Isaacs Family Worldwide Milestones: weddings, births, deaths, special occasions, graduations, Bar and Bat Mitzvahs, Christenings, retirements, job promotions. Please forward new milestones to jdi@clw.org. And check back from time to time for updates.

Note: Superscript refers to generation

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Note: plans are underway for a third Isaacs family international reunion in September or October 2015, in either New York City or Washington, D.C.

Additions since May 2014 update

In June 2014, John & Amy Isaacs of Washington, DC, USA, visited ANDREW BASIL HUGH SOUTHWOOD (HELEN 6JENNIFER6 SIMMONS, HAROLD LEWIS5, JENNIE4 LEVI, ANN3 ISAACS, LEWIS MYER2, MYER SAMUEL1) , his wife SALLY-ANN WALMSLEY and children Hannah and Michael in Montreal, Canada. The Southwoods originally lived in South Africa before emigrating to Canada. Also visiting at the same time was Jen Southwood from South Africa, Andy's mother.

In May 2014, John & Amy Isaacs of Washington, DC, USA, visited EDMUND SYDNEY FOSTER6 LEE (RALPH BRUCE5, LEVI, EDMUND4, ANN3 ISAACS, LEWIS MYER2, MYER SAMUEL1), his wife Clare and son Colin in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA. The Lees originally lived in South Africa before emigrating to Clare’s hometown of Minneapolis.

Congratulations to HANNAH LEIGH8 SOUTHWOOD (ANDREW BASIL HUGH7 SOUTHWOOD, HELEN JENNIFER6 SIMMONS, HAROLD LEWIS5, JENNIE4 LEVI, ANN3 ISAACS, LEWIS MYER2, MYER SAMUEL1) of Montreal, Canada for graduating from the Unversity of Windsor with a Bachelor's degree in 2013 and Queens Univerity with a Bachelor of Education in 2014. Next year she will teach in Mexico.

ERIC SAMUEL7 BOORSTIN (LENI BARBARA 6 ISAACS, MYRON SAMUEL5, STANLEY MYER4, MYER SAMUEL3, SAMUEL MYER2, MYER SAMUEL1) and Sarah Mircheff produced a baby boy; Bennett Kosta Boorstin was born in May 2014.

ANTHONY JOSEPH reports that his third son, Harry, was married on 22nd February 2014 to Jessica Milbourn. Also, his last remaining aunt (and also his step-mother because his father married two sisters sequentially, the younger one being a widow at the time his mother died) passed away in Birmingham, UK on 8th May 2014. She was 95. Anthony's connection to the family in addition to attending the first Isaacs Family International Reunion in Cambridge, UK (2005): David Myer Isaacs married Esther Levy (Colin Harbury's ancestors). Esther was a first cousin of Anthony's great-great-grandfather, Barnet Lyon Joseph (1801-80). More distant links are to David M Isaacs' brothers, Samuel Myer Isaacs and Lewis Myer Isaacs. Both these brothers married Anthony's more distant cousins. Got all that? Also, Anthony helped with some of the original Isaacs family tree research and got various branches in touch with each other.

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May 2014 update

HALEY RAE ISAACS (JOHN DAVID6 ISAACS (NZ), COLIN JOHN5, DAVID NATHAN4, NATHANIEL JOHN3, JACOB MYER2, MYER SAMUEL1) and Kieran Michael Frewen gave birth to Lola Grace Frewen, born 26 December 2013 in Hamilton, New Zealand. Lola is the first great grandchild of Colin and Patricia Isaacs.

Another birth: DANIEL GIDON7 BERMAN (KATHRYN6 BAKER, JOYCE JULIA LEAH5 LIPKIN, ESTHER4 LICHTENSTEIN, JULIA3 ISAACS, DAVID MYER2, MYER SAMUEL1) and RONIT SHAY of Israel gave birth to their third child, NOAM BERMAN, born March 15, 2014.

Several updates from EDWARD FREDERICK6 ISAACS (TERENCE MYER5, FREDERICK4, MYER LEWIS3, LEWIS MYER2, MYER SAMUEL1) of Wolverhampton, United Kingdom:
1. Daughter Hannah Isaacs has now taken up the post of Assistant Head teacher with special responsibility for mathematics and overall teaching and learning at Hodge Hill Secondary School in Birmingham.
2. Daughter Naomi Isaacs has been promoted to the post of Senior Consultant at Fishburn, a London-based communications agency.
3. Edward has given up being a housing consultant and now focuses on his artwork and illustration, having had work shown recently at the Royal Birmingham Society of Artists Gallery and Wolverhampton Art Gallery. He also helps run a small arts festival in Wolverhampton.

More bits of news from NEIL ALEXANDER6 HARBURY (COLIN5 DESMOND BERNARD HARBURY (ESTHER MAY4 HAYSACK, BARNARD DAVID3 ISAACS, DAVID MYER2, MYER SAMUEL1) of Bath Church Knowle, United Kingdom:
1.Daughter Evie Harbury (19) has started a Fashion Styling and Photography course at the London College of Fashion.
2. Neil will be leaving Nautilus the company he and wife Angie founded in 1998. Nautilus was acquired by RPS in 2011 and Neil has stayed three years in the company since sale. Neil and Angie are not ready for retirement and will be embarking on some charity and business projects. They also intend travelling, including venturing to far flung places. So watch out Isaacs - they may be coming your way!

A meeting of two branches of the Isaacs family in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA in May 2014: JOHN DAVID6 ISAACS (MYRON SAMUEL5, STANLEY MYER4, MYER SAMUEL3, SAMUEL MYER2, MYER SAMUEL1) and wife Amy, from Washington, DC, USA spent a weekend with EDMUND SYDNEY FOSTER6 LEE (RALPH BRUCE5, LEVI, EDMUND4, ANN3 ISAACS, LEWIS MYER2, MYER SAMUEL1) and wife Clare. They got together after exchanging e-mails for a number of years. Ed and Clare used to live in Cape Town, South Africa and Clare was born in St. Paul, Minnesota. Also met one of their sons, Colin, born in South Africa, who also lives in the Minneapolis area.

ERIC SAMUEL7 BOORSTIN son of LENI BARBARA 6 ISAACS (MYRON SAMUEL5, STANLEY MYER4, MYER SAMUEL3, SAMUEL MYER2, MYER SAMUEL1) ) and Jon Boorstin, and Eric’s wife Sarah, moved from San Diego, California, USA to Los Angeles, California and are about to have a baby. Eric is practicing law and Sarah is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist.

Eric’s sister and New York City resident ARIEL EDITH BOORSTIN will marry SCOTT LESLIE in Los Angeles in July 2014.

Jonathan 7Young (JILL6 IDA GILBERT, GILBERT FREDERICK5 ISAACS, FREDERICK4, MYER LEWIS3, LEWIS MYER2, MYER SAMUEL1) married Laura Childs (now Laura Childs-Young) in November 2013 in hstoric Trafalger Tavern, Greenwich, United Kingdom, with many family members in attendance.

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August 2013 update

Remember the movie “Four Weddings and a Funeral,” a 1994 British romantic comedy? The Isaacs family worldwide did not quite meet that title, but by my count we have two weddings and a funeral, four births, two engagements to be married, three new jobs, one move to a new location and numerous publications, in print or on-line. Continue reading for family details.

KATHLEEN MARY LODGE ISAACS, wife of the late TERENCE MYER5 ISAACS (FREDERICK MYER4, MYER LEWIS3, LEWIS MYER2, MYER SAMUEL1), who was born March 28, 1914 in London, England, died at age 99 in Wolverhampton, UK, on July 27, 2013. She is survived by sons John Graham Isaacs of Claverack, New York, USA and Edward Frederick Isaacs of Wolverhampton, UK and two grandchildren, Naomi and Hannah Isaacs. Kath, as she was known, was one of the nation’s first radar operators and staffed a radar station in Dover during the Battle of Britain in World War II. Read more about her here.

KARINE LEA GENEVIEVE TOUSSAINT, daughter of JANE LOUIS6 ISAACS (MYRON SAMUEL5, STANLEY MYER4, MYER SAMUEL3, SAMUEL MYER2, MYER SAMUEL1) AND GERARD TOUSSAINT AND WIFE OF MATT DALTON, delivered a 9 ¾ pound --4.42 kilos (that's big whichever system you use) baby named Jack Gerard Tousssaint Dalton on July 20, 2013. The family lives in Melrose, Massachusetts, USA.

New York City resident ARIEL EDITH BOORSTIN, daughter of LENI BARBARA 6 ISAACS (MYRON SAMUEL5, STANLEY MYER4, MYER SAMUEL3, SAMUEL MYER2, MYER SAMUEL1) AND JON BOORSTIN became engaged in July 2013 to SCOTT LESLIE.

MICHAEL JOSEPH7 BERMAN, son of KATHRYN6 BAKER (JOYCE JULIA LEAH5 LIPKIN, ESTHER4 LICHTENSTEIN, JULIA3 ISAACS, DAVID MYER2, MYER SAMUEL1) AND ELLIOTT BERMAN, AND WIFE LIANA SARA MEYERS, gave birth to Inbal Emmy on July 12, 2013. The family lives in Modin, Israel.

PATRICIA MARGARET (TRISH) SOUTHWOOD, daughter of HELEN JENNIFER6 SIMMONS (HAROLD LEWIS5, JENNIE4 LEVI, ANN3 ISAACS, LEWIS MYER2, MYER SAMUEL1) AND BASIL SOUTHWOOD, living in Cape Town, South Africa, has a new job as marketing communications specialist at Liberty Health, a multi-dimensional provider of health solutions in South Africa and other emerging markets.

DANIEL GIDON7 BERMAN, son of KATHRYN6 BAKER (JOYCE JULIA LEAH5 LIPKIN, ESTHER4 LICHTENSTEIN, JULIA3 ISAACS, DAVID MYER2 MYER SAMUEL1) AND ELLIOTT BERMAN, maintains a balanced and insightful blog on Middle East issues called Mind Crawl. It is described as a blog about Israel and the Middle East that tries to make sense of one of the most complicated regions in the world by analyzing current events. You can sign up to receive the blog here.

London, UK resident JONATHAN YOUNG, son of JILL6 IDA GILBERT (GILBERT FREDERICK5, ISAACS, FREDERICK4, MYER LEWIS3, LEWIS MYER2, MYER SAMUEL1) AND RICHARD YOUNG, is engaged to marry Laura Childs on November 30, 2013.

The talented siblings JEFFREY FRANK and JANET FRANK, BOTH CHILDREN OF ADAM5 FRANK (ESTELLE4, ISAACS, MYER SAMUEL3, SAMUEL MYER2, MYER SAMUEL1) AND RACHEL BRODY, are both recently published authors. Jeffrey, living in New York City, has authored "Ike and Dick, Portrait of a Strange Political Marriage," which to those who are not intimately familiar with American presidents refers to Dwight D. Eisenhower and Richard Nixon. You can read a New York Times review here. Janet, living in Washington, DC, has written an article in The American Scholar about the exits and entrances of conductors, entitled "Musical Chairs." A description of the article: A veteran cellist with the National Symphony takes a close look at the entrances and exits of world-famous conductors. The article is not yet on-line.

NAOMI AND PHIL BROUGHTON 7 (SARAH ELIZABETH GILBERT 6, DAVID CARGILL5, ISAACS, DAVID NATHAN 4, NATHANIEL JOHN3, JACOB MYER2, MYER SAMUEL1) welcomed Adelyn Vida Kate Broughton to their family on June 18, 2013.

BENJAMIN ANDRE LICHFIELD, son of ROBIN ADAM6 LICHFIELD (GEOFFREY LAWRENCE MARCUS5 LICHTENSTEIN, JACOB LEWIS4, JULIA3 ISAACS, DAVID MYER2, MYER SAMUEL1) AND KATHLEEN JOYCE LOVETT, and his wife KIMBERLEY ANNE LICHFIELD, had a daughter Bethan Amelia Joyce Lichfield on 1st June 2013. They live in Packmoor, Staffordshire, United Kingdom.

JOHN GRAHAM6 ISAACS (TERENCE MYER5, FREDERICK4, MYER LEWIS3, LEWIS MYER2, MYER SAMUEL1) AND ENID FUTTERMAN recently launched www.imby.com, a network of Websites designed to build community--citizen journalism and social networking on the hyperlocal level--recently launched in Hudson, New York and Claverack, New York.

ERIC SAMUEL BOORSTIN, son of LENI BARBARA6 ISAACS (MYRON SAMUEL5), STANLEY MYER4, MYER SAMUEL3, SAMUEL MYER2, MYER SAMUEL 1) AND JON BOORSTIN, and his wife of one year SARAH MIRCHEFF BOORSTIN, have moved to Los Angeles, California, USA. Eric is practicing appellate law and Sarah has a psychotherapy private practice.

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August 2012

JOYCE JULIA LEAH5 LIPKIN (ESTHER4 LICHTENSTEIN, JULIA3 ISAACS, DAVID MYER2, MYER SAMUEL1), who was born October 12, 1922 and lives in a residential home in Jerusalem, Israel, mother of Kathryn Baker Berman, just celebrated her 90th birthday with friends at the home. Kathryn reports that her mother has mostly recovered from various health issues and will celebrate again with her family.

DAVID CARGILL5 ISAACS (DAVID NATHAN4, NATHANIEL JOHN3, JACOB MYER2, MYER SAMUEL1) of Wanganui, New Zealand, born in 1929, married to Judith Dean Isaacs for 57 years, died 30 August 2012 after a heart attack six weeks earlier. Prudence Isaacs reports that all of his children, grandchildren and great grand daughter came and went over the 4 weeks he was in hospital and all shared stories and watched a lot of Olympics!

PAUL DAVID GILBERT, son of Anthony and Judith Gilbert, and LEAH RACHEL SELKOWITZ of Philadelphia, USA become parents to Cora Lillian Gilbert on 27 August 2012.

ANTHONY GILBERT (GILBERT FREDERICK5 ISAACS, FREDERICK4, MYER LEWIS3, LEWIS MYER2, MYER SAMUEL 1) of Edinburgh, Scotland reports that he is now retired from his job as Senior lecturer in mathematics at Edinburgh University, although he is doing some tutoring.

COLIN5 DESMOND BERNARD HARBURY (ESTHER MAY4 HAYSACK, BARNARD DAVID3 ISAACS, DAVID MYER2, MYER SAMUEL1), husband of MARGARET GRAHAM PROCTOR and parents of Claire and Neil, died 31 August 2012, with much family at his bedside. Neil reports that Colin “died a month after he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. You may think it was a short time but I want you to know that he had a lovely month and was in very good spirits right to the end. He was very brave and without pain and he was at peace, content with his life and sharing stories about family and friends.” There will be a service at 3:45pm on Wednesday 12th September at the West Suffolk Crematorium in Bury St Edmunds, followed by a gathering at Pakenham Village Hall. Anthony Joseph will attend the service and will read the Kaddish in Hebrew.

EDNA FRANCES5 LELYVELD (SAMUEL4, FANNY3 ISAACS, JACOB MYER2, MYER SAMUEL1) of Norwich, United Kingdom, husband of Harry George Foord, parents of Susan, Timothy, Timothy, Stephen, Richard and Elizabeth, died suddenly on 11 August, 2012, while Liz and Nick Cotton were visiting. She was buried as St Peter Hoveton, a beautiful, tiny, thatched church built in 1624 and about 10 minutes walk from her house.

ERIC SAMUEL7 BOORSTIN (LENI BARBARA6 ISAACS, MYRON SAMUEL5, STANLEY MYER4, MYER SAMUEL3, SAMUEL MYER2, MYER SAMUEL1) married Sarah Mircheff on August 25, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. This being Los Angeles, the ceremony was performed in a place called The Smog Shoppe and the wedding hotel was The Farmer’s Daughter. Numerous Isaacs and Boorstin relatives attended a warm and wonderful ceremony presided over by a federal judge for whom Eric worked.

MARIE (Miriam or Micky) ELKS GILBERT of London, United Kingdom, and mother of Jill Gilbert Young and Anthony David Gilbert, died on May 25, 2012, just short of her 100th birthday. Her spunk and charm was a hit at the 2005 Isaacs Family Reunion in Cambridge, UK.

JEREMY 7 ELMAN (MARTIN6 ELMAN (ELIZABETH JULIA5 ISAACS, FREDERICK MYER4, MYER LEWIS3, of London, United Kingdom, had a child named Aurelia Fox Elman born May 12, 2012.

CAROLINE 7 BAKER BROWNLIE (RICHARD6 BAKER, JOYCE JULIA LEAH5 LIPKIN, ESTHER4 LICHTENSTEIN, JULIA3 ISAACS, DAVID MYER2, MYER SAMUEL1) and Simon Brownlie of Hampshire, United Kingdom celebrated their 10th wedding anniversary on March 31, 2012. Ten hugs for ten years.

ELIZABETH ANNE FOORD6 (EDNA FRANCES5 LELYVELD (SAMUEL4, FANNY3 ISAACS, JACOB MYER2 , MYER SAMUEL1) and Nick Cotton, after many, many years in Birmingham, United Kingdom have moved in March 2012 to Shrewsbury in Shropshire, United Kingdom. Any help in unpacking boxes would be appreciated.

ARNOLD5 LEVER (SAMUEL JOSEPH LEVI4, ANN ISAACS3, LEWIS MYER2, MYER SAMUEL1 ) created and produced painted scarves for the company called 'Jacqmar' including many with World War II themes and for the 1948 Olympics in London, England. An exhibition of his scarves was shown at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, Massachusetts, USA (Beauty as Duty: Textiles on the Home Front in World War II Britain) in March 2012. His son Timothy Lever and Elaine Lever traveled from Beachampton, Bucks, UK to Boston to view the exhibition. As did John Isaacs.

ANNE7 BAKER PAGE (RICHARD6 BAKER, JOYCE JULIA LEAH5 LIPKIN, ESTHER4 LICHTENSTEIN, JULIA3 ISAACS, DAVID MYER2, MYER SAMUEL1) of Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk, United Kingdom made a quick trip in March 2012 to Jerusalem to see 90-year old Grandma Joyce, Kathryn and Elliot Berman, three of their five children, four of their daughters-in-law, and all 10 of their grandchildren.

EDNA FRANCES5 LELYVELD (SAMUEL4, FANNY3 ISAACS, JACOB MYER2, MYER SAMUEL1), of Norwich, United Kingdom, turned 90 on January 23, 2012. Lots of good long-lived genes in the family.

KARINE LEA GENEVIEVE7 TOUSSAINT (JANE LOUIS6 ISAACS (MYRON SAMUEL5, STANLEY MYER4, MYER SAMUEL3, SAMUEL MYER2, MYER SAMUEL1) married Matthew Edward Dalton on December 10, 2011. The wedding was performed in Salem, Massachusetts, USA, until then known particularly for the Salem Witch Trials during colonial America. Karine’s brother Paul Toussaint officiated at the wedding. Besides Karine's family, other Isaacs family members in attendance were John, Amy, Rachel and Stanley Isaacs, Eric Boorstin and his fiancee Sarah Mircheff, Ariel Boorstin and Eli Isaacs and his girlfriend Kathleen Peters.

CAROLINE7 BAKER (RICHARD6 BAKER, JOYCE JULIA LEAH5 LIPKIN, ESTHER4 LICHTENSTEIN, JULIA 3 ISAACS, DAVID MYER2, MYER SAMUEL1) and Simon Brownlie of Hampshire, United Kingdom gave birth to twins Eleanor Isabella and Lucas John on November 10, 2011. Double congratulations for a double handful.

TIMOTHY6 LEVER (ARNOLD5, SAMUEL JOSEPH 4 LEVI, ANN 3 ISAACS, LEWIS MYER2, MYER SAMUEL1) and Elaine Lever of Beachampton, Bucks, United Kingdom, celebrated their 50th anniversary on August 19, 2011. They, their children and grandchildren joined the celebration when they vacation in the Scilly Isles, an archipelago off the southwestern tip of the Cornish peninsula of Great Britain.

ELIZABETH JULIA5 ISAACS (FREDERICK MYER4, MYER LEWIS3, LEWIS MYER2, MYER SAMUEL1) of London, United Kingdom, who was born on March 19, 1913, died on August 19, 2011.

ANTHONY DAVID6 GILBERT (GILBERT FREDERICK5 ISAACS, FREDERICK4, MYER LEWIS3, LEWIS MYER2, MYER SAMUEL1) and wife Judy celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary on June 3, 2011. They have 10 more years to catch up with Tim and Elaine Lever (see above).