Gene Mesh celebrated his 90th birthday on April 11 at his home in Amberley among family and a few friends. His son Dr. Charles Mesh and daughter-in-law Dr. Dianne Litwin came down from Chicago. His daughter Sydney and son-in-law Dr. Michael Harris came from Cleveland. His son Larry Mesh lives in Cincinnati. Gene's granddaughter, Sydney and Michael's daughter, Racqueli came from Orlando with her husband Josh Gordon who is a chef and prepared the food for the party. Granddaughter Sarah Rena made the cake.
Sydney and Michael's children Akiva Harris, Yakov Harris, and Sarah Rena and Josh Grodko with their two children came to celebrate their grandpa (and great grandpa).Chaim and Meira Harris came from Jerusalem with their daughter.
Israel Bond representatives from Cleveland and Columbus came to honor Gene with a framed Legacy Scroll of Honor recognizing his many years of very generous support of Israel. They also brought a frame bearing his beloved University of Michigan's emblem with a photo of Gene's wife Elise, of blessed memory. After meeting at a party in Cincinnati, Gene and Elise began their romance at the University of Michigan. Gene is an avid Wolverine fan. Go Blue!
Israel Bonds joined the party from Israel by video chat to speak of Gene's more than 50 years of active involvement and to wish him a happy birthday. Tom Lockshin of Israel Bonds from Cleveland also presented Gene with a onesie bearing an Israel Bonds logo for the many great-grandchildren that Gene hopes to have. Gene has also grown very attached to his son Larry's dog Carmella, who is very sweet and affectionate with Gene.
Hometown girl Jamie Lober, daughter of the late Lynn and Richard Lober and granddaughter of the late Ida and Samuel Blitzer, is engaged to William Baker of Fort Lauderdale, son of Roseanne and Bill Baker. Jamie's time at University of Cincinnati's College Conservatory of Music and the soft rock hits she grew up listening to play a large role in who she is today – a full-time pianist/keyboardist/vocalist in South Florida spreading joy through music.
She met fiancé William at the beach on Cinco de Mayo of 2018. He has been more than an amazing partner, but a true family member from the start, sharing holiday meals and going to Jamie's shows with her late mother with whom he was very close.
William promises to keep Jamie's life filled with love and music always and to celebrate at every opportunity. After a very meaningful Chanukah, William proposed on December 25, 2020 with a heart-shaped diamond that was preceded by a beautiful amethyst and rose quartz bracelet, all symbols and rocks of significance to the Lober ladies. The couple looks forward to their intimate and glamorous Valentine's Day Palm Beach wedding.
Sloane Korman Barrat was born November 8, 2020, to Katerina (Carabin) and Dr. Cory Barrat. Sloane's grandparents are Keely and Christopher Carabin, of London, Ohio, and Dr. Robin and Elliott Barrat, of Solon, Ohio. The couple chose Sloane's middle name in memory of her late great, great grandfather, Eli Korman, of Lublin, Poland.
Katerina (Katie) and Cory moved to Cincinnati in 2016 and married at Plum Street Temple in 2017. Katie works as a marketing coordinator/graphic designer for Luminaut, a local architecture and interior design firm. Cory is a general and colorectal surgeon at Jewish Hospital and is also working on earning an MBA through UC.
Now over 4 months old, Sloane recently learned that she has hands. She loves mirrors, music, baths, and going for walks. She has been welcomed by many friends and family via video chat, and the Barrats are looking forward to a bright, safe future for her to meet and play with everyone. The Barrats optimistically plan to host Sloane's naming ceremony later this year.
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