The Meaning of Memory: A Yizkor Reflection


I grew up in a home filled with food and love and laughter and music and Yiddishkayt and stories. I was the youngest of four kids and we were part of a tribe in Boro Park, Brooklyn, with my uncle Nat’s family living on the floor above us, my uncle Ruby’s family living next door to us, and my grandparents living above them. Nobody ever knocked on the door and nobody ever needed a key, everybody was always barging into everybody else’s home.

My parents were soul mates. They were constantly singing in harmony, walking hand in hand. As I grew, one by one my older siblings moved out and went off to college. And pretty soon it was just me, my mom and my dad. It was quieter, but it was beautiful.

One night when I was 15, my parents went out. They were walking on the street when a man held them up at gunpoint. My father was shot, and he died. And now it was just me and my mom. As you can imagine, the two of us became unnaturally close, the way two broken hearts have to figure it all out together. When I was in high school I tried so hard never to cry; I didn’t want to add to my mother’s sorrow. Instead, I threw myself into my studies. I was such a studious kid, such a nerd. I’d always work myself into a tizzy before an exam, and then I’d turn to my mom on the day of the test and I’d say, “Mom, bless me before the test. And bless my pen, too.” And she’d say, “Nomeleh, don’t you know I’m a good witch. I know how it is, and I know how it will be.” And I would take my blessed pen and scurry off to school.

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And then it came time for me to go to college. Honestly, I don’t know how she found the strength to send me off to college. How do you send your fourth child off when you have nothing at home but memories of a life that once was? I don’t know how I left, but I did.

And I hated it. It was a culture shock to go from Boro Park and an Orthodox Jewish yeshiva high school to Cornell University. It was so gentile. And preppy. I’d never seen so many headbands and Topsiders in my life. And they kept saying that the ideal Cornelian is a scholar and an athlete. Some Greek ideal. Well, I was no athlete, and I didn’t see myself as a scholar. So I started calling my mom every night, crying hysterically, “I want to go home. I don’t like it here.” And she was so strong. She’d say, “I want you to stay. Trust me, I’m a good witch.”  And then she’d bless me for my upcoming test.

And she was right. After six months and 15 pounds, I did learn to love college and I made new friends and I loved the learning. Though I never did get into athletics.

She was right about so many things. She knew my husband was the right man for me even before I knew it. “Trust me,” she said, “I’m a good witch. He’s a keeper.” And she walked me down the aisle at our wedding. Just the two of us.  Me and my mom, hand in hand. And she gave me away again. It was hard for her to let me go and live so far away from home.

And then the widow with the broken heart became a bubbe with a full heart and a full schedule of friends and grandchildren and volunteering and studies. And her Bat Mitzvah at age 80.

At her 70th birthday celebration, just when we thought she was going to make a speech, she turned around to me and she said, “Nomeleh, I want you to bless me.”

All those years as a rabbi I spent giving blessings to others, all those years she’d been blessing me, and I had never blessed her.  So I placed my hands on my mother’s head, and I blessed her. How can I describe what passed between us?  From that day on, it became our ritual. She’d call me every single night and ask me for her blessing. She had trouble sleeping, so I’d bless her. I’d say, “Mom, I bless you with peace, I bless you with sleep through the night, sweet dreams.”

She had various ailments: her eyes, her legs, her feet, her asthma, her stomach. I’d call her, and I’d say, “Mom, how are your giblets doing?” She’d laugh, we’d talk, and then she’d say, “I need my blessing.” And I’d bless her. “I bless you with peace, I bless you with sleep through the night, sweet dreams.”

Over the last several years I found myself saving her voicemails. People were constantly complaining that my mailbox was full, but I couldn’t erase my mother’s sweet messages: “Shabbat Shalom,” “Happy birthday,” “Shanah tovah,” “Happy Mother’s Day.”

Over the last few years, I’d say we spoke on the phone about six times a day.  She wanted to know the details. If it was a Friday of Nashuva (the Jewish community I lead), she’d call first to bless me and wish me good luck, and then she’d ask, “What are you going to talk about tonight?” And then there were the wrap up calls, “So, nu? How was Nashuva? How did it go? How was your sermon? Was it well received? How many people came?”

If I was traveling to speak out of town, I’d get a call in the taxi on the way to the airport. We’d talk and then I’d say, “I’ve got to go, Mom, I’m going through security.” And she’d say, “OK, call me on the other side.” I’d call, we’d chat, I’d board the plane:

“I’ve got to go, they’ve closed the cabin doors.”

“OK, call me when you land.”

Obituaries: Nov. 4-10 2011


Raymonde Abitbol died Oct. 2 at 80. Survived by brother George Abitbol. Hillside

Renee Gittler died Oct. 12 at 56. Survived by companion Jeffrey Resnick; daughters Jennifer, Nicole; mother Camille Venus; brother David (Renee) Venus. Hillside

Vivian S. Hoffman died Oct. 16 at 85. Survived by daughters Shelley (Jeffrey Ellis), Randi; 3 grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Naomi “Mimi” Kaplan died Oct. 13 at 72. Survived by husband Richard; daughter Hilary (Bret) Fausett; son David (Andrea); 4 grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Edward Levy died Oct. 11 at 84. Survived by daughters Laurie (Charles) Harris, Nancy (Robert) Tanowitz, Cheryl (Bradley) Cohen, Leslie (Dwayne) Talley; 10 grandchildren. Hillside

George Polinger died Oct. 10 at 88. Survived by daughters Sari, Patricia (Peter) Cohen; son Thomas (Melanie); 5 grandchildren; sister Gerri Strock. Hillside

Irwin Reiner died Oct. 17 at 80. Survived by friend Adrianne Steiger. Mount Sinai

Lawrence L. Richards died Oct. 18 at 78. Survived by wife Marcia; sons Marc (Nancy), Scott (Lisa), Brett, Todd (Mara); 8 grandchildren; 1 great-grandchild; brother, Paul (Ilse) Lazovick. Mount Sinai

Gladys Saidoff died Oct. 10 at 69. Survived by husband Nehemia; sons Isaac (Valerie), Joseph; 4 grandchildren; sister Freda Silvera; brothers Avi Glicksberg, Jackie Glicksberg. Hillside

Rohollah Shayani died Oct. 14 at 82. Survived by wife Farokh; daughters Roya (Fereydoun), Shiva (Sina); son Vafa (Elizabeth); 8 grandchildren. Eden

Otto Schaffer died Oct. 5 at 91. Survived by wife Katherina; daughter Erit (Floyd) Siegal; son George (Julie) Schaffer; 4 grandchildren. Eden

Alda Siegan died Oct. 5 at 79. Survived by husband David; daughter Lorian (Billy) Gans; sons Mitchell (Ann Hodgkinson), Gary (Karen) Sandler; 5 grandchildren; 1 great-grandchild; sister Etty Korengold. Hillside

Harvey Siegel died Oct. 9 at 71. Survived by wife Wendy Elissa; son Joshua Henry Marshall; mother Sylvia Leib. Hillside

Shirley Sterns died Oct. 12 at 89. Survived by husband Hal; sons Steven (Janice), Garry (Ricki); 4 grandchildren; 4 great-grandchildren. Hillside

Eugene Tabak died Oct. 17 at 92. Survived by daughters Linda (Dan) Lichtner, Eleanor (Elliot) Ross; son Michael; 4 grandchildren; brother Leon. Eden

Benjamin Teicher died Oct. 18 at 92. Survived by nieces Ruth Akiba, Antonia Rabin. Mount Sinai

Joanne Wolfus died Oct. 6 at 89. Survived by sons George (Nanci), Daniel (Christine); 4 grandchildren; 4 great-grandchildren. Hillside

Donald Yospur died Oct. 17 at 84. Survived by wife Shirley; daughter Leigh (Kirk) Davis; sons Simon (Melanie), Gerald; 5 grandchildren; brothers Bernard, Gordon (Sheila). Mount Sinai

Obituaries: Sept. 16-22, 2011


Ethel Baron died Aug. 25 at 90. Survived by daughter Carol; sons Howard, Jack (Rhonda), Mitchell (Miyuki); 3 grandchildren; 3 great-grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Ruzena R. Berler died Sept. 4 at 101. Survived by daughter Olga Martin; 2 grandchildren; 4 great-grandchildren; sister Pepa Rosenman. Mount Sinai

Marguerite Mazalto Bicon died Aug. 16 at 90. Survived by daughter Keti (Rick) Garber; stepdaughter Rozi (Hayim) Cikurel; 2 grandchildren. Chevra Kadisha

Gilbert Caton died Aug. 12 at 70. Survived by wife Nancy; daughters Debbie (George Smith), Jill (Jeff) Utley, Diana (Randy) Rothschild, Michelle Lee; 3 grandchildren; sister Elaine Bender. Malinow and Silverman

Corene Cohen died Aug. 22 at 95. Survived by sons Marty (Sharleen), Neil (April); 3 grandchildren; 3 great-grandchildren; sister Eydie (Steve).

Bertha Colton died Aug. 21 at 91. Survied by sister-in-law Angelina Corden.

Edna Florence died Aug. 14 at 89. Survived by daughter Diane Halperin; son Ronald; 2 grandchildren; 1 great-grandchild; brother Martin Lynn. Malinow and Silverman

Howard Golden died Aug. 16 at 96. Survived by wife Sara; daughter Joan (Lee) Mandell. Malinow and Silverman

Thea Goldstein died Aug. 9 at 82. Survived by husband Irwin; sons Stanley (Valerie), Howard (Brad); 2 grandchildren. Malinow and Silverman

Sylvia Goodfriend died Aug. 30 at 90. Survived by sister Gwen (Raymond) Wunder; brother Warren Schults. Mount Sinai

Rita Gosher died July 15 at 77. Survived by daughter Iris; son Elliot. Sholom Chapels

Eddy King died Aug. 29 at 99. Survived by daughter Julie (Rick) Meyer. Mount Sinai

Susan Langsam died Aug. 18 at 72. Survived by husband Gordon; daughter Karen; son Eric (Erika); brother Charles Klaif. Malinow and Silverman

Phil Nameth died Aug. 29 at 64. Survived by wife Lauren; daughters Jillian, Danielle; brother Fred. Mount Sinai

Alice Nortman died Aug. 29 at 91. Survived by son Norman (Torie) Krieger; 3 grandchildren; brother Rudy Hadda. Mount Sinai

Ina Fay Press died Aug. 26 at 87. Survived by daughter Susan “Sue” Shulman; son Evan (Isis); 4 grandchildren; 4 great-grandchildren; brother Norman Lester Kaufman. Mount Sinai

Sulamith Proctor died Aug. 15 at 84. Survived by son Jeffrey. Malinow and Silverman

Bette Racimora died Aug. 27 at 99. Survived by sister Rebecca Kaseff. Mount Sinai

Ira Rosen died Aug. 20 at 80. Survived by daughter Sharon D. (Larry) Matalon; son Mordechai (Sarah); 5 grandchildren. Chevra Kadisha

Irving Noah Rubinstein died Aug. 30 at 86. Survived by wife Rosalie; sons Joseph Neil (Paula), Michael Paul (Robin), Steven Keith (Rita), Sidney Mark (Tammy); 10 grandchildren; brother Alan (Roberta). Mount Sinai

Leonard Mordecai Sacks died Aug. 27 at 83. Survived by wife Norma; daughter Valerie; son Glenn (Ada); 2 grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Jacquelyn I. Sage died Aug. 28 at 85. Survived by ex-husband Bob. Mount Sinai

Frances Schloss died July 18 at 75. Survived by husband Stephen; 4 children; grandchildren.  Sholom Chapels

Jeffrey Scott died Aug. 29 at 53. Survived by mother Anita; father Eugene; brother Gary (Julie). Mount Sinai

Sylvia Phyllis Shear died Aug. 26 at 60. Survived by husband Jack; daughter Andrea Charlene (James) Parks; son Daniel Jason; 1 grandchild; sister Rosalie (Rodney Rummelsburg) Odell. Mount Sinai

Percy Silver died Aug. 6 at 97. Survived by daughters Phyllis (Orrie) Wilner, Rhoda Silver. Sholom Chapels

Harry Silvers died Aug. 23 at 87. Survived by sons Marc (Ellen Fleischmann), Herb (Genise); 4 grandchildren; 4 great-grandchildren; brother Paul (Ingrid). Mount Sinai

Yelizaveta Spektor died Aug. 11 at 74. Survived by husband Alex; daughter Marina (Kirk); 1 grandchild; brother Oleg (Lena). Mount Sinai

Zell Stanley died Aug. 4 at 90. Survived by daughter Allison. Hillside

Anne Stein died Aug. 14 at 93. Survived by daughter Linda; son Roger; sister Sally Sugarman. Hillside

Seymour Steinfeld died Aug. 7 at 95. Survived by wife Bernice; daughters Karen (David) Leff, Paula; 2 grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Ida Teitelbaum died Aug. 12 at 92. Survived by daughters Barbara (Zelman) Weingarten, Sharon (Christos) Tsantiotis, Susie (Robert) Wallerstein, Nikki (Neil) Lennertz; 10 grandchildren; 8 great-grandchildren. Hillside

Hetty Trachtenberg died Aug. 30 at 83. Survived by daughter Judy Lubin; son Lyle; 3 grandchildren.

Michele Waldman died Aug 23 at 87. Survived by husband George; sons Steven Scott, Ira Alan; 1 grandchild; sister Frieda Fritzie Dobrin. Chevra Kadisha

Millicent Yuda died Aug. 30 at 86. Survived by daughter Deborah Tibor; son Michael; 5 grandchildren.  Mount Sinai

Gregory W. Zack died Aug. 23 at 67. Survived by wife Anne Mosell; daughter Sarah Bassine; son Aaron; brothers Ronald (Suzanne), Daryl. Mount Sinai

Sarah Zubatsky died Aug. 10 at 99. Survived by daughter Jo-Ann (Richard) Geifman. Malinow and Silverman

Obituaries: Sept. 2-8, 2011


Esther Edith Cohen died Aug. 6 at 89. Survived by daughters Shari (Gary) Effron, Ziva (Larue) Palmer; sons David (Michael) Serkin-Poole, Arnold (Cate); 10 grandchildren; 7 great-grandchildren; brother Leon (Joan) Prasow. Mount Sinai

Beverly Cooper died Aug. 3 at 74. Survived by son Ron (Helen) Rosenfeld. Hillside

Dorothy Davis died Aug. 5 at 85. Survived by daughters Elaine (Mark) Stover, Holly (Ernie) Tichenor, Fern (Paul) Robin, Karen (David) McKay, Audrey (Rob) Crespin, Ann Forlenza; sons Seth (Celistine), Moshel (Esther); 20 grandchildren; brother George (Mickey) Winard. Hillside

Alan Epstein died Aug. 6 at 70. Survived by wife Mona; sons Josh, Matt; 2 grandchildren; brothers Arnold, Jeff. Hillside

Ruth Haber died Aug. 8 at 94. Survived by daughter Donna Kornberg; son Hans Kornberg. Hillside

Hi Hand died Aug. 6 at 94. Survived by wife Bernice “Bee”; sons David (Paula), Chuck (Barbara); 6 grandchildren; 9 great-grandchildren. Groman

George Walter Hausman died July 30 at 90. Survived by daughters Jo Ann Kay, Susan; sons Neil, Donald (Jeanne), Richard, Robert (Ruth); 6 grandchildren; sister-in-law Elaine Goldenberg; brothers-in-law Richy Kauffman, Martin Braver. Mount Sinai

Ethelann “Andi” Joustra died Aug. 5 at 62. Survived by husband Richard; daughter Shelley; son Aron. Malinow and Silverman

Samuel Plushner died Aug. 5 at 91. Survived by daughter Jaclyne (Bernie) Friedman; son Eric (Cathy); 3 grandchildren; 3 great-grandchildren. Hillside

Norman Pollack died July 30 at 81. Survived by daughter Ellen (Ray) Gedert; sons Murray, Lawrence. Malinow and Silverman

Norman Rogers died July 25 at 87. Survived by wife Irene; sons Andrew (Elizabeth Cogswell), Edward (Patricia). Malinow and Silverman

Samuel Rosenblatt died Aug. 1 at 92. Survived by wife Helene; sons Willy, Albert (Rikki); 1 grandchild. Chevra Kadisha

Sam Rosenwald died Aug. 3 at 57. Survived by wife Gita; daughter Samantha; son Daniel; sister Jeanie (David) Finkelstein. Hillside

Harold Ross died Aug. 6 at 86. Survived by wife Shirley; daughter Cynthia Perry; sons Mark, Dennis; 7 grandchildren. Mount Sinai

William Roth died Aug. 6 at 87. Survived by wife Anita; daughter Shelley (Michael) Gibson; son Douglas; 2 grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Marcia F. Rothman died Aug. 5 at 88. Survived by daughter Lisabeth; sons Jeffrey, Jonathan (Carrie); 2 grandchildren. Groman

Anita Rothner died Aug. 3 at 82. Survived by husband Herbert; sons Glenn (Maggie), Russell (Erin), Kurt (Kathy); 7 grandchildren; sister Eva Toberman. Hillside

Edmond Russo died Aug. 5 at 87. Survived by wife Esther; daughter Laura (Jeff) Winkow; 2 grandchildren. Hillside

Toby Shankman died July 27 at 88. Survived by daughter Cathy. Malinow and Silverman

Leonard Siegel died July 20 at 92. He is survived by his wife Zelda; daughters Lois (Steven) Paster, Joan Wagner, Marilyn (Robert Harwell) Boettiger; 6 grandchildren. Malinow and Silverman

Barbara Silverman died July 31 at 84. Survived by daughters Jama (Bruce) Leamer, Mindy Silverman Reese, Alison Alt; son Jeff (Deborah); 2 grandchildren; sister Lou Ann Taback. Malinow and Silverman

Louis Spector died July 24 at 98. Survived by wife Ruth; sons Neil, Darrell (Brigette); brother Leonard (Della). Malinow and Silverman

Edith Tubor died Aug. 4 at 88. Survived by husband Morton; son Larry; 2 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Cecilia Weinstock died July 15 at 88. Survived by nieces Sandra Bruker, Grace Landa, Annie Grenrock; nephew Howard Keer. Chevra Kadisha

Obituaries: May 20-26, 2011


Irving Bernstein died May 8 at 84. Survived by wife Faye; daughter Linda (Irving) Rubenstein; son Bruce; stepdaughters Michelle (Jay) Eisenberg, Barbara Boxer; 7 grandchildren; 6 great-grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Frank Carmi died April 15 at 91. Survived by wife Linda; daughter Leora; son Eliot (Cris); 6 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren; sister Lala Fishman.

Fred Chorna died May 7 at 90. Survived by daughters Suanne (Bob) Williams, Myra (Jim) Feely, Marci (David) Donley; companion Malou Labuguen; 3 grandchildren; one great-grandchild. Mount Sinai

Minette Cohen died May 4 at 87. Survived by husband Milton; daughter Lisa D’Auvray; son Allen. Mount Sinai

Clara Elias died April 12 at 85. Survived by daughter Edith Elias Boxstein; sons Rabbis Gabriel, Robert; 8 grandchildren; sister Eva Martin. Chevra Kadisha

Herman Irving Freedman died May 15 at 85. Survived by daughter Fay (Stuart) Allen; son Dan (Carol); 4 grandchildren; sister Ruth Nelson. Mount Sinai

Hilda Lillian Glassman died March 26 at 91. Survived by sons Daniel, Ed, David, Jerry Solomon; daughters Judith Franco, Janet Nathan; 8 grandchildren; 3 great-grandchildren. Chevra Kadisha

Steven “Goldy” Goldstein died May 9 at 59. Survived by wife Patricia; sons Oliver, Aaron; sister-in-law Annette Burden. Mount Sinai

Ray Greenberg died May 11 at 101. Survived by son Robert (Bonni); 2 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Sylvia Jacobson died Feb. 7 at 97. Survived by sons Mark, Phillipp (Suesan) Jason; daughter Ruth (Norman) Fralle; 5 grandchildren; 5 great-grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Sylvan Kalter died May 11 at 82. Survived by wife Marilyn; daughter Suzanne (David) Mont; son Cary (Magdalena); 4 grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Sylvia Ganansky Lieberman died April 29 at 100. Survived by daughter Stefanie Simon; 2 grandchildren.

Robert Lyon died May 14 at 101. Survived by daughter Estelle (Scott) Hart
man; son Samuel (Joyce) Lewis; 4 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Ruth Mollot died May 9 at 97. Survived by daughter Stephanie Goetz; son Michael; daughter-in-law Anita; 6 grandchildren; 6 great-grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Louis Charles Robin died April 20 at 53. Survived by wife Lisa; daughters Hannah, Rebecca, Rachel; son Joshua; brother Kenneth; sisters Renee, Michelle; parents Alan and Brett Robin. Chevra Kadisha

Mirjam Rozenfeld died May 8 at 75. Survived by son Ilan (Dahlia); daughters Shera, Ronit; 5 grandchildren; brother Willy (Mirjam) Kurz. Mount Sinai

Francine Rubel died March 11 at 87. Survived by Eileen (Jack) Morgan; 3 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren. Hillside

Selma J. Sesar died May 6 at 92. Survived by sons Dennis (JoAnn), Jeff (Sharon); daughter Diana (Lee) Sclar; 7 grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Renee Sfarti died May 3 at 89. Survived by husband Simon; daughter Gabriela (Ervin) Adler; son Adrian; 2 grandchildren. Mount Sinai

David Spiewak died May 6 at 53. Survived by parents Nathan and Linda; son Jack; brothers Steven, Michael. Mount Sinai

Lon Mitchell Teller died May 12 at 46. Survived by parents Richard and Phyllis. Mount Sinai

Charlotte Tubin died May 11 at 88. Survived by grandson Keith; granddaughter Deana Garrett; sisters Judie Gold, Bette Sherman, Sandra Guscemi. Mount Sinai

Alice Weingarten died May 10 at 91. Survived by sons Robert (Marcia), Paul (Marla), Ronald (Laurie); 6 grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Morris Weiss died May 12 at 87. Survived by companion Jeanette Logrecco; daughter Rachel Rothstein; son Joseph (Barbara); 2 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Elaine Wolman died May 8 at 82. Survived by husband Lane; daughters Valerie McDonald, Keri; son Randy (Nancy); 4 grandchildren; 1 great-grandchild. Mount Sinai

Obituaries


Annette Beck died Dec. 14 at 78. She is survived by her daughters, Caryn (Erroll) Beck-Southers and Robin (Alex Shmelev); son, Jeff (Donna Sanders); five grandchildren; and companion, Richard Starks. Mount Sinai

Jean Berman died Dec. 9 at 81. She is survived by her husband, Norman; son, Joel; daughters, Andrea and Miriam; sister, Ida; and seven grandchildren. Groman

Ida Campanella died Dec. 9 at 98. She is survived by her son, Phillip; daughters, Shelly and Renee; brother, William; sister, Frances; and seven grandchildren. Groman

Jack Celnik died Dec. 16 at 90. He is survived by his daughter, Sara; and two grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Herman Cohen died Nov. 28 at 85. He is survived by his daughter, Lori; and son, Martin. Malinow and Silverman

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

Ralph Dunn died Dec. 14 at 79. He is survived by his daughter, Alisa; son, Ronald; and friends, Susan Yamashiro and James Nakamoto. Mount Sinai

Rita Eisen died Dec. 13 at 90. She is survived by her son, William (Virginia); one grandchild; and brother, Allan (Gay) Schneiderman. Mount Sinai

Jeremy Eisenstein died Dec. 5 at 44. He is survived by his wife, Carolyn; son, Christopher; father, Edward; mother, Doris; sister-in-law, Debra (Scott) Stevens; brother-in-law, Nicholas (Michelle) Arbinanti; father-in-law, Nicholas (Debbie) Arbinanti; mother-in-law, Barbara (Jerry) Rouse; and friends, Bob (Tory) Epstein and Rebecca Somberg. Mount Sinai

Evalyne Fenster died Dec. 17 at 89. She is survived by her daughters, Sari (Owen) Kustner and Penny (Jim) Gwin; eight grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Rosemary Forst died Dec. 10 at 87. She is survived by her husband, Kurt; son, Brian; two grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Groman

Sheila R. Friedkin died Dec. 15 at 67. She is survived by her sons, Brian (Debbie) and Louis (Carolyn); five grandchildren; and brother, Jack Tateel. Mount Sinai

Gladys Freidenrich died Dec. 6 at 84. She is survived by her husband, Richard; daughters, Anne Locasio and Marilyn Roberts; and four grandchildren. Malinow and Silverman

Josephine Gardella died Dec. 9 at 79. She is survived by her sister, Linda (David) Kimball; and brothers, Robert, Harvey and Gerald (Carol) Litvinoff. Mount Sinai

Elaine Geller died Dec. 13 at 80. She is survived by her sons, Stuart Paul (Helen) and Michael (Paige); four grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. Mount Sinai

Benjamin Green died Oct.19 at 84. He is survived by his wife, Helen; sons, Aron and Abe; and two grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Morris Henkin died Oct. 2 at 85. He is survived by his daughters, Melanie Rose and Hilary; son, Douglas (Linda); and three grandchildren. Riverside National Cemetery

Robert Saul Hilbert died Dec. 11 at 67. He is survived by his wife, Angela; sons, David (Sara) and Daniel Steven; two grandchildren; and sister, Joan Fried. Mount Sinai

Julius Horowitz died Dec. 8 at 90. He is survived by his daughter, Diane; sister, Esther; six grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. Groman

Jean Jaffeson died Dec. 10 at 86. She is survived by her son, Steven (Phyllis) Suchard; four grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and sister, June Taxin. Mount Sinai

Gertrude Katler died Dec. 12 at 95. She is survived by her sons, Gerald (Marcia), Ernest (Ann) and Richard (Deborah); daughter, Sandra (Robert) Magilen; five grandchildren; and brother, Alan (Rita) Wold. Groman

Erwin Klein died Dec. 14 at 97. He is survived by his wife, Bert; niece, Barbara (Donald) Zipperman; and nephew, Stephen (Abbe) Irshay. Mount Sinai

Maurice Kravitz died Dec. 12 at 82. He is survived by his wife, Estelle; sons, Steven, Kenneth and Jeffrey; daughter, Carol; and six grandchildren. Groman

Bernard Krom died Dec. 14 at 91. He is survived by his wife, Anne; daughter, Roberta (Paul) Ozar; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Vera Laroche died Dec. 4 at 96. She is survived by her cousin, George Fogelson. Malinow and Silverman

Blanche Lazar died Dec. 9 at 98. She is survived by her niece, Harriet (Pete) Modler. Mount Sinai

Sol Mann died Dec. 6 at 91. He is survived by his wife, Lillian; sons, David (Barbara) and Allan (Sally); five grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren. Malinow and Silverman

Igal Mor died Dec. 15 at 51. He is survived by his wife, Donna Tryfman-Mor; daughter, Lena; father, Abraham; mother, Aliza Cohen; sister, Raya (Koby) Kalfus; and brother, Doron (Kerry). Mount Sinai

Diane Nemback died Nov. 30 at 54. She is survived by her husband, Daniel; daughter, Dayna (Chris) Gilmore; son, Devon (Rachel); mother, Jean Moscowitz; father, Murray Moscowitz; five grandchildren; and brother, Richard Moscowitz. Malinow and Silverman

Abigail Neuman diedDec. 16 at 88. She is survived by her daughters, Hilde (William) Lyddan and Johanna; and four grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Seymour Neuman died Dec. 12 at 86. He is survived by his wife, Abigail Evelyn; daughters, Hilde (William) Lyddan and Johanna; and four grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Polya Novak died Nov. 30 at 87. She is survived by her daughter, Dina. Malinow and Silverman

Marsha Ostrin died Nov. 27 at 57. She is survived by her aunt, Sophie Weisenberg; and cousins. Malinow and Silverman

Rosi Podell died Dec. 11 at 90. She is survived by her daughter, Marilyn (Gerald) Lipson; seven grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and sister, Paula Williams. Mount Sinai

Lily Romm died Dec. 10 at 90. She is survived by her husband, Yale; daughters, Rochelle and Annette; sister, Julia; and three grandchildren. Groman

David Rosenblatt died Dec. 9 at 66. He is survived by his wife, Marcia; sons, Robert (Samantha Phu), Steven (Jennifer) and Andrew; daughter, Jennifer (Darren); three grandchildren; sisters, Bunny and Roz; and brothers, Sherman and Maurie. Mount Sinai

Helen Rosenblot died Dec. 17 at 86. She is survived by her daughters, Rosalie (John) Kessing Annison and Julienne (Mike) Wish; three grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. Mount Sinai

Jennifer Rub died Dec. 11 at 36. She is survived by her sons, Joshua, David and Zev; father, Barry; mother, Shelley; sister Niesa (Michael) Azran; grandfathers, Hershel Walfish and Robert; and grandmothers, Betty Walfish and Frances. Mount Sinai

Albert Sheppard died Dec. 11 at 83. He is survived by his wife, Joni; sons, Ken (Gelia) and Brian (Yvonne); daughters, Sheri Milan and Vicki Milan. Mount Sinai

Joel Shield died Dec. 11 at 66. He is survived by his niece, Alisa (Brian) Patterson; and nephews, Scott (Corinne) Rhodes and Craig Rhodes. Mount Sinai

Rose Shurman died Dec. 15 at 94. She is survived by her daughter, Sue (Robert) Hurst; and four grandchildren. 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

Judith Stanton died Dec. 13 at 72. She is survived by her daughter, Elisa Knigin; son, Richard (Laura); and four grandchildren. Mount Sinai

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

Hermine S. Stukin died Dec. 9 at 70. She is survived by her son, Paul; and daughter, Stacie (Stephen DeBro). Mount Sinai

Rose Tenner died Dec. 10 at 102. She is survived by her sons, James (Joan) and Stanley; five grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Mount Sinai

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

Frances Weltman died Dec.10 at 97. She is survived by her son, Gershon (Tova); daughter, Ethel (Patrick Adams); three grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Harriet Wiesblott-Charness died Dec. 13 at 87. She is survived by her sons, Noah (Julia) Benshea, Lorne (Barbara) Wiesblott and Neil (Pamela DeRyss) Wiesblott; six grandchildren; and two 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

The dark side of Chanukah


Almost anyone who celebrates Chanukah today knows at least the rudimentary outline of its story. A righteous Judean clan in the 2nd century B.C.E. led an uprising against Greek-influenced Seleucid rulers who had desecrated the Temple and outlawed the traditional practices of Judaism. The revolt led to the recapture of Jerusalem, the purification of the Temple and the establishment of an independent Jewish state.

But there are a number of darker events related to Chanukah and its aftermath that have been swept away in the aroma of frying latkes and the whiz of spinning dreidels. The first is that the war Chanukah commemorates was in fact a civil war, fought between Hellenizing Jewish reformers and Jewish traditionalists whose Temple-centric life had been severely compromised by Greek influence and rule. The fratricidal conflict consumed 34 years in the life of the nation and resulted in hundreds of thousands of deaths.

With the conquest of Jerusalem in 164 B.C.E. and the complete defeat (although annihilation would be a better description) of the Hellenizers 22 years later, the lone surviving brother, Simon the Maccabee, stood widely recognized as ethnarch and high priest of the first independent Jewish state in 440 years. It would, then, be his progeny and descendants who would dominate Judean life over the next century.

Simon was succeeded by his able and fervent son John Hyrcanus, who expanded the realm and remained faithful to the example laid down by his father and uncles. It was during the reign of his grandson, Alexander Jannaeus (104 B.C.E.-76 B.C.E.), however, that the Hasmonean legend began to disintegrate. Alexander had no interest in the religious fervor of his ancestors and exhibited a particular hatred for religious rigorist sects, such as the Pharisees and Essenes. He carefully aligned himself with the upper-class Sadducees and in one incident massacred 6,000 Pharisee worshippers in the Temple courtyard after receiving a personal insult from them during the Festival of Sukkot. The incident spurred the renewal of a civil war that resulted in 50,000 more Jewish deaths. In one further event, after returning to Jerusalem following a victorious campaign in the north, Alexander had 800 of his Jewish male prisoners crucified, but not before murdering their wives and children before their very eyes.

After the death of Alexander Jannaeus, the Hasmoneans continued as rulers of Judea for another 40 years — in and out of civil war — until finally being all but eliminated by Herod the Great (37 B.C.E.-4 B.C.E.), an Idumean usurper who feared the family as a threat to his rule.

The point of recalling this gruesome tale is to illustrate a historical truism. History often comes full circle, rendering meaningless the achievements of previous generations because memory has lapsed and the commitment to former ideals is absent. The Hasmoneans began as liberators and ended as oppressors. They started as fervent adherents to Judaism and concluded as its deniers. In the end, they far more resembled the Greek-inspired Hellenizers they had fought to eliminate than the vaunted redeemers portrayed in legend.

Ancient Judea’s contemporary political incarnation, the State of Israel, also has much to learn from the historical lessons of the Hasmoneans. As a country that formed 60 years ago with high ideals and the promise of Jewish renewal, the current state is transforming into a bitter parody of itself. Rampant political corruption, an incompetent and self-serving echelon of leaders, an oligarchical economic structure that places 60 percent of the country’s assets in the hands of less than 1 percent of its population and a poverty level that hovers around 33 percent, are all signs of the imminent collapse of idealism and foundational principles. The abandonment of the Jews of Gaza, evicted from their homes in 2005, is yet another sad example of how deeply bruised is the Israeli notion of respect for and protection of Jewish life, property and dignity.

It is important to remember that men can never predict how their descendants will act or how their legacy of achievement will be treated. But the burning question the full Hasmonean story presents to us is how can nations protect the memory of past struggles and make them meaningful and relevant for the current generation? Ironically, the institution of the Festival of Chanukah was such an attempt. And in large part it succeeded. But the nagging question remains — why did things go so terribly wrong in ancient Judea within such a relatively short period of time? Given our current national challenges, this Chanukah our thoughts should be firmly on that question, as much as on the great Hasmonean triumphs of 2,000 years ago.

Avi Davis is the Executive Director and Senior Fellow of the American Freedom Alliance.

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

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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

Obituaries


Sue Lynn Alexander died July 1 at 74. She is survived by her husband, Joel; sons, Glenn and Marc; daughter, Stacy; and two grandchildren. Groman

Samson Asch died July 4 at 100. He is survived by his daughters, Hella (Charles) Hershson and Basia (Larry) Frank; son, Morris (Linda); and three grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Leslie Eckerling died July 6 at 54. She is survived by her daughters, Elizabeth (Ian) Crossley, Rachel (Ralph Capasso) and Samantha; son, Aaron (Cristina); father, William Turf; and brother, Robert (Barbara) Turf. Malinow and Silverman

Gary William Ferenstein died July 6 at 67. He is survived by his son Greg (Teresa); daughter, Rachael; and granddaughter, Macy. Hillside

Gloria Bard George died July 6 at 87. She is survived by her grandchildren, Brian (Patricia), Jeffrey and Victoria; and brother, Robert (Myrna) Bard. Mount Sinai

Dorothy Grossman died June 6 at 92. She is survived by her daughter, Melissa; sons, Neal, Alan, David, Marc and Joel; and brother, Jerry Pauker. Malinow and Silverman

Larry Harmon died July 3 at 83. He is survived by his wife, Susan; son, Jeff; daughters, Ellen (Ira) Kosberg, Marci (Armie) Carabet, Leslie Breth and Lori (David Schwarzman); and four grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Milton Jack died July 3 at 90. He is survived by his son, Michael David (Betty Ann), three grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Hillside

Esther Kaiserman died July 2 at 90. She is survived by her sons, Mark and Alan (Phyllis). Malinow and Silverman

Henry Kurland died July 3 at 83. He is survived by his wife, Beatrice; sons, Scott, and Dr. Jeffrey. Malinow and Silverman

Eric Lieber died July 2 at 71. He is survived by his wife, Peggy Lieber; daughter, Christine; and one grandchild. Malinow and Silverman

Sylvia Liebman died July 4 at 81. She is survived by her daughter, Zelda Dan. Mount Sinai

Germaine Lovental died July 1 at 88. She is survived by her son, Alex; sister, Judith; and one grandchild. Groman

Leonard Muskin died July 5 at 88. He is survived by his brother, Stuart (Bettie); nephews, Brule (Mary-Beth), Alan (Linda) and Michael (Diane Murada); and friend, Judy (Mort Kolbe) Fishman. Mount Sinai

Meir Nunberg died July 5 at 90. He is survived by his daughters, Yaffa (Martin Nienstedt) Kaplan and Alice (Steve Treistaru; and grandsons, Joshua and Alex Kaplan. Mount Sinai

Mary Port died July 3 at 92. She is survived by her son, Robert (Anne); daughter, Susan (Ron) Timpson; three grandchildren; one great-grandchild, Logan; and sister, Rhea (Werner) Wolff. Mount Sinai

Moshe Ronen died June 28 at 79. He is survived by his wife, Ela; daughter, Dina Brown; and sister, Bita Hucker (Alon). Chevra Kadisha

Vernon Rusheen died July 6 at 83. He is survived by his sons, Dr Jeffrey (Grisel), and Dr Larry (Dana); daughters, Lisa (Dr. Douglas) Gardner and Patricia (Dr. Michael) Kupfer; and nine grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Bertha Sacks died July 6 at 89. She is survived by her daughter, Ronney (Fred) Johnson. Malinow and Silverman

Joan Ward died July 3 at 55. She is survived by her daughters, Wendy (Sasha) Kottmeier and Lisa (Jimi); son, Patrick (Priscilla); four grandchildren; mother, Claire Bennett; and brother, Richard (Debbie) Bennett. Mount Sinai



Beverly Auerbach Pressman, Singer and Teacher, Dies at 59

Beverly Auerbach Pressman died July 18 in San Jose at 59, after a valiant two-year struggle with uterine cancer. Her husband, Rabbi Daniel Pressman of Congregation Beth David in Saratoga, was at her bedside. She was also the beloved daughter-in-law of Marjorie and Rabbi Jacob Pressman of Beverly Hills.

She was a person of great integrity, who taught those who knew her about being consistent in everything you do.

One of her rules for living was to never show up anywhere empty-handed. In addition to her love of cooking, her passions were music and teaching. She was married for 40 years, after meeting her husband when they were teenagers at a United Synagogue encampment at Camp Ramah in Ojai.

After growing up in the San Fernando Valley, Beverly attended UCLA and Barnard in New York, from which she was graduated cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in American studies. She earned a master’s degree from Cal State University and later a bachelor’s in vocal music from San Jose State University.

The Pressmans spent some years at Congregation Ner Tamid in Palos Verdes, before settling in San Jose 27 years ago. Rabbi Pressman has served at Beth David ever since.

She taught elementary school for 15 years, but also found time to sing with Schola Cantorum, a community choral group. She had a beautiful soprano voice and was an upbeat, selfless person with unusual spirit until the day she passed away.

She is survived by her husband, Rabbi Daniel Pressman; children Aliza (Craig Chosiad), Benjamin and Rebecca; father, Louis Auerbach; siblings, Melvin Auerbach and Jeffrey Auerbach; and in-laws, Rabbi Jacob and Marjorie Pressman.

Obituaries


Rabbi Levi Meier, Whose Pulpit Was Hospital Rooms, Dies at 62

It’s often hard to distinguish between one memorial and the next, especially when you’re dealing with prominent members of the community. Family members, friends, colleagues and rabbis will get up and pour out their praise for the departed- recounting his or her many accomplishments and fine character traits. This is perfectly natural, and it’s also a mitzvah.

Monday morning, at the standing-room-only memorial at Beth Jacob Congregation for Rabbi Levi Meier — author, psychologist, husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, teacher, student, friend, brother, neighbor, gentleman and chaplain at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center for more than 29 years — who died July 13 at age 62 after a long illness — things felt perfectly natural, right up until the very end.

We heard how Meier touched the lives of thousands, especially the many sick patients he gave hope to, and the many families he comforted. We heard about all the little touches of thoughtfulness felt by everyone who came into contact with him.

A colleague at the hospital talked about how Meier brought mezuzot, kosher food and synagogue services to Cedars-Sinai. Someone else, reminiscing about the rabbi’s unique and gentle way with people, quoted him as follows: “With good interpersonal relationships, you can accomplish much. Without them, you need to fill out three forms to get a box of paper clips.”

The rabbi’s daughter talked about their nightly and very lively family dinners and explained how a young daughter of 8 could come up with the word “Jung” at Scrabble: Her rabbi-psychologist father shared many aspects of his professional life with his children.

He shared a lot more. If you expressed an interest in anything, chances are, within a few days, you’d receive an article in the mail on that subject.

When comforting patients, he shared his time, plenty of it. He seemed to always add “another five minutes,” because he thought that maybe those extra minutes could make all the difference in the world. His pulpit, one of his children said, was hospital rooms.

Interestingly, the memorial, with all the well-deserved praise it showered on Meier, actually underplayed his achievements. No one mentioned the eight years of Torah classes he gave to the Avi Chai Torah Salon — an eclectic monthly gathering of writers, artists and producers (which I often hosted), who yearned to study and debate Jewish texts. Many of the participants were at the memorial; one of them sat next to me and I could see him trying to hold back tears.

In the end, though, after all the emotional accolades for a unique and quiet force of the Los Angeles Jewish community, it was the final speaker who was the most powerful.

Right before pallbearers were asked to prepare to carry the casket, which would soon be flown to Israel, one of the rabbi’s sons was asked to come up to recite a special prayer. It felt like it would be a formality; all the speakers had already spoken.

The young son got up, read the prayer, and just before stepping down, went back to the mike … and gave up all pretense of composure.

With his voice unraveling, and surrendering to his tears, the young son said what was probably on everyone’s mind — it was “way too soon” for his father to be gone — and then, stumbling out of his mouth came the only words I know for certain I will not forget from Rabbi Levi Meier’s memorial: “I wish I would have said I love you more often.”

Rabbi Levi Meier is survived by his wife, Marcie; children Chana Gelb, Malka Grebnau, Isaac and Yosef; grandchildren; and brother, Rabbi Menachem.

— David Suissa



Johanna Cooper, Award-Winning Radio Producer, Dies at 53

Johanna Cooper, a Kennedy Award-winning radio producer whose vibrant work encompassed topics from undocumented children to “Jewish Short Stories From Eastern Europe and Beyond,” died July 10 after a three-year battle with breast cancer. She was 53.

Cooper, an active member of Temple Beth Am, was the producer of dozens of documentaries for outlets such as National Public Radio. She was drawn to broadcasting, at least in part, “because of her passion for storytelling, especially stories that preserve the intersection of family and identity,” said her friend, Paula Pearlman, executive director of the Disability Rights Legal Center in Los Angeles.

Cooper’s many Jewish-themed shows included “Hanukkah: A Time for Superheroes,” featuring director Sam Raimi (“Spider-Man”), and KCRW-FM’s award-winning “Jewish Short Stories From the Old World to the New” hosted by Leonard Nimoy.

“[Johanna] had a wonderful sense of human about people and their foibles,” said Ruth Seymour, KCRW’s general manager. “Her perceptions and insights were invaluable.”

Not long before her death at St. John’s Hospital in Santa Monica, Cooper had been awarded a grant to prepare a documentary about the Jews of Venice, Italy, and the ghetto in which they had been forced to live.

In her own Beverly Hills Labor Zionist childhood home, Cooper was inspired by stories of her cousin, Rosa Robata, a Holocaust heroine who was tortured and hanged after helping to blow up a crematoria at Auschwitz-Birkenau in 1944.

The young Cooper played guitar at Los Angeles-area senior citizens centers (her mother, Norma, worked as a social worker at Jewish Family Service) and eventually earned her own master’s degree in social work from Columbia University, as well as a second master’s in film and television from USC — all while launching her radio career.

After she married public interest attorney Sam Jason in 1991 and moved to Pacific Palisades, she became renowned among her friends for her Jewish holiday celebrations and for being “blessed with the gift of presence,” said Rabbi Naomi Levy, who officiated at Cooper’s funeral at Mt. Sinai with Rabbi Joel Rembaum of Temple Beth Am.

Just before the bar mitzvah of her son, Max, three years ago, Cooper was diagnosed with an aggressive form of breast cancer and began a number of rounds of chemotherapy.

Obituaries


Harry Arbit died June 13 at age 88. He is survived by his daughter, Beryl; and sister, Mary. Groman

Herbert Block died June 15 at 83. He is survived by his sister, Gladys Wasser. Chevra Kadisha

Lloyd Blonder died June 21 at 69. He is survived by his wife, Elaine; daughters, Shari (Roger) Hyman and Bonnie (Daniel) Baruch; son, Roger (Renee); son-in-law, Daniel (Carol) Aron; and six grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Ellis Cahn died June 13 at 61. He is survived by his brother, Dan. Hillside.

Rachelle Carnow died June 20 at 79. She is survived by her husband, Dr. Martin; sons, Dr. Marvin (Peggy) and Dr. Gary (Dr. Barry Soroka); and grandsons, Jason (Stacey) and Zachary. Mount Sinai

Melvin Caspe died June 6 at 93. He is survived by his sons, Michael and Dennis. Hillside

Dorothy Cohen died June 19 at 86. She is survived by her daughter, Wendy; sons, Dennis and Gerald; and brothers, Richard and Isaac Hasson. Malinow and Silverman

Sam Greenfield died June 5 at 99. He is survived by his sons, Howard and Gene. Hillside

Alma Keyes died June 16 at 92. She is survived by her daughters, Deirdre Morris and Michelle Perelman; son, Dr. Geoffrey (Mary); and sister, Iris Wallace. Malinow and Silverman

Helen Kanow died June 17 at 98. She is survived by her daughters, Marlene Delugish and Joan Leff. Malinow and Silverman

Sari Kasner died June 20 at 92. She is survived by her daughter, Eva; and three grandchildren. Hillside

Eve Lapidus died June 20 at 102. She is survived by her nieces, Kathy (Robert Burchman) Solomon, Kristine (Fred) Elkins, Stacey (Chris) Goodner and Claudia Smigrod; and nephews, Daniel (Tina) Solomon and David Stone; and brother-in-law, Albert Solomon. Mount Sinai

Max Lefkowitz died June 19 at 92. He is survived by his wife, Goldie; daughter, Sue (Paul) Pargett; son, George (Lynda); two grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Malinow and Silverman

Harvey Medlinsky died June 19 at 77. He is survived by his wife, Jill; son, Jared; and sister, Hinda (Martin) Wolf. Hillside

Dorothy Meyerson died June 15 at 96. She is survived by her son, Shel Weisbach; daughter-in-law, Arene; and grandsons , Daniel and David Weisbach. Hillside

Zabiullah Moghaddam died June 14 at 2 months. He is survived by his parents, Heshmat and Glorimar. Malinow and Silverman

Edythe Nemoy died June 19 at 88. She is survived by her husband, William; daughter, Eileen (Michael) Todd; son, Marshall (Dawn); and one grandchild. Malinow and Silverman

Jesse Perez died June 4 at 68. He is survived by his daughters, Julie (Kanten) Russell and Jami (Eric) Enosara; and six grandchildren. Hillside

Harriet Ross died June 13 at 97. She is survived by her son, Howard (Nancy) Altman; and daughters, Judith Altman and Karen (Alan) Morgenstein. Hillside

Livia Sasvari died June 22 at 88. She is survived by her husband, Tsvari; son, Emery (Robbi) Stein; daughters, Susan Cook and Eva (Gabriel) Weiss; six grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and sister, Clara Seman. Mount Sinai

Michael Ernest Schwartz died June 14 at 69. He is survived by his wife, Charlotte; sons Joel and David; and daughters Deborah and Mary. Hillside

Murray Shekter died June 20 at 91. He is survived by his wife, Sadye; daughter, Fran Bianchi; one grandchild; and sister, Helen Bloom. Malinow and Silverman

Jessie Silver died June 8 at 95. She is survived by her daughter, Jackie (Henry); grandchildren, Scott and Kevin; and relatives, Sandy and Ted. Hillside

Dr. Marvin Lee Stern died June 19 at 77. He is survived by wife, Bernice; daughters Deborah (Marc), Elisa (Tony) and Carla (David); five grandchildren; brother, Lawrence D.; and sisters, Claire Ungerleider and Gyl. Hillside

Gerald William Taines died June 11 at 84. He is survived by his wife, Beatrice; daughter, Lauren; son, Lance; grandsons, Sean and Peter Chodoroff Stogel; and brother Harold Taines. Hillside

Eugene Usow died June 15 at 92. He is survived by his daughters, Renee (Dr. Ted) Blatt and Wendy (Dale) Minkin; son, Dr. Barry (Leslie); six grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and brother, Herbert (Silvia). Malinow and Silverman

Scott Waxler died June 15 at 51. He is survived by his wife, Maria Nelson; sons Dexter and Alex; parents, Roberta and Jerry; brother, Geoff; sister, Rae; and extended family. Hillside

Louis Weger died June 22 at 93. He is survived by his daughter, Ellen (Bill) Adelman; sons, Richard (Kathleen) and Sanford (Sandy); grandchildren, Johnny and Lourda; brother, Sidney (Arline); sister, Deana (Alvin); nieces; and nephews. Hillside

Sally Winer died June 5 at 94. She is survived by her son, Steve (Ellen); daughter, Nanette (Max) Cutler; five grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; brother, Joe Kodish; and sister, Sara Groonis. Gordon Mortuary, Akron

Oralia Zamora died June 20 at 74. She is survived by her son, Hugo Ramos; daughters Regina Schultz, Patricia Ramos and Sherry; and son-in-law Ed Superfon. Hillside

Obituaries


Obituaries

Dorothy Beck died May 20 at 85. She is survived by her son, Michael (Sally); daughter, Linda (Karl) Lindeur; five grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Ellis Berkowitz died May 13 at 79. He is survived by his wife, Lillian; and daughter, Ellen (Res). Mount Sinai

Katherine Chertok died May 17 at 66. She is survived by her husband, Leroy; daughter, Lori; son, Robert (Jolene); grandson, Bradon; and sister, Susanne Candiotti. Mount Sinai

Dorothy Coblens died May 19 at 89. She is survived by her husband, Robert; daughters, Carrie (Marvin) and Nancy; daughter-in-law, Elke (Manny); six grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and sister, Vivian. Mount Sinai

Ralph Cohen died May 21 at 85. He is survived by his wife, Theresa; and daughters, Sandy (Joseph) Hart and Phyllis. Mount Sinai

Sonia Cohen died May 14 at 88. She is survived by her sons, Barry (Deborah), Ronald, Warren (Marilyn) and Bennett (Cindy); daughter, Beverly; five grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Carol Coller died May 15 at 60. She is survived by her husband, Jeffrey; sons, Jared and Jason; mother, Jo Grove; and brother, Robert (Sandy) Royer. Mount Sinai

Warren Jay Cowan died May 14 at 87. He is survived by his wife, Barbara Gilbert; daughters, Bonnie Fleming and Claudia; stepchildren, Melissa, Sara and Jonathan Gilbert; and eight grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Sidney DeLott died May 15 at 93. He is survived by his wife, Jeanne; and daughter Carol Lapin. Malinow and Silverman

Tillie Dorfman died May 20 at 90. She is survived by her son, Gary; daughter, Sheila; six grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Groman

Kathie Egar died May 14 at 65. She is survived by her husband, Samuel; and daughters, Randi and Hilari. Mount Sinai

Gail Diana Elad died May 20 at 67. She is survived by her husband, Shmuel; sons, Ronen and Barry; daughter, Debra; two grandchildren; and brothers, Harry and Steven. Groman

Martin Elliason died May 13 at 97. He is survived by his niece, Belha Aigen. Malinow and Silverman

Blanche Minnie Feldman died May 16 at 83. she is survived by her husband, David; son, Rabbi Eliot; daughter, Bonnie; and grandchildren. Sholom Chapels.

Oscar Harris died May 17 at 92. He is survived by his sons, Dr. Randy (Mimi), Mark, Joshua and Frederick; grandson, Ryan Harris; and friend, Gloria Abrams. Mount Sinai

Boruch Hochman died May 20 at 91. He is survived by his wife, Nora; children, Pearl (Bruce) Rogers and Henry; and four grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Selma Horwitz died May 12 at 90. She is survived by her son, Stewart (Mary Ann). Mount Sinai

Gerald Hurwitz died May 15 at 57. He is survived by his wife, Colleen; daughters, Carrie (Don) and Katie (Gerardo); sons, Jake and Kris; two grandchildren; mother, Sylvia; and brothers, Bob (Julie Bridges) and Arlen. Malinow and Silverman

Carol Iancovici died May 18 at 83. He is survived by his wife, Sonia; daughter, Milena (Paul) Murdoch; and grandchildren, Graham and Tess. Sholom Chapels

Zvi Israelski died May 18 at 87. He is survived by his wife, Zhaav; son, Amos (Jeanne Johnson); daughter, Dalia. Mount Sinai

Lillian Kassner died May 15 at 74. She is survived by her daughter, Lisa; son, Neal; grandchildren, Emily and Benjamin; and sister, Dorothy (Dr. Stanley) Keys. Mount Sinai

Jacob Katz died May 19 at 83. He is survived by his son, Michael (Barbie); daughters, Donna (Marc) Strong and Elaine (Scott) Scherr; and four grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Murray Kray died May 16 at 85. He is survived by his wife, Eleanor; daughter, Janet (Steven) Scharf; son, Steven (Rayn); four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Doreen Lefstin died May 18 at 80. She is survived by her sons, Ross and Jeffrey; sister, Marilynn Minsberg; and brother, Richard (Eileen) Mines. Mount Sinai

Lila Mankofsky died May 20 at 80. She is survived by her husband, Benjamin; sons, Flynn and Craig Chernos; and daughter, Deborah Smithers. Mount Sinai

Albert Masliah died May 12 at 90. He is survived by his son, Errol; daughter, Esther; and grandchildren. Sholom Chapels.

Dorothy Miriam Matloff died May 17 at 95. She is survived by her sons, Elliot and Leslie; nine grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Mount Sinai

David Mintz died May 12 at 49. He is survived by his wife, Susan; son, Jeffrey; daughter, Jessica; parents, Elliot and Miriam; sister, Susie (Joel) Elder; nieces, Alyssa and Meghan; mother-in-law, Eileen Gordon; sister-in-law, Deborah Tannenbaum; brother-in-law, Paul (Masako) Tannenbaum; and stepmother-in-law, Claire Tannenbaum. Mount Sinai

Walter Morawetz died May 13 at 88. He is survived by his wife, Geraldine; and daughter, Linda Holtzman. Malinow and Silverman

Marcelle Rita Ozar died May 11 at 88. She is survived by her sons, Paul (Roberta), Daniel (Paula), Robert (Sharon)and Harry (Erin); 20 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Gertrude Prezant died May 22 at 97. She is survived by her daughter, Claire Rexon; grandson, Joshua (Laurel) Rexon; and sister, Mildred Janowitz. Mount Sinai

Bernard Riman died May 20 at 93. He is survived by his daughters, Marcia (Eduardo Sobelman) Riman Selz, and Judith (Ronald Fischer); three grandchildren; and six great-grandchiildren. Mount Sinai

Melvin Sabel died May 11 at 89. He is survived by his wife, Sylvia; and sons, Nathan and David. Malinow and Silverman

Shirley Sapiro died May 12 at 79. She is survived by her husband, Melvin; daughter, Rhonda (Loren) Sokolow; son, Mark (Lisa); and four grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Eva Schindler died May 21 at 90. She is survived by her son, Edward (Beth); daughter, Elaine (Hal) Jacobs; six grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and sisters, Neda Born and Faye Frankel. Mount Sinai

Sheldon Schuster died May 21 at 73. He is survived by his wife, Susan; son, Don (Sue); daughter, Jackie (Marc) Zev; four grandchildren; sister, Sandra Rockwell; niece, Rhonda; and nephews, Lee and Eric. Mount Sinai

Arthur Sherman died May 12 at 77. He is survived by his daughters, Andrea Gibson, Dana Bursk and Jennifer; sons, James and Arthur Jr.; and six grandchildren. Malinow and Silverman

Obituaries


Dr. Steven Abrams died Jan. 8 at 80. He is survived by his wife, Mardy; son, Alan (Sheana); daughters, Tami (John) Loew and Debra; 10 grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and sister, Charlotte. Mount Sinai

Harriet Ash died Jan. 7 at 89. She is survived by her brother, Joe Elisha; sister, Helen Lelah; and nieces, Lois and Joan. Mount Sinai

Rita Aronson died Jan. 9 at 67. She is survived by her sister, Marcia (Richard) Ehrlich. Mount Sinai

Susan Ann Baker died Jan. 7 at 93. She is survived by son, Barry; daughter, Cheryl Sindell Heller; granddaughter Chelsea Heller; and brother Joseph Sadacca. Hillside

Edna Baruch died Jan. 11 at 85. She is survived by her daughter, Barbara (Jeff McKay); son, Michael (Jeanne); and brothers, Bill (Doss) and Abe (Bertha) Marinoff. Mount Sinai

Beatrice Bass died Jan. 11 at 76. She is survived by her life partner, Ciro “Jerry” Lucci; sons, Bill, Dan (Kathy) and Howard (Michelle); and five grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Aldean Bayer died Jan. 5 at 76. She is survived by her daughter, Darice; son, Lance; and daughter-in-law, Cathy. Hillside

Leah Besanty died Jan. 10 at 92. She is survived by her daughter, Sally “Cookie” (Arthur) Becker; son, Chuck (Barbara); and grandchildren, Steven and Shari. Mount Sinai

Helen Abrams Belshaw died Jan. 7 at 87. She is survived by her sons, Jay and Robert. Hillside

Isadore Berkovitz died in January. He is survived by his wife, Beatrice; daughter, Ardyce Lebewitz; sons, Alan and Rick; grandchildren, Danny and Paige; brother, Martin (Marlene) Berkovitz; and sister, Rose Kaplan.

Judith Brill died Jan. 12 at 87. She is survived by her sons, Anthony (Julia) and Peter; and grandsons, Ryan and Brandon. Mount Sinai

Leon Blank died Dec. 23 at 99. He is survived by his wife, Rita; daughter, Jeannie (Hal) Murray; son, Jonathan (Rochelle); seven grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and sister, Betty Loterstein. Mount Sinai

Eileen Bushman died Jan. 6 at 71. She is survived by her sons, Robert (Joni) and Michael (Stacy); daughter, Sheryl (Scott) Aldrich; seven grandchildren; sister, Deanna Morris; and brother, Richard (Mei) Price. Mount Sinai

Irwin Buter died Jan. 7 at 76. He is survived by his wife, Shirley Buter; daughter, Lisa (Neil) Blatt; sons, Scott and Glen; four grandchildren; brother, Michael (Debbie); mother-in-law, Gertie Tennenbaum; and brother-in-law, Mel (Myra) Tennenbaum. Malinow and Silverman

Brian Cherbo died Jan. 7 at 49. He is survived by his son, Jack; sister, Meradith Cherbo; and stepmother, Elaine Hoffman. Hillside

Eve Chervin died Jan. 5 at 51. She is survived by her husband, Charles; and mother, Ann. Hillside

Marilyn Cohen died Jan. 3 at 74. She is survived by her daughters, Rhonda Rubenstein and Barbara (Stan) Richman; son, Alan; brother, Martin Farash; and four grandchildren. Malinow and Silverman

Bernice Diamant died Jan. 5 at 84. She is survived by her husband, Emanuel; daughters, Susan (David) Feinstein, Diane (Earl) Quick and Belinda (Michael) Border; stepdaughters, Adrienne (David) Weil and Melissa (Doug) Moss; 14 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and brother, Herbert Rosenheck. Mount Sinai

Arnold Eckerling died Jan. 12 at 86. He is survived by his wife, Selma; daughters, Sheri (Robert) Simon and Sally (Neal) Cohen; son, Dr. Gordon (Cheryl); 10 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Malinow and Silverman

Samuel Mitchel Fischer died Jan. 6 at 50. He is survived by his sister Keri (Stan) Hauser; nieces, Danielle and Lauren Hauser; and nephew Michael Hauser. Hillside

Leslie “Les” Frank died Jan. 7 at 61. He is survived by his daughter, Lisa (Robert Morton); sons, Adam and Michael Frank; grandchildren, Madeline and Charlotte Morton; brothers, Steven (Renee Lonner) and Paul (Suzi). Mount Sinai

Lillian Friedman died Jan. 7 at 96. She is survived by her son, Jerry; daughter-in-law, Judith; grandchildren, Greg and Vernon; brother, William; and many friends.

Johanna Gelles died Jan. 3 at 85. She is survived by her sons, David (Patricia) and Jim (Susan); three grandchildren; and companion, Dudley Meyers. Mount Sinai

Marilyn Rae Ginsberg died Jan. 6 at 70. She is survived by her children, Shari (Marshall), Jack, Michele and Marty; and six grandchildren. Hillside

Michael Gottesman died Jan. 5 at 71. He is survived by his wife, Sonia; son Howard (Sara); stepsons, Daniel Heath and Gary Krause; and grandchildren, Jillian and Jordan. Mount Sinai

Ruth Celeste Hoffman died Jan. 6 at 90. She is survived by her granddaughters, Jennifer and Lori; sisters, Lois and Betty; and four great-grandchildren. Hillside

Peter Kinsler died Jan. 4 at 48. He is survived by his father, Jerry (Phyllis); brother, Brian (Janis); nephew, Jonah; and cousins. Hillside

Ruth Kopf died Jan. 12 at 84. She is survived by her brother, Hal (Gita) Moskowitz; sister-in-law Ida Grobman; nieces; and nephews. Hillside

George Michael Lewis died Jan. 7 at 80. He is survived by his sister-in-law, Doreen Berman. Malinow and Silverman

Carol Lopez died Jan. 11 at 61. She is survived by her husband, Rigoberto; son, Brian Winkour; and brother, Sheldon Schneider. Hillside

Alan Maler died Jan. 3 at 62. He is survived by his wife, Meryl; children, Zachary, Jeremy and Hilary; and brother Lewis. Hillside

Bert James Mallinger died Feb. 23 at 75. He is survived by his sons, Menachem and Lev; daughter, Mollie Helfand; eight grandchildren; and sister, Ethel Ann Delawie. Groman

Ruth Marilyn Mizrahi died Jan. 2 at 80. She is survived by her husband, Jack; and sons, Robert (Lois) and Steven. Hillside

Sidney Muskin died Jan. 4 at 84. He is survived by his wife, Eve; son, David; daughter, Beth Reid; and brother, Albert (Thelma) Mosgin. Mount Sinai

Esther Noodleman died Jan. 8 at 78. She is survived by her husband, Ben; daughter, Judith (Robert) Jason; and three grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Hedy Oppenheimer died Jan. 11 at 93. She is survived by her daughters, Susan (Richard) Jolson and Helen Dixon; four grandchildren; and sister, Erica Haines. Mount Sinai

Obituaries


Levia Pearl Abramowitz died Feb. 21. She is survived by her husband, Nathan; daughters Orit (Yitzchak) Cohen, Sharone and Judy; son, Harold (Lani); and grandchild, Harriet Theodore. Mount Sinai

Miriam Ash died Feb. 21, at 89. She is She is survived by her son, Robert (Zetta); daughter, Dori Goode; six grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren Mount Sinai

FANNIE BROWN died Feb. 17 at 95. She is survived by her sons, Eugene (Louise) and Michael (Mary Lou); eight grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; nieces; and nephews. Hillside

Judith Caditz died Feb. 19 at 74. She is survived by her husband, Allan; sons, Michael and David; sister, Joan (Norman) Abramson; and brothers-in-law, Gerald (Elizabeth) and Silvan. Mount Sinai

Viola Frances Cameron died Feb. 17 at 87. She is survived by her daughter, Arlene. Malinow and Silverman

Tracey Anne Copeland died Jan. 24 at 32. She is survived by her husband, Bradley; parents, Bernard and Karen Drapkin; parents-in-law Ed and Ruth; sister, Ellyn (Don) Robinson; and brother, Brian (Nichole) Drapkin. Malinow and Silverman

FRANCES FELDMAR died Feb. 19 at 88. She is survived by her daughters, Barbara (Luis), Susie (Rich) and Judy; son, Mike (Sandy); eight grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren. Hillside

ROBERT GANS died Feb. 17 at 88. He is survived by his daughters, Sandy (Mark) Day, Liz (Jeff) Koppelman and Pamela (Steven) Dinkelspiel; seven grandchildren; great-grandchildren; sister, Diane Poncher; nieces; nephews; and companion, Kimberly. Hillside

Salvo Galante died Jan. 30 at 89. He is survived by his wife, Sally; and daughters, Dr. Mercedes and Lea. Malinow and Silverman

JENNIE GOLDEN died Feb. 18 at 87. She is survived by her daughters, Roberta (Dale) Mc Elroy and Judith; son, Charles (Heather); six grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and siblings, Rae Levett and William (Corky) Elhai. Hillside

Morrie Goldstein died Feb. 19 at 69. He is survived by his wife, Judy; sons, Ron (Laura) , Michael (Alane) and Bobby (Leslie); five grandchildren; sisters, Goldie Werkow and Sarah Hanzer; and sisters-in-law, Phyllis Drapkin and Vivian Goldstein. Mount Sinai

WILLIAM GREENFIELD died Feb. 10 at 84. He is survived by his daughters, Leslie (Bill) Shaw and Debra (Eric Roth) Greenfield; and four grandchildren. Hillside

William Klaristenfeld died Dec. 1. He is survived by his wife, Jean Raznick; son, Rabbi Dr. Kenneth (Barbara); daughters-in-law, Jane and Aliza; 36 grandchildren; 31 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

BARBARA KLAUSNER died Feb. 8 at 57. She is survived by husband, Gary; son, Peter; daughter, Jamie; mother Lillian Gottschalk; and brother, H. William Gottschalk. Hillside

Nellie Brunswick Kushner died Feb. 19 at 88. She is survived by her son, Alan; daughter, Beverly Goldman; five grandchildren; brother, Abraham Hoffman; and sister, Esther Gottlieb. Groman

Mary Lindell died Feb. 19 at 78. She is survived by her husband, William; daughters, Shelley (Curtis) Zuckman and Nancy (Harry) Williamson; four grandchildren; brothers, Marvin Busch and Mel (Glenda) Howell; and sisters Sharon (Rick) Auerbach, Marlene (Sy) Alper and Leslie (Ralph) Papetti. Chevra Kadisha

LESTER MAKOFF died Feb. 17 at 93. He is survived by his wife, Florence; sons, Rich and Stephen (Sherri); and seven grandchildren. Hillside

MIRIAM NATHAN died Feb. 12 at 79. She is survived by her husband, Victor; daughter, Susan (Richard) Dobris; son, Greg; four grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. Hillside

Beatrice Odelson died Feb. 19 at 81. She is survived by her daughters, Sherri (Marc) Odelson-Elliot, Serene (Barry) Sulpor and Linda; son, Bill (Susan); six grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and sister, Toni Posner. Mount Sinai

REBECCA LUFTMAN PRICE died Feb. 20 at 90. She is survied by her husband, Herman; sister, Edith (Harry) Swerdlow; sister-in-law, Barbara Luftman; one niece; five nephews; three great-nieces; nine great-nephews; and caretaker, Reina Reyes. Hillside

BELMOR TOVIE POLLACK died Feb. 11 at 90. He is survived by his wife, Karen; son, Sandy; one grandchild; and brother, Jerome. Hillside

Ann Schoenberg died Feb. 20 at 92. She is survived by her nephew, Robert. Mount Sinai

Abraham Silverman died Feb. 20 at 91. He is survived by his wife, Rose; daughters, Ilene Fenn and Janice Tharp; and two grandchildren. Groman

ROBERTA LYNNE SOLOMON died Feb. 9 at 65. She is survived by her husband, Chuck; brothers, Phil and Ken Ronney; children, Chris (Debbie) New, Steven (Terrie) and David (Allison); and five grandchildren. Hillside

Ida Stern died Feb. 20 at 95. She is survived by her daughters, Barbara Weldon and Anita Goldfarb; three grandchildren; and great-grandchild. Mount Sinai

Lillian TEEGUARDEN died Feb. 9 at 92. She is survived by her son, Ronald; daughters, Pam and Adrienne; six grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. Hillside