Weddings

Christine Arena, 36, the daughter of Alice and Angelo Arena of Marblehead, Massachusetts, was married on September 22, 2005 to Michael Donner, 40, son of Sandra and Conrad Donner of San Francisco, California. Rabbi Martin S. Weiner, rabbi emeritus of Congregation Sherith Israel, performed the ceremony. The couple previously celebrated a civil commitment ceremony on July 6, 2005 in Venice, Italy.

David Bresler and Madeline Denes were married June 17, 2005 by Rabbi Thomas A. Louchheim at Congregation Or Chadash in Tucson, Arizona. David is the son of Ted and Karen Bresler of Fremont and the grandson of Sidy Bresler of San Francisco. Madeline is the daughter of Martha Denes of Tucson, Arizona, and the late John Denes. The couple is residing in Tucson, Arizona.

Belinda Lyons and Daniel Newman were married August 28 in St. Helena, Napa Valley. Rabbi James Brandt officiated. The bride is the executive director of the Mental Health Association of San Francisco. The groom is president of Say I Can Speech Recognition and executive director of TakeBackCA.org, a non-profit dedicated to election reform. The couple met in 2002 as participants in the New Leaders Project of the Jewish Community Relations Council. Parents are Sandra and David Lyons of Montreal, Canada and Rochelle and Dr. Michael Newman of Yardley, Pennsylvania. Also participating in the wedding were maids of honor Julia Scott, Catherine Beckett and Sonya Michlin, best man Seth Newman, groomsmen Karl Arruda, Lee Notowich, and Jeremy Ehrlich, and chuppah holders Michael and Laura Scott, Wendi Robbins, and Daphne Anshel. The couple resides in Berkeley.