Weddings, December 2016


Abigail Backer and Zachary Wainer of Chicago married Sept. 4, 2016.

The wedding was officiated by Rabbi Dena Feingold, mother of bride, and Rabbi Jessica Wainer, sister of groom, at Beth Hillel Temple in Kenosha.

Abigail Backer, who is retaining her maiden name, is a 2013 graduate of Barnard College/Columbia University. She works for Beth Emet The Free Synagogue, Evanston, Illinois. The groom is a 2012 graduate of DePaul University in Chicago. He attended West Town Academy High School, Chicago.

Parents of the bride Rabbi Dena Feingold and Brad Backer are of Kenosha. The groom’s parents, Lori Weiss and Brad Wainer, are of Oak Park, Illinois.

Best Woman Carol Platt is of Chicago, with honor attendants Anna Hall of Ann Arbor, Michigan and Carolyn Wainer of Champaign, Illinois. Best Man Elliot Borg is of Washington, D.C., with groomsmen Jonathan Backer of Washington, D.C. and Seth Wainer of Chicago.

The ushers were Sarah Hoffman of Omaha, Nebraska, Aimee Katz of San Francisco, Chris Bonk of Chicago and Ben Goldberg of Chicago.

The couple is headed to Belize this month and they plan to live in Chicago.


Rebecca Bartlein and Carl Petrillo married Sept. 18, 2016.

Wed by Rabbi Jill Crimmings at the Milwaukee Yacht Club, the couple is to live in Seattle, Washington.

Parents of the groom Rea Katz and Richard Bartlein reside in Mequon.

Rebecca earned her 2010 master’s degree at the University of Washington’s School of Public Health. She is program manager for the tuberculosis team at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

The groom holds a master’s in business administration from the University of Washington Michael G. Foster School of Business. His employer is 3SI – Third Sector Intelligence.


Katherine Bilty and Andrew Bartlein married Sept. 24, 2016.

Both Katherine and Andrew earned a master’s degree in physics from the Oregon State University in 2013 and 2014 respectively.

Now Katherine Bartlein, the bride is an optical software engineer at Radiant Vision Systems. The groom is a technical specialist at Shiftboard. The pair plan to live in Bothell, Washington.

Nicole Scott was the officiant at the wedding in Demark, Wisconsin, which is where parents of the bride Sheila Ward Bilty and Paul Bilty reside.

Parents of the groom Rea Katz and Richard Bartlein reside in Mequon.