Obituaries: Sept. 28 – Oct. 4, 2012


Shirley Leah Adler died June 20 at 92. Survived by daughters Elissa (Bruce) Fishman, Marsha Warnick, Janet (Lee) Karson, Rochelle (Jeff) Fishman; son Stephen (Yvette); 11 grandchildren; 3 great-grandchildren. Eden

Hylda Bittman died Aug. 18 at 81. Survived by husband Henry; daughters Beth Shelby, Lisa (Jeff) Pivo; 3 grandchildren. Hillside

Sherwin Bosse died Aug. 18 at 87. Survived by wife Selma; sons Jon (Lili), Steven (Ifaat), Michael; 4 grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Steven Byron died Aug. 20 at 53. Survived by wife Jo Ann; sisters Stephanie, Cindy Byron-Fields, Carol. Mount Sinai

Martin Carnow died Aug. 18 at 88. Survived by sons Gary (Barry Sorokn), Marvin (Peggy); 2 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren; brother Ralph (Selma). Mount Sinai

Stephen Claman died Aug. 23 at 79. Survived by daughters Susan (Rick) Gruber, Caren, Cheryl Brennan; son Douglas (Jennifer); 10 grandchildren. Hillside

Sandra Ditter died Aug. 21 at 78. Survived by husband Fred; daughter Ilene (Jeff) Oseas; son James; sister Rhoda (Lenny) Sandick. Mount Sinai

Harvey G. Dlugatch died Aug, 23 at 85. Survived by daughters Frances (Walter) Kelly, Joan, Terri (Dan) Rubin; son Stephen (June); 4 grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Rena Drexler died Aug. 18 at 86. Survived by daughter Nina Guttman; son David (Laura); 4 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Phyllis Englander died Aug. 20 at 75. Survived by husband Herbert; daughter Julie Englander Redding; son Mark (Wendy); 4 grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Geraldine Floman died Aug. 23 at 87. Survived by daughters Jody, Carole (Ron Capps). Hillside

Edward Heyman died Aug. 19 at 68. Survived by wife Sherry; sons Steve (Holly), Danny (Stephanie); 2 grandchildren; sister Jan (John) Piraino. Hillside

Parviz Imani died Aug. 22 at 79. Survived by wife Parvin; daughter Farnaz (Danny) Golashaw; son Fred; 3 grandchildren; sisters Victoria (Sion) Siani, Mahvash (Manfour) Shayan, Nasrin; brother Kambr. Mount Sinai

Michael Jay Kinsler died Aug. 17 at 51. Survived by husband Howard Rosner; mother Margaret Shainker; stepfather Charles Shainker; brother Harlan (Sherrie); sister Sharon Karlan. Hillside

Miriam Kolb died Aug. 17 at 82. Survived by daughter Andrea; son Ken. Mount Sinai

Fanya Kraizman died Aug. 16 at 85. Survived by husband Grigory; son Boris (Ida); 2 grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Francine Lieberman died Aug. 22 at 94. Survived by sons Richard (Mary Beth), Robert (Rande Davis) Gedaliah; 2 grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Ira L. Mishkind died Aug. 20 at 74. Survived by wife Hedy; daughters Carole (Craig) Tufeld, Patty (Robert) Dickman, Beth (Lee) Goldring; son David (Karla) Greenberg; 9 grandchildren; sisters Linda (Dave) Schiesel, Ginger (Tom) Maiser, Judy (Ronnie) Cagan; brother Larry Brawer. Mount Sinai

Eva Mizrahi died Aug. 16 at 87. Survived by sisters Dora Jafif, Clara Micha, Sonia Rayek, Perla Levy, Sabraina Sabin; brothers Jose, Elias, Lazar, Shenaya. Hillside

Clara Pieter died Aug. 19 at 90. Survived by daughter Rhona Wener; son Andrew; 4 grandchildren; 2 great grandchildren. Malinow and Silverman

Bernice Pozin died Aug. 18 at 93. Survived by daughter Deborah. Mount Sinai

Leah Rubin died Aug. 19 at 54. Survived by husband Isaak; daughter Sarina; son Danny; father Harold Plonchak; sister Sherry (Isaac) Chernotsky. Shalom Cemetery

William Schultz died Aug. 17 at 78. Survived by daughters Lori, Annette Sharfstein, Jeanette Hawkins, Robin Dickinson, Helena (John) Jenkins; son Jay (Dawn); 10 grandchildren; 3 great-grandchildren; sister Frances Levy. Mount Sinai

Donald E. Silvers died Aug. 19 at 82. Survived by wife Sally; son Josh (Regina); stepdaughter Amy (Lance Kramer) Rothschild; stepsons Stephen Rothschild, Greg Rothschild; 5 grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Stefania Skala died Aug. 23 at 96. Survived by niece Adrienne (Narolo) Breslow. Mount Sinai

Elonora Simon died Aug. 23 at 98. Survived by daughters Klara Wright, Susan Scott, Eva Franchi; 5 grandchildren; 8 great-grandchildren. Hillside

Arnold Travis died Aug. 23 at 95. Survived by wife Joan; daughter Cynthia; 2 grandchildren; sister Ava (Tevi) Zimmerman; brother Roy (Vicki). Hillside

Howard Isaac Ullman died Aug. 17 at 88. Survived by daughter Laura (Mark) Ullman Epstein; sons Bernard (Jacque); Henry (Leslie); 5 grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Shendlya Yudkis died Aug. 20 at 92. Survived by daughter Shelly (Boris) Komarov; 1 grandchild. Hillside

Felicia Joy Zeidenfeld died July 26 at 96. Survived by daughter Sydney Levine Belsito; son Barry Levine; 4 grandchildren; 4 great-grandchildren. Chevra Kadisha

Lillian Zwicker died Aug. 23 at 99. Survived by sons Stanley, Bennett; 5 grandchildren; 1 greatgrandchild. Mount Sinai

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

The passing of an educational giant: Shirley Levine / An appreciation


The Jewish community as well as the larger Los Angeles area has lost a giant in education in the passing this week of Shirley Levine. In an age where we debate how we gauge, appreciate and pay our educators, it is time to pause and celebrate one of the best that ever lived.

Shirley Levine was raised in Cleveland before moving with her family to Boyle Heights as a young girl. She grew up in a home where the Yiddish kinderschul philosophy held sway. Judaism was about values and dignity for each human being she learned. Each human being was to be treated with fairness and every life was to be met with respect. It would become the foundation of her approach to education, specifically within the larger framework of a Jewish education.

It was back in 1971 that Rabbi Harold Schulweis and Mark Lainer spearheaded a group of parents and community leaders in search of the right mix of educational know-how and humanism to head a new Jewish community day school for Los Angeles. They found it all and more in Shirley Levine. A master teacher in LA Unified for many years Shirley accepted the challenge to help found what would become the Abraham Joshua Heschel Day School. The truth is, if you or your family or friends have ever been connected to Adat Ari-El Day School, Stephen S. Wise Day School or VBS Day School, not to mention Heschel and what became Heschel West in Agoura, you have been touched by Shirley Levine. Heschel was there at the beginning, lead by this indomitable woman/visionary. In seeking a permanent home, Heschel spent time on each of those campuses before outgrowing the facilities. Eventually they would land at their permanent location at the corner of Devonshire and White Oak in Northridge. As Heschel left each institution Shirley and her staff and parents had so seeded that location with the benefits of day school education and a passion for learning that each organization created a day school on the heels of Heschel’s departure. The cornerstone of that impact was the woman herself, a force of nature who fought tenaciously for the rights of each child and helped create a generation of educators to meet those needs.

Having worked under her as an administrator, Rabbi-in-Residence, and teacher, I and countless others learned what individualization could do for our youngsters, how teaching to just one level failed to take into account the needs of each child.  Shirley’s typical day began at 6 and she was more often than not still in her office at 10 p.m. every night if not later. She often said that she didn’t have enough Jewish knowledge to Head a Jewish day school but Rabbi Schulweis and others told her not to worry, ‘we will find support, you have the vision, you are the seer we need.’ The truth was, Shirey Levine inspired thousands of Jewish youth and their families with a Jewish and humanistic educational setting with its emphasis on values and social and ethical action. It was Heschel Day School at the forefront of student-led Tikkun Olam that first went into South Central LA to work alongside A PLACE CALLED HOME to support this important center in providing learning and art possibilities after school in a challenging neighborhood. Heschel kids who helped lead the march on City Hall to demand from our leaders ordinance against second hand smoke as well as challenging corporations to partner with charitable organizations. This was Shirley Levine’s vision. To inspire Jewish Youth to believe that, as Rabbi Heschel espoused—the teachings of the Torah were meaningless unless they created a more just and caring society. Such was Shirley’s philosophy, such was the life lead by this remarkable supernova of education.

She fashioned with her hands the visions of her heart. Our community was the beneficiary and will be for years to come.

Jan Goldstein served as the first community day school Rabbi-in-Residence in the nation in a role created by Shirley Levine. He is now a best-selling author.

Shirley Levine died on Monday, January 9. Her funeral will be Thursday, Jan. 12 at 1:30 at Mount Sinai Memorial Parks and Mortuaries, 5950 Forest Lawn Drive,  Los Angeles, CA   90068.

For more on Shirley Levine, click this 2003 story.