed as a special envoy to monitor and combat anti-semitism.
Longtime friend of Brandeis Harold Grinspoon brings his artistic vision to the Brandeis campus.
Peniamina "Ben" Percival ’18 does Brandeis proud by becoming only the second Brandeis alum to compete in the Olympic games.
New exhibition celebrates the Rose’s 60th anniversary and highlights the radical roots from which the museum grew, while showcasing the potential for future transformations.
From The Guardian: The trilingual performer was rapidly gaining ground – and then Covid hit. A new documentary follows her time in quarantine, where compassion bridged cultural divides
Peniamina (Ben) Percival ’18 competed in judo at the Tokyo Olympics, representing his home country of Samoa.
Alumni Weekend 2021 was unlike any other, but remained full of memorable moments and meaningful connections.
From The Boston Globe: Reverend Miniard Culpepper ’77 is helping feed his community with the help of fellow Brandeis alumni.
To mark the occasion, a university-hosted virtual discussion with renowned scholar and author Annette Gordon-Reed will be released on Saturday, June 19 - Juneteenth.
President Ron Liebowitz presented Patricia Hill Collins ’69, PhD’84, Susan Reich Weiss ’71 and Drew Weissman ’81, MA’81, P’15, with the university's highest form of recognition bestowed exclusively on alumni at a virtual ceremony as part of Brandeis Alumni Weekend.
Horowitz, the Inspector General for the Department of Justice, spoke with the legendary journalist in an Alumni Weekend event on June 11.
Brandeisians share what inspired them to give to the Light the Way campaign.
Alumni of the Waltham Group have come together to form a network to stay connected.
Don't miss Alumni Weekend, starting this Friday, June 11. Take a moment now to learn more about the exciting lineup and to register.
This year’s Linda Heller Kamm ’61 Prize winner Rooa Abdelmagid joins a decade-long succession of those with career commitment to social justice.
The Brandeis University Board of Trustees has elected Lisa Kranc ’75 as its new chair, the first woman to serve as chair of Brandeis’ board.
Gelpi has been confirmed by the US Senate to the second-highest level of court, following only the Supreme Court.
Leonard Lauder shared reflections on his career and beyond during a recent event hosted by President Ron Liebowitz and wife Jessica.
Ancell Professor of Physics Emeritus Stanley Deser received one of the highest honors in the sciences.
Two alumni from inside the beltway share perspectives on the first 100 days of the Biden administration.
Lois Foster will be inextricably linked with Brandeis and the Rose Art Museum for her leadership, patronage and enthusiastic support.
Ioannis Angelakis, a Greek composer of acoustic music, is the winner of the Henri Lazarof International Commission Prize honoring the late classical composer Henri Lazarof, MFA’59.
Thanks to his vision and support, Earle Kazis ’55 made it possible for alumni to launch successful careers in real estate.
Join your friends for Alumni Weekend at home. Register today!
Brandeis Alumni Rabbis Reflect on the Connections between COVID-19 and Passover.
For the first time in university history, students on campus will have the opportunity to commemorate the Israelites’ exodus from Egypt together.
Three alumnae share their stories of faculty mentorship which enabled them to launch promising careers in research and medicine.
Brandeis’ most generous donors, he and wife Ruth left indelible mark.
Time to mark your calendars for Alumni Weekend. Here's a preview of what's in store.
This Women’s History Month, the Brandeis Alumni Association showcases perspectives from alumnae in the STEM fields who are inspiring the next generation of scientists.
In celebration of 60 years of Brandeis Study Abroad, take a journey with Brandeis alumni as they reflect on the amazing experiences they gained while very far from home.
Rosenstiel award winners Katalin Karikó and Drew Weissman '81, MA'81, P'15, pioneered much of the science underlying the COVID-19 vaccines and were honored at a recent Zoom ceremony featuring remarks by Dr. Anthony Fauci.
The recipients of this year’s Alumni Achievement Award are at the forefront of issues facing the United States and the world: the coronavirus pandemic and racial injustice.
Join an exclusive Brandeis online community. With B Connect you can find a mentor (or become one), expand your network, search for new career opportunities, reconnect with old friends and make new ones. Sign up today.
For Black History Month, Black alumni leaders who are improving healthcare amidst a global pandemic shared their experiences and reflections.
Papers from the Jewish anti-Nazi underground are among materials being made virtually available to scholars by the Brandeis National Committee’s Honoring Our History campaign.
The 2021 BOLD 9 list recognized up-and-coming Brandeis alumni who, during a year unlike any other, used social media to spark creativity, conversation and change in their fields and beyond.
Speaking to Brandeis audience ahead of the January 20 inauguration, New Jersey’s Democratic governor predicts new Biden administration will bridge sharp divide in America.
On Martin Luther King Day, as ground is broken virtually for a new MLK monument on Boston Common, a Heller alumna helping lead the memorial effort describes why the King legacy is so important at this time in our nation’s history.
Jonathan Sarna, one of the country's preeminent historians of American Judaism, offers his recommendations for anyone interested in understanding how we got to where we are today.
To celebrate 60 years of study abroad at Brandeis, we’re asking alumni to share your favorite memories from your study abroad experiences as Brandeis students!