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Alpha Omicron (University of Arizona)
Check out the Chapter’s new website for updates from Alpha Omicron: uazbt.org.
Jordan E. Pardo, 2022, represented the USA at the Maccabiah Games on the softball team. Brother Pardo said he had an amazing experience and was lucky to be a part of a special team. He is thankful for this experience of a lifetime and looking forward to competing in the next tournament.
The Maccabiah Games, first held in 1932, are an international Jewish and Israeli multi-sport event now held quadrennially in Israel. The Maccabiah Games are open to Jewish athletes from around the world, and to all Israeli citizens regardless of their religion.
Brother Pardo is a recent graduate from the University of Arizona and a former Undergraduate Supreme Councilor.
Brad R. Slater, Alpha Omicron 1996, is a senior talent partner at celebrated agency WME. Alpha Omicron recently posted a highlight of this brother on social media.
During Brother Slater’s formative years in Alpha Omicron, he always stood out from the crowd and used his hardworking mindset to help lead the Chapter in a positive direction. After graduating, Brother Slater began his career in foreign distribution where he sold U.S.-made films to countries worldwide. In 1998, he made the transition to the entertainment and talent management industry, where he went to work at Brother Michael S. Ovitz, Alpha Rho (University of California – Los Angeles) 1969 owned agency Artist Management Group (AMG) as an assistant.
Brother Slated dedicated himself to learning the talent management field and working his way up. He was promoted to talent manager in 2001. He thrived in this new role, managing entertainers, and he transitioned to a role with William Morris Agency in 2003. After seven years, he took the senior talent partner at celebrated agency WME. He has represented household names including Dwayne The Rock Johnson, Henry Cavill, Ice Cube and LeBron James. Brother Slater lives in Brentwood, California, with his wife Kara and twin 11-year-old boys.
Phi Theta Gamma (Lyon College)
Greer Griebel and Cameron T. Bowden, 2015, were united in marriage Sept. 10 at the Junior League of Little Rock Building.
The bride attended the University of Central Arkansas and the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. She is a project manager.
The groom has a bachelor’s degrees in history and political science from Lyon College, where he was a member of Mortar Board, Phi Alpha Theta and the college’s band and concert choir and served as Chapter President of the Phi Theta Gamma Chapter of Zeta Beta Tau. He received his law degree from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock William H. Bowen School of Law and is a staff attorney and education outreach director for Legal Aid of Arkansas’ Fair Housing Project.
The couple will live in Little Rock after a wedding trip to London and Paris.
Alpha Rho (University of California-Los Angeles)
David S. Wax, 1977, has been nominated as the next chairman of the board for JCC Association of North America. A longtime visionary within the movement, Wax’s dedicated as well as his personal investment of time and resources in advancing JCC Association’s mission are critical to the organization’s present needs and will help shape the movement’s future.
Wax’s connection to the JCC Movement began many years earlier when his parents enrolled him in the early childhood education program at the JCC in San Diego. After graduating from UCLA in 1977 and earning an MBA from National University in San Diego, Wax and his family moved, in 1984, to Salt Lake City, Utah. In late 1994, the Wax family returned to the San Diego area and rejoined the Lawrence Family JCC—the same JCC where Wax first set foot in the movement and where his grandson currently attends the J’s early childhood education program. He joined the J’s board in 1995, the executive committee in 2000, and became a vice president the next year. In 2006, Wax began a two-year term as board president. As a lay leader today, he advises the J’s current lay leaders as a member of a committee comprising past board chairs.
Wax also is a longtime supporter of the JCC Maccabi Games. Within the local community, Wax and his family are members of Temple Solel, in Cardiff-by-the-Sea. He also currently serves on the board of Computers 2 Kids San Diego, an organization that, since 2004, has refurbished donated electronics for families in need.
In 2015, Wax received the Heritage Award from Zeta Beta Tau, the world’s first Jewish fraternity.
Edward (Ted) M. Lux, 1980, Craig A. Honick, 1983, and Chuck Cummings reunited in Charlottesville, Virginia, in mid-September. Brothers Honick and Cummings live in area. Brother Lux shared that he hadn’t seen Brother Honick in well over 40 years.
Eta Mu (California Polytechnic State-San Luis Obispo)
In April, Eta Mu celebrated its 10th Alumni Weekend with over 100 alumni in attendance! With the alumni plus most of the undergraduate brothers coming to the Grand Awards Banquet, it was the largest meeting of Eta Mu brothers in history.
Gamma Beta (California State University-Northridge)
David A. Saks, 1981, is very excited to announce his first children’s book — which he expects to be ready by holiday shopping 2022. Pictured is Brother Saks with the book’s artist, cousin Jason Brower.
Iota of Phi Sigma Delta (University of Denver)
Brother Marc B. Nathanson, 1967, recently was sworn in in late May by President Joe Biden to serve as ambassador to Norway. Brother Nathanson was accredited on June 16. See more information from the U.S. Embassy in Norway.
Bruce H. Singman, Esq., 1963, recently produced action-adventure science fiction feature film “Warrior.” Brother Singman is an entertainment and securities attorney based in Pacific Palisades, California.
“Warrior” is in the tradition of 1980’s Chuck Norris Action movies, a touch of 2004’s Kung Fu Hustle. Produced by Brother Singman of Palisades Productions, “Warrior” stars former world surfer Vincent Klyn as the main antagonist, Native American Dreadmon. Written by William Lawlor (L.A. Heat series), and directed by Will Harper (All Pro Sports 1996), “Warrior” is a refreshing change to the standard flashbang modern film. Not to be taken seriously, “Warrior” shows a great respect for the American Indians and the tribal way of life and how it can or cannot co-exist with modern man. Learn more at themoviewarrior.com.
Theta Alpha (University of Massachusetts-Amherst)
Benjamin R. Gold, Esq., 2002, is founder and host of the podcast, “Lawyer Stories.” Guests on the growing show have included Alan Dershowitz, Gloria Allred and Ben Crump. Brother Gold recently was featured in a Q&A in Attorney at Law Magazine. Here’s an excerpt.
“Q: Why do so many attorneys share their stories with you?
A: I think it’s because “Lawyer Stories” is a platform dedicated to humanizing the profession and it is an opportunity to be heard and not just share their accolades and resume from the law firm website. Sharing personal journeys to the practice of law has helped lawyers to connect with each other.”
About Lawyer Stories:
- Follow: Instagram @lawyer_stories
- Subscribe to the podcast on Apple, Spotify or YouTube: youtube.com/lawyer_stories
Scott L. Mendlestein, 1996, was recently featured in Authority Magazine (Medium.com) as one of the experts in a series of articles on 5 Things You Need To Create Or Lead A Successful Law Firm.
Brother Mendlestein is Managing Partner at Falk, Waas, Hernandez, Solomon, Mendlestein & Davis, PA. Mendlestein joined Falk Waas in 2001, and became the Managing Shareholder in December 2021. He handles claims involving medical negligence, sexual assault, premises liability, auto negligence, and trucking liability. He has been recognized by Florida Super Lawyers magazine and has received a Martindale-Hubble AV Peer Review Rating.
Here’s an excerpt on how ZBT has affected his career.
“Q: What is the story of how you began to lead your current law practice?
“A: My firm deeply believes in preparing for the future. It has been a model of our success for 38 years. I worked hard to develop my skills as both a lawyer and as a businessperson — and I did so with the encouragement and mentoring of an incredible group of senior partners. Our past Managing Shareholder Norman M. Waas, Esq., Alpha Omega (University of Miami) 1982, (a ZBT Past International President) held the position for 16 years. Norman is a close friend and mentor and I was fortunate to start to learn simply by being around Norman. One year before I was officially named to the position, I worked side by side with Norman trying to learn as much as possible from him.”
Zeta Tau (Seton Hall University)
Joseph J. Coll Jr., 1982, recently retired from the Ware Public Schools in Ware, Massachusetts. The retired history teacher and former Army Reserve Infantry officer and his wife Linda have a small farm in Western Massachusetts and raise Icelandic sheep. He was part of Seton Hall ROTC and was Grinspoon Award Teacher of the Year 2012.
Eta Xi (University of North Carolina at Charlotte)
The Chapter hosted a well-attended alumni cookout in mid-September. Potential new brothers were also invited as a recruitment event.
Kappa of Phi Sigma Delta (Case Western Reserve University)
In early June, 16 brothers of the Kappa Chapter of Phi Sigma Delta reunited at Case Western Reserve University and The Alumni Association featured the group on its social media.
Originally established at Columbia University, Phi Sigma Delta, or “Phi Sig,” as it was known, was founded in 1909 with a predominantly Jewish membership. The Kappa Chapter came to Case Western Reserve in 1920—one of 47 chapters opened before ΦΣΔ merged with Zeta Beta Tau in 1970.
Pictured: Alumni of the Kappa Chapter of Phi Sigma Delta in Roe Green Theatre at Maltz Performing Arts Center.
Alpha Tau (Franklin & Marshall College)
Ethan L. Barnes, 2019, recently began studies at the UAB Heersink School of Medicine. Brother Barnes shared: “There is no doubt that my time as a brother in Zeta Beta Tau has made this possible. Over the past several years, I have been engaged in an internship with fellow ZBT alumnus Dr. Zachary Nahmias (Gamma Mu, University of Memphis, 2010) conducting clinical research in dermatology. The publications we accomplished during this time were a focal point of my medical school application and were common talking points during admission interviews. Moreover, the time spent shadowing Dr. Nahmias has given me insight on patient care that has already been valuable during my introduction to clinical medicine.”
Pictured is Brother Barnes from his white-coat ceremony.
Beta Tau (Widener University)
Chapter brothers of Edward M. Oberman, 1986, have collected funds to install a park bench on campus in tribute to Brother Oberman, who passed away in 2015 after a battle with cancer. Brothers and friends were so generous that not only was the bench established, a scholarship named for Brother Oberman also has been created through the University.
Brothers said: “Ed was our Fraternity brother at Widener, and that is where we first met, but he was my friend for life. I was a client of his firm, and we got together a few times a year with our brotherhood. Ed was our alumni treasurer and started an account so we could plan and fund our gatherings! We still get together a few times a year as a Fraternity and we really miss our brother and friend.”
Brother Oberman was a CPA and owned and operated an accounting firm for 23 years prior to his passing. He was married to Lee Ann and they have three children, Jennifer, Sarah and Daniel.
Rho Iota (University of Rhode Island)
Dr. Jeffrey Ross, 1975, was one of the recipients of this year’s University of Rhode Island Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award. He was nominated by the dean of URI’s College of Health Sciences. Dr. Ross is a podiatric surgeon at the Baylor University College of Medicine, Baylor St. Luke’s Hospital and Texas Children’s Hospital. Brother Ross serves on the advisory council of the College, is a volunteer lecturer in biomechanics, and is an advisor to the pre-med society at the University. The celebration was in late October.
Lambda (University of Texas at Austin)
Maxwell K. Harberg, 2020, recently graduated with his master’s degree and earned the University’s Roderick P. Hart Student Achievement Award, celebrating exceptional student work. The honor is given to one student in each department.
Brother Harberg shared: “When I left for UT 6 years ago, I never imagined I’d be a graduating master’s student, nonetheless receiving the Roderick P. Hart Award! Thank you, Moody College of Communication for this incredible honor and an even more incredible six years!”
Alpha Kappa (University of Wisconsin – Madison)
Class of 2017 brothers reunited for dinner in May in Los Angeles: Matthew A. Lux, Eric B. Webber, and Jeremy A. White.
Upsilon (McGill University)
Howard Rossman, 1961, and his wife celebrated the 70th anniversary of their first b’nai mitzvot as rededication to the Jewish faith. They have been married 58 years and have four children and several grandchildren. More than 100 family and friends attended the mizvot at Anshe Emeth Temple in New Brunswick, New Jersey.
Brother Rossman also received a mayor’s proclamation from the city honoring the b’nai mitzvot. U.S. Sen. Cory Booker arranged to have the U.S. flag flying over the Capitol in Washington D.C. dedicated to the Rossmans.