Meet the Dieves!

The Dieves are Mark, Stacy, Bass (age 5) and Lev (age 5 months).  Some Q&A’s:

Otto and Lev Dieves cute at home. Photo: Stacy Dieves

Bass and Lev Dieves cute at home.         Photo: Stacy Dieves

How long you’ve been in Ann Arbor, and what brought you here?

We moved to Ann Arbor in July 2013 from the San Francisco Bay Area. Mark is from Ann Arbor originally and was homesick. We both last lived here almost 20 years ago and are very happy to be back!

What brought you to our congregation?

The AARC is a perfect fit for our family. We were members of a very similar congregation in California. It was a post-denominational synagogue that had a Reconstructionist rabbi with similar values. We were so happy to find the AARC.

Some favorite things?

  • Novel: Go by John Clellon Holmes (Mark); The Fortress of Solitude by Jonathan Lethem (Stacy)
  • Movie: Igby Goes Down (Mark); Shawshank Redemption (Stacy)
  • Food: Mongolian Beef (Mark); All things cheese (Stacy)

Anything else you feel like adding?

We are so grateful to the AARC members for being so welcoming to our family. Thank you to everyone that helped us get acclimated, brought meals when Lev was born, invited us to events, and introduced themselves to us at services. We could see right away what a special community it is at AARC, and we are so happy to be a part of it!

Meet Genna Cohen, Who Met Us Through Jana Hirsch!

Genna Cohen

Genna Cohen

Genna writes: “I moved to Ann Arbor in 2010 to start a Ph.D. program through UM’s School of Public Health. Prior to that I lived in Washington, DC, and Atlanta, GA. I love to spend my nonworking time at yoga, rock climbing, baking, and stopping strangers on the street to say hi to their dogs. I really appreciate the energy at AARC. I am grateful to Jana Hirsh, another new member, for introducing me!”

Meet Jana Hirsch, Nice New(ish) Girl & Epidemiologist

Jana Hirsch

Jana Hirsch

Jana Hirsch moved to Ann Arbor in 2010 (from Philadelphia, and before that New York). Here’s what she says:

I moved here to start a Ph.D. in Public Health. I am in the department of Epidemiology at the University of Michigan, where I work in the Center for Social Epidemiology and Population Health. I am eager to defend my dissertation about how neighborhood environments influence walking—that happens on March 14, 2014, at 1:30p.m. A video I made about some of my research can be found at:  Anyone who wants to come watch my defense should join in on the event!

Jana reports that she was drawn to AARC by our High Holiday services and by the fact that not all of us are students or faculty at U of M.

Here are some of her favorite things:

  • Favorite novel: Watership Down.
  • Favorite movie: “Anything so terrible that someone else would turn it off.”
  • Favorite food: “Ras Malai (a sweet Indian cheese dessert), because it’s one of the few things I can’t cook/bake myself!”

Welcome to Jana.

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