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Mazel tov to Amy Berger and Andrew Oshman on their marriage, on Oct. 5, 2013.  Amy, 31, daughter of Cindy and Alex Berger III of Clayton, Mo., is a graduate of the University of Michigan, and is the Assistant Director of Community Outreach & Leadership Development at JUF.  Andrew, 39, son of Tania and Rick Oshman of Houston, is a  graduate of Tulane and the NYU Masters in Real Estate program, and is the Director of Capital Markets at General Growth Properties.  Their wedding included a  cocktail hour in the St. Louis Zoo alongside large snakes and other reptiles.  The honeymoon was a safari in Kenya and Tanzania followed by a trip to the beaches of Zanzibar.  Rabbi Amy Feder of Temple Israel performed the ceremony. 

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Mazel tov to Lauren Gaby, 28, of Flossmoor, and Scott Levine, 31, of Arlington Heights on their marriage on Oct. 19 at The Standard Club in Chicago. Lauren, daughter of Lynn and Barry Gaby of Flossmoor, is a graduate of Indiana University. and is employed by Crown Industries in Chicago. Scott, son of Cheryl and Leonard Levine of River Woods, graduated from University of Illinois in Finance, and is employed at Banner Real Estate in Northbrook. Rabbi Paul Caplan from Temple Anshe Sholom in Olympia Fields performed the ceremony.

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Mazel tov to Shainah Simone Falk and Brian Matthew Horowitz on their marriage. Shainah, 32, daughter of Jack and Reva Falk of Portland, Ore., has a BS in Criminology and Criminal Justice from DePaul University and is the project manager of volunteer engagement at United Way of Metropolitan Chicago. Brian, 35, son of Paul and Ronnie Horowitz of Northbrook, has a BA in Business from Kendall College and is an advertising strategist at Resolution Media. (Thanks to the bride's father for his Yiddish rendition of "Sweet Home Chicago.") Rabbi Shoshanah Conover, of Temple Sholom, and Rabbi Avi Finegold officiated.

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Mazel tov to Shoshana Sprague and David Fain on their marriage on July 21 at the Spertus Institute. Shoshana is the daughter of Dr. Stuart and Denise Sprague of ChicagO. David is the son of Gordon and Lila Fain of Hamden, Connecticut. Sprague, 26, is a teacher at Chicago Jewish Day School. She has undergraduate degrees from Barnard College and the  Jewish Theological Seminary, and a masters from Harvard Graduate School of Education. Fain, 29, is a teacher at Bernard Zell Anshe Emet Day School; he has a BA from U. of Connecticut in psychology and a MA in Jewish Education from Hebrew College and Pardes in Israel. Rabbi Asher Lopatin from Anshe Sholom Bnei Israel performed the ceremony. In honor of their wedding, the couple sponsored a wedding in Israel through Yad Eliezer. 

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Howard and Maia Labow announce the marriage of their son, Yoni, to Danielle Frydman, daughter of Dr. Joseph and Marie Frydman, on April 28, 2013. Yoni is the grandson of Jackie Labow of Lincolnwood. Danielle is the granddaughter of Efroim Frydman and Kathryn Testa, both of Chicago. Yoni is a graduate of Ida Crown Jewish Academy and received a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Michigan in History and Jewish Studies. Currently, he is the Marketing Director for National Enrollment Services.

Danielle is a graduate from Highland Park High School and received a Bachelor of Science from the University of Wisconsin and is currently finishing her Master's Degree in Clinical Social Work.

Both Yoni and Danielle are graduates of Solomon Schechter Day School in Northbrook.


Halle Ritter and Scott Levy were married Nov. 5, 2011, at the Palmer House Hotel in Chicago. Rabbi Taron Tachman from Congregation Beth Tikvah in Hoffman Estates performed the ceremony.

Halle, 36, is the director of the Open Door Program for the Illinois Department of Human Services.  She is a graduate from Ohio University (BS, Communication) and the University of Michigan (Master of Social Work).  Halle was a member of the YLD Board of Directors for four years.   Scott, 33, is a manager at the Paul Simon Chicago Job Corps Center, a U.S. Department of Labor facility serving 350 at-risk youth.  He is a graduate of The George Washington University (BA, Political Science) and Roosevelt University (MBA, Management).    

Halle is the daughter of Nadia and Michael Ritter, of Beachwood, Ohio. Scott is the son of Debby Levy, of Long Grove, and the late Barry W. Levy. The reception was held at the Palmer House, with entertainment provided by The Ken Arlen Orchestra. Floral decorations were provided by Richard Remiard Event Design and photography was provided by Rick Aguilar Studios.  Sue Primer from Sue Primer I Do was the event planner.  The couple enjoyed their honeymoon on Maui and Kauai.


Emily Langendorf and Daniel Mysel were married September 24 at the Orrington Hotel in Evanston.  Rabbi/Hazzan Shlomo Shuster performed the ceremony.  Emily, 28 is a Care Consultant at the Alzheimer's Association in Chicago.  She is a graduate from Miami University with a bachelor's degree in Psychology and a master's degree in Social Work from University of Illinois-Chicago Jane Addams School of Social Work.  Daniel, 26 is a Consultant at Accenture in Chicago.  He is a graduate from University of Colorado-Boulder with a bachelor's degree in Communications.  Emily is the daughter of Sheri and Michael Langendorf, of Urbana, IL. Daniel is the son of Amy and Harvey Mysel of Glencoe, IL. 



Allyson Berman and David Greenbaum were married June 26 at the Westin Hotel in Columbus, Ohio.  Rabbi Misha Zinkow from Temple Israel performed the ceremony.

Allyson, 34, is a graduate of American University and the Cleveland Institute of Music.  She is currently an Associate Director of Major Gifts for Northwestern University. David, 40, is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin and Northwestern's Kellogg Graduate School of Management.  He is currently a Group Account Director at an advertising agency, Euro RSCG.  David was a member of the YLD Board of Directors for four years and was YLD President in 2009-2010.

Allyson is the daughter of Arnold and Marilyn Berman of Columbus, Ohio.  David is the son of Neil and Rachel Greenbaum of Glencoe.  The reception was also held at the Westin.

Allyson and David continued their wedding celebration with their honeymoon in Bali. 


Eva Weintraub and Josh Gavant were married Sept.18, at the Midwest Conference Center in Northlake, IL.  Rabbi Asher Lopatin of Congregation Anshe Sholom B'nai Israel in Chicago performed the ceremony.  Josh is a Systems Engineer with Microsoft, Inc., and Eva is a Human Resources Generalist at JUF/JF and a graduate of Rutgers University.  Eva is the daughter of Harvey and Sharon Weintraub of Lincolnwood. Josh is the son of Morris and Ellen Gavant of Baltimore, Maryland. 



Stefanie Pervos and Michael Bregman were married July 3 at the Hyatt Regency Chicago. Rabbi Howard Lifshitz and Hazzan Roger Weisberg from Congregation Beth Judea in Long Grove performed the ceremony.
Stefanie, 27, is the associate editor of JUF News and Manager of Digital Communications for the Jewish United Fund of Metropolitan Chicago.

Michael, 28, is an attorney at the firm of Ruff, Weidenaar & Reidy, Ltd.
Stefanie is the daughter of Dr. Richard and Gayle Pervos of Buffalo Grove. Michael is the son of Harvey and Judith Bregman of Skokie. Stefanie's sister, Lonnie was the maid of honor, and Michael's brother Corey, the best man. Proud grandmothers Barbara Cohen of Buffalo Grove and Ann Pervos of Skokie were also in attendance.

The reception was held at the Hyatt Regency Chicago, with entertainment provided by The Larry King Orchestra. Floral decorations were designed and provided by Hello Darling, photography was provided by North Shore Photography, video was provided by Xpress Video Productions, and Bambi Caicedo Rogers from BCR Events was the event planner.

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