Laurence and Molli Golberg of Pikesville are happy to announce the engagement of their daughter, Rachel Beth, to Shaun Jason Elhai, son of Irvin and Lois Elhai of Owings Mills.

Rachel graduated from Towson University with a bachelor’s degree in nursing. She is a pediatric registered nurse at the University of Maryland Medical Center.

Shaun graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park with a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and received a master’s degree in forensic studies from Stevenson University. He is a financial analyst at the Social Security Administration and a realtor for Prudential PenFed Realty.

Rachel is the granddaughter of Kenneth Golberg and the late Marcie Golberg and Amichai Heppner and the late Shana Heppner.

Shaun is the grandson of the late Jack and Claire Elhai and the late Sidney and Rebecca Altshuler.

An October 2014 wedding is planned.


111513_Sch_KlineDr. Marc and Robin Klein of Pikesville and Jack and Sara Schmerling of Annapolis are thrilled to announce the engagement of their children, Stacey Klein and Joshua Schmerling.

Stacey is the granddaughter of Anne and Jack Needle and the late Lillian and Philip Klein.

Joshua is the grandson of Kitty Schmerling and the late Arnold Schmerling and the late Blanche and Joseph Ettinger.

Stacey is a producer for NBC News and is assigned to the White House. Joshua is a partner in the law offices of Bobby Zirkin.

A November 2014 wedding is planned.


110813_Lincoff_JerusalemDr. Michael and Debbie (Karpa) Lincoff of Orange, Ohio are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Gabrielle Lincoff, to Yissachar Jerusalem, son of Marc and Cheryl Jerusalem of Oak Park, Mich.

Lincoff is the granddaughter of Dr. Jay and Elizabeth Karpa of Baltimore, of Eunice Lincoff of Steubenville, Ohio and the late Morton Lincoff. She earned her J.D. from the George Washington University Law School and is an attorney for the George Washington University Office of the Senior Vice President and General Counsel.

Yissachar is the grandson of Martin and Carol Lowenberg of Southfield, Mich., and the late Bernard and Adina Jerusalem. He is in his third year at George Washington University School of Medicine.

A February 2014 wedding is planned.


110113_Kessler_BramsSheila and Harry Kessler are happy to announce the engagement of their son, Jeffrey Howard, to Erica Leslie Brams, daughter of Patty and Rick Brams of North Brunswick, N.J.

Erica received a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from the University of Maryland, College Park and a master’s degree in reading education from Johns Hopkins University.  She is employed as a reading specialist for Montgomery County Public Schools.

Jeffrey received a bachelor’s degree in marketing from the University of Maryland, College Park. He is an account manager with WTOP Radio in Washington, D.C.

Erica is the granddaughter of Sylvia and the late Matthew Brams and Dr. Jerome and Marilyn Weiss. Jeffrey is the grandson of the late Dora and Meyer Miller and Cecile and the late Cyril Kessler.

A December 2013 wedding is planned.


102513_Lincoff-SchwarczDr. Michael and Debbie Lincoff of Orange, Ohio are pleased to announce the engagement of their son, Aaron Lincoff, to Ariella Schwarcz, daughter of Dr. Richard and Bruria Schwarcz of Oak Park, Mich.

Ariella is the granddaughter of Aliza and Avraham Malka of Jerusalem and the late Sara Rachal and Yoel Zeav Schwarcz.

Ariella earned a Bachelor of Science from the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing and is working in an intensive-care unit at Mercy Hospital in Baltimore.

Aaron is the grandson of Dr. Jay and Elizabeth Karpa of Baltimore, Eunice Lincoff of Steubenville, Ohio and the late Morton Lincoff. He is a senior at the University of Maryland.

A summer 2014 wedding is planned.




Jordan Bart Schwartzberg, son of Stacey Needle and Michael Schwartzberg of Pikesville, became a bar mitzvah on Sept. 28 at Beth El Congregation and celebrated with friends and family that evening at the Sports Legends Museum at Camden Yards.

Jordan is an eighth-grade student in the gifted and talented program at Pikesville Middle School. He is the grandson of Anita and Harvey Schein, Jill and Daniel Rapoport, Marty and Gail Schwartzberg and the late Barton Needle. He is the great-grandson of Edna Jacobi and the late Menachem Jacobi and the late Mollie and Alexander Arenstein.


101113_milestone_agus_bregmanJessica Agus and Ben Bregman were married on July 21, 2013 at Beth El Congregation in Baltimore. Rabbi William Rudolph, from Beth El Congregation in Bethesda, officiated under the chuppah.

Jessica is the daughter of Robert Agus and Cantor Rochelle Helzner of Chevy Chase.  Her grandfather, Rabbi Jacob Agus, served as Beth El Congregation’s first rabbi from 1950 to 1980. Ben is the son of Doug and Brenda Bregman of Bethesda.

The couple resides in San Jose, Calif.


092713_noahandfallonLois and Dan Gross of Flemington, N.J., are delighted to announce the engagement of their daughter, Fallon Hope, to Noah Seth, son of Ellen and Steven Saposnik of Delray Beach, Fla.

Fallon is a preschool teacher at the Jewish Community Center and also teaches in the religious school at Chizuk Amuno Congregation. She earned a certificate in culinary arts from the Center for Kosher Culinary Arts and pursues that passion in her spare time.

Noah works in fundraising as an annual fund manager at Montgomery College in Rockville. He earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Central Florida and a dual master’s degree in Jewish communal service and public policy from Baltimore Hebrew University and the University of Maryland,Baltimore County.

The couple became engaged over the summer at Disney World. An October wedding is planned.

Faye and Matthew Lessans

092013_milesFaye Sara Lessans and Matthew Lessans, daughter and son of Ellen and Stuart Lessans and grandchildren of Irene and Alan Wurtzel and the late Sara Lessans and the late Samuel J. Lessans, will become a bat mitzvah and a bar mitzvah on Nov. 2 at B’nai Israel Congregation in Rockville.

For their mitzvah projects, Faye and Matthew will donate a portion of their b’nai mitzvah funds to the Endowment Fund established in loving memory of their grandparents, Sara and Samuel J. Lessans, to support Jewish studies at the Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School in Rockville. Faye and Matthew are seventh-graders at the school

Tilles — Lam

083013_tilles_lamKenneth and Faye Tilles and Stephen and Joyce Lam happily announce the marriage of their children, Erica Michelle and Christopher Scott. The ceremony took place on June 8, 2013 at La Concha Resort in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Ninety-four guests from New York, Maryland and California attended the celebration.

The bride was escorted to the chuppah by her parents. She was attended by her sisters, Alyson Tilles, maid of honor, and Heather Connors, matron of honor. Bridesmaids were Melanie Altarescu, Meredith McCullough and Randi Smith.

The groom was escorted to the chuppah by his parents and was attended by best man Michael Ganz. Groomsmen were Kevin Lips, Scott Bruno, Warren Drimer and George Dunnigan. Ring bearers were Gavin and Liam Connors, nephews of the bride. The flower girl was Catherine Bogucki, niece of the groom.

The couple honeymooned in Anguilla and reside in Bayside, N.Y.