Tallis

Why are Jews traditionally buried in a Tallis? By Isaac Pollak


[Ed. Note: The tallis, also pronounced tallit, is the name for the Jewish prayer shawl. Its purpose is to help remind the wearer of the commandments that are to be followed. It comes in two basic forms; the tallit gadol, often worn as an overgarment or wrap, and the tallit katan, usually worn as an undergarment, beneath the coat or shirt. The purpose of both is similar: they serve as the base on which the attachment of the fringes, the tzitzit or tzitzis – pl. tzitziot, is accomplished. These are the fringes mentioned in the Torah, Bamidbar/Numbers 15:37-41. The fringes are strings that are wound and tied to create knots and windings in specific patterns that are intended to represent the totality of the mitzvoth or commandments, and thereby serve as a visual reminder. — JB]

Why are Jews traditionally buried in a Tallis?

This question is touched on in two places in the Talmud. Our first indication that men are buried in a Tallis is from Talmud Bavli in Tractate Bava Batra 74:A which reads as follows:

Rabba bar Bar Chana related that an Arab merchant showed him the burial spot of the Israelites who had died during their 40 year trek in the desert. Rabba said he dug up one of the bodies and removed a corner of the fringed garment (Tzitzis) to take back home to determine the proper method of producing a Tallis and its fringes. However, he was divinely prevented from taking it with him.

Here is our first indication that one is buried in a Tallis. (See also Tractate Samechot, Chapter 10.)

Tosofos [also spelled Tosafot] (early Medieval commentaries on the Talmud) remark that this is not necessarily proof, because the Midrash says that the people in the desert (Midbar) knowing they were fated to die, would lie down in their graves annually (on the ninth of Av) wearing their Taleisim [Ashkenaz; plural of Tallis] and await their death. Tosofos concludes that this doesn’t necessarily prove that a deceased person should be wrapped in a Tallis before burial, as this annual event was a unique occurrence.

Tallis with Tzitzis

Tosofos, however, also infers from another Tractate, Talmud Bavli Menachos 41:A, that the dead should be buried in a Tallis with Tzitzis. This is the second source in the Talmud.

The relevant discussion in Tractate Menachos asks whether a four cornered garment needs fringes on its own even if it’s not worn; in other words, is the obligation on the wearer or is the obligation on the four cornered garment?

Rabbi Tove bar Kisna says in the name of Shmuel that fringes are obligatory on each four-cornered garment whether it’s worn or not, as long as the garment remains ready to be potentially worn; articles of clothing left in a drawer are still subject to the requirement of having fringes. The proof text is from Deuteronomy 12:12, “You shall make yourself braided fringes of the four corners of your garment with which you cover yourself.”

  אשר תכסה בה

The stipulation is that as long as it would be potentially possible to cover yourself with it, or it has the potential to be used as a garment, it needs fringes. A garment made for a living person to wear at some time in the future, whether used for that purpose or not, must have Tzitzis.

Garment Made NOT for the Living?

Shmuel, the Talmud continues, concedes, regarding an elderly person who made a four-cornered garment for his personal shroud, that it is exempt from Tzitzis. Even though the Tallis/Shroud may upon occasion be worn by a living person (to be fitted, for example), it’s still exempt because it’s made for a purpose other than being worn by a living person. It is not defined as a garment with which you cover yourself, rather it is by definition a shroud; it was produced with the intention of being worn by a deceased person.

Burial in a Tallis!

This is the basis that to this day Jewish men are buried in a Tallis!

Tzitzis on a Shroud?

Now the question arises whether the Tallis/Shroud needs Tzitzit?The Talmud continues that when a person dies we most certainly affix fringes to the four-cornered burial shroud because of the verse in Proverbs 17:5 “one who mocks a pauper insults his maker”.   לעג  לרש וחרף

The Talmud continues that when a person dies we most certainly affix fringes to the four-cornered burial shroud because of the verse in Proverbs 17:5 “one who mocks a pauper insults his maker”.   לעג  לרש וחרף

עשה

This is as if to say that clothing a deceased in a four cornered garment that has no Tzitzis appears to be a form of mockery of the deceased, because it draws attention to the fact that the deceased is no longer obligated to follow God’s commandments, and it seems to be mocking him by saying ‘we can continue to observe the commandments, but you, the deceased, can’t continue and are unable to follow God’s commandments’.

Why invalidate the Tzitzis?

Tosofos (in TB Bava Batra 74:A and TB Brachos 18:A) questions why there is a prevailing custom (in medieval Ashkenaz – France and Germany) to remove, cut off, or invalidate the fringes in some form?

Rabbeinu Tam (Rashi’s grandson) responds that wrapping a dead person in fringes not only signifies that he fulfilled the commandments of Tzitzis, but that he was faithful to all 613 positive commandments, because the numerical value of the word Tzitzis is 600 combined with the eight strands of the Tzitzit and the five knots that are attached to the Tallis, which added together equal six hundred and thirteen.

Adds the Ri (Tosofos) that in the days of the wise, all men in the community observed the commandment of Tzitzis and therefore they were buried with a Tallis and all its fringes, but in this current time (13th-15th century) many people are not scrupulous about wearing Tzitzis during their lifetime, and it was considered deceitful to wrap such people in Tzitzis only after their death; therefore one of the fringes is cut off.

In short – it’s a compromise. Everyone is buried in a Tallis, however, because many were not careful in the observance of the Mitzvoth in their lifetime, the Tallis remains in place, but in an invalid state. (See Talmud Bavli Nidah 61:B Tosofot Avel for a detailed treatment of the issue of removing or invalidating the Tallis by cutting off or removing one of the Tzitzit .)

Eventually, it became customary to bury ALL people in a Tallis with invalid Tzitzis in order not to openly distinguish between those who wore Tzitzis during their life time and those who did not.

This is codified in the Shulchan Aruch, Yoreah Deah, Siman 351:2 (see the long Ba’ch on the Yoreah Deah which offers a detailed explanation of the custom as it evolved) and is done so by the vast majority of Chevrei Kaddisha worldwide.

How do we invalidate the Tzitzis?

Various traditions have arisen, and the most popular involve:

  • Cutting off one of the 4 fringes (which seems to be the most popular) but leaving the removed Tzitzis in the casket.
  • Opening the sides of the Tallis pocket where the Tzitzis are attached and rolling the Tzitzis into the pocket thus temporarily invalidating the Tallis.
  • Making additional knots besides the five knots on the fringes, therefore invalidating the Tallis, but still easy to unknot and re-validate.
  • Hanging the Tzitzit outside the coffin so they are physically separate.
  • Making 2 fringes out of the four by knotting two and two together.
  • In some Chassidic communities it’s customary to lay the body in the ground wrapped in a Tallis, and once it’s in the ground to then remove the Tallis, or put a Tallis on the deceased, lay him in the coffin and put the coffin in the earth and then to remove coffin lid and remove the complete Tallis.
  • Some prominent Medieval and later Rabbis instructed their students to bury them with Tzitzis in their hands (and not invalidate them in any way) as if they were saying the prayers on Tzitzis.

Other Questions

Another dimension is raised, leading to some questions that are not fully resolved.

If a person had a weekday Tallis and a Shabbos (Sabbath) Tallis, which one should they be wrapped in for burial?

Here again there is a difference of opinion. Some say (Kitzur Shulchan Aruch) the Shabbos Tallis has a higher level of showing one’s faithfulness in keeping the commandments; whereas others claim that the one used more frequently – the weekday Tallis – has a higher level of holiness.

What of Women?

There is a tradition among some Sephardic communities and some of the Naturei Karta groups of Jerusalem that a woman is also buried with a Tallis Katan without Tzitzis (small Tallis; not full size). This may be based on Shulchan Aruch Orach Hayim, Siman 17, that a woman who wore a Tallis Katan in her lifetime should be buried in one, and the same principle as above; in order not to make a distinction between women who wore them and women who didn’t, these communities decided that all would be buried with a Tallis Katan, but without Tzitzis.

Are we causing a Potential Problem by removing the Tzitzis?

Another question arises whether there will be an obligation of Tzitzis (or any other commandments) when we achieve Techias Ha’Maisim (resurrection of the dead) after the arrival of the Messiah.

If there will be an obligation to follow the commandments, then all those who rise from the dead will have non-kosher Taleisim (with invalidated fringes). [What a business bonanza for Tallis manufacturers when we all arise from the dead!]

For a related concern, see TB Niddah 61:B and the Shulchan Aruch, Yoreah Deah 301:7 for a fascinating discussion of Shatnez – the forbidden combination of wool and linen – which is allowed in Shrouds, which to some degree is based on the issue here of whether there will be an obligation to fulfill Mitzvot after the Resurrection of the Dead – techiat hameitim.

On the other hand, if there is no obligation to observe Mitzvoth once one is deceased, and there will not be an obligation when we all arise from the dead, then why invalidate the Tallis?

The concept of Lo’ag Larash (mocking a disadvantaged person or ridiculing the helpless) is no longer valid as the deceased has no obligation to observe any commandments now or in the future. However, the concept of Lo’ag Larash may be that we are feeling sorry for them now that they no longer can, and no longer have any obligation to perform any Mitzvoth.

What about the Mitzvah Against Wasting/Destroying?

Removing the Tzitzis leads to another question, that of Ba’al Tashchis (a Torah prohibition against wasting, taking a perfectly good item that can be used for holy purposes or other purposes as well, and making it totally unusable –unfit for holy use or other uses). Invalidating the tzitzis seems to be a clear violation of this principle. How can we justify it?

Taeku

No answers were found to resolve these additional questions. It seems we will need to await the Messiah’s coming for answers to these and others.

Isaac Pollak is the Rosh/Head of a Chevrah Kadisha on the upper East Side of Manhattan, NYC and has been doing Taharot for almost 4 decades. He is fascinated by and a student of customs and history concerning the Chevrah Kadisha and Jewish burial and mourning ritual. He is an avid collector of Chevrah Kadisha material cultural items, with over 300 historical artifacts in his own collection. He serves as chairperson of the Acquisition Committee for Traditional Material Culture at the Jewish Museum in NYC, and is CEO of an International Marketing Company. He is a student and participant in Gamliel Institute courses.

Isaac Pollak

Isaac Pollak

[Ed Note: Isaac Pollak has agreed to serve as a ‘researcher’ for the Expired and Inspired blog, providing us with information that is pertinent and interesting. If you have a question, please submit it to the editor. — JB]

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KAVOD v’NICHUM CONFERENCE

Registration for the 15th North American Chevrah Kadisha and Jewish Cemetery Conference, next week on June 18-20, in San Rafael, California, is still open, and you can attend..

Our conference will have intensive workshops on Introduction to Taharah, Infection Control, Communicating about difficult Taharot, Modifying Taharah, Taharah Stories as well as exploring traditional Taharah liturgy, Navigating Taharah Liturgy – A Play, and Taharah liturgy in Maavar Yabbok.

We’ll have an exciting series of workshops on Jewish cemetery issues, including Green Cemeteries, Cremation, Perpetual Care Fund Investments, Record Keeping and Acquiring New Cemetery Property.

What’s different this year is an evolving theme – expanding the work of the Chevrah Kadisha and the Jewish Cemetery by encouraging conversation about end of life plans with the Conversation Project; end of life decision-making with Dr. Jessica Zitter, and communicating about how we die with Dr. Dawn Gross.

There’s much more – see our Preliminary conference program.

Consider a Sunday morning pre-conference field trip to Gan Yarok – an environmentally conscious Jewish Green Cemetery.

Sunday afternoon from 2-5, Sam Salkin, Executive Director of Sinai Memorial Chapel, will facilitate an intensive session on starting & managing a community funeral home. Let us know if you are interested in this session. Attendance is by advance reservation only.

Tuesday afternoon after the conference Sinai Memorial Chapel will facilitate a tour of Gan Shalom Cemetery, a Jewish cemetery with an interfaith section. Again, let us know if you are interested – Attendance by advance reservation only.

And there is an extension to the conference! Gamliel Institute students, and others by approval, can remain for an additional day to participate in the Gamliel Institute Day of Learning. We will have three extraordinary teachers presenting on a variety of texts and concepts that are of interest. This is a fantastic opportunity to study with some of the very best instructors in a small group setting during a twenty-four hour period. Students, contact us to RSVP; if you are not a Gamliel student, contact us to seek approval of the Dean to attend.

Register for the conference now.

We have negotiated a great hotel rate with Embassy Suites by Hilton, but rooms are limited; please don’t wait to make your reservations. We also have home hospitality options – contact us for information or to request home hospitality. 410-733-3700, info@jewish-funerals.org

Questions? Email info@jewish-funerals.org or call 410-733-3700.
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TASTE OF GAMLIEL

In 2017, Kavod v’Nichum and the Gamliel Institute are again sponsoring a six-part “Taste of Gamliel” webinar series. This year’s topic is From Here to Eternity: Jewish Views on Sickness and Dying.

Each 90 minute session is presented by a different scholar.

The June 25th session is being taught by Dr. Laurie Zoloth, well known author, teacher, and scholar.  

Taste of Gamliel Webinars for this year are scheduled on January 22, February 19, March 19, April 23, May 21, and June 25. The instructors this year are: Dr. Dan Fendel, Rabbi Dayle Friedman, Rabbi Sara Paasche-Orlow, Rabbi Richard Address, Rabbi Elliot Dorff, and Dr. Laurie Zoloth.

This series of Webinar sessions is free, with a suggested minimum donation of $36 for all six sessions. These online sessions begin at 5 PM PDST (GMT-7); 8 PM EDST (GMT-4).

Those registered will be sent the information on how to connect to the sessions, and will also receive information on how to access the recordings of all six sessions.

The link to register is: http://jewish-funerals.givezooks.com/events/taste-of-gamliel-2017.

More info – Call us at 410-733-3700 or email info@jewish-funerals.org.    

Click the link to register and for more information. We’ll send you the directions to join the webinar no less than 12 hours before the session.

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GAMLIEL INSTITUTE COURSES

LOOKING FORWARD: UPCOMING COURSE

Gamliel Institute will be offering course 2, Chevrah Kadisha: Taharah & Shmirah, online, afternoons/evenings, in the Fall semester starting September 5th, 2017.

CLASS SESSIONS

The course will meet on twelve Tuesdays (the day will be adjusted in those weeks with Jewish holidays during this course). There will be an orientation session on Monday, September 4th, 2017.  Register or contact us for more information.

REGISTRATION

You can register for any Gamliel Institute course online at jewish-funerals.org/gamreg. A full description of all of the courses is found there.

For more information, visit the Gamliel Institute website, or at the Kavod v’Nichum website. Please contact us for information or assistance by email info@jewish-funerals.org, or phone at 410-733-3700.

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DONATIONS:

Donations are always needed and most welcome to support the work of Kavod v’Nichum and the Gamliel Institute, helping us to bring you the conference, offer community trainings, provide scholarships to students, refurbish and update course materials, expand our teaching, support programs such as Taste of Gamliel, provide and add to online resources, encourage and support communities in establishing, training, and improving their Chevrah Kadisha, and assist with many other programs and activities.

You can donate online at http://jewish-funerals.org/gamliel-institute-financial-support or by snail mail to: either Kavod v’Nichum, or to The Gamliel Institute, c/o David Zinner, Executive Director, Kavod v’Nichum, 8112 Sea Water Path, Columbia, MD  21045. Kavod v’Nichum [and the Gamliel Institute] is a recognized and registered 501(c)(3) organizations, and donations may be tax-deductible to the full extent provided by law. Call 410-733-3700 if you have any questions or want to know more about supporting Kavod v’Nichum or the Gamliel Institute.

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Next to Whom Shall I Lay? by Dan Fendel


Expired And Inspired

Expired And Inspired

Burial decisions can be difficult, and sometimes they are even more complicated than usual. One contemporary category of complication involves situations of widow(er)s and remarriage. Here’s a basic scenario:

A is married to B, and B dies. A remarries C, and then C dies (and is not buried next to B). When A dies, should A be buried next to B or to C?

This precise situation arose in my wife’s family, where her father had been married and widowed twice (and then married a third time). My father-in-law’s first two wives were buried in different cemeteries. When he died, there was, initially, some anxiety about the decision about where he should be buried. As it turned out, my wife knew that when her birth mother (her father’s first wife) had died, they had bought a double plot. That resolved the problem.

What to Do?

Upon return from the funeral, my wife and I realized that we were confronted with a potentially similar situation, since I had been widowed (and had not bought a double plot at the time of my late wife’s death). We wanted to avoid potential difficulty for everyone down the road, and bought a double plot for ourselves. Our first choice would have been to buy plots next to that of my late wife, but that section was fully subscribed, so we made a purchase in a different section (of the same cemetery) and told our children about the purchase. (Though we assured them that we had no imminent need of the plots, they were somewhat distressed at the idea. That’s a separate issue.)

Another Situation

A friend recently confronted a different but connected issue. Her father had died years before, and he and his wife had purchased a double plot. But when the wife died recently, the purchased second plot was, at least temporarily, unusable due to water saturation, and she was buried at some distance (though within the same cemetery) from her late husband. My friend was distressed at this, and wanted to know if a disinterment and reburial was possible. Since that cemetery (in England) is under Orthodox supervision, the situation involved halachic issues.

What does the past tell us?

Some research shows that there is substantial discussion of this idea. (Kudos to David Zinner for pulling together this information and more.}

There is a general prohibition of disinterment, to prevent:

* humiliation of the dead
* confusion of the dead
* embarrassment of the dead

But there are exceptions, which are:

* If it was a temporary place (Semachot 13:5)
* To move the deceased to a family tomb (Semachot 13:7)
* To re-bury in Israel (Shulchan Aruch)
* If the original site is unprotected (Shulchan Aruch)
* If there was a stipulation at the time of burial (Shulchan Aruch)
* If the deceased did not have the right to be buried in that space (Shulchan Aruch)

More recently

The issue of disinterment was addressed by an interdominational panel of American rabbis in connection with challenges posed during and after World War II, when American soldiers had been buried in Europe in what were intended as temporary graves. Their response reads, in part:

Considering the special circumstances involved there can be no objection from the point of view of Jewish law to this proposed removal of bodies to America. In the first place it was clearly the intention of the government to move the bodies back to America, therefore this burial overseas was made with the intention of re-interment; second, the government will not maintain overseas cemeteries and [there] would be none to protect and guard any graves that might by chance be left; and third, because the re-burial will be al kever avoth [“in the grave of ancestors”] (Yoreh Deah 363 #1).  [See Responsa in War-Time]

Long-standing duration

Such dilemmas go back to Talmudic times. In Tractate Mo’ed Katan (25a), the Rabbis are debating where one of their colleagues, the eminent Rav Huna, should be buried. They decide to bury him next to his equally eminent colleague, Rav Chisda, presumably because of a principle enunciated in Tractate Sanhedrin (47a), that “We do not bury a wicked person next to a righteous one,” and extend this to the principle that “nor do we bury an ordinary righteous person alongside an unusually great man.” (Shulchan Aruch, Yoreh De’ah 362:5).

Sanhedrin cites II Kings 13:21 as the source of the principle that “we do not bury a wicked person next to a righteous one.” In an incident there, a evildoer’s corpse is tossed into a grave which turns out to be that of the prophet Elisha. When this corpse rolls up against that of Elisha, the evildoer is restored to life, indicating that God doesn’t want him buried next to Elisha.

Dan Fendel is co-founder of the Chevrah Kadisha at Temple Sinai in Oakland, CA, as well as co-author, with Rabbi Stuart Kelman, of both the Expanded Third Edition of Chesed Shel Emet: The Truest Act of Kindness: Exploring the Meaning of Taharah, and Nichum Aveilim: A Guide for the Comforter. He was lead organizer of the East Bay Chevrah Kadisha Consortium, which promotes cooperation and sharing of resources among the dozen or so Chevrah Kadisha groups in the greater Oakland/Berkeley area. Dan is a graduate of, instructor for, and serves as Dean of Students at the Gamliel Institute.

Dr. Dan Fendel

Dan Fendel

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TASTE OF GAMLIEL

In 2017, Kavod v’Nichum and the Gamliel Institute are again sponsoring a six part “Taste of Gamliel” webinar. This year’s topic is From Here to Eternity: Jewish Views on Sickness and Dying.

Each 90 minute session is presented by a different scholar. Taste of Gamliel gives participants a “Taste” of the Gamliel Institute’s web-based series of courses. The Gamliel Institute is the leadership training arm of Kavod v’Nichum. The Gamliel Institute offers five on-line core courses, each 12 weeks in length, that deal with the various aspects of Jewish ritual and actions around sickness, death, funerals, burial and mourning. Participants come from all over the United States, Canada, Central and South America, with Israelis and British students joining us on occasion.

Taste of Gamliel Webinars for this year are scheduled on January 22, February 19, March 19, April 23, May 21, and June 25. Learn from the comfort of your own home or office.

The Taste sessions are done in a webinar format, where the teacher and students can see each other’s live video feeds. The sessions are moderated, participants raise their virtual hands to ask questions, and the moderator calls on and unmutes participants when appropriate. We’ve been teaching using this model for seven years (more than 250 session). We use Zoom, a particularly friendly and easy to use platform.

This series of Webinar sessions is free, with a suggested minimum donation of $36 for all six sessions. Online sessions begin at 5 PM PST; 8 PM EST.

Those registered will be sent the information on how to connect to the sessions, and will also receive information on how to access the recordings of all six sessions.

The link to register is: http://jewish-funerals.givezooks.com/events/taste-of-gamliel-2017.

On registration, you will receive an automated acknowledgement. Information and technology assistance is available after you register. Those who are registered are sent an email ahead of each webinar with log on instructions and information for the upcoming session.

You can view a recording of the sessions, uploaded after each session, so even if you need to miss one (or more), you can still hear the presentation.

More info – Call us at 410-733-3700   

Attend as many of these presentations as are of interest to you. Each session is about 90 minutes in duration. As always, we plan to hold time for questions and discussions at the end of each program. 

Again, the entire series is free, but we ask that you make a donation to help us defray the costs of providing this series. The suggested $36 amount works out to $6 for each session – truly a bargain for the valuable information and extraordinary teachers that present it.

Click the link to register and for more information. We’ll send you the directions to join the webinar no less than 12 hours before the session.

Suggestions for future topics are welcome. 

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GAMLIEL INSTITUTE COURSES

LOOKING FORWARD:

UPCOMING COURSE

Gamliel Institute will be offering course 4, Nechama [Comfort], online, evenings in the Spring on Tuesdays (and three Thursdays – the day of the week will change in those weeks with Jewish holidays during this course). The date of classes will be from March 28 to June 13 2017. Please note: due to holidays, classes will meet on Thursdays on April 13th, April 20th, and June 1st. There will be an orientation session on Monday, March 27th, 2017.

COURSE PREVIEW

If you are not sure if the Nechama course is for you, plan to attend the Free one-time online PREVIEW of Nechama session planned for the Monday evening March 6th, 2017 at 8-9:30 pm EST. The instructors will offer highlights from the material that the course covers, and let you know what the course includes. You can RSVP to info@Jewish-Funerals.org.

You can register for any Gamliel Institute courses online at jewish-funerals.org/gamreg. A full description of all of the courses is found there.

For more information, visit the Gamliel Institute website, or look at information on the Gamliel Institute at the Kavod v’Nichum website or on the Gamliel.Institute website. Please contact us for information or assistance. info@jewish-funerals.org or j.blair@jewish-funerals.org, or call 410-733-3700, or 925-272-8563.

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KAVOD v’NICHUM CONFERENCE

Looking ahead, hold June 18-20, 2017 for the 15th annual Kavod v’Nchum Chevrah Kadisha and Jewish Cemetery Conference.

15th Annual North American Chevrah Kadisha and Jewish Cemetery Conference

At Congregation Rodef Sholom in San Rafael, California June 18-20, 2017

Registration is now open. Advance prices are good through the end of February. Group discounts are available.
The conference program will include plenaries and workshops focused on Taharah, Shmirah, Chevrah Kadisha organizing, community education, gender issues, cemeteries, text study and more.

The conference is on Sunday from noon until 10pm, on Monday from 7am to 10pm, and on Tuesday from 7am to 1pm. In addition to Sunday brunch, we provide six Kosher meals as part of your full conference registration. There are many direct flights to San Francisco and Oakland, with numerous options for ground transportation to the conference site.

We have negotiated a great hotel rate with Embassy Suites by Hilton. Please don’t wait to make your reservations. We also have home hospitality options. Contact us for information or to request home hospitality. 410-733-3700  info@jewish-funerals.org
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DONATIONS:

Donations are always needed and most welcome. Donations support the work of Kavod v’Nichum and the Gamliel Institute, helping us to bring you the conference, offer community trainings, provide scholarships to students, refurbish and update course materials, expand our teaching, support programs such as Taste of Gamliel, provide and add to online resources, encourage and support communities in establishing, training, and improving their Chevrah Kadisha, and assist with many other programs and activities.

You can donate online at http://jewish-funerals.org/gamliel-institute-financial-support or by snail mail to: either Kavod v’Nichum, or to The Gamliel Institute, c/o David Zinner, Executive Director, Kavod v’Nichum, 8112 Sea Water Path, Columbia, MD  21045. Kavod v’Nichum [and the Gamliel Institute] is a recognized and registered 501(c)(3) organizations, and donations may be tax-deductible to the full extent provided by law. Call 410-733-3700 if you have any questions or want to know more about supporting Kavod v’Nichum or the Gamliel Institute.

You can also become a member (Individual or Group) of Kavod v’Nichum to help support our work. Click here (http://www.jewish-funerals.org/money/)

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Hundreds attend funeral rites in Israel for 7 Brooklyn kids


Hundreds of mourners attended the funeral and burial in Israel of seven children who died in a house fire in Brooklyn.

“God Almighty took seven roses,” said their father, Gabriel Sassoon, in a eulogy at a Jerusalem cemetery on Monday afternoon, according to Ynet. “He took my children and my future grandchildren, maybe 70 or 80 of them, their smiles. To you, my God, I give my all. My soul, my all. That is how I feel.”

The mourners at the Givat Shaul Cemetery included close friends of the family, who had lived in Israel until two years ago, and strangers moved by the tragedy.

David Lau, Israel’s chief Ashkenazi rabbi, called the fire an unspeakable tragedy and urged the family to remain strong, Haaretz reported.

“Each one is a flower in God’s garden,” he said.

Gabriel Sassoon was out of town at a religious conference when the fire consumed his home shortly after midnight Saturday. Officials have blamed an unattended hot plate warming Shabbat meals as the cause.

His wife, Gayle, and one of his daughters, Tziporah, 15, both escaped the blaze by leaping from the house but are fighting for their lives in the hospital. They are unaware of the seven deaths of the children, who were ages 5 to 16.

Gayle Sassoon reportedly had planned to take the children out of town for the weekend — to her parents’ home in southern New Jersey — but stayed home because of a snowstorm that hit the New York area.

About 1,000 people attended a funeral for the children in Brooklyn on Sunday before the bodies were flown to Israel for burial.

“They were a burnt offering,” Sassoon said of his children at Sunday’s funeral, referring to the seven “unblemished” lambs that were to be brought to the Temple in Jerusalem on the first of the month; the children died on the first day of the Jewish month of Nissan. “I lost everything in the fire. Seven pure sheep. Those are my seven children.”

Paris Jew’s reburial in Israel ends legal battle


A Jewish celebrity art dealer who died in 1870 in France was reburied in Israel after his body was exhumed from his Paris grave due to property laws.

The funeral for Jacob Giacomo Tedesco on Sunday in Beit Shemesh marked the end of a seven-year legal fight led by his relatives to receive his remains for reburial. Authorities exhumed his body under a French law that allows graves to be emptied 99 years after a burial.

Tedesco’s great-great-granddaughter discovered in 2006 that his remains had been exhumed from his grave in the Montpar­nasse Cemetery and placed at the Pere Lachaise depository.

“I found it had simply disappeared,” Debby Lifchitz, an Orthodox Jewish woman from Israel, was quoted as telling the Le Figaro newspaper of Tedesco’s grave.

The family then launched the legal battle to have his remains transferred to Israel, “where he would have an eternal resting place,” she was quoted as saying.

Tedesco, the owner of a major art gallery, also opened the first kosher butcher shop in Paris, founded an Orthodox synagogue and built a ritual bath that remained active until World War II.

Orthodox Jewish laws dictate Jewish graves be left undisturbed, except for unusual cases.

In 2011, France passed a law that allows authorities to cremate human remains they exhumed — a practice that also goes against Jewish customs.

Pinchas Goldschmidt, president of the Conference of European Rabbis, who attended Tedesco’s funeral in Israel, told the Israeli news site Ynet that the French laws on cremation and exhumation should be changed, as they “threaten to desecrate the dignity of the dead.”

Obituaries


Sheldon Abrams died July 15 at 74. Survived by wife Tanya; sons Jeffrey (Michelle Breslauer), Steven (Natalia); 3 grandchildren; sister Beverly Manekofsky; brother Marvin. Hillside

Karen Berman-Riddle died July 14 at 51. Survived by husband John; daughter Marie; mother Helen Berman; sisters Freda Berman, Debby (Scott) Carlson. Mount Sinai

Sam Boris died July 10 at 98. Survived by son Michael; niece Joanne Rolston-Martin. Hillside

Sandra Clayman died July 14 at 69. Survived by husband Robert Bloom; daughters Rachel (David) Chalk, Heidi (Robert) Goldfobel; 3 grandchildren; sister Karen Levine; brother Joel Geller. Mount Sinai

Faye Farber died July 7 at 93. Survived by daughter Linda (Dana) Fadler; daughter-in-law MaryAnn; son-in-law James Gillespie; 2 grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Lillian Gefter died July 10 at 103. Survived by daughter Joan Stern; 8 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren. Hillside

Dorothy Grumet died July 13 at 85. Survived by sons David, Jack (Victoria), Matthew; 3 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren. Hillside

Jeanne Hopp died July 10 at 90. Survived by daughters Vivian (Michael) Gordon, Marlin (Mark) Killen; sons David, Lawrence (Anne), Martin (Randy); 12 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Jakir Kalev died July 9 at 77. Survived by wife Rina; daughter Dorit; sister Violet Gurfinkle. Hillside

Ruth Kay died July 14 at 94. Survived by brother Bernard (Teri). Mount Sinai

Doris King Perlstein died July 17 at 88. Survived by husband Ray; daughter Charlotte (Michael) Stone; son Martin Novom; 2 grandchildren. Hollywood Forever

Florence Koplin died July 10 at 95. Survived by daughter Megan; son Larry; 4 grandchildren. Hillside

Stella Kornberg died July 13 at 96. Survived by sons Jacob (Peg), Steven (Cheryl); 5 grandchildren. Malinow and Silverman

Marlene Koshinsky died July 10 at 81. Survived by daughter Susan (Al) Moreno; son Steve; 5 grandchildren; 1 great-grandchild. Hillside

Walter Levi died July 15 at 87. Survived by wife Jerri; daughter Gina (Lisa Bone); 1 grandchild; 3 great-grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Sanford Levy died July 17 at 76. Survived by wife Susan; sons Alan (Sheree), Danny and David (Cristina); stepson Danny Stepner; 11 grandchildren; 7 great-grandchildren; brother Edward (Sunnie); sister Helene Marcatoris. Mount Sinai

Roberta Madison died July 13 at 81. Survived by son Jerry (Nancy) Solomon; daughter Susan Vann; 6 grandchildren; brother Mickey. Hillside

Samuel Manson died July 7 at 94. Survived by daughters Margaret (Elliot) Entis, Hilary (Ethan) Stone, Carolyn (David),  JoAnn (Chris); son Richard; 11 grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Harold Marcus died July 8 at 80. Survived by wife Eve; daughters Beth (Jeff Ring), Elaine, Madeline (Glenn Simpson); 2 grandchildren; sister Myra (Amnon) Feffer; brother Gerald (Ann). Mount Sinai

Estelle Nelson died July 11 at 104. Survived by daughter Norma (Gene) Berman; 2 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren. Mount Sinai

William Rosen died July 13 at 89. Survived by wife Bella; son Steven (Charlotte). Mount Sinai

Eunice Rosenberg died July 14 at 89. Survived by son Alan; daughter-in-law Dariea; 4 grandchildren; 5 great-grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Ary Shapiro died July 15 at 74. Survived by wife Zhanna Radinsky; daughters Shelly (Jorge) Radinsky-Varela, Yevlana (Boris) Zukovski; son Kirill (Osha); 5 grandchildren; brother Henry (Marina) Zhitnitsky; sister-in-law Anna (Marik) Balyasmy. Mount Sinai

Lev Sokol died July 12 at 75. Survived by wife Lisa; daughter Angela Rosenberg; sons Gene, Robert (Olga), Vitaly (Danielle); 7 grandchildren. Hillside

Mark Stern died July 16 at 56. Survived by father Roger; sister Ilene Procida; brother Frank. Malinow and Silverman

Rosalie Stillman died July 13 at 60. Survived by husband Stephan; daughter Rachel (Joey) Rifkin; son Aaron (Sabrina); mother Ruthie; sister Susan Cutler; brother Lawrence Goldstein. Hillside

Gladys Watenmaker died July 8 at 96. Survived by husband William; daughter Julia; sons Alan, Eric; 4 grandchildren. Hillside

Jack Wax died July 7 at 82. Survived by wife Lenore; daughter Eva; son William; 5 grandchildren. Hillside

Arlene Weger died July 12 at 88. Survived by daughters Roberta (Bob) Knox, Elsa; 5 grandchildren; 1 great-grandchild. Hillside

Marjorie Jacobson Wesler died July 17 at 95. Survived by daughters Laurie (Robert Marmor) Wesler, Sanda Wesler Warner; 4 grandchildren; 4 great-grandchildren; sister Rhoda Nason. Mount Sinai

Beatrice Westen died July 11 at 91. Survived by daughter Susan (Robert) Gilson; son Steven (Marlee); 3 grandchildren; 3 great-grandchildren. Hillside

Obituaries


Rubin Barasch died March 31 at 87. Survived by wife Lillian; daughters Marsha Evans, Cindy (Larry) Shilkoff; sons Billy, Daniel, Shel (Terry Logan); 6 grandchildren.

Eunice Berman died April 2 and 106. Survived by daughter Reeva Grown; two grandchildren; 3 great-grandchildren. Hillside

Abraham Borts died April 9 at 86. Survived by daughter Rabbi Barbara; son Jerry Borts. Mount Sinai

Jay Cohen died March 31 at 60. Survived by son Jayson (Lauren); stepson Timothy Hall; sisters Terri (Jay) Decker, Diana (Mark) Wright, Sandi. Hillside

Melvin Cole died April 9 at 88. Survived by daughter Claudia (Tom) O’Connell; 3 grandchildren; sister Harriet Sherman. Mount Sinai

Rose Dickens died April 6 at 95. Survived by daughters Susan (Jerry) Schlichter, Marjorie (Richard Posey); 3 grandchildren; 1 great-grandchild. Hillside

Benjamin Felton died April 1 at 82. Survived by wife Ellen; daughter Carol Malnick; sons Don (Joan Splinter), James (Robin Abrams); 6 grandchildren; sister Esther Heffler. Mount Sinai

Florence Fink died April 6 at 85. Survived by husband Burton; daughters Melissa Truitt, Lauren Wayne; stepdaughters Elaine Lowry, Janet, Susan; 4 grandchildren; cousins Elliott (Natalie) Taft, Martin (Ethel) Taft. Mount Sinai

Gloria Frankl died April 6 at 85. Survived by daughter Laura (Robert) Mosqueda; son David (Mary Blenkush); 4 grandchildren; sister Lucille Kanstein. Hillside

Judith Goldberg died April 2 at 97. Survived by daughters Arlene Hendler, Golda Kunin; son George (Clara); 7 grandchildren; 4 great-grandchildren; sister Jeanette Miller. Mount Sinai

Miriam Goldin died April 3 at 87. Survived by daughter Elizabeth (Larry) Bergher; sons David (Christine), Jared (Trish); 6 grandchildren; sister Jackie. Malinow and Silverman 

Judith Goldkorn died April 3 at 84. Survived by daughter Carmella (Philip) Glezer; son Peter (Ruthee); 4 grandchildren; sisters Esther Agranat, Rina Zamie. Mount Sinai

Sophie Gorowitz died March 30 at 93. Survived by daughters Joyce Neubert-Finley, Marilyn (Alan) Popiel; 7 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren. Hillside

Harriet Goldstock died April 6 at 91. Survived by daughter Gila (Albert) Lucero; son Alan (Rhoda);  2 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren. Hillside

Harry Goodman died April 9 at 101. Survived by wife Annette Pizer Goodman; daughter Lynne; 6 grandchildren; and sister Rose Poller. Mount Sinai

Howard Jaffe died April 2 at 76. Survived by wife Barbara; daughters Melanee Rubinstein, Mara (David) Schumann; sons Michael (Elizabeth) Rubinstein, Lawrence (Ann); 5 grandchildren; sister Sue (Jay) Caplan. Mount Sinai

Julius Kaplan died April 3 at 92. Survived by wife Pauline; daughters Janet (Steven) Kaller, Sharon (Stuart) Siegel, Laura (Gary) Rothman; 5 grandchildren; 3 great-grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Norman Karas died April 5, 2013 at 73. Survived by wife Esther; son Steven (Nanci); daughter Michele (Edward) Fischer; 5 grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Stuart Kline died March 30 at 80. Survived by wife Susan; daughter Lisa; son Paul (Paula); 6 grandchildren. Hillside

Charles Kraus died April 1 at 85. Survived by sons Mark (Michelle), Michael (Cara); 3 grandchildren; sister, Paulette (Herb) Wild. Mount Sinai

Beatrice Kummer died April 5 at 84. Survived by daughter Jill (Mark) Arkin; sons Alan (Debbie), Jonathon; 5 grandchildren; 4 great-grandchildren. Hillside

Renee Leitner died April 7 at 62. Survived by husband John Elkholy; daughter Adina (Richard) Aguirre; son David (Hilah); 2 grandchildren; sisters Michelle Dangott, Elizabeth Finder-Sletten. Mount Sinai

Brad Marer died March 30 at 86. Survived by daughter Beth (David) Rubin; son Carl; 3 grandchildren; sister Sally. Hillside

Vivian Moss died April 4 at 89. Survived by daughter Cindy (William) Abrahams; 2 grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Dorothy Neiman died April 3 at 95. Survived by daughters Elaine (Dan Kuperberg), Sondar (Allen Taplin); son Jack (Lola); 5 grandchildren; 1 great-grandchild. Mount Sinai

Lydia Pierce died April 7 at 91. Survived by sons Curtis (Marsha), Justin (Pamella);  2 grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Edward Rader died March 30 at 90. Survived by daughter Shelly (Noah) Rosenberg; son Charles (Bonnie); 4 grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Rita Ravitz died April 4 at 81. Survived by companion Irving Brook; daughters Denise Scher, Joi, Linda; sister Faye Slognick; brother Harry Sasson; 4 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren. Hillside

Aristide Rosman died March 31 at 87. Survived by wife Mariana; daughter Cynthia (James) Miller; son Daniel; 3 grandchildren. Hillside

Albert Sacks died April 4 at 104. Survived by wife Claire; daughter Carole Rubinstein-Mendel; sons Elliott (Cindy), Stephen (Jan); stepsons Richard (Stephanie), Marc (Pat); 9 grandchildren; 9 great-grandchildren. Hillside 

Paul Samek died April 7 at 89. Survived by wife Arlene; daughter Rene (Bryan Jacobson) Rosman; sons Mark (Jamie Persky) Rosman, Ben (Tracy); 4 grandchildren. Mount Sinai 

Marge Schneider died March 30 at 98. Survived by daughter Iris (Paul); sons Brian (Donna), Martin (Ann); daughter-in-law Linda; 8 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren. 

Sanford Simon died April 3 at 97. Survived by daughters Barbara (Marty) Lashenick, Judy; sons Olen (Debi), Zach (Renee); 9 grandchildren, 5 great-grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Theodore Snyder died April 8 at 88. Survived by daughters Judianna Castle, Linda; son Rodney; 1 grandchild; sister Barbara (Al) Levy. Mount Sinai

Stanley Wacow died April 9 at 81. Survived by wife Gaile; daughter Marla (Stephen) Landis; sons David, Louis, Michael (Tracie); 5 grandchildren; sister Muriel (Harris) Kaplan. Mount Sinai

Frederic Wallach died April 1 at 89. Survived by wife Gloria; daughter Joan (Harold) Tyndall; sons Richard (Karee), John (Amanda); 9 grandchildren; 1 great-grandchild. Hillside

Jacqueline Weinberg died April 4 at 71. Survived by husband Kenneth; daughters Michelle (Jim) Hardy, Suzanne (Jeff) Wilson, Renee; 7 grandchildren; sisters Linda Montez, Jeanie Webster; sister-in-law Linda Rinaldi. Mount Sinai

Herman Yager died April 7 at 87. Survived by daughters Molly (Esene) Hofacre, Allison (Joe Schneider); 5 grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Rosette Zack died April 7 at 96. Survived by cousin David Piller. Mount Sinai

Boston bombing suspect’s family struggles to find burial site


The body of suspected Boston Marathon bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev remained in limbo on Monday as his family searched for a cemetery that would accept him.

Several Massachusetts cemeteries have refused to bury Tsarnaev and protesters have staked out the Worcester funeral home holding the body. Despite a plea from the funeral home director, Governor Deval Patrick said on Monday he would not get involved.

Tsarnaev, 26, died in a gun battle with police on April 19, four days after bombs he is believed to have set with his younger brother killed three people and injured another 264 near the finish line of the world-famous marathon.

Relatives have said they want him buried nearby. Under Islamic law, the body cannot be cremated, a procedure used for criminals including Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh.

“The whole situation is unprecedented,” said David Walkinshaw, a spokesman for the Massachusetts Funeral Directors Association. The state of Massachusetts does not own its own cemeteries, he said, and the federal government has only cemeteries for war veterans.

“The challenge here is that there's no way to demand a cemetery allow for a burial to take place,” Walkinshaw said.

Some Massachusetts residents want the body sent back to Tsarnaev's native Russia. William Breault of Worcester told reporters on Monday he had set up a bank account to raise funds to ship the remains.

“I not only don't want to see him buried in Worcester, Massachusetts. … I don't think he should be buried in the state,” Breault told CNN on Monday.

Gabriel Gomez, a Massachusetts Republican candidate for U.S. Senate, suggested disposing of Tsarnaev's body in the ocean as was done after U.S forces killed Osama bin Laden in 2011.

“Bureaucrats worried about where to bury Boston Marathon terrorist #1. To me, it's simple: he should be buried at sea with Bin Laden,” he wrote on his official Twitter account.

Tsarnaev's body was taken to Graham Putnam & Mahoney Funeral Parlors in Worcester last week after spending more than a week at a medical examiner's office in Boston. Several cemeteries including the Gardens at Gethsemane in West Roxbury have said they would not accept Tsarnaev's body for burial.

Graham Putnam funeral home owner Peter Stefan, chairman of a board that oversees funeral services and embalming in Massachusetts, said he has an obligation to accept the remains.

Stefan has said he would seek help from state officials if he could not find a resting place soon.

Tsarnaev's uncle, Ruslan Tsarni, said on Sunday that his nephew should be buried in Massachusetts, his home. Tsarnaev's parents, ethnic Chechens who returned to southern Russia several years ago, have suggested in various interviews and reports that their son should be buried in Cambridge, or returned to Russia.

The Massachusetts governor declined to get involved Monday.

“This is a family issue, with due respect to all of you, and the family needs to make some decisions. I understand they have some options. They need to exercise one soon,” Patrick told reporters on Monday.

But Cambridge officials urged the Tsarnaevs to look elsewhere.

“The difficult and stressful efforts of the citizens of the City of Cambridge to return to a peaceful life would be adversely impacted by the turmoil, protests and widespread media presence at such an interment,” said Cambridge City Manager Robert Healy in a statement Sunday.

“The families of loved ones interred in the Cambridge Cemetery also deserve to have their deceased family members rest in peace.”

Families of deceased criminals are usually left alone to bury their dead but the marathon bombing was in a different category, said James Alan Fox, a Northeastern University criminology professor.

“More typically in mass murder cases, people look and say 'it's pathology,'” he said. “Here, they look at it and say 'it's politics.'”

Reporting By Ross Kerber; Editing by Cynthia Osterman and Doina Chiacu

Obituaries


Norman Aaronson died Dec. 24 at 94. Survived by daughter Susan Stone; son Neil Aaronson. Hillside

Warren Ackerman died Dec. 19 at 95. Survived by daughter Laurie; son Richard (Barbara); 3 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren; nephew Michael (Sheri) Hirschfeld. Hillside

Harry Altman died Dec. 9 at 86. Survived by wife Lynn; daughter Jan; son John; 1 grandchild. Malinow and Silverman

Henry Baron died Dec. 23 at 93. Survived by wife Marcia; daughters Susan (Charles) Franklin, Debora (Irwin) Fienberg; 6 grandchildren; 3 great-grandchildren. Hillside

Jean Beaumont died Dec. 15 at 88. Survived by daughter Sharon Gahlbeck; 3 grandchildren. Malinow and Silverman

Esther Bender died Dec. 18 at 100. Survived by daughter Joyce Snyder; sons Leon (Carol), William (Berdine); 6 grandchildren; 4 great-grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Colette Berman died Dec. 16 at 81. Survived by son Joshua. Sholom Chapels

Beatrice Bierer died Dec. 25 at 103. Survived by sons David (Bonnie) Gould, Harold (Elizabeth) Gould; 5 grandchildren; 6 great-grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Steven Bowen died Dec. 23 at 57. Survived by father Julius. Malinow and Silverman

Suzanne Brickman died Dec. 21 at 75. Survived by husband David; sons George (Sharon), Eric (Heather); stepson Larry Brickman; 5 grandchildren. Hillside

Lynne Brickman Weaver died Dec. 16 at 56. Survived by brother Larry Brickman; uncle Kent Ugoretz; companion Tony Dykeman. Hillside

Elaine Brown died Dec. 21 at 79. Survived by husband Irving; son Lloyd (Barbara) Brown; 1 grandchild. Hillside

Jeannette Bursteen died Dec. 7 at 95. Survived by daughter Nina (Joe) Klotchman; 1 grandchild; 1 great-grandchild; sisters Norma Wishingrad, Marilyn (Jerry) Stone; many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Sam Capelouto died Dec. 23 at 84. Survived by wife Mary Capelouto; daughters Lori (Jim) Kuhlman, Karyn (Kent) Drescher; son Craig (Coraline); 2 grandchildren. Malinow and Silverman

Sidney Chattler died Dec. 3 at 85. Survived by wife Anna Lee; son Steven (Lisa); 2 grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Howard Cohen died Dec. 18 at 71. Survived by brothers Irwin, Richard, William (Maria). Malinow and Silverman

Amy Cohn Werner died Dec. 3 at 55. Survived by husband Michael Werner; sons Eric Werner, Roy Werner; mother Charlotte Werner; father Samuel Werner; sister Dorie (Bill) Cohn; brothers James (Kathy) Cohn, Peter (Jane) Cohn; brother-in-law David Werner; sister-in-law Denny (Mark) Zucker. Mount Sinai

Roslyn Cottler died Dec. 19 at 92. Survived by daughters Paulette, Starr Cottler; 1 grandson; sister Joey Funaro. Mount Sinai

Florence Duben died Dec. 23 at 94. Survived by daughter Roberta (Charles) Holt; sons Richard (Jeanne), Jeffrey (Lynn), Ronald; 6 grandchildren; 4 great-grandchildren. Hillside

Grace Einstein died Dec. 22 at 88. Survived by son Michael (Yoland); 2 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren. Hillside

Julius Engoren died Dec. 17 at 75. Survived by wife Doris; daughter Sabrina; son Kevin (Linda); 3 grandchildren; 8 great grandchildren. Malinow and Silverman

Florence Fagan died Dec. 9 at 82. Survived by husband Seymour; son Robert. Sholom Chapels

Jack Forsch died Dec. 18 at 96. Survived by sons Glen, Gary; 3 grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Ruth Friedman died Dec. 24 at 94. Survived by daughter Debbi; sons Bruce, Hank; 6 grandchildren; 4 great-grandchildren. Hillside

Dinah Gleiberman died Dec. 19 at 86. Survived by sons Robert (Eleanor), Nathan Joseph (Ziva); 4 grandchildren; 1 great-grandchild. Mount Sinai

Jeffrey Glieberman died Dec. 2 at 57. Survived by daughters Tracy, Rachel; son Daniel; mother, Sylvia Schwimmer; sister Helene. Groman Eden

Louis Goldberg died Dec. 26 at 93. Survived by daughter Debbie Taylor; sons Jeff (Debbie), Eugene; 4 grandchildren; 3 great-grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Betty Goldstein died Dec. 25 at 87. Survived by daughter Madeline Neeline; sons David, Neil; 7 grandchildren; 6 great-grandchildren. Hillside

Evelyn Goldstein died Dec. 12 at 96. Survived by daughter Madeleine Eisenberg. Sholom Chapels

Murray Goldstein died Dec. 26 at 93. Survived by wife Barbara Ann; daughter Judy Egan; son David; stepdaughters Darla, Vanessa Himeles; stepson Daren Himeles. Hillside

Geraldine Gould died Dec. 14 at 78. Survived by daughters Suzanne (Hiroshi) Minae, Jan; 3 grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Helen Green died Dec. 26 at 92. Survived by son Bob (Dana Henry) Somers; 4 grandchildren; 5 great-grandchildren. Malinow and Silverman

Billy Greenberg died Dec. 13 at 62. Survived by daughters Amanda (Victor) Lopez, Jennifer; sister Klara Zimmerman; 2 grandchildren. Hillside

Charlotte Gross died Dec. 13 at 85. Survived by husband Richard; daughter Saundra (James) Mee; son Dale (Jodi); 4 grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Howard Huckman died Dec. 21 at 82. Survived by son Larry; daughter Bobette Bisby. Sholom Chapels

Evelyn Hudis died Dec. 18 at 82. Survived by daughter June Poyourow. Malinow and Silverman

Michal Katzovitz died Dec. 16 at 92. Survived by daughter Lili; son Harold. Mount Sinai

Ruvin Kopilevich died Dec. 1 at 84. Survived by wife Dekabrina Kopilevich; daughters Stella (Mark Coppick) Averbukh, Aleksandra (Albert) Aynlender; 3 grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Liane Kamola died Dec. 6 at 74. Survived by husband Richard; sons David, Russell; 3 grandchildren. Malinow and Silverman

Sheila Kaufman died Dec. 21 at 76. Survived by children Kenneth, Laura, Thomas, Victoria. Sholom Chapels

Jerome Klein died Dec. 24 at 86. Survived by wife Bette; daughters Shoshana Klein Weinstein, Laurie; son Jeffrey Persky; stepdaughter Sheryl Polus; stepsons Alan Kopp, Michael Brown; 8 grandchildren; brother Marty (Stephanie) Klein. Mount Sinai

Richard Kravitz died Dec. 2 at 73. Survived by wife Lynn; daughter Laura (Benjamin) King; sons Todd (Ashley), Scott (Natasha Sarvanja); 4 grandchildren; sister Ruthann; brother Bill. Mount Sinai

Ethel Lambertus died Dec. 15 at 94. Survived by son Darryl (Kay) Wisnia; 2 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren; sister Julia (Irving) Silver; 1 nephew; 1 niece. Mount Sinai

Eleanor Lazaroff died Dec. 24 at 84. Survived by daughter Jill (James) Wagner; sister Rivie Shev; brother Robert Rosenfeld; 1 niece; 1 great-niece. Mount Sinai

Norman Lesman died Dec. 24 at 81. Survived by wife Rita Lesman; son David Lesman; sister Shirley Ingber. Malinow and Silverman

Rickie Levey died Dec. 7 at 56. Survived by father Eugene; sisters Ellen Hayes, Joanie Trujillo, Susan. Malinow and Silverman

Robert Levin died Dec. 8 at 86. Survived by daughter Holly Wolf. Sholom Chapels

Calvin Levinson died Dec. 23 at 89. Survived by sons Marc (Betsy) Levinson, David (Andrea Jacobs) Levinson; 4 grandchildren; 3 great-grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Margaret Liebenau died Dec. 16 at 86. Survived by son Gene. Mount Sinai

Diane Linder died Dec. 20 at 58. Survived by husband Haim; daughter Judy Horowitz; son David; father Sam Berman. Sholom Chapels

Natalie Livingston died Dec. 22 at 87. Survived by daughter Vicki (Ron) Koffler; sons Steven, William (Terri); 4 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren; brothers Maurice Fialkoff, Jack Fialkoff. Mount Sinai

Timothy Maher died Dec. 12 at 65. Survived by wife Sandi; four children. Sholom Chapels

Rubin Mann died Dec. 25 at 97. Survived by daughter Patricia (David Spence); 1 grandchild. Mount Sinai

Ann Marks died Dec. 21 at 94. Survived by nephew Louis Cooper; great-niece Karen Cooper; caregiver Jocelyn Ong. Mount Sinai

Esther Medall died Dec. 21 at 93. Survived by sons Burton (Rita), Irving (Lee), Steven (Karin); 7 grandchildren; 3 step-grandchildren; 6 great-grandchildren; 7 step-great-grandchildren; 4 step-great-great-grandchildren; many nieces, nephews and cousins. Mount Sinai

Leon Morgenstern died Dec. 23 at 93. Survived by wife Laurie; sons Seth (Elinor) Reed, David (Catherine); 5 grandchildren. Hillside

Charlotte Moss died Dec. 23 at 104. Survived by daughter Susan; son James (Bridget); 3 great-grandchildren; brother Ted (Mariana). Hillside

Jack Mount died Dec. 18 at 81. Survived by wife Judie; daughter Cyndi; son Edward (Barbara). Mount Sinai

Dorothy Nuger died Dec. 7 at 93. Survived by son Ken; daughters Trudy Goldberg, Maddie Moran. Sholom Chapels

David Okrent died Dec. 14 at 90. Survived by daughters Nina (Robert) Loebl, Joceyln (Takis Mitropoulos); son Neil; 4 grandchildren. Hillside

Seymour Ostrow died Dec. 18 at 87. Survived by wife Paula; daughters Lisa, Pam; 1 grandchild. Hillside

Aaron Ott died Dec. 26 at 88. Survived by wife Rita; daughter Sabrina (John). Mount Sinai

Peggy Page died Dec. 17 at 75. Survived by daughter Jodi (David) Page-Hoover; 2 grandchildren; sister Karen (Sandy) Richman. Hillside

Gertrude Pepp died Dec. 21 at 100. Survived by daughter Suzanne (Stephen) Gilbert; son Dudley (Arline); 13 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren. Hillside

Lawrence Podoksik died Dec. 19 at 71. Survived by wife Darielle; daughter Caryn (Jim) Manhart; son Howie; 1 grandson. Mount Sinai

Laurence Rabb died Dec. 18 at 84. Survived by daughters Kathy (Dennis) Gura, Debbie (Tony Stein); 4 grandchildren; sister Doris Kimmel; brother Irving. Mount Sinai

Jeremy Romanovsky died Dec. 8 at 94. Malinow and Silverman

Jayson Rome died Dec. 15 at 89. Survived by wife Rose; sons David (Edna), Jeffrey (Susan), Jonathan (Gretchen Vanhorne), Stuart (Catherine); 5 grandchildren. Malinow and Silverman

Jacob Schainblatt died Nov. 2 at 102. Survived by daughter Anita Smukler; son Glenn (Gayle); 5 grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Sheryl Scoggins died Dec. 17 at 57. Survived by husband Jimmy; brother Ira (Linda) Cohen. Malinow and Silverman

Marvel Shapiro died Dec. 13 at 85. Survived by husband Maurice; daughters Beth Frank, Ellen Simon; 5 grandchildren; brother-in-law Fred. Mount Sinai

Meyer Rofe died Dec. 20 at 95. Survived by sons Larry (Ana), Peter (Judy); 4 grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Shirley Rosen died Dec. 18 at 91. Survived by daughters Susan Luner, Jan. Sholom Chapels

Bernice Rosen Siegel died Dec. 17 at 95. Survived by daughter Joyce (David) Antebi; 4 grandchildren; 5 great-grandchildren. Hillside

Irving Ross died Dec. 26 at 84. Survived by wife Carol Ross. Mount Sinai

Richard Rossman died Dec. 23 at 70. Survived by sister Harriet Satkin; brother Sheldon. Malinow and Silverman

Marcella Solomon died Dec. 19 at 86. Survived by son Barry (Patricia Gotschalk). Hillside

Morton Spilkomen died Dec. 14 at 82. Survived by daughter Joyce Hampson. Sholom Chapels

Raymond Steele died Dec. 8 at 92. Survived by son Richard; 2 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren. Malinow and Silverman

Gertrude Stoller died Dec. 16 at 97. Survived by daughter Barbara (Donald) Wohl, Deborah; two grandchildren; 3 great-grandchildren. Hillside

Theresa Terris died Dec. 19 at 90. Survived by daughters Barbara, Susan; sons Michael (Laure), Robby; 8 grandchildren. Hillside

Ed Wallach died Dec. 16 at 81. Survived by wife Sheila; son Jeff Wallach; 2 grandchildren. Hillside

Rose Watkins died Dec. 22 at 102. Survived by daughter Linda (Lewis) Barlow; stepdaughter Eileen Brierley; stepson Howard Watkins; 2 grandchildren; 1 great-grandchild. Mount Sinai

Mary Weinstock died Dec. 15 at 87. Survived by daughter Debra; 2 grandchildren. Malinow and Silverman

Samuel Weinstock died Dec. 15 at 89. Survived by daughter Debra; 2 grandchildren. Malinow and Silverman

George Weisberg died Dec. 24 at 89. Survived by wife Arline; daughters Debra (Kim) Gibbons, Janette (Adam) Simms; 3 grandchildren; 1 great-grandchild. Mount Sinai

Lydia Weiss died Dec. 2 at 76. Survived by husband Robert; sons Jeremy (Nina), Ryan (Marti). Mount Sinai

Norman Weiss died Dec. 13 at 85. Survived by daughter Julie Garcia; son Michael; 2 grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Arnold Winett died Dec. 15 at 73. Survived by sister Arlene Popkin (Martin) Norton; 1 niece; 2 nephews. Mount Sinai

Earl Wynn died Nov. 30 at 87. Survived by wife Margaret; daughters Samantha (Steve Leon) Anobile, Linda “Lindy” (James) Walsh; son Steve (Linda Pitmon Wynn); 3 grandchildren; 4 great-grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Paul Yampolsky died Dec. 25 at 85. Survived by daughter Elayne Pelz; son Michael Yampolsky; 2 grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Lillian Zimbalist died Dec. 23 at 95. Survived by Michael. Hillside

Walter Zuckerman died Dec.14 at 91. Survived by son Alan (Ann). Mount Sinai

Obituaries: Nov. 15-Dec. 3, 2013


Evelyn Ackerman died Nov. 28 at 88. Survived by husband Jerome; daughter Laura (Mark) Shaw; 1 grandson. Hillside

Rose Adler died Dec. 1 at 93. Survived by daughter Linda Bence; son Robert; 2 grandchildren; sister Kay Friedman. Hillside

Sylvia Brockman died Dec.1 at 85. Survived by husband Seymour; sons Bruce (Patti), Howard (Anita); 4 grandchildren. Hillside

Jack Falit died Nov. 22 at 97. Survived by daughter Mara Winkelman; sons Harvey (Eleanor), Ronald (Eileen); 7 grandchildren; 7 great-grandchildren. Malinow and Silverman

Serene Felt died Nov. 29 at 95. Survived by 2 granddaughters; brother Joe Bihari. Hillside

Karen Fund died Nov. 28 at 65. Survived by husband David James Fisher; daughter Chloe Fisher; son Benjamin Fisher. Hillside

Sylvia Goldstein died Nov. 15 at 88. Survived by daughter Priscilla Churchick; son Seth (Bobbi); 4 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren; 2 nieces; 4 nephews. Chevra Kadisha

Elsie Grossman died Dec. 2 at 93. Survived by daughters Sophie De Vries, Tracie. Hillside

Esther Laufe died Nov. 23 at 81. Survived by husband Norman; daughter Jeri (David) Seigel; son Barry (Robin); 6 grandchildren; brothers Sol Grossman, Aaron Grossman. Hillside

Molly LeBoff died Dec. 2 at 98. Survived by daughter Carol (Bob) Oleesky; son Robert (Marsha) Allen; 5 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren. Hillside

Albert Lederer died Nov. 20 at 93. Survived by wife Roslyn; daughter Esther; son Steven (Lorraine); 2 grandchildren; 1 great-grandchild; sisters Nettie Klein, Sylvia Gerberbaum. Malinow and Silverman

Evelyn Levin died Nov. 25 at 94. Survived by husband Solomon; daughter Lori (Joe) Borcover; son Arlen (Pat); 3 grandchildren. Groman Eden

Jane Levin died Nov. 24 at 84. Survived by sons Michael (Ruth), Peter (Lisa); 4 grandchildren; brother Maurice Lecover. Hillside

Marjorie Levingston died Dec. 3 at 87. Survived by daughter Sharon Vener; son Steven (Suzanne); 4 grandchildren. Hillside

Nadia Miller died Nov. 30 at 81. Survived by sister-in-law Barbara; nieces; nephews. Hillside

Elaine Morhar died Nov. 10 at 90. Survived by daughter Karen (Mitchell) Light; 2 grandchildren; sister Shirley Tartak. Malinow and Silverman

Gertrude Nord died Dec. 3 at 92. Survived by sons Joel (Janet), Carey; 3 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren. Hillside

Michael Potash died Nov. 18 at 68. Survived by wife Gloria; daughters Devorah (Jonathan) Greenfied, Brocha (Mendel) Lipkind, Riri (Shimon) New; 9 grandchildren; sister Judy Gornbein; brother Warren. Chevra Kadisha

Nancy Press died Nov. 24 at 87. Survived by daughter Barbara Giglia; son Steven; 6 grandchildren; brother Stan Furman. Malinow and Silverman 

Deborah Raffin died Nov. 21 at 59. Survived by daughter Taylor Rose Viner; sister Judy Holston; brother William. Hillside

Edward Rose died Nov. 15 at 91. Survived by wife Frances; daughter Bonnie (John) Buhler; sons Barry (Linda) Schneider, Eugene (Janet) Schneider, Michael (Suzanne) Crago-Schneider; 10 grandchildren; 6 great-grandchildren; brother Howard (Annabelle). Malinow and Silverman

Sam Roth died Nov. 26 at 84. Survived by daughters, Tamara Shure, Alana (Brad Alper), Dawn (John Seymore), Suzanne (Tudor Lacey); sons Charles (Gayle) Shure, Eric (Olga), Guy (Dawn); 15 grandchildren; 1 great-grandchild. Hillside

Helen Scimeca died Nov. 23 at 68. Survived by husband Karl; daughter Robin (Wayne); son Adam (Melissa Scheff); 3 grandchildren; sisters Meera Paskal, Estelle (Randy) Urlik; brothers Marvin (Laurene) Paskal, Joseph (Marti). Hillside

Abraham Hersh Shafran died Nov. 27 at 62. Survived by wife Lisa; daughters Shelley, Jessica, Sara; son Jeffrey; sister Rochelle Frankel. Chevra Kadisha

Allen Shupps died Dec. 2 at 103. Survived by daughter Judith Hayward; son Charles (Sandy); 5 grandchildren; 9 great-grandchildren. Hillside

Lore Smith died Nov. 23 at 89. Survived by daughters Sandra McDowell, Susan; stepson Jules (Jean) Eber; 4 grandchildren; 5 great-grandchildren; sister Irene Eber. Hillside

Matthew Harvey Wynbrandt died Nov. 29 at 31. Survived by mother Lynn; father Dennis; sister Stephanie; uncles Robert, Gary. Hillside

Obituaries: Aug. 17-23, 2012


Leon Aberle died July 3 at 81. Survived by wife Petrina; daughter Carla (Steven) Lenhoff; son Matthew; 3 grandchildren; brother Charles (Saron). Hillside

Jeffrey Allyn died July 8 at 75. Survived by wife Harriett; sons Russell (Romel Valerio), Hal (Chantal); 3 grandchildren; sister Flo Barker. Hillside

Norman Beck died July 7 at 89. Survived by wife Harriett; daughter Marilee (Andrew Safir); sons Dennis (Pamela), Ronald (Cynthia); sister Evelyn Goldberg; 11 grandchildren. Hillside

Susan Bender died June 17 at 67. Survived by husband Richard; daughter Stephanie (Allan) Bernstein; son Andrew (Andrea); 3 grandchildren; brother David Praver; sister Marcia Praver-Cole. Hillside

Cary Brooks died July 1 at 54. Survived by wife Chonticha; mother Rosalind; sisters Marcie, Sandi Shively, Laurie Dulson; brother Ron. Malinow and Silverman

Roger Dee died June 18 at 81. Survived by daughters Vicki (David) Dee-Rock, Lisa; 3 grandchildren; brother Chuck Buchanon. Hillside

Joseph Einberg died July 3 at 91. Survived by daughters Myra, Barbara; son Howard; 3 grandchildren; 1 great-grandchild. Hillside

Barbara Felman died June 20 at 66. Survived by husband Mark; daughter Shari Lambrinos; son David; father Milton Golden; sister JoAnne Golden. Hillside

Roberta Jean Firestone died July 6 at 78. Survived by husband William; sons Randall S. (Ying), Jeffrey (Wantana), Gary (Lamai); 2 grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Harry Fradkin died June 22 at 89. Survived by daughters Laurie (Harvey) Robinson¸ Shelly (Tom) Helberg; son David (Andi) Korshak; 6 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren; brother Abe. Hillside

Michael Friedman died June 17 at 66. Survived by companion Tanya Nord; son Eugene; mother Khaya; brother Yuri (Zhenya). Hillside

Alice Hemar died June 19 at 92. Survived by sons Peter, Richard (Lynn); sister Sophie; 4 grandchildren; 1 great-grandchild. Hillside

Bernice Klein died July 3 at 92. Survived by daughter Carol Mark; sons Ron, Louis. Hillside

Michael Levine died July 2 at 67. Survived by sons Ryan, Blake (Sydney); father Bill; sister Geri Levine Loe; brother Robert (Seethamma). Hillside

Mindy Limardi died July 4 at 61. Survived by mother Alice Oran. Mount Sinai

Alexander Meshekow died June 23 at 97.  Survived by wife Beatrice; daughter Paula; son Marc; 1 grandchild. Hillside

Shirley Miller died July 2 at 90. Survived by nephews Fred (Karen DeMott) Lowe, Greg Lowe. Mount Sinai

Semyon Minkov died July 4 at 84. Survived by wife Ida; son Mikhail (Irina); 2 grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Ida Minkova died July 7 at 81. Survived by son Mikhail “Mike” (Irina) Minkov; 2 grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Alice Sarah Olins died July 5 at 99. Survived by sons Jay, Evan; 3 grandchildren; 7 great-grandchildren; sister June (Milton) Torn. Mount Sinai

Steven Platt died July 5 at 64. Survived by wife Carolyn “Lulu”; daughters Jackie, Felicia; brother Larry (Karen). Mount Sinai

Lillian Popkin died July 5 at 87. Survived by sons Stuart, Bruce (Barbara), Marty; 1 grandchild; 1 great-grandchild. Mount Sinai

Gloria Rose died July 4 at 90.  Survived by sons Clark (Patricia), Larry (Jane); 4 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren. Hillside

Carl Roseman died July 2 at 74. Survived by wife Paula; daughter Jenna Sobelman; son Marc; 1 grandson; sister Betty Abramson. Mount Sinai

James Robert Rosen died July 2 at 69. Survived by daughter Cindy; son Ricci; 1 grandchild. Hillside

Adelyne Ross died July 6 at 86. Survived by daughter Diane (Michael) Ross-Glazer; sons Richard (Robyn), Robert (Cathie); 8 grandchildren; 1 great-granddaughter. Mount Sinai

Sol Rubin died July 5 at 94. Survived by wife Neddy; daughter Judith; son Donald. Hillside

Helen N. Salz died July 6 at 93. Survived by husband Moritz; daughter Judy (Mel) Grossman; son Rubin (Susan); 4 grandchildren; 4 great-grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Jack Sanow died June 18 at 81.  Survived by nephew Warren (Joan) Kessler. Hillside

Elaine Simon died July 1 at 89. Survived by sons Alan (Lisa), Gary (Betty Ann), Mittchell (JoAnn); 6 grandchildren; 3 great-grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Rebecca Spector died July 4 at 38. Survived by mother Benita; father Michael. Hillside

Martin Stolzoff died July 5 at 88. Survived by wife Barbara; son Gary (Suzi Alexander); stepsons Steven (Jennifer) Jacob, Richard Jacob, Robert (Carolyn) Jacob; 4 grandchildren; sister Irene Geller. Mount Sinai

Betty Sulkin died June 22 at 90.  Survived by husband Maurice; son Jeffrey (Ajah-Denise Fambo); 1 grandchild. Hillside

Sandra Vrono died July 2 at 78. Survived by sister Jacqueline Steingold; close friends Linda Turetsky, Basha Pierce. Mount Sinai

Elaine Widawer died July 6 at 69. Survived by daughter Allison (Michael) Weiss; son David (Lisa) Stiles; 4 grandchildren; mother Gertrude Perlick; sister Pamela Dixon Frost. Mount Sinai

Marian Edith Wolfson died July 2 at 93. Survived by daughters Lisa (Richard) Goldstein, Marta (Richard) Meyers, Roberta Cox; 4 grandchildren; sister Zelda. Mount Sinai

Barbara Alice Yellen died July 7 at 95.  Survived by daughter Francine (Jeffrey) Light; son Robert (Judy); 4 grandchildren. Hillside

Conn. congregation, member settle lawsuit over non-Jewish burial


A Jewish woman suing her congregation over the burial of a non-Jewish black woman in its cemetery has settled her lawsuit.

Maria Balaban, 73, settled her lawsuit with Congregation Ahavath Achim in Colchester, Conn., on Wednesday after two days of negotiations in the middle of the trial, which began last week.

Balaban, a member of the congregation’s board of directors, sued the congregation for allowing the burial of a non-Jewish woman in the newly established interfaith section of the congregation’s cemetery, which she says should be reserved for Jewish members and their non-Jewish spouses and family members, The Bulletin of Norwich, Ct., reported.

Juliet Steer, 47, was buried in the cemetery in 2010 after dying of cancer. She was not affiliated with the congregation, and is the first burial in the interfaith section.

The agreement must be approved by Congregation Ahavath Achim’s board of directors and membership by June 15.

During the trial, the congregation had accused Balaban of filing the lawsuit because Steer was black, something Balaban denied. Balaban also dropped her request to have Steer’s body exhumed and moved to a different cemetery, according to the newspaper.

Israel’s Ultra-Orthodox dead get proper burial


Ah, the good old days. Stealing corpses before they even got cold, right under the noses of the police and paramedics just about to take them for autopsy, bundling them in the van and driving them out to some secret place in a cemetery — still whole, uncut — for a proper Jewish burial.

Yoel Greuss, an ultra-Orthodox Jew, sits in his 19th century, impoverished home in Jerusalem’s Meah Shearim quarter, grinning as he talks of his adventures.

“A few years ago, there was a man lying dead in his bed, a Charedi [ultra-Orthodox], and the police came. They wanted to take the body for an autopsy, and everybody was inside the apartment trying to stop them, and there was a crowd outside, and somebody distracted the police, and a few of us grabbed the body, wrapped in it in the sheet, and ran outside,” says Greuss, a member of Neturei Karta, the most extreme of all the ultra-Orthodox sects, the one that hates Zionism so much its leaders buddy up with Ahmadinejad and Louis Farrakhan.

“This was in Meah Shearim with all the little alleys, right?” he goes on, sitting at his dining room table, a wall of holy books behind him. “The police run outside and ask the crowd which way we went, and they tell them, ‘That way,’ and the police run that way. Meanwhile, we went the other way. We put the body in a car and drove it to a cemetery and buried it.”

I ask him where, and he tilts his head back, a thin smile on his face — no comment.

Israel’s Charedim are known for their ability to mobilize tens,  or hundreds, of thousands of screaming protesters, to burn garbage bins, to throw stones at police, all for the sake of closing a street on Shabbat, or stopping developers from digging up ancient Jewish graves, or forcing advertisers to take down “pornographic” billboards — or advancing some other holy cause. But for the great mitzvah of preventing autopsies, which they consider a desecration of the dead, Charedi activists over the decades have gone so far as to snatch fresh corpses — usually with the help of a fired-up, intimidating crowd — before the dead could be taken to the coroner’s office in Tel Aviv. By and large a Jerusalem phenomenon, the bodies are buried in a local cemetery, the grave’s location known only to the gravediggers, a few Charedi higher-ups and the immediate family of the deceased.

In the past, this was the Charedim’s tactic of choice against autopsies. But in recent years, they’ve all but stopped stealing corpses, because they don’t have to — the police and courts don’t want riots on their hands, so now, unless an autopsy is absolutely necessary to determine the exact cause of death, an activist’s call to a police station or a court petition is usually enough to bypass the coroner’s office.

“I do not enjoy having to fight the Charedim,” Dr. Jehuda Hiss, Israel’s chief coroner since 1987, says in an interview in one of the autopsy rooms at the L. Greenberg Institute of Forensic Medicine, known to all as Abu Kabir, the gritty South Tel Aviv neighborhood where it’s located.

Fights over autopsies almost always concern a corpse of a religious Jew or Muslim; secular people don’t ordinarily object. So Hiss still has plenty of work. “We did 15 bodies today,” he said on one recent evening.

In Tel Aviv’s courthouse, Michael Gutwein, a volunteer who heads the litigious arm of the anti-autopsy crusade, explains why cutting up dead bodies is such a sin. “In the Shulchan Arukh [the main source book on Jewish law], it says that after death, the soul, which lives on inside the dead body, feels every little injury ‘like 1,000 needles.’ So you can imagine what an autopsy feels like,” he says. “That’s why we care so much — out of respect for the dead.”

He recalls a recent case that went to the Supreme Court — a construction worker in Rehovot was run over by a tractor, and state prosecutors wanted an autopsy performed on the body for insurance purposes — to see if the tractor killed him or if he died from a pre-existing heart condition. The dead man was a secular bachelor, but his next of kin were newly religious Jews. They contacted the anti-autopsy movement; Gutwein filed a court petition, and, by the next day, state prosecutors had backed off. Gutwein displays the Supreme Court ruling, which concludes, “The autopsy will not be performed,” and is signed by Justice Hanan Meltzer. The secular construction worker, his soul spared the 1,000 needles, received a proper ultra-Orthodox burial.  

Dr. Jehuda Hiss, Israel’s chief coroner since 1987. Photo by Jonathan Bloom

Charedi activists win their court petitions to stop autopsies “about 80 percent of the time,” Hiss says. The activists’ own estimates run to 90 percent. Often there’s no need to go to court; Gutwein says that after a man was killed in a recent house fire in Ramla, the police wanted to do an autopsy, so he called the Ramla police chief. “I told him, ‘The man died in a fire; what more are you going to find out from Abu Kabir?” Again, no autopsy, no needles — straight into the ground.

Gutwein points out, though, that if Charedi activists are convinced by authorities that an autopsy is necessary to help identify a murderer or stop the spread of disease, they won’t oppose it. “This is also in line with Jewish law,” he says.

At 43, Gutwein lives in Bnei Brak, Israel’s most Charedi city,  and it is his job to arrange funerals. He got involved in caring for the dead about 20 years ago. “I had a friend who drove a hearse who got injured, and he asked me to fill in for him. Things just went on from there,” he says.

Noting that he’s stopped “hundreds, if not thousands of autopsies” by peaceful, legal means, Gutwein refers to Greuss and his crew as “fanatics.” He recalls once stepping into the breach between police and a raging crowd of Neturei Karta and the like-minded Toldot Aharon sect in the Charedi town of El’ad.

“A young woman died of a drug overdose; there was no suspicion of foul play, but the police wanted to take the body for an autopsy, and Greuss had bused in a crowd from Jerusalem and Ramat Beit Shemesh [an ideological suburb of Meah Shearim]. They were in the street yelling, ‘Murderers! Nazis! Gevalt!’ — what the fanatics usually yell. 

“We negotiated with the police to call off the autopsy, and to let us have the body to drive to the cemetery so everybody would go home,” Gutwein continues. “We put the body in one of our ambulances; I start to drive away, and the crazies see me and start screaming that I’m driving it [to] Abu Kabir! I told them I’m driving the body to the cemetery, and they wouldn’t believe me; they yelled that I was lying; they broke the ambulance’s mirrors and windows.”

Back in his cluttered, peeling apartment in Meah Shearim, Greuss explains how he gets the commotion started. If police and paramedics pull up to an apartment in Jerusalem, Bnei Brak, Ramat Beit Shemesh or some other ultra-Orthodox community, he hears about it immediately on his beeper, cell phone, Mirs or other gadget. If the ambulance is there to pick up a dead body, Greuss calls out the troops.

“I call five guys, each of them calls five guys, and so on. In 15 minutes we have a crowd of 1,000 people,” he says.

Greuss, 38, says he ran off with his first corpse in his late teens. “I didn’t like studying in yeshiva, so I dropped out at 16. I didn’t have anything to do, then I got a job guarding graves at [Jerusalem’s] Shamgar cemetery,” he says. A couple of years later, there was a ruckus at the cemetery between police who wanted to take the body of a young Charedi man for an autopsy and the crowd that wanted to prevent it.

“This was about 1 or 2 in the morning, and in the middle of all this, the body was laying there, covered, on a gurney,” he recalls. “We have a saying — ‘no corpse, no autopsy.’ So I wheeled the body out of the cemetery, stopped a car [driven by a Charedi man], put the body in the back, and we drove away and just sat there with it. There was a court case going on against the autopsy, and people were demonstrating outside the judge’s house in the middle of the night. Next thing you know, the judge cancels the autopsy, and we drove the body back to Shamgar and they buried it.”

By now, because of the Charedim’s power in the streets and courts, the theft of dead bodies before autopsy is down to about one a year, or even less. The most notorious instance in recent years came in May 2006, when the body of 1-year-old Malka Sitner, daughter of American immigrant Charedi parents, was stolen from the refrigerator of Ashdod cemetery and driven off for burial — while some 250 police tried to hold off a crowd of more than 1,000 Charedim, some of whom were throwing stones and breaking windows.

Police had wanted the autopsy to see if the parents had been negligent in their care of the girl. Greuss, who has managed to stay out of prison but who is under police investigation for a caper or two, freely acknowledges that he was at Ashdod cemetery that day and that he dispatched a few busloads of demonstrators, but says he had nothing to do with the corpse-snatching itself.

However, he allows that during the melee, “Somebody asked me if I could give him five guys. He didn’t tell me for what, and I gave him five guys.” He also says he heard later from one of the corpse-snatchers about how it had gone down.

“One young guy stood at the entrance of the women’s bathroom, like he was guarding the women’s privacy, but inside there were a few men, and one of them had a crowbar, and he climbed up the wall, broke the window and climbed down into the next room where the refrigerator was. He broke open the refrigerator door, took out the little girl’s body, pushed it through the window down to the guys on the other side, and they ran out of the bathroom with it.

“They put it in a car and sent the car off while some other Charedim set up a decoy,” he says. “These other men loaded something that was sort of the shape of a corpse and wrapped in a prayer shawl into the back of a car and drove off. Naturally, the police followed them. When the police stopped their car and saw there was no body inside the shawl, they beat up the driver, they were so mad,” Greuss says, smiling.  

By this time, the men driving the body of Malka Sitner were headed out of Ashdod. “They were in the last car to drive out of the exit before police set up a barricade and started checking every car coming through,” he says. “You see? God protects us.”

In an unprepossessing office near Jerusalem’s Central Bus Station, Yehuda Meshi-Zahav also smiles as he recounts how he “stole bodies from the morgue at Hadassah, we opened the front door of Abu Kabir and threw rats inside. I was young, 18.”

Meshi-Zahav, 51, who resembles a Charedi reincarnation of James Cagney, used to be the chief agitator of the Jerusalem community, organizing all the wild demonstrations against autopsies and every other abomination, but, over the years, he became legitimate. He now heads the well-respected Orthodox volunteer organization ZAKA (Hebrew acronym for “Disaster Victims Identification”), whose main work is to gather the remains of the dead for burial, notably at terror attacks, but which also coordinates the legal side of the anti-autopsy movement.  

“Autopsies are becoming a thing of the past,” he says. “It’s all going to be done noninvasively, by MRI.” Indeed, Israel’s first forensic MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) machine went into use in early August at Assaf Harofeh Medical Center, near Ben-Gurion Airport. In the first two weeks, six autopsies were performed, he said. ZAKA even helped raise the money to buy it, Meshi-Zahav says.

On this subject, at least, Hiss and the Charedim are in agreement. “If you use the MRI together with the CT scan, toxicological tests and tissue sampling, you can get results almost as precise as from an autopsy,” Israel’s chief coroner says. “This is the wave of the future — autopsy by non-invasive means, or ‘virtopsy,’ as it’s called.”

Virtopsy has also been used in Switzerland and England, and Hiss, 65, is greatly relieved that Israel is joining the club. “After nearly 25 years of fighting ZAKA and the Charedim, I’m worn out,” he says. “They’ve won.”

Obituaries: Sept. 23-29, 2011


Frances R. Anson died Sept. 6 at 89. Survived by daughter Wendy; sons Jeffrey (Honglin Liu), David (Renae Jacobs); 3 grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Sonia Brandt died Sept. 1 at 100. Survived by daughters Susan, Louise Caplan; 4 grandchildren; 8 great-grandchildren. Hillside

Shirley Brill died Sept. 4 at 85. Survived by husband Douglas; daughters Cyndee, Jana (Sean) Roshe; sons Michael (Nancy Goldfarb), Matthew (Sylvie Nyguen); 4 grandchildren; brother Irwin Smith. Hillside

Harold Cohen died Sept. 5 at 86. Survived by wife Leona; daughters Karen (Tom) Yale, Judy (Richard) Sherman; 4 grandchildren; 5 great-grandchildren; sister Jean Ernstein; brother-in-law Mel Stowsky. Mount Sinai

Alice Craig died Sept. 9 at 83. Survived by husband Jack; daughter Elizabeth (John) Turner; 2 grandchildren. Hillside

Ruth Gorelick died Sept. 1 at 96. Survived by nieces Lori (Jim) Keir, Judy (Marty) Kutchai, Linda Barr; nephews Jerry Leibowitz, Barry Gorelick, Mel (Gail) Bail. Hillside

Herta Greif died Sept. 4 at 97. Survived by sons Lloyd (Renee), Mark (Anna); 5 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren. Hillside

Murray Greisman died Sept. 4 at 88.  Survived by sons Alan, Gordon (Elinor), Harold; 4 grandchildren; brother Jerome. Hillside

Sheldon Grossman died Sept. 8 at 70. Survived by wife Shirley; daughter Barbara (Robert) Stilson; 2 grandchildren; sister Marsha Nazario. Mount Sinai

Harold Holland died Sept. 1 at 89. Survived by wife Renee; daughter Diane; stepdaughters Linda (David) Robinson, Rachelle Gindi; stepsons Eli (Pamela), Jack (Judy) Gindi; 6 grandchildren. Hillside

Faye Kaufman died Sept. 6 at 82. Survived by husband Joseph; daughter Sheila Lujan; 3 grandchildren; 3 great-grandchildren. Hillside

Howard Kayton died Sept. 4 at 74. Survived by wife Myrna; daughters Robin (Bruce) Winston, Teri (Bob) Geske, Stacey (Barry) Serber; sons David (Lisa), Bruce; 8 grandchildren. Hillside

Murray Leisner died Sept. 2 at 88. Survived by wife Sarah; sons Steve (Carol), Gary, Eddie (Irene); 4 grandchildren; brother Gershon (Klara). Mount Sinai

Sadie Levin died Sept. 6 at 95. Survived by daughter Adele (Martin) Casden; son Donald (Barbara) Evans; 4 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren.  Mount Sinai

Florence Lubow died Sept. 7 at 88. Survived by husband Sidney; 1 grandchild; sister Julie Shaperman. 

Betty Markowitz died Sept. 5 at 93. Survived by son Boris Brezhnev. Hillside

Maxwell Henry Martel died Sept. 7 at 91. Survived by son Charles. Mount Sinai

Shirley Namson died Sept. 3 at 85. Survived by husband John; daughter Carrie (Ted) Twine; sons Jay (Ilene), Jeff (Julie Price); 7 grandchildren; 3 great-grandchildren.  Mount Sinai

Helen Newmark died Sept. 3 at 85. Survived by daughters Sherry Rendel, Evelyn Spire.

Rachel Perelson died Sept. 9 at 102. Survived by son-in-law Michael Druyen; 2 grandchildren; 1 great-grandchild.  Hillside

Lester Rich died Sept. 9 at 89. Survived by wife Scottie; sons Peter (Debra), Stephen (Esther), John (Patty), Daniel (Diana); stepdaughter, Laura (Harv) Jandu; stepson, Christopher Sullivan; 12 grandchildren; sister Jeanne (George) Levenback. Mount Sinai

Beatrice Rosenfeld died Aug. 23 at 77. Survived by husband Martin; daughters Elysa (Charles) Ortiz, Sherri (Alan) Plattson; son David; 5 grandchildren; brother Phillip Premazon. Chevra Kadisha

Maurice I. Rosenthal died Sept. 1 at 88. Survived by wife Arlene; daughters Leslie (Scott) Rosenthal Shlecter, Janet (Alan) Rosenthal Block; sons Lorin Kenneth, Fredrick Jay (Eugenia); 13 grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Doris Seller died Sept. 3 at 82. Survived by husband Josef Jerry; daughter Deborah (Mark Blaszkiewice); son David (Jeanne); 4 grandchildren; sister Kitty Finkelstein. Mount Sinai

Simon A. Sfarti died Sept. 2 at 92. Survived by daughter Gabriela Adler; son Adrian; 2 grandchildren.  Mount Sinai

Sarah Steinberg died Sept. 7 at 93. Survived by daughter Joyce (Howard) Smerling; son Paul. Hillside

Marvin Tavlin died Aug. 19 at 96. Survived by daughter Ruth; son Barry; 3 grandchildren; 3 great-grandchildren.

Marvin H. Thau died Sept. 8 at 73. Survived by wife Joan; daughter Rachel (Steven) Mermell; son Herbert (Heather); stepdaughter Nancy Michler; stepson Craig (Shirley) Ashkinaz; 5 grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Sylvia Thomas died Sept. 3 at 93. Survived by daughters Lynne (Bob) Peterman, Linda Cruise; 2 grandchildren; 3 great-grandchildren. Hillside

Haya Wachtenheim died Aug. 30 at 83. Survived by daughter Netty Levine; sons Steven, Daniel, David; 9 grandchildren; 9 great-grandchildren.

Isadore Irving Wasserman died Sept. 5 at 91. Survived by daughter Pam (Martin) Borgman; son Ron (Kathy); 3 grandchildren. Mount Sinai

William Paul Weinlood died Sept. 1 at 85. Survived by wife Marcelline; daughters Cindy (Steve) Pollack, Lesley (David) Silverman; son Robert; 10 grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Rabbi Arnold Jacob Wolf, Arthur Spiegelman


Rabbi Arnold Jacob Wolf, Outspoken Social Justice Proponent, 83

In the midst of a Hawaii vacation and his transition to the White House, President-elect Barack Obama recently took time to honor a man dear to me and many, many others across the nation:

“I am deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Rabbi Arnold Jacob Wolf,” Obama wrote in a statement, “a dear friend to Michelle and me.”

Rabbi Wolf was rabbi emeritus of Chicago’s Reform congregation KAM Isaiah Israel, located across the street from the Obama residence. He was one of the greatest religious voices for social justice in the 20th and 21st centuries — and spiritual guide to a generation — died Dec. 23 at the age of 83.

Like many, my first encounter with Rabbi Wolf came before I ever met him.

A giant in his field, a leader on issues of peace and cross-cultural respect, Rabbi Wolf’s thoughts invariably triggered vehement response. He marched in Selma, protested the Vietnam War, called on Jews to work for Israeli-Palestinian peace, endorsed Obama for president and refused to file down his rough edges. A loving, funny and brilliant man, he was also cantankerous and irascible, more willing to pound his fist than to soft-pedal anything.

And so I first learned of Rabbi Wolf through the anger of others, in an article so shrill it served only to pique my curiosity — a curiosity I was lucky enough to satisfy when I began my undergraduate studies at Yale, where he then served as the Jewish chaplain.

I vividly remember Rabbi Wolf’s sermons, when he would rail against injustice and hypocrisy with a sharp wit and fierce determination to suffer no fools. One year, he castigated the university for harboring anti-Semitism; in another, he condemned Jewish leaders for failing to uphold the prophetic ideals of our faith.

He fought constantly against complacency, whether in the form of lazy thinking or meek acceptance of intolerable living conditions. He was like a recurring wake-up call, never letting us fall into the ease that privilege can engender. Listeners would marvel at his temerity and the power that comes from speaking truth to the mighty.

Rabbi Wolf was, then, a true leader, one who does not check the direction of the wind, nor limit his vision to that of those around him. He modeled for me and for so many others how to live a life full of passion, showing that working for justice not only connects us to those who suffer but also to the Divine — that working for peace is sacred work.

During my first year at Yale, I had countless conversations with the rabbi about politics, Israel, Judaism and life, and ultimately, he literally changed mine.

I began my freshman year vigorously protesting whenever PLO representatives came to campus; I ended it with the understanding that Israel must negotiate with the PLO and that peace meant an independent state of Palestine next to Israel.

I have lived the rest of my life guided by Rabbi Wolf’s teachings, dedicated to social justice here in the United States and the establishment of a just peace in the Middle East.

Many wealthy donors chose not to support Yale’s Jewish community as long as Rabbi Wolf was on campus; when he moved on to his work as a pulpit rabbi in and around Chicago, the money flowed. And yet, I can’t help but feel that what this great spiritual leader bequeathed to those who fell under his guidance was much more precious than the material wealth that came in once he had left.

This past year, after becoming the national president of Brit Tzedek v’Shalom, the Jewish Alliance for Justice and Peace, I had the honor of closely working with Rabbi Wolf once again. It shouldn’t surprise anyone to learn that Rabbi Wolf was one of the leaders of our national Rabbinic Cabinet.

We jointly published an essay calling on our nation’s Jewish leaders to raise their voices in support of the State of Israel as it joined its Arab neighbors at the Annapolis peace conference and spoke often about the opportunities for peace under an Obama administration.

In his statement, Obama summed up a life well-lived: “Rabbi Wolf’s name is synonymous with service, social action and the possibility of change. He will be remembered as a loving husband and father, an engaging teacher, a kindhearted shepherd for [his synagogue], and a tireless advocate of peace for the United States, Israel and the world.”

In the midst of my sorrow, I am proud to be a small piece of the legacy that Rabbi Wolf has left the world. So many of us whose inner light was lit by the sparks from Rabbi Wolf’s torch will proudly and humbly continue to shine that light to banish darkness from the world.

That I am one of these torch bearers brings me great comfort at this time of great loss.

Steve Masters is president of the Chicago-based Brit Tzedek v’Shalom, the Jewish Alliance for Justice and Peace.



Arthur Spiegelman, Journalist, 68

Arthur SpiegelmanArthur Spiegelman, journalist and longtime correspondent for Reuters, died at home in Los Angeles on Dec. 20. He was 68. Born and raised in the Bronx, N.Y., Spiegelman began working at Reuters in 1966 as London correspondent, later transferring to New York in 1973 to serve as chief editor and national correspondent.

In 1997, he moved to Los Angeles and reported primarily on the entertainment industry. In his 42 years with Reuters, Spiegelman covered the U.S. presidential campaigns between 1976 and 1996, John Lennon’s murder, the Gulf War and the O.J. Simpson murder trial. In 2006, Spiegelman was honored as one of Reuters’s journalists of the year.

He is survived by his wife, Charlotte; sons, Adam and Michael; and brother, Marvin. Services were held at Hillside.

Arthur Spiegelman is shown in this undated photo in his Los Angeles office. REUTERS/Family of Arthur Spiegelman/Handout

Obituaries


Dr. David Lieber Dies

At press time The Jewish Journal received word that Dr. David Lieber, born 1925, died Dec. 16. A rabbi and scholar, Dr. Lieber was president emeritus of the University of Judaism (now known as the American Jewish University), senior editor of the Etz Hayim Humash, a pioneer of the Ramah camps, and the founding director of the Mador. A complete story will appear shortly at jewishjournal.com and in next week’s Journal.



Rabbi Michael ‘Mickey’ Rosen, Yakar Center Founder, Dies

Rabbi Michael “Mickey” Rosen, who founded a network of progressive Orthodox synagogues in Israel, has died.

Rosen died Dec. 7 from injuries sustained in a fall. He suffered from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, a degenerative neurological disorder commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. He spent his final weeks in a coma.

In 1992, Rosen founded the Yakar Center for Tradition and Creativity in Jerusalem, which gained popularity with its combination of tuneful prayer services and commitment to social action. A second synagogue later opened in Tel Aviv.

Rosen was ordained in 1973 and earned a doctorate from London University in 1994, according to a brief biography on the Yakar Web site. He was the author of “The Quest for Authenticity,” a book about Chasidic master Rabbi Simcha Bunim.
His brother, Rabbi David Rosen, chairs the International Jewish Committee for Interreligious Consultations.

Rosen was buried Monday in Jerusalem. He is survived by his wife and six children.

— Jewish Telegraphic Agency



Eric Adler died Nov. 24 at 45. He is survived by his father, Bernard; sisters, Jana (Alan) Shelton and Marjorie (Nolan); and brother, Brad (Philippa). Mount Sinai

Ilse Becker died Nov. 6 at 92. She is survived by her daughter, Janine Quint. Sholom Chapels

Lee Berliner died Dec. 2 at 102. She is survived by her daughter, Ruth Burlin; grandchildren; and great-grandchildren. Sholom Chapels

Josephine Berman died Nov. 30 at 98. She is survived by her son, Stuart; daughters, Cynthia and Phyllis; five grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Groman

Joan Bernet died Nov. 28 at 72. She is survived by her husband, Julius; sons, Mervyn and Kevin (Lori); and four grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Ruth Blond died Dec. 3 at 88. She is survived by her daughter, Lisa. Mount Sinai

Samuel Boren died Dec. 7 at 90. He is survived by his wife, Harriet; son, Arthur (Elizabeth); two grandchildren; brothers, Morris (Rose) and Jack; and sister, Helen (Joseph) Freeman. Mount Sinai

Abe Chislov died Dec. 6 at 90. He is survived by his daughter, Rhonda Averbach; and three grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Ronald Cohen died Nov. 29 at 69. He is survived by his wife, Randy; sons, Adam and Daniel; and sister, Myra (Al) Ratner. Mount Sinai

Lena Cohen died Nov. 24 at 87. She is survived by her son, Daniel; daughter, Natalie; four grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. Groman

Michael David died on Nov. 27 at 84. He is survived by his wife, Angie; sons, Robert, Richard (Grenda) and Tony (Linda); and five grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Claire Ellias died Nov. 26 at 85. She is survived by her son, Samuel (Marie); daughter, Linda (Bart) Gordon; and brother, Herb Graff. Hillside

Mary Elmore died Nov. 20 at 92. She is survived by her daughter, Jeanne (Dan) Dague. Hillside

Izrael Falkov died Nov. 27 at 73. He is survived by his wife, Svetlana Kondratiouk; daughter, Anna Milstein; son, Mihail; and one grandchild. Mount Sinai

Helen Feinberg died Nov. 25 at 74. She is survived by her sons, Steven (Susan) and Todd; two grandchildren; and brother, Vincent (Joyce) Harvey. Mount Sinai

Bernice Goodman died Nov. 30 at 95. She is survived by her daughter, Estelle Saltzman. Hillside

Joseph Goodman died Nov. 22 at 78. He is survived by his partner, Joseph Welsch Jr.; nieces, Randy, Gina and Darcey; nephew, Greg; three grandnieces; and one grandnephew. Hillside

Donald Guy died Nov. 27 at 78. He is survived by his wife, Eleanor; daughter, Brenda; sons, James and Stephen; stepsons, Steven (Sandra) Grossman and Kenneth (Katie) Grossman; stepdaughter, Diane (Don) Gaston; six grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. Mount Sinai

Ving Hershon died Nov. 29 at 96. He is survived by his daughter, Anne; and son, Mark. Mount Sinai

Maria Hollos died Dec. 4 at 71. She is survived by her husband, Leslie; son, Peter; daughter, Georgette; and one grandchild. Groman

Ruth Kordish died Dec. 8 at 90. She is survived by her son, Larry (Arlene) Sommer; daughter, Lynda (Herbert) Belinky; and brother, Harold Aronson. Mount Sinai

Esther Lewis died Nov. 23 at 87. She is survived by her son, Hal; one granddaughter; and two sisters. Sholom Chapels

Reuben Mason died Dec. 1 at 91. He is survived by his daughters, Ronna Kajikawa and Sharon (Robert Masino); son, Richard (Joan); three grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Norton Markin died Nov. 28 at 73. He is survived by his son, Orin; daughter, Dverah (Tzvikah) Shkedi; sisters, Phyllis (Bernard) Gilmore and Olivia (Barry) Schoer; nephew, Benjamin (Sujin) Gilmore; nieces, Monika Loewy, Alex Loewy and Natalie Schoer; and relative, Aaron Loewy. Hillside

John Menkes died Nov. 22 at 79. He is survived by his wife, Myrna; sons, Simon and Rafael; daughter, Tamara; stepdaughter, Sydney Simon; stepsons, Sam Simon and Gregory Stogel; and one grandchild. Mount Sinai

Hilda Michaels died Nov. 27 at 91. She is survived by her husband, Bob; daughter, Barbara (Marvin) Brown; sons, Alvan (Connie) and Mathew; seven grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and brother, Edwin (Sunny) Simon. Malinow and Silverman.

William Morrison died Dec. 4 at 96. He is survived by his wife, Ethel; and relatives. Mount Sinai

Sam Nortman died Nov. 24 at 89. He is survived by his son, Mark; and daughter, Miriam. Hillside

Steven Pepper died Dec. 3 at 54. He is survived by his mother, Jacqueline; father, Shelton (Doris); brother, Kenneth; sister, Pamela (Jack) Fender; and brother, Jonathan. Mount Sinai

Lillian Pezzner died Nov. 26 at 92. She is survived by her daughters, Jill (Colin Silverman) Wayne and Beri (Barb Long); son, Michael; two grandchildren; and nephew, Irving (Eileen) Zaroff. Mount Sinai

Joanne Plotkin Nov. 27 at 73. She is survived by her husband, Arnold; daughters, Shari (Michael) Streb and Julie; son, Steve (Suzanne); and four grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Carl Rosenberg died Dec. 4 at 98. He is survived by his nephew, Louis (Marcus Johns) Palley. Mount Sinai

Jeanette Schneider died Nov. 6 at 93. She is survived by her son, Norman; daughters, Susan Srebro and Marlene Schaechter; grandchildren; and great-grandchildren. Sholom Chapels

Abram Schor died Nov. 20 at 94. He is survived by his stepdaughter, Pat Levin. Sholom Chapels

Jeanne Shapiro died Dec. 1 at 85. She is survived by her husband, Milton; son, Arthur (Mary Jane); daughter, Johanna (Eric) Goldstein; and five grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Ted Silvers died Nov. 27 at 86. He is survived by his wife, Gina; daughters, Leah (Bob) Love and Carol (Hadley) Roth; three grandchildren; and brother, David (Susan) Silberstein. Mount Sinai

Esther Slafer died Nov. 21 at 92. She is survived by her husband, Joe; sons, Loren, Dennis and Gene; daughter Anna; and two grandchildren. Sholom Chapels

Sarah Steinberg died Nov. 19 at 93. She is survived by her daughter, Ruth (Buddy) Ellison; and son, David (Leilani). Hillside

Eleanor Stillerman died Nov. 22 at 81. She is survived by her husband, Milton; daughters, Wendy (Andy) Einhorn and Susan Patton; son, Mark (Rachel); two grandchildren; and sister, Rochelle Henry. Malinow and Silverman

Ida Weinstein died Nov. 25 at 94. She is survived by her daughter, Sheila (Arye) Anthony; four grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Andrew Wolach died Nov. 22 at 61. He is survived by his mother, Furn; brother, Wayne (Kim); sister, Lindsay Taylor; nephews, Dennis (Emily) Taylor, Eric (Clara) Taylor and Matthew Taylor; and three great-nephews. Mount Sinai

Alan Woods died Nov. 27 at 90. He is survived by his sons, Eddie (Jan), Barry (Diane), Dennis (Renee) and Jeffrey (Joan); and companion, Marjie Bender. Hillside

Morris Zieve died Nov. 30 at 85. He is survived by his wife, Lorraine; sons, Sherman and Adam; and daughters, Melinda (Brian) Newman and Julianne. Hillside

Obituaries


Jules Porter, Community Lay Leader and Preeminent Social Photographer, Dies at 72

Jules Porter, community lay leader and preeminent social photographer, died of pancreatic cancer Nov. 22 at the age of 72. Working from his well-known Jules Porter Photographer’s studio on Pico Boulevard, Jules chronicled the life-cycle events for multiple generations of Jews from every denomination and every corner of the Southern California Jewish community.

To watch Jules work was to witness a master of his craft — moving people into position with skill and gentle persuasion, anticipating moments that had to be captured, climbing his ever-present stepladder to rise above the crowd to get the best shot. When the photos were developed, Jules would help his clients shape an album of memories — albums that are certainly the most cherished books families own.

I was a young assistant professor of education at what was then the University of Judaism (now American Jewish University) when I had the good fortune to meet Jules. He had been the president of the Sinai Temple chapter of the Federation of Jewish Men’s Clubs, the men’s organization of the Conservative movement, and later rose to become Pacific Southwest Region president and then international president. In fact, Jules was the first lay leader from the West Coast to serve as president of a major arm of the Conservative movement.

Jules was determined to develop a big idea during his tenure as international president, something that would make a difference in the lives of the people he knew so well. Together, we discussed the need to teach adults and families how to celebrate Judaism in the home, beginning with the Shabbat Friday night table ceremony.

The idea of a book emerged, a book that would teach not just the meaning and practice of the rituals but would empower families by presenting the stories of real Jews as they celebrate, stories illustrated, of course, with photos by Jules. With the invaluable assistance of Joel Lurie Grishaver, Jules suddenly became a publisher. When he asked Jack Roth, the purveyor of Judaica, how many copies to print, Roth told him 1,000 copies would be “good,” 3,000 copies a “best seller.”

Over the course of 10 years, beginning in 1985, four books appeared in the Art of Jewish Living series — “Shabbat,” “Passover,” “Hanukkah” and “A Time to Mourn, a Time to Comfort.” Jules made it a project of the University of Judaism, but he secured the support of every arm of the Conservative movement. Hundreds of synagogues offered courses in the Art of Jewish Living.

When the stream of Jewish immigrants coming to America from the former Soviet Union became a flood, Jules insisted the “Passover” volume should be translated into Russian.

It was Jules who raised the money, warehoused the books and tirelessly promoted the courses. And it was Jules who called Roth years later to report that more than 100,000 copies of the books were in print — with second editions available from Jewish Lights Publishing.

As a community lay leader, Jules rose to the highest ranks in his chosen philanthropies. He served on the board of directors of Sinai Temple for many years, including a term as synagogue president. Jules was a founding member of the Masorti Council and served on the national boards of United Synagogue for Conservative Judaism, MERCAZ, the World Council of Synagogues and the Jewish Theological Seminary.

He was president of Los Angeles Hebrew High and was appointed to the boards of Sinai Akiba Academy, Camp Ramah in California and the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies of the American Jewish University.

A devoted husband to his late wife, Marion, Jules is survived by his two daughters,Dawn Rudy and Karen; son, Richard; two grandchildren, Allison and Sharon; and sister, Judith (Chris) Storey.

For those of us whose lives were graced by this passionate and elegant man, a man who captured cherished memories and served the community with distinction, our memories of Jules Porter will always be a blessing.

— Ron Wolfson

Dr. Ron Wolfson is Fingerhut Professor of Education, American Jewish University, and president of Synagogue 3000.



Anne Ablon died Nov. 29 at 91. She is survived by her daughter, Leslie Sperber; son, Richard; seven grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and sister, Lydia Ehrlich. Mount Sinai

Rosalyn Banish died Nov. 12 at 87. She is survived by her daughters, Joan and Marlene; six grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren. Groman

Anna Borodaty died Nov. 20 at 81. She is survived by her son, Vladimir (Alexandra Rubinshteyn); five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Leona Breakstone died Nov. 22 at 88. She is survived by her sons, Neil (Petra) and Jeffrey; one grandchild; sister, Harriet (Howard) Steinberg; and brother, Sanford (Bella) Spiegelman. Mount Sinai

Luba Defoux died Sept. 17 at 86. She is survived by her friends. Malinow and Silverman

Dale Fudim died Nov. 11 at 58. She is survived by her daughters, Leah and Danielle; and brother, Todd Hoffman. Malinow and Silverman

Cesarine Hasson died Nov. 22 at 87. She is survived by her daughter, Josette (Amos) Slutzky; and two grandchildren. Malinow and Silverman

Evelyn Jaffe died Nov. 12 at 79. She is survived by her sons, Rick and Steve (Stephanie). Malinow and Silverman

Abraham Kirschenstein died Nov. 17 at 91. He is survived by his wife, Mary; son, Joel; daughter, Phyllis; nine grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. Groman

Abraham Kordish died Nov. 20 at 101. He is survived by his wife, Ruth; son, Larry; daughters, Beverly, Lynda and Bobbie; 10 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. Groman

Miriam Losch died Nov. 13 at 92. She is survived by her daughters, Andrea and Cynthia; sisters, Henrietta and Natalie; and three grandchildren. Groman

Michael Lund died Nov. 18 at 39. He is survived by his wife, Robbin; sons, Jacob and Joshua; and mother, Ellen (Richard) Millet. Malinow and Silverman

Majer Pulvermacher died Nov. 19 at 88. He is survived by his wife, Estera; daughter, Corrine (Lenny) Sands; son, Gerald (Mary-Belle); six grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Paul Salita died Oct. 20 at 76. He is survived by his wife, Diane; son, Jim (Anna); daughters, Pamela (Randy) Miller and Cathy (Jeff) Phillips; six grandchildren; brother, Steve; and sister, Arlene Calof. Mount Sinai.

Pauline Saslow died Nov. 11 at 87. She is survived by her sons, Eric and Warren (Rebecca); sister, Regina Cheshes; and five grandchildren. Malinow and Silverman

Irwin Schwartz died Nov. 17 at 80. He is survived by his wife, Rita; daughters, Francine (James) Travers and Lauu (Larry) Turkheimer; son, Richard (Robin); and 10 grandchildren. Mount Sinai.

Esther Shane died Nov. 15 at 91. She is survived by her daughter, Janice (Dr. Richard) Weisbart; three grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. Malinow and Silverman

Bruce Michael Shapiro died Nov. 14 at 68. He is survived by his sons, Marc and Brad (Tricia); daughter-in-law, Susan; and sister, Leslie Wybinow. Hillside

Helen Silverman died Nov. 9 at 83. She is survived by her sister, Emily Masters; niece, Barbara Masters; and nephew, Matthew Masters. Hillside

Minnie Spezman died Nov. 19 at 90. She is survived by her nieces, Joyce Margolin and Sharon Croskery. Mount Sinai

Leonard Turner died Nov. 6 at 87. He is survived by his wife, Dorothy; son, Monty (Melanie); daughter, Nicole (Scot Hrbeck); and three grandchildren. Chevra Kadisha

Frances Weiss died Nov. 18 at 99. She is survived by her niece, Marjorie Brachman; nephew, Bennet Brachman; and sister, Isabelle Gordon. Hillside

Rudolf Winkler died Nov. 15 at 92. He is survived by his wife, Carmel; son, Jonathan; and daughters, Sharon Bruce and Susan Schiff. Hillside

Obituaries


Irving Brecher, Radio, Stage, Screen Comedy Writer, 94

Irving Brecher, a comedy writer whose career in radio, television and film included writing two Marx Brothers comedies and co-writing the Judy Garland musical, “Meet Me in St. Louis,” has died. He was 94.

Brecher died of age-related causes on Nov. 17 at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, said his wife, Norma.

Born Jan. 17, 1914, in Bronx, N.Y., Brecher was 19 years old when he sold his first joke to Milton Berle. Brecher is the only writer to have gotten solo credit on two Marx Brothers movies, “At the Circus” and “Go West.”

In a 2005 interview with Hank Rosenfeld for The Journal, Brecher talked about how he first saw Groucho Marx — on screen and then later in person:

“I had been a passionate Groucho Marx worshipper since I was a kid,” he recalled. “When I was a teenager [in 1930], the night editor of the Yonkers Herald-Statesman, where I worked, gave me a movie pass — worth 25 cents! — to see ‘Animal Crackers,’ and I was on the floor. I stayed in the theater and watched it a second time. I couldn’t get it out of my head. I started doing my own version of Groucho Marx.”

In 1937, Brecher was working at MGM, he recalled, “helping spike, or punch-up, ‘The Wizard of Oz.’ The great Oz producer, Mervyn Leroy, told me I was going to write a Marx Brothers picture. I couldn’t believe it. I was excited, but scared, and when he introduced me to Groucho, I’m sure that my knees were shaking and my voice, too. ‘Hello Mister Marx,’ I said, extending my hand. Groucho says, ‘Hello?’ This is the writer you’re gonna put on the picture, a guy who ad-libs hello? That’s some ad-lib.’ Groucho took me to lunch, and from then on, we became friends.”

After his two features for the Marx Brothers, Brecher co-wrote “Meet Me in St. Louis” (1944), for which he received an Academy Award nomination. He wrote seven other musicals at MGM, including the 1963 hit, “Bye Bye Birdie.”

Brecher wrote and produced the long-running radio show, “The Life of Riley.” He wrote the film of the same name, which starred William Bendix and was released in 1949 — the same year “Riley” debuted as what is widely considered to have been the first sitcom on American television.

In addition to his screen and TV work, Brecher wrote vaudeville and radio shows for Milton Berle. He also wrote for and forged friendships with Hollywood funnymen Jack Benny, Jackie Gleason, Ernie Kovacs and George Burns.

Groucho Marx dubbed Brecher “The Wicked Wit of the West,” a moniker Brecher later used as the title of his autobiography, due to be published in February by Ben Yehuda Press.

Brecher is survived by his wife of 25 years, Norma; stepson, Michael Waxenberg; and stepdaughters, Jane Ulman and Ellen Zoschak. Services were held Nov. 20 at Hillside Memorial Park in Los Angeles.



Stanley Abrams died Nov. 14 at 78. He is survived by his wife, Vera; daughters, Anne (David) Steirman and Linda Feinholz; sons, Gene (Michele), Paul (Debbie Lauterbach) and Steven (Lori) Feinholz; and nine grandchildren. Malinow and Silverman

Rose Aminoff died Nov. 9 at 82. She is survived by her brother, Lee Mael; and sister, Hilda Jepsen. Hillside

Charles Barenfeld died Nov. 18 at 92. He is survived by his sons, Marc and Michael. Hillside

Harold Barnett died Nov. 14 at 90. He is survived by his son, Stuart; daughters, Robin Waller and Leslie; and sister, Sylvia Taylor. Hillside

Leonard Beller died Nov. 15 at 76. He is survived by his wife, Sheila; son, Mark (Rachel); daughters, Marla (Jim) Gilb and Ylana (Carmine); eight grandchildren; sister, Enid (Seymour) Zimbler; and brother, Gary (Carole). Mount Sinai

Rene Brand died Nov. 11 at 79. She is survived by her daughter, Ellen; and son-in-law, Arnold Levitt. Hillside

Moriyah Singh Chahal died Nov. 17 at 60. She is survived by her husband, Jasbir. Hillside

Jane Chevron died Nov. 9 at 82. She is survived by her husband, Dan; daughter, Debra Peters; and sisters, Ilene Peters and Ann Phillips. Hillside

Charles Chuckrow died Nov. 10 at 82. He is survived by his daughters, Peggy Shepard and Carol Shepard; son, George (Loretta); and one grandchild. Malinow and Silverman

David Comsky died Nov. 12 at 80. He is survived by his wife, Cynthia; and daughters, Beth Raanan and Jill. Hillside

Doris Sally Fradkin died Nov. 11 at 82. She is survived by her daughter, Marla (Dale) Stuntz; and sons, Alan and Neil (Judy). Hillside

Donald Friedman died Nov. 16 at 87. He is survived by his daughter, Hannah Gold; sons, Michael and Brian; sister, Margaret Preiser; niece, Adeline (Mark) Preiser; nephews, Randall (Sheris) Preiser and Douglas (Babs) Presier; and two great-nephews. Mount Sinai

Lorraine Hudson died Nov. 13 at 88. She is survived by her daughters, Sandra Drummond and Roberta Dunlop; and son, Larry. Hillside

Sidney William Kash died Nov. 14 at 86. He is survived by his sons, Jeffrey and Richard; and daughters, Judith Dinges and Paula Mendel. Hillside

Sue Lee Leff died Nov. 5 at 75. She is survived by her sons, Fred and Daniel; and sister, Marilyn (Sam) Benton. Hillside

Robert Lench died Nov. 7 at 84. He is survived by his brother, Jerome; sister, Freda Laine; and niece, Lisa. Hillside

Max Linson died Sept. 16 at 91. He is survived by his wife, Helen; daughters, Denise Renee (Henry) Grodzienski and Sherry Jo (Larry) Lerner; and two grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Jamie Pitkovski died Nov. 16 at 83. He is survived by his sister, Elena (Arthur) Magat; nephew, David (Rhonda) Magat; and nieces, Elizabeth (David) Gaynes and Michelle (Wayne) Levin. Mount Sinai

Majer Pulvermacher died Nov. 19 at 88. He is survived by his wife, Estera; daughter, Corrine (Lenny) Sands; son, Gerald (Mary-Belle); six grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Pauline Saslow died Nov. 11 at 87. She is survived by her sons, Eric and Warren (Rebecca); sister, Regina Cheshes; and five grandchildren. Malinow and Silverman

Irwin Schwartz died Nov.17 at 80. He is survived by his wife, Rita; daughters, Francine (James) Travers and Lauu (Larry) Turkheimer; son, Richard (Robin); and ten grandchildren. Mount Sinai.

Bruce Michael Shapiro died Nov. 14 at 68. He is survived by his sons, Marc and Brad (Tricia); daughter-in-law, Susan; and sister, Leslie Wybinow. Hillside

Helen Silverman died Nov. 9 at 83. She is survived by her sister, Emily Masters; niece, Barbara Masters; and nephew, Matthew Masters. Hillside

Minnie Spezman died Nov. 19 at 90. She is survived by her nieces, Joyce Margolin and Sharon Croskery. Mount Sinai

Frances Weiss died Nov. 18 at 99. She is survived by her niece, Marjorie Brachman; nephew, Bennet Brachman; and sister, Isabelle Gordon. Hillside

Rudolf Winkler died Nov. 15 at 92. He is survived by his wife, Carmel; son, Jonathan; and daughters, Sharon Bruce and Susan Schiff. Hillside

Obituaries


Daniel Abrams died Nov. 3 at 25. He is survived by his parents, David and Marion; and brother, Aaron. Malinow and Silverman

Morris Ackerman died Nov. 16 at 80. He is survived by his wife, Miriam; daughters, Fran (Marc) Rifkin and Rachelle (Andrew) Doherty; three grandchildren; and sister, Dorothy (Earl) Korchak. Mount Sinai

Sally Alcalay died Nov. 3 at 71. She is survived by her daughter, Jodi (Dave) Frankenbach; sons, Michael (Marisa) and Scott; and three grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Lawrence Alpert died Nov. 2 at 71. He is survived by his wife, Susan; daughters, Dana (Steven) Neiger and Bari (Sean) Cessna; and five grandchildren. Malinow and Silverman

Adele Barkan-Rosenfeld died Oct. 26 at 71. She is survived by her sons, Michael (Jennifer) Rosenfeld, Jeff (Jill) and David (Wendy); five grandchildren; and brother, Hershel Barkan. Mount Sinai

Nathan Bartel died Nov. 2 at 92. He is survived by his sons, Marvin (Maria) and Alan. Malinow and Silverman

James Benbenisty died Oct. 31 at 89. He is survived by his wife, Sylvia; daughter, Rochelle Cattan; and two grandchildren. Malinow and Silverman

Riesa Bland died Nov. 4 at 78. She is survived by her daughter, Rikki (Alan) Anderson; sons, Paul and Jerry; and brother, Gordon (Phyllis) Molloff. Mount Sinai

Rosslyn Block died Nov. 3 at 93. She is survived by her daughter, Barbara (Ted) Pasternack; and sister, Beverly Webber. Hillside

Paul Blonsky died Nov. 5 at 79. He is survived by his sons, Gerald (Sonny), Lawrence (Barbara), David (Cheryl) and Barry (Siska); and six grandchildren. Malinow and Silverman

Michael Breen died Nov. 6 at 94. He is survived by his wife, Barbara; daughter, Donna (Jay) Levy; son, Brent (Iris) Steinman, brother, Bobby; and one grandchild. Malinow and Silverman

Michael Brill died Nov. 8 at 41. He is survived by his mother, Norma; brother, Max; and former wife, Ann. Mount Sinai

Jeffried Brown died Oct. 15 at 59. He is survived by his cousin, Betty Boyd. Malinow and Silverman

Leatrice Cherniet died Oct. 25 at 79. She is survived by her daughter, Rhonda; sons, Keith (Esther) and Lance (Joyce Dacher); and five grandchildren. Malinow and Silverman

Marvin Immanuel Dashefsky died Nov. 9 at 74. He is survived by his wife, Joan; sons, Howard, Mark and Alan; brother, Larry; and four grandchildren. Groman

Melvin Deutsch died Nov. 3 at 83. He is survived by his daughters, Rachelle (Randy) Mullen and Kristi (Yonni) Kirplanis; four grandchildren; and sister, Eileen Ellis. Mount Sinai

Alison Engelman died Nov. 2 at 50. She is survived by her husband, Marc; son, Zachary; parents, Richard and Jackie Frederick; sister, Lisa Frederick; and mother-in-law, Marcia. Malinow and Silverman

Lillian Shirley Gardner died Nov. 9 at 89. She is survived by her husband, Simon; son, Alfred; and four grandchildren. Groman

Irving Gertz died Nov. 14 at 93. He is survived by his wife, Dorothy; daughters, Susie (Ron) Anson and Madeliene (Jimmy) Herron; four grandchildren; and friends. Los Angeles National Cemetery

Abe Glodney died Nov. 3 at 91. He is survived by his wife, Evelyn; daughter, Carole; sons, Michael (Pamela) and Steven (Zina); and one grandchild. Mount Sinai

Dorothy Gorowitz died Nov. 13 at 85. She is survived by her husband, Bernard; daughter, Marsha (Robert) Dultz; son, Edmund; two grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Frank Hammer died Oct. 23 at 77. He is survived by his wife, Eva; son, Jerry; daughters, Carrie and Lisa; and six grandchildren. Chevra Kadisha

Rochelle Hoffman died Oct. 31 at 65. She is survived by her brothers, Joseph and Puran. Groman

Lawrence Kagan died Nov. 3 at 91. He is survived by his wife, Theresa; son, Spencer (Laurie); daughter, Sandra; six grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Mildred Kaz died Nov. 5 at 95. She is survived by her sons, Andre Edward (Jayne) and William (Roxanna); six grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Sylvia Kliaman died Sept. 28 at 85. She is survived by her husband, Morris; son, Joel; daughter, Carolyn; one grandchild; and brothers, Jerry and Ronald. Groman

Joseph Kogut died Nov. 11 at 97. He is survived by his son, Jon; daughter, Merry; two grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and friends. Mount Sinai

Emanuel Kruger died Nov. 10 at 81. He is survived by his daughter, Laurie Kruger Hoppis; sons, Stephen and Jeffrey; sister, Anna; nephew, Jacob Seid; and six grandchildren. Malinow and Silverman

Helen Laykin died Nov. 11 at 95. She is survived by her daughters, Suzanne Rodgers and Teri (John) Howard; four grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. Mount Sinai

Arthur Milton Levy died Nov. 3 at 87. He is survived by his wife, Bette; son, Keith; daughters, Jo Elen, Wendy and Jamie; and 12 grandchildren. Groman

Julia Lert died Nov. 14 at 92. She is survived by her son, Alan (Sandra); and brother, Ralph (Natalie) Fine. Mount Sinai

Paul Light died Nov. 8 at 98. He is survived by his sons, Les (Diane) and David (Barbel); daughter, Marilyn (Bill) Sousa; six grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. Chevra Kadisha

Ethel Malat died Nov. 3 at 94. She is survived by her sons, Gerald and Melvin (Marsha); sister, Shirley Goldinger; and brother, Lewis Lesser. Hillside

Joseph Milstien died Nov. 10 at 89. He is survived by his daughter, Sharon (Stuart) Olster; sons Eugene and Barry; five grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. Mount Sinai

Bruce B. Mises died Nov. 8 at 93. He is survived by his wife, Joy Dan Graves-Mises; and brother-in-law, Buddy (Mardis) Jackson. Mount Sinai

Lenore Mitnick died Nov. 2 at 94. She is survived by her nephew, Martin (Ann). Malinow and Silverman

Gloria Nass died Oct. 30 at 77. She is survived by her sister, Joan; and brother, Philip. Malinow and Silverman

Robert Neubauer died Nov. 2 at 59. He is survived by his friends. Malinow and Silverman

Frederick Lawrence Rodin died Nov. 2 at 54. He is survived his wife, Susan; sons, Sam and Jacob; mother, Rowena; brother, Dale (Carole); and sister, Jill (Larry) Rodin-Spiegel. Hillside

Ronald Ross died Nov. 11 at 61. He is survived by his daughters, Allison (Jason Chaunley) and Emily; son, Jonathan; father, Allan; and sister, Lynda (Stanley) Levy. Mount Sinai

Francine Salter died Nov. 2 at 86. She is survived by her husband, Frank; son, Art; and daughters, Marle Galper and Lori Marfield. Hillside

Ruth Saltman died Oct. 30 at 92. She is survived by her sons, Roger (Anne) and Scott; and five grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Dennis Schlesinger died Nov. 15 at 79. He is survived by his wife, Marilyn; daughter, Carol (Peter) Friedman; sons, Mark and Eric; and 10 great-grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Ruth Lillian Seidner died Nov. 6 at 88. She is survived by her son, Gary (Luciano PongPack); daughter, Sandy (Robert) Rosenstein; daughter-in-law, Roxane; brother, Bernie Aronson; and four grandchildren. Hillside

Rina Shiff died Nov. 3 at 93. She is survived by her son, Robert. Malinow and Silverman

Henry Silver died Nov. 7 at 95. He is survived by his wife, Edith; daughter, Florence; son, Charles (Kathie); five grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and sister, Helena Aisenberg. Mount Sinai

Mercedes Stein died Nov. 1 at 75. She is survived by her husband, David; son, Stephen Foss; and five grandchildren. Malinow and Silverman

Sylvia Warshauer died Nov. 15 at 81. She is survived by her daughter, Carol (Larry) Gold; sons, David (Jona) and Bernard (Deborah); seven grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and sister, Phyllis Bennett. Mount Sinai

Harold Wiener died Nov. 1 at 84. He is survived by his wife, Lillian; son, Cary; daughter, Debra; sister, Rhoda; and three grandchildren. Groman

Sylvia Yachzel died Nov. 12 at 89. She is survived by her son, Joel; daughters, Sheva (Gershon) Weissman (formerly Sharene Johnson) and Betsy (Ron) Yachzel-Stamm; sister, Helen Robin; brother, Leon (Pearl) Sklar; eight grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Chevra Kadisha

Obituaries


Gabriel Almond died Oct. 12 at 97. He is survived by his wife, Hilda; sons, Laurence and Paul; and brother, Nathan. Chevra Kadisha

Gerald Bemel died Oct. 23 at 76. He is survived by his son, Kevin (Melanie); daughters, Melissa and Marla; and two grandchildren. Sholom Chapels

Lee Berman died Oct. 26 at 95. She is survived by her daughters, Barbara Orkin and Judy Fisher; grandchildren; and great-grandchildren. Sholom Chapels

Albert Blaisch died Oct. 27 at 90. He is survived by his wife, Sylvia; son, Robert; daughters, Ilene (Jay Namson) and Lois (Robert McNabb); and six grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Frances Brezner died Oct. 30 at 91. She is survived by her sons, Larry (Dominique) and Jeffrey (Sandra). Hillside

Frances Brody died Nov. 1 at 98. She is survived by her nephew, Raymond (Barbara) Alpert; and niece, Janet (Jake) Farber. Mount Sinai

Rochelle Chaplin died Oct. 25 at 66. She is survived by her brother, Sheldon (Joyce); niece, Michelle; and nephews, Max and Ben. Mount Sinai

Frank Cohen died Oct. 27 at 88. He is survived by his wife, Martha; son, Robert (Christine); and brother, Bernard. Mount Sinai

Muriel Cohen died Oct. 31 at 89. She is survived by her daughter, Judy; and son, Robert. Hillside

Laura Cohen died Oct. 26 at 91. She is survived by her daughter, Dolly (David) Goodman; son, Isaac (Mayola); four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Malinow and Silverman

Steven Dashowitz died Sept. 28 at 72. He is survived by his wife, Phyllis; sons, Jeffrey and Michael Dash; and grandchildren. Sholom Chapels.

Abe Englander died Oct. 12 at 91. He is survived by his son, David (Ann); daughters, Caryn (John) Bitler and Meryl Pierce; 13 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Sholom Chapels

Hilda Flate died Oct. 19 at 99. She is survived by her son, Ronald; daughter, Marlene; six grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. Groman

David Freeman died Oct. 30 at 92. He is survived by his wife, Esther; and daughter, Julie (Fred) Crandall. Hillside

Sidney I. Glass died Nov. 1 at 91. He is survived by his wife, Ethel; and son, Jerry. Mount Sinai

Sharen Glincher died Oct. 13 at 78. She is survived by her daughters, Debby Leve and Betsy (Mark) Lunt; and grandchildren. Hillside

Clara Goldberg died Oct. 29 at 82. She is survived by her son, Joshua (Sharon); daughter, Sima Conrad; sisters, Sarah Kam and Jenny (David) Kilberg; sisters-in-law, Rena Seffer and Roza Nass. Mount Sinai

Leon Golombek died Oct. 28 at 93. He is survived by his wife, Ruth; daughter, Sarah Feldman; and son, Hank. Hillside

Arthur Jay Goodman died Oct. 2 at 83. He is survived by his wife, Paula; and daughter, Annie. Chevra Kadisha.

Elaine Brenda Goren-Hill died Oct. 1 at 65. She is survived by her husband, Gabriel; son, Omri; daughters Danielle, Naomi and Adie; five grandchildren; and sister, Sharon. Groman

Marilyn Greenbaum died Oct. 26 at 73. She is survived by her daughter, Janet (Lew) Greenbaum-Kamanski. Hillside

Sidney H. Hechtman died Nov. 1 at 92. He is survived by his daughter, Sheri (Noel) Anenberg; son, Richard (Setsu); three grandchildren; sister, Ruth Smith; and brothers, Eddie (Serkie) and Bobby (Betty). Mount Sinai

Estelle Katz died Oct. 26 at 88. She is survived by her sons, Howard and Barry; and daughter, Linda Schwartz. Hillside

Joseph D. Kesselman died Oct. 25 at 93. He is survived by his brother, Martin. Mount Sinai

Melvin A. Kogan died Oct. 31 at 74. He is survived by his wife, Evelyn; son, Steven (Tena); daughters, Kerri (Mitch) Gilliand and Stacie (Allan) Tucker; stepdaughter, Melanie (Matt) Levin; stepson, Marc Roth; and five grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Rande Laiderman died Oct. 22 at 54. She is survived by her mother, Phyllis; and sister, Jane Kirschbaum. Malinow and Silverman

Simon Mayer Levi died Oct. 29 at 89. He is survived by his wife, Florence; son, Russell; and daughter, Maggy Diamond. Hillside

Sidney Leviton died Nov. 1 at 90. He is survived by his daughters, Myrna (Lester) Aaron, Sandra (Sherman) Waldman and Brenda (Stanley) Cleaves; and brother, Bernie. Hillside

Lillian Levy died Oct. 30 at 92. She is survived by her daughters, Marsha (Charles Gore) Kapr-Gore and Shelley (Mo) Newaz; two grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and sister, Pearl Shear. Mount Sinai

Maurice Lieberman died Oct.18 at 90. He is survived by his wife, Rose; daughters, Myra (Les) Graubard and Arlene Mahru; and four grandchildren. Malinow and Silverman

Paulaann H. Lyons died Nov. 1 at 68. She is survived by her husband, Robert; son, Mark (Jennifer); daughters, Elizabeth (Wayne) Shapiro and Jennifer; one grandchild; and sister, June Harvey. Mount Sinai

Samuel Magid died Oct. 27 at 96. He is survived by his son, Marc; and daughter, Barbara Berkowitz. Hillside

Rachel Meller died Oct. 31 at 86. She is survived by her sons, Sol (Susan) and Eric (Susan). Hillside

Sally Ann Mellon died Oct.24 at 83. She is survived by her husband, Larry; son, Vic (Chavee); daughters, Pam (Eliot) Bieda and Jody (Charles) Levy; and grandchildren. Sholom Chapels

Celia Michiel died Oct. 23 at 92. She is survived by her daughter, Arlene Stone; two grandchildren; and brother, Ed Preston. Malinow and Silverman

Blossom Katzman Miller died Nov. 2 at 93. She is survived by her husband, Harry; sons, Peter (Melna) Katz, Barry; daughter, Sue (Frank) Marxen; five grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Ava Moreb died Sept. 22 at 49. She is survived by her mother, Irene Oueis; and brothers, Robert Zoulin and Philip. Sholom Chapels

Elizabeth Anne Morgan died Sept. 2 at 40. She is survived by her husband, Jack; daughter, Tabitha; son, Brett; parents, Joni and Monte Gordon; and brother, John Gordon. Hillside

Kurt Mueller died Oct. 30 at 88. He is survived by his son, Jan. Mount Sinai

Seymour Myers died Oct. 28 at 86. He is survived by his wife, Charlotte; daughter Rhonda (Klaus) Rosebrock; sons, Richard (Roberta), Russell (Della) and Robert (Lynn); eight grandchildren; brother, Sam; and sister, Marylin Barash. Sholom Chapels

Howard Oringel died Oct. 24 at 91. He is survived by his daughters, Pamela (Larry) Szabo, Bonnie (George) Chelwick and Nadine (Owen) Rogers; four grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. Malinow and Silverman

Michael Steven Pinsky died Oct. 26 at 52. He is survived by his father, Leo; and mother, Sheila. Hillside

Shirley Rothstein died Oct. 26 at 90. She is survived by her daughter, Robyn; and brother, Louis Pagter. Mount Sinai

Harry Schatz died Oct.13 at 88. He is survived by his sons, Jack and Jerry; daughter, Janet; and grandchildren. Sholom Chapels

Herman Scherr died Oct. 30 at 89. He is survived by his wife, Frances; daughters, Marilyn (Martin) Kirschen, Carolyn (Louis) Friedkin and Annette; and five grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Helen Mae Schwimmer died Oct. 30 at 104. She is survived by her nieces, Saramae Taylor and Thelma Rosenblum. Hillside

Robert Sherman died Oct. 25 at 85. He is survived by his wife, Amelia; sons, Brad, Richard, Randall and Bryan; daughter, Deborah Day; and brothers, Howard and Donald. Hillside

Irving Smigel died Oct. 12 at 75. He is survived by his wife, Irma; and son, Mark. Sholom Chapels

Allan Solomon died Oct. 27 at 54. He is survived by wife, Julia May; father, Philip; mother, Marcella; and brother, Barry. Hillside

Myron Stein died Nov. 1 at 73. He is survived by his wife, Renee; daughter, Diane; sons, Gary and Richard; four grandchildren; and sister, Charlene Litwack. Mount Sinai

Tracy Stone died Oct. 23 at 39. She is survived by her father, Gilbert; mother, Karen; brother, Eric; and uncle, Fred Miller. Hillside

Herbert Tobman died Oct. 28 at 85. He is survived by his wife, Ann; son, David (Madelyn); daughter, Gail (Stephen) Shapiro; and four grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Rose Pomerantz Tunis died Oct. 11 at 96. She is survived by her sons, Norman and Fred; daughter, Shirley Talbot; grandchildren; and great-grandchildren. Sholom Chapels

Obituaries


Arthur Baer died Oct. 20 at 41. He is survived by his son, Ashton; parents, Sheldon and Miriam; sister, Leni (Ralph) Ceglia; nephews, Brandon and Jordan Ceglia; niece, Frances Ceglia; and partner, Pamela Edwards. Mount Sinai

Helene Bayer died Oct. 17 at 77. She is survived her sons, Michael and Kenneth; and four grandchildren. Chevra Kadisha

Elaine Beigel died Oct. 21 at 88. She is survived by her niece, Shirley (Robert) Rubin-Lipson; nephew, Alvin Rubin; and one grandnephew. Mount Sinai

Vera Benson died Oct. 18 at 85. She is survived by her daughter, Marsha. Groman

Bella Berman died Oct. 13 at 88. She is survived by her daughter, Pam Cary; and two grandchildren. Malinow and Silverman

Simon Collins died Oct. 16 at 90. He is survived by his wife, Shirlee; sons, James, Jonathan (Melissa), Jeffrey (Roxanna) and Ted; and four grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Elaine Comess died Oct. 12 at 81. She is survived by her husband, Leonard; daughter, Toby (Neil) Daniels; son, Richard; brother, Alvin (Brenda) Hackel; four grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. Malinow and Silverman

Viviane Cron died Oct. 23 at 88. She is survived by her son, Steve; daughter, Laurie (Carl) Farless; and five grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Harlene Flaxman died Sept. 23 at 60. She is survived by her daughter, Zana (Everett) Ishisaka; son, Aaron; three grandchildren; and brother, Harvey. Shalom Memorial Funeral Home

Ruth Gabriel died Oct. 22 at 88. She is survived by her daughters, Lynn Munson and Debbie; and two grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Charlotte Goldfarb died Oct. 23 at 90. She is survived by her daughters, Carol (Marvin) Steinberg and Suzan Dawe; son, Richard (Juliette); and sisters, Isabelle (Mort) Case, Barbara (Harry) Peefer, Lillian Sinon, and Rosalyn Peifer. Mount Sinai

Sidney Goldman died Oct. 13 at 93. He is survived by his daughters, Rhoda (Richard) Becker and Barbara (Don) Awerkamp; four grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. Malinow and Silverman

Eliott Goldstein died Oct. 15 at 55. He is survived by his mother, Maxine. Malinow and Silverman

Julie Goralnik died Oct. 19 at 58. She is survived by her mother, Sandra. Malinow and Silverman

Rosa Herchcovichz died Oct. 8 at 71. She is survived by her sons, Mario and Bernardo; daughter, Susan; six grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. Groman

Alfred Heyman died Oct. 17 at 91. He is survived by his son, Robert; daughters, Meridian Grace, Faith (Avery Golden) Mischel-Golden and Debbie Roberts; six grandchildren; sister, Helen Cohen; brothers, Bert (Ida) and Dr. Louis. Mount Sinai

James Hill died Oct. 11 at 67. He is survived by his wife, Jean; daughters, Amanda, Alison and Andrea; one granddaughter; brother; and sister. Malinow and Silverman

Mildred Hirsh died Oct. 25 at the age of 83. She is survived by her son, Steven Douglas (Pam). Mount Sinai

Marlene Kanter died Oct. 19 at 63. She is survived by her husband, Harvey; sons, Rick (Lori) and Bryan (Jenine) Allen; daughter, Stacy (Kevin) Wattles; mother, Marcie Rosenthal; sisters, Elaine (Herb) Hyman and Joanne Burns. Mount Sinai

Anne Luffman died Oct. 14 at 91. She is survived by her friends. Groman

Mark S. Miller died Oct. 24 at 91. He is survived by his son, Henry (Terri) Kraft; daughter, Sherry (Jeffrey) Kraft; two grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Edith Marie Minsky died Oct. 16 at 82. She is survived by her husband, Bernard; daughters, Janet (Larry) Huerta and Dr. Frances (Ted) Thayer; and two grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Shirley Newman died Oct. 13 at 82. She is survived by her husband, Samuel; son, Steven; brothers, Gene and Julian; sisters, Jocelyn and Reva; and two grandchildren. Groman

Ruth Novak died Oct. 13 at 99. She is survived by her daughter, Marilyn Wolman; son, Mark (Marsha); three grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. Malinow and Silverman

Morton Pinz died Oct. 20 at 99. He is survived by his daughter, Linda (Edward) DeRoo; stepdaughters, Jan Sobel, Susan Levy and Lisa Rosen; one granddaughter; two great-grandchildren; and former wife, Renee. Mount Sinai

Theodore Root died Oct. 17 at 92. He is survived by his wife, Edith; son, Sherwin (Sherry); one grandchild; and brother, Leonard. Mount Sinai

Henry Rozdal died Oct. 24 at 88. He is survived by his wife, Betty; daughters, Mickey (Steven Tolchin) Forman and Aviva (Moses) Laufer; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Samuel Sandler died Oct. 25 at 92. He is survived by his stepson, David (Julianne) Geffen; three grandchildren; and caregivers, Victor, Mion and Elias. Mount Sinai

Lillian Scherer died Oct. 20 at 96. She is survived by her daughter, Joyce (Steve); son, Dr. Barry (Mary) Leventhal; seven grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Barton Schuman died Oct. 22 at 79. He is survived by his daughters, Jackie (Bruce) Rosenblum, Diane Becker and Karen (Reuven) Tuvia; eight grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and sister, Marilyn (Dr. Edward) Spencer. Mount Sinai

Theodore Silver died Oct. 17 at 94. He is survived by his son, Paul; and daughters, Lauren and Ellen. Mount Sinai

Anne Simon died Oct. 23 at 94. She is survived by her daughter, Hinda Lucas; eight grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Robert Stein died Oct. 21 at 74. He is survived by his wife, Carol; son, Craig (Kellie); and daughter, Stacy (Scott) Kurzban. Mount Sinai

Albert Teller died Oct. 24 at 88. He is survived by his daughter, Kitty (Dennis) Harris; one granddaughter; and brother, Curt (Elfi). Mount Sinai

Stuart Tooredman died Oct. 19 at 60. He is survived by his wife, Cynthia; daughter, Jaime; sons, Brian Sarnecky and Dale; one grandson; mother, Sadye; and friend, Ed Bercow. Mount Sinai

Leonard Trank died Oct. 19 at 96. He is survived by his wife, Joyce; sons, Richard and Mark; daughter, Lisa; brother, Samuel; and eight grandchildren. Groman

Philip Weinstein died Oct. 26 at 78. He is survived by his wife, Shirley; sons, Don (Cheryl), Stuart, Jeffrey (Mihaela) and Richard (Marie); and seven grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Mildred Woolf died Oct. 9 at 95. She is survived by her daughter, Phyllis (Lloyd) Greenwald; son, Jeffrey (Mary); four grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and sister, Rhoda Levinson. Hillside

Harvey Wyman died Oct. 18 at 90. He is survived by his wife, Mae; and daughters, Faith and Hope (Michael Peterson). Mount Sinai

Michael Zborovsky died Oct. 23 at 72. He is survived by his wife, Elena; sons, Len (Sylvia) and Alan (Christiane); and two grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Obituaries


Samuel Baseman died June 6 at 88. He is survived by wife, Dora; daughter, Sarah Perlis (Morris); four grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; brother, Ben (Naomi); niece; and three nephews.

Meyer Blank died Oct. 12 at 89. He is survived by his children, Sandra Goldstein and Janice; five grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and brother, Harry (Joyce) Blank. Mount Sinai

Richard Bookman died Oct. 5 at 58. He is survived by his daughter, Devon; and mother, Maxine. Malinow and Silverman

Beverly Brandwein died Oct. 7 at 93. She is survived by her daughter, Bernice Bell. Malinow and Silverman

Frank Brufner died Oct. 14 at 87. He is survived by his wife, May; daughter, Barbara (Darryl Gordon); and three grandchildren. Mount Sinai

William Bryan died Oct. 8 at 77. He is survived by his wife, Phoebe; daughters, Margot (Peter) Friend and Dena (Michael) Suverkrubbe; four grandchildren; and sister, Florence (Herbert) Williams. Malinow and Silverman

Roslyn Cellucci died Oct. 14 at 98. She is survived by her friends. Groman

Pearl Cohen died Oct. 7 at 77. She is survived by her sons, Michael (Jeanne), Robert (Bonnie) and Barry (Laura); fourgrandchildren; brother, Ronald (Johanna) Friedman; and friend, Amelia. Mount Sinai

Simon Collins died Oct. 16 at 90. He is survived by his wife, Shirlee; sons, James, Jonathan (Melissa), Jeffrey (Roxanna) and Ted; and four grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Alan Davidson died Oct. 12 at 73. He is survived by his friends. Malinow and Silverman

Marvyn Davidson died Oct. 17 at 86. He is survived by his wife, Muriel; son, Dr Ronald; daughter, Judy; and grandchildren, Rachel and Julia. Mount Sinai

Earl Draimin died Oct. 15 at 91. He is survived by his wife, Marcia; son, Sheldon; daughters, Andrea (Lannie) Sandak, Sheryl (Donald) Acosta and Michele (Bernard) Ryding; stepchildren, Rheeta and Marc Zell; grandsons, Brett and Dereck; and stepgranddaughter, Codie Zell. Mount Sinai

Allan Franklin died Oct. 13 at 70. He is survived by his wife, Elaine; son, Eric (Jennifer); daughter, Diane Letulier; three grandchildren; brother, Frederic (Dedee); and sister, Linda (Woody) Cole. Mount Sinai

Marilyn Glaser died Oct. 12 at 76. She is survived by her husband, Harold; and daughter, Dr. Linda. Malinow and Silverman

Bert Gold died Oct. 11 at 85. He is survived by his wife, Hertha; nieces; and nephews. Malinow and Silverman

Gladys Brounstein Gutell died Oct. 11 at 86. She is survived by her husband, Sidney; sons, Dennis (Sharon) and Howard (Ingrid) Brounstein; and five grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Morrie Henkin died Oct. 2 at 85. He is survived by his son, Douglas; daughters, Hilary and Melaine; and three grandchildren. Groman

Leonid Itkin died Oct. 7 at 82. He is survived by his wife, Alla Dozorets; son, Michael (Tatyna); daughter Natalya Koroleva; three grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. Mount Sinai

Albert Kass died Oct. 11 at 95. He is survived by his wife Toby; daughters, Diane (Norman) Glasser and Esther (Milford) Maron; son, Danny (Susan); 11 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and sisters, Miriam Wetzman and Harriet Lieberman. Mount Sinai

Rose Kaye died Oct. 15 at 87. She is survived by her son, Howard; daughters, Shelley Friedman and Jill (Peter) Greenhood; grandson, Michael Margolies; and sister, Shirley (Bud) Jaffe. Mount Sinai

Elaine Krofft died Oct. 10 at 79. She is survived by her husband, Harry; daughter, Patti; son, Kenneth; and grandchild, Samatha Nussbaum.Mount Sinai

Michael Neiman died Oct. 8 at 87. He is survived by his wife, Ehteram; sons, Parviz, and Bijan; daughters, Nasrin and Susan; and seven grandchildren. Groman

Dennis Oberman died Oct. 8 at of 67. He is survived by his wife, Edith; sons, Mark (Judith), David (Susan) and Steven; seven grandchildren; and sisters, Lynn (Richard) Kravitz and Judy (Barry) Wechsler. Mount Sinai

Reuben Resnikoff died Oct. 2 at 90. He is survived by his wife, Ann; daughter, Nicki (Richard Perea); sons, Gary (Lori) and Greg (Shara); four grandchildren; and brother, Eugene (Frances). Malinow and Silverman

Leon Amson Rosenfield Jr. died Sept. 11 at 96. He is survived by his wife, Faye; stepdaughters, Roberta Green and Gail Davidson; grandchildren; brother, David; sisters, Nancy Lund, Adele Cannon and Mary Johnson; nephews; and nieces

Harry David Rubin died Oct. 9 at 86. He is survived by his sons, Mark and Dean; and two grandchildren. Groman

Vera Sacks died Oct. 15 at 81. She is survived by her sons, Robert (Tami) and Larry (Linda); daughter, Janice (Jerry) Wilks; six grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Louis Sean died Oct. 9 at 94. He is survived by his daughter, Kathy Johnson; son, William; two grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. Malinow and Silverman

Lenore Stearn died Oct. 16 at 82. She is survived by her sons, David, Michael and Gary; and three grandchildren. Groman

Pearl Taubman died Oct. 8 at 85.She is survived by her sons, Mitchell and Lon (Terry); six grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and sister, Tessie Kaplan. Mount Sinai

Jeny Tesler died Oct. 10 at 87. She is survived by her daughters, Rody (Jacob) Castroll and Judith Wurmbrand; seven grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and brother, Jacob Frucht. Mount Sinai

Marc Wittlin died Oct. 3 at 85. He is survived by his sons, Peter and Roger (Janice); and two grandchildren. Malinow and Silverman

Ida Wolfson died Oct. 10 at 92. She is survived by her son, Daniel; daughter, Sonya Franklin; four grandchildren; and brother, Melvin (Gloria) Sheftel. Mount Sinai

Rose Yeschin died Oct. 12 at 97. She is survived by her son, Neil. Malinow and Silverman

Obituaries


Dorothy Green, Heal the Bay founder, dies at 79

My personal wake up call to the plight of our oceans — and my introduction to Dorothy Green — came 22 years ago.

At the time, my wife and I and our baby daughter lived in Santa Monica, just two blocks from the ocean. One day, while dipping baby Phoebe’s feet in the water, I noticed a piece of wood on the sand. Looking at it more closely, I made out the words: “Danger: Pollution — Stay Out of the Water.”

At that time Dorothy Green, who died on Oct. 13 at 79, was just starting Heal the Bay. Connecting with her over this issue began a long friendship and years of collaboration and support for each other’s work in healing this city’s environment.

Heal the Bay began, just as so many of Dorothy’s endeavors did, in her Tudor-style living room on the Westside. When Dorothy saw a problem, she jumped in to solve it, starting off by convening people, and often creating an organization in the process. Besides Heal the Bay, Dorothy founded the Los Angeles and San Gabriel Rivers Watershed Council, the California Water Impact Network and the California Water Policy Conference. Dorothy helped get these started and then in her gracious way, made room for others to get involved and carry the work forward. In a field where so many projects and programs get going only to disappear, those that Dorothy Green began have been lasting.

This is a woman who was a truly tireless voice in the fight for clean and sustainable water. On Oct. 8, five days before her death, as she was in hospice care, she managed to get one last op-ed piece printed in the Los Angeles Times, appropriately titled, “A Heartfelt Plea for a Sensible Water Policy.”

My vivid personal impression of Dorothy has been, even in her last years of fighting a debilitating disease, of a young woman living just under the surface, eager and present, and constantly full of enthusiasm, curiosity and wisdom, and the spirit that there’s nothing that can’t be done.

What do we owe Dorothy? Well here’s just one small example. If you grew up in Los Angeles in the 1960s like I did, you might remember those small colorful shells that were so abundant along the beaches. We used to collect them as kids and put them in glass jars, symbols of the beauty and abundance of the clean waters. For the last couple of decades those shells have disappeared. But just recently during a walk on the beach I saw they have returned. That’s the result of Dorothy’s fight to clean up Los Angeles’ Hyperion Treatment Plant, her vision of restoring the health of our watersheds, of treating water respectfully and returning only clean water to the ocean. These small shells are gifts from a valiant spirit who will be missed.

Dorothy Green is survived by three sons, Joshua, Avrom and Herschel, and three granddaughters, Jessica, Katherine and Tara.

In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made to the California Water Impact Network, the Los Angeles and San Gabriel Rivers Watershed Council or Heal the Bay.

— Andy Lipkis, founder of TreePeople



Leonard Finn died Oct. 6 at 82. He is survived by his wife, Shirley; daughter, Felicia (Jim) Hilaski; son, Mark (Heather); grandchildren, Nicole and Kaitlyn; and sister, Anne Miller. Mount Sinai

Jonathan Michael Gordon died Oct. 3 at 18. He is survived by his mother, Debra; brothers, Benjamin and Daniel; and grandmother, Edna Sydney. Mount Sinai

Hetty Graff died Oct. 4 at 87. She is survived by her daughter, Helen (Stanley) Sherman; son, Terry (Janet); and four grandchildren. Malinow and Silverman

Shirley Green died Oct. 6 at 96. She is survived by her daughter, Paulette (Joel) Gessin; grandchildren, Sara and Marc Gessin; and brothers, William and Bernard Kliska. Mount Sinai

Marlene Gruman died Oct. 3 at 73. She is survived by her husband, Sidney; daughter, Vicki; sons, Gary and Bruce (Melinda); three grandchildren; and sister, Linda (Fred) Gaylord. Mount Sinai

Dr. Abraham Helfenbein died Oct. 4 at 88. He is survived by his wife, Muriel; son, Eric (Cheryl); daughter, Lisa Nelson; and three grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Harvey Kraus died Oct. 4 at 78. He is survived by his honorary son, Dr. Steven Kaplan; and friend, Joanna Lovinger (John Portnoy). Mount Sinai

Miriam Kroll died Sept. 29 at 66. She is survived by her husband, Dennis; daughter, Pam (David) Rima; two grandchildren; and brother, Arthur (Isabelle) Sidorsky. Malinow and Silverman

Audrey LaMont died Oct. 5 at 81. She is survived by her sons, Marc (Nancy) and Dean (Mary); five grandchildren; and brothers, Davy and Mike Levy. Mount Sinai

Joseph Levy died Oct. 3 at 93. He is survived by his wife, Betty; sons, Ira and Zachary; two grandchildren; and brothers, Moses and Albert. Malinow and Silverman

Ida Marcus died Oct. 2 at 87. She is survived by her son, Paul (Joy); five grandchildren; and great-grandchildren, David Corneau, Jessica Corneau, Blake Marcus, Gilbert Marcus, and Gabriella Marcus. Mount Sinai

Pearl Rodman died Oct. 5 at 86. She is survived by her husband, Murray; daughter, Wendy (Alan) Roselinsky; son, Edmon (Brenda); brother, Alex (Judy) Singer; five grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Malinow and Silverman

Neil Rosenblatt died Oct. 2 at 62. He is survived by his sister, Beverly (Will) Lewis. Mount Sinai

Adelle Schuman died Oct. 7 at 71. She is survived by her husband, Barton; children, Jackie (Bruce) Rosenblum, Diane Becker and Karen (Reuven) Tuvia; eight grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Arline Schwartz died Oct. 5 at 82. She is survived by her sons, Randall (Nancy) and Neil (Joanne); daughter, Leslie (Daniel) Sackheim; seven grandchildren; and sister, Gloria (Robert) Chozen. Mount Sinai

Peter Wald died Oct. 6 at 92. He is survived by his wife, Evelyn; daughter, Ann Wald Shipp; son, Edward; six grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Malinow and Silverman

Lillian Weisz died Oct. 5 at 84. She is survived by her husband, Melvin; sons, Jeffrey (Carolyn) and Michael (Amy); daughter, Carole (Michael) Potter; nine grandchildren; great-grandchild, Caleb; and brother, Lawrence Klein. Mount Sinai

Jack Irwin Yarchever died Oct. 3 at 71. He is survived by his sons, Jeffrey (Laura) and Larry (Laura); daughter, Cindy; four grandchildren; and sister, Jill (Hal) Goodman. Mount Sinai

Obituaries


Helen Daniels, Barrier Breaker, Dies at 85

Dedicated volunteer and former social worker Helen Daniels died Sept. 28 at age 85 of metastatic cancer.

She was born in Brookline, Mass., and was the only child of Joseph Ettinger and Eva Frutman. After her mother’s death when she was 6 years old, she was raised by her father, aunt and grandparents.

She remained in the Boston area through college at Wellesley and her marriage to her late husband, Everett, 63 years ago. In 1952, the couple moved across the country to Los Angeles, had two children and built a home in Brentwood, where they lived for more than 20 years. Helen and Everett eventually moved to Laurel Canyon, where she lived for the next 30 years.

After Everett died 11 years ago, Helen continued all her good works. In 2001 she met Jack Atkins, who died in February 2007.

During her funeral, Rabbi John Rosove of Temple Israel of Hollywood made the following observations about Daniels’ life:

“Helen was a gutsy lady. As a young girl and woman Helen never allowed convention to stand in her way. She got a paying job as a Los Angeles County social worker, and because of her affability, intelligence and work ethic she quickly moved up the ranks, applied for a promotion to an administrative position and was told flatly by the interviewer, ‘No woman has ever had this position before.’ But you guessed it, Helen got the job anyway.

“She went wherever she wanted to go, whether anyone had been there before or not. At graduation from college, Helen interviewed for a job as a stockbroker, even knowing that brokerage firms weren’t hiring women professionals, and still women are in the minority.

“She was active from an early age in the League of Women Voters and eventually rose to become the vice president. In that role she professionalized the organization’s activities and she convinced local utilities to include league literature in their billing notices, urging people to register to vote.

“After Everett’s death, Helen endowed [Temple Israel of Hollywood’s] Everett Daniels Back to Basics Jewish education course because she and Everett so believed in the importance of education. She got personally involved in all the classes over the years and made many new friends of the teachers and students alike.

“In a word, Helen’s was a full, engaged, exciting, interesting and, most importantly, a significant life. She is one of those people who I sense had much less t’shuvah to perform each year than most of us, for she was one of those remarkable women whose heart, ethics, will, kindness, generosity, humility and gratitude for all the gifts of which she was blessed defined her.”

She is survived by her son, Stephen (Maygene); daughter, Eve (Jerry) Lerman; four grandchildren; and stepsister, Judy. In lieu of flowers, the family asks for contributions to be made to Temple Israel of Hollywood, 7300 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90046.



Sidney Baskin died Sept. 24 at 88.He is survived by his wife, Ruth; son, James; and friend, June Shabsis. Mount Sinai

Ida Finn Berger died Oct. 2 at 86. She is survived by her husband, Addy; daughters, Marsha and Leslie; brother, Sam Finn; and sister, Lillian Bevski. Mount Sinai

Cynthia Bernath died Sept. 22 at 35. She is survived by her parents, Michael and Mary Ann; brother, Brett (Maite); grandparents James Brown and Ruth; and one nephew. Malinow and Silverman

Seymour Block died Sept. 26 at 79. He is survived by his wife, Sylvia; daughter, Linda (Jack Nadler); son, Joseph (Caron); sisters, Alice Siegel and Lenora (Jake) Spiegel; brother, Harold (Jeanette); and four grandchildren. Malinow and Silverman

Sol Davidow died Sept. 23 at 92. He is survived by his sons, Dr. Mark and Robert. Malinow and Silverman

Helen Dorn died Sept. 26 at 96. She is survived by her daughter, Joy (Malcolm) Brook; five grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and sister, Theresa Rubinson. Mount Sinai

Lorraine (Lorry) Dorn died Sept. 23 at age 73. She is survived by her son, Jory Weintraub; daughter, Allison Bainbridge; four grandchildren; and many friends.

Frances Marlene Kleinberg died Sept. 23 at 84. She is survived by her son, Lester (Nancy) Kleinberg; and grandchildren, Rachel and Sarah Kleinberg. Mount Sinai

Max Gerchik died Sept. 21 at 97. He is survived by his wife, Reca; son, Dan; and daughters, Lisa Baltazar and Julie. Mount Sinai

David Jay Harrison died Sept. 28 at 60. He is survived by his wife, Elaine; sons, Aaron and Jamie (Laura); granddaughter, Kayla; and brother, Stan (Jane). Mount Sinai

William Hymes died Sept. 28 at 94. He is survived by his wife, Caryle; daughter, Lynda (John) Egress; son, Gary (Laura Albert); and four grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Rayna Gabin died Sept. 29 at 53. She is survived by her son, Jarred (fiancee, Heidi); daughter, Katie; sister, Bene (Anthony) Kay; and former husband, Kenneth. Mount Sinai

Irving Isaacs died Sept. 25 at 92. He is survived by his son, David (Lesley); and three grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Jaacov Jaacovi died Sept. 24 at 63. He is survived by his daughter, Esther (Larry) Barajas; sons, Jourdan and Alexander; three grandchildren; and sister, Avigail. Mount Sinai

Frances Krasner died Sept. 27 at 91. She is survived by her daughters, Deedy (Dennis) Oberman and Iris (Pete) Sperling; by four grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Morris Lehrer died Sept. 24 at 97. He is survived by his sons, Eban and Daniel. Mount Sinai

Cecile Levin died Sept. 25 at 77. She is survived by her daughter, Robyne (Mark) Savel; and grandchildren, Rachel and Brett. Mount Sinai

Lillian Levy died Sept. 24 at 86. She is survived by her daughter, Elsa (Mark) Gerard; and three grandchildren. Malinow and Silverman

Ida Marcus died Oct. 2 at 87. She is survived by her son, Paul (Joy); three grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Elizabeth Anne (Gordon) Morgan died Sept. 2 at 40. She is survived by her husband, Jack; daughter, Tabitha; son, Brett; parents, Joni and Monte Gordon; and brother, John Gordon. Hillside

Israel Portney died Sept. 17 at 95. He is survived by his daughters, Janice (Carl) Osborne, Elaine (Bob) Steinberg and Marlene Fisher; eight grandchildren; and 19 great-grandchildren; brother, Bernard. Malinow and Silverman

Egan J. Rattin died Sept. 26 at 100. He is survived by his cousin, Kitty. Groman

Abram Singer died Sept. 20 at 50. He is survived by his sister, Mollie. Malinow and Silverman

Allen Herman Stein died Sept. 27 at 81. He is survived by his son, Leonard; daughter, Debra; two grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. Groman

Ruth Brodsky Stein died Oct. 1 at 80. She is survived by her daughters, Andrea Silvey and Sheri (John) Campbell; three grandchildren; and brother, Jack (Sandra) Soll. Mount Sinai

Irma H. Strumpf died Oct. 3 at 97. She is survived by her sons, Fred and Kenneth (Sherry) Sherman; three grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Lee Swartz died Sept. 22 at 89. She is survived by her son, Howard (Lynn) Hellar; daughter, Linda Rosenthal; three grandchildren; one great-granddaughter; sisters, Pauline Levy and Ryna (Bob) Cardillo; and brother, Lester (Marlene) Morris. Mount Sinai

Julius Title died Sept. 21 at 93. He is survived by his wife, Rita; daughters, Barbara; Susan (Sol Meller); son, David (Sylvaine); and three grandchildren. Malinow and Silverman

Rachel Weiner died Sept. 23 at 91. She is survived by her daughter, Rosalie Young; and son, Nick Goff. Malinow and Silverman

Rose Wolf died Sept. 29 at 87. She is survived by her son, Perry; daughter, Beverly; and three grandchildren. Groman

Haskell Zuckman died Oct. 2 at 75. He is survived by his daughter, Nicki (David) Bianchi; sons, Scott ( Valerie) and Curtis (Shellie); seven grandchildren; brother, Jerry; and sister, Florrie Alpert. Mount Sinai

Obituaries


Siegfried Halbreich, Holocaust Survivor Who Dedicated Life to Shoah Education, Dies at 98

Siegfried Halbreich, whose lifelong dedication and commitment to Holocaust education followed five and one-half years as a prisoner in World War II Nazi concentration camps, died of heart failure Sept. 17 at his home in Beverly Hills. He was 98 — two months shy of his 99th birthday.

Halbreich was born in Dziedzice, in what was then Austria-Hungary and today is southern Poland. He worked as a pharmaceutical apprentice, served in the Polish army, graduated with a degree from the University of Cracow in 1935 and worked in Katowice as a practicing pharmacist until the outbreak of World War II.

In 1939, while trying to escape from German-occupied Poland to Yugoslavia, he was turned over to the Gestapo by a German spy in the Yugoslav army and deported to Sachsenhausen concentration camp.

In 1941, Halbreich was sent to Gross-Rosen for one year, then to Auschwitz for two years and finally to Nordhausen-Dora, where he remained until the Allied liberation in April 1945.

His work in the concentration camps varied from hauling rocks to sorting medications at an SS hospital. Due to his pharmaceutical training, he was assigned to work in the prisoners’ hospital at Auschwitz-Buna, where he was more protected from the elements and dangers of the camp and where he was able to protect and save many from death.

Because he spoke English and five other languages, Halbreich worked as an interpreter and investigator with the American war crimes branch in preparation for the Nuremberg trials. He later became a board member of the Buna-Auschwitz Committee and was called many times to testify as a witness in the trials of Nazi war criminals. His testimony was also used in the trial of Adolf Eichmann in 1960.

Halbreich immigrated to the United States in June 1946 and settled in Cleveland. He moved to Los Angeles in 1959 and devoted the next 40-plus years to speaking to student and community groups around the world about his Holocaust experiences, always emphasizing the warning signals of discrimination, prejudice and injustice.

Locally, he was a regular speaker at Claremont McKenna College, UC Riverside and numerous high schools, churches and synagogues, in addition to the naval base in San Diego.

He also served as president of The 1939 Club in Los Angeles and led the effort to establish an endowed chair in Holocaust studies at UCLA. In 1991, he published his memoir, “Before-During-After.”

Halbreich is survived by his wife of 62 years, Ruth, who is also a Holocaust survivor; daughter, Emily Tigerman of Sherman Oaks; son, Jeremy and daughter-in-law, Nancy, Dallas; granddaughter, Bobbye Tigerman, Santa Monica, and grandson, Reg Tigerman, Los Angeles.

Funeral services were held Sept. 21 at Mount Sinai Memorial Parks, Hollywood Hills.

The family suggested that in lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be sent to the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, care of Sara Bloomfield, 100 Raoul Wallenberg Place, Washington, D.C., 20238.

— Michael Berenbaum



Vera Adler died Sept. 15 at the age of 86. She is survived by her daughter, Dr. Dorit; and one grandchild. Sholom Chapels

Edith Asher died Sept. 7 at 71. She is survived by her sisters, Pearl (Dr. Melvin) Shiffman and Adrienne; and nieces and nephews. Malinow and Silverman

Sherman Axelrod (a.k.a. Jerry Sherman) died Sept. 16 at 78. He is survived by his wife, Marilyn; sons, Rick (Aria) Mazer and Jay; son-in-law, Bernard Segal; five grandchildren; sister, Rhoda (Stanley) Rubinstein; and brother, Harvey Axelrod. Mount Sinai

Lucie Bach died Sept. 3 at 77. She is survived by her husband, Maurice. Malinow and Silverman

George Benedict died Sept. 12 at 81. He is survived by his daughters, Star (Doron) Cohen and Margaret (Randy) Benedict-Phillip; and four grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Gil David Broydes died Aug. 10 at 40. He is survived by his brothers, David and Amnon Mizrahi and Don; and mother, Matilda Katz. Chevra Kadisha

Sidney Caplan died Sept. 7 at 91. He is survived by his wife, Doris; daughters, Frances (Norman Goldman) and Eileen Seaman; and son, Harry. Malinow and Silverman

Sarah Dick died Sept. 14 at 83. She is survived by her daughters, Louise (Herb) Goldman and Karen. Mount Sinai

Margaret Feldman died Sept. 18 at 68. She is survived by her husband, Herb; daughter, Susan (Eric) Breton; and grandchild, Addison Breton. Mount Sinai

Yale Frank died Sept. 19 at 93. He is survived by his wife, Ruth; daughters, Gloria (Robert) Bakst and Audrey (Richard) Koren; and five grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Bernard Garey died Sept. 21 at 93. He is survived by his daughters, Shoshana (Tod) Powell and Debbie; son, Peter (Rachel); eight grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. Mount Sinai

William Grayer died Sept. 14 at 75. He is survived by his wife, Elinor; daughters, Aliza, Miriam and Sharon; six grandchildren; and sister, Rosalie. Groman

Siegfried Halbreich died Sept. 17 at 98. He is survived by his wife, Ruth; daughter, Emily Tigerman; son, Jeremy (Nancy Strauss); and grandchildren, Bobbye and Reg Tigerman. Mount Sinai

Shirley Beatrice Halter died Sept. 4 at 86. She is survived by her daughter, Claire; and two grandchildren. Groman

Phyllis Kipnis died Sept. 16 at 80. She is survived by her husband, Harold; son, Eugene; daughters, Holla and Robin; seven grandchildren; and sister, Rita. Groman

Randall Jonathan Klein died Sept. 4 at 45. He is survived by his nephew, Jared Cordova; sisters, Melanie and Alisa; father, Francis; and mother, Shirley. Chevra Kadisha

Stuart Levin died Aug. 29 at 88. He is survived by his wife, Jane; sons, Peter (Ruth) and Michael (Lisa); and brother, Barry. Hillside

Hanne O’Dell died Sept. 16 at 65. She is survived by her sons, Sean (Shantei Hindley) and Kevin (Kate); daughter, Danielle Sharp; and three grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Solomon Olinka died Sept. 10 at 79. He is survived by his wife, Juliana; daughter, Liza MacNamara; sons, Adam (Sue Ann) and Jaco; and one grandchild. Malinow and Silverman

Rose Plonchak died Sept. 13 at the age of 71. She is survived by her husband, Hesh; daughters, Leah (Irv) Rubin and Sherry (Isaac) Chernotsky; and five grandchildren. Sholom Chapels

Michele Ross died Sept. 13 at the age of 57. She is survived by her brother, Michael (Markie); and two nieces. Sholom Chapels

Dr. Leonard Sadoff died Sept. 1. He is survived by his son, Dr. Ben; and daughter, Roxanne; and three granddaughters.

Martin Serata died Sept. 19 at the age of 88. He is survived by his wife, Ethel; sons Arthur and John; and three grandchildren. Sholom Chapels

Pearl Dee Silverman died Sept. 16 at 89. She is survived by her husband, Edward; daughters, Barbara (Ron) Robinson and Susan (Robert); son, Michael (Cathy); grandsons, Todd (Stacey) and Brad (Michelle) Robinson; and great-grandson, Max Robinson. Mount Sinai

Shayndy Smolker died Aug. 23 at 88. She is survived by her husband, Paul; daughter, Toby (Mike) Salter; son, Gary (Susan); seven grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Malinow and Silverman

Pearl Weinstein died Sept. 4 at 80. She is survived by her husband, Murray; daughters, Anita, Sheila and Sandra; and eight grandchildren. Groman

Cay Weitzman died Sept. 16 at the age of 77. He is survived by his wife, Ruth; and son, Ted. Sholom Chapels

Anne Wolff died Sept. 21 at 85. She is survived by her daugthers, Phyllis West, and Marcia (James) Campbell; and grandson, Matthew West. Mount Sinai

Obituaries


Our thoughts go to the families of the men and women who were killed in the Metrolink Train 111 crash in Chatsworth on Friday, Sept. 12.

We also send our prayers to the families of the men, women and children who were killed when a passenger jet, en route from Moscow to Perm in central Russia, crashed Sunday, Sept. 14, during its descent. All 88 passengers, including members of the local Jewish community, were killed: Yevgeny and Lyudmila Sankin, 50 and 53; Anna Spivak and Yakov Spivak, both 32; Sergei Yudin and Valeriya Yudin, 41 and 3, and Ifraim Nakhumov and Golda Nakhumova, 36 and 24, with their children, Ilya Nakhumov, 7, and Eva Nakhumov, 5.



Rea Altman died Aug. 12 at the age of 102. She is survived by her daughter, Phyllis Gelb. Sholom Chapels

Bernardo Azernitzky died Sept. 10 at 82. He is survived by his son, Richard. Sholom Chapels

Sylvia Braun died Aug. 24 at 83. She is survived by her son, Jay; and grandchildren. Sholom Chapels

Victor Clafin died Sept. 10 at 86. He is survived by his wife, Paulette; son, Jacques; and granddaughters, Alison August and Ashley. Mount Sinai

Ruth Epstein died Sept. 4 at 95. She is survived by her son, Earl (Helen); grandson, Eric; and granddaughter, Danielle Gebhardt. Hillside

Elias Eshagian died Aug. 8 at 77. He is survived by his wife, Parvin; sons, George, Gilber, Joubin and Roger; 14 grandchildren; brothers, Ezatollah, Mehdi, Benjamin and Maurice; and sisters, Shokat Mishkanian and Farideh Bamshad. Chevra Kadisha

Marvin Freeman died Sept. 7 at 81. He is survived by his wife, Natasha; daughters, Linda Rauch, Traci (Roy) Salter and Karen (Jeffrey) Shapiro; and seven grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Elizabeth Grossinger died Aug. 25 at 86. She is survived by her daughter, Susan (Zev) Bogan. Sholom Chapels

Semo Filbert died Aug. 18 at 81. He is survived by his wife, Helen; daughter, Billie (Jack); and two grandchildren. Sholom Chapels

Edwin Otto Guthman died Aug. 31 at 89. He is survived by his sons, Gary, Les and Edwin; and daughter, Diane Jo Cincino. Hillside

Evelyn Halpern died Sept. 8 at 90. She is survived by her children, Robert (Anneta Posner) and Deena (Jerry Epstein); eight grandchildren; nephew; and nieces. Groman

Eli Barry Hirsh died Sept. 4 at 41. He is survived by his wife, Irit; mother, Toni; and friends, Adina and Moshe Melnick. Hillside

Celia Lillian Kahlenberg died Aug. 27 at 91. She is survived by her sons, Edward (Deana), Robert (Janice) and Sherwood (Rita); daughter, Ruth (Jacob) Bloom; and sister, Rose Lewis. Hillside

Mildred Golick Kauffman died Aug. 27 at 94. She is survived by her son, Ken Golick; and daughter, Gale Gould. Hillside

George Klasser died Aug. 28 at 73. He is survived by his wife, Lorraine; son, Kenneth; daughter, Sandra (Steven) Greenough, and brothers, Alan and Edwin. Hillside

Florence Kaminsky died Sept. 3 at 84. She is survived by her daughters, Karen (Nate) Hoffman and Linda (Michael) Johnson; and brother, Herbert Kapsky. Hillside

Hugo Kren died Sept. 6 at 94. He is survived by his wife, Rosa; daughter, Jeanette (Gary) Lachman; and granddaughters, Heather and Stephnie Lachman. Mount Sinai

Shirley Lane died Sept. 8 at 84. She is survived by her son, Rod; daughters, Laura and Barbara; and three grandchildren. Groman

David Langer died Aug. 30 at 86. He is survived by his wife, Florence; daughter, Andrea; son, Barry; daughter-in-law, Janet; and grandchildren, Robert and Bethany. Hillside

Mira Langer died Sept. 4 at 78. She is survived by her husband, Nathan; sons, Dennis (Susan), David (Melissa) and Bruce (Stefani); seven grandchildren; and sister, Rachel Jaskowitz. Malinow and Silverman

Stuart Levin died Aug. 29 at 88. He is survived by his wife, Jane; sons, Peter (Ruth) and Michael (Lisa); and brother, Maurice LeCove. Hillside

Marion Norma Levinson died Sept. 2 at 79. She is survived by her husband, Bill; and daughters Dharma Khalsa and Nancy Retinoff. Hillside

Robert “Bobby” Mallon died Sept. 10, at the age of 89. He is survived by his daughter, Judith Rojas. Mount Sinai

Joanne Marcus died Aug. 26 at 58. She is survived by her husband, Robert; daughters, Ariane and Alexander; and son, Harry. Hillside

Marvin Marmelstein died Sept. 4 at 81. He is survived by his wife, Roberta; daughter, Wendy Rose; grandson, Bryan Raber; and his partner Jordan Katnik. Hillside

Al Mishkin died Sept. 7 at 95. He is survived by his son, Robert; and daughter, Joyce Saltz. Hillside

Elizabeth Anne Morgan died Sept. 2 at 40. She is survived by her husband, Jack; daughter, Tabitha; and father, Jack Morgan. Hillside

Aaron Peck died Sept. 13 at 69. He is survived by his wife, Linda; son, Anthony (Gayle); daughters, Dena (Shane) Gertsch and Jessica; and three grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Gerald Peck died Sept. 1 at 82. He survived by his wife, Elaine; sons, Bennett and Lawrence; brothers, Robert (Ann) and Burton (Rona); sister, Beverly (Leo); nieces; and nephews. Mount Sinai

Matilda Frances Penny died Sept. 2 at 84. She is survived by her son, Theodore; daughters, Jeanne and Helen; sister, Joyce; and seven grandchildren. Groman

Fanny Pomeranc died Sept. 11 at 86. She is survived by her son, Dennis. Mount Sinai

Bernard Reder died Sept. 6 at 82. He is survived by his wife, Serena; sons, Martin (Susan), Glen (Orly) and Paul (Sherri); daughter, Marina (Spencer) Misraje; seven grandchildren; sister, Gloria (Rudy) Diamond; and half-sister, Kathy (Ed) Stacy. Mount Sinai

Julio Roberts died Aug. 6 at 90. He is survived by his wife, Helen; daughter, Paula (Larry); and three grandchildren. Sholom Chapels

Shirley Rocklin died Sept. 3 at age 98. She is survived by her sons, Ted and Milton; three grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. Groman

Michael Alan Rosenaur died Aug. 30 at 30. He is survived by his father, Leonard (Martine) Rosenaur; mother Hope (Richard) Shaw; sisters, Lara (Kyle) Polvy and Chanel Rosenaur; aunt, Sybil Bergman, and cousins, Jayand Lance Bergman. Hillside

David Schwartz died Sept. 2 at 86. He is survived by his daughter, Lisa Leffton; and son, Howard. Malinow and Silverman

Ruth Simon died Aug. 29 at 86. She is survived by her sons, Andy, Peter, Michael and Howard. Hillside

David Slobin died on Aug. 9 at 93. He is survived by his wife, Evelene; children, Myron (Mary Ann), Ellen (Gershon) and Barry (Carol); and 14 grandchildren. Chevra Kadisha

Adolf Joseph Snyder died Sept. 9 at 89. He is survived by his wife, Marian; son, Larry (Bobbie); daughter, Michelle (Henry) Wisch; and grandchildren, David and Robin. Mount Sinai

Esther Terry died Aug. 31 at 89. She is survived by her daughters, Elaine Dreyfuss, Shane Cronenweth and Lori Erlendsson; two grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Malinow and Silverman

Joseph Weiner died Aug. 1 at 92. He is survived by his son, Jerry (Patti); daughter, Miriam (Steve) Kosberg; seven grandchidlren; and 10 great-grandchildren. Sholom Chapels

Sarah Weinstein died Sept. 7 at 95. She is survived by her daughters, Lois (Rabbi Moshe) Rothblum and Marilyn (Alex) Ehrlich; and three grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Thelma Yaffe died Sept. 11 at 90. She is survived by her daughters, Lois Bloch, Arlene (Marvin) Garfield, Roberta (Barry) Zwick and Martha (David) Uslaner; seven grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Obituaries


Betty Balkin died Aug. 28 at 80. She is survived by her daughters, Bonnie Anketell and Renee Wouters; three grandchildren; and brother, Sheldon (Elaine) Sternberg. Mount Sinai

Daniel Bernstein died Aug. 31 at 94. He is survived by his daughters, Michel and Thea. Malinow and Silverman

Morris “Morrie” Bernstein died Aug. 24 at 97. He is survived by his daughter, Beverly (Marc) Olevin. Mount Sinai

Leah Blank died Sept. 4 at 86. She is survived by her husband, Meyer; daughters, Sandy Goldstein and Janice; son, Gary (Michelle); four grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and step-sister, Marion Pafford. Mount Sinai

Leonard Cane died Aug. 18 at 86. He is survived by his daughters, Lisa and Candy; brother, Harold; and friend, Inecita Nel Katada. Chevra Kadisha

Ruth Cohen died Aug. 23 at 78. She is survived by her daughter, Carol (Jeff) Katz; son, Gary; and two grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Thelma Cohen died Aug. 25 at 84. She is survived by her husband, Howard; sons, Steven and Gary; three grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Groman

Rose Cooper died Aug. 12 at 87. She is survived by her nephew, Kenneth (Ruth). Malinow and Silverman

Bernice Danburg died Sept. 3 at 92. She is survived by her daughter, Sandra; and son Elliot. Malinow and Silverman

Lillian Eisenberg died Aug. 26 at 92. She is survived by her daughter Melissa (Dan) Stoller. Hillside

Eva Finegood died Aug. 26 at 84. She is survived by her son, Ken; daughters, Joanne and Donna; five grandchildren; and two great grandchildren. Groman

Lucille Gest died Sept. 3 at 84. She is survived by her daughters, Barbara (Norman) Fishman and Laura (John) Winder; and grandchildren, Ari and Emma. Mount Sinai

Henry “Gary” Green died Sept. 5 at 60. He is survived by his son, Jason (Nora); and daughter, Stacey (K.C.) Johnson. Mount Sinai

Esther Hahn died Aug. 23 at 90. She is survived by her daughter, Joyce (Marvin) Smith; son, Martin (Ann) Adelson; three grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Ernest Herman died Aug. 15 at 99. He is survived by his wife, Margit; sons, Thomas (Barbara) and Pini (Sarah); and five grandchildren. Chevra Kadisha

Edna Horn died Aug. 25 at 90. She is survived by her son, Sanford. Groman

Samuel Horwitz died Sept. 4 at 87. He is survived by his sons, Ira (Sharon) and Stuart (Nancy); four grandchildren; and sister, Helen Hirsch. Mount Sinai

Jean Shirley Kane died Sept. 1 at 78. She is survived by her daughters, Melinda (Jay) Rose, Marsha (Hal) Cohen and Sandy (Lee) Kaplan; six grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and sister, Roz (Bruce) Doerner. Mount Sinai

Margit Knispel died Aug. 24 at 89. She is survived by her husband, Walter; and brother, Irving Fischer. Hillside

Harry Harold Kundin died Aug. 30 at 90. He is survived by his wife, Clara; sons, Bruce (Carol) and Sheldon (Lynn); five grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Louis Kunin died Aug. 22 at 87. He is survived by his daughter, Susan (Brooks) Proctor; sons, Jerry (Alicia) and Stephen (Deborah); four grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. Malinow and Silverman

David Langer died Aug. 30 at 86. He is survived by his wife, Florence; daughter Andrea; son Barry; daughter in-law Janet; and grandchildren, Robert and Bethany. Groman

Sybil Levin died Sept 3 at 65. She is survived by her son, Yonnie Reese; sister, Lana Eisenberg; brother; Myron Cohen, and many nieces and nephews. Malinow and Silverman

Jean Rothschild Levinson died Aug. 30 at 91. She is survived by her husband, Calvin; sons, David (Andrea Jacobs) and Marc (Betsy); and four grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Janice Zelda Luxenberg died Aug. 28 at 79. She is survived by her husband, Max; sons, Samuel and Louis; brothers, Robert and Morton; and four grandchildren. Groman

Ada Dvora Magaril died Aug. 24 at 92. She is survived by her daughter Hanna Binke; son, Ephraim Eshed; and sisters, Shera Widzogrodsky and Zlatta Letz. Hillside

Louis Markman died Aug. 25 at 93. He is survived by his wife, Jeanette; son, Sheldon (Harriet); five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Malinow and Silverman

Sol Meshul died Sept. 3 at 92. He is survived by his daughters, Myna (Uri) Herscher and Renee (Tom Klitzner); son, Cary (Roxanne Sylvester); six grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and sister, Esther (Ken) Trigger. Mount Sinai

Rae Naftaly died Aug. 30 at 101. She is survived by her son, Stanley; daughter, Judy; grandson, Matthew (Anya); great-granddaughter, Ellie; and brother, Bernie Matthews. Mount Sinai

Amy Poll died Aug. 26 at 85. She is survived by her son, Gabriel (Melinda); daughter, Vivienne Poll-Moody; grandchildren, Adam and Allison; and sister, Adelle Weiss. Mount Sinai

Edith Polon died Aug. 27 at 80. She is survived by her husband, Martin; sons, Gordon (Lisa), Larry (Ernestina) and Burl; daughter, Saralyn (Paul) Leven; eight grandchildren; and brother, Bernard (Ellen) Fogel. Mount Sinai

Barry Price died Aug. 23 at 64. He is survived by his daughter, Jennifer (Pavel) Greenfield; son, Colin; one grandchild; mother, Rose; sister, Vicky Page; and brother, Dr. Steven. Malinow and Silverman

Henry Raiton died Aug. 21 at 85. He is survived by his wife, Len; daughter, Rhea (Gary) Lewis; son, Jack; sister, Bess (Bob) Cohen; and niece, Lucy Sample. Malinow and Silverman

Blanche Redman died Aug. 27 at 89. She is survived by her daughter, Joan (Charles) Fox; son, Bill (Maria); four grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. Mount Sinai

William Resnick died Aug. 20 at 94. He is survived by his sons, Mark (Maura), Neil (Susan) and Craig (Lisbeth). Malinow and Silverman

Renee Richman died Sept. 3 at 81. She is survived by her husband, Norman; daughter, Sarah; son, Mitch; and grandchildren, Debra and Aaron. Mount Sinai

Julia Lottie Ross died Aug. 24 at 91. She is survived by her daughter, Pia (Allen) Jacoby; and brother, Mel. Hillside

Murray Ross died Aug. 28 at 88. He is survived by his son, Lloyd (Paula); daughters, Sheri (Michael) Machat and Diane (David) Townsend; and 11 grandchildren.

Aron Schapiro died Aug. 22 at 85. He is survived by his companions, Ludmila and Tony Kagan. Hillside

Ruth Schwartz died Aug. 26 at 88. She is survived by her daughters, Phyllis (Michael) Ross and Natalie (Ken) Kravitz; son, Keith Scott; sister, Veria Weinberg, and five grandchildren. Malinow and Silverman

Lillian Seide died Aug. 29 at 94. She is survived by her daughters, Ellen (Samuel) Rose, Carol (Jack) Stevens and Joyce Kamin; seven grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Malinow and Silverman

Manuel Steinberg died Sept. 4 at 85. He is survived by his wife, Molly; daughters, Beryl (Alan) Saltman, Judith (Ken) Bricker and Carol; grandchildren, Chase and Ashley Bricker; and brother, Harvey. Mount Sinai

Harry Weinberg died Sept. 3 at 83. He is survived by his daughters Robin (Yale) Goodman and Janet Padilla; son, Mitchell; four grandchildren; sisters, Cora Lucacher and Blanche Metelitz; niece, Joanne Boyle; nephews, Jeffrey Metelitz and Robert Lucacher; and friend, Beverly.

Stuart Weinger died Aug. 18 at 79. He is survived by his wife, Shirley; daughter, Lisa Vining; and son, Peter. Malinow and Silverman

Edward Weiss died Aug. 25 at 90. He is survived by his sons, Hank and Andy; daughter, Nancy; six grandchildren; sister-in-law, Nancy (Victor) Moss; sister-in-law, Jean Pickus; and caregiver, Edith Rodriguez. Mount Sinai

Joanne Weiss died Aug. 24 at 83. She is survived by her sons, Hank and Andy; daughter, Nancy; six grandchildren; sister sister, Nancy (Victor) Moss; sister-in-law, Jean Pickus; and caregiver, Edith Rodriguez.

Rose Wolfe died Aug. 23 at 82. She is survived by her daughters, Linda (Edward) Docks, Sheila Delgado and Lori; son, Jerry (Luda); eight grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. Mount Sinai

George Young died Aug. 30 at 82. He is survived by his wife, Eunice; daughter, Leslie (Julie Metz); son, Mike (Marianne); and two grandchildren. Malinow and Silverman

Obituaries


Rhonda Lee Abrams, Community Advocate, Dies at 56

Rhonda Abrams never made a friend she didn’t keep. She was a devoted wife, mother, community advocate and confidante who served as a bridge to bring people together from various facets of her life. More than 400 of these friends and family members turned out to honor her at a memorial service at Hillside Memorial Park on Aug. 26.

Killed in an automobile accident on Interstate 5 in west Fresno County on Aug. 21, Abrams, 56, would not want to be remembered for the tragedy, her husband, Greg, 53, told the overflow crowd, but rather for the large and small joys she brought to people.

Family was the center of Abrams’ life, including sons Zachary, 22, and Jeffrey, 18. So was the Jewish community. A Woodland Hills resident, Abrams had been an active member of Jewish Federation’s Valley Alliance since 1985 and was slated to serve on the Women’s Department Campaign Board for 2009. She was also a Lion of Judah member since 2002.

“She was a great presence and will be sorely missed,” said Rhonda Seaton, Valley Alliance spokesperson.

Abrams’ commitment to the Jewish community can be traced back to the late 1970s, when, as a young woman living in Buffalo, N.Y., an early first marriage began unraveling. Feeling isolated, and having little money, she reached out to Jewish Family Service for professional help.

“The Jewish community was there for her,” her husband said. “It helped her regain her sense of self and sense of adventure.”

That sense of adventure led to California, which she had once visited and which remained a childhood dream. Without telling her parents, she drove across the country on her own in 1980. When she reached Los Angeles, she headed straight for the beach where she picked up a handful of sand and shouted in celebration.

Rhonda and Greg met in September 1981, at a social hosted by Beverly Hills residents Janet and Max Salter, providing opportunities for young Jewish professionals to meet and marry. The couple, who wed on April 28, 1983, were their first successful match. The Salters subsequently became godparents of the Abrams’ sons.

Rhonda Abrams grew up in Milton, Mass., and trained as a dental assistant. She later moved into marketing, working at Hospital Satellite Network in Los Angeles, but she always regretted not receiving a formal education. Believing that she would make an effective therapist, she participated in the Wagner Program at American Jewish University, a two-year course to train people to work as volunteers in social service capacities. She later studied hynotherapy at the Hypnosis Motivational Institute.

In addition to Valley Alliance, she was active at Temple Judea in Tarzana and Heschel Day School in Northridge.

“She touched the community,” Rabbi Don Goor said. “I never saw Rhonda when she wasn’t smiling.”

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions in Rhonda Abrams’ memory be sent to the Howard Rubenstein Memorial Trust of the Julia Ann Singer Center, an outpatient service of Vista Del Mar Child and Family Services, or to the Alzheimer’s Association, in honor of Rhonda’s mother.

— Jane Ulman, Contributing Editor



Rhonda Abrams died Aug. 21 at 56. She is survived by her husband, Gregory; sons, Zachary and Jeffrey; brother, Steve Karoul; aunt, Marilyn Mohr; and cousin, Jeffrey Mohr. Hillside

Sara Aryeh died Aug. 18 at 87. She is survived by her son, Jamshid; daughters, Sima and Roza; and seven grandchildren. Chevra Kadisha

Nancy Brodsky died Aug. 20 at 54.She is survived by her husband, Robert; and sons, Mickey and Jake. Mount Sinai

Donald Dubin died Aug. 18 at 81. He is survived by his wife, Judith; daughter Deidre (Alan) Waxman; son, James (Rose); stepsons, Henry (Jessica) and Randy Steingieser; and three grandchildren. Malinow and Silverman

Judith Shirley Feld died Aug. 21 at 84. She is survived by her daughters, Dale Sills, Robin Feld, Georgiana Nygaard and Blythe Smiley. Hillside

Nelly Fiss died Aug. 19 at 79. She is survived by her husband, Maurice; sons, Andre (Wilhemina) and Sylvan; and four grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Dora Franen died Aug. 15 at 81. She is survived by her husband, Samuel; son, Henry (Valerie) Poltorak; daughter, Rachel (Barry) Steingard; four grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and sister, Regina Bendler. Mount Sinai

Florence Freedman died Aug. 21 at 92. She is survived by her husband, Raymond; daughters, Kate Levy, Marcia Weinberger, Judith (Allan) Whitman, and Randi; seven grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and sister, Zelda Vogel Silver . Groman

Leon Goldberg died Aug. 20 at 83.He is survived by his wife, Bertha; sons, Mark (Molly) and Bruce (Joy); daughters, Ronnie (Craig) Robbins and Vicki (Richard) Moorigian; eight grandchildren; brother, Martin (Harlee); and niece, Laurie. Mount Sinai

Marion Alexandra Golenternek died Aug. 22 at 92. She is survived by her sons, Martin (Rebecca) and Richard (Susan) Cohn. Hillside

Howard Green died Aug. 21 at 76. He is survived by his wife, Georgette; and sons, Marc and Lawrence. Groman

Lillian Isaacson died Aug. 22 at 91. She is survived by her daughter, Natalie (Paul) Reich; and three grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Annalee Rose Kaplan died Aug. 15 at 73. She is survived by her husband, Jack ; son, Mark (Lorelie Beth); granddaughter, Jennifer; and sister, Miriam (Elias) Liberman. Mount Sinai

Dorothy Heller Kory died Aug. 13 at 89. She is survived by her daughters, Maureen and Patricia. Home of Peace

Alice Leonstini died Aug. 21 at 90. She is survived by her daughters, Marcella Mitilneos and Stella. Hillside

Gerald Lushing died Aug. 17 at 78. He is survived by his wife, Gloria; daughters, Nancy (Robert) Dean and Linda (Howie) Greller; sons, Glenn (Carin) Freeman and Michael; and 12 grandchildren. Malinow and Silverman

Alex Marcus died Aug. 19 at 89. He is survived by his wife, Ida; son, Paul (Joy); three grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Eleanor Mendel died Aug. 19 at 93. She is survived by her son, Jerry; daughter, Elaine; three grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Groman

Ed Meripol died Aug. 20 at 94. He is survived by his sons, Anthony (Stephanie) and Ronald (Martha); brother, Robert; and sister, Ethel Rothstein. Hillside

Diane Mintz died Aug. 20 at 93. She is survived by her sons, Melvyn and Sidney; four grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and sisters, Betty and Mildred.

Harry Naiman died Aug. 21 at the age of 94. He is survived by his daughters, Joan (Jerry) Browner, Sandra (Kent) Sullivan and Ellen (Robert) Tye; 11 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Amy Roberts Padwa died Aug. 15 at 99. She is survived by her daughters, Sandy (Dr. Robert) Small and Rheda (Robert) Harris; five grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Philip Saffman died Aug. 17 at 77. He is survived by his wife, Ruth; daughters, Louise (Michael Burns) Wannier and Emma (Wayne Sossin); son, Mark (Darya); brother, Simeon (Hilary); and eight grandchildren. Malinow and Silverman

Gertrude Sladnick died Aug. 17 at 95. She is survived by her husband, George; daughters, Terrie and Carolyne; six grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. Groman

May Rose Taylor died Aug. 18 at 88. She is survived by her husband, Sam; son, Barry; daughter, Cheryl; and grandson, David. Hillside

Albert Valensi died Aug. 18 at 72. He is survived by his wife, Penina; and sons, Joshua and Adam. Hillside

Doris Wecker died Aug. 16 at 74. She is survived by her son, Mark (Lauren); and brother, Saul Yellin. Eden Memorial

Martha Zins died Aug. 15 at 87. She is survived by her daughters, Helene (Michael) Miller and Shelley Middleton; and four grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Obituaries


Rabbi Levi Meier, a Shloshim Remembrance

Writer-producer David Brandes offers this eulogy for his friend and mentor, Rabbi Levi Meier.

Rabbi Weil, Marci and family, friends:

It’s hard to believe it’s been 30 days. Like any significant event, it feels like yesterday and an eternity all at the same time.

A story:

I showed up late at the main sanctuary of Beth Jacob during the Torah reading of Parshat Vayerah. It must have been two years ago. I ran into Levi by chance at the back of the shul during the reading of the Akeidah [binding of Issac]. Levi was moving quickly, as he always did, and he was full of excitement.

“David,” he said to me. “You’ve come at the perfect moment: The knife is drawn and he is about to strike.”

Infected by Levi’s enthusiasm, I hurried to my seat to catch the end of the story.

This small moment tells a lot about the man.

For one, Levi was the master of Hakarat Hatov… He was always able to see the good in people and convey it to them. There was no criticism that I had come late … to Levi I truly had come “at the perfect moment.”

That small moment also tells of Levi’s unbinding love, understanding and passion for Judaism.

Later, when we were sitting together, he shared an insight into the character of Abraham.

I remember asking him, after the Torah reading was over, to what extent he identified with Avraham in the story.

“You don’t understand,” he said. “I don’t just identify with Avraham, I live with him and I live with Yitzchak and Yaakov, as well.”

And that’s what Levi conveyed to all that knew him.

Levi was one of the most wonderfully complicated people I ever met. He was a Torah scholar and original thinker, a gifted writer, a lover of music and poetry, a man who loved Marci and his family dearly and was a great friend.

During the eight years he taught the Avi Chai Torah study group for Hollywood writers, I, and many of the faces you see sitting in this room, were truly fortunate to have Levi as our teacher. It was rare that anyone missed the class unless, of course, for business reasons. It was the highlight of our month.

Levi was a truly gifted teacher whose insights into the Torah were original and at times provocative. That unusual blend of Rashi, Jung and Rilke made Levi’s Torah intellectually challenging, poetic and alive with relevance for our personal lives. I always remember walking away from his shiurim feeling comforted and wanting to be a better person…. Life seemed somehow more understandable and sweeter. He had that great ability to make you understand that we are all on journeys. Spiritual and existential. Alone and together. That at different times we all suffer. And that Hashem is there to guide and to help.

Another story:

I spent some time at Cedars-Sinai visiting patients, sometimes with Levi and sometimes alone. I remember coming in one afternoon and Levi was sitting at this desk in an unusually serious mood. He explained that he had to visit a patient who had had a terrible reversal in life. Several weeks earlier this patient was assured that he had beaten his disease and was healthy … and now he was told that the end was near and that he should put his affairs in order immediately. As we walked to the patient’s room I felt inadequate and overwhelmed. I didn’t want to be there, I had no idea what to say… I asked Levi what he intended to say to the man?

“I don’t know,” Levi answered “But I’m sure Hashem will help me out.”

And he did.

Levi opened himself to that poor man and assured him that even in the greatest depths there is still reason for hope. God had not abandoned him. Levi wasn’t being Pollyannaish, not for a moment. Through his love and sincerity he was able to make personal contact with the man so that he felt less alone. There was a long silence. Levi, speaking very quietly but with great empathy assured the man that regardless what happens, he, Levi, will stay with him through to the end. He promised not abandon him, ever. The man was able to hear him. That moment was stunning in its simplicity and beautiful in its humanity.

Like that poor man, many, many people from all walks of life and backgrounds met Levi when they were at their most vulnerable. He was always respectful of the intimacy, the vulnerability and the trust. Levi was a pillar of love, hope and comfort to a community.

And, finally, I feel truly privileged to have spent time with him. When I think of Levi I remember Rav Kook’s statement about his friend Rav Aryeh Levine: “He was my great friend because he never lied to me, he never flattered me and he never asked for favors unless they were for others.”

Levi has enriched my life and the life of my family. At times he was a mentor and at times he was a brother. I loved him dearly and I will miss him forever.

May his memory be a blessing for all of us.



Virginia DeNitto died Aug. 13 at 81. She is survived by her husband, Rudy Salcedo; son, Albert; three grandchildren; and sister, Jean Mizrachi. Mount Sinai

Sonia “Sunny” Fein died Aug. 12 at 80. She is survived by her daughter, Elaine (Michael) Gibson; son Matthew (Kathy); and grandaughters, Michelle and Rachel. Hillside

Robert Feldman died Aug. 15 at 96. He is survived by his wife, Rachel; and sons, Jeffrey and Bruce (Carol). Malinow and Silverman

Hymen Fried died Aug. 9 at 85. He is survived by his son, Robert; daughters, Karen Siener and Sherrie Goldfarb; brothers Barney and Frank; and sister, Bea Solomon. Hillside

Florence Goldstein died July 19 at 93. She is survived by her son, Barry (Keng Wah); daughter, Linda (Gary Brown); grandchildren, Lisa Faite and David; and sister, Renee Pyle. Mount Sinai

Evelyn Hassen died Aug. 11 at 95. She is survived by her son, Joel (Rochelle); daughter, Irene Kelly; three grandchildren; and brother, Leo (Bernice) Miller. Mount Sinai

Joseph Hoffman died Aug. 7 at 89. He is survived by his wife, Selene; children, Terri, Judy, Carol, Lori and Daniel; and many honorary children.

Victoria Horowitz died July 21 at 89. She is survived by her husband, Harry; sons, Stanley and Lawrence (Diane); grandson, Josh; and sister, Lily Weiwrich. Mount Sinai

Estelle Kandell died Aug. 12 at 85.She is survived by her daughter, Toby (Roger) Brooks; son, Stephen (Elena Estrin); five grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. Mount Sinai

Irene Moses Levenson died Aug. 13 at 85. She is survived by her children, Stephanye (Alan) Finestone, Bryan, Laurie Lou (Douglas Mirell) and Jeffrey (Monika); and nine grandchildren. Hillside

Marvin Robert Macklin died Aug. 11 at 91. He is survived by his wife, Rocile; daughters, Jo and Sheri; son-in-law, Mark; four grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and sister, Maxine. Groman

Theodore Perlman died Aug. 8 at 81. He is survived by his wife, Elaine; daughter, Susan Patterson; sister, Bernice (Maynard) Strull; and nephews, Jerry and Dan Strull; and niece, Toni Kent. Mount Sinai

Jerry Pivnik died Aug. 12 at 62. He is survived by his wife, Jill; sons, Jason (Jenica) and Jordan; and daughter, Samantha. Mount Sinai

Theodore Ring died Aug. 13 at 90. He is survived by his daughters, Anita (William Fulkerson) Penniman and Ronnie (Richard) Kukler; son, Bradley; and four grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Bernard Roth died Aug. 10 at 81. He is survived by his daughter, Lynda; and son, Bill. Malinow and Silverman

Lawrence Schwartz died Aug. 11 at 71. He is survived by his wife, Judy; son, Joseph (Frida); daughter, Debra (Mike) Zeiden; and sister, Marcia. Hillside

Gertrude Lillian Sokol died Aug. 13 at 94. She is survived by her sister, Diane; and nephew, Scott. Groman

Dr. Bertram Steel died Aug. 6 at 77. He is survived by his wife, Suzanne; daughters, Sari and Jana; and sister, Beverly (Lewis) Ahavas Aachim, Stockton

Arthur Weiss died Aug. 14 at 88. He is survived by his wife, Barbara; sons, Donald (Kathy) and Andrew (Paulette); daughter, Jane; stepdaughter, Rachel (Jonathan Lapidese) Pfeffer; stepson, Andrew (Rochelle) Pfeffer; 12 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and brother, Sheldon (Carole). Mount Sinai

Obituaries


Elias Eshaghian, Renowned Iranian Educator, Dies at 78

Elias Eshaghian, a pivotal educator and director of many Jewish schools throughout Iran during 20th century, died at 78 on Aug. 8, following a 20-year fight with lung cancer. More than 500 local Iranian Jews recently packed Temple Beth El in West Hollywood for his memorial service.

After obtaining his high school education in Iran from the Alliance Israelite Universelle (AIU), a French Jewish nonprofit education and cultural organization, Eshaghian attended college and received a teaching credential in France.

Eshaghian returned to Iran in October 1951, working for the AIU as an assistant director and French-language teacher in the city of Esfahan. In subsequent years, Eshaghian worked as the director and educator for the AIU schools in the rural Iranian cities of Yazd and Sanandaj.

He returned to Tehran in 1960, where he worked as a French teacher at the AIU boys’ and girls’ schools, later serving as the director for the boys’ school. At a time when Iran’s Jews were living in largely poverty-stricken areas, Eshaghian was one of the few community activists to encourage youth to consider higher education.

Eshaghian left AIU in 1970 and went on to work as a part-time reporter at Journal Du Tehran, a French-language newspaper, while also teaching French at Tehran universities.

UNESCO (the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) later hired Eshaghian as a French translator for their events.

Following Iran’s radical Islamic revolution, Eshaghian, like many of the country’s Jews, fled in 1980 and resettled in Los Angeles where he sold insurance. Despite a long battle with lung cancer, Eshaghian continued to volunteer by serving as chair of the Iranian American Jewish Federation, a local umbrella organization for nearly a dozen Iranian Jewish nonprofit groups. Eshaghian was also one of the founders of the Tarzana-based Eretz Cultural Center, one of the first local Iranian synagogues established in Los Angeles.

Community members honored Eshaghian on May 20 with a launch party for his Persian-language memoir, “A Follower of Culture.” The book is a chronicle of the history of Jewish education in Iran during the 20th century, an effort that was supported by the AIU.

During an interview with The Journal earlier this year, Eshaghian recalled the tremendous difficulty he encountered attracting poverty-stricken Jewish students in the different Iranian cities, where young children typically worked in their families’ businesses.

“I literally went from store to store of the poor Jews in the city of Yazd and had to drag their kids to get an education at the Alliance schools — many of those children today in the United States are among the most respected physicians, scientists, engineers and successful businessmen in our community,” he said.

To read more of an interview with Elias Eshaghian, visit the Iranian American Jews blog.

— Karmel Melamed, Contributing Writer



Bernard Julius Brillstein died Aug. 7 at 77. He is survived by his wife, Carrie; daughters, Leigh (Abe) Hoch and Kate; and son, Mike. Hillside

Lion Cohen died Aug. 5 at 82. He is survived by his niece, Eveline (Orlando) Bermudez; and brother-in-law, Ben From. Mount Sinai

Samuel Cohen died Aug. 7 at 98. He is survived by his wife, Sylvia; son, Richard (Patti Post); daughter, Marlene Manoff; granddaughters, Kimberly and Heather; and brother, Jack (Naomi). Mount Sinai

Lilian Weil de Bernstein-Hahn died Aug. 2 at 74. She is survived by her husband Dr. Leon; son, Gaston (Sandy); daughter, Gloria; niece, Adrienne Hahn; six grandchildren; and nephews, Ariel and David Mazer. La Tablada Cemetery, Buenos Aires

Jessie Ecker died Aug. 7 at 83. She is survived by her husband, Richard; sons, Marc (Cantor Linda) and Alan; daughter, Sandra (Bruce) McDonald; six grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Mount Sinai

Joseph Hoffman died Aug. 7 at 89. He is survived by his wife, Selene; children, Terri, Judy, Carol, Lori and Daniel; and many honorary children. Mount Sinai

Ida Holzer died Aug. 5 at 91. She is survived by her daughter, Alice; two grandchildren; and sisters, Betty and Miriam. Groman

Leonard Alvin Ingram died Aug. 3 at 88. He is survived by his son, Jason (June); granddaughter, Kelly; and cousin, Irma Kavin. Hillside

Sally Insul died Aug. 4 at 91. She is survived by her son, Alan; and daughters, Charlene Block and Sharon. Hillside

Howard Kaufman died Aug. 5 at 66. He is survived by his son, Joshua; daughter, Ali Kaufman Yares; granddaughter, Elianna; mother, Frances; sister, Golda Whitelaw; and ex-wife, Fara. Mount Sinai

Albert Kogus died Aug. 9 at 95. He is survived by his son, David (Beverly); daughter, Gail (Marv) Jacobs; son-in-law, Ivan Heller; five grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. Mount Sinai

David Kane died Aug. 6 at 86. He is survived by his daughters, Sheryl Shevah and Melinda (Jack) Williams. Hillside

Albert Elias Kurz died Aug. 6 at 89. He is survived by his sons, Andrew and Danie; and daughter, Abigail. Hillside

Fanny Boyar Lesser died Aug. 8 at 95. She is survived by her granddaughters, Heather (Doug) Kayne and Janene (Karl) Gerber; and nieces, Arlene (Irwin) Volk and Marilyn Clement. Mount Sinai

Ethel Levine died Aug. 10 at 96. She is survived by her daughters, Adrienne Leonard and Carole (Richard) Kirschenbaum; five grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and brother, Jack Sadofsky. Mount Sinai

Murray Loeterman died Aug. 9 at 80. He is survived by his wife, Pearl; sons, Mark (Nancy) and Ben (Mardi); and four grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Theodore Perlman died Aug. 8 at 81. He is survived by his wife, Elaine; daughter, Susan Patterson; sister, Bernice (Maynard) Strull; and nephews, Jerry and Dan Strull and Tony Kent. Mount Sinai

Seymour Polan died Aug. 9 at 85. He is survived by his sons, Mark (Debra) and Dr. Gary (Lauren); grandchildren, Richie and Bryan; and brother, Jack. Mount Sinai

Habibollah Nazarian died July 27 at 97. He is survived by his sons, Houshang and Feridoon; daughters, Nahid and Simin; five grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and brothers, Rahim and Faraj. Chevra Kadisha

Erma Rauch died Aug. 5 at 86. She is survived by her son, Jack (Merle); daughter, Cathy; four stepchildren; six step-grandchildren; and sister, Dorothy (Allen) Nirenstein. Hillside

Esther Ross died July 31 at 82.She is survived by her husband, Leonard; daughter, Cathy (Lance) Pierce; son, Paul (Suzanne); and grandchildren, Hannah and Zachary. Mount Sinai

Arna Saphier died Aug. 7 at 93. She is survived by her sons, Peter and Michael; and sister, Beatrix Padway. Hillside

Violet Satmary died Aug. 8 at 84. She is survived by her husband, Alex; daughters, Shirley (Neil) Jasper and Susan (Richard) Hirschhaut; four grandchildren; and sister, Helen Weinberger. Mount Sinai

Benno Schneider died Aug. 5 at 84.He is survived by his sons, Sascha (Lauren) and Ira (Suzanne); and four grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Alex Schoenbrun died Aug. 5 at 94. He is survived by his daughters, Roberta Esquibias and Maxine Lyons. Hillside

Walter Joseph “Wally” Sherwin died Aug. 6 at 89. He is survived by his children, Dennis (Gail), Robert (Jeanne) and Candy (Joe); four grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Ida Siegal died Aug. 7 at 91. She is survive d by her son, Stuart; daughters, Ronna Slutsky and Lois Sherman; and sister, Ethel Harmatz. Hillside

Simone Silver died Aug. 10 at 87. She is survived by her husband, Joseph; daughters, Jackie Frank and Judy Gold; four grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. Hillside

Dr. Sheldon Thorrens died Aug. 5 at 73. He is survived be his wife, Shirley Thorrens; and family. Hillside

Dorothy Wallach died Aug. 6 at 99. She is survived by her daughter, Beryl Yaffa; son, Marlin (Martha); seven grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Philip Yallowitz died Aug. 8 at 85. He is survived by his wife, Eleanor; daughter, Anita (Philip) Wolman; and grandchildren, Lauren and Daniel. Mount Sinai

Obituaries


Harold Ackerman died July 30 at 96. He is survived by his son, Jerrold; and daughter, Tobi Chinsky. Hillside

David Alper died Aug. 2 at 84. He is survived by his wife, Estelle; daughters, Elizabeth Keran and Joan; and sons, L. Andrew and Robert. Hillside

Jeanette Brauner died July 22 at 91. She is survived by her daughters, Sharon Mathes and Gail; two grandchildren; and brothers, Milton and Mervin Koplof. Malinow and Silverman

Mae Brenner died July 30 at 99. She is survived by her daughters, Lori Keir and Judy Kutchai. Hillside

Dorothy Chait died July 22 at 93. She is survived by her daughters, Judy Standel and Rose; four grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Sophie Chudacoff died Aug. 4 at 97. She is survived by her daughter, Rhea Clinton, and her grandchildren, Evan and Arthur. Mount Sinai

Eugene Hugh Costin died Aug. 1 at 80. He is survived by his wife, Mitzi; daughter, Cathy; and sons, Rob and John. Hillside

William Cotlow died July 28 at 90. He is survived by his wife, Rosalie; and daughters, Judy (Richard) Julien, Marion (Dwayne) Morris and Leslee. Hillside

Arthur Alan Diamond died July 10 at 72. He is survived by his uncle, William; and cousin, Andrea (Martin Suart). Mount Sinai

Edward Efron died Aug. 4 at 69. He is survived by his wife, Vida; daughters, Elizabeth (Randall) Redondo, Tamara (Mathew) Palumbo, Shoshana (Bruno) and Jennifer (Sig Summer); sons, Daniel and Louis (Evie); one grandchild; and brother, Albert. Malinow and Silverman

Phyllis Fannie Engel died July 27 at 83. She is survived by her husband, Morris; sons, Micheal and Hartley; and brothers, Jack and Allan Chisuin. Hillside

Harris Solomon Frankel died Aug. 1 at 91. He is survived by his wife, Esther; son, Mark (Jodi); daughters, Rycilly Lynch and Eileen; and eight grandchildren, Guthrie, Cody, Kendrick, Danny, Evan, Jason, Bryan and Joel. Mount Sinai

Cyrille Friedman died July 23 at 94. He is survived by his daughter, Sandy Weimer; son, Sam (Laurie Stein); two grandchildren; and brother, Oscar Schwartz. Malinow and Silverman

Robert “Bob” Friedman died July 12 at 87. He is survived by his wife, Eleanor; sons, Alan (Vivien), Mike and Ben (Barbara); eight grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. Chevra Kadisha

Dr. Marvin Gilbert died Aug. 4 at 85. He is survived by his wife, Nancy; daughter, Tamara (Surja) Tjahaja; sons, Randall and Jason (Barbara Fain); and five grandchildren. Malinow and Silverman

Jack Goldberg died July 27 at 95.He is survived by his son, Loren Gould; sister, Selma Mannheim; and friend, Dwight Griffith. Mount Sinai

Sally Goldberg died July 31 at 69. She is survived by her husband, Leon; sons, Mark (Becky) and Craig (Sandy); three grandchildren; sister, Beverly (Stan) Berlowitz; and brother, Elliot (Linda) Weinstein. Malinow and Silverman

Sarah Goldberg died Aug. 2 at 101. She is survived by her daughters, Fana Spielberg and Devorah; son, Jack; four grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Florence Goldstein died July 19 at 93. She is survived by her son, Barry (Keng Wah); daughter, Linda (Gary Brown); grandchildren, Lisa Faite and David; and sister, Renee Pyle. Mount Sinai

Lea Halpern died July 25 at 83. She is survived by her daughter, Leora (Alan) Lanz. Malinow and Silverman

Norma Hammer died Aug. 1 at 82. She is survived by her daughter, Lynne (Elliott) Smith; son, Matthew (Teri) Haymer; five grandchildren; and brother, Leonard Kolkey. Mount Sinai

Victoria Horowitz died July 21 at 89. She is survived by her husband, Harry; sons, Stanley and Lawrence (Diane); grandson, Josh; and sister, Lily Weiwrich. Mount Sinai

Katrina Kane died July 18 at 27. She is survived by her father, Andrew (Sarah); mother, Maggie (Ron) Jacobs; brothers, Nick Forland and Brad; sister, Sabrina Jacobs; grandmother, Valerie; and uncles, Robert Garson and Peter. Mount Sinai

Howard Katchen died July 25 at 72. He is survived by his daughter, Tracey. Malinow and Silverman

Ethel Kipperman died July 17 at 98. She is survived by her son, Steven (Stephanie); grandchildren, Gia and Lara; and great-grandchildren, Alyssa and Cassie. Mount Sinai

Bette Korber died July 20 at 86. She is survived by her daughter, Sue (John) Benco; son, Richard; five grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and brother, Sid Clayman. Mount Sinai

Paul Krasne died July 27 at 79. He is survived by his wife, Nan; daughters, Susan (Steve) Nozet and Linda (Marvin) Dratsinsky; grandchildren, Dana and David; sister-in-law, Jane (Chuck) Fedalen; and brother-in-law, Lloyd (Mary) Goldwater. Mount Sinai

Lucy Israel died July 22 at 86. She is survived by her husband, Joseph; daughters, Rosalind (Larry) May and Sharon (Charlie) Balot; and four grandchildren. Malinow and Silverman

Eliahou Moshe Irani died July 8 at 89. He is survived by his wife Florine; sons, Moshe and Abraham; daughters, Carmella and Vera; and eight grandchildren. Eden Memorial Park

Edith Lane died July 30 at 89. She is survived by her son, Robert. Hillside

Rubin Lazar died Aug. 1 at 79. He is survived by his wife, Serene; sons, Mark (Rachel) and David (Sascha); daughter, Robin; and eight grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Charles Lewis died July 26 at 82. He is survived by his wife, Hilda; daughter, Gail (Ken) Jacobs; son, Mark (Fiorenza); and grandchildren, Evan and Sloane. Mount Sinai

Jennee Marks died July 28 at 35. She is survived by her daughter, Breanna; parents, Maxwell and Sophia Litt; and sisters, Tracy (Troy) Christman and Lissa (Lee) Bass. Malinow and Silverman

Eva Nadel died July 28 at 83. She is survived by her son, Harry; and two grandchildren. Groman

Solomon Oziel died July 19 at 85. He is survived by his cousin, Clara. Groman

Said Pakravan died July 11 at 77. He is survived by his wife, Mary; sons, Uri, Danny and Pejman; daughter, Dalia; brothers, Sion and Amir; 12 grandchildren; sisters, Farokh and Toura. Chevra Kadisha

Dr. Jordan Matthew Phillips died July 29 at 85. He is survived by his wife, Mary; and stepdaughter, Vanessa Page. Hillside

Leon Pitson died July 28 at 96. He is survived by his nephew, Jack (Miriam); niece, Pearl (Dr. Rick) Syres; and cousin, Stella (Albert) Soulema. Malinow and Silverman

Else Reissman died July 27 at 91. She is survived by her niece, Susen Kay; and nephew, Mark Herschthal. Malinow and Silverman

Arthur Rubenstein died July 18 at 94. He is survived by his son, Howard (Lauri) Roberts; daughter, Sue (David) Northrup; granddaughter, Rachel (Tim) Davidson; and great-granddaughters. Mount Sinai

Richard Sagerman died July 22,at 73. He is survived by his wife, Audrey; son, Eric; daughter, Nancy; brother, Marvin; and four grandchildren. Groman

Jean Schrager died July 30 at 101. She is survived by her son, Sheldon; and granddaughter, Lisa Elkin. Hillside

Pauline Seewack died Aug. 2 at 100. She is survived by her daughter, Marilyn Katleman; son, Larry (Lois); seven grandchildren and their spouses; and nine great-grandchildren. Hillside

Blessing Semler died Aug. 3 at 92. She is survived by her sons, Allen (Sherry) Haynes, Ronald (Lisa) and Barry; ex-daughter-in-law, Mary; 16 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Marilyn Shapiro died July 20 at 77. She is survived by her good friends, Bonnie Franklin and Judy (Dr. Michael) Bush. Mount Sinai

Dr. Jack Sinder died July 25 at 88. He is survived by his daughter, Penny; son, Marlon; and friend, Nira Roston. Malinow and Silverman

Stuart Speiser died Aug. 3 at 65. He is survived by his wife, Elaine; sons, Jeremy and Robbie (Claudia); granddaughter, Sophie; and brothers, Arnie and Franklin (Liz). Mount Sinai

Allan Summit died July 30 at 92. He is survived by his daughters, Rennie (Rudy) North, Susan Rem and Laurie (Barry) Weichman; five grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and brother, Aaron (Beverly) Sumetz. Mount Sinai

Pauline Surks died Aug. 2 at 95. She is survived by her daughter, Maxine; and son, Brian. Malinow and Silverman

Melvin Zwicker died Aug. 3 at 87. He is survived by his wife, Helen; daughter, Erica; one grandchild; and sister, Ella. Groman