Obituaries: Sep. 14-20, 2012


Phillip Binen died Aug. 7 at 83. Survived by sons Jack, Perry; stepson Lawrence Bizzell. Hillside

Joseph Borden died Aug. 11 at 93. Survived by wife Florine; daughters Deborah Goldstein, Marla (Jeffrey) Michaels; sons Scott, Jack (Debbie); 5 grandchildren. Hillside

Ronni Bregman died Aug. 9 at 61. Survived by daughter Marni (Kevin) Reinhardt; son Lee; 2 grandchildren. Malinow and Silverman

Lynnette Briskin died Aug. 13 at 93. Survived by daughter Jerilyn (Raymond Ornstein) Ruben; sons Jeffrey (Deborah), Donald (Margaret); sister Chickie Feldman; 10 grandchildren; 8 great-grandchildren. Malinow and Silverman

Frieda E. Cohen died Aug. 11 at 96. Survived by son Harvey (Bonny); 2 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Mardene Conrad died Aug. 9 at 78. Survived by husband Allan; daughters Wendy, Lynn (Greg) Range; son Michael (Tina); sister Barbara Berger; 4 grandchildren. Hillside

Melvin Epstein died Aug. 9 at 82. Survived by daughter Nancy; son David Sidney. Malinow and Silverman

Irving Fein died Aug. 10 at 101. Survived by wife Marion; daughter Tisha; son Michael (Beni); stepson Dan Schechter; 3 grandchildren; 4 great-grandchildren. Hillside

Charlotte Fisher died Aug. 8 at 91. Survived by son William. Malinow and Silverman

Alvin Friedkin died Aug. 9 at 82. Survived by daughter Shoshana (David) Finacom; son Peter; 4 granddaughters; brother James (Joy). Mount Sinai

Rodney Friedman died Aug. 6 at 63. Survived by wife Viviene; daughter Hayley; son Justin; sister Laraine Ross; brother Colin (Hedy). Mount Sinai

Sylvia Ginsling died Aug. 9 at 92. Survived by nephew Jeffrey (Lori) Marks; niece Lori (Stephen) Love. Mount Sinai

Dorothy Goldberg died Aug. 6 at 95. Survived by husband Louis; daughter Debbie Taylor; sons Jeff (Debby), Eugene; 4 grandsons; 3 great-grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Judith Fine Hailpern died Aug. 9 at 75. Survived by husband Solomon; daughters Michele, Nancy; son Jeffrey; brother David Fine. Malinow and Silverman

Ruth R. Kaptan died Aug. 9 at 85. Survived by daughter Lana (Daniel) Neal; son Martin; 4 grandchildren; 5 great-grandchildren. Mount Sinai

George Kujawski died Aug. 7 at 90. Survived by wife Audrey; daughters Teresa Nield, Sylvia (Andrew) Corwin; son John; sister Teresa Komender; stepson Hank (Beth) Arkin; stepdaughter Linda (Al) Albala; 5 grandchildren; 3 great-grandchildren. Hillside

Bernice Lewis died Aug. 12 at 88. Survived by daughter Marcia (Mark) Smith; son James; 2 grandchildren. Hillside

Bernard Lieberman died Aug. 12 at 94. Survived by daughter-in-law Barbara (Doug) Lieberman-Jones; son-in-law Barry (Beverly) Brotman; 3 grandchildren; 1 great-grandchild. Mount Sinai

Bernice Lockfield died Aug. 12 at 89. Survived by daughter Joanne (Norman) Nadel; son Dennis (Andrea); 4 grandchildren; sister Rhoda Smithkin. Mount Sinai

Victoria Yomtow Mandel died Aug. 12 at 92. Survived by daughters Rosie, Susie (Ilan) Zollinger; sons Benjamin (Olga), Ignaz; 7 grandchildren. Hillside

Beatrice K. Meyers died Aug. 11 at 91. Survived by daughter Maureen (Rudy) Romero; 4 grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Robert Morgan died Aug. 13 at 55. Survived by wife Fang; daughters Diana, Sophia; brother Seth (Sally). Hillside

Elin Pittler died Aug. 5 at 74. Survived by husband Burton; daughter Karen (Gary) Semler; sons Steven (Kathleen), Gregg (Julie), Kenny (Melinda); 8 grandchildren. Hillside

Ilan Postelnik died Aug. 8 at 55. Survived by daughter Alexandra Post; son Adam Post; mother Odette; brothers Naor, Adi; sister Hagar Grimberg. Mount Sinai

Elaine Rosenfeld died Aug. 10 at 84. Survived by daughter Nada (Larry) Feiwell; sons Ken (Marsha); Keith (Mara); 5 grandchildren. Malinow and Silverman

Muriel “Midge” Schainblatt died Aug. 5 at 93. Survived by husband Jacob; daughters Shelly (Robert) Malinow, Alison (Peter) England; 3 grandchildren; 3 great-grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Joan Ann Schechter died Aug. 11 at 81. Survived by daughter Claudia (Jeffrey) Silverman; son Stuart (Niel); 2 grandsons; sister Terry Sachs. Mount Sinai

Leon J. Shapiro died Aug. 11 at 91. Survived by wife Sylvia; daughters Sandy (Roland) Terranova, Nikki (Chris) Cotton; 4 grandchildren; 1 step-granddaughter; 1 step-great-grandson. Mount Sinai

David Turken died Aug. 10 at 54. Survived by mother Deborah; brothers James (Karen), Donald (Julie); 4 nieces. Mount Sinai

Beatrice Wasserman died Aug. 5 at 86. Survived by husband Gilbert; son Jack. Malinow and Silverman 

Irving Weitzler died Aug. 6 at 100. Survived by wife Florence; son Jay (Linda); daughter Maxine (Glenn) Farber; 3 grandchildren; 5 great-grandchildren. Hillside

Harvey Wolf died Aug. 11 at 79. Survived by wife Sondra; sons Mitch (Laura), Randy (Gabby); 4 grandchildren; sister Elaine Levy; brothers Ron (Roberta), Larry. Mount Sinai

Rachel Yanofsky died Aug. 7 at 99.  Survived by son Julius (Matthew). Hillside

Obituaries: Sep. 7-13, 2012


Anita Roslyn Anshen died July 30 at 94. Survived by daughter Barbara; son Edward (Susanne); 1 grandchild; sister Gloria Leronan. Mount Sinai

Gertrude Begun died July 27 at 61. Survived by husband Jeffrey; mother Pearl Garber; sister Marcy (Doug) Woodhull; brother Ron (Sue) Garber. Hillside

William Brodie died Aug. 4 at 88. Survived by daughter Barbara (Peter Utas); son Michael (Gigi Rosenberg); 3 grandchildren. Hillside

James Canning died Aug. 5 at 95. Survived by daughter Lynne; 1 grandchild. Malinow and Silverman

Vera Cohen died Aug. 1 at 94. Survived by son Anthony (Sandra); daughters Denise (Norman) Cheerin, Janine (Stuart) Schneider; 10 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Richard M. Crane died July 27 at 83. Survived by wife Judith; daughter Diane (David) Bucka; sons Jordan (Robin), Jonathan (Joanne); 6 grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Stanley Dounn died Aug. 3 at 80. Survived by son Howard (Salma); 1 grandchild. Hillside

Gerri Farnell died July 29 at 87. Survived by son Steven (Julia); 2 grandchildren; brother George (Myrna) Green. Mount Sinai

Bernard Fishgold died July 31 at 77. Survived by wife Shirley; sons Ron (Sheree), Steve, Alan (Patty); 1 grandchild. Hillside

Rivka Rebeca Fogel died July 29 at 92. Survived by sons Gavriel (Cynthia), Leon; 7 grandchildren; brother Adolph. Mount Sinai

Terri Freedman died Aug. 1 at 60. Survived by mother Henrietta Schaltan; sons Zachary, Gabriel, Joseph; 1 grandchild; sister Paula (Alan) Harris. Hillside

Wilbur Joseph Gill died Aug. 2 at 82. Survived by wife Joan; sons Mark, Robert (Trish); 2 grandchildren; sister Marion (Bus) Slossburg. Mount Sinai

John S. Gordon died Aug. 4 at 75. Survived by wife Henrietta; daughters Shari G. (Matt) Lynch, Melinda G. (David) Blum; 3 grandchildren. Mount Sinai

William Gottsegen died July 31 at 83. Survived by wife Marcia; daughters Lisa (Dustin) Hoffman, Janey; sons Lee (Gina Menza), Steven (Tami) Schwartz; 9 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren. Hillside

Henry Grant died July 29 at 81. Survived by wife Karen. Sholom Chapels

Morton Greenberg died July 30 at 82. Survived by wife Sydelle; daughters Danna (Shai) Hargil, Alisa (Michael) Reino, Margo (Robert) Clark, Veronica Mitchell; sons Christopher (Genni) Whitley, Michael (Esther); 11 grandchildren. Hillside

Betty Greenspan died July 30 at 89. Survived by daughter Jill (Harris) Smith; son Robert (Randi); 5 grandchildren; 1 great-grandchild; sister Rosina Spitzer. Hillside

Cheryl Jo Hanan died July 27 at 62. Survived by husband Alan; brother Jan Lewis Cahan. Groman Mildred Harris died July 29 at 98. Survived by daughters Diane (Michael) Burr, Janet (Brad Rudolph), Barbara Selvidge; 6 grandchildren; 2 great grandchildren; sister Tybie Flapan. Mount Sinai

Angela Heller died July 28 at 45. Survived by mother Gail Mays; sister Bonnie Lugo; brother Steven Brodie. Hillside

Lorriane Jacobs-Zorne died Aug. 3 at 84. Survived by daughter Marla (Larry) Fields; son Mark (Diane) Jacobs; 4 grandchildren. Hillside

Fay C. Klein died Aug. 2 at 73. Survived by husband Herbert; sons Alan, Robert; sister Sylvia Brown; brother Marvin (Debra) Friedman. Mount Sinai

Mendel Korngold died July 28 at 58. Survived by brother Israel; sister Sonia (Guillermo “Willie”) Gruenwald. Mount Sinai

Pauline Kosberg died July 30 at 93. Survived by sons Stephen (Miriam), Kenneth; grandchildren; great grandchildren. Sholom Chapels

Shirley Levine died July 28 at 85. Survived by sister Arlene Horowitz. Sholom Chapels

Goldie Littman died July 30 at 86. Survived by daughter Wendy (Jeff) Selditz; son-in-law Peter Robinson; 4 grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Sarah Ida Meckler-Raifaisen died Aug. 3 at 95. Survived by daughters Rita Warshaw, Donna (Steven) Raifaisen; sons Steven Raifaisen, Alvin Raifaisen; 5 grandchildren; 7 great-grandchildren; 2 great-great-grandchildren; sister Rae Schaeffer; brother Erwin (Sandra) Pearlman. Mount Sinai

Florence Mendleson died Aug. 1 at 86. Survived by son Scott (Shelley). Hillside

Florence Roth died July 31 at 93. Survived by sons Steven, Robert, Richard; brother Ronald; 6 grandchildren; 6 great-grandchildren. Hillside

Richard L. Pearlman died Aug. 4 at 84. Survived by wife Susan; sons Steven Ray (Charlene), David James (Lynn), Robert John (Tina); 3 grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Jeannette Oppenheim died Aug. 4 at 89. Survived by daughter Sarina Sherwin; sons Bennett, Karl, Mitchell. Malinow and Silverman

Charles Savitch died Aug. 4 at 90. Survived by wife Sylvia; daughter Shelley Kozek; son Cary; grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Sholom Chapels

Tenie Scharf died Aug. 3 at 101. Survived by sons Robert (Elaine), Jon; 5 grandchildren; 8 great-grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Irving Scheidlinger died July 31 at 97. Survived by daughter Bonnie (George) Kopp; son Rob; daughter-in-law Jackie; 3 grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Henry Shure died Aug. 4 at 78. Survived by daughter Andrea Van Den Eikhof. Sholom Chapels

Harry Simon died July 29 at 92. Survived by daughter Cheryl (Stanley) Shapiro. Hillside

Evelyne M. Steinberg died July 28 at 92. Survived by nieces Sherry (Mort) Fields, Lynne Solursh; nephew Ralph (Lois). Mount Sinai

Stanley Wolfe died Aug. 4 at 75. Survived by wife Dorene; daughters Laura, Kerry; son Gregory (Julie); 2 grandsons. Mount Sinai

Obituaries: Aug. 31 – Sep. 6, 2012


David Arnson died July 17 at 94. Survived by brother Maurice. Hillside

Aleck Block died July 18 at 94. Survived by wife Ruth; daughter Susan Reiner; son Mark (Debra Lau); sister Jackie Eckous; 5 grandchildren. Hillside

Ellie Davis died July 19 at 76.  urvived by son Todd (Lauren) Feder; 4 grandchildren. Hillside

Samuel Eiferman died July 26 at 69. Survived by wife Ellen; daughter Veronica; son Carl; sister Joyce Satran; brother Barry. Malinow and Silverman

Harry Eisen died July 19 at 95. Survived by wife Hilda; daughters Frances Miller, Ruth, Mary Cramer; son Howard; 8 grandchildren; 6 great-grandchildren.

Lilia Faiman died July 18 at 74. Survived by husband Felix; daughter Orit (Zeek); son Romar (Natalie); 3 grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Shary Farkas died July 24 at 89. Survived by daughters Rachel Sternfeld, Sally Lefton; son Michael (Francine); 6 grandchildren; 3 great-grandchildren; sister Shoshana Levita. Chevra Kadisha

Anne Fink died July 23 at 60. Survived by brother David (Norma); sister Rebecca (Frank) Banks. Mount Sinai

Jeanne Friedman died July 23 at 93. Survived by daughter Gail (Steve) Shendelman; son Kenneth L. (Karen Antonelle); 3 grandchildren; sister Dorothy Brown; brother Harold (Trudy) Exler. Mount Sinai

Norma Frosburg died July 21 at 81. Survived by sons Ronald (Linda), Steven (Iris); 5 grandchildren. Malinow and Silverman

Clifford Harris died July 24 at 95. Malinow and Silverman

Everette Jacobson died July 22 at 67. Survived by wife Doris; daughters Donna, Holly (Judd) Finkelstein; son Jeff (Evelyn); sister Marla; brother Lloyd; 4 grandchildren. Malinow and Silverman

Norbert N. Kent died July 21 at 99. Survived by wife Tchella; sons Daniel (Laura), Sabi (Arlene); 5 grandchildren; sister Sarika Bereshit. Mount Sinai

Dorothy Levinson died July 23 at 85. Survived by sister Marilyn Sanshuck. Hillside

Robert Mark Lifson died July 26 at 50. Survived by sister Byrdie (Bruce) Lifson-Pompan; brother Harold Alan (Brigitte). Mount Sinai

Donald Meyer died July 19 at 93. Survived by wife Dena; sons David, William. Mount Sinai

Karoly Pollak died July 7 at 84. Survived by wife Martha. Mount Sinai

Fruma Rabkin died July 20 at 96. Survived by brother-in-law Robert Cushnir; sister-in-law Eleanor. Chevra Kadisha

Leonard Bernard Robin died July 22 at 82. Survived by wife Constance; daughter Jennifer (Jerry Freeman); son Daniel (Karan); stepsons Jeremy, Samuel Eskenazi; 2 grandchildren; brother Marvin (Vyvian). Hillside

Helen Roberts died July 18 at 90. Survived by son Larry (Paula); 3 grandchildren. Sholom Chapels

Charlotte Ross died July 26 at 86. Survived by daughter Rhonda Ross-Adcock; son Bruce (Lynn); 5 grandchildren; 4 great-grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Ina Roth died July 20 at 73. Survived by husband Herbert; sons Phillip, David; sister Carole (Edward) Smithline. Malinow and Silverman

Ari Rubin died July 20 at 30. Survived by mother Shelley; brother Kelman. Sholom Chapels

Pearl Savitt died July 21 at 87. Survived by daughter Susan Lawton; son Ronnie; 5 grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Stanley Schulman died July 21 at 82. Survived by wife Elaine; daughters Sheri (Edmond) Kohos, Terri, Lori (Jerome) Haig; son Norman (Marla Weise); 8 grandchildren; brother Marvin. Hillside

Anne Shoenman died July 24 at 97. Survived by son Elliott (Linda), daughter Marsha (Carl) Schoen; 4 grandchildren. Hillside

David Shore died July 22 at 85. Survived by wife Florence; daughter Lenore (Harry) Rauch; sons Kenneth, Stanley (Leslie), Alan (Jan), Eric (Fred), Larry (Cindy) Greenberg; 13 grandchildren. Malinow and Silverman

Bud L. Silberman died July 23 at 80. Survived by wife Joan; daughter Patti (Chris) Jack; sons Russ (Teena), Grady; 5 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Max Small died July 19 at 89. Survived by daughter Pamela; son Ron (Teresa); daughter-in-law Kathleen; 2 grandchildren; brother-in-law Joe Tauber. Mount Sinai

Bob Steele died July 25 at 93. Survived by wife Edy. Sholom Chapels

Mitchell Lee Sternfeld died July 25 at 52. Survived by mother Barbara; father Allan; sister Joanne. Hillside

Hanni Jenny Tichauer died July 24 at 84. Survived by sons Larry (Susan), Randolph (Marilyn); 7 grandchildren; 4 great-grandchildren. Hillside

Donald George Townend died July 17 at 64. Survived by daughters Tina Kinsel, Wendy; 3 grandchildren; half-brothers Mario, Joe Rey. Hillside

Sidney Wallis died July 26 at 92. Survived by wife Betty Gene; daughter Toni (Bruce) Phillips; son Rick (Barbara) Frederick; 6 grandchildren; 1 great-grandchild. Hillside

Selma Weber died July 24 at 88. Survived by daughter Karen (Bill) Figilis; son Gary (Christina); brother Stanley Moss. Malinow and Silverman

Harold Weinberg died July 22 at 85. Survived by wife Ruth; daughter Valerie (Randalf) Kincaid; sons Lawrence (Daisy), David; 7 grandchildren. Hillside

Constance Williams died July 20 at 76. Survived by husband Andre; son Benjamin. Sholom Chapels

Soleiman Yashar died July 21 at 92. Survived by wife Mounes; daughter Jila; sons Behrad, Hamid (Farideh), David (Sahar). Malinow and Silverman

Yefim Yusim died on July 18, 2012 at the age of 86. Survived by wife Ikheveda; daughter Inaida (Anotoly) Safransky; son Zinovy (Marianna); 4 grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Obituaries: Aug. 24-30, 2012


Mary Batansky died July 13 at 93. Survived by daughter Lorraine First; son Norman; 8 grandchildren; 5 great-grandchildren. Groman

Leonard M. Bram died July 15 at 71. Survived by daughters Dominique, Jessica (Brett) Fisher; sons Eric (Danielle), Jason (Dana); 4 grandchildren. Mount Sinai

David Leon Brown died July 14 at 85. Survived by wife Zelda; sons Michael, Peter; stepsons Steve (Sharyn), Michael (Patti), Robert (Tammy) Gats; 3 grandchildren; 4 stepgrandchildren. Mount Sinai 

Libbie Bucky died July 10 at 94. Survived by daughter Ruth (Dennis) Sokol; 1 grandchild. Mount Sinai

Esther Bulka died July 5 at 89. Survived by daughter Jean Brown; sons Stephen, Howard (Jennifer); 4 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren. Chevra Kadisha

Pat Cantor died July 17 at 61. Survived by sons Aaron, Joshua; mother Joan Rorke; brother William (Laura) Rorke. Malinow and Silverman

Phillip Caplan died July 16 at 63. Malinow and Silverman

Bernard Coler died July 14 at 95. Survived by wife Pauline; daughters Donna, Barbara; sister Esther Bernstein. Hillside

Pearl Elichman died July 8 at 94. Survived by daughter Michele Cherney; son Bruce; 4 grandchildren; 4 great-grandchildren. Malinow and Silverman

Ursula Felsot died July 15 at 92. Survived by daughter Julie Felsot Schlesinger; sons Peter, Steven Berger; 4 grandchildren; 3 great-grandchildren.

Eugene Zachary Field died July 14 at 69. Survived by wife Karen; daughters Felicia (Chris) Bennett, Stacey; son Darren (Trisha); 4 grandchildren; brothers Brian Finke, Barry. Mount Sinai

Paul Bernard Fox died July 11 at 80. Survived by wife Emelie; daughter Rachel; sons Jonathan, Jordan; 3 grandchildren; brother Steven. Sholom Chapels

Raymond Gelgur died July 15 at 90. Survived by wife Beatrice; daughter Lori (Bill Angell); son Dale (Merete); 1 grandchild. Malinow and Silverman

Carol Goldstein died July 16 at 65. Survived by friend Gail Michelman. Sholom Chapels

Sarah Gutman died July 8 at 86. Survived by husband Benzion; son Henry; 2 grandchildren. Hillside

Harry Halperin died June 29 at 96. Survived by wife Dale; daughter Lisa (David); sons Jeff (Shelley), Andy (Teresa);  6 grandchildren. Neptune Society

Bradley Halpert-Schilt died July 6 at 25. Survived by mother Elena; father Alan; sister Erica; grandfather Larry Schilt. Malinow and Silverman 

Colleen Huniu died July 1 at 88. Survived by sisters Esther Michaels, Gladys Levy; brothers Mike, Joe (Joan), Eddie (Shelly. Malinow and Silverman

Murray Jackson died July 15 at 84. Survived by wife Linda; daughter Elizabeth (Brad) Fields; sons Mitchell (Pamela), Stuart; 3 grandchildren; sisters Irene Klein, Lorraine Arzt. Mount Sinai

Moise Kamhis died July 8 at 93. Survived by sons Daniel, Jacob (Linda Reser). Malinow and Silverman

Frances G. Katz died July 10 at 84. Survived by daughter Elyse Katz Flier; son Richard (Regine); 1 grandchild. Mount Sinai

Lewis Katz died July 12 at 67. Survived by wife Anne; daughter Rachel (David) Brenneman; son Andrew (Eileen Shelden); 1 grandchild. Malinow and Silverman

Vivian Klein died July 12 at 85. Survived by daughters Diane (Hil) Covington, Sandra (Donald) Dumont, Linda (Marcos) Fleiderman; 4 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren; sisters Beanie (John) Howe, Dorothy (Ralph) Hersch. Hillside

Doris Koonin died July 13 at 72. Survived by sons Mark (Erica), Brian; 7 grandchildren; sister Maxine Barens; brother Sammy Hess. Mount Sinai

Harriet Levenson died July 15 at 89. Survived by husband Alexander; daughter Gail (Gary) Margolis; sons Steve, Jerry (Sarah); 5 grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Beba Leventhal died July 17 at 88. Survived by husband Lee; daughter Mary; son Michael (Sharon); 2 grandchildren. Hillside

Ned Lockman died July 11 at 87. Survived by wife Eleanor; daughter Sandra (Scott) Marks; son Emmitt; 1 grandchild. Mount Sinai

Rosa Maister died July 2 at 99. Malinow and Silverman

Sophie Malloy died July 12 at 102. Survived by daughter Marsha (Bob) Hersh; son Gerald (Sondra); 4 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren. Chevra Kadisha

Herbert Marmorstein died July 2 at 82. Survived by daughters Rochelle, Dara (Tom) Deremo; son Mark (Louisa); 8 grandchildren; companion Rennee Fordis. Malinow and Silverman

Lynne Mazur died July 10 at 57. Survived by husband Jeff; daughter Jessica; sons Michael, Jonathan (Susan). Mount Sinai

Marvin Meyer died July 16 at 88. Survived by wife Helen Lewis; son Michael. Hillside

Stanley Morse died July 11 at 80. Survived by wife Aileen; daughter Leslie; son Todd; 1 grandchild. Hillside

Doris Pastor died July 9 at 85. Survived by daughter Joyce Lucas; 2 grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Nitza Paz died July 12 at 87. Survived by son Ariel; 2 grandchildren; sisters Sara, Judith Liberman; brothers Mayer, Abraham. Mount Sinai

David Plotkin died July 11 at 86. Survived by daughter Nancy Nimoy; sons Daniel (Gretchen), Gary (Helene); 6 grandchildren; brother Peter. Hillside

Ben Powers died July 13 at 87. Survived by wife Joyce; daughters Linda Leviton, Cynthia; son Mark (Ginger); 5 grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Idlya Romashkanu died July 10 at 92. Survived by sons Boris (Lydia) Rome, Yulian; 3 grandchildren; 1 great-grandchild. Mount Sinai

Natalie Rosenthal died July 12 at 94. Survived by sons Jeff Harlan, Allan. Malinow and Silverman

Marc Alan Ruskin died July 11 at 52. Survived by father Franklin; sister Lisa (Steven) Chlavin. Hillside

Anna Scharf died July 8 at 93. Survived by daughters Charlotte (Rick), Jackie (Marc) Alain; son Eli (Debbie); 7 grandchildren; 9 great-grandchildren. Eden

Michael Silberman died July 14 at 65. Survived by wife Denise; daughter Stacey (Jill); son Marc; 2 grandchildren; brother Steven (Nora) Silberman. Malinow and Silverman

Elisa Sokol died July 10 at 79. Survived by husband David; daughter Claudine (Ira) Unterman; son Aaron (Heidi); 7 grandchildren.

Joseph Solomon died July 14 at 89. Survived by wife Charlotte; daughters Phyllis, Ellen Edinger; 5 grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Yolande Wade died July 10 at 88. Survived by nephew Joey Benadretti. Sholom Chapels

Jan Young died July 13 at 80. Survived by husband Fred; daughter Laura (James) Case; sons Mark (Laura), Michael (Roberta); 6 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Jerry Zeitlin died July 14 at 82. Survived by wife Rita; daughter Michelle (Plynn) Doss; son Jeffrey; 3 grandchildren; brother Alan (Harriett).

A gift for every reader


From novels to memoirs to movie reviews, and much in between, here are a few standout books for Chanukah gift giving.

“I Lost it at the Movies,” as Pauline Kael provocatively titled her 1965 collection of movie reviews, helped to establish the film critic as a kind of superstar in her own right. And now, with the publication of “The Age of Movies: Selected Writings of Pauline Kael,” edited by Sanford Schwartz (Library of America: $40), we can once again see some of our favorite flicks through the eyes of a woman who influenced a whole generation of directors, screenwriters and actors. “A romantic and visionary, she believed that movies could feed our imaginations in intimate and immediate — and liberating, even subversive — ways that literature and plays and other arts could not,” Schwartz explains.  Not unlike a revival house, “The Age of Movies” reminds of the glories of an earlier era in the movie industry, but Kael also shows us how pleasurable and satisfying a work of criticism can be when offered by someone who cares too much about art to go easy on those who make it.


Simon Sebag Montefiore is best known for his biographies of Stalin and Potemkin, but now he has written one about a city: “Jerusalem: The Biography” (Knopf: $35) is a lush and leisurely amble through 3,000 years of history, starting with “an often penurious provincial town amid the Judean hills” and ending with “the illuminated stage for the cameras of the world in the age of twenty-four hour news.” Lavishly illustrated and highly decorated with literary allusions and colorful anecdotes, Montefiore’s book is a deeply pleasurable reading experience that proves Jerusalem to be an inexhaustible well for the historian; after all, his book comes only months after the publication of “Jerusalem, Jerusalem: How the Ancient City Ignited Our Modern World” by James Carroll (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt: $28). Jerusalem, as Montefiore puts it, is “a den of superstition, charlatanism and bigotry; the desire and prize of empires, yet of no strategic value; the cosmopolitan home of many sects, each of which believes the city belongs to them alone… [and] the object of giddy conspiracism and internet myth-making.”


The subject is grim, of course, but “MetaMaus: A Look Inside a Modern Classic, Maus” by Art Spiegelman (Pantheon: $35) is a rich, provocative and visually intriguing work of art, memoir and literary history. Spiegelman won a Pulitzer for his ground-breaking account of the Holocaust in the form of graphic novel, and now he has produced an eye-catching and highly kinetic book-and-DVD package of art and text, conversation and reminiscence, photos, drawings and audio clips about the making of “Maus.” Drawing on what he calls “my rat’s nest of files, archives, artwork, notebooks, journals, books and dirty laundry,” and extensive transcripts from interviews by Hillary Chute, an English professor at the University of Chicago, “MetaMaus” is a rare opportunity to witness for ourselves how a masterpiece is conceived and comes into existence.


“In Treatment” and “Homeland” are examples of how American television has started borrowing from the work of the Israeli entertainment industry. With “Eden” by Yael Hedaya (Picador: $20), the head writer for the original Israeli version of “In Treatment,” we can read for ourselves the work of a gifted novelist whose focus is the lives of men and women in contemporary Israel.  It’s the story of a suburban development where families seeking to escape the pressures of Tel Aviv discover that they cannot run away from themselves. “ ‘Peyton Place’ with Uzis” is how one reviewer summed up “Eden,” but Hedaya’s haunting tale is something much more delicate and affecting — a glimpse of how life goes on, with all of its longings and conflicts, even amid the headline-grabbing tensions of daily life in Israel.


With the publication of “Philip Roth: The American Trilogy: 1997-2000” (Library of America: $40), edited by Ross Miller, the Library of America offers a literary treasure on a grand scale. It’s the seventh volume in the series of Roth’s collected stories and novels, each one published in a compact but durable hardcover format. The newest title includes three complete novels, each one an example Roth’s work in his full maturity: “American Pastoral,” “I Married a Communist,” and “The Human Stain.” For gift-giving, all seven volumes — starting with Roth’s break-out novella, “Goodbye, Columbus” and including the career-making “Portnoy’s Complaint,” with each of the previous six volumes priced at $35 — will impress any serious reader and fill in the gaps in the library of even the most ardent Roth fan. But you’ll have to wait until 2013 for the last volume in the collection.


A familiar figure comes fully alive in Laurence Bergreen’s “Columbus: The Four Voyages” (Viking: $35), a biographer whose previous work focused on such world-changing explorers as Marco Polo and Magellan. Drawing on the account that Columbus himself left behind, the author allows us to understand the real measure of his courage, vision and achievement — it’s an adventure story that shows how a single man is capable of changing the world. At the same time, he reveals that Columbus was hardly a heroic figure, and he was capable of violence and vanity. The irony is that Columbus never knew what he had done: “To the end of his days,” Bergreen observes, “Columbus remained convinced that he sailed for, and eventually arrived at, the outskirts of Asia.”


Steven Pinker is a Harvard psychologist who has achieved remarkable success in explaining to his readers why they are the way they are. His latest effort is “The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined” (Viking: $40), a controversial but illuminating study of how human nature has been shaped by the process of evolution and why, against all apparent evidence, our species is actually less violent than it used to be. His argument that we are safer on the streets than our ancestors were in the Middle Ages does not negate the fact that violence and even genocide are facts of life in the 21st century, but his provocative book gives us much to think — and fight — about.

Local Jewish cemetery accused of desecrating remains


From CNN.com:

One of the largest Jewish cemeteries in the Los Angeles, California, area has been accused of desecrating the remains of those buried there, according to a lawsuit.
The cemetery holds the remains of celebrities such as Groucho Marx and Lenny Bruce.

The suit, filed Thursday in Los Angeles Superior Court, alleges that employees at Eden Memorial Park, in Mission Hills, California, “intentionally, willfully and secretly desecrated the remains of deceased individuals,” often moving them to make room for new remains.

Read the full story at CNN.com.

Grave prepared for burial, Eden Memorial Park

Balancing resources and lives — being Jewish and ‘green’


I entered the classroom, where more than 30 Jewish adults who had been studying together for the past semester buzzed in conversation. I began class by asking my students a simple question: “Are you concerned about what is happening to our environment and worried about what the future will be for your children and grandchildren?”

Without a single exception, everyone in the room said yes.

Read any newspaper today and you will find stories about the problems that are being created by global warming: water, air and soil pollution; destruction of ecosystems and rain forests, and, of course, our dependency on oil. However, human abuse of our earth is not a new issue or one that has developed solely as a result of technology. Sadly, man’s instinct to destroy the natural world dates back to biblical times.

It seems that we have always needed guidance in how to treat the earth. In Deuteronomy 20:19-20, we are commanded not to cut down fruit-bearing trees during a siege against a city, although we can cut down nonfruit-bearing ones for building materials. This prohibition on destroying (bal tashchit) teaches us two very important lessons: restraint in how we act upon the earth and the value of humility.

What better time could there be to limit the human tendency to act without concern for the earth than in a time of conquest, when we are easily carried away by our own sense of power? Even more significant is the idea of our responsibility for and to future generations. Bal tashchit prohibits us from destroying a source of food that will one day feed the people who survived the battles that are being fought.

Judaism has a lot to say about how to create a balance between using the resources we have and abusing or destroying them. The rabbis and sages greatly expanded the concept of bal tashchit to prohibit the wasting of everyday goods and materials, as well as clogging of wells, release of toxic fumes and chemicals and killing of animals for convenience.

The basic principle they established bears repeating today: While man may use the earth for his needs, he may not use any resource needlessly. But how do we weigh our needs against our excesses? Who decides what is a legitimate use and what is wasteful?

In attempting to answer these questions, we need to look at the purposes for which man was created in the first place. Our first answers are found in Genesis 1: 28, where we learn that man was put on the earth to “fill it and conquer/subdue it,” and in Genesis 2:15, where our Divine purpose is “to work it [the Garden of Eden] and to guard it.” Our marching orders seem clear, or do they?

From the beginning of time, we have had to face the challenge of balancing our obligation to use the environment for our own needs with the responsibility to preserve and protect it. Jewish tradition is rich with ideas, rituals and holidays that enable us to develop a sound Jewish environmental ethic keeping this tension in mind.

Every day, each time we eat, the Jewish menu of kashrut reminds us that the world is ours to use, but that there are limitations on how we can use it. The concept of restricted foods is incrementally introduced in the Torah — first, when God permits Adam to eat only fruits and vegetables and then, later in the Torah, when the Israelites are given a long list of animals, birds and fish that they are no longer permitted to eat — reinforcing the idea that we do not have unrestricted use of the world in which we live.

Jews have a special weekly reminder to help us balance our need to control the environment with caring for it. Shabbat is the original Earth Day: It celebrates the majesty of creation and tells us in no uncertain terms that the earth is for us to enjoy, but that we have a weekly obligation to let it rest, just as we are commanded to rest. On Shabbat, we relinquish our own work in order to pause and reflect on the wonder of creation, rather than to dominate and control it.

The concept of the sabbatical year, or shmita in Hebrew, also helps us develop a continuing environmental awareness by requiring us to refrain from agricultural activity, such as planting, plowing and harvesting during the seventh year of the seven-year agricultural cycle mandated in the Torah. Once again, we are required to limit our use of the earth, which is on loan to us, in order to fulfill our role as stewards.

Recently, much has been written about the concept of ecokashrut, which is the practice of using environmentally friendly, ecocertified kosher foods, goods and materials as a way of sanctifying individual use and consumption. Ecokashrut looks for Jewish solutions to contemporary environmental problems in traditional texts and ideas like tikkun olam (repairing the world), chesed (compassion) and tzedek (justice). It encompasses more than just the food we eat, but the clothing we wear, the cars we drive and the products we use to sustain us.

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