Josh Berenzweig Wiki
Josh Berenzweig was a 20-year-old student from Gaithersburg, Maryland. He studied Computer Science and participated on campus in organizations such as Hillel, ski club and Delta Kappa Alpha, as Treasurer of society. Josh was described by friends and family as a “beautiful and kind” person with a creative spirit, who “cared deeply for the friendships he forged while in Columbia.” The advisors and administrators who worked with him remember him for his enthusiasm, consideration, and smile.
Josh Berenzweig Death News Email
This morning, Columbia students received an email from Dean James Valentini that said Josh Berenzweig, a senior at Columbia College, passed away while on leave in Brooklyn.
Community members who would like to remember Josh are invited to a congregation this afternoon, from 4:00-6:00 pm in Schapiro Lounge. In addition, for those who wish to attend, services for Josh will take place on December 5 at 11:30 am in the Garden of Remembrance Memorial Park in Clarksburg, MD.
CC student Josh Berenzweig has passed away. https://t.co/X6gRe75OPQ
— Bwog (@bwog) December 4, 2019
The full text of Dean Valentini’s email is included below, as well as campus resources for all those seeking support at this time.
Official email for Josh Berenzweig – Columbia College
I write to share sad news of the passing of Josh Berenzweig, who arrived at Columbia College with the Class of 2020 to study computer science. A native of Gaithersburg, MD, Josh was currently on a leave of absence from the University and residing in Brooklyn. While on campus, he was active in a number of campus organizations including Columbia Hillel and Delta Kappa Alpha.
Josh is remembered by his family as a beautiful and kind person who was outgoing, friendly, fun-loving, creative and musical. They noted that he cared deeply about the friendships he forged while at Columbia. Josh’s adviser told me he was a thoughtful student with an endless supply of energy. He is described by Hillel’s engagement director as having a warm smile and an eagerness to try new things and meet new people.
Students, faculty and staff who wish to gather and share remembrances are invited to congregate in Schapiro Lounge today, December 4, 4:00–6:00 p.m.
Services for Josh will be held on Thursday, December 5 at 11:30 a.m. at the Garden of Remembrance Memorial Park, 14321 Comus Road in Clarksburg, MD, for anyone who would like to attend. Family and friends are invited to gather after the services. The family will also be sitting shiva this Saturday and Sunday evenings.
The loss of a community member affects every one of us, even those who did not know Josh. We are also mindful that this news comes at what can be an especially stressful time in the semester, with finals approaching. I encourage you to reach out to family, friends, advisers, faculty, counselors, peer advisers or any other member of your network for support should you need it. Contact information for Columbia resources is below and is also available through Live Well | Learn Well.
I send my heartfelt condolences to Josh’s family and friends as we mourn his loss.
With deepest sympathy,
James J. Valentini
Dean of Columbia College and
Vice President for Undergraduate Education