Obituaries: Week of August 26, 2016


Eunice Armond-Greenstein died July 28 at 97. Survived by daughter Leslie (Steven) Saeta; 2 grandchildren; 1 great-grandchild. Hillside

Norman Barken died Aug. 3 at 84. Survived by daughter Lauren (John) Olinski; son Miles; 2 grandchildren. Hillside

Robert Ellison died Aug. 2 at 95. Survived by sons Charles (Hilary), Richard (Paula); 7 grandchildren; 3 great-grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Daniel S. Elman died Aug. 1 at 82. Survived by wife Barbara; daughter Sheri; sons Ken (Rachel), Michael (Brenda) Tzipori; 3 grandchildren. 

Rose Fiertel died Aug. 3 at 97. Survived by daughter Robin Claridge; 4 grandchildren; 6 great-grandchildren. Hillside

Stanley Friedman died Aug. 3 at 93. Survived by wife Ida; daughter Janet (William) Parsons; son Mark (Mehrnaz). Mount Sinai

Sarina Grinberger died July 19 at 85. Survived by daughters Ofra Abadi, Penny Hakian; 4 grandchildren. Chevra Kadisha

Charlotte Harris died July 28 at 95. Survived by son Donald; brothers Jerome Manashaw, Herbert Manashaw. Hillside

Irma Heller died July 29 at age 97. Survived by daughters Eileen Rogers, Sherry; son Brian; 7 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Richard Husar died July 24 at 96. Survived by wife Shirley; daughters Linda, Barbara (Dan) Greenhouse; 1 grandchild; 2 great-grandchildren. Hillside

Reuven Itzhaki died July 25 at 96. Survived by wife Evelyn; daughter Edna (Ronny) Shahrabani; son Rafael (Alexandra); 4 grandchildren. Hillside

Mickey Kahan died July 24 at 73. Survived by wife Lynn; daughter Lya (Mark) Pinkus; sons Memo (Sabrina), Alex (Susie); sister Thelma Muzinek; brother Luiz; 7 grandchildren. Hillside

Penny Kanner died Aug. 2 at 91. Survived by daughter Jaimie Stephenson; sons Richard, Keith; 7 grandchildren; 1 great grandchild. Hillside

Saul Leipsitz died Aug. 2 at 87. Survived by wife Violet; daughter Denise; son Michael (Linda McNeil); 1 grandchild. Mount Sinai

Sherwin Levy died July 31 at 88. Survived by wife Patricia; daughters Nancy, Robin, Linda, Jessica (Peter) Riffel; 2 grandchildren. Hillside

Steven Lief died July 19 at 76. Survived by wife Nancy; daughter Hillary; son Jason (Anna) Lief; 2 grandchildren. Chevra Kadisha

Ruby Doris Luban died July 28 at 85. Survived by daughters Jackie (Steven) Stern, Jan Folden, Laurie Keller, Sherrie (Oriel) Valenzuela; sons Gregory (Dulce) Dubin, David (Sandy) Dubin, Ronald (Karen) Dubin; 16 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; brother Richard (Frances). Mount Sinai

Lenore Marcus died July 29 at 95. Survived by sons Wayne (Judy), Gary. Hillside

Sidney Moray died July 31 at 92. Survived by daughter Linda (Bob) Gersh; sons Michael (Kathy), David, Robert (Scott); 9 grandchildren; sister Helen. Hillside

Lee Irwin Petersil died July 28 at 53. Survived by wife Leslie; daughters Maddie, Lauren; father Charles (Joan); sister Bonnie (Rodney) Kleiger; brother Jeff; aunt Bobbi Polk. Mount Sinai

Manie Rhalter died  July 31 at 96. Survived by son Peter (Melanie); 2 grandchildren. Hillside

Michael Jay Rosenberg died July 29 at 54. Survived by mother Maxine; son Jack; brother Mark; 1 nephew. Mount Sinai

Robert Sackett died Aug. 3 at 96. Survived by wife Evelyn; daughter Lauren; 5 grandchildren; 1 great-grandchild. Hillside

Naomi Schiff died Aug. 3 at 89. Survived by daughter Kathy; sons Stanley, Norman; 7 grandchildren; 3 great-grandchildren. Hillside

Sigmund Schiff died Aug. 1 at 83. Survived by his sons Gary (Nicole) Schiff, Robert (Devon); 5 grandchildren. Mount Sinai

David Schneider died Aug. 2 at 57. Survived by wife Martha Macker; daughter Josie; stepdaughters Aubrey Macker, Caitlin Macker; sons Jarrett and Jonah; mother Ruth Glaser; sister Debbie; brothers Ben, Noah. Hillside

Stanley Schway died Aug. 3 at 93. Survived by wife Laurette; daughters Melinda (Scott) Kough, Lisa (Tim); 2 grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Arthur Smith died July 29 at 89. Survived by wife Ann; daughters Frances, Nancy, Hillary, Mary; 6 grandchildren; brother Jerry. 

Marian Sornoff died July 27 at 95. Survived by daughter Robyn Paletz; son Jeffrey; 5 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren. Hillside

Marilyn Sherman Sroloff died July 27 at 91. Survived by sons Sheldon (Gail), Barry; 2 grandchildren; 1 step-grandchild; brothers Jerry Sherman, Stanley Sherman. Mount Sinai

Beverlee Vickter died July 28 at 67. Survived by brothers Marvin, John Ramsey. Mount Sinai

Kerwin White died July 27 at 56. Survived by sons Aaron, Jordan. Palm Mortuary

Saul Halpert, 93, longtime TV journalist


Back in the day, broadcast journalists came in three varieties. Walter Cronkite embodied the “voice of God” approach to delivering the news. George Putnam was more of a “personality” than a journalist, and his booming voice and blow-dried coiffure was caricatured in the character of Ted Baxter on “The Mary Tyler Moore Show.” And the younger generation of up-and-coming TV correspondents included razor-cut and matinee-handsome young men like Tom Brokaw and Dan Rather.

And then there was Saul Halpert.

Halpert died last week at the age of 93. Southern California television viewers of a certain age will remember him as a hard-edged and hard-driving news hawk, sharp-eyed if also short in stature, a man who disdained the happy talk that prevailed in broadcast journalism and preferred to go after the story. Yet he was also kind and tolerant, approachable and forthcoming, a real mensch, which explains the outpouring of grief that attended his Aug. 16 passing.

Halpert was a journeyman reporter without pride or pretension, and he went where the assignment desk sent him. “Back on Dec. 14, 1963, at KNXT, I assigned Saul to cover the arrest of the [Frank] Sinatra Jr. kidnappers at an FBI news conference,” recalled his boss at the time, Pete Noyes. “Right in the middle of the news conference, I paged Saul and told him to take his crew and head to the Baldwin Hills Dam, which might burst at any minute. Saul cursed me out but followed orders. He, cameraman Doug Dare and soundman Pierre Adidge were standing on the dam when it broke and barely escaped death. Eventually, they were rescued by a sheriff’s helicopter. You’ve probably seen their film of the dam collapse at one time or another. It’s an L.A. classic — and so was Halpert.”

Halpert was born in Albany, N.Y., in 1922. The family moved to Southern California when he was 16, and he attended Belmont High School in Los Angeles. He served as a second lieutenant in the Army during World War II, and he returned to L.A. after the war to earn a B.A. at USC and a master’s degree at UCLA. Later in life, he taught journalism at both schools.

“Hard-boiled” is an adjective that is stereotypically used to describe private eyes, but it also applies to Halpert’s style of journalism. “Just the facts, ma’am,” is what radio and TV detective Joe Friday used to say, and that’s how I remember Halpert’s delivery of the news. His reporting was always rooted not in talking points but in hard facts, whether he was covering the mind-boggling outbreak of Beatlemania or the breaking news of a dam collapse.

As it happens, I knew Saul Halpert when I was a young magazine and newspaper journalist in the 1970s, and he invited me now and then to join the guest panels on “Channel 4 News Conference,” the long-running show that he hosted on Sundays on the local NBC affiliate. Halpert worked at all three network affiliates over his long career, and everyone who was privileged to know him will agree that he embodied the qualities that his fellow broadcast journalists always praised, even when they did not actually practice them. 

My most precious memory of Saul Halpert, however — and one that I have reflected upon many times over the years — is a long, chatty lunch at which Saul and his wife, Ruth, began to reminisce about the death of their adult son, Robert. “He had such beautiful legs,” Ruth recalled, and they both fell silent for a moment. And it was at that moment that I glimpsed the depth of emotion that was the wellspring of the compassion that he brought to his 40-year career in journalism. That unguarded and heartfelt disclosure brought tears to my eyes then, and so does Saul’s passing so many years later.

The family of Saul Halpert has announced that memorial contributions can be made to the Ruth L. Halpert Memorial Scholarship Endowment in the name of Saul E. Halpert, CSUN Foundation, 1811 Nordhoff Street, Northridge, 91330-8321. Inquiries should be directed to (818) 677-6057 or development@csun.edu.

JONATHAN KIRSCH is the book editor of the Jewish Journal.

Obituaries: Week of August 19, 2016


Anita Albeck died July 20 at 92. Survived by daughter Candace (Richard) Gardner; 4 grandchildren; 6 great-grandchildren. Hillside

Pnina Barri died July 26 at 77. Survived by sons Guy, Eli (Claudia) Dror, Ron Dror; daughter-in-law Danielle Dror; sister Rachel (Mickey) Sapoznic; brothers Itzhak Strugano, Moishe (Stella) Strugano, Yossi “Pepo” (Hanna) Strugano. Mount Sinai

Dorothy Berkowitz died July 23 at 98. Survived by daughter Marlene (David) Brand; son Lee (Elaine); 5 grandchildren; 8 great-grandchildren; sisters Ruth Cohen, Edith Susman. Mount Sinai

Esther Blank died July 19 at 98. Survived by daughters Arlene Sirkin, Sandera (Don) Schuman, Samantha Erkeneff; sons Steve (Janet), Irving; 16 grandchildren; brother Stan (Deb). Mount Sinai

Arlene Cordova died July 22 at 83. Survived by daughter Barbara; son Mike (Barbara); 1 grandchild; brother Philip Reisman. Mount Sinai

Pia Goldbaum Fogel died July 18 at 91. Survived by daughters Linda, Helen; 4 grandchildren; 1 great-grandchild. Chevra Kadisha

Elaine Fond died July 20 at 95. Survived by daughter Barbara (Richard) Ackerman; son Loren (Diane); 5 grandchildren; 6 great-grandchildren. Hillside

Marc Friedman died July 21 at 58. Survived by sister Barrie Goettsche. Mount Sinai

Ellen Hannah Gelbard died July 23 at 64. Survived by husband Joseph Zell; daughters Rachel (Jeremy) Macht, Monica (Brandon Adler) Zell; 1 grandchild; sisters Susan (Larry) Fishman, Nancy (David Kalb); brother Martin (Thalia). Mount Sinai

Sarah Fleischman Gross died July 14 at 85. Survived by daughters Cena (Yakov) Abergel, Helen Gross Brown; 4 grandchildren; 4 great-grandchildren. Chevra Kadisha

Gerald Hodes died July 23 at 81. Survived by wife Silvia Dos Santos; daughters Tracy Berkus (Ellie) Dekel, Simone Jacindo; sons Brian, Osman Jacindo; 3 grandchildren; sister Rene (Mel) Ozur; brother Morrie (Sherry). Hillside

Jeffrey Eden Kahn died July 26 at 75. Survived by daughter Rhoni (Montag) Ivester. Mount Sinai

Jeffrey Katzer died July 24 at 73. Survived by wife Deborah; daughter Lauren; sons Ryan, Jason; mother Myra; sister Linda Barton; brother Sheldon. Mount Sinai

Ana Kozodoy died July 19 at 82. Mount Sinai

Israel Morton Laub died July 27 at 81. Survived by wife Marsha; daughter Renee (Cheryl) Vlashi; son Dana (Soyeon); 4 grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Raisa Layner died July 22 at 97. Survived by daughter Alexandra Koft; 1 grandchild. Mount Sinai

Frank Lewin died July 17 at 62. Survived by mother Deborah; father Arthur; sister Eve (Paul) Wagner; brother Eugene. Mount Sinai

Michael Liebmann died July 26 at 61. Survived by mother Joan; father Sheldon; sisters Amy (Jeffry) Tellio, Ruth (Thomas) Lawson. Mount Sinai

Esther Metzner died July 21 at 96. Survived by daughter Carolee Goldberg; son Richard; 4 grandchildren; 9 great-grandchildren; sisters Thelma (Temmie), Irene (Babe). Mount Sinai

Roslyn Pinkus died July 27 at 73. Survived by husband Frank; daughter Lynn (Evan) Lewis; sons Gary (Mary), Mark (Lya); 9 grandchildren; brother Walter (Jackye) Popick. Mount Sinai

Marlynn Podell died July 19 at 65. Survived by husband Terry; sons Greg, Eric; 2 grandchildren; brother Drew Swonetz. Mount Sinai

Rebecca Pollack died July 20 at 68. Survived by husband Steven; sons Greg (Cynthia), Spencer (Vicky); 3 grandchildren; sister Susan Hogg; brother Paul Schechter. Hillside

Madeline Rappaport died July 22 at 71. Survived by sons Greg (Erika), Jason; brothers Max Garden, Armond Garden, Mimo Garden, Albert Garden. Hillside

Amanollah Refooah died July 19 at 92. Survived by wife Parvin; daughter Janet Refoa; son Massoud; 2 grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Alex Paul Satin died July 19 at 92. Survived by wife Shirley; daughter Diane; sons David, Michael; 4 grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Evan Shapiro died July 21 at 60. Survived by wife Kathy Marks; sister Julie (Barry) Harris. Mount Sinai

Adele Wallack died June 23 at 94. Survived by daughter Ellen (Barry) Tischler; son Joel; 1 grandchild. Chevra Kadisha

Jack Weinberg died July 25 at 92. Survived by daughters Michelle Seery, Adeena (Matt) Atilano; sons Sandy (Beth) Schron, Richard (Michelle); 10 grandchildren; 1 great-grandchild. Mount Sinai

Lawrence Wertz died July 24 at 46. Survived by daughter Hannah; father Larry; former wife Marci. Mount Sinai

Abdul Sattar Edhi, Muslim humanitarian who preserved Daniel Pearl’s remains, 88


Abdul Sattar Edhi, a Muslim humanitarian, died July 8 in Karachi, Pakistan, mourned by millions of Pakistanis and, in Los Angeles, by the family of slain journalist Daniel Pearl. Edhi was 88.

Pearl was the South Asia bureau chief for The Wall Street Journal who was kidnapped and decapitated by terrorists in 2002 while working in Pakistan.

When Pearl’s abandoned body parts were finally found, cut into 10 pieces, there was no one in the strife-ridden country to gather his remains and transport them to his family in Los Angeles.

It was Edhi who stepped in, according to Daniel’s father, UCLA professor Judea Pearl, and his sister Tamara Pearl.

“Mr. Edhi appointed himself the custodian of Daniel’s remains and brought them to the airport,” Tamara Pearl said.

“They came in three ambulances, one with the remains and the two others as decoys, protected by an armed convoy,” she added. “Before the coffin was transferred to the plane, Mr. Edhi attached a wreath with the words ‘For the peace and soul of Daniel Pearl.’ ”

Such concern and respect for a Jewish journalist was extraordinary in a country frequently torn by sectarian hostilities and terrorist strife, but a common act of decency
for Edhi.

Born a Muslim around 1928 in India, he fled to Pakistan after the 1947 partition of the subcontinent into two countries, and, horrified by the government’s indifference toward the country’s poor and sick, set himself up as a one-man welfare agency.

He raised his first funds while sitting cross-legged on a busy Karachi street, with pedestrians occasionally dropping rupee notes in his lap.

In 1951, he established the Edhi Foundation, which now runs hospitals, orphanages, mosques, legal aid offices, and centers for the abandoned and drug addicts, and employs 2,000 ambulances, which it dispatches to the sites of terrorist attacks.

Sometimes dubbed the “Father Teresa of Pakistan” and recognized as his country’s most respected figure, it was characteristic of Edhi that shortly before his death, he willed his two eyes, his body’s only viable organs, to the blind.

Edhi is survived by his wife and fellow humanitarian, Bilquis Bano, and four children. Edhi was an honorary board member of the Daniel Pearl Foundation. 

David Horowitz, publicist for entertainers, politicians, 86


David Horowitz, a publicist who worked with President Bill Clinton, actress and singer Barbra Streisand and Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, died July 17 at his Westwood home. He was 86. 

Highlights of his career occurred 20 years apart. In 1968, following the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr., he booked Streisand, his client, at a Southern Christian Leadership Conference benefit concert at the Hollywood Bowl. 

Two decades later, he helped Clinton, governor of Arkansas at the time, secure an appearance on “The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson.” Clinton had just come off an overly long, poorly received Democratic National Convention speech on behalf of 1988 presidential candidate Michael Dukakis and his performance with a saxophone during the Carson broadcast helped bring the media back into his corner.

Born July 21, 1929, in New York City and raised in Los Angeles, Horowitz graduated from University High School at age 15 and, in accordance with his parents’ wishes, entered UCLA as a pre-med student.

A summer internship in advertising changed the course of his life. He left medicine behind and began his professional career at news organization KERO-TV in Bakersfield. A position at The Goodman Organization, a now-defunct advertising agency, led to a position as filmmaker Robert Aldrich’s vice president of publicity. 

Horowitz’s posts included president of corporate entertainment, president of the film division and president of the television division at Rogers & Cowan, as well as a decade-long stint with the film studio Warner Bros. During the course of his career he worked with many stars, including Woody Allen, the Beatles, Steven Spielberg and even the Muppets, according to Carl Samrock of Carl Samrock Public Relations, a former colleague of Horowitz’s. During the 1990s, he led successful Academy Award campaigns for the feature films “Dances With Wolves,” “The Silence of the Lambs” and, later, “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King.”

Interested in Israel, he was involved with Americans for Peace Now, which aims to bring peace to the Israelis and the Palestinians. In 1992, he offered advice to Rabin that helped the Israeli politician win re-election and, three years later, Rabin requested Horowitz come to Israel to work on a project. While Horowitz weighed the opportunity, Rabin was assassinated. 

Horowitz supported Women of the Wall, an organization dedicated to creating an egalitarian prayer space at the Western Wall in Jerusalem.

Temple Emanuel of Beverly Hills Rabbi Emerita Laura Geller, who officiated the July 25 funeral at Mount Sinai Memorial Park in Hollywood Hills, said Horowitz was humble, despite his many achievements.

“While proud of his accomplishments, and he knew he was gifted in what he did, that isn’t where he led from,” she said. “He led from a very clear vision of a world he wanted to see happen and the role public relations could play in that role.”

He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Lynn. 

The family requests that contributions in his memory be made to MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger; the Southern Poverty Law Center; or a charity of one’s choice.

Obituaries: Week of July 29, 2016


Edward David Astrin died July 12 at 80. Survived by wife Barbara; daughter Elizabeth (Garrett) Hoffman; son Gregory; 2 grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Ruthe Bergner died July 7 at 93. Survived by daughter Beth (Steven) Gutterman-Bergner; son Mitchell (Debra); 4 grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Florence Bienenfeld died July 6 at 86. Survived by husband Milton; daughter Ruth (Falcon River) Barrett; sons Joel (Kim), Daniel; 5 grandchildren; 1 great-grandchild. Hillside

Judith Cohen died July 8 at 83. Survived by daughters Roz, Leslie Danille, Elly, Sheryl; son Jeffrey; 4 grandchildren. Hillside

Mercia Cohen died July 5 at 99. Survived by daughter Sue Milchman; son Max; 2 grandchildren; 1 great-grandchild. Mount Sinai

Eugene Feldman died July 4 at 95. Survived by wife Rita; daughters Linda Davidson, Ellyn Bloomfield; sons David, Bob; 2 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren; sister Hermine Beck. Hillside

Dolores Friedman died July 8 at 86. Survived by daughter Aime; sons Heywood (Brenda Joan), Jay Adam; 3 grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Benson N. Gidan died July 6 at 95; survived by daughter Sara (Daniel) Leon; son Jonathan (Freddi Segal-Gidan); 4 grandchildren; sister, Roxanne (Sandy) Schwartz-Shapiro. Groman Eden Mortuary

Edwin Gold died July 7 at 88. Survived by wife Gilda; sons Robert, Irwin; 1 grandchild. Hillside

Claire Jampol died July 3 at 98. Survived by daughters Betty Goldberg, Jan (Martin) Berkowitz; 2 grandchildren. Hillside

Shirley Kampf died July 7 at 92. Survived by sons Larry (Karen) Raff, Joel (Lavonne); 2 grandchildren; brother Sidney (Orfa Nelly) Meisel. Mount Sinai

Harold Kaufman died July 2 at 96. Survived by wife Shirley; daughters Carol (John Frost) McCall, Lorri, Vicki. Hillside

Frances Levy died July 8 at 86. Survived by daughters Beverly (John) Pretty, Earlene Kaiser; 3 grandchildren; 4 great-grandchildren. Hillside

Harold A. Linstone died July 8 at 92. Survived by sons Clark (Karen), Fred (Elissa); 6 grandchildren; 4 great-grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Eileen Milgrom died July 2 at 93. Survived by daughter Diane Rubin; son Steven; 4 grandchildren; 6 great-grandchildren. Hillside

Rebecca Mintzer died July 6 at 87. Survived by sons Sydney, Leonard; 3 grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Miriam Popilsky died July 3 at 95. Survived by daughter Sheila; son Ben; 3 grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Stephen Reiss died July 7 at 73. Survived by wife Fayla; daughters Shayney, Nicki (Tony) Reiss-Testa; 1 grandchild; mother Irene; sister Annette (Mort) Wolfson; brother Robert. Mount Sinai

Judith Robinson died July 9 at 80. Survived by husband Ira; daughter Roni Adler; son Douglas (Lesley); 4 grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Joan Ileen Roman died June 22 at 66. Survived by husband Daniel; daughter Lori (Brian) Getz; sons Mike (Laura), Patrick (Jessica); 6 grandchildren; sisters Bonnie (Lou) Hillegass, Robin (Steve) Starr, Linda (Lou) Sylvestri; brother Rick (Christine) Essex. Mount Sinai

Sidney Rosen died July 9 at 87. Survived by wife Carol; daughters Sandra (Larry) Serota, Elissa (Mark) Teitelman; 2 grandchildren; brother Morris (Marion). Mount Sinai

Louis Rosenberg died July 5 at 93. Survived by sons Ronald (Karen), Bradley (Joann); 2 grandchildren. Hillside

Spencer David Saxon died July 5 at 89. Survived by daughter Jennifer (Keith) Gore; son James (Jennifer); 4 grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Sanford Samuel Shapiro died July 5 at 81. Survived by wife Helena Baumwirt; daughter Natalie (Liat) Tamsut; son Grant Shapiro; 3 grandchildren; 3 great-grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Stuart Myles Simen died July 11 at 75. Survived by sister Roberta (Allan) Kerner; brother Bruce (Iris). Mount Sinai

Dale Wayne Sontag died July 3 at 69. Survived by wife Barbara; daughters Debora (Michael) Floyde, Samantha; and 1 granchild. Mount Sinai

Melvin Stern died July 7 at 83. Survived by wife Gayle; daughters Shawn (Richard) Sperber, Eden (Chuck) Kokoska; 4 grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Herman Wakcher died July 4 at 96. Survived by son Harold (Ann); daughter Sherry; 3 grandchildren; 1 great-grandchild. Mount Sinai

Aaron Yekutiel died July 8 at 78. Survived by son Brendan; sisters Miriam (Yakov) Shultan, Leah, Rivka Friedman, Geula (Shimon) Ben-Chaim, Sara (David) Green; brother Mordchey; former wife Rita Silver-Yekutiel. Mount Sinai

Manuel Batshaw, ‘architect of Montreal’s Jewish community,’ 101


Manuel (Manny) Batshaw, who was considered “the architect of Montreal’s Jewish community,” has died at 101.

Batshaw, who died Monday, won praise for his work over the past nearly half century in structuring some of the community’s main institutions and his renown as a discreet community “fixer.” He was the first Jewish person to earn an honorary doctorate from McGill University.

For years Batshaw served as an adviser to his friend Charles Bronfman, the billionaire Jewish philanthropist and Seagram’s liquor magnate. After retiring from official community life, Batshaw became Bronfman’s director of Jewish affairs.

Batshaw served for 12 years as executive director of the Jewish Federation-CJA and its network of social service agencies, and worked with Jewish schools.

A social worker by training, Batshaw in 1975 issued an exhaustive report on child abuse that set the stage for Quebec to establish such institutions as the Batshaw Youth and Family Services Centre and legislation including the Youth Protection Act.

Batshaw continued performing volunteer community work as a fundraiser well into his 90s.

Obituaries: Week of July 15, 2016


Martin Bergman died June 12 at 80. Survived by wife Cheryl; daughter Carrie (Ty) Stevens; son Michael; 1 grandchild. Mount Sinai

William Bessler died June 24 at 94. Survived by wife Gloria. Mount Sinai

Herbert Braaf died June 22 at 92. Survived by wife Miriam; daughter Estelle (Scott Koepke); 2 grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Sarrah Dervin died June 18 at 94. Survived by daughter Iris; son Mark; cousin Edna Tamarin; sister-in-law Faye Frankel. Mount Sinai

Roza Dreizin died June 21 at 100. Survived by daughter Elena (Isaak Gitlin) Goldberg; son Vladlen Goldberg; 3 grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Faye Gelb died June 13 at 97. Survived by daughter Marilyn (Bruce); son Paul Nisenbaum (Lida Baker); 1 grandchild. Hillside 

Jona Goldrich died June 26 at 88. Survived by wife Doretta; daughters Andrea (Barry) Cayton, Melinda Goldrich; 3 grandchildren; brother Avram Goldreich. Mount Sinai

Eva Goldsheid died June 14 at 90. Survived by daughter Sumi (Dan) Berney; 3 grandchildren. Hillside

Samuel Gottlieb died June 13 at 91. Survived by daughter Randy (Jon) Epstein; son Brian (Lisa). Mount Sinai 

Barry Gross died June 17 at 70. Survived by wife Denise; sons Julian, Andrew (Leah Eberhardt); brother Morris (Sharon); 2 grandchildren; 4 great-grandchildren. Hillside

Eleanor Sally Halpern died June 22 at 85. Survived by daughters Sheri Mascorro, Gail Bardin; 2 grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Elaine Hart died June 16 at 94. Survived by daughter Susan (Alan) Lipkin; son Larry; 4 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Gary Hendison died June 14 at 77. Survived by sister Rana Davidson. Mount Sinai 

Rose Horkin died June 12 at 98. Survived by daughter Debbie Du Val; son Paul; 2 grandchildren. Mount Sinai 

Lydia Jacobs died June 18 at 91. Survived by daughters Hannah (Jeffrey) Kirschner, Cindy (David) Arana; son Michael (Astrid); 5 grandchildren; 3 great-grandchildren. Mount Sinai 

Jorge Kapelusznik died June 12 at 63. Survived by wife Eva; daughter Nadina (Fernando) Szew; sons Luciano (Becki), Diego; 5 grandchildren; sisters Rosa (Dov) Kononovich, Diana (Efraim) Zadoff. Mount Sinai

Lila Klemtner died June 17 at 95. Survived by daughters Renee (Micheal) Kress, Adean (Stephen) Kane; 4 grandchildren; 3 great-grandchildren. Hillside

Paul Louis Krentzman died June 16 at 81. Survived by wife Sandra; sons Greg (Sophie), Adam, Chad Attie; 4 grandchildren. Mount Sinai 

Gregorio Lerner died June 13 at 74. Survived by wife Debora; daughter Julietta (Lutz) Marbaum; sons Andres (Victoria), Carlos (Ellen); 6 grandchildren. Mount Sinai 

Jeannette Lipton died June 26 at 92. Survived by daughters Linda, Margaret and Suzie; sons Jack (Marilyn), Robert; 15 grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Eva Mars died June 24 at 90. Survived by daughters Sharon (Steve) Reifman, Susan (Dan) Del Bagno, Deborah (Aaron) Haas; 9 grandchildren; 5 great-grandchildren; sister Ruth Sherman. Mount Sinai

Barbara Ann Miller died June 21 at 80. Survived by daughter Pamela (Ronald) Friedman; sons Martin, David (Melinda); 6 grandchildren; brother Mel Gifis. Mount Sinai

Mark Barry Myden died June 7 at 61. Survived by wife Heather; daughter Avery; son Brandon; brother Joel (Bari). Mount Sinai 

Phyllis I. Newman died June 18 at 62. Survived by husband Floyd; daughters
Michelle, Stacy; son David; brother Jay (Carol) Bloom. Mount Sinai

Betty Panish died June 21 at 85. Survived by daughters Kathleen (David) Kaslow, Marianne; sons Brian (Rosemarie), Neal, Dennis (Theresa); 12 grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Bernard “Bernie” Ruta died May 10 at 90. Survived by wife Sharlene.

Mildred Stone died June 16 at 103. Survived by daughter Deanna (Josip) Palic; son Jay (Faye) Stone; 3 grandchildren; 5 great-grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Jason Taite died June 13 at 76. Survived by wife Celia; daughter Ashley; son Eric. Mount Sinai

Maria Tsimerinova died June 22 at 92. Survived by daughter Dina (Isaac) Remenyuk; 1 grandchild. Mount Sinai

Natalia Voinov died June 16 at 63. Survived by husband Soren; mother Berte Marcovici. Chevra Kadisha

Arthur Waltuch died June 14 at 70. Survived by wife Hallie; daughter Jackie Roberts; sons Ethan Petersen, Brian (Laura) Petersen; 3 grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Natalie Tina Weinberg died June 18 at 66. Survived by husband Rudi; daughter Sacha (Jorge); sons David (Shannon), Marc; 3 grandchildren; sisters Zelda Swann, Lee Truman, Danielle Orenstein. Mount Sinai 

Obituaries: Week of July 8, 2016


Robert Adelman died June 9 at 66. Survived by daughters Andi Keith, Kim Abramson; 3 grandchildren; sister Franci Goldberg. Hillside

Robert “Bob” Bagdad died June 4 at 78. Survived by wife Frances; daughter Jamie (Ryan) Hyland; son David; 3 grandchildren; brother Howard. Mount Sinai

Arnold Balonick died June 8 at 74. Survived by wife Roberta; daughter Hannah; sons Zachary, Jairo Lemus; sister Shelley (Harvey) Davis. Mount Sinai

Dorothy Barrish died June 5 at 98. Survived by son Jack. Mount Sinai

Arlene Diana Beer died June 2 at 84. Survived by daughters Carla Schwam (Christopher Dileo), Diana Schwam; son John Schwam; 1 grandchild; brother Kenneth (Barbara).

Hilda Belgrade died May 12 at 93. Survived by sons Kalman (Dani), Moses (Susan); 6 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; sisters Blima Kriger, Leah Spinner, Miriam Morgenstern. Chevra Kadisha

Roberta Berman died June 2 at 80. Survived by daughters Lisa Berman (Pedro) Gonzalez, Karen; son Ian (Lan Do); 3 grandchildren; companion Emil Britt. Hillside

Edna Blumenfeld died June 11 at 103. Survived by daughters Lois (Richard Nave) Miller, Lana (Robert) Levin, Bonnie Berke; 7 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Rowena Brucker died June 8 at 99. Survived by daughter Lynne (Jerry) Ostrow; 3 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren. Hillside

Scott Davis died June 6 at 51. Survived by wife Lori; daughter Meghan; son Logan; mother Elaine Davis; sister Leslie Rosenthal; brother Glen (Deborah). Mount Sinai

Darcie Adrianne Denkert-Notkin died June 10 at 64. Survived by husband Shelby Notkin; stepdaughters Michelle Notkin Rosen, Laura (Ken) Susman; 1 grandchild; mother Renee Denkert. Hillside

Mark M. Eisenberg died June 9 at 67. Survived by wife Sue; daughter Heather; son Joshua; stepdaughter Bonnie Brooks; 4 grandchildren; mother Lilian; sister Eileen Rosenberg; brother Gary. Groman Eden

Ronald Ferstadt died May 8 at 78. Survived by wife Shirley; daughter Jennie; son Mitchell; 6 grandchildren; sisters Eleanore Stern, Rebecca; brother Herbert. Chevra Kadisha

Shulamit Fogler Grenough died April 1 at 68. Survived by daughter Jamie (Orrit); 2 grandsons. Mount Sinai

Helen Gibrick died June 9 at 96. Survived by daughters Mary Streit,  Regina Malka; 6 grandchildren; 8 great-grandchildren. Hillside

Armin Grunbaum died April 23 at 87. Survived by daughters Gilda (Murray) Kornblit, Linda (Mark) Goldfinger; 5 grandchildren; 3 great-grandchildren. Chevra Kadisha

Leonard Hill died June 7 at 68. Survived by wife Patricia Gordon; daughters Lindsey (Rick) Gordon, Allie (Jeremy) Gordon Weinstein; son Benjamin Jack Gordon; 2 grandchildren; brothers Andrew (Janice), Rick (Marna). Hillside

Hilda Holinstat died June 6 at 95. Survived by son David (Renate Zink); brother Elias Toplansky. Hillside

Rochelle Kagan died June 7 at 86. Survived by daughter Rhene Jenks; son Marc; 2 grandchildren. Hillside

Gertrude Kipper died June 2 at 97. Survived by sons Donald (Vicki), Robert (Carolyn); 4 grandchildren. Hillside

Howard Klausner died June 4 at 83. Survived by wife Betty; daughter Jennifer; stepdaughters Kim (Gary) Kauffman, Nancy (Rod) Wilkinson, Kathy (Jim) Lyon, Mary Simpson; stepsons John Simpson, Kelly Simpson; 11 grandchildren; 5 great grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Gordon Millman died May 20 at 73. Survived by wife Barbara; son David. Green Hills

Laurie Dale Schwartz-Silberman died June 4 at 63. Survived by husband David; son Adam (Komoi) Schwartz; stepdaughter Jessica Silberman; brothers Michael Miller, Rick Miller. Hillside

Leon Silver died June 10 at 94. Survived by daughter Bonnie. Hillside

Jeffrey Richard Slottow died June 10 at 70. Survived by wife Joan Ellen; son Edward Slottow. Mount Sinai

Ryma Spiegelman died June 10 at 84. Survived by husband Joseph “Marvin”; daughter Tamar Kern; son Josh; 1 grandchild. Hillside

Joan Starr died June 5 at 80. Survived by son Marc Wolpe; 3 grandchildren; 1 great-grandchild. Mount Sinai

Jerry Waldman died May 31 at 88. Survived by sons Craig (Cindy), Ronald (Stephanie); 4 grandchildren. Hillside

Karen Gail Wolpin died June 5 at 62. Survived by brother Jeffrey. Mount Sinai

Sidney Zeltner died May 18 at 93. Survived by daughter Lilian Sevoian; 2 grandchildren; 5 great-grandchildren. Chevra Kadisha

Jona Goldrich, philanthropist and real estate developer, 88


Jona Goldrich, a Los Angeles-based developer, museum pioneer, advocate, philanthropist and Holocaust survivor, died June 26. He was 88. It is with great sadness and respect, and an enormous sense of loss, that we honor his extraordinary life.

Goldrich had an immeasurable impact on the city of Los Angeles, and his passion, determination and commitment to creating a memorial and educational space in the heart of the city that would be free and open to all helped make possible the Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust. The institutions, programs and lives rebuilt that are his legacy will continue to reach across the city and the country to future generations.

Goldrich was born Sept. 11, 1927 in Turka, Poland, to Sender and Elza Goldreich. Sender, a successful businessman in the lumber industry with a deep connection to his Jewish heritage, believed in the importance of education. Goldrich and his two brothers grew up speaking Polish, Hebrew and Yiddish, studying mathematics and science, and reading extensively.

When the Nazis occupied their region in 1941, Goldrich’s father made arrangements to smuggle the family to Hungary. Goldrich and his brother Avraham made the trip first and arrived in Hungary, but their older brother, Eizo, did not want to leave their parents. Sender, Elza and Eizo were caught and eventually died during the Holocaust.

In Hungary, Goldrich worked tirelessly to arrange forged papers so he and his younger brother could immigrate to Palestine, and they arrived there in 1943.

Over the next decade, Goldrich worked as an auto mechanic and taxi driver while he studied at Technion University in Haifa.

He immigrated to the United States, where he married his wife, Doretta, and raised two daughters, Melinda and Andrea.

He created the Goldrich Family Foundation, which furthers efforts to cure disease, supports local schools and international universities, promotes social justice, and supports Holocaust remembrance and awareness. He also was a founder and lifetime supporter of the Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust.

And so we allow ourselves to take some comfort in the thought that we might strive to carry forward his legacy and honor the hopes he expressed to me each and every time I saw him over his last years: “You have to keep teaching the young people.”

This week, in the quiet space of the outdoor Goldrich Family Foundation Children’s Memorial, just as the news of his death reached us, students from across Los Angeles were learning and reflecting and young men and women, grandchildren of survivors, were in dialogue with Holocaust survivors, learning how lives were rebuilt in Los Angeles, and how loss and unimaginable pain were met with hope and possibility and determination to create new lives and a better future.

“Another giant has left us,” said Lidia Budgor, 91, Goldrich’s fellow founding board member and an Auschwitz survivor.

Goldrich is survived by his wife of 56 years, Doretta; daughters Melinda and Andrea (Barry) Cayton; grandchildren Garrett, Lindsay and Derek; and brother Avraham.

Obituaries: Week of June 24, 2016


Gloria Averbook died May 23 at 87. Survived by daughter Lorene; sons Allen (Emily), Bruce; 5 grandchildren. Hillside

Arlene Barco died May 23 at 78. Survived by son Jeff. Hillside

Benjamin Berris died May 20 at 94. Survived by wife Elaine; sons Alan (Lila), Steven (Debbie); 3 grandchildren; 1 great-grandchild; brother Norman (Amanda). Hillside

Fredrick Brand died May 15 at 53. Survived by wife Marcelle Sirkus; son Jake; mother Rachel; brother David; nephew Jonathan (Jessica). Hillside

Burton Cohen died May 16 at 88. Survived by wife Charlotte; daughters Laurel “Pickels” Humeston, Shavon (Don) Pierce; son Michael; 3 grandchildren; sister Roberta Wexler. Hillside

Elayne Cohen died May 26 at 84. Survived by daughters Lynne (Don) Steinman, Laurie (Jonathon) Abelove; son Mark (Edith); 3 grandchildren; brother Samuel Goldberg. Hillside

Adele Cole died May 20 at 95. Survived by daughter Linda (Steve) Shrader; sons Gary (Claudette), Robert (Nanci); 5 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren. Hillside

Annette Colman died May 28 at 92. Survived by husband Philip; daughter Jane (Lloyd) Colman-Silverstein; sons Dr. Marc (Joy) Colman, Barry (John Preston); 4 grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Virginia Fadden died May 18 at 82. Survived by daughters Susan Sullivan, Judy (Ken) Butler, Kathy (Dennis) Purdy; 5 grandchildren; brother Floyd Goodell. Mount Sinai

Robert Louis Finkel died June 3 at 86. Survived by companion Gloria Barke; sons Eric (Judy) Finkel, Richard (Allyson) Finkel, Paul; 4 grandchildren; 3 great-grandchildren; 1 great-great-grandchild. Mount Sinai

Eugene Gabler died May 21 at 94. Survived by wife Frances; daughters Shelley (Randy) Holbrook, Lisette; 3 grandchildren; 4 great-grandchildren. Hillside

Herbert Galperson died May 24 at 84. Survived by wife Judith; sons David (Laura), Robert (Jennifer); brother Julian; 4 grandchildren. Hillside

Ellen Glettner died May 19 at 64. Survived by husband Jeff; daughter Rachel (Joel) Gottschalk; son David (Eva); 3 grandchildren.  

Frances Goodman died May 27 at 94. Survived by husband Milton; daughter Irene (Andrew O’Mahony); son Roger (Melody); 5 grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Shirlee Gorman died May 24 at 95. Survived by daughter Coreen (Ron) Frisch; son Dennis; 2 grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Jane Grossman died May 28 at 92. Survived by daughter Jane (Alan) Erlbaum; sons Jay (Dolores), Joel; 4 grandchildren. Hillside

Julius S. Grush died May 25 at 78. Survived by wife Kristine; daughters Robin (Dov) Rady, Randi (Dev) Letendre, Ronna Evans; son Rod; 4 grandchildren; brother Edward. Mount Sinai

Marion Handel died May 19 at 98. Survived by niece Sheri Handel Beck. Mount Sinai

David Blass Hoffman died May 24 at 72. Survived by wife Sonia; daughter Lisa Hoffman; son Adam (Liz) Hoffman; 1 grandchild; sister Lane; brothers Jonathan, Michael, Robert. Mount Sinai

Stanley Hollander died May 23 at 78. Survived by wife Gail; daughters Beth (Scott) Harris, Tracey (Richard) Hefter, Kari Wohl; 8 grandchildren. Hillside

Edith Honig died May 15 at 91. Survived by son Allen (Kathryn); 4 grandchildren; nephew Doron Tisser. Hillside

Bunny Hurwitz-Shure died May 15 at 99. Survived by daughters Jan, Louise, Idette Gayne; sister Georgie Diamond; 4 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren. Hillside

Ruth Mirsky Jainchill died Dec. 27 at 101. Survived by sister Elaine (George) Avak; nieces Marilyn (Lawrence) Kramer, Jacqueline Cheung; nephews Gregory Avak, Michael (Sandra) Owen. Mount Sinai

Harold Jaye died May 30 at 101. Survived by daughters Vicki (Peter) Gallay, Linda (Jim) Dinow; 3 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Esther Kagan died May 24 at 93. Survived by sons Lee (Patty) Kagan, Samuel (Donna) Kagan, Morris Kagan; 6 grandchildren; 4 great-grandchildren; sister Ann Woods. Mount Sinai

Cheryl Kaiser died May 28 at 63. Survived by husband Jeffrey; daughter Heather (Craig) Nehamen; son Michael (Debra); brother Dennis Gross. Mount Sinai

James Klein died May 19 at 79. Survived by daughters Patricia Gardner, Sharon Sanders; sons James Jr., Brian, Scott; 7 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren. Hillside

Rena Kramer died May 28 at 66. Survived by companion Arthur Pierson; daughter Sara; son Joseph; father Jerome Blumenfeld; sister Diane; cousin Gary Goodman. Hillside

Sheldon J. Latt died June 4 at 82.  Survived by daughters Diana, Allison (Jeff) Krumholz, Sara (Reana) Gallardo; sons, Brian (Mel), David (Kim), Edward (Christy), Jesse; 12 grandchildren; brother Arron Latt; sister-in-law, Teddi Budnick. Mount Sinai

George Leimberg died June 1 at 76. Survived by daughters Heather (Josh) Boyd, Alicia Nuccio, Michelle (Robyn) Singer; 3 grandchildren; brother Eric (Greka). Mount Sinai

Lawrence Leviton died May 29 at 90. Survived by wife Arleen; sons Neal, Fred, David Ruby, Marshall Ruby; 5 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren; brother Bernard. Hillside

Evelyn Levitz died May 31 at 89. Survived by husband Eugene; daughters Annette (Steve) Springer, Randy Eileen; 2 grandchildren; 3 great-grandchildren; brothers Howard Levin and Leonard Levin. Mount Sinai 

Richard Maitin died May 30 at 85. Survived by wife Harriet; sons Robert (Tracy), Mathew; 2 grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Dora Medavoy died May 19 at 94. Survived by daughter Veronica (Larry) Dressler; son Mike (Irena); 5 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren. Hillside

David Leo Melcombe died May 22 at 81. Survived by wife Marcia; daughter Lisa (Marlowe) Melcombe-Weiseman; sons Kenneth, Randy; 2 grandchildren; brother Henry (Marcia). Mount Sinai

Ruth Miller died May 26 at 100. Survived by daughters Carol Ellis, Anita Balter; 5 grandchildren; 8 great-grandchildren. Hillside

Sandra Moss died May 23 at 81. Survived by sons Lee (Karen Young), Eric, Gary (Lisa); 4 grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Gail Neugroschl died May 28 at 78. Survived by daughters Cindy (Marshall) Scherr, Lori (Bob) Sherden; son Scott; 6 grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Carter Omens died May 28 at 73. Survived by wife Nancy Koven; son Caleb (Kate Deblasio); daughter Samantha (Zack) Braff; 3 grandchildren. Hillside

Claire Onderwyzer died May 18 at 68. Survived by brother Steven (Diane). Hillside

Irene S. Pam died  May 22 at 91. Survived by daughter Judy (Rabbi Lee) Bycel; son Richard (Penny); 4 grandchildren; 1 great-grandchild. Mount Sinai

Edward J. Paster died May 30 at 90. Survived by wife Arlene; sons Steven (Lois), Brian, David; 2 grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Sidney Penn died May 24 at 97. Survived by daughter Jennifer; sons Tom (Kathy), William (Maggie Jekel); 8 grandchildren; 7 great-grandchildren. Hillside

Norton Rodman died May 31 at 87. Survived by wife Ellen; daughters Rica, Cheryl; sister Lora Canter. Mount Sinai

Ira Schwerin died May 31 at 97. Survived by daughter April (Jeff) Cherness; sons Martin (Linda), Richard (Barbara); 5 grandchildren. Hillside

Louis Senter died May 28 at 95. Survived by daughter Marsha (Rodney) Scully; 2 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren. Hillside

Dolores Shapiro died May 22 at 79. Survived by cousin Joel Osman. Mount Sinai

Diane Sherman died May 30 at 84. Survived by cousins Jay Taylor and Ina Mozer. Hillside

Jean Shy died May 18 at 59. Survived by daughter Natalie (Inon) Shampanier; son Rommy (Natalie); 2 grandchildren; brothers Stanley Lorber, Sol Lorber; sister Ruth Amar. Mount Sinai

Stanley Silverberg died May 29 at 79. Survived by daughter Ilana McAllister; son Dan (Debora Mendelson); 1 grandchild; sister Marilyn Zadok. Mount Sinai

Ethelda Singer died May 18 at 92. Survived by sons Michael (Penny), Steven; 4 grandchildren. Hillside

Harriet Sonenshine died May 22 at 91. Survived by daughter Jill (Scott); 2 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren. Hillside

Maria Sosnov died May 27 at 69. Survived by daughter Alana (David) Epstein; son Gene (Viktoria); 5 grandchildren; sister  Larisa Lechkevitch; brother Mark Dinaburghski. Mount Sinai

Michele Galli Stark died May 21 at 72. Survived by husband Ronald; daughter Marla Galli; son Brian (Maria) Galli; stepdaughter Dina (Marston) Gould; stepsons Jeffrey (Brooke), Gregory (Julie); 8 grandchildren; sister-in-law Arlene (Al) Hymovitz. Mount Sinai

Leopold Szneer died May 26 at 94. Survived by wife Isabelle; sister Hanna Levy; nephew Niles. Mount Sinai

Todd Taite died June 1 at 47. Survived by mother Elaine; brothers Richard (Delphine), Shawn. Mount Sinai

Dorothy Tamarin died May 23 at 94. Mount Sina

Charles Alexander Trilling died May 25 at 93. Survived by wife Lillian; daughters Helen, Deborah; son Mark Trilling; son-in-law Barry Katz; 3 grandchildren. Hollywood Forever, Beth Olam

Ralph Turner died May 24 at 89. Survived by daughters Lisa (Dave) Merenbach, Lori; sons Mark (Karla), Jeff (Connie) Bradbury; 8 grandchildren. Hillside

Gary O. Weiner died May 29 at 61. Survived by daughter  Samantha; brother Thomas (Epi); cousin Jeffrey Gola. Mount Sinai

Joseph Weiner died May 26 at 87. Survived by wife Muriel; daughter-in-law Kathryn Padgett; 2 grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Roberta “Bobbe” Weiss died May 26 at 84. Eden

Alex Wexler died May 21 at 56. Survived by husband Gregg Milano; sons Jacob Milano Wexler, Michael (Andrew) Crane; brother Mark Wexler. Mount Sinai

Betty Wolf died June 4 at 91.  Survived by sons Kevin (Virginia), Kenneth; 4 grandchildren; 1 great-grandchild; sister Emily Chaloff. Mount Sinai

Toby Libby Wolfberg died June 1 at 86. Survived by daughters Jane, Amy; son Michael Wolfberg. Mount Sinai

Irving Moskowitz, pro-settler American Jewish philanthropist, dies at 88


Dr. Irving Moskowitz, an American Jewish philanthropist who stirred controversy by donating millions of dollars to Jewish settlement efforts in the West Bank and eastern Jerusalem, has died at 88.

Arutz Sheva, a right-wing Israeli news site that he helped establish, reported his death Thursday.

The Moskowitz Foundation he founded in 1968 along with his wife, Cherna, was a major supporter of El’ad and Ateret Cohanim, two organizations involved in moving Jews to live in predominantly Arab neighborhoods of eastern Jerusalem. It also was a major donor to the One Israel Fund, which according to a filing on the foundation’s 2014 tax form “supports the welfare and safety of the men, women and children of Judea and Samaria.” Judea and Samaria are the biblical names for the West Bank.

In 2008, the Moskowitzes established the Moskowitz Prize for Zionism, whose winners included Moshe Levinger, an early settler in Hebron after the 1967 Six-Day War who later was jailed in Israel for violence against Arabs; Noam Arnon, another prominent settler in Hebron; and Yehuda Glick, an activist pushing for greater Jewish access to the Temple Mount who recently became a Knesset member.

Moskowitz will be buried in Jerusalem, according to a Facebook post by Dov Hikind, a New York state assemblyman from Brooklyn and a right-wing Israel advocate.

Moskowitz was born in New York City in 1928, the ninth child of Jewish immigrants from Poland. He grew up in Milwaukee, where he earned his medical degree, later moving to California, where he created a business building hospitals and ran a legal gambling business. He moved later to Miami Beach.

According to a 1997 profile in Time magazine, Moskowitz lost 120 relatives in the Holocaust.

Obituaries: Week of June 17, 2016


Eunice Bagel died May 7 at 93. Survived by sons Ronald (Margaret O’Brian), Richard; daughter Joy (Tim) Singletary; 3 grandchildren; 1 great-grandchild. Mount Sinai

Charlotte Bart died March 28 at age 101. Survived by son, Steve (Lenore) Newman; Richard (Louise) Kalfus; 4 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren. Mount Sinai 

Joan Berne died May 10 at 94. Survived by son Frederick Jr. (Peri Ellen), daughter Paddy (Horst Baumberger), 2 grandchildren. Hillside

Kenneth Black died May 11 at 66. Survived by wife Cynthia; daughter Catherine; son Jordan. Hillside

Robert Blacker died May 6 at 70. Survived by wife Marilyn; sister Elaine Baker. Hillside

Marvin A. Botwin died May 10 at 87. Survived by niece Michele Raphael; nephew Al Bowin; sister-in-law Harriet Botwin. Mount Sinai

Pearl Carr died May 7 at 93. Survived by sons Gary (Michele), Paul (Barbara) and 3 grandchildren. Hillside

Nadia Pidgeon Chriqui died May 12 at 74. Survived by husband Claude; uncle Andre. Mount Sinai

Rose M. Cohen died May 11 at age 90. Survived by daughter Joni; son Ronald; 4 grandchildren; 1 great-grandchild. Mount Sinai

Theda Fleischacker died May 14 at 92. Survived by daughter Linda Shier; son Alan (Suzanne); 2 grandchildren. Hillside

Charlotte Fleishman died May 15 at 84. Survived by daughters Debra, Janet; son Mark (Heather) Zalona; sister Natalie Scotton; 3 grandchildren. Hillside

Laura Fogelman died May 10 at 66. Survived by brother Martin; niece Deborah Devine; nephew Daniel (Caitlin). Hillside

Ralph Fox died May 16 at 92. Survived by daughter Janine (Bob) Dingler; 2 grandchildren;  sister-in-law Suzanne Bogeberg. Mount Sinai

Allan Frank died April 19 at 59. Survived by sons Jake, Spencer; brother Keith; sister Lorraine Purdy. Hillside

George J. Frankie died May 9 at 89. Survived by wife Edith; son Richard (Gloria). Mount Sinai

Evelyn Fried died May 1 at 103. Survived by daughter Barbara (Arthur) Fried Gilbert; son Bernard; 1 grandchild. Mount Sinai

Kenneth Bruce Friman died May 9 at 56. Survived by sister Barbara (Jeff) Match; brother Mark; niece Elyssa Match; nephew Charles Match; sister-in-law Leslie (Ken) Goldstein; sister-in-law Sheri (Lars) Jorgensen; mother-in-law Dottie Match; friend Liz Clark. Mount Sinai

Beatrice Garofalo died May 10 at 99. Survived by daughters Denise (Johnny Rice) DeVough, Shelly, Maryellen (James) Sorrell; 2 grandchildren; 5 great-grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Bo Golomb died May 16 at 77. Survived by daughters Beatrice (Terrence Sejnowski), Astrid Golomb; sisters Ebba Anderson, Hanne Wang; brothers Jo Mikkelsen Rygaard, Fleming Rygaard. Mount Sinai

Goldie “GG” Breslow Greenberg died April 23 at 88. Survived by husband Bernard; daughters Joni (Jeff) Marine, Myra (Jerrold) Glassman; son Arthur (Deb); 8 grandchildren; 3 great-grandchildren; sister Lila Segal. Mount Sinai

Shirlee Haft died May 6 at age 87. Survived by sons Michael, Mitchell, Richard; 5 grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Bernard Hoffman died May 18 at 91. Survived by wife Miriam Hoffman; son Marc (Debora); 3 granddaughters. Mount Sinai 

Leo Holinstat died May 10 at 93. Survived by wife Hilda; son David (Renate Zink). Hillside

Miriam Jacobson died May 15 at 87. Survived by husband Sidney Jacobson; daughter Andrea Cavalier; 3 grandchildren; brother Jack (Linda Reiger) Ferm; nephew Lennard Benson. Mount Sinai

Sol Benjamin Jarman died May 5 at 91. Survived by wife Doris; daughter Ilene (Ray) Pruitt; son Michael (Barbara); 4 grandchildren; 1 great-grandchild. Mount Sinai

Barbara (Brilliant) Kaplan died May 11 at 91. Survived by son Michael.

Nejatolah Kohansedgh died May 16 at 86. Survived by wife Parvin; sons Sol (Stephanie) Cohen, Sasan Kohan-Sedgh, Mehran (Vida) Kohan-Sedgh; daughter Mojgan (Daniel) Gilardi; 8 grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Milton Krell died May 9 at 94. Survived by daughters Betsy (Jeff) Kapor, Anne (Mike) McNair; 4 grandchildren; 4 great-grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Esmond Kronick died May 5 at 92. Survived by wife D’Vora; daughter Jerri Griffin; son Michael (Gail); 3 grandchildren; 1 great-grandchild. Hillside

Ralph Levin died May 5 at 84. Survived by cousins Brent (Peggy), Sharleen (Robert), Michelle (Tom), Liam. Mount Sinai

Donald Phillip Lubell died May 15 at 86. Survived by sons Bradford (Debra), Dean (Eileen), Scott (Shelly), Keith (Serena); 11 grandchildren; 1 great-grandchild; sisters Maxine Barkin, Dolores (Marvin) Mitchell. Mount Sinai

David Miller died May 8 at 24. Survived by father David (Kathy); brothers Joshua, Jake, Mark Wertz; sister Laura Miller; grandmother Judith Miller; grandparents Shirley Sharpe, Sharon Sharpe; uncle Russell Miller. Mount Sinai

Joseph Morris died May 3 at 92. Survived by wife Anita; son Gary (Elsee); daughter Ellen (Alon) Hamilton; 4 grandchildren; 5 great-grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Eleanor Musicant died April 27 at 91. Survived by son Jonathan (Yayoi Kushida); daughter Meredith (Tom) Musicant-Heatly. Hillside

Mollie Abzug Pier died April 26 at 95. Survived by son Gerald (Susan); 4 grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Geraldine Ridgway died April 27 at 91. Survived by daughter Judith (Art) Levine; 1 grandchild; 2 great-grandchildren. Hillside

Beatrice Rogol died May 9 at 95. Survived by 2 grandchildren. Hillside

Roseann Saldinger died May 9 at 77. Survived by daughters Karen (Paul) Clifton, Nancy (Atila) Zekioglu; son Randy Saldinger; 8 grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Jacob Ian Sander died May 3 at 68. Survived by wife Kim; sons Aaron, Declan; sisters Aileen, Roz Quarto, Deborah, Jody. Mount Sinai

Scott Sanders died March 28 at 61. Survived by sister Toby Sanders Pollack. Mount Sinai

Bernard Schnur died May 14 at 84. Survived by wife Sylvia Elizabeth Bello; daughter Carolann (Schnur de la Sotta); son Roger (Hope); stepdaughter Teresa Elizabeth Glenn; 3 grandchildren; sisters Fran Robinson, Evelyn Bernstein. Hillside

Peter Sharp died April 19 at 83. Survived by friends Michael Cohen, David Cohen. Mount Sinai

Ellisa Gaye Shocket died May 7 at 61. Survived by daughters Aimee, Kimberly; son, Daniel; mother Beverly Weber; brother Glenn Weber; sister Stacey (Steve) Belgard; nieces Cassandra and Emma Belgard. Mount Sinai

Miriam Shulman died May 10 at 97. Survived by daughters Tobey (Grant Farley), Maya Ford; 2 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren. Hillside

Harold H. Singer died May 2 at 98. Survived by daughter Kathy; sons Sheldon (Nancy), Alan (Joan); 6 grandchildren; 8 great-grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Jene Silberberg died May 14 at 86. Survived by son David (Julie); 2 grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Natalie Stollman died May 15 at 84. Survived by daughter Lisa (Mat) Frey; sons Rick, Kenny (Rosanna), Jerry, Michael; 8 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; brother Sidney (Merilee) Levy; former son-in-law Harvey Tepfer. Mount Sinai

Mickey Sunkin died May 5 at age 87. Survived by wife Betty; daughter Helene (Stuart) Schultz; son Gary; 2 grandchildren; brother Bert Sunkin. Mount Sinai

Phillip Torf died April 27 at 93. Survived by wife Millicent; daughters Bonnie Rose (Richard Shen), Victoria (Brent Rosenbaum); 6 grandchildren; 1 great-grandchild; sister Beverly Owen. Hillside

Ret Turner died May 4 at 87. Survived by niece Jean (Doug) Drufner. Mount Sinai

Malvina Vaisfeld died May 7 at 68. Survived by son Samuel (Terri); 1 grandson. Mount Sinai

Irving Weiner died May 9 at 95. Survived by son Richard “Rick” (Ann); brother Jay (Er-dien); 2 grandchildren. Hillside

Helen Weinstein died May 16 at 102. Survived by daughter Madelon Weinstein; 2 grandchildren; 1 great-grandchild. Mount Sinai

Leroy Weiss died May 13 at 86. Survived by wife June; daughters Ilene Davis, Diane Frankel, Sharon; 4 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Janet Winstein died May 4 at 96. Survived by daughter Nancy; son Stan. Hillside

Halina Wolf died May 12 at 95. Survived by niece Pessia Grywac; 1 granddaughter. Hillside

Florence Zacuto died May 11 at 96. Survived by husband Charles; daughter Debi Stevens; sons Richard Klein, Steven Klein; stepsons Brad (Wendy), Gary; 10 grandchildren; 4 great-grandchildren; brother Marshall (Doris) Redman. Mount Sinai

Lawrence Zamos died May 6 at 80. Survived by wife Eleanor “Ellie”; daughter Karen (Patrick) Connor; son David (Lee); 6 grandchildren; brother Jerome. Hillside

Len Hill, partner in real estate development firm, 68


Len Hill, a partner for 16 1/2 years in Linear City Development, an urban-centric real estate group, died June 7. He was 68.

“Len’s commitment to the city of Los Angeles and the desire to influence our modern history in a positive way allowed a legacy that would last for a long time,” Yuval Bar-Zemer, a friend and partner at Linear City Development, wrote in an email. “[The] company tackled some of the most interesting and rewarding projects of urban renewal in downtown Los Angeles and afforded me the rare opportunity of
seeing the transformation of a derelict neighborhood into a flourishing living environment.”

Los Angeles-based Linear City Development, established in 2001, focuses on developing high-density, mixed-use projects in the central city area. 

Hill was born Oct. 11, 1947, at Cedars of Lebanon Hospital in Los Angeles, according to the firm’s website. A 1965 graduate of University High School, he received his bachelor’s degree from Yale University and a master’s from Stanford.

The website says Hill began his professional career as a writer for television, eventually working as a network executive at NBC and ABC before starting an independent production company, Leonard Hill Films (LHF), in 1980. LHF produced more than 50 television movies and three series with a combined production budget exceeding $300 million.

Hill was the founder and chair of Allied Communications Inc., a television distribution company that was sold in 1994, the website says. He also was a Cornerstone Founder and past board member of the Los Angeles Conservancy.

Services were held June 9 at Hillside.

Hill is survived by his wife, Dr. Patricia Gordon, and brothers Andy Hill (Janice) and Rick Hill (Marna).

Donations can be made to J Street (jstreet.org) or Violence Intervention Program, 2010 Zonal Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90089. 

Mell Lazarus, ‘Momma’ and ‘Miss Peach’ cartoonist, 89


Brooklyn-born cartoonist Mell (Melvin) Lazarus, known for his syndicated comic strips “Momma” and “Miss Peach,” died May 24 in his Los Angeles home. He was 89.

According to his wife, Sally Mitchell, the cause was complications from Alzheimer’s disease, The New York Times reported.

“Miss Peach,” which chronicled a prim schoolteacher and the antics of her wisecracking students, had a 45-year run, from 1957 to 2002. “Momma,” about “an aging widow desperately trying to retain control of her aging children,” as he once described it, launched in 1970 and was inspired by his own Jewish mother, a Russian immigrant. It still runs today.

In all, he produced more than 33,000 strips.

At 16, Lazarus dropped out of James Madison High School, which touts such high-profile graduates as Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Sens. Bernie Sanders and Chuck Schumer, to pursue his career as a cartoonist. According to The New York Times, Lazarus sold his first cartoon that same year. But the high school dropout proved himself a literal genius when he, at the urging of his first wife, Eileen, became a member of the high-IQ society Mensa International upon passing its IQ test — a feat reserved for intellectual elite who score in the 98th percentile.

Lazarus, who moved to Southern California in 1975, just this year was awarded the Medal of Honor from the National Cartoonists Society, the premier organization for professional cartoonists, for which he served as president from 1989-1993. In 1981, his “Miss Peach” earned the Reuben Award for cartoonist of the year, the organization’s highest honor.

At the time of his death, Lazarus, who also was an author, was writing his third novel and a screenplay. His first two novels are “The Boss Is Crazy, Too” (1954) and “The Neighborhood Watch” (1986).

In addition to wife Sally, the daughter of comic strip writer Ed Mitchell, Lazarus is survived by three daughters, Marjorie White, Suesan Pawlitski and Cathie Lazarus; six grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and his brother, Herb.

Obituaries: Week of May 27, 2016


Jerrold Asher died April 29 at 88. Survived by daughters Patricia (Chris) Barbieri; son Mark (Sandra); stepdaughters Arnea Alcon-McCarthy, Jodye Kirshman; 2 grandchildren; former wife Marsha. Mount Sinai

Rudi Bassmann died April 29 at 96. Survived by daughter Sabrina; son Ronald; 1 grandchild. Mount Sinai

Ellen R. Bernick died April 30 at 96. Survived by sons James (Pamela), Michael (Donna), Charles (Julia); 7 grandchildren; brother Morton (Esther) Levy. Mount Sinai

Sylvia Bernstein died May 2 at 98. Survived by daughters Vicki Daly Redholtz, Jackye Sullins; 2 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Irving Brown died May 2 at 86. Survived by son Lloyd (Barbara); 1 grandchild. Hillside

Al Burns died April 13 at 94. Survived by daughters Arleen, Judy; 1 grandson. Chevra Kadisha

Marvin Ehrlich died April 24 at 83. Survived by wife Sharon; sons Kenneth (Melody Roset), Ira (Audrey); daughter Jodi (Jon) Goldstein Ehrlich; 7 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Paul Foxman died April 25 at 78. Survived by son Robert Lotstein; daughters Shahin, Christine Eppel; 7 grandchildren; sisters Loretta (Walt) Polsky, Shell Gross, Cecilia Winkelman, Lynda, Julia; brother Richard (Eileen). Mount Sinai

Allan Frank died April 19 at 59. Survived by sons Jake, Spencer; brother Keith; sister Lorraine Purdy. Hillside

Hilda Garabedian died May 2 at 91. Survived by daughter Melinda (David Harris); 2 grandchildren. Hillside

Benjamin Germain died April 23 at 89. Survived by wife Maria; sons Jeff (Patricia), Larry, Gerry (Luisa), Peter Berrego; 9 grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Genia Gisis died April 30 at 96. Survived by sons Harry (Marianne), Joseph (Debie); 3 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren; brothers David (Helen) Reznik, Sam Reznik. Mount Sinai

Goldie Breslow Greenberg died April 23 at 87. Survived by son Arthur (Deb); daughters Joani (Jeff) Marine, Myra (Jerrold) Glassman; 6 grandchildren; 3 great-grandsons; sister Lila Segal. Mount Sinai

Miriam P. Haas died April 24 at 94. Survived by sister Lorka Gleitman; daughters Sylvia Burlin, Beverly (Leo Reich); 8 grandchildren; 1 great-grandchild.

Bernice Hirschfield died April 30 at 100. Survived by daughters Terri, Roberta, Judith; 4 grandchildren; 6 great-grandchildren. Hillside

Irvin Kipper died April 21 at 99. Survived by wife Gertrude; sons Donald (Vicki), Robert (Carolyn); 4 grandchildren. Hillside

Leon Knobel died April 24 at 96. Survived by wife Helen; son Abe (Linda); daughter Hanna (Motty) Friedman; 7 grandchildren; 6 great-grandchildren. Hillside

Lewis Lerner died April 27 at 87. Survived by sons Leonard (Phyllis), Larry (Sherry); 3 grandchildren; sister Florence (Sam) Tucker. Mount Sinai

Henry “Hank” Levin died April 25 at 93. Survived by wife Judith; sons Todd (Lisbeth), Garrett (Pamela); daughter Bridget (Brian) Shuster; 8 grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Odette Liberman died April 24 at 96. Survived by daughter Cindy (Michael) Fradin; 1 grandchild; 2 great-grandchildren. Hillside

Irene Master died April 23 at 86. Survived by son Robert (Fannie), daughter Barbara; 4 grandchildren; sister Janet Snyder. Hillside

Eleanor Musicant died April 27 at 91. Survived by son Jonathan (Yayoi Kushida); daughter Meredith (Tom) Musicant-Heatly. Hillside

Geraldine Ridgway died April 27 at 91. Survived by daughter Judith (Art) Levine; 1 grandchild; 2 great-grandchildren. Hillside

William Rosenthal died April 27 at 66. Survived by wife Sharon; daughters Pamela, Debrah. Mount Sinai

Dorothy Schaller died April 23 at 88. Survived by husband Solomon; son Ray Blatt; 3 grandchildren; 3 great-grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Peter Sharp died April 19 at 83. Survived by friends Michael Cohen, David Cohen. Mount Sinai

Harvey Sherman died April 27 at 78. Survived by wife Marcia Morrow; daughter Lori Sherman-Renteria; stepsons Don Morrow, Landon Morrow, Jim Morrow; 5 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren; brother Robert. Mount Sinai

Frank Sinclair died April 24 at 89. Survived by daughter Cheryl (David) Golde; son Jerry (Robin). Mount Sinai

Gary Sztanski died April 26 at 60. Survived by mother Fanny; brother Charles (Stephanie). Hillside

Phillip Torf died April 27 at 93. Survived by wife Millicent; daughters Bonnie Rose (Richard Shen), Victoria (Brent Rosenbaum); 6 grandchildren; 1 great-grandchild; sister Beverly Owen. Hillside

Fern Wicksel died May 1 at 84. Survived by daughter Lisa (Stan) Grod; sons Marc, Jeffrey (Diane); 8 grandchildren; 3 great-grandchildren. Hillside

Morley Safer, ’60 Minutes’ newsman, dies at 84


Morley Safer, a “60 Minutes” correspondent for 46 years who as a reporter helped turn American public opinion against the Vietnam War with his coverage showing U.S. atrocities, died Thursday.

Safer, who died a week after his retirement from the CBS newsmagazine was announced, filed his last report, his 919th, in March and reportedly had been ill. He died at his Manhattan home; the CBS announcement announcing his death gave no cause.

On Sunday, the network screened an hourlong retrospective about his career. Among the highlights noted by Safer, the winner of numerous journalism awards and 12 Emmys, was his 1965 dispatch that showed Marines torching the homes of villagers in a Vietnamese hamlet.

“Morley was one of the most important journalists in any medium, ever,” CBS Chairman and CEO Leslie Moonves said in the announcement of Safer’s death. “He broke ground in war reporting and made a name that will forever be synonymous with “60 Minutes.”

Safer, a Toronto native born to an Austrian-Jewish family, wrote a book, “Flashbacks: On Returning to Vietnam,” in 1990.

In a statement last week he said: “It’s been a wonderful run, but the time has come to say goodbye to all of my friends at CBS and the dozens of people who kept me on the air.”

Safer reported for the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. before joining CBS News in 1964. He first worked as a correspondent in London, and in 1965 opened a Saigon Bureau for CBS News.

He became London bureau chief in 1967, and reported from Europe, Africa and the Middle East before returning to Vietnam to cover the war.

Safer won top journalism honors, including three Overseas Press Club Awards, three Peabody Awards, two Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Awards, two George Polk Memorial Awards and the Paul White Award from the Radio/Television News Directors Association. He also received the Fred Friendly First Amendment Award from Quinnipiac College, and the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Awards First Prize for Domestic Television, according to CBS.

Obituaries: Week of May 20, 2016


Florence Adler died March 9. Survived by daughters Libby  (Paul) Hollombe, Jane (Jack) Zuckerman; 2 grandchildren; 3 great-grandchildren. Malinow and Silverman 

Boris Arbit died Feb. 29 at 56. Survived by wife Nelli; daughter Marina; brother Gregory; mother Sheva. Chevra Kadisha

Lynn Bernstein died April 19 at 74. Survived by daughter Lori; son David (Jennifer Steinberg); 1 grandchild; brother Joe (Gail). Hillside

Betty Brown died March 31 at 93. Survived by husband Marvin; son Bruce (Orranuch). Malinow and Silverman

Roxanne Carter died March 4 at 80. Survived by daughter Wendy; sons Chase, Michael (Victoria); 2 grandchildren. Malinow and Silverman

Irwin Clofine died April 17 at 85. Survived by wife Marion; daughter Sheryl (Neil) Aronow; sons Robert (Wanda), Gary (Denise); 5 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Jeanette Cohen died March 29 at 91. Survived by sons Marc (Denise Van Loo), Kenneth. Malinow and Silverman

Lillian Mae Dishman died April 22 at 93. Survived by daughters Marla (Bill Rosenblum) Wein, Dana (Brian Berliner) Berliner; 5 grandchildren. Mount Sinai

David Dubinsky died April 18 at 93. Survived by wife Lorraine; son Edward (Daisy); 2 grandsons. Mount Sinai

Marvin Ehrlich died April 24 at 83. Survived by wife Sharon; sons Kenneth (Melody Roset), Ira (Audrey); daughter Jodi (Jon) Goldstein Ehrlich; 7 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Isadore Einstein died April 19 at 82. Survived by wife Antje; sons Gary, Mark; 1 grandchild; sister Jeanette Goldberg. Hillside

Eduard Galperin died April 21 at 69. Survived by wife Alexandra Laptenko; sons Eugene, Ross; 1 grandson. Chevra Kadisha

Benjamin Germain died April 23 at 89. Survived by wife Maria; sons Jeff (Patricia), Larry, Gerry (Luisa), Peter Berrego; 9 grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Helene Goodman died April 20 at 82. Survived by husband Myron “Bud”; son Phillip (Silvia Battigalli) Ansell; sister Valerie Grossman. Hillside

Goldie Greenberg died April 23 at 87. Survived by son Arthur (Deb); daughters Joani (Jeff) Marine, Myra (Jerrold) Glassman; 6 grandchildren; 3 great-grandsons; sister Lila Segal. Mount Sinai

Lawrence Greenberg died April 19 at 72. Survived by son Joshua (Kristy); 2 grandchildren. Hillside

Marilyne Sheila Gressman died April 15 at 75. Survived by husband Robert; sons Lee (Danielle) Blitstein, Neil (Lisa) Blitstein, Arnold (Jackie) Blitstein; daughters Nancy (Jeff) Pfeffer, Sheri (John) Hanks; stepdaughter Teri; stepson Bill; 13 grandchildren; sister Sheryl (Robert) Vines. Mount Sinai

Claire Grossberg died April 20 at 83. Survived by daughters Cindy Collins, Ileene (Michael) Lazar; 7 grandchildren; brother Jeff. Hillside

Maurice Hellman died April 22 at 99. Survived by daughter Judy (Ted) Singer; 1 grandchild. Mount Sinai

Ethel Klein died March 25 at 96. Survived by daughter Pamela Alexander; son Michael (Charline); 5 grandchildren; 1 great-grandchildren. Malinow and Silverman

Samuel Levine died March 17 at 20. Survived by mother Deborah. Malinow and Silverman

Ann Lipsman died April 15 at 97. Survived by son Walter (Lisa Rosenbaum); daughter Mary (Jeffrey) Schnacher; 4 grandchildren. Hillside

Milton Malatt died March 26 at 94. Survived by sister Esther Kahn. Malinow and Silverman

Blossom Malter died April 16 at 91. Survived by niece Kathryn M. (Ray) Giles. Mount Sinai

Fay Marcus died March 25 at 89. Survived by daughter Diane Brandon; son Steven; 4 grandchildren; 7 great-grandchildren. Malinow and Silverman

Arthur Minky died April 23 at 92. Survived by daughter Jill (Brian) Munn; sons Robert (Christine), Michael (Susan); 3 grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Richard Mosk died April 17 at 76. Survived by wife Sandra; daughter Julie (Mark Druyan); son Matthew (Karen); 4 grandchildren. Hillside

Nitza Niemann died April 14 at 87. Survived by daughter Ahdda Shur; son Michael (Carolyn); 4 grandchildren. Hillside

Rose Nusbaum died April 22 at 91. Survived by daughter Cynthia (Joel) Feinstein; son Neil (Deborah); 5 grandchildren; 3 great-grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Shelley Resnik died March 26 at 65. Survived by daughter Jennifer (Bryan Weissman); 2 grandchildren; sister Sheryl (Joel) Krissman. Malinow and Silverman

Joyce Rothschild died March 18 at 92. Survived by daughters Beth, Lori, Joan (Rick) Brisard; 3 grandchildren; 1 great-grandchild. Malinow and Silverman

Dorothy Schaller died April 23 at 88. Survived by husband Solomon; son Ray Blatt; 3 grandchildren; 3 great-grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Sylvia Lee Schenker died April 17 at 85. Survived by daughters Janet (Barry) Schenker-Friedman, Barbara (Kent) Schenker-Johnson, Hilarie Shay; 6 grandchildren; 1 great-grandchild. Mount Sinai

Irene Schultz died March 27 at 89. Survived by daughter Natalie Madden. Malinow and Silverman 

Jack Seror died March 2 at 98. Survived by sons David (Deborah), Marc (Susan); 4 grandchildren; 3 great-grandchildren. Malinow and Silverman

Joel E. Spitzer died April 19 at 61. Survived by brother Leonard (Jane); 2 nephews; 1 niece. Mount Sinai

Ann Stone died April 21 at 74. Survived by sons Gary (Cyndee) Stone, Jeffrey (Kimi), Jonathan; brother Alan (Karen) Pyenson; sister Phyllis (David) Snyder. Hillside

Esther Weinberger died April 15 at 97. Survived by nieces Judy Caraco, Louise Caraco, Diana Learner, Marcia (Chris) Heinegg, Deborah (Lee May) Learner-May; nephews Daniel (Polly) Morgenstern, Joel (Alana) Morgenstern; 1 cousin. Mount Sinai

Sally Yale died March 27. Survived by sons Tom (Karen), Kirby (Beth), Dan (Norine); 5 grandchildren; 4 great-grandchildren. Conejo Mountain Memorial

Robert Yelin died April 21 at 74. Survived by wife Maxine; daughters Deborah (Robert) Satnick, Jennifer (Joshua) Kefer; son Daniel (Roxanne); 5 grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Solomon Golomb, USC Professor, digital communications pioneer, 83


Solomon Wolf Golomb, decorated mathematician and distinguished electrical engineering professor at USC, died at his home May 1. He was 83.

Golomb, son and grandson of Lithuanian rabbis, was born in Baltimore on May 30, 1932. After graduating from Baltimore City College, he went on to earn a bachelor’s in mathematics from Johns Hopkins University before he turned 19, followed by master’s and doctorate degrees from Harvard. His groundbreaking work in communications theory and cryptography led to his being hired by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in 1956 (then part of the U.S. Army), where, at the age of 24, he was tasked with finding ways to control missiles with jam-proof radio signals. 

In 1963, he immersed himself in the world of USC academia, joining the college’s electrical engineering and mathematics faculties, where he remained until his death. 

As evidenced by the number of honors, awards and medals he received throughout his long career, Golomb’s contributions to the field of math and engineering cannot be overstated. In 2013, Golomb went to the White House to receive the National Medal of Science, the highest honor in the U.S. for science innovation. And last month, Golomb received the prestigious Franklin Institute’s Benjamin Franklin Medal in Electrical Engineering, joining an elite membership that includes Albert Einstein, Marie Curie and Andrew Viterbi, namesake of USC’s engineering school.

“Professor Golomb was truly a giant in the field of mathematics and engineering,” USC President C.L. Max Nikias said. “He was an exceptionally imaginative thinker, and so many enduring innovations and highly creative games — including polyominoes and pentomino — emerged from his inimitable genius. But beyond the innumerable accomplishments, Professor Golomb was also a dear friend and colleague, having served on USC’s faculty for more than half a century. Indeed, he helped transform our university into the world-class institution it is today.”

Golomb is survived by his daughters Beatrice (Terry Sejnowski) and Astrid.

Obituaries: Week of May 13, 2016


Ruth Bello died April 5 at 92. Survived by brother David Goldstein; niece Linda. Mount Sinai

Peter Chernack died April 3 at 68. Survived by wife Rebecca; daughters Michelle Rose, Daniella. Mount Sinai

Miriam Cohen died April 12 at 93. Survived by son Andrew; 1 grandchild. Hillside

Robert Cushnir died April 11 at 86. Survived by sons Andrew (Sharon Spira-Cushnir), Bruce David (Emmy), Raphael; daughter Randi Lynn; 6 grandchildren. Groman Eden

Charles Heller died March 24 at 101. Survived by wife Irma; son Brian; daughters Eileen Rogers, Sherry. Mount Sinai

Rose Katz died April 4 at 98. Survived by niece Marleen Goldstein. Hillside

Maurice Kornberg died April 4 at 89. Survived by wife Louise; sons Howard (Iris), Paul (Elyssa); daughter Marian; 8 grandchildren; 1 great-grandchild. Hillside

Mitzi Lawson died April 3 at 89. Survived by son Larry (Laura); daughter Janis (Westly Baer); 2 grandchildren. Hillside

Pamela Lever died April 12 at 72. Survived by son Mark (Maria); sisters Sheila Wallach, Marlene Capell. Hillside

Shirley Levey died April 10 at 95. Survived by son Michael (JoAnn); daughter Marilyn; 4 grandchildren; 3 great-grandchildren; sister Arlene Harris. Hillside

Ann Lipsman died April 15 at 97. Survived by son Walter (Lisa Rosenbaum); daughter Mary (Jeffrey) Schnacher; 4 grandchildren. Hillside

Mamie Lipsman died April 1 at 100. Survived by son Jeff (Elisabeth); daughter Andrea; 2 grandchildren. Hillside

Stuart Lisell died April 12 at 82. Survived by wife Marilyn; daughter Stephanie; sons Bruce (Francie), Ronald (Bret Coker); 4 grandchildren; 3 great-grandchildren; sister Hope Rosenblum. Mount Sinai

Judy Livingston died April 7 at 77. Survived by daughters Stacey (Jack) Richards, Sharon (Clay) Helton, Janet (Martin) Mc-Knight: 10 grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Arlyne Lynn died April 2 at 69. Survived by son Chad (Jackie); brothers Marvin Tiano, Jack (Cathy) Tiano, Norman (Marianne) Tiano; nieces and nephews. Mount Sinai

Michael Marks died April 14 at 91. Survived by wife Susan; sons Harold, Eugene. Mount Sinai

Suzanne Moultout died April 4 at 88. Survived by son Gerard (Josefina); daughters Carole, Corrinne (Larry) Schuster; 5 grandchildren; sister Anna Burman. Groman Eden

Albert Newman died April 5 at 91. Survived by wife Shirley; daughters Elisa (Andrew White), Linda (Omri) Lior, Rosalind (John) Osterman; 11 grandchildren; 1 great-grandchild; brother Dick ( Gayle). Mount Sinai

Tatyana Pesin died April 9 at 80. Survived by husband Vladimir; sons Alexander (Alla), Vyacheslav; 4 grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Hope Rankell died April 10 at 56. Survived by husband Steven; sons Jordan Michael, Bradley Evan; mother Gladys Jaffe; brother Steven Jaffe. Mount Sinai

Ruth Schwartz died April 9 at 93. Survived by son Stuart (Chelley Maple); 4 grandchildren; 5 great-grandchildren; brother Sonny Reimer. Hillside

Eta Seltzer died April 14 at 90. Survived by daughters Elaine, Tzerl. Hillside

Samuel Seltzer died April 9 at 90. Survived by daughters Elaine, Tzerl; 3 grandchildren; 1 great-grandchild. Hillside

Jack Seymour Sperber died April 12 at 88. Survived by wife Ann; daughters Teri (Ron) Sellz, Marcia (Lyle) Michelson, Carol (Larry) Ross; 8 grandchildren; 6 great-grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Irwin Spielman died April 5 at 94. Survived by son Mike; daughter Roselee (Blaine) Sauser; 4 grandchildren; 1 great-grandchild. Hillside

Alan Stuart died April 14 at 72. Survived by son Andrew; brother Mickey (Gail) Scheinbaum; sister Corinne Pearlman; companion Lauren Brodsky. Mount Sinai

Rebeca Tabak died April 5 at 92. Survived by daughters Aida (Abraham) Kaufer, Vivian; 6 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren. Hillside

Vita Tannenbaum Green died April 14 at 86. Survived by husband Leonard Green; son Michael Tannenbaum; daughters Joan (Yossie) Ziff, Julie (Gilad) Zevo-Israel; 5 grandchildren; 9 great-grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Irwin Israel Weisberg died April 14 at 77. Survived by daughters Wendy (Derlin) Brynford-Jones, Suzanne (David) Lynn; 2 granddaughters; brother Herb. Mount Sinai

Sherri White died April 7 at 64. Survived by son Ryan; daughter Jennifer (Nick Saini); 4 grandchildren. Hillside

Jay Winthrop died April 1 at 93. Survived by wife Ruth; sons Marc (Ann), Stuart (Betsy); daughters Cheryl (David) Stern, Ellen (Gary) Michel, Gail; 16 grandchildren; 7 great-grandchildren. Hillside

Sam Berman, social service leader, 93


Samuel Berman, former executive director of Vista Del Mar Child and Family Services in Los Angeles, died in Reseda last month. He was 93. 

Berman grew up in the Bronx, N.Y., served in the Army and was happily married to Norma for 64 years. He earned his bachelor’s degree from City College of New York and his master’s from the George Warren Brown School of Social Work at Washington University in St. Louis.

Berman dedicated his career to helping children and families. He directed residential treatment centers in Chicago and St. Louis, and served as assistant director of the Child Welfare League of America in New York. While executive director of Vista Del Mar, a position he held from 1973 to 1987, he received the Koshland Award for outstanding administrator of a social service agency in California. During this time, Berman also served as executive director of the Reiss-David Child Study Center, Home-Safe Child Care and the Julia Ann Singer Center. It was under his leadership that those agencies became affiliates of Vista.

When Berman retired in 1987, the California Senate issued a proclamation saying he had “dedicated a life of singular devotion to the emotional health and well-being of children and their families” and “the State of California is indeed fortunate to have a citizen of the stature of Samuel P. Berman, who is not only willing to give of himself extensively to the community, but who also possesses sufficient confidence, drive, and determination to make a success of his efforts.”

Berman’s family held a private funeral service at Fountain View, a retirement home for active seniors. He is survived by daughter Judy (Alan), son-in-law Haim, grandchildren Lisa, Aaron, and David (Lauren), and nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his wife, Norma, and daughter Diane.

Donations can be made to Vista Del Mar, SOVA or a charity of your choice. 

Larry Neinstein: An appreciation


If Dr. Lawrence S. Neinstein’s life had a theme song, it was “Forever Young.” At countless family and chavurah events celebrating important lifecycle moments, Larry would strap on his guitar and in that sweet, wonderful voice, lead us all in singing Bob Dylan’s hymn to youth. “May you always be courageous, stand upright and be strong and may you stay forever young.” How appropriate that the world’s leading expert in adolescent medicine – a man who dedicated his professional life to teaching about and treating young people – adopted “Forever Young” as the anthem of his extraordinary life.  The longtime director of the Engemann Student Health Center at the University of Southern California who also served as USC’s senior associate dean of  student affairs and head of the Division of College Health at the Keck School of Medicine died April 27 of cancer. He was 66.

My wife, Susie, and I met Larry and Debbie when David and Shira Milgrom-Elcott generously invited us to join their chavurah, a group of close friends who had grown up together in Los Angeles, studied together in Hebrew High, spent summers together at camp.  We all had little kids, we were all excited about infusing Jewish ritual with creativity. We were eager to share life’s journey together. We traveled together to Yosemite and Big Sur; we hiked mountains and beaches; we shared holidays and Shabbats and bar and bat mitzvahs, weddings and, more recently, grandbaby namings. We became close and trusted friends, sharing our joys and our oys as life unfolded over the past 40 years.

Larry loved these times together, acting as our in-house chazzan (we lent him to Valley Beth Shalom for the High Holy Days), our Hollywood Bowl organizer, our travel agent. He handled our diverse needs with calm, measured and comforting skill, the soulful guide for our experiences. He understood the power of the family as the most important influence in our lives.

Just after the end of the Gulf War, Larry approached me with an idea: Nearly all American families gather on one day of the year: Thanksgiving. Why not create a family ritual for Thanksgiving modeled after the Passover seder, a way to elevate the holiday from gorging on turkey and football games? We called it “Freedom’s Feast: A Thanksgiving Seder,” and with the guidance of our colleague Lee Meyerhoff Hendler, it has been adopted by thousands of families across the United States, transforming Thanksgiving into a celebration of the many blessings we enjoy in this country.

“Freedom’s Feast” was only one of Larry’s unending stream of creative ideas. His charming children’s book “Zeide, Why Are You Wearing White Tennis Shoes on Yom Kippur?,” beautifully illustrated by Lorraine Bubar, has been enjoyed by thousands of families. Whenever Larry would call, I knew he had another great idea he was excited to explore. 

I will leave it to others to describe his groundbreaking contributions to adolescent medicine. Suffice it to say how proud we all were when the latest edition of his go-to handbook was titled “Neinstein’s Adolescent and Young Adult Health Care: A Practical Guide,” considered the “bible” of the field. As in Hollywood, when your name is above the title, it is the ultimate recognition of respect for your contribution, a legacy that will continue to enhance the lives of teenagers and young adults, not just at USC’s amazing Engemann Student Health Center, which Larry built, but throughout the world.

Larry approached his two battles with cancer armed with a scientist’s knowledge, a researcher’s curiosity, and the hope that fuels a doctor’s belief that disease can be defeated. Yes, he survived far longer than anyone could imagine. In his early 20s, in his first battle with cancer, he was told there was a 99 percent chance he would die within a year, but he was in the 1 percent. Then, in 2005, he was given a maximum of three more years, but survived more than a decade. He lived not only because of the dedication of his doctors, caregivers, and family, helped by his courageous will. In long, detailed emails to those closest to him, Larry shared with us his medical condition, complete with an ongoing recitation of numbers and markers and percentages. We marveled at how transparent and willing Larry was to share this most intimate information about his epic fight. Always the teacher, Larry had turned himself into a research project, wondering aloud about the efficacies of therapies, the side effects of experimental drugs, the promise of the newest generation of interventions. He planned a new book: “Surviving the Big C,” sharing his insights and discoveries. During a moving talk last year at USC, Larry said: “I’m a resilient kind of positive person. I’m not angry at the cancer. It’s just ‘one of those things,’ and I have to move on. I think that optimism has been very helpful.” Every email ended with the same basic message to us: “Optimism is the best weapon in the battle against cancer. Enjoy every moment you are given. Stand upright and be strong.”

Larry is survived by wife Debbie Barak Neinstein, three children Yael (Yossi), Aaron (Karen) and David, and five grandkids, as well as his brother Jack Neinstein. Each time he wrote those emails, he also thanked his beloved Debbie, his devoted kids, his adoring grandkids, and all of us who were blessed to know this sweet, lovely human being. In Talmud Shabbat 31a, Rava suggests questions we will be asked in heaven about how we lived our lives on earth. One of them is this: “tzipita li’shuah: did you hope for redemption?” The key word is “hope.” Did you live your life with hope in your heart? Larry Neinstein taught us that life is best lived in hope, not fear.

In our hearts, Larry, you will always be forever young.

Ron Wolfson is Fingerhut Professor of Education at American Jewish University and author of “The Best Boy in the United States of America” (Jewish Lights).

Obituaries: Week of April 29, 2016


Estelle Allen died March 27 at 85. Survived by daughters Cathy (Lou) Gerrard, Lori (Carl) Kent; son Robert (Cameron); 5 grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Vladimir Barkon died March 15 at 90. Survived by wife Yelena; sons Victor (Ludmilla), Yakov (Angela); daughter Svetlana (Michael) Grois; 4 grandchildren; 3 great-grandchildren; 1 great-great-granddaughter; sister Ludmilla (Mark) Panich. Mount Sinai

Rafael “Ralph” Baum died March 22 at 94. Survived by son Jack (Maxine); daughter Ruchama (Richard) Van Allen; 7 grandchildren; 1 great -grandson. Mount Sinai

Herbert Berger died March 26 at 80. Survived by wife Romina Sandajan; daughters Aishe, Ilona; stepson Joel (Jenny) Cipriano; stepdaughter Joanne Sandajan; brother Robert Berger. Mount Sinai

Vera Berrin died March 16 at 94. Survived by daughters Susan (Steven Zipperstein), Gail (Bob) Woskow. Hillside

Ellen Birenbaum died March 26 at 65. Survived by husband David; daughter Anna (Damien) Daurio; son Steven (Paola); 5 grandchildren; brother John Steffin. Mount Sinai

Phyllis Blivas died March 12 at 87. Survived by daughters Judy (Henry) Borenstein, Lynda; son Larry (Julie); 5 grandchildren; 4 great-grandchildren. Hillside

Serena Blumenfeld died March 29 at 89. Survived by daughter Cherry (Paul) Rothstein; 4 grandchildren; 2 great-granddaughters; sister Toba Chik. Mount Sinai

Kenneth Bodenstein died March 20 at 79. Survived by wife Diane Lerner; son Todd; daughter Leslie (Jason); 3 grandchildren; sister Elaine (Rudy) Polack. Hillside

Harold Brown died March 9 at 97. Survived by daughter Marsha (Jeff Lemler); son Howard (Barbara Miropol). Hillside

Marilyn Brown died March 14 at 87. Survived by sons Peter (Stephanie), Ross (Wendy); 2 grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Harriet Cadish died March 19 at 97. Survived by son Robert (Rosie); 1 grandchild; 1 great-grandchild; sister Betty Woodford. Hillside

Natalie Calmenson died March 27 at 85. Survived by son Bart (Jaylene); 5 grandchildren, 1 great-grandchild; sister Martha Feuerstein. Mount Sinai

Harold Cherness died March 10 at 93. Survived by wife Carolyn; daughter Janel (Marshall) Bloom; son Darryl (Amy); 8 grandchildren. Hillside

Fay Cohen died March 26 at 96. Survived by son Arthur (Sharon Kee); 3 grandchildren; 1 step-grandson; 3 great-grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Martha Cohen died March 15 at 87. Survived by son Robert (Christine). Mount Sinai

Harold Cosel died March 29 at 94. Survived by sons Gary, Stephen, Scott; 2 grandchildren. Hillside

Philip Alexander Cramer died March 11 at 81. Survived by wife Carol; sons Benjamin (Julie), Michael (Dana), David (Jean); daughter Rona (Dale) Kelley; 6 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren; sister Marriam (Al) Ring; brother Mort. Mount Sinai

Ruth Ann Cranow died March 20 at 81. Survived by son Steve (Nikki); 2 grandsons; brother Ronnie Hantman. Mount Sinai

Arthur Coleman Diamond died March 9 at 90. Survived by son David Perry; daughter Stefanie Perrie; 5 grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Cecile Dollinger died March 21 at 88. Survived by son Mitchell (Melanie) Rosenberg; daughters Gale Rosenberg, Karen (Bennett Auslaneder) Rosenberg-Auslaender; 4 grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Sabina Drobner died March 21 at 80. Survived by son Boris (Faina) Grager; 2 grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Bernard Entin died March 18 at 97. Survived by sons Hershey, Jerry (Carman), Dennis (Sharon); 2 grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Bernice Erlichman died March 15 at 93. Survived by daughters Roselyn Ornstein, Wendy Milich. Hillside

Fay Feuerlicht died April 1 at 96. Survived by son Sammy (Susanne); daughter Gail (Isaac) Kaver; 3 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren. Chevra Kadisha

Lea B. Finkelstein died March 17 at 95. Survived by nephews Marc Katz, Jerry Alan Katz, David Katz, Norman Katz, Barry Katz; 2 sisters-in-law. Mount Sinai

Neil Fischer died March 12 at 79. Survived by wife Judy; daughter Karyn (Scott) Noskin; son Edward (Michele); 4 grandchildren; sister Barbara Hergott. Mount Sinai

Louise Fisher died March 30 at 84. Survived by daughters Lori (Kevin) Thompson, Kathy (Philip) Davis; sister Claire Heimler. Mount Sinai

Marilyn Fried died March 20 at 91. Survived by daughters Susan (Nathan) Adlen, Berandine (Alex Shohet); son Tony; 1 granddaughter. Mount Sinai

Dorothy Friedman died March 21 at 89. Survived by daughter Ilene Dennis; 3 grandchildren; 3 step-grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Rae Friedman died March 31 at 63. Survived by brothers Leonard (Rebecca), Jay (Shelli); 5 nieces. Mount Sinai

Edythe Gale died March 19 at 88. Survived by daughter Andrea Gale-Ferreira; sons Shelley (Dayle), Robert; 9 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; 2 great-great-grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Nettie W. Gam died April 2 at 90. Survived by daughter Sandra (John) Gam Canadoy; 1 grandson. Groman Eden

Leonard Gordon died March 23 at 98. Survived by wife Linda; son Eric (Randy); daughter June (Richard) Weiner; 11 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Gogi Grant died March 10 at 91. Survived by son Joshua (Jennifer) Beckett; daughter Jeri Brown; 1 grandchild; sister Nikki Reinisch; brother Norman Arinsberg. Hillside

Caryn Jo Gray died March 13 at 60. Survived by husband Richard; daughters Michelle, Danielle; brother Craig Cohen. Hillside

Irwin Lloyd Green died March 15 at 86. Survived by wife Dorothy; daughter Paula; sons Matthew, Robert; 1 grandson. Mount Sinai

Doris Greenberg died March 30 at 83. Survived by son Mark (Frida); daughter Elaine (Mark) Greenberg Barnett; 5 grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Guta Gruzen died March 12 at 90. Survived by husband Jack; son Ronald (Suzy); daughters Lila (Brian Link), Louise (Rod) Roberts; 7 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren; sister Susana Vinacur; brother Micha Golan. Groman Eden

Johanna Gunter died March 16 at 59. Survived by husband Jeffrey; daughter Sophie; son Simon; sister Marrije Weereltz. Hillside

David Harbuck died March 16 at 45. Survived by wife Jill; daughter Haley; son Cooper; mother Barbara; father James. Hillside

Muriel M. Helfenbein died March 16 at 88. Survived by son Eric (Cheryl Anton); daughter Lisa Nelson; 3 grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Rose Jaffe died March 16 at 93. Survived by daughters Debra (Rick) Powell, Sunnye (Richard) Tuch; 4 grandchildren. Hillside

Sara Kasif died March 13 at 91. Survived by son Gil (Jennifer); 2 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Janice Ruth Kessler died March 16 at 85. Survived by sons David (Denise), Adam J. (Candy); 3 grandchildren; 3 great-grandchildren; sister Joan Tubman. Mount Sinai

Stanley Kimmel died March 22 at 80. Survived by wife Kathy Jones; son Harold; daughter Lisa; 1 granddaughter. Mount Sinai

Irwin Joesph Klorman died April 1 at 61. Survived by brothers Danny, Andrew, William (Tracy); sister Sandra (Doug) Fowler; ex-wife Diana Benson; stepbrother Michael Darcy. Mount Sinai

Estelle Korn died March 24 at 87. Survived by son Jerrold (Ellen); 1 grandchild. Hillside

Edmond Kramer died March 14 at 80. 

Lilian Kupferwasser died March 15 at 72. Survived by husband Marcelo; sons Arie (Ximina), Ronnie; 1 brother-in-law. Mount Sinai

Leonora Lane died April 1 at 92. Survived by daughter Roberta (Gary) Solomon; 5 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren; brother Irving (Pat Villio) Hyman; 1 daughter-in-law. Mount Sinai

Arline Lerner died March 15 at 77. Survived by partner Philip Reisman; son Ron (Julie); daughter Jneice Graber; 9 grandchildren; 8 great-grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Estelle Janet Lipman died March 19 at 82. Survived by daughters Michele, Joyce (Robert) Aldoroty, Debbie (Jim) Manuel, Denice (Steve) Bishop; sons Glenn (Janet), Steve (Bobbie); 11 grandchildren; 3 great-grandchildren; sister Marian Loth. Mount Sinai

Susan Lorman died March 21 at 74. Survived by husband Peter; daughters Carrie, Stephanie (Sandy); son Mark; 2 grandchildren. Hillside

Shirley Luevano died March 9 at 90. Survived by husband Daniel; son Mark (Anetta); daughter Mary; 2 grandchildren. Hillside

Emanuel Mandelman died March 20 at 87. Survived by wife Sharon; daughters Nina (Richard Leto), Stephanie (Shane) Damelin; 3 grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Erwin Marine died March 5 at 91. Survived by wife Luanne; son Scott; 1 aunt; 2 nieces. Mount Sinai

Edward Marks died March 13 at 100. Survived by son Stephen (Katherine); daughter Julie (Charles) Marks-Faerkin; 4 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren. Hillside

Edward Medvene died March 15 at 85. Survived by daughters Jaime (Rachel Nielsen), Linda (Steve Cirigliano); son Daniel (Leah Marquez); 3 grandchildren. Hillside

Ralph Mellman died March 31 at 91. Survived by wife Sally; daughters Jill, Mindy; son David (Melissa); 2 grandchildren. Hillside

Samuel Miller died March 9 at 77. Survived by wife Barbara; daughters Lynda (Jacob) Manaster, Myla (Lawrence) Kovac; sons Mark, Michael; 7 grandchildren; sisters Miriam (Willie) Saltz, Dossie Marcus. Hillside

Esther Moadeb died March 22 at 93. Survived by sons Ness (Judy), Elie (Eleanor), Isaac, Joseph; daughter Fern Shulrufer, 11 grandchildren; 4 great-grandchildren. Hillside

Helen Nichunsky died March 16 at 87. Survived by cousins Bertha Fox, Joanne Fox-Aunet, Rosalie (Dan) Huntington. Mount Sinai

Stanley Orzech died March 11 at 90. Survived by daughters Martha (Steven) Spector, Dorothy (Bruce) Spector; 5 grandchildren; 6 great-grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Samuel Ostiller died March 19 at 91. Survived by daughter Susan Hartman; son David; 5 grandchildren; brother James. Hillside

Roslyn Ostrovsky died April 3 at 88. Survived by daughters Harriet (Richard) Ross, Susan (Elliot) Mahn, Maureen (Jack) Conner; 6 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; brothers Harvey Firestone, Jack (Bea) Firestone. Mount Sinai

Sulamyf Palchik died April 1 at 93. Survived by daughter Ludmilla Gleyzer; 1 grandson. Mount Sinai

Evelyn Paller died March 20 at 93. Survived by sons Ron (Carol), Gary (Julie), Ken (Marcia); 4 grandsons; 1 great-granddaughter. Mount Sinai

Cecilia Pinski died March 29 at 88. Survived by son Charles (Adele) Lerman; 4 grandchildren; 2 step-grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Carol Pinto died March 30 at 76. Survived by son Evan (Lindsay); daughter Rachel; 3 grandchildren; sister Sarah Brodovsky Arsone. Mount Sinai

Philip Radin died March 28 at 62. Survived by daughter Kayla; son Jeremy; sisters Allison Goldberger, Suzan Flamm; brother Jeffrey Scott. Mount Sinai

Esther Raphael died March 28 at 78. Survived by husband Mark; daughter Lisa; stepson Randall; stepdaughter Susan S. Garner; brother Melvin (Abbey) Margolis. Mount Sinai

Clara Ravitz died March 27 at 90. Survived by daughter Nancy (Norman MacDonald) Soloman; son Richard; 4 grandchildren; 4 great-grandchildren, sister Minnie (Stan) Chortkoff. Mount Sinai

Mordechai Rechtshaid died March 18 at 81. Survived by wife Lois; sons Daniel (Luanne), Jeremy (Francis); daughter Stephanie; 2 grandchildren; brother Israel. Mount Sinai

Betty Reich died March 15 at 92. Survived by husband Melvin; son Michael (Stacey); daughter Gloria; 4 grandchildren; sisters Rose Kasiner, Mary Mindel. Chevra Kadisha

Charles Riskin died March 21 at 85. Survived by wife Roslyn; daughter Lee (Jeff) Marchesani; sons Richard (Lori), Steve (Jessica Clements); 8 grandchildren; brother Ira. Mount Sinai

Evelyn Gray Robbins died March 23 at 88. Survived by daughter Jane (Richard) Metz; son Peter (Mugda); 2 grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Irwin Rosenblum died March 12 at 87. Survived by wife Rae; son Ron (Jackie); daughter Shana; 4 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren. Hillside

Maria Rosenstein died March 22 at 103. Survived by daughters Sarah (Gary) Cramer, Jenny (Bruce) Safaee; 4 grandchildren. Hillside

Harvey Roth died March 27 at 83. Survived by wife Joan; daughters Audrey Okaneko, Feige (David) Devorah Emry; son Gregg; 4 grandchildren. Hillside

Stanley Rothman died April 3 at 76. Survived by wife Bonnie; son Steven (Mo Chin); daughter Wendy Alexander; 1 grandchild. Mount Sinai

Linda Rozio died March 26 at 88. Survived by son Zacky; 3 grandchildren; 1 niece. Hillside

Lois Samuel died March 21 at 81. Survived by husband Louis Herberd Samuel; daughter Lisa; stepdaughter Brenda Seagell. Mount Sinai

Esther Schned died March 11 at 88. Survived by daughter Ellen; son Harry (Patty); 1 grandchild. Mount Sinai

Sylvia Shapiro died March 11 at 94. Survived by daughters Sandy (Roland) Terranova, Nikki (Chris) Cotton; 5 grandchildren; 1 great-grandson; 2 nieces. Mount Sinai

Jack Silberkleit died March 24 at 72. Survived by wife Nancy; daughters Kelly (Tim) Prather, Lindsay (Gregg) Schiff-Abrams, Allison Serber, Tricia Graup; stepsons Mitchell (Nancy) Renberg, Devin (Silvi) Renberg; stepdaughter Elissa Renberg; 16 grandchildren; sister Jill. Hillside

Stanley R. Sludikoff died March 12 at 80. Survived by wife Ann; daughters Lisa (Mark) Morris, Jaime (Steve) Geffner, Bonnie. Mount Sinai

Lynn Solomon died March 27 at 74. Survived by husband Jerry; daughters Rhonda, Randi; son Robby; 3 grandchildren; 2 brothers-in-law. Hillside

Sandra Stein died March 11 at 77. Survived by son Michael (Sonja Wend); daughter Lois (Russell) Singer; 4 grandchildren. Hillside

Florence Steinberg died March 9 at 81. Survived by daughter Sheryl (Sam) Ornelas; sons Aubrey, Leonard; 8 grandchildren; 1 greatgrandchild. Mount Sinai

Dorrit St. John died March 9 at 91. Survived by son Len (Linda); 5 grandchildren; 9 great-grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Ginette Vandenskrick died April 2 at 93. Survived by daughter Catherine (Rick Gregory) Bambadji; 1 grandson; 3 great-grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Fransisco Vidrio died March 24 at 86. Survived by daughters Lea Barela, Lynn Luy, Danielle Hernandez-Romero, Susan Abelardo, Marissa; 12 grandchildren; sisters Jesus Camacho, Clemencia Rodriguez, Guadalupe; brothers Rafael, Alfredo. Hillside

Victor White died March 26 at 89. Survived by wife Marilyn; daughter Edith (Douglas) Achterman; sons Philip (Vicki), Daniel (Amy Ettinger); 5 grandchildren. Hillside

Elliot Wien died March 21 at 88. Survived by daughters Jill (David) Wien Badger, Linda (Mike); son Keith (Michelle). Hillside

Morris Wolfred died March 11 at 85. Survived by wife Rita; daughters Robynne (Rick) Smith, Karen (Jim McNally), Joan (Thierry) Matti; 2 grandchildren; sister Jean Nagourney. Hillside

Dena Yosfan died March 21 at 40. Survived by husband Benjamin; son Joshua; daughter Leah; father Scott Lookholder; mother Juliana Lookholder. Mount Sinai

Jack Zimerman died March 19 at 91. Survived by daughters Nancy (Mike) Neiman, Marlene (Jeff) Kohn; sons David, Jeffrey; 2 grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Selma Zweig died March 15 at 89. Survived by sons Stephan, Donald (Maureen Hogan); daughter Alene; 1 grandson. Hillside

Martin Gray, author of best-selling Holocaust memoir, dies at 93


Martin Gray, a Polish-born Holocaust survivor whose memoir about his experiences during World War II inspired a successful TV miniseries, has died at 93.

Gray was found in the swimming pool of his second home in Ciney, Belgium, but officials said no foul play was suspected, the BBC reported.

In 1971, the Warsaw native born as Mietek Grayewski published “For Those I Loved,” a best-selling autobiography about life in the ghetto, his escape from the death camp Treblinka and his experiences fighting in the Soviet army. The book also addressed the 1970 death of his wife and four children in a house fire.

Written in French with a co-author, “For Those I Loved” was translated into 26 languages and sold 30 million copies, according to the BBC. The miniseries aired in Europe in 1985.

The book was not without controversy, however, with some critics deriding it as a hoax. However, Nazi hunter Serge Klarfeld told Agence France Press that he believed Gray’s story.

According to the European Jewish Press, Gray immigrated to the United States in 1946. He later moved to southern France and then Belgium.

“Martin Gray was a monument who tried to promote democracy with the experiences of his life,” said the mayor of Ciney, Jean-Marie Cheffert, the BBC reported. “He was a charming man and a great humanist.”

Ronit Elkabetz, actress and filmmaker, dies at 51


Ronit Elkabetz, one of the great luminaries of the Israeli film industry, died Tuesday morning after a private battle with cancer. She was 51.

The actress and filmmaker was known equally for her striking dark looks and immense emotional vulnerability onscreen. Her life ended just as her career flourished at an all-time high: In 2014, Elkabetz’s film “Gett: The Trail of Viviane Amsalem,” which she co-wrote and co-directed alongside her brother Shlomi Elkabetz, was awarded the Israeli Ophir Award for best film, the Jewish State’s equivalent of the Academy Award. “Gett” went on to serve as Israel’s 2014 entry for Best Foreign Language Film at the Academy Awards, and also earned a nomination for Best Foreign Language Film at the 2015 Golden Globes.

Read more at Variety

Doris Roberts, ‘Everybody Loves Raymond’ star, dies at 90


Doris Roberts, who won four Emmy Awards as the meddling mother Marie Barone on the popular sitcom “Everybody Loves Raymond,” has died.

Roberts, who was of Russian Jewish descent, died overnight Monday in her sleep, her spokeswoman told The Associated Press. The cause of death was not immediately known. She was 90.

Roberts “will be remembered for lighting up every room she walked into with an unparalleled combination of energy, humor, warmth and even a little bit of grit,” CBS, which broadcast “Raymond” from 1996 to 2005, said in a statement.

She won the Emmys and for best supporting actress and was nominated seven times portraying Marie, matriarch of a dysfunctional Italian family. Roberts won another Emmy for a guest appearance on “St. Elsewhere” playing a homeless woman.

In 2003, she was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Roberts had a recurring role on the television detective drama “Remington Steele” and also appeared in several Broadway shows beginning in the 1950s.

A St. Louis native who grew up in New York, Roberts was raised by her mother, Ann Meltzer, with the help of her family, after Meltzer was deserted by her husband. Roberts took the last name of her stepfather, Chester Roberts.

Obituaries: Week of April 15, 2016


Mendel Alpert died March 2 at 98. Survived by son Van (Nancy); daughter Susan (Richard) Williamson; 4 grandchildren; sister Miriam Bier. Mount Sinai

Sandra Arnold died March 1 at 80. Survived by daughter Caralyn Olson; son Johnathan Frank; stepson Dean Olson; 4 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren; brother Howard (Elaine) Sugar. Hillside

Herbert Allen Berger died March 7 at 82. Survived by wife Evelyn; daughter Jeannine (Graham Purvis); son Brian (Leslie); 2 grandchildren; sister Sydelle (Del) Wolken; 1 brother-in-law. Mount Sinai

Julia G. Weiss Mullen Browner died March 5 at 90. Survived by sons Steven, Bruce, Robert; daughter Joanne; 4 grandchildren; sister Johanna Robbins.

Alice Danziger died March 9 at 90. Survived by son Robert (Christine); daughter Patricia Apoian; 1 grandchild; brother Richard Greenfield. Hillside

Elliott Ellenson died March 5 at 92. Survived by sons Allen (Sharon), Roger, Scott. Mount Sinai

Lawrence Frierman died March 2 at 86. Survived by wife Janice; son Michael (Cahte); daughter Randee (Neal) Levin; stepson Ethan (Kelley) Bingel; 6 grandchildren; 1 great-grandson. Mount Sinai

Sophia Handin died March 8 at 94. Survived by daughter Liliane (James) Farb; 7 grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Sidney W. Helperin died March 5 at 90. Survived by wife Vikki; daughter Amy (Jeffrey) Krivis; son Robert (Joanne); 4 grandchildren; 1 great-grandson. Groman Eden

Roslyn S. Hills died March 9 at 90. Survived by daughters Linda (Zygmunt) Martynowicz, Laurie (Jon) Alexander-Hills; son Ronald Scott (Diane); 5 grandchildren; 1 great-grandchild. Mount Sinai

Frances Kaushansky died March 9 at 86. Survived by sons Kenneth (Lauren), Howard (Colleen); 2 grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Morton Klein died March 5 at 89. Survived by wife Rosalyn; son Henry “Hank”; daughter Emily (Nicholas Bogen); 2 grandchildren; sister Roslyn Flegel. Hillside

Boris Kopelevich died March 1 at 91. Survived by wife Rakhil; daughter Alla (Michael) Karpus; son Alex (Victoria); 3 grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Harold Ralph Lassoff died March 7 at 89. Survived by wife Grace; sons Robert (Justine), David (Iris), Steven (Beth), Peter (Alison); 9 grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Cheryl Leatherman died March 8 at 62. Survived by husband Doug; daughters Staci (Scott) Davis-Turner, Melissa (John) Weedin; 4 grandchildren; sister Stephanie (Michael) Avdee; brother Lloyd (Dahlia) Mann. Hillside

Elaine Lerman died March 2 at 86. Survived by daughter Jane (Michael) Urman; son Ned; 4 grandchildren; 1 great-grandson. Groman Eden

Melinda Lerner died March 6 at 56. Survived by husband John Powell; son Oliver Powell, mother Maree Tarnowska, sisters Tamasine Hanson, Anna; brother Daniel. Hillside

Julio David Liberman died March 3 at 87. Survived by wife Ida; son Jeffrey (Angela); daughters Liane (Benjamin) Sternlieb, Caroly Bass; 11 grandchildren; 3 great-grandchildren; brothers Elias (Miriam), Jose (Esther). Mount Sinai

Julia Mullen died March 5 at 90. Survived by sons Robert (Laurene), Bruce, Steven (Nancy Gulish); daughter Julia Stone; 5 grandchildren. Hillside

Barbara Pascal died March 9 at 81. Survived by husband Anthony; daughters Jennifer, Amy; 3 grandchildren. Hillside

Emily S. Passovoy died March 5 at 94. Survived by cousin Ted Toback; friend Betty McDougall. Groman Eden

Victor Penso died March 2 at 89. Survived by wife June; sons Bruce (Catherine), Jerry (Andy); daughters Sally, Judy; 7 grandchildren; 3 great-grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Conrad “Conny” Platt died March 3 at 101. Survived by son Neal (Fran); 2 grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Donald Savel died March 1 at 89. Survived by son Mark (Robyne); daughter Melinda; 3 grandchildren; 4 great-grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Pearl Seligman died March 5 at 91. Survived by daughter Audrey (Mike) Gruner; 1 granddaughter. Hillside

Riva Shaulova died Feb. 29 at 103. Survived by son Moisey (Inga) Khanouknov; 3 nephews. Mount Sinai

Gerald Curtis Stone died March 5 at 85. Survived by wife Marilyn; daughters Dianne, Suzanne; son Scott (Aliza); 11 grandchildren; 1 great-grandchild. Mount Sinai

Belle Farer Telson died March 9 at 98. Survived by sons Howard (Karen) Farer, Marc (Denise) Farer; daughter Abby Farer Hayden; 3 grandchildren; 5 great-grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Herbert A. Wenderoff died Feb. 27 at 93. Survived by daughter Lori (Steven Stevens) Glickman; 4 grandchildren; 7 great-grandchildren; 1 daughter-in-law. Mount Sinai

Celia “Chickie” Wolfe died March 1 at 96. Survived by sons Allen, Sam (Sally); daughter Beverly (Antonio) Ledesma; 9 grandchildren; 6 great-grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Solomon Irving “Zak” Zakheim died March 6 at 87. Survived by sons Myles (Diana Peterson), Robert (Susan); 4 grandchildren; sister Charlotte Frommer; companion Leslie Charney. Mount Sinai

Steven Feuer, 50


Feuer, Steven: April 13, 1965-April 8, 2016

Steven Feuer, a man whose remarkable talents and courage made an indelible impact on all who knew him, passed away on Friday, April 8, after a decade-long battle with cancer. He was fifty years old.

Steven was a teacher, chef, baker, entrepreneur, musician, writer, artist and singer. He was fluent in French and also spoke Czech and German. Steven was a graduate of Harvard University, achieved the culinary Grand Diplome at Le Cordon Bleu in Paris, and earned a degree in music composition from CalArts. Before that, Steven was a valedictorian at Cajon High School in his home town of San Bernardino.

In 2014, Steven was honored as Teacher of the Year at the Berlitz Language School in San Francisco where he taught English as a second language to everyone from high-level executives to curious visitors. He was proud of the special connections he made with his students, introducing them to the culture and history of San Francisco while keeping a stern eye on their grammar.

Steven’s passion and enthusiasm filled all his pursuits, whether planning a trip through Europe or opening up high beloved Desperation Bakehouse, a company made famous among San Francisco food festivals for its savory “shirt pocket pies.” He loved tasting new food and inventing new flavors.

Steven was enormously gifted and creative, yet modest about all he had achieved. He cared deeply about his family – especially his beloved husband, Martin Venezky, who, for thirteen years, stood by his side through good fortune and bad, sharing a life filled with music, arts and travel. Steven taught those closest to him about truly living, with quiet strength, warmth, humor and verve. He will be profoundly missed. Preceded in death this past December by his father Melvin Feuer, Steven is survived by Martin, mother Stella Feuer, and brother Mike (wife Fail, their children Aaron and Danielle) and Bob (husband Larry).

A celebration of Steven’s life will take place at Temple Emanuel of Beverly Hills (300 N. Clark Drive) on Friday, April 15, at 10 a.m. (parking restrictions on Clark and Swall between Burton Way and Clifton will be temporarily lifted). In his last months Steven was comforted and entertained by the continual presence of public radio. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a contribution to your local public radio station.

Steven B. Sample, Former President of USC, 75


Steven B. Sample, who served as president of the University of Southern California for nearly two decades, died March 29 at 75.

Sample, who was Episcopalian, significantly strengthened USC’s image within the Jewish community, according to Steven J. Ross, co-director of the Casden Institute for the Study of the Jewish Role in American Life. Sample helped establish the institute, which provides USC students the opportunity to explore the Jewish role in the contemporary American landscape. 

He was also dedicated to interfaith relations. In 1996, he created the USC office of religious life and appointed Rabbi Susan Laemmle as the office’s dean. Laemmle was the first rabbi in the country to hold such a position.

His work extended to the Holocaust research sphere as well. In 2005, Steven Spielberg worked with Sample to turn the Shoah Foundation, an archive of Holocaust survivor testimony, over to USC, renaming it the USC Shoah Foundation  — The Institute for Visual History and Education. 

Born in St. Louis in 1940 and raised in Wilton, Conn., by a mother who was a civic activist and a father who was an electric motor company sales manager, Sample graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He met his future wife, Kathryn Brunkow, while in college. 

Trained as an electrical engineer, Sample served on the faculty at Purdue University and the University of Nebraska and served as president of the University at Buffalo before becoming USC’s 10th president in 1991. 

Among his accomplishments was growing USC’s endowment, developing the USC School of Cinematic Arts into one of the most prestigious film schools in the nation and more. Sample retired in 2010. No cause of death was released, according to the Los Angeles Times.

He is survived by his wife, Kathryn; daughters Michelle Sample Smith and Elizabeth Sample; and two grandchildren.

Obituaries: Week of April 8, 2016


Shirley Benjamin died Feb. 29 at 94. Survived by sisters Ruth Savin, Pauline Einstein; 3 nephews; 4 nieces. Mount Sinai

Esther Berkowitz died Feb. 2 at 95. Survived by daughters Juliana (Scott) Lookholder, Miriam (Larry) Feldman; 3 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Renee Bienenfeld died Feb. 26 at 91. Survived by husband Robert; sons Jay (Ellen), Philip; 2 grandchildren. Hillside

Joan Cohan died Feb. 20 at 82. Survived by daughter Deborah (Tom) Rummelhart; sons Steve (Joy), Judson (Kristin). Mount Sinai

Julius Y. Cohen died Feb. 27 at 92. Survived by son Alan; daughters Barbara (Moshe) Schwartz, Deborah, Rhonda (Edward) Friedler; 14 grandchildren; 5 great-grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Marcia Finder died Feb. 25 at 90. Survived by son Scott; daughter Rori Gwynne (Jeffrey) Levine; 1 granddaughter. Mount Sinai

Marsha Fuerst died Feb. 23 at 79. Survived by husband Michael; daughters Marla (Anthony) Mittskus, Marnie (Jim) Duenas; sons Marc, Mitchell (Lisa); brother Marvin, 7 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren. Hillside

Charles Arthur Gilbert died Feb. 28 at 89. Survived by wife Rhoda; sons Anthony, Bruce; daughter Susan (Peter) Goodwine; 3 grandchildren; sister Evelyn Buckspan. Mount Sinai

Hortense Glassman died Feb. 25 at 94. Survived by son Stanley; daughter Eilean (Gene) Galucci; 5 grandchildren; 3 great-grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Robert Goldberg died Feb. 29 at 77. Survived by wife Merete; daughters Karen (Staten) Williams, Teah (Brandon Ramos); sister Carole; 1 niece. Hillside

Bruce Russell Golin died Feb. 27 at 57.  Survived by wife Sybil; son Zachary; brother Craig. Mount Sinai

Hilda Grinker died Feb. 29 at 92. Survived by daughters Gayle Holmes, Roberta Spaccia; 3 grandchildren; 4 great-grandchildren. Hillside

Beverly Horowitz died Feb. 26 at 92. Survived by son Zachary I. (Barbara Natterson-Horowitz); daughter Jody (Gary) Marsh; 3 grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Sylvia Krasell died Feb. 12 at 94. Survived by daughter Debra Wilzbach; son Gregory; 2 grandchildren. Groman Eden

Mike Kreitenberg died Feb. 25 at 87. Survived by sons Mitchell (Pam), Harold (Claudia), Ernie (Nancy); 6 grandchildren; brother Joe. Hillside

Thelma Levin died Feb. 24 at 104. Survived by daughter Leslie Kavanaugh. Hillside

David Levy died Feb. 20 at 72. Survived by wife Paula Gershoy; son Mitchell. Mount Sinai

Mari Lipton died Feb. 23 at 90. Survived by son Peter (Bonnie); daughter Candace; 3 grandchildren; sister Vera Berrin. Hillside

Frank Lurie died Feb. 29 at 83. Survived by wife Rita Lurie; son David (Leila) Lurie; daughters Leslie (Clifford) Gilbert-Lurie, Gwyn (Les) Lurie; 7 grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Frances Maisel died Feb. 23 at 87. Survived by daughters Cheryl, Ileen; brother Myron Funk. Hillside

Betty Marko died Feb. 22 at 89. Survived by sons David (Jeanie) Finklestein, Ruben (Fran) Finklestein; daughter Miriam (Bobby) Kleiman; 6 grandchildren; 3 great-grandchildren; stepbrother Gary Peters. Hillside

June Miller died Feb. 28 at 92. Survived by son Robert (Harriet); daughter Betty; 2 grandchildren; 1 niece. Hillside

Ruth Pollak died Feb. 26 at 95. Survived by daughter Judy (William) Lo; son Oliver (Karen); 4 grandchildren; 4 great-grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Lyubov Portnoy died Feb. 26 at 100. Survived by daughters Asya (Kenneth) Torbiner, Galina Chernitsky; 3 grandchildren; 5 great-grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Edward Isadore Reich died Feb. 28 at 52. Survived by father Jacob; sisters Rosalyn (fiancé Steve Arthur), Evelyn Pike; stepson Nicholas Flores; 1 sister-in-law. Mount Sinai

Judith Sanders died Feb. 24 at 87. Survived by husband David; sons Jeff, Michael (Heidi); 2 grandchildren. Hillside

Annette Schwartz died Feb. 27 at 91. Survived by daughters Nanci, Randee Allen; son Kenneth; 1 granddaughter; sisters Sylvia Leibenberg, Shirley Satin, Esther (Irv) Ladman; brother Irving Rosenberg. Mount Sinai

Sheldon Sloan died Feb. 26 at 80. Survived by wife Shelby; son Stephen (Donna); daughter Jennifer (James) Belushi; stepdaughter Geannie Isern (Victoria Morgan); 9 grandchildren. Hillside

Bernice Spielberg died Feb. 28 at 95. Survived by husband Arnold; sons Johnathon (Susan) Colner, Daniel, Adam (Margie), 7 grandchildren; 5 great-grandchildren. Hillside

Heiman Van Dam died Feb. 28 at 96. Survived by wife Barbara; daughters Rika (Richard Harmel), Claire (Cindy Henson); 5 grandchildren, 1 great-grandchild; brother Simon. Hillside

Arline Weisberg died Feb. 29 at 88.  Survived by daughters Janette (Adam) Simms, Debra (Kim) Gibbons; 3 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren; sister Marcia Schneider. Mount Sinai

Rhoda Weissman died Feb. 26 86. Survived by nephew Jack Altman; niece Lisa Altman; 1 cousin. Mount Sinai

Louis Wiener died Feb. 25 at 82. Survived by wife Basha; daughters Audrey (Yosef) Amzalag, Darlene (Michael) Cohn; son David (Enat); 6 grandchildren; brother Neil. Mount Sinai