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... to recognize members of Beth David and our community

The Membership Committee has begun a new tradition of the “member spotlight”  where we will announce and learn all the many interesting and fun things about our congregants. Here are October's four spotlights.

October 2017:

Molly and David Fried

Molly and David moved to West Hartford in July 2016. Molly works as a clinical social worker at a therapy clinic in New Britain, and David is a Rabbi who teaches judaics at HHNE. Molly is from Cherry Hill, NJ and claims to be New Jersey’s biggest fan, saying it’s “the most beautiful state in the Union!” (she needs to spend more time in CT, clearly). David comes from Plainview, Long Island and loves everything Star Trek. He even has his own Klingon dictionary! Molly and David have two guinea pigs who Rabbi Adler refers to as their “rugrats”.  

Ethan Bortniker and Alexis Finkelberg Bortniker

Ethan is a gasteroenterologist at UCONN Health, focusing on colon cancer prevention. He is married to Alexis Bortniker and dad to Benjamin (5), Eli (3), and b’shaa’tova another on the way. Ethan came to West Hartford from West Orange, New Jersey via Boston. Ethan is a self-proclaimed grill master and if you are willing to laugh at his jokes, he would happily have you over to enjoy some of his “famous” smoked meat. 

Alexis is mom to Ben (5) and Eli (3), with b’shaa’tova another on the way. Alexis was born in Mexico City and raised in San Diego, and begrudges the day she met Ethan in Boston, destined never to return to the warmer coast again. Alexis is an attorney for Foley & Lardner, LLP, working with hospitals in their negotiations with insurance companies.  Alexis enjoys dressing her kids in matching clothes, despite Ethan’s protests. Alexis looks forward to the day the kids are slightly older and she can get back to her hobbies, which once included jewelry making and cooking for fun.

Max and Hannah Levy Lopez

Max is married to Hannah Levy Lopez and a newcomer to Beth David. He is from Chicago originally and has lived in lots of places, including Boston, Burlington VT, Jackson MS, and now West Hartford. Max works as a Hospitalist at Middlesex Hospital in Middletown, taking care of patients on the inpatient wards. Max is basically game for any activity, including marathon running (pictured here), board games, escape rooms, video games, and Naruto (if you don't know what that is, google "best anime ever"). 

Hannah is married to Max Lopez and also a newcomer to Beth David. She and Max moved here last year from the great state of Mississippi (believe it or not!) and are enjoying being closer to family and other foods besides fried butter. Hannah is doing a postdoctoral fellowship at the Institute of Living/Hartford Hospital, conducting research in treatment for anxiety disorders. Hannah recently convinced Max to train for another half marathon, even though he has made it abundantly clear that he hates running. 

Sat, November 18 2017 29 Cheshvan 5778