My son wears dresses, and I have no problem with it


Every morning my four-year-old daughter, Sydney, drags a chair into her closet and plucks a dress off of the rack.  I try to lean her in other directions—“Why don’t we try shorts today?”—but Sydney’s stubborn.  And I think she deserves the freedom to choose what she wants to wear. 

My son, Asher, is two.  I grab shorts and a T-shirt out of the drawer and dress him, because he still has trouble dressing himself.  But he figured out how to undress himself—and pretty often that means he’s ripping off his clothing and screaming “dress” over and over again.  He climbs on to the chair in the closet and tugs at one of Sydney’s dresses—“This one.”

So most days my son is dressed like Sofia the First, or some Disney princess, or—my favorite—rocking a multi-colored Ralph Lauren spaghetti strap sundress.  Taking all social mores out of it, he looks good in dresses.  And on an 80-degree summer day in LA, it’s probably the most practical choice.

It used to embarrass me slightly when he wore a dress in public.  And it wasn’t because I cared about people who thought it was weird that my son was wearing a dress.  It was because I cared that they thought I had chosen to put him in a dress.  As if there was an agenda on my part to use my son as a way to break societal norms, or as my friend’s mom said to me—a religious Sephardic Jew—“You wanted another daughter?”  This was at a birthday party for my friend’s daughter and before I left my house I had tried to convince Asher to change into “boy clothes.”  I knew that if he showed up in a dress, it would be an endless series of questions and judgments, and I just didn’t feel like dealing with it.  But Asher was stronger than ever that morning.  He had a huge tantrum as I tried to force his legs into a pair of shorts.  His nose was running into his mouth as he cried and protested and I suddenly realized I was fighting for something I didn’t even believe in.  I was making my kid feel badly for something he shouldn’t be ashamed of.  And I stopped.  And I gave him a hug and I apologized.  And then I put back on the purple princess dress with his sister’s sparkly Tom’s shoes.  We went to the party, and, as I figured, some of the Israelis laughed and made comments.  One said to me, “Do you think this is funny?  There are kids here.  You want them to see this?”  Another said, “You want him to be gay?”  And I stayed calm.  And I explained to them the best I could that there is no correlation between kids cross-dressing and being gay.  And if he is gay, it’s not because of anything I did.  It’s because he’s gay.  And maybe it’s a stage.  And maybe it’s not.  But either way, I don’t want him to ever feel like he wasn’t able to express himself because his parents didn’t support him.  And some understood.  And some, trapped by religion or ignorance, gave us the stank face.

Plenty of people are supportive.  They’ll see my kids—Sydney with her long dirty blonde hair, and Asher with his short dark hair, and say, “I love your daughter’s pixie cut.”  When I tell them he’s my son, they smile and say, “I love it.”  They also apologize for confusing his gender—but I tell them, “Don’t apologize.  He’s in a purple dress with sparkly shoes.  How would you know?”  I know there are parents who get worked up when you confuse their kids’ gender—but I’m not one of them.

A gay friend saw me with the kids at Jazz at LACMA on Friday night, and apropos of nothing said, “Just so you know I didn’t wear any dresses when I was younger,” which is essentially saying, “Don’t worry.  Your kid’s not gay like me.”  This openly gay, married man was trying to make me feel better about a problem that didn’t exist.  If my son is gay, so be it.  Maybe he is.  Maybe he’s not.  Maybe he’ll be a cross dresser.  Maybe not.  I have no control over any of it.  All I can do is be supportive.  The saddest thing about the exchange was learning how my friend felt about being gay. As if it were a curse—and not the awesome, endless dude party it really is.  Then again, he’s married now.  He probably forgot.

I get home before my wife most nights, so I was taking the kids out to walk our dog.  They were dressing up in different outfits—my daughter treating Asher like her doll, as she tried various dresses, shoes, and headbands on him.  And then Sydney told me she wanted me to wear a dress, too—“Oh my god—it will be so funny.”  I said, “No,” but she kept begging.  I said, “People will laugh at me.”  She said, “If they do, I’ll tell them to go away.”  And I couldn’t argue with that, as I squeezed myself into Carrie’s most flexible dress.  We walked the dog on our block, and the pleasure my kids took in seeing their dad go out of his comfort zone, trumped the humiliation I felt.  Carrie pulled up to the house, and I saw her slacked jaw from the end of the street.  She laughed.  She took a picture.  And she told me I better not rip her dress.  And then we all went for a pizza.


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A son and his Jewish mother


A pervasive Jewish mythology has always idealized the mother-son relationship.  But Proust knew better.  Shortly after his mother’s death, he wrote an article in Le Figaro about a man who bludgeoned his mother to death and attempted to speculate what might have ignited this man’s descent into madness.  Proust discussed the crippling dependence and blurred poisonous boundaries that sometimes overtake mothers and sons.

“If we knew how to see in a loved body the slow work of destruction wrought by the painful tenderness that animates it,” he warned, “how to see the withered eyes, the previously indomitable black hair now defeated like the rest and going white, the hardened arteries, the blocked kidneys, the strained heart, the defeated appetite for life, the slow, heavy walk, the mind whose hopes were once invincible not knowing that it has nothing left to hope for, gaiety itself dried up forever, that innate and seemingly immortal gaiety, which kept such pleasant company with sadness-perhaps the person who could see that….like Henri van Blarenberghe when he had finished off his mother with dagger blows, would retreat from the horror of his life, and throw himself on a gun to die straight away…” 

Much of this toxic cocktail of love and hate and guilt-infused passive-aggressiveness is present in Albert Cohen’s 1954 masterpiece “Book of My Mother” (Archipelago Books, $15), now available in an English translation by his wife, Bella Cohen.  His nonfiction narrative chronicles his late-life torment about his own mother, Louise Cohen, who died of a heart attack in 1943, only four days after 5,000 SS troops entered Marseilles.

Cohen arrived with his parents in Marseilles while still a little boy.  The family came from Corfu and spoke only a Judeo-Venetian dialect.  His father was an uneducated merchant who struggled to make ends meet.  After Cohen’s mother died, his father was able to hide in the south of France for the remainder of the Second World War.  Father and son met only once after the war, and then never again.  Cohen’s emotional universe was always mama; even during those years when all he could think about was how far away he could get from her.  His book brings forth beautifully wrought searing passages of memory that haunt him as he confronts his own looming mortality.  He remembers how neglectful he was of her, and how ashamed, particularly in front of his new elite friends. 

Cohen left his childhood home in Marseilles for Geneva as a young man and began an impressive career as a writer and a diplomat.  He managed to escape France in 1940 for London where he continued his pursuits.  His best-known novel, which has received international acclaim, is a 934-page novel called “Belle du Seignur,” which is autobiographically based.  It tells the story of a tortured, ambivalent Jew named Solal, who works for the League of Nations.  Solal attempts to stop the annihilation of his people and, facing failure, he commits suicide in utter despair.  Many critics have commented that laced throughout all of Cohen’s impressive body of work is an extended philosophical argument of sorts about the merits and drawbacks of being a Jew. 

It is impossible not to be moved by Cohen’s struggle to come to terms with the enormity of his mother’s loss, or perhaps really to make peace with his own transgressions.  The fierce battle that plays out on these wondrous pages are sometimes hampered by his bloated prose, unintentional perhaps, but glaring.  An overly adored only son of his parent’s stale arranged marriage, Cohen can seem obtuse when it comes to imagining his mother’s feelings or thoughts at any given time.  She remains in death a prop to his misgivings—all shadow and reflection.  The author winces when remembering how she once sold for him her beloved pearls, the ones she wore on the Sabbath, to help him pay debts he had sloppily incurred.  He describes the narcissistic bubble in which his younger self lived, writing, “I took, wild that I was and wreathed in sunlight and not much concerned for my mother, for I had fine dazzling teeth and I was the loving lover of this pretty girl and that fine lass and so on without end…I took the banknotes, and I did not know, for I was a son, that those meager large sums were a sacrifice offered up by mother on the altar of motherhood.”

Cohen was obsessed from a young age with fitting in and getting ahead.  He built an altar of sorts to his beloved France in his childhood bedroom that was filled with candles and mirrors and pictures of Racine and La Fontaine and Jules Verne and Napoleon.  He decorated his shrine with tiny handmade French flags.  But this didn’t prevent him from seeing how his family was seen by others. He writes sadly “We were social nobodies, completely isolated, cut off from the world outside.”  He wanted out.  And he made it.

But the older Cohen seems now preoccupied with the costs of his escape.  He remembers his mother’s visits to him in Geneva and his cruelty to her.  He recalls how she would attempt not to embarrass him, to “curb her Oriental gestures and smooth her accent, half Marseilles and half Balkan, under a confused murmur that was meant to sound Parisian…”  Pushing himself further back into their shared past, he remembers another incident that was more distasteful.  He describes his shame at her overly reverent behavior towards their family doctor which he describes with a mocking bitterness claiming “I can still see her peasant-like respect for the doctor, a bombastic fool…I can still see her fervent admiration as she watched him listen to my chest with his head which reeked of eau-de cologne, after she handed him the brand new towel to which he had a divine right.  How scrupulously she observed the magic requirement of a towel for the examination.  I can see her now walking on tiptoe so as not to disturb him while, radiating genius, he took my pulse, and still exuding genius, consulted the fine watch of his hand…” 

Cohen seems to be begging us to forgive him and sometimes his overflowing apologies begin to grate.  We believe he is sorry and we know he is suffering but we are less certain he would behave differently if given a second chance.  He shares with us his fantasy of reuniting with her and imagines that if somehow she were still alive the two of them might somehow find a way to go off together and live apart from the rest of the world.  He claims he longs once again to hear her “endless heartrending or ludicrous tales of the ghetto where I was born,” insisting that he wants to “go back to that ghetto and live there surrounded by rabbis like bearded ladies-live that loving, passionate, quibbling, slightly negroid and crazy life.”  But it is not the life he has lived and we don’t really believe him. 

What we do believe is that there is an agonized undercurrent bristling beneath his prose that is filled with ambiguity about his own Jewish identity.  Cohen wrote this book only a decade after the Holocaust and his mother’s death, and we can hear him grappling with the binds of Jewish identity in a post-Holocaust world.  For Albert Cohen, who died in 1982, Jewishness seems to have only been synonymous with catastrophe.  It appears he was unable to draw sustenance from its rituals and traditions and God was never present.  In one of the saddest but most telling passages he confesses that the only consolation he has in his mother’s death is the certainty that she will never be hurt again.  He writes provocatively “In her graveyard, she is no longer a Jewess with eyes on the defensive, carnally denying guilt, a Jewess with her mouth gaping in obscure stupefaction, the legacy of fear and waiting.  The eyes of living Jews are always afraid.”


Elaine Margolin is a frequent contributor to The Jewish Journal and other publications.

Trial of Leiby Kletzky’s accused killer staying in Brooklyn


The trial of Levi Aron, the Brooklyn man accused of killing 8-year-old Leiby Kletzky, will stay in Brooklyn, an appeals court ruled.

Lawyers for Aron had asked the Appellate Division of the New York State Supreme Court to move his trial out of the borough over fears that the extensive media attention would prejudice jurors, but the ruling said the trial should not be moved to the suggested Suffolk County in suburban Long Island or to Bronx County.

The Brooklyn District Attorney reportedly pointed out that “there are nearly 500,000 people eligible for jury duty in Brooklyn, and that there are far fewer Jews in Suffolk and Bronx counties.”

A psychological exam found Aron competent to stand trial, although he has admitted to hearing voices. Aron has pleaded not guilty to charges of murder and kidnapping.

Aron, 35, is charged with murdering Leiby near his Brooklyn home. He said he picked up the haredi Orthodox boy in his car when the boy became lost while walking home from camp for the first time and asking for directions. Aron said he panicked after the boy was reported missing.

Parts of Leiby’s dismembered body were found in the freezer of Aron’s apartment.

The Madoff tragedy and personal legacy


As seen in The Jewish Week

With Mark Madoff’s suicide over the weekend, we witnessed the burden of a father’s sins. The Madoff Family’s tragic narrative reinforces why a person’s legacy truly matters. To expand on this teachable moment, JInsider looked to better understand personal legacy through the perspective of Jewish wisdom. (See full video discussions on www.jinsider.com)

Pride and Self-Worth
How do I want to be remembered? What do I want people to think about me? What do I want people to say about me? What do I want my children to remember? What do I want my grandchildren to remember? I’d like to be able to give them some pride in who I was. I may not be able to give them a great deal of money, but I may be able to give them a sense of pride that this was my father, this was my grandfather, this is what he stood for, and this is what he taught. And even though we cannot give them things, we can give them something that is more immortal than things. Things break. Things get lost. The legacy that has been handed down, that’s a part of me now, because I inherited that. Maybe I didn’t inherit it genetically but I inherited it as part of my history – and that’s who I am. So I think that a legacy is important because, yes we want to leave our children things, but we also want to leave our children a sense of self-esteem and self-worth.

Rabbi Dr Abraham J. Twerski is a noted psychiatrist and the author of more than 60 books. (www.abrahamtwerski.com)

Heavenly Court’s Question

There’s an unusual passage in the Talmud in which the rabbis speculate on what are the first questions the heavenly court asks us after we die and appear before it. I like to study this passage with people and ask them, “What do you think the rabbis would think are the first questions we are asked?” And people traditionally say, “Did you believe in God?” “Did you keep the Sabbath?” Or maybe, “Did you fast on Yom Kippur?” And they’re taken aback to learn that the first question is “Nasata V’Natata B’Emunah?” “Did you carry out your business affairs honestly?” The first proof of whether you lived a religious life is not how you act towards God, but how what you’ve learned about God influences how you act towards other people…. So that’s an important thing to keep in mind when we start trying to organize the priorities in our life. Obviously being a committed Jew and the keeping of Jewish laws are important, but what the rabbis view as central is the keeping of the law between people and honesty between people – so that when people meet you, people can assume you are the sort of person worthy of trust.

Joseph Telushkin, rabbi at the Synagogue for the Performing Arts in Los Angeles, is the author of 16 books, including Jewish Literacy, The Book of Jewish Values, and Hillel: If Not Now, When? (www.josephtelushkin.com)

Reputation with My Children
If I could get into my children’s heads – to see what they think about me – they are going to reference only a few areas in their lives. First, they are going to look at whether I loved them unconditionally. Was I really there for them? Did I make the time for them? Did I have experiences with them? Are there memories that were fun and loving and also memories that made claims on them and claims about what they should be in the world? Next is: Did I actually use my talents beyond my own family? Did I stretch? Did I cross any boundaries? Did I cross any borders? Did I do things with my own talent that ensured that I would also fail, for example? Or did I take the safe route all the way through my life? What did I really contribute?

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Rabbi Irwin Kula, author, media commentator and expert in Sacred Messiness and Partial Truths. (www.irwinkula.com)

The Nimoys: A father and son, with space between them


When Adam Nimoy was growing up, he felt alienated from his famous father.

Leonard Nimoy’s work as the Vulcan Mr. Spock on “Star Trek” and his numerous other film and TV projects on both sides of the camera provided a comfortable West Coast lifestyle for his baby boom family.

But the younger Nimoy said the time-consuming work also deprived him of the steady presence of his father, and when they did share time together, he quickly learned that he had to share his dad with the rest of America.

Given the loyal and obsessive reputation of “Trekkies,” Adam could be forgiven for looking at them as his father’s other family.

“There were times I thought he gave more time and attention to his fan base,” said Adam Nimoy, who has written about that experience and of his adult life in a self-proclaimed “anti-memoir,” titled “My Incredibly Wonderful, Miserable Life: An Anti-Memoir” (Pocket).

He’ll discuss the book Sunday, Sept. 28 at the West Hollywood Book Fair in West Hollywood Park as part of a panel on overcoming addiction. Both Nimoys have openly discussed their struggles with alcohol and, in Adam’s case, marijuana, which he began smoking as a teenager and used regularly through adulthood before entering a recovery program almost five years ago.

The ambiguity of the book’s title stems from the fact that Adam Nimoy would be seen by many as blessed in having a successful, famous father and an entrée into Hollywood life that later opened doors for his own directing career.

But the younger Nimoy describes a father who, like the stoic but dependable starship officer he portrayed, was often distant, putting the greater good of sustaining his family ahead of seemingly extraneous bonding and warmth.

“There’s a lot of Spock in Leonard, no doubt about that,” Adam Nimoy, 52, said in a recent interview in New York.

Leonard Nimoy grew up in the ’30s and ’40s in a Russian Jewish immigrant family in Boston, the son of a barber and a homemaker for whom Hollywood and its trappings seemed as distant as another planet.

“He’s not unlike a lot of Depression-era people, obsessed with generating income,” Adam Nimoy said. “I have friends who have dads cut from the exact same cloth.”

The difference: “If I have a conflict with him, I have to go back out on the street and deal with a public that adores him.”

The book is not, however, the tell-all memoir about “Life With Spock” that publishers and agents wanted him to write.

ALTTEXTRather, it’s a glimpse of how Adam Nimoy grew up with a famous name, inherited his father’s alcohol problem, met lots of interesting and famous people, and dabbled in law before becoming a successful TV director and starting a family, only to see his life come crashing down.

Leonard doesn’t escape some lumps, but neither does he absorb the brunt of the blasts. Adam takes responsibility for many of the failings of his life, including the end of his directing career because of on-set volatility he attributes mainly to his addictions. The deterioration of his marriage is harder to track from the details in the book, but the younger Nimoy makes clear that his wife and two teenagers urged him to reconcile, and that he persisted with the separation and divorce. The dust settled with both sides on good terms.

“I told her we’ll always be family,” he said. “We’ll always have a close relationship.”

Father and son share many traits and experiences, having both gone through divorces (Leonard divorced Sandra Zober in 1987 and is now married to actress Susan Bay) and worked as directors.

“We’re both similar in the sense of our ambition and desire to work and accomplish things,” Nimoy said.

One trait they don’t share is a desire to be in the spotlight, something Adam soured on during the inevitable media intrusions into his family life as a child.

“That’s one of the reasons I didn’t go into acting,” he said. “The idea of celebrity for its own sake was not something that appeals to me.”

Adam’s life these days includes 12-step meetings, dates and teaching directing at the Los Angeles campus of the New York Film Academy. Father and son have gone over their differences, and Adam took his father’s acceptance of the book, read before publication, as a gesture of atonement of sorts. Adam’s daughter, Maddy, is attending Bard College in New York and his younger son, Jonah, is finishing high school in Los Angeles.

Both Leonard and Adam Nimoy and their families are affiliated Jews active in the community. Adam became a bar mitzvah at Adat Shalom in West Los Angeles, where his mother’s parents, Archie and Ann Zober, were founding members. His children went to Hebrew school and celebrated their b’nai mitzvah at Wilshire Boulevard Temple’s Irmas Campus.

In the memoir, the younger Nimoy writes of the importance he felt of not only providing his children with bar and bat mitzvahs but making those occasions meaningful as well. He implored them to not only learn their Torah portions but to delve into their contemporary meanings.

“I come from Orthodox grandparents on both sides,” he said. “That’s a major factor in my life. I find it attractive, and it speaks to me, as well as my dad, so it’s a big part of my experience and something I want my kids to appreciate.”

Nimoy said spirituality and belief in God helped him in his recovery. “You have to believe in a power greater than yourself. A lot of addicts have trouble with the concept of God, because they think they’re the center of the universe. I’m a believer.”

Nimoy said he is working on another nonfiction book, which he declined to discuss, and he is continuing to teach. He’s contemplating a return to directing — “it’s fun being behind the camera” — but he’s happy with things the way they are.

“My dad fulfilled the immigrant’s dream of making it big for himself in America and becoming extremely successful,” Adam Nimoy said. “My journey was different. I’ll never come close to touching the kind of fame and fortune he’s created for himself. On the other hand, I feel very happy with my life, which is much smaller than his.”

Adam Nimoy will sign copies of “My Incredibly Wonderful, Miserable Life” Sunday, Sept. 28 at the West Hollywood Book Fair, West Hollywood Park, 647 N. San Vicente Blvd. The Book Fair runs 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

New film foams with the soap story of Dr. Bronner


Emanuel Bronner, creator of the company Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps, was not your typical boardroom suit.

Third-generation soap-maker, escaped mental patient and son of Orthodox Jews and Holocaust victims, Bronner, who died in 1997, is the subject of a new documentary, “Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soapbox,” and in the film, the only suit Bronner wears is a swimsuit. That’s because his pool is one of the many pulpits from which Bronner preaches his messages of “All-One-God-Faith” and “The Moral ABCs,” both of which he pasted on every soap bottle he produced.

In the film, Bronner’s black sunglasses and passionate, Germanized speech make him a cross between mad scientist and preacher on a mission. He employs feverish, often religious rhetoric, invoking such names as Moses, Hillel, Confucius, Jesus, Muhammad, Buddha and Olympic swimmer Mark Spitz as prophets of one God. “All one! All one! All one!” Bronner insists throughout the movie.

“Dad’s intensity could drive you away,” Bronner’s son, Ralph, said in an interview, “because he also couldn’t control stopping.” Even when the camera turns to someone else, Bronner continues to rant in the background.

The film, which opens July 13 in Los Angeles, mythologizes Bronner but does not canonize him. His tragic flaw is his intense devotion to his mission, which caused him to neglect his children. Even though Bronner’s speech is intelligible, his ideas are so strange that subtitles had to be used. Clearly, it was hard for him to articulate his thoughts in a way that was understandable to other people.

Obituaries


Michael Avganim died Jan. 27 at 61. He is survived by his daughters, Dorit and Corinne; mother, Margalit; and sister, Haya. Sholom Chapels

Bernard Barens died Feb. 2 at 96. He is survived by his son, Arthur; four grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and sister, Ellen Kaufman. Malinow and Silverman

Beverley Becker died Jan. 13 at 86. She is survived by her daughter, Claire Bowman; son, Steven; sister, Selma Steinberg; six grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Sholom Chapels

Nora Cohen Breckler died Jan. 30 at 81. She is survived by her sons, Peter and Andrew; and granddaughters, Emma and Charlotte. Hillside

Anne Caplan died Feb. 2 at 87. She is survived by her four nephews; three nieces; and sister-in-law, Ruby (George) Kuntz. Mount Sinai

Joseph Aaron Cohen died Feb. 5 at 79. He is survived by his wife, Sylvia; and sons, Aaron and Vidal. Malinow and Silverman

Ruth Copper died Jan. 31 at 92. She is survived by her son Leon (Bobette); daughter, Fern (Michael) Chorna; five grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. Hillside

Alex Cramer died Feb. 4 at 97. He is survived by his son, Irl (Dina). Sholom Chapels

Harold Dresser died Feb. 2 at 85. He is survived by his wife, Norine; son, Mark (Carole Del Signore); daughters, Andrea (Barry) Fisher and Amy (Julio) Trejo; four grandchildren; and brother-in-law, Mickey Shapiro. Mount Sinai

Herman Friedberg died Feb. 5 at 98. He is survived by his wife, Phyllis; sons, James (Susan) and Thomas (Sarah); two grandchildren; brother, Bernard (Arlene) Richards; and sisters, Miriam (Paul) Shulman and Flora (Moe) Schwartz. Mount Sinai

Rose Friedland died Jan. 31. She is survived by her nephew, Dieter (Sarah) Goldschmidt; and great-nieces, Lisa and Lori. Hillside

Fay Gak died Feb. 5 at 91. She is survived by her daughter, Miriam (Jack) Grund; son, Carl (Carol); three grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Malinow and Silverman

Dr. Fred Geller died Jan. 31, at 80. He is survived by his wife, Lyla; daughters, Bonnie (David) Aylesworth and Valerie; grandchild, Adam Aylesworth; and sister, Jacqueline Pearlson. Hillside

Hannah Gertz died Feb. 3 at 85. She is survived by her sons, Sherwin (Penny) and Bob; daughters, Sherry and Paula; three grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Sholom Chapels

Lee Glanzer died Jan. 20 at 101. He is survived by his daughters; Rosalie Zemansky and Joan Rosenstein; three grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Groman

Fredrick Raymond Glassman died Feb. 3 at 75. He is survived by his wife, Carol; daughter, Robin (David) Harris; son, Ramond; stepson, Gabriel Romero; two granddaughters; two great grandchildren; and brothers, Sheldon (Jerry), Charles (Linda) and Ray (Sharon). Malinow and Silverman

Arlene Grubman died Feb. 3 at 84. She is survived by her daughters, Judith Whitmore and Patricia; son, William; six grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and sister, Fern Siegel. Malinow and Silverman

Sylvia Goldstein died Jan. 31 at 94. She is survived by her daughter, Harlene Schwartz; and sister Frieda Ellis. Hillside.

Nora Hecker died Feb. 4 at 97. She is survived by her son, Fred. Malinow and Silverman

Rhoda Heirshberg died Feb. 4 at 77. She is survived by her husband, Ben; sons, Art and Stan (Diane); daughter, Gayle (Richard Mah); and five grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Elizabeth Izenstark died Jan. 29 at 82. She is survived by her husband, Joseph; daughter, Susan Rosenthal; one grandchild; and one great-grandchild. Groman

Ida Jarrett died Feb. 4 at 106. She is survived by her nieces, Mona (Arnold) Root and Audrey Croft. Malinow and Silverman

William Klein died Jan. 26 at 82. He is survived by his son, Leonard; daughter Beverly; two grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Groman

Abram Kleinman died Jan. 30 at 92. He is survived by his daughter, Margarita; son Mark (Tanya); and grandson, Ethan. Hillside

Marion Koran died Feb. 2 at 93. She is survived by her sister, Vivian Katzin; and nieces, Roberta Bronstein and Geri (David) Small. Mount Sinai

Edna Kotick died Jan. 31 at 87. She is survived by her husband, Harry; daughters, Judy (Bob) Heimlich and Bonnie; three grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Joseph Linsman Feb. 4 at 97. He is survived by his daughter, Connie Gale; son, William; five grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. Hillside

Joseph Litvak died Jan. 31, at 92. He is survived by his son, Michael (Georgia); two grandchildren; and two grea- grandchildren. Hillside

Bernard Mack died Jan. 31 at 92. He is survived by his children, Pamela and Alan; two grandchildren; and brother, Lou. Mount Sinai

Rebecca Masliah died Jan. 30 at 93. She is survived by her husband, Albert; son, Errol; daughter, Esther; grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. Sholom Chapels

Carolyn Meltzer died Feb. 4 at 90. She is survived by her daughters, Terri Menter and Linda (Benjamin) Rubinstein; son, Dr. Larry (Joan); nine grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. Malinow and Silverman

Lillian Mattis-Russin died Feb. 2 at 84. She is survived by her son, Ronald Palmieri; three grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and brother, Jack Mattis; Groman

Pauline Ofman died Jan. 31 at 99. She is survived by her son, Dr. William (Sheila); daughter, Dr. Anna (Thad) Berger; five grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Marly Rauchway died Feb. 2 at 91. She is survived by her children, Susan (Harold) Fetterman, Enid (Erlend) Graf, Michael (Audrey) and Amy; six grandchildren; and three great grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Dr. Robert Rosen died Jan. 31 at 73. He is survived by his wife, Barbara; daughters, Deborah (Reno) Goodale, Rebecca and Stephanie; and four grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Jane Rosenfeld died Jan. 31 at 59. She is survived by her mother, Paula; brothers, Gary (Alice) and John (Frances); and sister, Ellen (Jeffrey) Arrow. Malinow and Silverman

Benjamin Saget died Jan. 30 at 89. He is survived by his wife, Rosalyn; son, Bob; four grandchildren; and sister, Thelma (Jonah) Shorr. Mount Sinai

Regina Sarko died Feb. 4 at 83. She is survived by her friends. Malinow and Silverman

Marie Sautman died Feb. 3, at 83. She is survived by her husband, Irving; children, Susan, Barry, Steven and Michael (Jullie); and six grandchildren. Hillside

Obituaries


Kate Altman died Dec. 28 at 97. She is survived by her daughter, Sheila (David) Aenis; son, Gerald (Sharon); five grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and brother, Yale (Bobbi) Simons. Mount Sinai

Anne Bergstein died Dec. 23 at 90. She is survived by her sons, Ralph and Roger. Malinow and Silverman

Mortimer Berkey died Dec. 23 at 97. He is survived by his nieces, Lynn (Larry) Robbins, Lolly Coria and Barbara (Cal) Miller; and nephews, Burt (Helene) Homonoff and David. Mount Sinai

Gerald Bernstein died Dec. 20 at 84. He is survived by his wife, Dorothy; sons, Stephen and David (Patrice); and two granddaughers. Malinow and Silverman.

Irene Bistreich died Dec. 23 at 83. She is survived by her daughter, Wendy. Malinow and Silverman.

Abraham (Abe) Blumberg died Dec. 28 at 85. He is survived by his wife, Sadie; sons Eddie, Geoffrey and Aubrey; daughter, Beverly; stepdaughter, Ethne; stepsons, Morris and Colin (Sharon); seven grandchildren; two stepgrandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Eden

Miriam Dybnis died Dec. 29 at 86. She is survived by her husband, Henri; daughter, Monique (Moshe) Goldwasser; son, Dr. Sacha (Bunny); and grandchildren. Malinow and Silverman

Rachelle Elek died Dec. 29 at 87. She is survived by her daughter, Gwynne; sister, Eve Rosove; brother, Sheldon (Babs) Bay; sisters-in-law Phyllis and Rita Bay; nieces; and nephew. Hillside

Helen Joseph Epstein died Nov. 17 at 92. She is survived by her daughter, Joni (Monte) Gordon; brother, Benjamin (Ellen) Joseph; grandchildren John (Sun Xin) Gordon and Elizabeth (Jack) Stephens-Morgan; and three great-greatchildren. Hillside

Mildred Ettlinger died Dec. 19 at 94. She is survived by her sister, Bertha Carp. Malinow and Silverman.

Paulette Gast died Dec. 27 at 87. She is survived by her daughter, Nancy; son, Allen; four grandchildren; and sister, Selene Sheriff. Hillside

Sylvia Eleanor Goldstein died Dec. 27 at 89. She is survived by her daughters, Elaine (Berwyn) Bleecker Friedman and Rosalyn Gilman; son, Charles (Suzanne); eight grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; sister, Gertrude Sunshine. Malinow and Silverman

Sadie Grossman died Dec. 20 at 101. She is survived by her son, Barry; and two grandsons. Malinow and Silverman.

Ruth Hoffman died Dec. 24 at 89. She is survived by her son, Paul; sister, Gloria Wolen; and nine grandchildren. Malinow and Silverman.

Esther Karpel died Dec. 24 at 83. She is survived by her daughter, Susan; sister, Mathilde Goldstein; two grandchildren; brother, Morris Weiss. Malinow and Silverman

Esther Kaufman died Dec. 28 at 90. She is survived by her sons, Rick, Ken (Karen), Ben and Mike; daughter, Sonya Schus; and five grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Frank Lerner died Dec. 17 at 73. He is survived by his wife, Lillian; daughter, Shari (Henry) DeCambra; sons, Mark (Noreen) and Stuart (Karen); six grandchildren; and sister, Nessa (Bob) Wilk. Malinow and Silverman.

Leslie Howard Levin died Dec. 22 at 81. He is survived by his wife, Marilyn; daughter, Diane; son Jeffrey, (JoAne); and brother, Bill. Malinow and Silverman.

Libby Levine died Dec. 22 at 96. She is survived by her daughters, Wendy (Bill) Carpio and Julie (Bob) Sutton; six grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. Malinow and Silverman

Bruce Liebovich died Dec. 24 at 43. He is survived by his sons, Yehuda, Mordy and Joshua; daughter, Ester; and parents, Ted and Shirley. Chevra Kadisha

Jerome Barry Ludgin died Dec. 23 at 65. He is survived by his wife, Rachelle; daughter, Debra (Scott) Klein; brother, Arthur (Bobbie); and sister, Janice (Mickey) Stevens. Malinow and Silverman.

Shirley Markson died Dec. 20 at 80. She is survived by her son, David; daughters, Stacey (Vince) Winninghoff and Peggy; brother, Marc (Louise) Monheimer; and six grandchildren. Malinow and Silverman.

Marcia Merritt died Dec. 27 at 66. She is survived by her husband, Dr. Michael; sons, Brent (Hilleri) and Steve; two grandchildren; and brother, Richard (Barbara) Fine. Malinow and Silverman

Sylvia Muchnick died Dec. 29 at 88. She is survived by her son, Dr. Carl; sister, Ethel Rosenfeld; and three grandchildren. Malinow and Silverman

Harry Phillips died Dec. 26 at 91. He is survived by his son, Frank; daughter, Sandra Schur; and three grandchildren. Hillside

Louis Pomerantz died Dec. 24 at 91. He is survived by his daughter, Doreen (Shalom) Cohen; granddaughters, Lori (Roger) Lampert and Wendy (Philip) Anthony; and great-grandchildren, Brian and Rachel Lampert. Mount Sinai

Susan Ponedel died Nov. 14 at 60. She is survied by her mother, Mollie; and sister, Ann Bourman. Home of Peace

Nathan Rauchway died Dec. 29 at 92. He is survived by his wife, Marly; children, Enid (Erlend) Graf, Susan (Harold) Fetterman, Michael (Audrey) and Amy; and six grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Leo Rosenbaum died Aug. 14 at 86. He is survived by his wife, Gloria; daughters, Leslie and Lori; son, Louis; grandchildren, Alexis and Zachary; and sister, Janet Cornblatt. Hillside

Rose Sahlman died Dec. 25 at 93. She is survived by her friends. Malinow and Silverman

Theresa Schneider died Dec. 15 at 87. She is survived by her daughters, Leah (Gregory) Bergman and Diane; son, Alan; three grandchildren; and brother, Bernard Gershman. Malinow and Silverman.

Joseph Schwartz died Dec. 26 at 84. He is survived by his wife, Marcia; daughter, Sandra (Stephen) Brown; son Stephen; and eight grandchildren. Malinow and Silverman

Bella Smolyakova died Dec. 27 at 97. She is survived by her nephew, Yesim (Polina) Koretsky. Malinow and Silverman

Suzanne Stolnitz died Dec. 23 at 69. She is survived by her husband, Art; son, Scott (Cindy); granddaughter, Skye; and sister, Barbara Kantro. Mount Sinai

Joan Lenore Strong died Dec. 24 at 71. She is survived by her husband, Dr. George; daughters, Cori Persky and Nikki Shocket; sons, Evan Peller and Shannon; seven grandchildren; and brother, Dr. Paul Rubinstein. Malinow and Silverman

Edward Leon Vendt died Dec. 29 at 90. He is survived by his wife, Lillian; daughter, Sheila (Dick) Miller; sons, Jack Bellano and Steve (Cheryl); and two grandsons. Malinow and Silverman

Bess Warren died Dec. 25 at 88. She is survived by her son, Roger; daughters, Beverly Safsel and Rhonda Diamond; six grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; one great-great-granddaughter; and sisters, Natalie Apple and Grace Feuerberg. Chevra Kadisha

Thelma Weiss died Dec. 21 at 79. She is survived by her son, Michael. Malinow and Silverman.

The Journal publishes obituary notices free. Please send an e-mail with the name, age and survivors of the deceased to obits@jewishjournal.com.Please note: Longer notices will be edited. Deadline for publication isMonday at 9 a.m.

Obituaries


Mildred Ball died Sept. 23 at 91. She is survived by her sons, Joseph and David. Malinow and Silverman

Albert Benaltabet died Sept. 28 at 93. He is survived by his wife, Allegra; daughters, Lynn (Don) Sonderling and Michele Smith; four grandchildren; one great-grandchild; brother, Samuel; Malinow and Silverman

Albina Bennett died Oct. 1, at 83. She is survived by her son, Dr. Martin; and daughter, Marilyn (Larry Mott). Mount Sinai

Edythe Bennett died Sept. 22 at 77. She is survived by her husband, Benjamin; daughter, Nina Cantley; and three grandchildren. Groman

Ann Boodnick died Sept. 24 at 94. She is survived by her son, Jerome (Aliza) Ben-Ner; daughter, Margartet (Norman) Arinsberg; five grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. Groman

Sheldon Cohen died Sept. 22 at 60. He is survived by his father, William; and social worker, Ivette Rodriguez. Groman

Selma Comsky died Aug. 24 at 79. She is survived by her daughters, Michelle Margolis, Jan and Andrea; sons-in-law, Jack Cousin, and Mark Margolis; and two grandchildren.

Sarah Decovnick died Sept. 22 at 100. She is survived by her sons, Stanley and Harvey; four grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Groman

Anthony Peter Merrill Dent died in July at 61. He is survied by his friends.

Gil Donchin died Sept. 26 at 42. He is survived by his parents, Emanual and Rina. Malinow and Silverman

Jean Dreisen died Oct. 3 at 86. She is survived by her daughters, Janet and Betsy; three grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Hillside

Selma Ruth Cohn Erso died Sept. 28 at 80. She is survived by her husband, Henry; son, Harold Rice-Erso; daughter, Robin (Michael) McIntyre; five grandchildren; and sister, Marcia Spiegel. Mount Sinai

Edward Ezra Feinstein died Sept. 23 at 91. He is survived by his wife, Li Jiang; and nephew, Dr. Eben. Malinow and Silverman

Anna Fox died Sept. 30 at 93. She is survived by her daughters, Helen MacKinnon and Marilyn Cooke; and three grandchildren. Hillside

Minnie Garr died Sept. 27 at 83. She is survived by her sons, Norman and Rabbi Ronald (Minda); three grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; sisters, Fay Levy and Tamar (Dr. Gerald) Freeman; and brother, Nathan Frankel. Mount Sinai

Hanne Gilinsky died Oct. 1 at 73. She is survived by daughter, Margaret (Thomas) Noble; in-laws, Barbara and Jerry Werlin and Richard and Hetty Gilinsky; nieces; and nephews. Hillside

Elsie Goldstein died Sept. 29 at 95. She is survived by her sons, Maurice and Gerald (Naomi); and eight grandchildren. Malinow and Silverman

Harris Goldstein died Oct. 5 at 64. He is survived by his wife, Andrea; sons, Matt and Dave; two grandchildren; parents, Harold and Adeline; and brothers, Joel and Gary. Mount Sinai

Frances Shirley Kass died Oct. 3 at 86. She is survived by her husband, Reuben; daughters, Ilene Blok and Anne Bowman; and four grandchildren. Groman

Myer Keleman died Oct. 4 at 90. He is survived by his wife, Helen; daughter, Dorene (Steven) Shapiro; son, Steven (Laurie); four grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Sylvia Keys died Sept. 27 at 94. She is survived by her sons, Stan (Dorothy), Paul (Carmen) and Harvey (Mickey); six grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Alvin Klugman died Oct. 2 at 83. He is survived by his wife, Marjorie; daughter, Peggy (John) Cronin; grandsons, Paul and Bryan Cronin; and sister, Faye Hershman. Hillside

Sally Kraft died Sept. 28 at 95. She is survived by her daughter, Sheila (Dr. Elliot) Leifer; three grandchildren; and five great grandchildren. Groman

Sol Lederman died Oct. 4 at 84. He is survived by his daughters, Jill Fine, Patti Rose and Sue Minkoff; four grandchildren; and sister, Rose Silverstein. Groman

Bernard Lifson died Oct. 3 at 94. He is survived by his son, Allan; daughter, Barbara (Mendel) Kahan; and grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Dr. Irving Madoff died Oct. 2 at 96. He is survived by his wife, Frances; daughters, Cindy (Bertrand) Marcano and Jane; grandsons, Stewart and Scott Marcano; and great-granddaughter, Hannah. Hillside

Benjamin Gale Mannis died Sept. 25 at 94. He is survived by his daughter, Lynn Hill. Malinow and Silverman

Steven Jules Markman died Sept. 30 at 59. He is survived by his mother, Esther Kevenson; son, Joseph; sister, Barbara (Bert) Pronin; and brother, Larry. Malinow and Silverman

M. Stanley Muskat died Oct. 3 at 96. He is survived by his daughters, Joyce and Carol; and nephew, Harvey Kates. Malinow and Silverman

Joseph Nathenson died Oct. 4 at 80. He is survived by his wife, Ruth; son, Larry; daughter, Jill (Thomas) Bassett; one grandchild; and sister, Shirley (Ken) Bassett. Mount Sinai

Denise Rachel Oschin died Oct. 1 at 52. She is survived by her daughter, Ritta Sophia Papadopoulos; stepmother, Aggi; sister, Renie. Groman

Edythe Pauline Ouslander died Sept. 28 at 91. She is survived by her son, Arnold; and one grandchild. Groman

Constance Passamaneck died Oct. 5 at 69. She is survived by her husband, Steven; daughter, Julia (William) Jensen; stepchildren, Evi (Scott) Graham and Daniel (Kelly); and three grandchildren. Hillside

Howard Pearlman died Oct. 4. He is survived by his wife, Evelyn; son, Larry, (Janelle); daughter, Judy; three grandchildren; great-granddaughter, Georgia; and sister, Bernice; Hillside

Leslie Preston died Sept. 29 at 63. He is survived by his brother, Monty (Polly); and nephew, Darren. Mount Sinai

Maurice Rabin died Oct. 1 at 83. He is survived by his nieces, Wendy (John) Kelsey, and Maxine Blaurock; and nephew, Michael Pantel.

Walter Roth died Sept. 29 at 85. He is survived by his sons, Albert and Edward; and former wife, Henny. Sholom Chapels

Arthur Rothenberg died Oct. 2 at 86. He is survived by his wife, Maxine; sons, Richard, Howard and Phillip; daughter, JoAnn Mercer; six grandchildren; and three great- grandchildren. Hillside

Davis Sarkin died Oct. 3 at 80. He is survived by his sons, Allan (Lisa) and Ralph; daughter, Robin Haines; six grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. Groman

Rabbi Richard Ira Schachet died Sept. 20 at 70. He is survived by his daughter, Tamara (Wally) Schachet-Briskin; stepchildren; and two grandchildren. Malinow and Silverman

Obituaries


Werner Anders died Sept. 27 at 91. He is survived by his wife, Lily; daughter, Rachel (Leo) Woss; son, Gideon (Leslie); five grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchildren.
 
Roberta “Bobbie” Bernstein died Sept. 25 at 67. She is survived by her husband, Hy; sons, Steve and Keith; daughter, Deanna; and four grandchildren. Chevra Kadisha
 
Shari Cohen died Sept. 25 at 78. She is survived by her husband, Harry; daughters, Barbara Racklin, Margie Baumbac and Debra (Stuart) Blum; and three grandchildren. Mount Sinai
 
Jonathan Comras died Aug. 8 at 44. He is survived by parents, Jackie and Richard; and brother, Lawrence. Mount Sinai
 
Selma Comsky died Aug. 24 at 79. She is survived by her daughters, Michelle Margolis, Jan and Andrea; sons-in-law, Mark Margolis and Jack Cousin; and two grandchildren.
 
Harry Drucker died Sept. 8 at 77. He is survived by his wife, Sylvia; and son, Barry. Sholom Chapels
 
Mae Falikoff died Sept. 20 at 95. She is survived by her son, Marvin. Sholom ChapelsJordon Feldman died Sept. 27 at 70. he is survived by his wife, Bette; son, Adam; and daughter, Abbie. Mount Sinai
 
Isaac Fields died Aug. 26 at 87. He is survived by his wife, Dora; son, Allan (Elyse); daughter, Pauline (Milton) Zablow; six grandchildren; and brothers Max (Betty) and David (Gladys).
 
Mildred Handelsman died Sept. 17 at 91. She is survived by her husband, David; and sons, Burton and William. Groman
 
Jeffrey Michael Harman died Sept. 22. at 48. He is survived by his wife, Debbie; son, Eric; parents Martha and Sam; brothers, Harvey and Steven; and friends. Beth Israel Cemetery
 
Alice Horowitz died Sept. 14 at 90. She is survived by her son, David (Miriam); daughter, Phyllis (Dr. David) Katzin; five grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. Sholom Chapels
 
Ayouch Yechiel Ifrah died Sept. 18 at 85. He is survived by his sons, David, Albert, Gabriel, Raphael and Max; daughters, Jacqueline, Annette, Helen, Tersa and Judith; 14 grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. Chevra Kadisha
 
Herman Klein died Sept. 10 at 91. She is survived by her daughters, Jenny (David) Cohen and Rose Margolis; son, Larry; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Sholom Chapels
 
Semen Khanukayev died Sept. 20 at 87. He is survived by his wife, Olga; sons, Josef and Igor; daughter, Anna; nine grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Chevra Kadisha
 
Aaron Phillip Moss died Sept. 19 at 89. He is survived by his son, Jack Crayne; daughter, Phyllis; and stepson, Richard Cohen. Groman
 
Herbert “Lou” Press died Sept. 25 at 83. He is survived by his wife, Ina; daughter, Susan Shulman; son, Evan (Isis); four grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; sister, Evelyn Lehman; and brother, Burt (Trueen). Mount Sinai
 
Martin Alden Rohrlich died Sept. 17at 87. He is survived by his daughters, Janice Lang, Linda Cohn and Andrea Cohen; and six grandchildren.
 
Alfred Ross died Sept. 12. He is survived by his brother, Max (Doris). Sholom Chapels
 
Martin Saben died Sept. 26 at 82. He is survived by his sons, Jack and Gary; and cousin, Glenda (Larry) Carver. Mount Sinai
 
Diana Ruth Siegel died Sept. 21 at 98. She is survived by her sons, Robert (Sally) and Allan (Melinda); daughter, Elaine (Harry) Smith; seven grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and brother, Al Powell. Mount Sinai
 
Sarah Silverberg died Sept. 17 at 88. She is survived by her nephews, Marvin Kay, Howard Rudnick and Jeff Monka. Sholom Chapels
 
Bess Smith died Sept. 25 at 89. She is survived by her sons, Murray and Barry (Denise); three grandchildren; and brother, Max Muravnick. Mount Sinai
 
Judith Tiger died Sept. 26 at 74. She is survived by her husband, Siggy; sons, Michael and Peter (Lynn); daughters, Inez (Mark) Tiger-Lizer and Leone (Etai) Zion; son-in-law, Drummond; and six grandchildren. Mount Sinai
 

Clues to family drama’s Jewish roots finally add up on ‘Numb3rs’


Add family drama plus FBI action, and the sum equals CBS’s hit drama, “Numb3rs.”The show, which just started its third season, is as much about fathers and sons as it is about using mathematics to solve crimes. Alan Eppes (Judd Hirsch) is the widowed patriarch to two disparate sons: son Don (Rob Morrow), an FBI agent, and Charlie (David Krumholtz), a math genius who works as a consultant for Don. The subtext is that Charlie the prodigy, is the favored son, while Don feels abandoned and bitter and yearns to connect with his father. The Oct. 6 episode deepens this dynamic while “outing” the family as Jewish.
 
This time, the brothers investigate a piece of Nazi-looted art that may belong to a Holocaust survivor who lost her family in the camps. Don is deeply moved by her story and by his father’s revelation that a cousin of theirs also lost all her relatives in the Shoah. The agent tells his father he would like to investigate what happened to them — an unusually emotional statement for a character who tends to repress his feelings.
 
“This episode gives us a glimpse into Don’s soul,” Morrow told The Journal. “Don feels a yearning to connect to his heritage, which reflects his longing for his father and for connections in life.”
 
At a time when crime dramas abound on prime time (think “C.S.I.,” “Law & Order” and their various spinoffs), “Numb3rs” stands out for its focus on family and “unexpected shades of character,” according to Newsweek.
 
Yet one aspect of the characters has been neglected, at least until tonight’s show — their obvious Jewishness. After all, these actors are well known for playing members of the tribe: Hirsch, 71, was cabbie Alex Rieger on “Taxi”; Morrow, 44, played Dr. Joel Fleischman on “Northern Exposure,” and Krumholtz, 28, portrayed numerous “neurotic shlubs,” in his own words, before landing the “Numb3rs” gig.
 
“When they cast the show, an executive said the poster was going to show the three of us emerging from shul triumphant,” Morrow says with a laugh.
 
Even the series’ creators, Cheryl Heuton and Nick Falacci, say they had envisioned the Eppes as Jewish since casting the show in 2004. (The first hire was Krumholtz, partly for his uncanny ability to make math sound cool, even though the actor had flunked algebra twice.) The producers say they were waiting for the right story to “out” the characters, and they found it in the headlines about Nazi-looted art. They feel the onscreen family chemistry works, in part, because the actors share culturally Jewish New York roots. A subtler dynamic helps the performers create the favorite son/black sheep son nuances on the show.
 
Neither Hirsch nor Krumholtz have previously worked with Morrow (although they enjoy doing so now), but they share a rich performance history together. Krumholtz got his big break playing Hirsch’s son in “Conversations With My Father” on Broadway 15 years ago.
 
Krumholtz was 13 at the time and had no previous acting experience, nor had he ever been to the theater. He auditioned on a lark — “something to do on a Saturday afternoon” — and landed the role, in some measure, because of his resemblance to Hirsch.
 
“I was frightened for David,” the older actor recalls. “His first production was going to be this extremely violent, emotional play, and he was going to be an ‘object’ in it.”
 
Hirsch’s character, a volatile Jewish immigrant, chokes, grabs and smacks his son, and also chases him around the stage with a strap. Hirsch worried the production might overwhelm the ebullient, novice performer.
 
Hirsch’s solution, Krumholtz recalls, was a form of theatrical “tough love.”
 
“Teasingly, he pointed out every little thing I did wrong,” the younger actor says. “I was extremely unprofessional; I had an opinion about everything, and every time I was loud or said something when I was supposed to be quiet, or missed a line, he was right there with a big ‘shut up’ or ‘That’s you, kid,’ or ‘get with the program.’ It was rough, but I knew he was doing it because he believed in me. By the end of the show I had learned about professionalism, and I loved Judd with all my heart. I now call him my ‘acting father,’ because I feel I owe him my career.”
 
When Krumholtz eventually left “Conversations” to pursue movies, he cried so effusively that Hirsch sat him on his lap to comfort him.
 
The father-son dynamic is still apparent as the two sit side by side over lunch in a studio cafeteria. The boyish Krumholtz avidly listens as Hirsch tells long stories, with relish, about thwarting anti-Semitism in the Army and how his own father chased him around the house with a strap. Both recount growing up in working-class homes (Krumholtz’s “Conversations” salary paid for his bar mitzvah reception) and describe Morrow as “more of a Westchester County [a.k.a. wealthy] Jew.”
 
In a phone interview, Morrow laughs ironically when told of the “Westchester” remark.
 
“I was as working class as they were,” he says, sounding a bit like his misunderstood “Numb3rs” character. Actually, he grew up comfortably middle class in White Plains, N.Y., until his parents divorced when he was 9, and his father, an industrial lighting manufacturer, moved to Manhattan and later to Florida. Morrow stayed behind with his sister and his mother, who went to work as a dental hygienist to support the family.
 
“Suddenly money was a real issue, but my mother was determined to keep up appearances, so we moved to Scarsdale and we were living on the fringes of this wealthy enclave,” he recalls.
 
Like the fictional Don, he says he felt somewhat abandoned by his father (“suffice it to say I spent a lot of years in therapy”), and he has channeled those feelings into his “Numb3rs” character.

Obituaries


Gladys Bloom died Aug. 27 at 87. She is survived by her daughters, Penelope Rosenberg and Lois Tunick; six grandchildren; three stepgrandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren. Groman
 

I Was Kid Free and Guilt Free! For A Week!


My children were unexpectedly away for a week this summer, and I didn’t miss them a bit. Apparently, that’s grounds for expulsion from the Good Mommy Club.

My husband, 8-year-old son, 14-year-old daughter and I were on our way back to Los Angeles from a trip to Squaw Valley, and we’d stopped in the Bay Area to stay with family friends overnight. As we were packing the car the next morning and getting set for the long ride home, our hosts suddenly invited our two children to stay for the week.

“Don’t be ridiculous,” I said. “That’s way too much work for you.”
But they insisted that it was the perfect week for such spontaneity. Their own two kids, who are very close with ours, had nothing to do: no school, no camp, no anything.

“Let them all be together and have one last summer fling,” the mom said.
After a bit more requisite protesting on our part, my husband and I fished our children’s bags out of the trunk, went online to buy a pair of one-way airplane tickets for the following Saturday and found ourselves headed back to Los Angeles in a most unfamiliar position: just the two of us, alone.

At first, we felt more strange than giddy.

“Miss them yet?” my husband said after we had been rolling for, oh, three or four miles. But about halfway down I-5, it started to sink in: We realized that we’d been talking for hours and that no one had interrupted us to ask that we turn up the music (if it was theirs) or turn down the music (if it was ours). Or to tell us he was hungry. Or she was thirsty. Or had to go to the bathroom. Or to ask us when we would be arriving home — over and over and over again.

The next day I wasn’t even unpacked before I boasted to a friend — a bit smugly I admit — that we were child-free. She answered back: “You must miss them, though.”

“No,” I replied, “I don’t miss them at all.”

“Oh,” she said. “Wait a few days. You will.”

But I didn’t. Not then, not in a few days and not even on my last day of freedom. Frankly, I enjoyed every moment of it.

My husband and I dined out all but one night — and without the slightest consideration that my daughter doesn’t like Thai food or that my son won’t try Indian. We ate late, lingered over our last sips of wine and took long evening walks.

I slept in for a solid week, drank coffee and read my morning newspapers uninterrupted. When I sat down at my desk to work, my computer was not set on RuneScape, my son’s favorite online game. And my scissors, pencils and pens, pencil sharpener, dictionary, notepads and Scotch tape were exactly where I had left them the last time I used them. Miracle of miracles!

When I went to take a shower, no wet towels littered the floor, and I didn’t have to step over my daughter’s housecoat, blue jeans or discarded shoes to get there.

And every time I looked in the refrigerator or freezer for some juice, a piece of fruit, a bowl of ice cream, whatever, it was there because the hordes of teenagers that usually hang out at my house had not emptied it out five minutes after I’d returned from a $200 grocery store run.

I spent no time on the phone arranging carpools for my daughter or schlepping her to sleepovers, the mall or movies. My son did not noodge me for countless play dates, complain of being bored or pester me to buy him comic books or a Game Boy for his next birthday (still six months away). It was heaven.

I bragged to just about everyone I ran into that we were without our children for the week. Almost all of them asked if I missed them and almost all of them seemed surprised — some even slightly horrified — when I said no.

My husband asked me several times, as well, if I missed the kids, though he seemed more amused than shocked by my response: “Not even a little.”

Now, before you get your knickers in twist, know this: I love my kids deeply. And I was thrilled to see their sweet faces when they arrived home. But for goodness sake, they were gone for a blink. Next summer, I think I’ll try to convince them to go away for two weeks. Or maybe even three.

By then, after 51 weeks of togetherness, my Good Mommy credentials should be reinstated, my membership in the club renewed.


Randye Hoder is a Los Angeles-based freelance writer. Her work has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles magazine, The Wall Street Journal and others.

First Person – Like Any Other Child


By his size and handsome impression, our son, Max, appears to be like any other boy his age, however when you meet him in his wheelchair, you quickly learn that he is severely disabled, both cognitively and physically. He’s unable to talk, use a device to communicate, propel himself or use his hands. You realize that he’s dependent on others in every aspect of his life. Yet, that didn’t stop our family and friends from all over California, our community and Max himself from celebrating his becoming a bar mitzvah. In January, 160 people gathered for a Havdalah service at Congregation Ner Tamid in Rancho Palos Verdes to recognize our son’s turning 13 and to share in the joy and inspiration he has stimulated within each of us.

As my wife, our 9-year-old daughter and I proudly joined Max to sit on the bimah, Rabbi Isaac Jeret and Cantor Sam Radwine conducted a beautiful service filled with tradition. Music, an aliyah, prayers and sensitive words recognized the significance of the evening. With the intent of highlighting the joy of the occasion rather than focusing on the uniqueness of the situation and Max’s disabilities, the service was purposely kept simple and accented with lots of singing. On the bimah, we sat in a semicircle just one step above the congregation. With Max seated between my wife and me, and, with our daughter, the rabbi and the cantor all sitting alongside us; we were so close to family and friends that I felt as if we were at home, in our living room, for a family event. It was a warm, supportive and loving environment that everyone was able to share in, up close and personal. My wife and I, the cantor and the synagogue president each were called for an aliyah. Then, as Max is fortunate to have a 92-year-old great-grandmother, four grandparents, six aunts and uncles and seven first cousins, each was called upon to participate in the Havdalah ceremony. Max’s grandparents held the candle, his cousins held the Kiddush cup and his sister and great-grandmother held the spice box. The support of our families was overwhelming.

Appreciating the sensory stimulation, Max laughed and smiled throughout the 45-minute service. Building on the moment, I shared an interpretation of the relevant Torah portion to speak of how our family has matured from having Max in our lives and experiencing his disabilities. Max has taught us, both figuratively and literally, the value of being kind, doing mitzvot, not taking things for granted, liking people for who they are and recognizing that there is purpose and meaning for everyone in what we do and in everything that happens. I acknowledged that through Max’s disability, he has demonstrated a kind of strength we all need to make the best of situations, to welcome and invite diversity and to appreciate how people, even when they cannot communicate in the ways to which we are accustomed, can enjoy life in different ways.

For me, Max’s bar mitzvah was a very emotional event. It was not just the occasion of his becoming a bar mitzvah that was momentous. It was the feeling and recognition that our son, who doesn’t understand and is not easily included in regular activities and holidays, was being recognized and confirmed. For several years, I had found myself becoming very emotional during bar and bat mitzvahs as the 13-year-old would read from the Torah and recite his or her speech. I couldn’t imagine how we could enable Max to have the opportunity to experience such a crucial life-cycle event. However, about nine months ago (prior to Max’s bar mitzvah), my wife and I had a conversation with Cantor Radwine. We talked about a simple, creative and musical service to recognize Max turning 13. Then, following a discussion with Rabbi Jeret, we decided to have a bar mitzvah; the date was set for a Saturday night when we could all share in the experience of Havdalah. So, there we were, with Max, my wife and daughter on the bimah and I could not have been happier.

As with any bar mitzvah, the service and reception is tailored to child’s abilities and interests. The reception, in the motif of a carnival atmosphere, was dinner with live background music. The theme for the evening, inspired by a Yiddish proverb, was “Each child carries his own blessing into the world.”

“Inclusion” for the disabled has many different meanings. In the broadest sense and as demonstrated in our son’s bar mitzvah, it means to open doors and provide experiences and opportunities for people of all abilities. The value of inclusion is in the pleasure we know the recipient receives. Equally as important, however, is the value that the community experiences from the event — particularly the support we offer one another.

Max’s bar mitzvah celebrated our rich Jewish traditions; recognized Max within the community; reflected on the significance of life, family and friends; and illustrated how, thinking outside the box, we can celebrate life-cycle events with people of all abilities.

Anton Dahlerbruch is deputy city manager of the city of Beverly Hills.

 

Obituaries


Leonore Arvidson died April 26 at 80. She is survived by her daughter, Enid; son, Dean; grandson, Ben; sisters, Bea (Max) Perlberg and Char Goldberg; and brother, Stan Charnofsky. Mount Sinai

HERMAN BRAGER died April 23 at 76. He is survived by his wife, Betty; son, Steven; daughter, Rhonda; one grandchild; and sister, Estelle Singer. Hillside

Rodman Rubin Cohen died April 27 at 82. He is survived by his wife, Rose; sons, Jeffrey (Judie), Paul (Kathy) and Mark (Maribel); daughter Joan (Steven) Soltz; 12 grandchildren; and brother, Herman (Terry). Mount Sinai

SONDRA SHAMES-COHEN died April 27 at 73. She is survived by her husband, Morton Cohen; children Mickey (Steven) Lewis and Brad (Julie) Shames; 11 grandchildren; and one great-granddaughter. Hillside

Nettie Condon died April 26 at 91. She is survived by her sons, John (Cyd) and Frank; and granddaughter, Chloe. Mount Sinai

SUSAN COOPER died April 29 at 62. She is survived by her husband, Steven; son, Todd (Alexandra); and three grandchildren. Hillside

Morris Farkas died April 26 at 93. He is survived by his son, Morris. Groman

Jerry Freeman died April 30. He is survived by his wife, Aviva; daughters, Leslie Aaronson and Nili Ovsiwitz; one grandchild; and sister, Judith Kahn. Groman

MAX GEFFNER died April 26 at 86. He is survived by his wife, Valerie; sons, Sandy (Ellen) and Bob (Ellen); daughters Nola (George) Geffner-Mihlsten ; stepson, Steve; and eight grandchildren. Sholom Chapels

Zena Gold died April 30 at 90. She is survived by her daughters, Judith (David) Rosenthal and Maxine (Lloyd) Kouri; grandchildren, Greg (Barbara) Rosenthal and Tina Kouri; and sister, Ina Gruman. Mount Sinai

Mae Goldberg died April 8 at 98. She is survived by her son, Maurice; daughter, Marcia Gomberg; six grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Bertha Goldstein died April 24 at 80. She is survived by her husband, Julian; son, Steve (Judy); daughter, Ellen (Stephen) Goldstein-Tersigni; three grandchildren; brother, Irving (Arlene) Shapiro. Mount Sinai

DOROTHY SARA HOFFS died April 22 at 94. She is survived by her sons, Dr. Josh (Tamar) and Dr. Malcolm (Ellen); six grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. Hillside

JACK JOSEPH JACOBSON died April 26 at 93. He is survievd by his wife, Libbie; children, Annee Tara (Tom Rumpf) and Tom Jacobson; grandchildren Ethan Jacobson and Leah (Jake) Schug; and great-grandchild, Alexander Joaquin Schug. Hillside

Arnold Kaplan died April 28 at 63. He is survived by his wife, Sheila; children, Alison (Jan) Kelleter, Howard and Lorn; two grandchildren; and mother, Mildred. Mount Sinai

Charlene Karwoski died May 2 at 74. She is survived by her daughters, Marcy Brenner and Rose Arellanes; sons, Sanford (Lena) Brenner, Frank (Kim), Vince (Mary) and William Arellanes; 10 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and brother, Howard (Bea) Block. Mount Sinai

Morris Katz died April 24 at 92. He is survived by his sons, Martin and Carl; brother, Nathan; and sister, Gertrude Linder. Mount Sinai

Dr. Gregorio Kazenelson died April 24 at 71. He is survived by his wife, Barbara; and daughter, Debra (Jeff) Dean. Malinow and Silverman

Rose Kravitz died April 30 at 89. She is survived by her sons, Sheldon (Denise) and Herbert (Eleanor); and four grandchildren. Mount Sinai

MATTHEW CAMERON LEWIS died April 26 at 18. He is survived by his parents, Adena Berger and Robert; grandparents, Sheldon and Venita Berger; and sisters, Rachel, Lilly and Olivia. Hillside

EMANUEL LIGHT died April 24 at 90. He is survived by his wife, Celia; sons, Jeffrey (Francine), Donald (Jane) and Dennis; four grandchildren; and two great-granddaughters. Hillside

Carol Love died April 25 at 56. She is survived by her sons, Bellaamy Mitchell, and John Brink; daughter Maydee Mitchell; and three grandchildren. Groman

Evelyn Magid died April 29 at 92. She is survived by her daughter, Bonnie (Barrett) Bearson; son, Jerry; three grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Mount Sinai

RICHARD NEAL NORTH died April 26 at 53. He is survived by his father, Milton; and cousin, Don Preston. Hillside

LISA BLOCH OLSHANSKY, died April 29. She is survived by her husband, Richard Olshansky; children, Amy Rose, Chaysen and Max; parents, Richard and Nancy Bloch; and brothers, Andrew and Jonathan Malinow and Silverman

Teresa Perchuk died May 1 at 88. She is survived by her daughters, Felica Lopez and Silvia; and two grandchildren. Mount Sinai

MAC RAFF died April 29 at 86. He is survived by his son, Mitch; and sister, Sally Springer. Sholom Chapels

Nat Regenstreif died May 1 at 89. He is survived by his wife, Vivian; sons, Ron (Roxann) and Allan (Adele); three grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and sisters, Irene (Martin) Travis and Marlene Semel.

Rebecca Rosen died April 29 at 91. She is survived by her son, Albert Rosen; daughter, Elissa Berzon; five grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. Groman

Judy Rothstein died May 2 at 75. She is survived by her sons, Ron, Glen and Kenny; daughter, Gail Ream; two grandchildren; brother, Leonard Abraham. Groman

MARY ANN SACHERMAN died April 21 at 82. She is survived by her daughters, Lynne (Dennis) Fliegelman and Lynda (Michael) Rubenstein; grandchildren, Natalie and Alex; and sister, Sally Cole. Hillside

EDWARD SARROW died April 24 at 82. He is survived by his companion, Phyllis Ames; son, Ron; three grandchildren; brother, Arnie.

Marion Schneider died April 24 at 82. She is survived by her husband, Martin; children, Ronald (Terry), Avery (Barbara) and Wendy; granddaughter, Juliette; and brother, David (Gina) Tepper. Mount Sinai

ALAN SCHULTZ died April 21 at 61. He is survived by his wife, Harriet; sons, Randy (Jill) and Rob; mother, Bella; brother, Steven; sisters, Gail and Joy; and friend, Elaine Saller. Hillside

John Bruce Sills died May 1 at 62. He is survived by his wife, Patricia; mother, Edythe Fahringer; and brothers, Steven and Mickey. Groman

Henry Silver died April 27 at 94. He is survived by his nieces, Miriam (Asher) Harel and Jean Priver. Mount Sinai

Howard Sookman died April 30, at 80. He is survived by his wife, Shirley; daughters, Barbara (Cantor Edwin) Gerber and Sheryl; and four grandchildren. Mount Sinai

SHERRI LEE STONE died May 1 at 59. She is survived by her husband, Michael; children Aaron (Lisa) and Joshua; mother, Rebecca Orinstein; sisters Carol (Jon) Swinnerton and Harriet Orinstein; parents-in-law, Oscar and Shirley; brothers in-law, Bruce (Susan) and Hal (Lynda Stone); and eight nieces and nephews. Hillside

Adele Strauss died April 28 at 93. She is survived by sons, Dr. Ronald (Susie) and Stephen; granddaughter, Valerie; and niece, Helen Kurtz . Mount Sinai

Shirley Venger died April 27 at 81. She is survived by her daughter, Paula (Ed) Albert; and three grandchildren. Mount Sinai

RANDY LEE WEIL died April 25 at 52. She is survived by her mother, Ruth; sister, Sharon (John) Aaron; and friend, Rabbi Judith Halevy. Hillside

SPENCER JAY WILLENS died May 1 at 78. He is survived by his wife, Harriet; children Douglas, Donald, Michael, Damon and Stacey; six grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. Hillside

Gazella Yaffe died April 24 at 89. She is survived by her son, Richard; daughter, Barbara Feinberg; and two grandchildren. Groman

A Life Interrupted, a Dream Fulfilled


Joan “Pessie” Hammer recently bustled through the crowd of hipsters and Chasidim at the first gallery exhibition featuring art by her late son, Moshe.

Clutching a siddur, the Lubavich mother animatedly chatted with patrons who admired his ethereal religious drawings: pages of a siddur and other texts he had fancifully calligraphied and illustrated. The tears came only when she stood alone before his work — which had been his sole and secret obsession before a truck struck and killed him two years ago at age 26.

Sixteen pages from his handwritten sefarim (religious books) are on display at the Jewish Artist Network gallery in Los Angeles, part of a show that also features four other artists.

Moshe Hammer’s pieces look like quirkier, black-ink versions of medieval illuminated manuscripts. The Hebrew letters dance and morph into images based on his intensive studies of commentaries on the sefarim.

A bedtime blessing depicts a gods-eye view of archangels guarding sleeping children; diverse, disembodied eyes decorate morning thanks to the Creator for opening one’s eyes, literally and metaphorically. A tempest-tossed ship, secured by its anchor, adorns the traveler’s prayer.

At the gallery opening, a middle age Orthodox woman held a magnifying glass to that piece, to see the meticulous detail.

“He had so much potential,” she murmured of the artist.

A young man wearing chains and black leather gazed at Hammer’s “God’s Deliverance Quick as a Gazelle,” noting how the letters leap in sync with the animal.

“Moshe’s work is both religiously and graphically compelling,” said Aaron Berger (a.k.a. Aaron No One), the exhibition’s curator.

Apparently, Hammer was feverishly working on such drawings when he took one of his late-night walks to clear artist’s block in July 2004. He had trekked miles from his Fairfax area apartment when the truck hit him at the intersection of Santa Monica Boulevard and Western Avenue, killing him instantly, according to a coroner’s report.

At the time, Pessie Hammer did not know that her intensely private son had dedicated his life to studying Chasidism and illustrating religious texts.

“He was very protective of his work and he refused to speak of it or to show it to anyone,” recalls Hammer, 55, at her Beverly-Fairfax home after the opening.

Her son had often been elusive about his art. She didn’t learn that Moshe, as a 9-year-old, had sold his handmade comics at yeshiva until one of his old classmate told her after the funeral.

While Hammer had excelled at school, his family, in keeping with traditional Chasidic views, was concerned that he was showing too much interest in popular culture: “He wanted to know about anything and everything — to be part of it all,” his mother recalled.

In grammar and middle school, he had scribbled superheroes as students gathered to watch, sometimes delaying teachers from starting class.

“We felt he could not properly distinguish between the secular and religious worlds, so we wanted him to focus on Judaism in order to be able to make good decisions in life,” she said.

After consulting the family rabbi, the difficult decision was made to send Moshe away to East Coast yeshivas at age 14; four years later, he returned home thoughtful, quiet and studious. Yet he still pursued his artwork, both secular and religious, striving to find his creative niche. Over the next eight years, he took computer animation courses and studied creative writing at Santa Monica City College. He penned poems and taught himself to write comic screenplays, which he registered at the Writers Guild of America. He would also draw cartoon characters as well as a portrait of the late Lubavitcher Rebbe Menachem Mendel Schneerson.

All the while, he supported himself, with help from his parents, by working odd jobs that allowed him time to pursue creative endeavors. In the last years of his life, he drove hearses and guarded the dead for the Jewish Burial Society, which ultimately laid his own body to rest.

The Schneerson portrait hangs above the mantle in Hammer’s living room, which is adorned with a photo collage depicting Moshe, the third of Hammer’s five children, at various ages. Nearby, on an antique buffet, are professionally bound scrapbooks filled with his art: his mother’s effort to turn his drawings into completed sefarim.

She had not seen the vast majority of these pieces when she didn’t hear from her son for two days in the summer of 2004. Pessie Hammer and her husband, Yosef, a postal worker, frantically searched the neighborhood for information on his whereabouts. The bad news came when a rabbi, a rebbetzin and a police investigator knocked on the Hammer’s door the night of July 15, 2004.

“I saw their dark, contorted faces, and I told my children, ‘Go to your rooms,’ because I knew what they were going to say,” she recalls.

Once they had run upstairs, the rabbi said her son was gone. He had identified Hammer’s body in a morgue photograph.

“I wanted to see Moshe, but everyone said he was so mangled that they did not recommend it,” Pessie Hammer says. “I felt I didn’t get to say goodbye to my son.”

She received some closure as she helped clear out his single apartment on Formosa Avenue two weeks later. After numbly packing up his antique bottle collection and Judaica, she opened the bottom drawer of his pine desk and discovered more than 300 pages of drawings.

“I was shocked, because I had never imagined he had created this much work,” she says.

She spent the next week sorting the pages around the clock — and figuring out what they actually were. Turns out her son had written and illustrated a Passover haggadah, a Book of Esther and a “Song of Songs,” as well as a siddur.

Terrified that the pages might fade, she spent the following two weeks quizzing experts about how to best preserve the drawings and to duplicate the originals. She insisted that copy shop employees redo any page that cut off even a millimeter of his intricate work.

Her goal was to carry out what she believes was her son’s last wish: In his apartment, she had found a list of his aspirations, which included a gallery show. She saw her chance when the Jewish Artist Network opened in her neighborhood and its 31-year-old founder, Aaron No One, responded to Moshe’s portfolio.

“I consider his work to be a kind of spiritual graffiti art,” the curator, wearing a hose clamp and a ski cap, said while standing in the back doorway at the recent opening, framed by secular graffiti outside. “His drawings bring the intangible into the physical realm, for all viewers to see.”

Pessie Hammer, standing nearby, nodded and said she felt her exceptionally private son had intended one day to praise God in a most public way.

He hadn’t been quite ready to do so in life, so his indefatigable mother made sure he was able to after his death.

The exhibition will be on display through May 25 at 661 N. Spaulding in Los Angeles. For information and gallery hours (sometimes it is necessary to make an appointment), call (562) 547-9078 or visit www.thejangallery.com or www.exitnoone.com.

 

Obituaries


MIRIAM MOLAY ALBIN died April 10 at 89. She is survived by her son, Dr. David; daughter, Judy (Dan) Platus; five grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. Hillside

Hanriet Shalom Barlava died March 31 at 80. She is survived by her son, Ezatollah; and brother, Jacques. Chevra Kadisha

Arthur Beer died April 8 at 87. He is survived by his son, Edward; daughter, Linda Fisher; three grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. Groman

MARVIN NELSON BIRKEN died April 10 at 83. He is survived by his wife, Mickey; children, Jim (Lois Courtney), Maxine (Richard) Eisenberg and Leonard; step-children, Carrie (Bob) Grodin-Vehling, Donna (Richard) Trubo and Marty (Elaine) Grodin; 12 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. Hillside

Betty Bledy died April 9 at 77. She is survived by her sons, Leslie and Mark; and four grandchildren. Groman

David Boder died April 9 at 83. He is survived by his son, Steve; daughter, Adrienne Azouz; and two grandchildren. Groman

SYLVIA BRAHINSKY died April 5 at 97. She is survived by her daughter, Sunny Deutschman; son, David (Linda) Brahinsky; five grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Hillside

Evelyn Cooper died April 15 at 84. She is survived by her husband, Nathan; daughter, Barbara Azar; four grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Groman

Dr. William Copen died March 27 at 76. He is survived by his wife, Phyllis; son, Dr. Stephen (Naghmeh); and one grandchild. Mount Sinai

Ashraf Farahi died April 3 at 91. She is survived by her son, Mousa; and daughter, Angela Faradin. Chevra Kadisha

Beatrice Feldman died April 9 at 82. She is survived by her husband, Leonard; sons, Steven and Robert; daughters, Freddi Ann Horowitz and Deborah; seven grandchildren; brothers, Murray, William and Albert Balopole; and sister, Sylvia Tetenbaum. Groman

MARILYN FELT died April 4 at 68. She is survived by her husband, George; daughter, Laura (Steven) Baker; and grandchildren, Jed and Lucie Baker. Hillside

Dorothy Finestone died April 15 at 92. She is survived by her sons, Alan and Bill; and six grandchildren. Groman

WALLACE FISCHMANN died April 5 at 83. He is survived by his wife, Madelyn; daughter, Dr. Laura Havstad; sons, Scott and Steve; seven grandchildren; and brother Harvey. Hillside

ARTHUR FRANCAVILLA died April 8 at 89. He is survived by his son, Michael (Gayle); daughter, Melodie; five grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Hillside

DONNA GLICK died April 12 at 57. She is survived by her husband, Marshall; daughters, Marni and Heather; brother Marvin; sister-in-law, Laura; and three nieces.Hillside

LEON GOTTDANK died April 6 at 83. He is survived by his niece, Sandy Bogin. Hillside

Richard Groff died April 8 at 85. He is survived by his sons, Vaughn, Carl and David; daughters, Lorraine Brake and Paula Pearlman; seven grandchildren; brother, Ray; and relative Eddie Hendricks. Groman

Melvin Jay Guthman died April 7 at 86. He is survived by his wife, Laura; son, Mitchell; daughter, Dr. Julie; one grandchild; and sister, Ruthe Pearlman. Groman

Sol Hauptman died April 8 at 87. He is survived by his wife, Adeline; son, Leslie; daughter, Dale Schneider; brother, Jack; seven grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Groman

Ann Hausman died April 10 at 84. She is survived by her son, Donald; daughter, Sheryl; sister, Dorothy Zettler; and five grandchildren. Groman

Boris Ibragimov died April 15 at 57. He is survived by his wife, Julia; and daughter, Angela. Chevra Kadisha

Justine Sophie Jaffe died April 7 at 84. She is survived by her son, Robert; daughter, Lisa Richards; three grandchildren; brother, Lawrence Wild. Groman

David Lou Kass died April 13 at 74. He is survived by his daughter, Michelle Meyer. Chevra Kadisha

Franklin Lewis Kent died April 14 at 85. He is survived by his son, Thomas; and brother, Edward. Groman

LOUIS LEMBERGER died April 10 at 92. He is survived by his wife, Sylvia; and seven grandchildren. Hillside

BARBARA LEVENTHAL died April 8 at 49. She is survived by her sons, Chad and Aaron Penny; brothers, Robert, Marvin and Brian; and sister-in-law, Dorothy Leventhal. Hillside

Ina Allene Levine died April 7 at 72. She is survived by her sons, Jeffrey and Jon; daughters, Jodi Levine and Jill Butterbaugh; mother, Myra Dorshkind; nine grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. Groman

ROBERT LIVINGSTONE died April 6 at 81. He is survived by his son, Keith (Nancy); daughter, Patti (Todd Finkle); grandson Joseph Ritzo; and sister Sharon, (Ted) Asnis. Hillside

Ray Evelyn Lowenstein died April 15 at 99. She is survived by her daughter, Barbara Davis; and grandson, Howard Davis. Chevra Kadisha

Maurice Mazer died April 14 at 86. He is survived by his nephews, Claudio Balter and Laurence Balter; and nieces, Amy Friedlander, Lily Holland and Lucy Kihm. Groman

Iraj Manshoory died April 7 at 89. He is survived by his wife, Berokha; and son, Mike. Chevra Kadisha

Yaghoub Mehdian died April 11 at 52. He is survived by his wife, Guillermina; and son, Shahnum Josh Mehdian. Chevra Kadisha

Annette Miretsky died April 16 at 79. She is survived by her daughters, Nina (Simon Asheroff) and Pamela; son, Donald (Bonnie); grandchildren, Izaah and Noah; sister, Linda Prosk; and brother, Marty (Hillary) Kamenir. Mount Sinai

Herbert Martin Newman died April 6 at 83. He is survived by his wife, Livia; and sons, David and Sam. Chevra Kadisha

Anita Bernstein Phillips died April 15 at 75. She is survived by her sister, Rosalind (David) Spielsinger; cousin, Judith Hyman; nieces; nephews; and friend, Naomi Mark. Pinelawn, N.Y.

Larry Rabkin died April 15. He is survived by his wife, Eleanor; daughter, Leslie (Mark); sons, Richard (Gloria), Mark (Randi) and Michael (Chip); five grandchildren; and sister, Fruma. Malinow and Silverman

Bess Raskin died April 6 at 95. She is survived by her daughters, Jo Anne Brosnahan and Gloria Rosenthal; three grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. Groman

Margaret Rose died April 17 at 99. She is survived by her nieces, Jackie (Reuben) Alvy and Linda; nephews, David and Michael; great-nieces; and great-nephews. Mount Sinai

Maurice Rosenson died April 10 at 84. He is survived by his wife, Bella; sons Bernard and Charles; daughter, Sylvie Deutsch; and eight grandchildren. Groman

ANNE SAKS died April 8 at 95. She is survived by her daughter, Yonetta (Leonard) Asin. Hillside

Allan Rothenberg died April 9 at 81. He is survived by wife, Harriet; son, David; daughters, Marsha Kendall and Carol; four grandchildren; and sister, Luba Small. Groman

Mildred Sheanin died April 16 at 90. She is survived by her daughter, Carol (Philip) Cramer; son, Stephen (Jackie Applebaum); three grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and sister, Henrietta (Irv) Levine. Mount Sinai

Beverly Rita Solomon died April 16 at 74. She is survived by her daughter, Fran; son, Michael; and stepbrother, Joseph Weissbard. Mount Sinai

Irma Templer died April 8 at 106. She is survived by her niece, Joanna Grun. Groman

Sylvia Miller Tishk died April 14 at 83. She is survived by her sons, Todd, Garth and Rex Miller; 11 grandchildren; sister, Ida Kofsky; and niece, Joan Gesson-Jacobs. Groman

Sura Vainberg died April 9 at 78. She is survived by her son, Yaakov Grinblat; daughter, Marianna; and grandchildren, Diana and Michelle. Chevra Kadisha

Phyllis Wiesenberg died April 17 at 82. She is survived by her son, Mark; daughters, Randi Chazan and Wendy Weisenberg; and one grandchild. Groman

Houshang Yadgari died April 17 at 70. He is survived by his wife, Jilla; and son, Allen. Chevra Kadisha

 

Obituaries


Ruth Adler died April 8 at 85. She is survived by her daughter, Michelle (Gevik) Bachoian; son, Frank (Karen); five grandchildren; and sister, Bella Cohen. Mount Sinai

Elana Belinkoff died March 13 at 80. She is survived by her husband, Adar; daughters, Dalia (Ira), Alisa (Howard), Dena (Sol); seven grandchildren; and sister Rama Zamir. Hillside.

Betty Bledy died April 9 at 77. She is survived by her husband, Arthur; sons, Mark and Leslie; four grandchildren; and two great- grandchildren.

Blanche Bloom died April 11 at 87. She is survived by her son, Noel (Susan); daughter, Maggie; three grandchildren; brother, Hal (Pat) Alexander; and nephew, Rob (Lisa) Miller. Mount Sinai

Israel David Borenstein died April 8, at 84. He is survived by his sons, Larry (Laurie) and Jeff (Judy); daughter, Blanche (Mark) Kraveitz; six grandchildren; and sister, Anna Gutwillic. Mount Sinai

Harriett Cherney died April 3 at 87. She is survived by her brother, Victor Bochacki; and sisters, Annette Bafo and Majorie Adamski. Malinow and Silverman

Allan Davis died April 13 at 77. He is survived by his wife, Beryl; sons, Gary (Victoria) and Paul (Ginnie); five grandchildren; and brother, Cyril Davis. Mount Sinai

Betty Ducat died April 7 at 92. She is survived by her daughter, Shirley Laderman. Malinow and Silverman

Shirley Mae Epps died April 4 at 81. She is survived by her daughter, Lorry (Mate) Greenblatt; son, Jack (Cynthia); and four grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Emanuel Finkel died April 7 at 94. He is survived by his son, Ted; and daughter, Irene Landsberg. Malinow and Silverman

Rose Fisher died April 4 at 94. She is survived by her sons, Arnold and Robert (Ofra); daughter, Verna Erez; six grandchildren; and sister, Ida Chisvian. Mount Sinai

LARRY GOLD died April 4 at 52. He is survived by his wife, Cindy; children Andrew, Olivia, Ian and Madeline; mother, Beverly; siblings, Donna (Bruce) Rothstein, David Ross and Lisa; sister-in-law, Penny (Jerome) Madden; and three nephews. Hillside

Mae Goldberg died April 8 at 98. She is survived by her son, Maurice (Arline); daughter, Marcia (Jerome) Gomberg; six grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Florence Goldstein died April 3 at 91. She is survived by her daughter, Elsie (Jack) Hunn. Malinow and Silverman

Henry Goldstein died April 4 at 94. He is survived by his daughter, Beverly Cohen. Malinow and Silverman

Jack Greenberg died April 14 at 98. He is survived by his son, Anthony. Malinow and Silverman

Clifford Harris died April 7 at 58. He is survived by his wife, Ellen; sons, Kevin (Joanna) and Scott (Sierra); daughter Meggan (Adam Miller); and three grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Florence Kauffman died April 11 at 88. She is survived by her husband, Richmond; sons, Andrew and Richard; four grandchildren; and brother, George Hausman. Malinow and Silverman

Rosaline Klein died April 5 at 92. She is survived by her daughters, Roberta Thompson and Francine Denmeade; six grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren. Groman

Anne Ladon died April 3 at 90. She is survived by her daughter, Carol Alpert; and granddaughter, Julie Alpert. Mount Sinai

Michelle Ann Leve died April 2 at 34. She is survived by her mother, Deborah. Malinow and Silverman

Marian Le Vine died April 6 at 86. She is survived by her daughter, Marsha Krieger; son, Jerry (Carole); six grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Harold Milton Lewis died April 11 at 95. He is survived by his wife, Harriet; son, Steven; daughters, Lynn Alschuler and Babette Walter; sister, Jean Remar; 14 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. Malinow and Silverman

Sam Lereya died April 14 at 100. He is survived by his daughters, Rachel Aflalo and Zaava. Malinow and Silverman

Max Lipshultz died April 9, at 84. He is survived by his children, Diane (Tony) and Michael; two grandchildren; brother, Fred; and sisters, Sara Agata and Eva. Mount Sinai

Mindla Majdat died April 3 at 94. She is survived by her stepson, Percy (Natalie) Cooper. Mount Sinai

Louis Marder died April 9 at 84. She is survived by her son, Sheldon; and granddaughter, Jennifer. Mount Sinai

Monroe Miller died April 7 at 90. He is survived by his sons, Kenny (Martha) and Jeffrey (Rich); and daughter, Marsha. Mount Sinai

Linda Barbara Moffa died April 6 at 58. She is survived by her husband, Philip; daughters, Sharon (Dr. Andrew) Horodner and Dr. Allison; and one grandson. Malinow and Silverman

Yetta Newman died April 9 at 88. She is survived by her sons, Dale (Carolee) and Jeffrey (Lila); six grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; sister, Helen (Sam) Weingard; and brother, Marvin (May) Berman. Mount Sinai

Dorothy Nissenson died April 10 at 92. She is survived by her son, Bernie (Marcia) Labowitz; grandchildren, Paul Labowitz and Shannon (Michael) Coleman; great- grandchildren, Kyle and Rachel Coleman; and cousin, Fern. Mount Sinai

Yoram Pourtavosi died April 10 at 48. He is survived by his wife, Shadi; children, Cobby, Elliot and Kevin; mother, Nosrat; sisters, Mehri (Hooshang) Davdodpour and Minou (Yoel) Eshagian; brothers, Yahiah (Dina Asheghian) and Joseph (Sohila); and cousin, Abbey Tabariai. Mount Sinai

Molly Rael died April 6 at 90. She is survived by her husband, Irving; son, Michael; and sisters, Eileen Phinney and Frieda Uretz. Mount Sinai

Beatrice Weisstein Ridgley died April 4 at 91. She is survived by her husband, Paul; son, Larry; daughter, Renee’ (Linda) Perez; three grandchildren; and sister, Thelma Sundick. Malinow and Silverman

Gloria Rudolph died April 4 at 78. She is survived by her son, Randy. Malinow and Silverman

Judith Sandler died April 12 at 87. She is survived by her son, Barry (Naomi); and two grandsons. Malinow and Silverman

Stuart Seidner died April 12 at 57. He is survived by his wife, Roxane; son, Daniel; daughter, Erin; mother, Ruth; brother, Gary (Luciano); and sister, Sandra (Robert) Rosenstein. Mount Sinai

Esther Shapiro died April 4 at 89. She is survived by her daughter, Susan; son, Alan (Pearl); four grandchildren; and four great- grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Betty Ann Silver died April 3 at 88. She is survived by her daughter, Rosalind. Malinow and Silverman

Nancy Sollish died April 10 at 98. She is survived by her son, Melvin; daughter, Pauline; three grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Philip Solomon died April 3 at 88. He is survived by his wife, Claire; son, Barry (Linda); four grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. Mount Sinai

Leon Harold Specktor died April 5 at 83. He is survived by his daughter, Denyse; and brother, Dr. Marshall (Marlene) Spector. Malinow and Silverman

Martin Stiller died April 6 at 67. He is survived by his wife, Barbara; sons, Neil (Kimberly) and Gary (Vicki); three grandsons, David, Jonathan and Wesley; and sisters, Elaine (John) Bush, Beverly Setser and Leslie Steiner. Mount Sinai

David Tamarin died April 5 at 87. He is survived by his daughters, Adreen DuBow, Judy and Faith; three grandsons; two great-grandchildren; sister, Anna (Glen) Popperwell; and brother, Carl. Mount Sinai

Randolph David Thornton died April 6 at 50. He is survived by his wife, Kim; daughters, Sean and Michelle; mother, Elizabeth; sister, Cindy; and brother, Michael. Malinow and Silverman

Irving Willner died April 5 at 82. He is survived by his wife, Ruth; son, Paul (Lynn Clancy); daughter, Julia (Scott) Parker; granddaughter, Erin Alyssa; and sisters, Shirley (Sol) Matzkin and Phyllis (Jonas) Herskovitz. Mount Sinai

Margaret Zelson died April 7 at 83. She is survived by her daughter, Carol Miller. Malinow and Silverman

 

‘Steins’ Skewers Simcha Rivalry


“Keeping Up With the Steins” proves that you don’t have to be Jewish to make a funny, insider Jewish film, or that if you grow up in the Bronx or went to school in North Hollywood, you become a Jew by osmosis.

Case in point is the son-father team of Scott and Garry Marshall, with the younger one directing the movie and the older one just about stealing the show as a hippie Jewish grandfather, who teaches his yuppie descendants that there’s more to a bar mitzvah than throwing the most lavish party in Brentwood.

The film opens with an aerial shot of a Queen Mary-sized cruise ship, whose bow displays a giant banner “Mazal Tov, Zachary.” The theme of the modest celebration is the last voyage of the Titanic, complete with a huge iceberg mockup, from which emerge a bevy of scantily clad mermaids — and that’s just for the appetizer.

Hosting the simcha is Arnie Stein (Larry Miller), “agent for the stars” and his trophy wife, who met at a Texas wet T-shirt contest.

Among the guests, and gnashing his teeth, is Adam Fiedler (Jeremy Piven, also slick agent Ari Gold in the HBO series “Entourage”), Stein’s business competitor, accompanied by his wife Joanne (Jami Gertz) and nerdy-looking son Benjamin (Daryl Sabara), whose own bar mitzvah is coming up in a few months.

Driving home from the Titanic bash, Adam Fiedler starts obsessing about his own heir’s bar mitzvah party. It’s not enough to keep up with the Steins — he has to put on a bash that will crush and humiliate his rival.

Safaris are so 1990, but renting Dodger Stadium is a possibility. At night, Adam dreams about a line of yarmulke-wearing Laker Girls as a bar mitzvah highlight.

As Adam’s fevered mind nears the breaking point, up pops his father, Irwin (Garry Marshall), pony-tailed and hippie-clad, along with his spaced-out blonde girlfriend Sandy (Daryl Hannah), whom he met on an Indian reservation, where her name is Sacred Flower.

Irwin deserted his wife, Rose (Doris Roberts), and young family 26 years ago, and Adam, who hasn’t seen or talked to his father since, has never forgiven him.

Father-son relations go from bad to worse when Irwin and Sandy go skinny-dipping in the family pool (in public view but backsides only), although the old hippie has better luck bonding with his grandson Benjamin.

Gradually it dawns on the boy, his parents and his up-to-date rabbi (who is busy preparing for his “Bill O’Reilly Show” appearance to discuss “The Passion of the Jews” and is portrayed by Richard Benjamin) that maybe, just maybe, the religious and spiritual aspects of the rite of passage are more important than the prize for the most ostentatious party.

Garry Marshall, born 72 years ago under the good Italian family name of Marscharelli, said that his son, the director, picked him for the grandfather role as “his 10th choice.”

In truth, agreed Scott Marshall, 37, he had first tried to cast Carl Reiner or Mel Brooks, but both balked at the skinny-dipping part. When he finally approached his father, the latter asked who would be his pool partner. Told it would be Hannah, Garry Marshall quickly agreed.

During a joint interview at the Marshall family-built and run Falcon Theatre in Burbank, father and son noted their qualifications as honorary Jews.

Garry, whose credits as comedy writer, producer, actor and director (film, television and now opera) stretch from “The Dick Van Dyke Show,” of the 1960s, through TV’s “Mork and Mindy” to such films as “Pretty Woman” and the recent “The Princess Diaries 2,” pointed to his Bronx boyhood and accent.

However, his real education came as decades-long comedy writer, when he was thoroughly indoctrinated with Jewish and Yiddish humor by his fellow scribes.

Scott, directing his first full-length feature film, passed the ethnic test when he had to convince “Steins” producer A.D. Oppenheim that he could do justice to the script by Mark Zakarin, even if he wasn’t Jewish.

“I told the producer that I married a Jewish woman, and therefore, in a way, I have a Jewish mother,” Scott Marshall said. “Luckily, that was close enough.”

He further strengthened his case during the interview by referring to “bubbe’s latkes” and his education at the Oakwood School in North Hollywood.

“When I was in seventh grade, I went to over-the-top bar mitzvahs all the time,” Scott Marshall recalled. “At that age, it was about the only place you could meet girls and socialize.”

He met his future wife at the school and even tried his hand at writing a youthful bar mitzvah party script.

“Steins” was shot in 25 days in Brentwood and other parts of Los Angeles, with the synagogue scenes filmed at Adat Ari El in Valley Village.

After shooting three separate bar mitzvah ceremonies or parties for the movie, Scott Marshall noted “Through this experience, I feel I have finally become a man.”

“Keeping Up With The Steins,” a Miramax film, opens May 12 at selected theaters.

 

Abortion Doc’s Son Weighs Thorny Past


“Absolute Convictions: My Father, a City and the Conflict That Divided America” by Eyal Press (Henry Holt and Co, $25).

Every father should be a hero to his child. But a child’s hero and an adult’s hero are often two different people, even when they inhabit the same body. Eyal Press, in his debut book, undergoes the difficult but riveting task of reconciling those two versions of his father, whom he clearly holds in heroic esteem. As the child of a Buffalo, N.Y. gynecologist who performs abortions, Press had a front-row seat for the abortion debate during its most tumultuous and violent years of the 1980s and ’90s, peaking with the 1998 assassination of Dr. Barnett Slepian, Press’s father’s colleague. Gunned down in his home by an anti-abortionist sniper’s bullet after attending Friday night services, Slepian became a symbol of the violent wing of the movement to oppose abortion.

The release of “Absolute Convictions” could not be more auspiciously timed, given the recent passage in South Dakota of the most far-reaching anti-abortion legislation nationwide. That law, and proposed bills in other states, has reignited debate over the future of Roe vs. Wade. The case, decided in 1973, “would turn tens of thousands of Americans, some of them housewives, others previously disengaged evangelical Christians, into full-fledged crusaders,” Press writes.

It would also deeply affect the career of Press’ father and the life of his family — who arrived in Buffalo in February 1973, just three weeks after the Supreme Court’s decision came down.

Over the next three decades, the Presses would find themselves at the center of an increasingly shrill and dangerous abortion debate, one that would lead to the death of their colleague and bring terms like “24-hour surveillance” and “death threats” into their own lives. Less than a decade after Slepian’s death, Press returned to his hometown to dive into the cavernous questions of “life,” “choice” and “freedom” that the abortion debate encapsulates. The book, a well-reported work of journalism with a personal heart, is not content to simply recount the fear and chaos that followed Slepian’s murder, but instead seeks to understand how such a violent act came to pass in the first place. The great strength of this fine book is that it successfully presents twin narratives: a clear-eyed journalistic look at the evolution of a movement — political and religious — to oppose legalized abortion, and the story of a son coming into an adult’s understanding of his father and the role he played in that larger drama. Press, a left-leaning investigative reporter who has published in The Nation, the American Prospect and The New York Times Magazine, adeptly mines his family’s history while never losing his journalistic passion for social policy issues.

Press writes of his admiration for his father, Israeli-born Dr. Shalom Press, in somewhat simple terms — the pride a child feels in the vague sense that his dad does something worthwhile for a living. Throughout “Absolute Convictions,” however, Press’s admiration graduates from that youthful feeling of “My dad does the right thing” into an adult appreciation that enables him to report and reflect more thoroughly on the history and meaning of the anti-abortion movement.

The moment in the book when Press embraces this mature and more complex view takes place in the Rev. Rob Schenck’s Washington, D.C. office. Schenck is the founder of the evangelical advocacy organization Faith and Action and a leader in the pro-life movement. Sitting in Schenck’s office, listening to him describe with exhilaration and passion why he felt that protesting abortion clinics — including Press’s father’s practice — was “one of the most spiritual exercises [he] had ever engaged in,” Press is forced to admit that there is genuine conviction behind the pro-life perspective.

“If I place myself in Schenck’s shoes, I can imagine his sense of exhilaration,” he writes. “At the time, I could not contemplate the idea that a noble impulse might be motivating the protesters — they were doing their best to make my father’s life miserable. But if I step into the moral universe Schenck described to me — a world where every unborn child represents God’s creation and life begins at conception, where this is not a matter of debate but of truth as handed down in Scripture — the ethical imperative is clear.”

At a moment when all eyes are cast forward, Press’ account is a wise attempt to look back, reminding ourselves of how this issue, which once attracted the attention mainly of Catholics, became the center of the moral and political universe for so many evangelical Protestants — some of whom demonstrated their convictions through violent means. Press’s complicated journey takes his readers to that murky crossroads where religion, politics, family and law all meet.

Article courtesy The Forward.

Holly Lebowitz Rossi is a freelance writer who lives in Arlington, Mass.

 

Obituaries


Cecile Abers died Nov. 26 at 90. She is survived by her husband, Emanuel; daughter, Laurie; one grandchild; and sister, Beverly Sloane. Malinow and Silverman

Ruth Balman died Nov. 22 at 89. She is survived by her cousin, Harvey Pollak; and friend, Lyudmila Siderman. Mount Sinai

Margaret Berkowitz died Nov. 27 at 99. She is survived by her daughter, Sally Blecher; four grandchildren; and one great-grandchild; and sister, Bernice Getzug. Groman

David Blaustein died Nov. 25 at 90. He is survived by his wife, Belle; daughter, Lenore (Steve) Newman; son, Paul (Nancy); and five grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Ruth Leah Brackman died Nov. 27 at 86. She is survived by her daughter, Beverly Diaz; and son, Dr. Harold. Malinow and Silverman

SARAH BRENESSEL died Nov. 28 at 89. She is survived by nieces Joyce (Jon) Hewitt, Karen Peterson and Betty (Mike) Pongracz; nephews, Steven (Diane), Darrell (Chris) Cozen, Glenn (Debra) Cozen; and “adopted son” Rob Hearsch. Hillside

Aziz Cohanshad died Nov 27 at 82. He is survived by his wife, Ashraf Rabizadeh; son, Mehrdad; daughter, Rebecca; and nephew, David. Chevra Kadisha

Dorothy Danoff died Nov. 27 at 87. She is survived by her son, Michael; daughter, Robin (Walter) Adler; and six grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Warren Delson died Nov. 25 at 82. He is survived by his wife, Olga. Malinow and Silverman

Lorraine Feldman died Nov. 23 at 70. She is survived by her husband, Martin; daughters, Barbara MacDonald and Melody Feldman; and sister, Irene Van Deusen. Malinow and Silverman

Ruth Feuerstein died Nov. 22 at 78. She is survived by her husband, Arnold; daughter, Roberta; son, Elliot (Diane); four grandchildren; sister, Edith (Herbert) Turk; and brother, Eli Reinhard. Malinow and Silverman

Jean Fink died Nov. 24 at 84. She is survived by her husband, Joseph; daughter, Joanne; and sons, Jonathan and Jeffrey. Malinow and Silverman

Marion Brown Finnley died Nov. 22 at 91. She is survived by her daughters, Lee (Ed) Madick and Annette (George) Sykulski; son, Marvin (Hannah); and eight grandchildren. Malinow and Silverman

Sara Frankel died Nov. 23 at 75. She is survived by her sons, Jordan, Steven and David; seven grandchildren; brother, Arnold Rubin; sister, Yetta Barack. Groman

Harry Friedman died Nov. 22 at 93. He is survived by his, wife, Mary; son, Bruce (Monique); daughter, Susan Klein; four grandchildren; one great-granddaughter; and sister, Bessie Anglein. Mount Sinai

HARRY FULTERMAN died Nov. 23 at 92. He is survived by his wife, Leah Kaplan; son, Martin; three grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and friends Ida Nagin and Luis Manapat. Hillside

GISELLE GANZ died Nov. 21 at 82. She is survived by her son, Sheldon; daughters, Judith (Eli) Pelman and Karine Grunfeld; six grandchildren; brother, Alan Rogier; and sisters, Judith Rosenberg and Ramola Robins. Sholom Chapels.

Harry Greenberg died Nov. 27 at 87. He is survived by his wife, Ida; daughter, Trena (Ronald) Thompson; son, Jack (Elsie); four grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; sisters, Pearl Zeiler, and Rosie Sinclair; and brother, Morty. Mount Sinai

Lee Elizabeth Herzikoff died Nov. 22 at 91. She is survived by her daughter, Marci Cohen; and son, Jim. Malinow and Silverman

Daniel David Isenberg died Nov. 21 at 47. He is survived by his mother, Molly; daughter, Elizabeth; son, Michael; brothers, Eric and Philip; and sister, Karen Fiske. Malinow and Silverman

Pola Diament Goldfeld died Nov. 26 at 78. She is survived by her daughters, Brenda Nemeth and Dr. Anne; granddaughters, Hayley and Hope; nephews, Dr. Henry (Leslie) and Dr. Buddy (Jacque Jones) Ullman; niece, Laura Ullman (Mark Epstein); and brother-in-law, Isaac Ullman. Mount Sinai

Albert Greene died Nov. 28 at 85. He is survived by his wife, Shirley; sons, Dr Bill (Marilyn), John (Marie) and Bob (Trisha); stepdaughter, Ellen (Wilbur) Faulk; six grandchildren; and sister, Shirley Brill. Mount Sinai

Irma Greenfield died Nov. 23 at 87. She is survived by her niece, Cara (George) Gordon. Malinow and Silverman

Leonard Hale died Nov. 26 at 82. He is survived by his wife, Evelyn; son, Joseph; daughter, Ellen Wood; and five grandchildren. Groman

Miriam Katz died Nov. 25 at 88. She is survived by her son, Arthur Geilman; daughter, Judy Goldstein; five grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren; sister, Marjorie Cohen. Groman

Barbara Kubert died Nov. 25 at 68. She is survived by daughter, Heather (William) Thomas; son, David (Pagona); mother, Lucy Margolis; and brother, Ray (Carol) Kirschbaum. Mount Sinai

Fortunee Alcahe Lahana died Nov. 27 at 90. She is survived by her daughters, Jeanette Resnik, Lina Dyen and Sarah Helfing; sons, Jim and Dr. Daniel; 14 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. Malinow and Silverman

Estelle Lit died Nov. 25 at 84. She is survived by her daughter, Bonnie (Terry) Ramey; son, Jeff Franco; three grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and sister, Annabelle (Arthur) Sandler. Mount Sinai

Diane Miller died Nov. 24 at 86. She is survived by her sister, Shirley Hellman; nephews, Cary (Linda) and Avery (Nancy) Hellman; niece, Beverly (Marty) Zisner; one great-nephew; and two great-nieces. Mount Sinai

MILTON MILLMAN died Nov. 23 at 87. He is survived by his son, Michael (Marie); daughter, Lisa (Gene) Worton; and grandsons, Jeffrey and Brian. Hillside

RICHARD MOUALIM died Nov. 27 at 81. He is survived by his wife, Marcia; son, Jeffrey; and sister, Kate (Sam) Crofts. Hillside

Mildred Peskowitz died Nov. 23 at 90. She is survived by her son, Barry Charles; daughter, Ruthlee Becker; five grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Eva Pepper died Nov. 27 at 54. She is survived by her husband, Richard; sons, Aaron and Ethan; daughter, Brenna; mother, Serena Blumenfeld; and sister, Sherry Rothstein. Groman

Frances Platzer died Nov. 27 at 91. She is survived by daughters Lori (Michael) Solomon and Meril; five grandchildren; sisters Ruth Wasserman and Irene Robinson; nieces; and nephews. Groman

Ferdose Rabbani died Nov 24 at 80. She is survived by her son, Hamid; daughter, Tamar Bakshian; and grandaughter, Atoofa. Chevra Kadisha

Jean Riskin died Nov. 24 at 96. She is survived by her sons, Lester and Sheldon; daughter, Myrna; and sister, Minnie Joseph. Mount Sinai

Jeff Robinson died Nov. 26 at 57. He is survived by his wife, Phyllis; son, Adam; daughter, Sabrina Hansen; one grandchild; mother, Sophie; and sister, Janice Kriegel. Groman

Esther Rubenstein died Nov. 3 at 90. She is survived by her husband, Arthur; son, Howard (Lauri) Roberts; daughter, Sue (David) Northrup; granddaughter, Rachel (Tim) Davidson; and great-granddaughters, Emilee and Jacqueline. Mount Sinai

EDYTHE SCHWARTZ died Nov. 25 at 101. She is survived by her son, Merton (Jacqueline); daughter, Elaine Marshall; three grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. Hillside

HARRIETT SCHWARTZ died Nov. 24 at 86. She is survived by her son, Gary; and daughter, Rhonda. Hillside

Marion Shafer died Nov. 25 at 86. She is survived by her daughters, Ilene (George) Chiochios and Lois (Michael) Bergman; four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Doris Siegel died Nov. 25 at 77. She is survived by her daughters, Susan (Harvey) Lopez-Giss and Joann (Elaine Chernoff); sons, Scott (Nikki) and Jerry; and eight grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Leon Tabak died Nov 24 at 86. He is survived by his wife, Rebeca; daughters, Aida Kaufer and Vivian; six grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

Sadie Weizer died Nov. 23 at 88. She is survived by her sons, Marc (Lorrie) and David (Christine) Winters; seven grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and brother, Dr. Murray (Trudy) Grant. Mount Sinai]

 

Obituaries


JACK ADRIANUS ABBENHUYS died Nov. 11 at 73. He is survived by his domestic partner, Helen Jasik; sons, Jimmy and Jerry; and brother, Frank. Hillside

Rosalyn Abrams died Nov. 16 at 77. She is survived by her son, Howard (Dawn); daughters, Sherry (Marc) Rosenberg and Elaine (Richard) Lucia; six grandchildren; and brother, Edward (Fay) Schneier. Mount Sinai

SIDNEY MELVIN BAKER died Nov. 12 at 84. He is survived by his wife, Lucille; sons, Neil and Gary; and one grandchild. Hillside

Irving Baron died Nov. 14 at 86. He is survived by his son, Fred; grandchildren, Jennifer (Michael) Van Iersel and Josh (Tracy); great-grandchildren, Ethan and Alec; and sister-in-law, Florence Kirchner. Mount Sinai

Gary Anton Berge died Nov. 6 at 51. He is survived by his mother, Fay. Groman

Allan Bluestein died Nov. 8 at 90. He is survived by his wife, Selma; and daughter, Ilene Kosof. Malinow and Silverman

Elizabeth Straus Boasberg died Nov. 10 at 89. She is survived by her daughter, Susan Turner; son, Dr. Peter; and sister, Barbara Weil. Malinow and Silverman

Jonathan Delamere Booth died Nov. 18 at 53. He is survived by his wife, Nancy; sons, Sean and Michael; daughter, Andrea Yakerson; two grandchildren; mother, Mary Scibetta; and brothers, Nat, Jim, Bill and Tom. Groman

BERNARD BROWN died Nov. 16 at 94. He is survived by his son, Roger; daughter, Barbara ( Edward); grandchildren, Ryan (Amy) and Erica (Bill), four great-grandchildren; sister, Zelda; brother, Harold; companion, Shirlee Tzinberg; nieces; and nephews. Hillside

Blanche Brussell died Nov. 18 at 82. She is survived by her daughters, Bobbette Kemp and Heidi Brosnan; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Groman

HELEN CHAPNICK died Nov. 4 at 98. She is survived by her son, Michael. Sholom Chapels.

Vivian Churg died Nov. 7 at 88. She is survived by her sons, Warren and Dr. Andrew; and two grandchildren. Groman

ANITA COHEN died Nov. 3 at 86. She is survived by her daughters, Karen Knapp and Marilyn Candus; son, Richard Candus; and grandchildren. Sholom Chapels.

RALPH DAYAN died Nov. 17 at 84. He is survived by his wife, Nina; daughters, Irma Silberman and Judy (Tony Jones); grandchildren, Ilana (Kevin) Hinners and Aaron Silberman; brother, Clement; and sisters Alice, Allegra and Nina. Sholom Chapels.

RENE DOMROY died Nov. 3 at 85. She is survived by her son, Ted (Donna); two grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Hillside

Bernice Duban died Nov. 8 at 88. She is survived by her daughter, Susan; and son, Larry. Malinow and Silverman

Seymour Eidman died Nov. 9 at 79. He is survived by his wife, Rhoda; son, Richard (Lisa); daughter, Adrienne (Val Tierney); grandchildren, Rachel Wells and Daniel; sister-in-law, Natalie Goodman; and brother-in-law, Saul (Lenore) Roseman. Mount Sinai

Dorothy Fisher died Nov. 15 at 91. She is survived by her son, Mark; daughter, Arlene; and three grandchildren. Hillside

STAN FLINKMAN died Nov. 15 at 81. He is survived by his wife, Ruth; sons, Lewis, Michael (Penny) and Russell (Marta Jevenois); daughter, Linda (Marty Humphreys) daughter-in-law, Gina Oken; and three grandchildren. Hillside

J. Harold Fox died Nov. 15 at 98. He is survived by his friends. Malinow and Silverman

DONALD LEON FRANKLIN died Nov. 9 at 83. He is survived by his wife, Marie; son, Cary; grandchildren, Emily and Hannah; and sister, LaVerne Kayne. Hillside

Marilyn Freeman died Oct. 14 at 72. She is survived by her husband, Dr. Paul Freeman; daughters, Louise (David) Goldstein and Sandy (Bob) Hart; and three grandsons. Mount Sinai.

JOEL FRIEDHEIM died Nov. 5 at 53. He is survived by his wife, Sherry; children; and parents, Max and Pat. Sholom Chapels.

Meyer Friedlander died Nov. 7 at 82. He is survived by his wife, Dorothy; sons, Norman, Gary and David; five grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and brother, Murray. Groman

Eunice Fruchtman died Nov. 6 at 75. She is survived by her son, Michael; three grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and brother, David Dashevsky. Groman

Jean Gardsbane died Nov. 13 at 84. She is survived by her husband, Herman; sons, Steven Dale and Kenneth; and three grandchildren. Groman

Muriel Roselyn Garver died Nov 3 at 79. She is survived by her son, Bruce (Alicia); and daughter, Rita Margaret Besikof. Chevra Kadisha

Alfred Geibelson died Nov. 5 at 88. He is survived by his wife, Mitzi; son, Jeffrey (Melody); daughter, Vicki Sostman; 18 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Al Gerow died Nov. 3 at 78. He is survived by his daughters, Barbara Flax and Sharon (Jeff) Jacobs; three grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and sister, Claire Freeman. Groman

David Goldberg died Nov. 8 at 90. He is survived by his son, Joel. Malinow and Silverman

Ettie Golden died Nov. 5 at 90. She is survived by her sons, Steven (Nancy) and Kenneth; daughter, Susan Weinreb; five grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Anne Goldstein died Nov. 12 at 88. She is survived by her son, Jerry (Colleen); daughter, Lea (Brian) Greenberg; grandson, Brian; and brother, Ben (Sally) Slavkin. Mount Sinai

MALCOLM GREGORY GORDON died Nov. 17 at 81. He is survived by his wife, Annette; son, Bruce; daughter, Heidi (Bob) Bendetson; and six grandchildren. Hillside

Ann Gorowitz died Nov. 10 at 76. She is survived by her daughter, Susan (Andy); son, Warren (Phil Levin); and grandsons, Alex and Harrison Trachman. Mount Sinai

STEPHEN LEWIS GRACE died Nov. 7 at 77. He is survived by his wife, Marcia; daughters, Marjorie (Jeffrey) Grace-Sayers, Anna (Jim) Blanc and Debora; six grandchildren; brother, Irv; sisters, Alice Lapan and Rose; and niece, Marion Lapan. Hillside

Henry Grossberg died Nov. 8 at 76. He is survived by his wife, Lola; sons, Leonard and Rudy; and five grandchildren. Mount Sinai

THEODORE HARRIS died Nov. 3 at 86. He is survived by his wife, Constance; and son, Steven. Sholom Chapels.

Hyman Samuel Heimowitz died Nov. 17 at 78. He is survived by his niece, Barbara Goldberg. Malinow and Silverman

Shirley Lana Heller died Nov. 3 at 59. She is survived by her sister, Linda Scholl. Malinow and Silverman

Ann Bachner Hirsch died Nov. 16 at 93. She is survived by her son, Samuel (Arleen) Bachner; daughter, Glenda (Melvyn) Schneidman; four grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and sisters, Faye Reisman and Shirley Miller. Mount Sinai

Janet Hyman died Nov. 13 at 72. She is survived by her husband, Edward; daughters, Kathi (David) Sandweis, and Laura (Brett) Kaufmann; three grandchildren; sister, Zona; and brother, Stephen (Barbara) Bernstein. Mount Sinai

Joseph Horst Joffe died Nov. 8 at 85. He is survived by his wife, Janet; sons, Larry (Sharon) and Martin (Kathy); three grandchildren; sisters, Judith Schwartz and Seldi (Harold) Ruchlin; and brother, David. Malinow and Silverman

Harold Kahn died Nov. 16 at 92. He is survived by his wife, Lucille; son, Richard; daughters, Dr. Myra Lipsey and Marlene; and two grandchildren. Groman

IRENE KALLISON died Nov. 5 at 90. She is survived by her husband, Marvin; daughters, Jane (Harry) Bruckel and Lynn; sister, Alma Malet; and brother, Leonard Swatt. Hillside

Henrietta Katz died Nov. 12 at 79. She is survived by her husband, Leonard; son, Robert; daughters, Julie Meyers, Laurie Matuso and Marsha Sasville; five grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and brother, Lawrence Lesser; Groman

MARVIN KOMORSKY died Nov. 14 at 73. He is survived by his wife Linda; son, Jason; daughters, Marci, Sherri, and Melissa; and four grandchildren. Sholom Chapels.

Audrey Doreen Koz died Nov. 4 at 73. She is survived by her husband, Melvin Pearlman; sons, Jeffrey and David; daughter, Roberta Wilson; stepdaughters, Debra Pearlman, Linda Lentz and Ellen O’Regan; and eight grandchildren. Groman

RUTH GOLDSCHMIDT KUNZER died Oct. 9 at 90. She is survived by her sister, Mirian Solomons; nieces; nephews; and cousins.

Edward Lash died Nov. 15 at 79. He is survived by his son, David (Beth Becker); daughter, Karen; granddaughters, Drew and Ryan; and sister, Dale (Len) Pitt. Mount Sinai

Ester Lavi died Nov 3 at 81. She is survived by her sons, Parviz and Ibrahim; daughter, Meira Yedidsion; and grandson, Elazar. Chevra Kadisha

ROBERT LAZARUK died Nov. 14 at 74. He is survived by his son, Kirk (Samantha). Sholom Chapels.

Miriam Leboff died Nov. 10 at 75. She is survived by her husband, Samuel; daughters, Dr. Ellen Leboff-Ried, Dr. Judith Leboff-Levi and Karen Migdal; seven grandchildren; sister, Losa (Rabbi Benjamin). Groman

Ethel Lee Lenske died Nov. 5 at 97. She is survived by her sons, Sherman and Stephen; three grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Groman

Betty Lerman died Nov. 8 at 94. She is survived by her niece, Joanne Talpins. Malinow and Silverman

Maximilian LeRoy died Nov. 3 at 30. He is survived by his mother, Kay; and sister, Carolyn. Malinow and Silverman

HARRY LEVIN died Nov. 14 at 94. He is survived by his wife, Rose; daughter, Fern (Sam Flores); and son, Roy. Hillside

Hedy Linstone died Nov. 15 at 84. She is survived by her husband, Harold, sons, Clark and Fred (Elissa); and two grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Ruth Lipsey died Nov. 2 at 87. She is survived by her sons, Lewis and Marty; and sister, Hannah Lotnick. Groman

MARIAN ROSE LIVINGSTON died Nov. 10 at 88. She is survived by her son, Larry; daughter, Laura Beck, six grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Hillside

Robert David London died Nov. 15 at 51. He is survived by his mother, Jean. Malinow and Silverman

Murray Louison died Nov. 8 at 81. He is survived by his son, Raymond; and daughter, Stephanie. Groman

Dr. Samuel Lyon died Nov. 15 at 90. He is survived by his wife, Shirley; son, Daniel; daughters, Wendy (Robert Wienner) and Dawn (Robert Mann); and four grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Max Marsten died Nov. 5 at 84. He is survived by his wife, Anita; daughters, Loni and Robbi (Tom Schiff); and grandchildren, Matthew and Olivia. Hillside

Helen Maurer died Nov. 17 at 83. She is survived by her sons, Alan and Michael; daughter, Randi; and four grandchildren. Groman

Hannelore McCarty died Nov. 6 at 78. She is survived by her son, Kent (Patty Stewart). Malinow and Silverman

BERT MICHAELS died Nov. 13 at 84. He is survived by his sisters, Joan Weinrauch and Muriel Tower; niece Darielle Podoksik; and nephew, Donn Warshow. Hillside

LINDA MINER died Nov. 13 at 65. She is survived by her granddaughter, Sabrina; and brother, Larry Wohl. Hillside

Esther Moskovitz died Nov. 4 at 93. She is survived by her daughters, June (Murray) Bass and Lois Powers. Malinow and Silverman

Miriam Moss died Nov. 6 at 85. She is survived by her sons, Martin and Jay; daughters, Renal Carol Stone and Bonnie Miller; and 11 grandchildren. Groman

Sara Movshovich died Nov. 9 at 70. She is survived by her son, Roman; and granddaughters, Ariel and Naomi. Mount Sinai

SIMON MUNTNER died Nov. 3 at 75. He is survived by his wife, Janet; sons, John and Joel; daughters, Nancy, Ellen and Jill Howat; and three grandchildren. Hillside

Edna Ostrin died Nov. 6 at 90. She is survived by sons, Murray (Marissa) and Ronald (Leslie); four grandchildren; brother, Ed Nupoll; nieces; and nephews. Mount Sinai

Naomi Ozeran died Nov. 5 at 100. She is survived by her son, Dr. Robert. Malinow and Silverman

Mildred Pakcyk died Nov. 17 at 89. She is survived by her children, David and Alan (Monica); daughter, JoAnne (Dennis) Johnson; grandson, Daryn; and two stepgrandchildren. Mount Sinai

Susan Nisker died Nov. 16 at 56. She is survived by her, daughters, Sari and Heidi (Patrick Kerney); brother, David (Gaylia) Lassner; half-sister, Mary Jean (Bruce) White; and friend, Sherry Kerdman. Mount Sinai

DANIEL PONITZ died Nov. 6 at 74. He is survived by his sister, Linda Stengel. Hillside

ELIZABETH RABINOWITZ died Nov. 13 at 85. She is survived by her daughter, Diane (Jonathan) Bear; and grandchildren. Sholom Chapels.

Edward Esau Rapoport died Nov. 9 at 85. He is survived by his wife, Ruth; daughter, Paula (Leslie) McAfee; three grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Groman

Don Reynolds died Nov. 3 at 72. He is survived by his wife, Jeanne; children, Leslie, Greg (Carol), Samantha (Andrew) and Alan; two grandchildren; and brother, Marshall Reznick (Edie).

Max Rice died Nov. 8 at 84. He is survived by his wife, Maxienne; daughters, Wendy Wintrob and Debra Sadun; sons, David and Michael; nine grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and brother, Harry. Malinow and Silverman

Joseph Rein died Nov. 13 at 89. He is survived by his daughters, Rita Rudolf and Delcine Tartow; and three grandchildren. Malinow and Silverman

Bernice Rosenfield died Nov. 15 at 87. She is survived by her husband, David; daughters, Susan (Rick Poe) Fin, and Leanna (Ron) Watts; stepdaughters, Shelly (Grady) Smith and Paula (Fred) Weiner; seven grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Mount Sinai

JOYCE ROSEN died Nov. 16 at 85. She is survived by her daughters, Jan Morris and Linda Siegel; son, Daniel; five grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. Hillside

Lucille Rosenthal died Nov. 9 at 87. She is survived by her husband, Eugene; son, Richard (Cathy); daughter, Susan (Larry Grosberg); and three grandchildren. Mount Sinai

ROCHELLE O’BRAND ROTH died Nov. 3 at 61. She is survived by her husband, Hal; daughter, Aliza; son, Aaron; sisters, Marilyn (Larry) Franklin and Diana (Steve) Brown; cousins, Bill and Joan Raskin; and three nieces. Hillside

Esther Rubenstein died Nov. 3 at 90. She is survived by her son, Howard (Lauri) Roberts; daughter, Sun (David) Northrup; granddaughter, Rachel (Tim) Davidson; and great-granddaughters, Emilee and Jacqueline. Mount Sinai

Anne Rubins died Nov. 4 at 86. She is survived by her son, Alex (Valerie); daughter, Janis Gardner; and sister, Frances Neiman. Mount Sinai

Gertrude Rudnick died Nov. 11 at 93. She is survived by her son, David (Sandra); daughter, Joyce Leddel; three grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and brother, Harry (Shirley) Gershon. Mount Sinai

Rabbi Martin Ryback died Nov. 16 at 87. He is survived by his daughters, Anne (Steve) Schmidt and Elizabeth; son, Charles; and grandaughters, Samantha and Cassandra Schmidt. Mount Sinai

Shirley Shudnow Sass died Nov. 16 at 101. She is survived by her son, Howard (Ronda) Zieff; daughter, Marjorie (Gerald) Finn; grandchildren, Stephanie (Matthew) Landers and Deborah Fin; three great-grandchildren; and brothers, Phillip and Dr. Bernard (Lucille) Shudnow. Mount Sinai

Maxwell Schatz died Nov. 14 at 86. He is survived by his daughters, Laurie (Jerrold) FeiVou and Madeline; grandchildren, Blair and Svetlana; and sister, Pearl. Mount Sinai

Ronald Schneider died Nov. 14 at 76. He is survived by his sons, Brad and Evan; and sister, Shirley Edrington. Malinow and Silverman

Florence Schwartz died Nov. 9 at 82. She is survived by her son, Martin; daughters, Laurie (Michael) Warren and Helene (Joel) Silverstein; four grandchildren; brother, Marvin (Geri) Snyder; and sister, Harriet Guterman. Mount Sinai

Florence Schwartz died Nov. 14 at 78. She is survived by her daughters, Julia Baker and Laura Cohen; and one grandchild. Groman

Miriam Schwartz died Nov. 6 at 78. She is survived by her sons, Barry and Jeffrey (Nancy); daughter, Darlene (Steve) Du Frane; grandsons, Scott Du Frane and Sam; and brother, Marvin Lamm. Mount Sinai

Russell Scott Schwartzman died Nov. 8 at 47. He is survived by his wife, Rita; daughter, Madeline; son, Benjamin; parents, Irving and Edith; sister, June Soberman; and brothers, David (Susan) and Jonathan (Runa). Malinow and Silverman

Elizabeth Bertha See died Nov. 9 at 96. She is survived by her cousin, Peter Glaser. Malinow and Silverman

ANITA LEE SEGAL died Nov. 15 at 78. She is survived by her son, Edward; and daughter, Jan. Hillside

Pearl Semer died Nov. 10 at 90. She is survived by her sons, Allen (Joyce) and Stephen (Ilene); and brother, Jack Pollack. Mount Sinai

GAIL DIANE SHAFRAN died Nov. 7 at 59. She is survived by her husband, Joel; sons Philip and Jonathan; and sisters, Marion Freeman and Deborah Leeds. Hillside

Mildred Eve Sharon died Nov. 2 at 95. She is survived by her daughter, Barbara Goldstone; and two grandchildren. Groman

Ethyle Sher died Nov. 8 at 85. She is She is survived by her family; friends; and caregivers. Mount Sinai

Nancy Shuirman died Nov. 13 at 50. She is survived by her parents, Gerry and Evelyn; sisters Marilyn Maddux; Felicia (Barry) Keller and Lorri Herman; two nieces; and three nephews.

SUSAN SMITH died Nov. 9 at 57. She is survived by her sons, Jamie and Shawn Silverstein; mother, Bernice; and many relatives. Hillside

Pauline Snider died Nov. 9 at 88. She is survived by her daughter, Arlene Calhoun; son, Stephen (Hea); granddaughters, Tracey and Kimberly Calhoun; and brother, Hyman (Pearl) Davis. Mount Sinai

ROBERT SPERO died Nov. 3 at 84. He is survived by his wife, Pearl; sons, Mark and Rabbi Gary; and one grandchild. Hillside

Ruth Sternhill died Nov. 14 at 89. She is survived by her daughters, Sherry Lipman, Maryl Magee and Fritzi Feruson; six grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; brother, Morris Shapiro; and sister, Esther Merches. Groman

Kenneth Suskauer died Nov. 7 at 76. He is survived by his sons, Stuart and Jeffrey; daughter, Eileen Schwartz; and four grandchildren. Groman

Yousef Nourollah Tashkandi died Nov 3 at 71. He is survived by his wife, Sakineh Doulatshahi Moghadam; and sister, Habibeh Naygael. Chevra Kadisha

AARON DANIEL URFRIG died Nov. 16 at 95. He is survived by his wife, Anne; sons, Jerome (Suzanne) and Donald (Carole); daughter, Wendy (Michael) Temple, six grandchildren; four great-granddaughters; brother-in-law, Leo Kolb, and sisters-in-law Jeanette Becker and Naomi Kraus . Hillside

JACK WALLIN died Nov. 8 at 88. He is survived by his sons, Fred (Sandy), Paul (Sharon) and David (Robin); and seven grandchildren. Hillside

Marion Weber died Nov. 7 at 97. She is survived by her daughter, Beverly (Tommy) Williams; grandchildren, Charles Ritch and Judith Gabriel; and great-grandchildren, Alexander and Jameson. Mount Sinai

Melvin Wolf died Nov. 5 at 78. He is survived by his wife, Frances; son, Daniel; daughter, Randee Paller; three grandchildren; and sisters, Eleanor Hammer and Gerry Finegold. Groman

BEVERLY WOLFSON died Nov. 14 at 77. She is survived by her husband, Hershel; sons, David and Bruce; and brother, Robert Blue. Hillside

Sylvia Wolinsky died Nov. 16 at 85. She is survived by her husband, William; daughter, Estelle (David) Horwitz; son, Carl (Laura Vink); grandchildren, Leah and Joshua; and sister, Yetta Berkowitz. Mount Sinai

Betty Yager died Nov. 8 at 74. She is survived by her husband, Herman; daughters, Allison (Joe) Schneider and Molly (Gene) Hofacre; five granddaughters; brother, Shimon (Ruth) Aharoni; and half-sister, Rita (Yankule) Benttaroosh. Mount Sinai

MARK ZAIFMAN died Nov. 17 at 92. He is survived by his wife, Lucy; two grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Hillside

Roza Zborovsky died Nov 6 at 80. She is survived by her daughter, Marina Kramarov; and grandchild, Basika Kramarov. Chevra Kadisha

 

Obituaries


DR. RICHARD ANTIN died Nov. 2 at 70. He is survived by his wife, Hong; daughter Pauline; stepdaughters, Tricia and Pam; grandchildren Geneva and Savannah; sister, Nancy; brother, Mike (Evie); three nephews; and one niece. Sholom Chapels.

Zvi Baum died Nov 2 at 88. He is survived by his wife, Rachel; son, Menachem; and daughter, Elli Kohl. Chevra Kadisha

Frances Becker died Nov. 2 at 84. She is survived by her daughters, Michelle (Marc) Tuchman and Roberta Becker. Mount Sinai

Robert Bell of died Oct. 31 at 92. He is survived by his wife, Lillian; daughters, Rivian and Charlotte; sons, Martin and Hanan; daughter-in-law, Joyce Shirado; and three grandchildren.

HARRY BERLIN died Oct. 28 at 90. He is survived by his wife, Helen; son, Dr. Michael; daughters, Marla (Randy Cooper) and Adrienne (Frances Edwards); three grandchildren; and sister, Rose Racimore.

Ida Berman died Oct. 29 at 90. She is survived by her daughter, Esta (Mark) Keller; and one grandchild. Groman

GARY CADISH died Oct. 28 at 62. He is survived by his wife, Carolyn; son, KC; daughter, Camie (Zach); parents, Harriet and Mitchel; brother Bob (Rosie); and niece, Lauren. Hillside

Susan Corn died Oct. 28 at 50. She is survived by her son, Morgan Beaton; brother, Glen; and close friend, Graham Beaton. Mount Sinai

VERA DHONT died Oct. 28 at 97. She is survived by her nephews, George and Jonathan Banks. Hillside

James Jean Doran died Nov 2 at 85. He is survived by his wife, Felicia; son Andrei (Vicki); grandsons, James and Daniel; and niece, Wanda. Beth Olam

REVA LESLIE FAIN died Oct. 31 at 77. She is survived by her husband, Harry; daughters, Jeanette Fain Miller, Beth and Barbara; sons-in-law, Dr. Robert Miller and Marc Meshekow; three granddaughters; and great-granddaughter, Maya Papoulias. Hillside

Berl Fajerberg died Oct. 29 at 90. He is survived by his wife, Rose; sons, Leon (Janet) and Jack Fainstadt; and granddaughter, Rachele. Mount Sinai

ROBERT FEDER died Oct. 29 at 90. He is survived by his wife, Rita; and children, Mark and Ilene. Hillside

Marilyn Freeman died Oct. 14 at 72. She is survived by her husband, Dr. Paul; daughters, Louise (David) Goldstein and Sandy (Bob) Hart; and three grandsons. Mount Sinai.

Robert Friedman died Oct. 29 at 88. He is survived by his son, Michael; daughter, Monica Hellman; and six grandchildren. Groman

TULA FRIEDMAN died Oct. 29 at 93. She is survived by her, son, Roger Friedman; and daughter, Elise (Rabbi Jay) Miller. Hillside

Andrew Gal died Oct. 31, at 82. He is survived by his wife, Ilona; son, Peter; grandchildren, Kristna (Jose) Suarez and Justin. Mount Sinai

Arthur Grebler died Oct. 31 at 87. He is survived by his wife, Rene; son, Robert; daughters, Gillian (Robert), Elizabeth and Harriet (Shlomo); five grandchildren; and sister Vivian. Hillside

Fay Greenspan died Nov. 2 at 88. She is survived by her daughter, Frances; and nieces, Wendy, Wilma, and Emma. Mount Sinai

Lupu Velvel Gutman died Nov 1 at 79. He is survived by his son, Alex; and many friends. Chevra Kadisha

Hersz Jalowitz died Nov. 1 at 104. He is survived by his wife, Miriam; daughters, Ettie (Samuel) Councilman, Shandell (Morton) Graham, Tema (Jim) Smith and Fayga (Michael) Murane; son-in-law, Ed Selcer; nine grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Jack Jonah died Nov 1 at 68. He is survived by his wife, Helen; son, Jonathan; daughter, Rebecca; and sister, Rachel Levy. Chevra Kadisha

Iva Klein died Nov. 1 at 79. She is survived by her husband, Jonas; daughter, Michelle (William) Brock; and three grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Marvin Harold Komen died Oct. 30 at 81. He is survived by his sons, Steven and Jeffrey. Groman

EDWARD KRAKOVER died Oct. 28 at 88. He is survived by his grandchildren, Mark, Sheila, Robert and Samuel; and 10 great-grandchildren. Hillside

Edythe Lebow died Oct. 28 at 80. She is survived by her daughters, Lois (David) Goren and Michele (Gary) Proffett; brother, Fred Bassuk; and four grandchildren. Malinow and Silverman

Ethel Lomars died Oct. 28 at 100. She is survived by her daughter, Donna Lomars; and one grandchild. Malinow and Silverman

Harold Lustig died Oct 29 at 55. He is survived by his cousin, Linda (Saul) Bernstein. Chevra Kadisha

Samuel Meltzer died Oct. 29 at 78. He is survived by his son, Daniel. Malinow and Silverman

FRED MENDELSOHN died Oct. 30 at 82. He is survived by his sons, Michael and Randy; and four grandchildren. Hillside

Annette Faye Ofstein died Oct 28 at 94. She is survived by her family. Chevra Kadisha

Annette Snitowsky Orisman died Oct 29 at 86. She is survived by her sons, Mike, Howard (Myrna) and Gary; daughter, Barbara (Jim) Starnes; grandchildren, Morgan Starnes and Matthew; and sister, Marilyn Geller. Chevra Kadisha

Jan Neufeld died Oct. 28 at 77. She is survived by husband, Murray; sons, Mathieu and Todd Ellis; and granddaughter, Alanna Ellis. Mount Sinai

Roman Rakover died Oct. 30 at 87. He is survived by his stepdaughter, Drane Weiss; and friend, Joan Rubin. Groman

Edith Rivkin died Oct. 30 at 97. Malinow and Silverman

Rebecca Bertha Rothman died Oct. 27 at 91. She is survived by her sons, Michael and Arthur (Morea); daughter, Marsha (Gig) Lu Metta; five grandchildren; and brother, Lee Gordon. Mount Sinai

Stanley Jules Sacks died Oct. 29 at 77. He is survived by his wife, Lucille; sons, Joel and Barry (Susan); sister, Tina (David) Kruter; and two grandchildren. Malinow and Silverman

FLORENCE SCHATZ died Oct. 31 at 80. She is survived by her husband, Martin; daughter, Sloan (Gene) Rowe; and granddaughter, Zoe Lampel. Hillside

Janet Schein died Oct. 28 at 72. She is survived by her sons, Eric, Roy and Aaron; stepsons, Alexander and Loren; and six grandchildren. Groman

Edythe Schlasky died Oct 27 at 89. She is survived by her nephew, Robert Flecker. Chevra Kadisha

Betty Silversher died Nov. 1 at 80. She is survived by her daughter, Marcy Saklad; son, Neal; and granddaughters, Marissa Saklad and Kim (Rob) McDaniel. Mount Sinai

Zelda Solomon died Nov. 1 at 86. She is survived by her husband, Alvin; daughter, Judy Marks; son, Michael (Lori); six grandchildren; and great-grandchild, Brady. Mount Sinai

Max Soibelman died Oct. 30 at 100. He is survived by his son, Dennis (Carol); five grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Jean Starr died Oct. 31 at 85. She is survived by her daughter, Carole Lazar; four grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. Groman

Henry Strull died Oct. 28 at 92. He is survived by his daughter, Karen Greenberg; sister, Gertrude (Jules) Heichman; and brother, William. Mount Sinai

PHILIP SUBAR died Oct. 27 at 85. He is survived by his daughters, Sharon Furman and Marilyn (Claude) Fernholz; sons, Paul (Tina) and Jerry (Jan); six grandchildren; brothers David (Claire) and Seymour (Phyllis); sisters, Shirley Sklash and Adeline (Frank) Lowenberg; nieces; and nephews. Sholom Chapels.

JEFFREY PAUL WEISSBACH died Oct. 30 at 32. He is survived by his parents, Leonard and Marilyn; brother, Kevin; and grandparents Eunice and Jack Zachariash. Sholom Chapels.

Mary Winkler died Oct. 30 at 92. She is survived by her daughter, Eileen Tannenbaum. Malinow and Silverman

Florence Wolf died Oct. 28 at 88. She is survived by her daughters, Roberta (Larry) Weinstein and Linda; son, Michael (Ruth); and three grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Mollie Zankan died Oct. 29 at 92. She is survived by her son, Richard; daughter, Susan Newman; sister, Augusta Singer; four grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Groman

 

Obituaries


Theodore Allan Benaron died Oct. 25 at 76. He is survived by his wife, Barbara; daughters, Ruth (Frank) Rodriquez, Marsha and Judy; and one grandchild. Malinow and Silverman

Beatrice Clara Boyer died Oct. 27 at 88. She is survived by her sons, Mark and Richard; daughter, Sharon Kline; five grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. Groman

Lillian Eva Cooper died Oct. 22 at 94. She is survived by her sons, Steve (Donna) and Philip; and granddaughter, Nicole. Mount Sinai

Maurine Cowan died Oct. 26 at 75. She is survived by her husband, Robert; sons, Eric, Jeff, Howard and Barry; 10 grandchildren; and sister, Ruth Sigman. Groman

STEVEN ALAN DAVIDSON died Oct. 26 at 55. He is survived by his mother, Ann; sister, Linda (Gary) Goldfein; niece, Courtney; and nephew, Kevin. Hillside

Phyllis Ann Dembicer died Oct 22 at 74. She is survived by her husband, David; sons, Daniel and Dr. Joshua; daughters, Robin (Dr. Reynold) Stein and Melissa (William) Hargiss; nine grandchildren; and brother, Michael Kahn. Chevra Kadisha

STELLA DERSHEWITZ died Oct. 26 at 91. She is survived by her daughters Enid (Igo) Kantor and Gail; and three grandchildren. Hillside

Bernard Finkle died Oct. 26 at 84. He is survived by his daughter, Claudia. Mount Sinai

Shirley Fischer died Oct. 22 at 84. She is survived by her son, Sam; daughter, Keri (Stan) Hausner; and granddaughter, Danielle Hausner. Mount Sinai

Rosanne Begard Foster died Oct. 25 at 93. She is survived by her daughter, Susan Kennedy; and two grandchildren. Groman

ALLEN FOX died Oct. 27 at 70. He is survived by his wife, Jeanine; son, Richard; sister Sybil Fein; and cousin, Ginette Mizraki. Hillside

Murray Gesshel died Oct. 24 at 68. He is survived by his wife, Susan; daughters Nancy (Marcello) Rachilewski and Diana; son, Dan (Arcy); and four grandchildren. Malinow and Silverman

EDITH GINSBURG died Oct. 22 at 99. She is survived by her daughter, Janice Gootkin, three grandchildren; five great-grandchildren. Hillside

Edith Gitelstein died Oct. 25 at 91. She is survived by her daughters, Ruth (Ron) Amen and Brooke Lefferts; and one grandchild. Malinow and Silverman

Anne Gleimer died Oct. 27 at 87. She is survived by her son, David; brothers, Harry and Simon Hershfeld; and sisters, Sylvia Frank and Leona Slater. Groman

ABRAHAM GOLDBERG died Oct. 26 at 82. He is survived by his wife, Alice; son, Mitchell (Miriam); daughter, Cheryl Schmidt; and six grandchildren. Sholom Chapels.

Barbara Hamer died Oct. 25 at 77. She is survived by her husband, William; sons, Jeff (Deborah) and Marc; and three grandchildren. Mount Sinai

JUNE ORAH HAASE died Oct. 22 at 71. She is survived by her son, Tom Troccoli; and mother, Jean Desmond. Sholom Chapels.

Minnie Horowitz died Oct. 25 at 84. She is survived by her sons, Kenneth and Gerald (Jaime); daughter, Doris (Stephen) Finestone; and six grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Minnie Jaffee died Oct. 21. She is survived by her daughter, Sharon Lee; sons, Howard (Suzie) and Bruce (Ann Rogers); seven grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and brother, Bernard Wenst. Mount Sinai

Lucian Karp died Oct. 24, at 81. He is survived by his son, James (Vivien); daughter, Sandra; and grandchildren, David and Jennifer. Mount Sinai

Katie Korman died Oct. 26 at 82. She is survived by her husband, Jerry; and daughter, Sherrie. Mount Sinai

Ruth Goldschmidt Kunzer died Oct. 9 at 90. She is survived by her sister, Miriam Solomons; nieces; nephews; cousins.

Robert Ellis Levin died Oct. 27 at 76. He is survived by his wife, Ruth; daughter Victoria Zito; sons, Steven (Robyn) and Ira (Kelly); and one grandchild. Malinow and Silverman

DR. KLAUS LEWIN died Oct. 25 at 69. He is survived by his wife, Patricia; children, Dr. David, Dr. Nicola and Dr. Bruno; and five grandchildren. Hillside

Ellen Litsky died Oct. 25 at 94. She is survived by her daughter, Paula (Dr. Alan) Kanter. Malinow and Silverman

Sedal Lurie died Oct. 25 at 81. She is survived by her sons, Jeff and Rick; and two grandchildren. Groman

ARNOLD LUBIN died Oct. 24 at 79. He is survived by his wife, Elsye; sons, Jeff (Barbara) and Dean (Adriane); four grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and sister, Shirley Polier. Hillside

Michael Marker died Oct. 25 at 70. He is survived by his wife, Honey; sons Richard and Kenneth; daughters-in-law, Kathy and Cindy; sister, Betty (Al) Haagen; five grandchildren; brother-in-law, Bill (Bobbie) Porter; sisters-in-laws, Barbara and Dorothy Porter; four nephews; and three nieces. Hillside

IRWIN MASON died Oct. 25 at 82. He is survived by his wife, Phyllis; son, Randy; and one grandchild. Hillside

Mildred Miller died Oct. 22 at 89. She is survived by her son, Harvey; daughters, Jan Greif and Beverly Morhaime; seven grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. Groman

Albert Murray died Oct. 26 at 89. He is survived by his daughter, Sheila (Elliott) Lokitz; son, Ken; three grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. Mount Sinai

ROBERT NINBERG died Oct. 26 at 80. He is survived by his wife, Sue; daughters, Naomi (Jeff) Kalvin and Karen (Roy) Schwartz; son, Darrell; and six grandchildren. Sholom Chapels.

RENEE PEREZ died Oct. 23 at 49. She is survived by her daughter, Nicole; brother, Alan Nierob; father, Jack Nierob; and sister, Doris Levy. Hillside

Jerry Ravitsky died Oct. 27 at 86. He is survived by his domestic partner, Alfred Gernsbacher; brother, Sherman Ravine; niece, Harriet Margulies; nephews, Sid (Gloria) Kassler and Jerry Mathews; and great-nephew, Bruce (Yvonne) Kassler. Mount Sinai

SARAH BUCHSBAUM RING died Oct. 21 at 85. She is survived by her daughters, Sheila (Andy) Garb and Judy (Richard) Ellis; stepchildren, Jori (Richard) Carmel, Francie Iglow and Robert (Susan); five grandchildren; six stepgrandchildren; four great-grandchildren; one stepgreat-grandchild; and sister, Eleanor (Leonard) Mann. Hillside

Charlotte Samuelson died Oct 22 at 97. She is survived by her son Albert Selleck. Chevra Kadisha

TED SCHOENBERG died Oct. 12 at 86. He is survived by his wife, Marj; sons, Frank (Claudette), Gary (Laurie), Mark (Robert) three grandchildren; and brother, Bob . Hillside

Alexander Shwarts died Oct. 22 at 83. He is survived by his wife, Tamara; daughter, Anna Goodman; and grandchildren, Eric and Michelle Goodman. Mount Sinai

Rose Sharfstein died Oct. 24 at 97. She is survived by her daughter, Frances Shiffman; grandchildren, Michael Shiffman and Lisa (Mark) Schaffer; and great-grandchildren, Scott and Emily. Mount Sinai

Benjamin Siegel died Oct. 25 at 53. He is survived by his wife, Rachel; sons, Elliot, Joshua and Avi; mother, Annie; and brother, Stanley. Mount Sinai

Marilyn Milou Sorkin died Oct. 24 at 67. She is survived by her husband, Joel; daughter, Jill (Douglas) Lieblein; four grandchildren; and sister, Phyllis Bloom. Malinow and Silverman

Edith Sultan died Oct. 22 at 86. She is survived by her daughter, Sandra; and sons, Gary and Michael. Groman

Seymour Spector died Oct. 21 at 79. He is survived by his son, Gregg (Cora); daughters, Hilary Koloff and Debby D’Innocente; and four grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Lee Weinstein died Oct. 22 at 85. She is survived by her sons, Harvey (Gemma), Frank, and Sheldon (Leslie); eight grandchildren; great-grandchild; brother, Phil Kaminsky; and sister, Hilda (Fred) Michaelson. Mount Sinai

PAUL MAURICE WEINSTEIN died Oct. 24 at 91. He is survived by his wife, Tessie; sons, Stuart and Barry; daughter-in-law, Kathy; four grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and sister, Evelyn Evans. Hillside

Isadore Widre died Oct. 21 at 83. He is survived by his wife, Lorraine; son Mark; stepson, Brian (Mary) Jaye; stepdaughters, Karen and Robin Jaye; five grandchildren; and sister, Dorothy Goldsmith. Mount Sinai

Yevgeny Vayngurt died Oct 23 at 81. He is survived by his son, Arkady. Chevra Kadisha

 

Obituaries


FLORENCE BECKER died Oct. 17 at 90. She is survived by her husband, Duke; sons, Barry (Judy) and Rob (Rona); four grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; nieces; and nephews. Hillside

Mohtaram Benji died Oct 20 at 88. She is survived by her sons, Sion and Rohollah Ahdoot. Chevra Kadisha

Abraham Braer died Oct. 20, at 90. He is survived by his son, Stanley (Marlene); and grandson, Jeffrey (Rebecca). Mount Sinai

Abe Bolotin died Oct. 20 at 98. He is survived by his daughter, Elaine (Zev) Edelstein; and two grandchildren. Malinow and Silverman

MORTON BROOKS died Oct. 20 at 86. He is survived by his wife, Sylvia; daughter, Leslie Rosen; grandson, Jeremy (Jodi) Rosen; great-grandson, Ethan; and sisters Lillian and Evelyn. Hillside

Denise Clumeck died Oct. 19 at 74. She is survived by her sons, Larry (Lea) and Ralph (Debra); daughter, Ginette (Morris) Eskinazi; 10 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and brother, Maurice Caniado; Malinow and Silverman

William Cohen died Oct. 14 at 94. He is survived by his son, Neil (Bonnie); daughter, Bette Tydings; four grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. Mount Sinai

FRANK EVANS died Oct. 18 at 86. He is survived by his wife, Claire; and son, Ronald. Hillside

Lillian Feinberg died Oct. 21 at 89. She is survived by her son-in-law, Gary Kosar; and grandsons, Scott and Ken Kosar. Mount Sinai

Esther Shana Fifield died Oct. 17, at 90. She is survived by her daughter, Lillene (Margret Marshall); stepgrandson, Eric (Crisanta) Brown; and four stepgreat-grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Rita Miller Fischer died Oct. 18 at 73. She is survived by her daughters, Susie (Bill) Hutton and Elizabeth (Anthony) Mar; son, Jerry Corcoran; six grandchildren; and brother, Al (Ann) Miller. Mount Sinai

Marilynn Frank died Oct. 18 at 61. She is survived by her daughter, Lisa; son, Robert (Angela) Ginsburg; stepchildren, Jodi, Sue and Billy (Antoinette Abbott); and eight grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Marilyn Freeman died Oct. 14 at 72. She is survived by her husband, Paul; daughters, Louise (David Goldstein) and Sandy (Bob) Hart; three grandchildren; and great-grandchild, Daniel Hart. Mount Sinai

JEROME SHELDON GOTTLER died Oct. 11 at 89. He is survived by his son Anthony Capper. Hillside

Annette Harris died Oct. 20 at 81. She is survived by her daughters, Donna O’Donnell and Susan Strinden; three grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Malinow and Silverman

Jorge Abel Herzer died Oct. 20 at 73. He is survived by his wife, Victoria; daughter, Emanuela; sons, Bernardo and Julio. Malinow and Silverman

Miriam Hoffman died Oct. 15 at 78. She is survived by her husband, Richard; son, Perry (Sandra); daughter, Barbara (Robert) Duben; and four grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Jerome Leonard Jacobson died Oct. 18 at 81. He is survived by his wife, Ethel; daughter, Yvette (Don) McClung; son, Lewis (Anne); and three granddaughters. Mount Sinai

POLA KELLERMAN died Oct. 11 at 93. She is survived by her daughters Marta (Fred) Samulon, Harriet Ratner and Patricia Friedman; six grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Hillside

Mildred Kraus died Oct. 13 at 81. She is survived by her friends. Malinow and Silverman

DR. SIDNEY LANE died Oct. 12 at 91. He is survived by his wife, Ruth; sons, Michael, Robert and Philip; and two grandchildren. Hillside

Doreen June Landau died Oct. 17 at 81. She is survived by her sister, Barbara Ruth Rose. Groman

Louis Lawson died Oct. 20 at 84. He is survived by his wife, Sylvia; daughters, Sherry and Michelle; son, Graig (Terry); and one grandchild. Malinow and Silverman

Shirley Lein died Oct. 17 at 91. She is survived by her sons, Yale (Jean) Weiser, Isaac (Margaret) and Murray (Vickie); daughter, Jean; two grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. Mount Sinai

EVELYN LEVINE died Oct. 20 at 79. She is survived by her husband, Bernard; son Jay; daughter, Tobi (Marty Bogoratt); and two grandchildren. Sholom Chapels.

Blake Lewis died Oct. 20 at 16. He is survived by his parents, Jamie and Andrea; sister, Hannah; and brother Jared. Malinow and Silverman

Bessie Nathan died Oct 20 at 78. She is survived by her brothers, Morris and Ralph. Chevra Kadisha

Mary Nahmias Nelson died Oct. 20 at 80. She is survived by her son, Albert; daughters, Gentille Koosed, Sara Blatt, Zoe Miner, Esther Emison and Betty Day; 14 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Groman

Moshe Netanel died Oct 13 at 69. He is survived by his sister, Maggie Feinstein; and cousin, Nathan. Chevra Kadisha

Susan Toby Ozeran died Oct. 20 at 71. She is survived by her husband, Dr. Robert; daughter, Victoria; sons, Dr. Steven (Stephanie), Dr. Larry (Carrie) and Dr. J. Danny (Janelle); seven grandchildren; sister, Baba (Alan) Rosin; and brother, William (Lorene) Hartmann. Malinow and Silverman

Leona Padorr died Oct. 21 at 89. She is survived by her daughter, Janet (Dr. Stanton) Canter; son, Stanley (Revelle) Cowen; four grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren; and brothers, Albert (Abby) and Ronald Agins. Malinow and Silverman

Melvin Parnes died Oct. 18 at 83. He is He is survived by his wife, Maryon; daughter, Elise; son, Bart; two grandchildren; and brother, Herbert (Carol). Mount Sinai

Joseph Press died Oct. 18 at 95. He is survived by his sons, Larry (Marcela) and Jim (Linda); six grandchildren; great-grandchildren, Moshe and Jacob; sister, Daisy Nemzer; and brother, Louis (Thelma). Mount Sinai

JULES ROCKLIN died Oct. 15 at 85. he is survived by his sons, Burt and Neal. Hillside

HELGA RODMAN died Oct. 19 at 89. She is survived by her sister, Inge (Steve); sister-in-law, Eve; nieces; nephews; and friends. Hillside

Richard Ruston died Oct. 16 at 65. He is survived by his daughters, Bonnie Buchanan and Delaney; two grandchildren; and sister, Lesley Devine. Groman

Rhonda Schachtel died Oct. 19, at 45. She is survived by her husband, Jack;daughter, Michelle; sons, Marc and Marshall; parents, Edward and Elca;brothers, Stephen (Johanne), Jacob and Nicholas Shinder; and parents-in-law,Harry and Linda. Mount Sinai

Shalom Melekh Shalom died Oct. 17 at 81. He is survived by his son, Dr. Fred. Malinow and Silverman

Anne Silver died Oct. 20 at 54. She is survived by her brother, Robert (Melen) Burton; and fiancee, Joel Warren. Mount Sinai

Naomi Singer died Oct. 17 at 84. She is survived by her sons, Bruce and Henry; daughter, Bette Andrews; one grandchild; and four great-grandchildren; brother, Donald Heller; and sister, Ruby Fangmyer. Groman

James Aaron Smith died Oct. 19 at 85. He is survived by his wife, Ethel; son, Barry (Lori); daughter, Susan (Lynda Lyons); six grandchildren; brother, Herold. Mount Sinai

Edith Solomon died Oct. 16 at 78. She is survived by her sons, Martin and Phil; daughter, Barbara Gordon; and four grandchildren. Groman

BERNICE STERNFELD died Oct. 14 at 95. She is survived by her sons, Allan (Barbara) and Earl (Janet); five grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; sister Claire Hyzen; and adopted son, Emanuel Friedman. Hillside

Gertrude Jacobs Streit died Oct. 20 at 85. She is survived by her husband, Vernon; sons, Ronald (Joan) and Craig; daughters, Marlene (Edward) Glick; and two grandchildren. Groman

Stuart Brian Struhl died Oct. 20 at 62. He is survived by his son, Greg; daughter, Rhonda; mother, Shirley; brothers, Jon and Eric; and sister, Michelle Mascarenas. Groman

Jack Weitzman died Oct. 20, at 95. He is survived by his wife, Miriam; son, Michael (Jodi); and grandsons, Errol and Andrew Silverstein. Mount Sinai

Malcolm Winer died Oct. 17 at 74. He is survived by his wife, Laura; daughters, Leslie Winer and Jennifer (Rafi) Gordon; one grandchild; and brother, Howard (Charlotte). Malinow and Silverman

Rose Wolkin died Oct. 19 at 87. She is survived by her daughters, Cynthia Robinson and Florence Lefkowitz; and five grandchildren. Groman

Obituaries


George Allen Smith,
Philanthropist and Founder of George Smith Partners, Inc.,
Dies at 70

George Allen Smith, a leader in Southern California’s real estate finance industry, died Nov. 3 at 70. A graduate of the Harvard Business School, Smith, whose career in the industry spanned four decades, founded George Smith Partners Real Estate, a commercial mortgage brokerage firm, in 1992.

Smith and his wife, Pam, championed many institutions, including The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles and the Museum of Contemporary Art. His chief philanthropic endeavor was the founding of the Ataxia Telangiectasia Research Foundation (A-TMRF), an organization devoted to funding research into a rare neurological disease affecting his daughter, Rebecca. Since its inception in 1984, the A-TMRF granted more than $10 million in research funding worldwide, including the endowment of the Rebecca Smith Chair in A-T Research at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA.

“George approached every challenge with a level of confidence that was inspiring and contagious,” said Dr. Richard Gatti, who holds the Rebecca Smith Distinguished Professorship at UCLA.

To raise funds for the A-TMRF, Smith initiated the annual George Smith Partners Real Estate Luncheon, an event which now attracts more than 1,500 industry professionals. At this year’s event, Smith was presented with an honorary doctorate from Tel Aviv University.

Smith is survived by his wife, Pam; sons, James and Matthew; daughters, Jill Oaks and Rebecca; grandchildren, Samantha and Hannah; and sister, Eleanor (Gerald) Sorkin.

Donations can be made to the A-TMRF c/o Haskell and Davis, 16000 Ventura Blvd., Suite 806, Encino, CA 91436. — Nancy Sokoler Steiner, Contributing Writer

Samuel Baradaran died Oct. 12 at 65. He is survived by his daughter, Shaleen; and cousin, Michael Amin. Groman

ROUHOLLAH BARKHORDARIAN died Oct. 12 at 93. He is survived by his wife, Rose; six children; 16 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren. Hillside

Annette Berman died Sept. 17 at 86. She is survived by her daughters, Jackie (Andy) Stern and Lynn; granddaughters, Traci Tannler and Molly (David) Schlussel; great-grandchildren, Zackary Tannler and Vivienne Schlussel; and brother, Sy (Lennet) Ogulnick. Mount Sinai

RAYMOND BLACKMAN died Oct. 11 at 81. He is survived by his brother, Al. Sholom Chapels.

HYMAN BARNETT BOOKMAN died Sept. 28 at 95. He is survived by his son, Jack; two grandchildren; and brother, Albert. Hillside

HARRY BRODSKY died Oct. 12 at 95. He is survived by his daughter, Iris (Mickey) Weiss; three grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Hillside

MELINDA EVELYN BRUN died Sept. 30 at 63. She is survived by her husband, William; daughter, Chandra; and nephew, Erik Laykin. Hillside

RAYE REENA CARLIN died Oct. 8 at 87. She is survived by her son, Martin (Caroline); daughter, Maxine; grandchildren, Laura and Mitchell; and great-grandson, Daniel. Hillside

SARAH GARFINKEL died Sept. 28 at 94. She is survived by her daughter, Sandy (Ron) Shenkman; and granddaughter, Stephanie Shenkman. Hillside

MARIAN LAURANS GETZOFF died Sept. 29 at 88. She is survived by sons, Peter and Stephen; daughter, Barbara Huff; daughter-in-law, Kay; seven grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; sister, Eleanor Feller; and brother, Raymond Laurans. Hillside

NANCY LYNN GOFF died Oct. 10 at 50. She is survived by her mother, Cecile; and sister, Julie (Dr. Ben) Simon. Sholom Chapels.

JANICE HAMLIN died Oct. 2 at 83. She is survived by her husband, Morris; sons, Richard (Delia) and Robert; and four grandchildren. Hillside

HYMIE HERSOWITZ died Oct. 11 at 87. He is survived by his wife, Eva; and son, Selwyn. Sholom Chapels.

Estrea Rozanes Kapuya-Berro died Oct. 12 at 93. She is survived by her son, Eliezer (Venus) Kapuya; and three grandchildren. Malinow and Silverman

Ralph Kaye died Oct. 11 at 86. He is survived by his wife, Helen; sons, Irv and Marc (Renée); daughter, Debbie; five grandchildren; and brothers, Eugene and Norman. Sholom Chapels.

BOB LEVY, JR. died Oct. 8 at 95. He is survived by his son, Bob. Hillside

CLARA LEWIN died Sept. 27 at 90. She is survived by her nephew, Gabor Szekeres. Hillside

Joyce Loraine Lynch died Oct. 10 at 67. She is survived by her daughters, Catherine and Michele. Malinow and Silverman

Leon Markus died Oct. 13 at 89. He is survived by his wife, Charlotte; sons, Jeffrey and Michael; daughter, Judith Knobel; five grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. Groman

Karl Meyer died Oct. 11 at 81. He is survived by his children, Steven (Randi) and Michael (Heather). Mount Sinai

WILLIAM NEWMAN died Sept. 29 at 79. He is suvived by his wife, Sheila; son, Ian (Karen); daughters, Dana (Tim) and Mara (Paul); and six grandchildren. Hillside

Shoshana Noily died Oct. 13 at 97. She is sirvived by her sons, Josh and Samuel; daughters-in-law; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

MARVIN DAVID RATNER died Sept. 29 at 84. He is survived by his wife, Mildred; sons, Rabbi Robert (Susan) and Andrew (Kathi); brother, Stanley; eight grandchildren; and great-grandson, Yael. Hillside

BEATRICE PEARL RIEMER died Oct. 3 at 86. She is survived by her children, Rick, Ken and Terry; and four grandchildren. Hillside

Sylvia Ringelheim died Oct. 14 at 79. She is survived by her daughters, Sherrill Lewis and Arlene Parker; and one grandchild. Groman

MARLENE ROBINSON died Oct. 10 at 73. She is survived by her daughter, Marlene (Richard) Arnold. Sholom Chapels.

Morris Romerstein died Oct. 11 at 92. He is survived by his daughter, Anne (Charles) Grob; son, Samuel; and one grandchild. Malinow and Silverman

DOROTHY ROSENTHAL died Oct. 10 at 83. She is survived by her daughter, Michele (Sam); two granddaughters; brother, Bernie (Marcia); three nieces; and eight great-nieces and great-nephews.

Bernard Saffe died Oct. 13 at 81. He is survived by his son, Gary; daughters, Sari Garger and Rickie Louis; and three grandchildren. Groman

LORAINE ROSETTA SCHWARTZ died Oct. 11 at 86. She is survived by her daughter, Carole Jablon; and granddaughters, Tess and Jordon Jablon. Hillside

MONETT SCHWARTZ died Oct. 3 at 83. She is survived by her son, Paul (Sheila); daughter, Susan (Steven) Bromberg; seven grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Hillside

Martha Sego died Oct. 13 at 96. She is survived by her son, Peter; and one grandchild. Groman

Art Shaimes died Oct. 12 at 68. He is survived by his wife, Meredith; daughters, Cathy (Robert) Manzi and Lori (Rich) Hammer; son, Martin (Jeanette); and eight grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Elias Solz died Oct. 13 at 81. He is survived by his wife, Harriet; daughter, Heidi (Roger) Kerr; son, William (Susan) Solz; and four grandchildren. Malinow and Silverman

Esther Mazo Sosner died Oct. 14 at 97. She is survived by her sons, Bernard (Phyllis), Harold (Gail) and Howard (Elaine); seven grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and sister, Beatrice Cord. Mount Sinai

FREYDA PENNER SPATZ died Sept. 30 at 87. She is survived by her daughers, Julie DaVanzo (Frank), Barbara and Andrea (Bob Wunderlich); and four grandchildren. Hillside

Harry Weiner died Oct. 11 at 89. He is survived by his sons, Ken and Norm; daughter, Charlene Garcia; nine grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. Groman

CHARLOTTE MARIE COFFMAN WEISS died Sept. 28 at 88. She is survived by her sons sons, Rabbi Ken (Sue) and Dr. Mark (Marilyn); eight grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and sister, Mildred Foreman. Hillside

MORRIS WINKLER died Oct. 8 at 76. He is survived by his wife, Mitzi; and son, Jaime. Hillside

 

Obituaries


Julie Carol Andelman died Sept. 22 at 56. She is survived by her brother, Dr. Ross (Hannah Dresner); sisters, Lani Dossett and Alice; and nephew, Daniel Dossett. Mount Sinai

Shirley Axelrod died Sept. 21 at 87. She is survived by her son, Richard (Rae); daughter, Barbara (Andrew Bajor) Tushnet; five grandchildren; and two great- grandchildren. Mount Sinai

PEGGY BERK died Sept. 20 at 87. She is survived by her daughter, Jan Sonken; and sister, Selma Asher. Hillside

DR. VICTOR BIRNBERG died Sept. 22 at 91. He is survived by his wife, Sylvia; son, Fred; daughter, Peggy; six grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Hillside

Evelyn Brendzal died Sept. 24 at 89. She is survived by her son, Larry (Kathy); daughter, Iris Brown; five grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and brother, Harvey (Ilene) Schwartz. Mount Sinai

Gertrude Brown, died Sept. 19 at 88. She is survived by her son, Jack; daughters, Pat (Elliot) Schutzer, Helaine Ruth and Stephanie Goldie; four grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. Groman

Romaine Cinamon died Sept. 23 at 95. She is survived by her niece, Noreen Schreiber. Malinow and Silverman

Naomi Blum Cohen died Sept. 20 at 96. She is survived by her son, Burt (Suzanne Sedlewicz) Blum; daughter, Sharon Levin; two grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and sister, Miriam Bird. Malinow and Silverman

Harvey Cranow died Sept. 23 at 76. He is survived by his wife, Ruth; son, Steven (Nikki); grandchildren, Aaron and Benjamin; and sister, Hamla (Tzur) Levitt. Mount Sinai

Philip Delman died Sept. 23 at 95. He is survived by his sons, Owen and Ivan; brother, Robert; and two grandchildren. Groman

Ruth Ehrlich died Sept. 24 at 84. She is survived by her son, Karl; and grandchildren, Justin and Paula. Mount Sinai

Erna Elias died Sept. 25 at 80. She is survived by her sons, Alex and Robert (Robin); and grandsons, Michael and Steven. Mount Sinai

LAURA FELDMAN died Sept. 24 at 82. She is survived by her nieces, Shari and Susan Silver; and nephew, Steve Silver. Hillside

Joyce Finestone died Sept. 20 at 82. She is survived by her son, Steve (Doris); and four grandchildren. Mount Sinai

SALLY FLEG died Sept. 21 in Los Angeles at 97. She is survived by her daughters, Julie, Stephanie and Marian; and three grandchildren. Hillside

Herbert Gale died Sept. 23 at 83. He is survived by his wife, Sydelle; daughter, Rhonda; son, Paul (Rochelle); and six grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Bella Gans died Sept. 22 at 89. She is survived by her niece, Fanya Soll. Malinow and Silverman

Magda Ganz died Sept. 20 at 85. She is survived by her husband, Dr. William; sons, Dr. Tomas (Dr. Patricia) and Dr. Peter (Miriam); and five grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Yelena Genkin died Sept. 25 at 41. She is survived by her husband, Felix; son, Allen; daughter, Ester; parents, Natan and Muysia Primak; and brother, Leon (Lyudmila) Primak. Mount Sinai

Daniel Glickman died Sept. 20 at 28. He is survived by his father, Kenneth. Malinow and Silverman

Bertha Goodman died Sept. 19 at 89. She is survived by her son, Daniel; three grandchildren; and sister, Bessie Stein. Mount Sinai

Dr. Abraham HarolD Gottesman died Sept. 20. He is survived by his wife, Julia; daughters, Nancy Evens and Ann; son, Dr. Robert (Susan); and companion, Aviva Ellis-Namir. Mount Sinai

Zina Grosleib died Sept. 25 at 79. She is survived by her daughters, Lillia Singer and Marina Berger; four grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren. Malinow and Silverman

ARLENE NORTMAN JONES died Sept. 22 at 64. She is survived by her husband, Joseph; two grandchildren; and brother, Stanley. Hillside

DONALD KING died Sept. 20 at 75. He is survived by his wife, Sandra; daughters, Jennifer (Steve) Moore and Suzanne (Jonathan) Scharfstein; and five grandchildren. Hillside

Lillian Klapper died Sept. 25 at 94. She is survived by her daughter, Barbara Rosenman; son, Howard (Diane); four grandchildren; and sister, Ethel Kreutzer. Mount Sinai

ESTHER LESSINGER KLEIN died Sept. 19 at 90. She is survived by her sons, Joel (Nikki) and Robert (Maggie); grandchildren, Meredith and Daniel; and brother, Jack Lessinger. Hillside

Rita Kuperberg died Sept. 22 at 78. She is survived by her husband, Sidney; sons, Joel and Daniel; daughters, Debra Kuperberg-Kruger, Marsha Kuperberg-Hernandez and Judith Kuperberg-Bock; and 10 grandchildren. Groman

KURT LANDAUER died Sept. 20 at 91. He is survived by his wife, Eve; daughter, Lynn (Miguel) Kahan; three grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren. Hillside

Samuel Lasser died Sept. 20 at 93. He is survived by his wife, Anne; sons, Andrew, Stephen (Martha) and Robert (Sylvia); grandson, Mitchel; and sister, Ida (Leon) Jacobs. Mount Sinai

Leah Levine died Sept. 23 at 85. She is survived by her daughters, Carol (David) Dang and Sue (Russ) Robin; sons, Michael (Carole) and Bob (Roberta); and eight grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Immanuel Lewin died Sept. 20 at 94. He is survived by his wife, Margo; and son, Ralph James Lewin Rosenberg. Malinow and Silverman

Harvey Lippman died Sept. 23 at 63. He is survived by his wife, Renee; daughters, Karin (Shawn) Salter and Heather (Darren) Shack; four grandchildren; and sister, Barbara (Ken) Seltzer.

Clara Paige died Sept. 23 at 94. She is survived by her daughters, Joann Ruden and Debra (Merrill) Schultz; and brother, Dr. Marcus (Babette) Horenstein. Malinow and Silverman

Marvin Papurt died Sept. 22 at 93. He is survived by his wife, Anne; sons, Dennis Winkler and Alan; daughter, Phylis Jacobs; and six grandchildren. Groman

Eli Passy died Sept. 19 at 79. He is survived by his daughter, Karen Valladeres; son, Stephen; and three grandchildren. Malinow and Silverman

Barry Lynn Pfeiffer died Sept. 19 at 66. He is survived by his sister, Carl Mc Williams. Groman

ISADORE POLONSKY died Sept. 20 at 84. He is survived by his wife, Sylvia. Hillside

Benjamin Popiel died Sept. 20 at 91. He is survived by his sons, Alan (Marilyn) and Marvin (Jean); daughter, Roseana (Mark) Rosenberg; six grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and brother, Lester (Idie). Groman

Victor William Potts died Sept. 25 at 92. He is survived by his daughter, Carole; and brother, Sam. Groman

ROBERT LYLE RICH died Sept. 22 at 76. He is survived by his wife, Velda; sons, Steve (Maria), Ben and David; 10 grandchildren; and brother, Arnold. Hillside

Gladys Robbins died Sept. 19 at 94. She is survived by her son, Alan; and two grandchildren. Groman

Benjamin Ruthman died Sept. 22 at 84. He is survuved by his friends. Groman

Molly Shapiro died Sept. 24 at 92. She is survived by her nieces; nephews; great-nieces; great-nephews; great-great-nieces; and great-great-nephews. Mount Sinai

Leah Shenkman died Sept. 24 at 91. She is survived by her son, Ronald (Sandra); granddaughter, Stephanie; and brother, Harry (Lillian) Burgeman. Mount Sinai

June Ellen Sherman died Sept. 19 at 42. She is survived by her parents Sheldon and Rina; brothers, and Robert (Kala) and Harry (Susan Laks). Groman

Sylvia Siegle died Sept. 22 at 88. She is survived by her sons, Dr. Stephen Siegel and David; daughter, Shelly Land; sister, Florence Harmetz. Groman

Seymour Travis died Sept. 21 at 79. He is survived by his wife, Beatrice; daughter, Karen; sons, Paul and Mark (Annabelle); and grandson, Jason. Mount Sinai

Gertrude Weiner died Sept. 20 at 93. She is survived by her sons, Ted and Sherwin; five grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and sister, Bernice Mogil. Groman

JOSEPH WOLF died Sept. 23 at 78. He is survived by his wife, Marilyn; daughter, Karen; son, David (Susan); grandsons, Brandon and Adam; and sister, Jean (William) Schulman. Hillside

 

Obituaries


Gerald Albert died Aug. 26 at 76. He is survived by this wife, Estelle; son, Jeffrey; daughters, Marilee and Raquel; and two grandchildren. Groman

LARRY ALLEN died Aug. 15 at 48. He is survived by his wife, Traci; two sons; parents, Charlotte and Herb Beatus; parents-in-law, Eddie and Myrna; and sisters ,Tami Jones and Michele Wagner. Hillside

RUTH ALTMAN died Aug. 19 at 87. She is survived by her sisters, Beatrice Baron and Mary Berton; and nephew Ross Berton. Hillside

Hannah Dora Angress died Aug. 17 at 85. She is survived by her daughter, Lillian (Luis) Macias; son, Robert (Gail); and six grandchildren. Malinow and Silverman

Zelda Barton died Aug. 22 at 84. She is survived by her nieces, Sharon Levine and Marsha Besheff. Groman

Ann Bernstein died Aug. 14 at 93. She is survived by her son, Howard; daughter, Marsha Hervey; and four grandchildren. Groman

Audrey Blanchard died Aug. 11 at 85. She is survived by her friends. Malinow and Silverman

Gertrude Bohm died Aug. 18 at 89. She is survived by her son, Fred Graff; four grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and sister, Sylvia Sussman. Groman

LILLIAN BOLKE died Aug. 17 at 97. She is survived by her sons, Donald and Edward; two grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. Hillside

Julius Cohen died Aug. 17 at 79. He is survived by his wife, Marjorie; daughters, Jeri Sue (Marty) Serota and Judith (Michael) Goldman; sons, Lawrence (Ginger) and Martin (Debbie); seven grandchildren; and sister, Jean Bonus. Malinow and Silverman

Mordechay Cohen died Aug. 17 at 94. He is survived by his daughters, Yardena Cohen, Erela Levin and Anat Finck; and three grandchildren. Chevra Kadisha

Lucille Cooper died Aug. 12 at 84. She is survived by her daughter, Harriet. Malinow and Silverman

Janet Critchfield died Aug. 11 at 94. She is survived by her daughter, Susan Milstien; son, Bill (Leslee); and five grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Jean Davidow died Aug. 11 at 89. She is survived by her husband, Solomon; and son, Robert. Malinow and Silverman

Martha Diamond died Aug. 16 at 89. She is survived by her daughters, Adele (Robert) Levine and Jackie Rosen; and two grandchildren. Mount Sinai

BERNARD MONROE EISENSTEIN died Aug. 19 at 84. He is survived by his wife, Lenore; daughters, Helaine (Michael) Lieberman and Michele (Michael) Evans; three grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. Hillside

Edward Elkus died Aug. 12 at 72. He is survived by his brother, Philip; and sister, Florence. Mount Sinai

Ira Englander died Aug. 23 at 77. He is survived by his wife, Nancy; sons, Bradford, Mitchell and Craig; seven grandchildren; brothers, Wayne Englander and Ron Willens. Groman

Morris Fierson died Aug. 24 at 90. He is survived by his son, Walter (Carolyn). Malinow and Silverman

DR. DAVID FILS died Aug. 16 at 92. He is survived by his sons, Kenneth and Lawrence (Victoria); and four grandchildren. Hillside

Bess Finger-Zeitlin died Aug. 20 at 99. She is survived by her son, Sheldon Sills; daughters, Sherna (Howard) Hahn and Marsha (Bob) Allen; six grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Gerald Fischer died Aug. 23 at 73. He is survived by his wife, Phyllis; sons, Larry and Mike (Sandra); daughters, Janis (Ola) Nordquist and Sherry; five grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Harry Fisher died Aug. 20 at 93. He is survived by his companion, Sylvia Coonen; sons, Marc (Dale) Norman and Lance; daughter, Gail (Jeffrey Wohlgethan) Fisher; three grandchildren; and sisters, Marion and Dorothy Pine. Mount Sinai

Ira Charles Fishman died Aug. 12 at 53. He is survived by his sons, Matthew (Noemi), Jason and Adam; daughter, Nicole; grandson, Jack; mother, Pearl; brothers, Joel (Lenore), Allen (Dale) and Marty (Cheryl); companion, Matthew Blum; and former spouse, Susan. Mount Sinai

Seymour Fogelson died Aug. 21 at 90. He is survived by his son, Andrew (Susan); two grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Lewi Fox died Aug. 22 at 89. He is survived by his wife, Rose; son, Jackie; daughters, Evelyn Reiser and Gladys; three grandchildren; and sister, Freida Schonbrun. Groman

Lee Freeman died Aug. 23 at 65. He is survived by his wife, Sylvia; children, Daphna (Eric), Ari (Jackie), Dani (Trisha) and Elana; stepchildren, Stephanie and Jeremy Balkin; granddaughter, Alexia; mother, Eve; and brothers, Larry and Matthew (Rebecca). Mount Sinai

Berton Donald Goldbaum died Aug. 18 at 76. He is survived by his wife, Adrienne; sons, Edward (Jennifer) and Steven (Teri); and seven grandchildren Mount Sinai

Elma Goldberg died Aug. 20 at 93. She is survived by her husband, W. Earl; four grandchildren; seven great grandchildren; and sister, Bonnie Flier. Malinow and Silverman

Dorothy Goldstein died Aug. 23 at 73. She is survived by her husband, Marvin; sons, Michael (Pamela) and Jerry (Kimberly); daughters, Gloria (Richard) Ring and Sherrie Price; nine grandchildren; and sister, Adele Golding. Mount Sinai

Fred Goldstein died Aug. 16 at 82. He is survived by his wife, Kathy Robinson-Goldstein; daughter, Elana; sons, Marc, Josh and Jon; and five grandchildren. Malinow and Silverman

Pearl Goldstein died Aug. 14 at 83. She is survived by her daughters, Arlene (Alan) Weingart and Nancy (Gary) Driscoll; son, Mark (Ellyn) Goldstein; five grandchildren; and sister-in-law, Vera Glassberg. Mount Sinai

ROSE GOODMAN died Aug. 14 at 92. She is survived be her sons, Robert (Doris), Martin (Bobbe) and Larry (Patty); eight grandchildren; 10 great grandchildren; and sisters: Frances Buchsbaum and Florence Kaplowitz. Hillside

SHEILA GOTTLIEB died Aug. 12 at 65. She is survived by her husband, Bob; and daughter Amy. Sholom Chapels

Frank Jacob Greenfield died Aug. 20 at 81. He is survived by his sons, Barry and David (Orit); daughter, Linda (Laurence) Bear; three grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and many other relatives. Sholom Chapels

Herbert Greenspan died Aug. 11 at 83. He is survived by his daughter, Dorothy; son, Frank; and granddaughter, Claire. Mount Sinai

Danny Inkelis died Aug. 26 at 94. He is survived by his son, Stan (Mary Beth); two grandchildren; and brother, Morris. Mount Sinai

Lillian Jacobson died Aug. 18 at 94. She is survived by her daughters, Eleda Matorin and Beverly Steinberg; six grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren. Groman

Katherine Kadelburg Kadell died Aug. 20 at 90. She is survived by her son, Tony. Malinow and Silverman

Martin Kaplan died Aug. 21 at 91. He is survived by his daughter, Linda; and son Lawrence. Malinow and Silverman

BELLE KASHINSKY died Aug. 22 at 85. She is survived by her sons, Howard (Lisa) and Steven; daughters, Peggy (Mike) Pardue and Bonnie Grace; nine grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Mount Sinai

JOSEPH KIFFERSTEIN died Aug. 13 at 86. He is survived by his wife, Judith; son, Alan; daughter, Victoria Rossellini; four grandchildren; sisters, Elaine Manson and Claire Wolf; and many relatives. Hillside

HERMAN CHARLES KLEIN died Aug. 17 at 80. He is survived by his son, Steve; two grandchildren; and sisters, Anne Handler and Jyl Riendeau. Hillside

Herman Kutchai died Aug. 13 at 88. He is survived by his sons, Robert (Robin) and Martin (Judith); daughter, Gloria (Joel Schwartz); and four grandchildren

EVA LEV died Aug. 11 at 78. She is survived by her son, Michael; daughter, Judy; and brother-in-law, Abe Schwartz. Sholom Chapels

Florence Lewin died Aug. 18 at 93. She is survived by her daughters, Belle (Ed) Landa and Marianne (Jeff) Kast; six grandchildren; and great-granddaughter, Olivia. Mount Sinai

RITA KURTZ LEWIS died Aug. 18 at 85. She is survived by her daughters Jolie (Tom) Greiff, Amy Lynne Girling and Arla; four grandchildren; and sister, Adle Robbins. Hillside

Lawrence Loden died Aug. 11 at 83. He is survived by his wife, Carole; son, Jay; daughter, Harriet Minke; and one grandchild. Groman

Rebecca Lofchie died Aug. 18 at 85. She is survived by her husband, Leo; son, Bruce; daughter, Linda (Kenneth) Selander; two grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and brother, Van Kennedy. Groman

Stanley Marcus died Aug. 20 at 67. He is survived by his wife, Karen; daughter, Leigh; son, David; and sister, Marilyn Distler. Malinow and Silverman

Rhoda Margolis died Aug. 16 at 72. She is survived by her daughter, Zanne (Jeff) Kibbee; sons, Allan and Bruce (Jodie); three grandchildren; brothers, Fred and Maurice (Harriett) Donenfeld; and sister, Ann Cohen. Mount Sinai

Judith Marks died Aug. 14 at 83. She is survived by her husband, Melvin; sons, John (Audrey) and Richard; three stepgrandchildren; and sister, Florence Plotkin. Malinow and Silverman

BARBARA ANN MARSH died Aug. 15 at 80. She is survived by her husband, Steve; son, David; daughter, Judy; and brother, Jerry Korengold. Hillside

Ronald Wesley McGranahan died Aug. 17 at 72. He is survived by his wife, Carol; sons, Michael (Denise) and Mark (Jean); and five grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Norman Mehr died Aug. 13 at 89. he is survived by his daughter, Serlinda (Richard) Hadden; son, Charles (Janice); and nephew, Irvin (Rita) Benowitz. Mount Sinai

ALEXANDER MESZAROS died Aug. 23 at 72. He is survived by his wife, Liora; son, Amir; and daughter, Dr. Tamar (Dr. David) Silberstein. Sholom Chapels

ROBERT MORTON MEYER died Aug. 20 at 81. He is survived by his wife, Dusty; daughter, Nikki Maloney; one grandchild; and niece, Christine Janus. Hillside

Harry Moss died Aug. 24 at 94. He is survived by his wife, Frances; and sons, Mel (Janice) and Ron. Groman

Rose Noosbond died Aug. 19 at 79. She is survived by her daughters, Denise (Philip) Green and Marla Burgess; son, Jeffrey (DeDe); four grandchildren; and sister, Pearl Weiss. Mount Sinai

Harold Novak died Aug. 23 at 67. He is survived by his wife, Klara; and sons, Michael and Shay. Groman

Arthur Nozick died Aug. 14 at 73. Malinow and Silverman

Richard Oberman died Aug. 12 at 73. He is survived by his wife, Sandra; daughter, Vicki (Steve) McIntosh; son, Jeff (Kim); and three grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Sidney Olkes died Aug. 12 at 56. He is survived by his wife, Elyse; son, Ryan; daughter, Kacie; and brothers, Bob and Stuart (Susan). Mount Sinai

Sholom Ouaknine died Aug. 15 at 66. He is survived by his nephew, Asher; and cousins, Armon and Roni Vakneen. Chevra Kadisha

Lilyan Pell died Aug. 26 at 94. She is survived by her sister, Irene Bockoff; brother, Arnold (Margaret) Groveman; nephews, Daniel (Yeda) and Averill Strasser; and nieces, Naomi (Michael) Godfrey and Carol (Donald) Glaser. Mount Sinai

Ruth Pordy died Aug. 19 at 90. She is survived by her son, Bart (Harriet Scharf) Sokolow; and two grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Martha Pollack died Aug. 15 at 90. She is survived by her daughter, Judy; son, Ron (Deborah); five grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; brother, Jack (Karen) Rabin; and sister, Pearl Ann (Max) Marco. Mount Sinai

RACHEL PTASZNIK died Aug. 13 at 85. She is survived by her son, Jake; daughter, Lucy Fainzilber; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Hillside

Manuel Rabbani died Aug. 14 at 86. He is survived by his wife, Khanom; and son, Iraj. Chevra Kadisha

Gussie Ratner died Aug. 17 at 95. She is survived by her son, Irv (Tessa) Horwitz; daughter, Dolly Astor; seven grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren. Chevra Kadisha

Harriet Rawdin died Aug. 22 at 94. She is survived by her daughter, Lita Singer; sons, Robert (Helen) and Dr. Martin (Myrna); 10 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren. Malinow and Silverman

CLAIRE KRONE RESNICK died Aug. 15 at 91. She is survived by her sons, Jules and Steve; and two grandchildren. Hillside

Ray Rosen died Aug. 26 at 93. She is survived by her daughter, Judith C. Wollman. Malinow and Silverman

Jack Jacob Rosen died Aug. 24 at 87. he is survived by his wife, Dorothy; children, Beverly Fleisher, Dale, Loren (Mary) and Sheldon (Rosie); eight grandchildren; sister, Jean; and brother, Douglas. Mount Sinai

Lillian Rosenberg died Aug. 18 at 95. She is survived by her daughter, Jane Rosenberg Porter. Malinow and Silverman

BLANCA ROSENBLATT died Aug. 19 at 67. She is survived by her husband, Edward; son, Fernando; daughters Carol and Astrid; and seven grandchildren. Sholom Chapels

Ethel Rousso died Aug. 24 at 88. She is survived by her son, Victor C.; daughter, Suzanne; and brother, Harold Harrison. Malinow and Silverman

Fatholah Sadighim died Aug. 11 at 57. He is survived by his brother, Roohollah; and cousin, Shawn Tabibian. Chevra Kadisha

Alvin Saltzman died Aug. 23 at 76. He is survived by his wife, Irene; sons, Mark (Marla), Joel (Esther) and Steven; and four grandchildren. Malinow and Silverman

Beatrice Sarkin died Aug. 15 at 78. She is survived by her husband, Davis; sons, Allan and Ralph; daughter, Robin Haines; and six grandchildren. Groman

Stanley Sazzman died Aug. 18 at 68. He is survived by his wife, Raeleen; sons, Allen (Lori) and Marc (Rosemarie); and daughters, Laurie (Scott) Wallace and Sara. Groman

Louis Alan Schechter died Aug. 15 at 40. He is survived by his father, Morris; and brother, Todd. Malinow and Silverman

Thelma Shriftman died Aug. 14 at 82. She is survived by her son, Michael. Malinow and Silverman

EVELYN SILVER died Aug. 12 at 75. She is survived by her daughters, Sharon and Jodi; grandchildren, Philip and Emily Serebrenick; sisters, Ruth Gutkin and Hannah Steindel; 15 nieces and nephews; and her longtime companion, George Kaloian. Hillside

EVELYN SILVERMAN died Aug. 20 at 97. She is survived by her son, Marshall; daughter, Doralee Jacobson; two grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Hillside

Jeffrey Skversky died Aug. 15 at 37. He is survived by his wife, Roberta. Malinow and Silverman

Helen Dorothy Slotnick died Aug. 15 at 97. She is survived by her son, David (Terri) Stanton; daughter, Judy (Michael) Quinn; four grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Mera Soltes died Aug. 22 at 91. She is survived by her daughters, Alisa D’Alessandro Judith and Eva; two grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Groman

Fanny Spencer died Aug. 19 at 99. She is survived by her sons, Richard (Diana) and Howard. Mount Sinai

Sam Stein died Aug. 14 at 90. He is survived by his daughter, Nadine; and brother, Jack. Groman

ERWIN TARSKY died Aug. 16 at 98. He is survived by his son, Fred (Karin); daughter, Benita Young; two grandchildren; and brother-in-law, Morris Halford. Hillside

DR. STUART TURKEL died Aug. 25 at 76. He is survived by his son, John. Sholom Chapels

Morris Walman died Aug. 16 at 88. He is survived by his son, Mitchell (Michele); daughters, Tammy (Robert) Harrison and Linda (David); and seven grandchildren. Mount Sinai

RUTH WEIL died Aug. 20 at 93. She is survived by her daughter, Benita Cohen; son-in-law, Tylee James; three grandchildren; and two great grandchildren. Hillside

Mike Weinberg died Aug. 12 at 91. He is survived by his wife, Lili; daughters Anita (David) Heber and Ariella Weinberg Rutschman; and four grandchildren. Groman

Betty Weinberger died Aug. 26 at 92. She is survived by her daughter, Ruth Barnett; two grandchildren and six great grandchildren. Groman

Max Weinstein died Aug. 19 at 87. He is survived by his wife, Charlotte; son, Jeffrey; daughter, Shelley Opos; two grandchildren; brother, Murray; and sister, Cecil Taub. Groman

Harold Weinstock died Aug. 23 at 93. He is survived by his wife, Gertrude; sons, Michael, Arthur and Barry; five grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and sister, Ethel Ganberg. Groman

Samuel Weitzen died Aug. 18 at 82. He is survived by his wife, Rose; daughters, Monica (Ronald) Richterm, Deborah (Peter) Martin and Rita; four grandchildren; brother, Louis; and sister, Rose (Fred) Weiss. Mount Sinai

Estelle Williams died Aug. 26 at 73. She is survived by her husband, Jack; sons, Mitchell, Kenneth and Gary; and three grandchildren. Groman

Jerry Wolff died Aug. 12 at 76. He is survived by his wife, Arlene; sons, Steven (Gayle) and Mark (Lisa); daughter, Ellen; and six grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Jennie Youner died Aug. 17 at 97. She is survived by her granddaughter, Lynn Menlo. Chevra Kadish

 

Obituaries


Meyer Adler died Aug. 10 at 94. He is survived by his sons, Jeffrey and Arnold; daughter, Sharyn; two grandchildren; and sister, Goldie Wolinski. Groman

MIRIAM AUSTERLITZ died July 24 at 59. She is survived by her brother, Dr. Michael. Sholom Chapels

Ida Bender died Aug. 10 at 87. She is survived by her son, Les (Dianne); daughter, Elaine (Paul) Seidman; grandchildren, Rachel and Michael; and sister, Frieda Schiller. Chevra Kadisha

Joan Mary Blumenstein died Aug. 4 at 75. She is survived by her daughter, Anne (Lance) Mejia; son, Carl (Hannah Rebkin); four grandchildren; and brothers, Athol, Owen and Keith Lawrence. Malinow and Silverman

Saltanat Banayan died Aug. 3 at 80. She is survived by her husband, Dr. Habibollah Rokhsar; sons, Drs. Manucher, Massoud and Mehrdad Rokhsar; daughter, Jackline Mahanian; nine grandchildren; brother, Eskadar; and sisters, Akhtar Ghadoshi, Ashraf Bakhshi, Ezat Tehrani and and Malieh. Chevra Kadisha

Doreen Bonner died Aug. 9 at 77. She is survived by her sons, Ivan (Ruth), Charles (Leah) and Mark; daughter, Joy; brother, Arthur Levy; eight grandchildren; sister, Esther Saltz. Chevra Kadisha

Frieda Chesler died Aug. 5 at 99. She is survived by her son, Leonard (Linda); five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Mount Sinai

ESTHER MANTEL COHEN died Aug. 3 at 91. She is survived by her son, Larry (Paulette); daughters, Sharon (Robert) Wiviott and Faye (Gary) Waldman; 12 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; and sisters, Edythe Merkow, Sara Mazur, Mary Davis, Millie (Milt) Kaplan and Roz Coleman. Hillside

Sidney Erlbaum died Aug. 8 at 86. He is survived by his wife, Edna; daughter, Tina (Rick) Eckstein; sons, David and Alan (Jane); eight grandchildren; and sister, Hildy Freiman. Mount Sinai

Philip Farber died Aug. 9 at 83. He is survived by his brother, Samuel; nephew, David (Joy); niece, Judy (Joe) Salamon; great-nephew, Brian; and great-niece, Nicole. Mount Sinai

Helen Feldman died June 26 at 93. She is survived by her daughter, Keren (Fernando) Goldberg; son, Lane (Marie); grandsons, John and Evan; and sisters, Ruth (Dave) Pollock and Gertrude. Palm Springs Mortuary

Harold Finkel died Aug. 3 at 93. He is survived by his daughters, Arlene (Michael) Bernstein and Barbara (Stan) Trachtenberg; and two grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Randall Cary Frank died Aug. 9 at 53. He is survived by his wife, Lisa; sons, Sean and Joshua; daughter, Juli; three grandchildren; and brother, Jay. Groman

Isabel Gilbert died Aug. 9 at 94. She is survived by her son, Charles. Malinow and Silverman

David Gordon Gill died Aug. 7 at 57. He is survived by his son, Jarrod; daughter, Roxanne; brother, Richard (Eve Newton-Gill); sister, Irene Yeger; three nieces; and two nephews. Chevra Kadisha

Vera Golbin died Aug. 9 at 83. She is survived by her daughters, Caryn (Dean) Hanna and Barbara; grandchildren, Dina and Sean; and brother, Jack (Sally) Pullman. Mount Sinai

Nettie Isenberg died Aug. 3 at 89. She is survived by her sons, Jerrold (Madeleine) and Sherwin (Rina); daughter, Roberta Maimes; nine grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and sister, Toby Kass. Chevra Kadisha

Philip Kalish died Aug. 9 at 90. He is survived by his wife, Mildred; sons, David and Richard; six grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Groman

IRVING KATES died Aug. 8 at 80. He is survived by his sons David, Howard and Steven; daughters, Michele Schulman, Cheryl Remington and Linda Norton; 12 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Hillside

Sarah Klapman died Aug. 5 at 88. She is survived by her daughters, Karen Jackman and Jacqueline Bacharach; seven grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren. Groman

Sally Kurlander died Aug. 7 at 94. She is survived by her son, Donald Charein. Malinow and Silverman

TILLIE LANG died Aug. 9 at 98. She is survived by her sons, Melvin, Kenneth and Howard. Sholom Chapels

Bertha Leiner died Aug. 5 at 92. She is survived by her stepsons, Fred and Lewis. Groman

Anne Levine died Aug. 5 at 62. She is survived by her husband, Harvey; son, Marc; and daughter, Sarah. Groman

ALICE LEVY-STEWART died July 28 at 46. She is survived by her brother, Morris Levy. Sholom Chapels

Sandra Lynn Loen died Aug. 8 at 66. She is survived by her husband, Harold; son, Lloyd; stepdaughter, Linda; and sister-in-law, Jan Laquidara. Groman

Alex Miller died Aug. 9 at 81. He is survived by his wife, Henrietta; daughters, Joy (Robert) Stigile and Darlene; granddaughter, Sara Nygard; and sisters, Dolly (Irwin) Green, Gloria (Abe) Boyarsky and Irene (Jerry) Cohen. Mount Sinai

BARBARA NASH MISSMAN died July 29 at 64. She is survived by her sister, Bonnie Nash. Sholom Chapels

Dorothea Elizabeth Odenheimer died Aug. 6 at 90. She is survived by her husband, Frederick; son, Michael; and two grandchildren. Groman

Lillian Oreck died Aug. 10 at 90. She is survived by her son, Les (Phyllis); daughter, Sherry (Michael) Showacter; and four grandchildren. Mount Sinai

ESTHER PFEFFERMAN died July 23 at 75. She is survived by her son, Sam; daughter, Ethel Perles; and grandchildren. Sholom Chapels

Eleanor Helen Philips died Aug. 5 at 86. She is survived by her husband, Samuel; sons, Stephen (Caren), Rodger, Michael (Jan Rothchild); daughter, Renee (Murray) Hutchings; eight grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Chevra Kadisha

RACHEL RICHARDS died Aug. 4 at 53. She is survived by her husband, Tom; parents, Simon and Sima Friedman; sister, Esther Friedman; and brother, Michael (Etti) Friedman. Sholom Chapels

Jerome Rocklin died Aug. 10 at 82. He is survived by his sister, Gloria London. Malinow and Silverman

ROBERT ROSE died Aug. 7 at 79. He is survived by his wife, Joyce; daughter, Susan (Chuck) Weisbart; sons, Steven (Mary) and David (Mary Anne); six grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. Hillside

LILLIAN ROSENZWEIG died Aug. 10 at 88. She is survived by her son, Gary (Mazine). Sholom Chapels

Shirley Sadofsky died Aug. 5 at 81. She is survived by her sons, Greg and Jay; and sister, Sara Flaum. Mount Sinai

CAROLYN RUTH SCHACHTMAN died Aug. 7 at 86. She is survived by her sons, William and Robert; daughter, Judith Schwartz; five grandchildren; and six great- grandchildren. Hillside

Charlotte Shapiro died Aug. 7, at 105. She is survived by her daughter-in-law, Leslie; and grandson, Miles. Mount Sinai

Gilda Berdine Shaevitz died Aug. 7 at 55. She is survived by her husband, Leonard; father, Julius; sister, Rhonda; and brothers, Howell, Joel and Harrison Karabel. Malinow and Silverman

Melvin Charles Shryer died Aug. 8 at 88 He is survived by his wife, Evelyn; daughter, Sandee (Gary) Glickman; sons, Jeff and Marc (Kimberly); four grandchildren; and sister, Helyn Lederman. Mount Sinai

Nate Silberberg died Aug. 5 at 69. He is survived by his son, Fred (Deborah); former wife, Euy; three grandchildren; and sisters, Alice (Leo) Granierer, Ruth Lester and Inge Rubin. Mount Sinai

FRIEDA SILBERMAN died July 28 at 90. She is survived by her son, Allen (Judy); daughter-in-law, Irma; three grandchildren; and sister, Bertie (Sam) Krieger. Sholom Chapels

Elizabeth Speiser died Aug. 7 at 79. She is survived by her daughter, Lisa (Paul) Hessell; son, Steve (Leslie); four grandchildren; sister, Olga (Julian) Reinheimer; and sister-in-law, Henny Daly. Mount Sinai

Annie Tessel died Aug. 3 at 86. She is survived by her son, Larry; daughters, Esther (Dave) Collins, Sharon Belson and Reba Tessel; three grandchildren; sister, Miriam Lewis; and nephew, Larry Fox. Groman

Zola Tisherman died Aug. 7 at 85 He is survived by his wife, Lillian; son, David; daughters, Phyllis (Tom) Foreman and Bari (Caleb) Edwards; grandson, Jonathan Foreman; and sister, Pauline Greenstein Mount Sinai

Olga Wittenberg died Aug. 8 at 93. She is survived by her son, Joseph; daughter, Judy Barnhardt; and one grandchild. Groman

Samyil Yudilovich died Aug. 10 at 60. He is survived by his wife, Lyudmila. Groman

ESTHER ZACKS died Aug. 9 at 86. She is survived by her son, Charles. Sholom Chapels

Bette Zinderman died Aug. 7 at 80. She is survived by her son, Mark (Carole); daughters, Danaand Jann; and four grandchildren. Mount Sinai

 

Obituaries


Bernard M. Shapiro,
El Caballero Country Club Founder,
Dies at 89

Bernard M. Shapiro who founded the El Caballero Country Club in Tarzana in 1957, died Aug. 26. He was 89.

After playing golf at the Bel-Air Country Club in 1954, Shapiro wanted to join, but a friend told him he would not be welcome because he was Jewish, Shapiro told the Los Angeles Times in 1998.

With the help of a few friends, including supermarket owner Eugene Gelson, Shapiro built a member-owned country club that anyone was welcome to join.

Shapiro was born in Minneapolis to parents who had fled Eastern Europe. His Los Angeles company, Royal Seal, began in the 1930s as a vending machine business and expanded to processing nuts and manufacturing for national candymakers.

When he sold the company in 1947, he retired and became a philanthropist. He helped found the Boys and Girls Club of the San Fernando Valley and served on the board of many service organizations.

He is survived by sons, Melvin, Stanley and Gerald; daughter, Janice; and four grandchildren.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Boys & Girls Club of the San Fernando Valley, 11251 Glenoaks Blvd., Pacoima, CA 91331.

Esther Wapner Arbeitel died July 30 at 97. She is survived by her nephew, Judge Joseph (Mickey) Wapner; niece, Irene (Russell) Franklin; and many great-nieces and great-nephews. Mount Sinai

Morris Baram died July 30 at 96. She is survived by her daughters, Beverly Young and Charlotte Seigel; seven grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren. Groman

Rachel Berdischewsky died July 28 at 94. She is survived by her son, Myron (Lilith). Chevra Kadisha

Bernard Bergal died Aug. 2 at 77. He is survived by his wife, Caroline; son, Mark; daughter, Lisa; and sisters, Jeanette Braner and Mickie Stangler. Groman

Alfred Biller died Aug. 2 at 97. He is survived by his wife, Judith; son, Jim (Diane); daughters, Jacki (Roger Bjorklund) Coates and Brenda (Daniel) Hanin; and three grandchildren. Groman

Esther Block died Aug. 2 at 86. She is survived by her son, Mitchell. Malinow and Silverman

Arlene Blonsky died July 27 at 72. She is survived by her husband, Paul; sons, Larry (Barbara), Jerry (Sunny), David (Cheryl) and Barry (Siska); six grandchildren; and brother, Ronald (Annette) Aberhams. Mount Sinai

Jacob Churg died July 27 at 95. He is survived by his sons, Warren and Andrew; and two grandchildren. Groman

Solomon Cohen died July 27 at 86. He is survived by his brother, Isaac; sister, Esther Bension; and niece, Delecia Enenstein. Groman

DAVID SOLOMON CRYSTAL died Aug. 1 at 85. He is survived by his son, Lee; daughter, Robin Johnson; seven grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Hillside

Bruce Deyong died July 31 at 57. He is survived by his wife, Paula. Malinow and Silverman

Leo Diamond died July 30 at 89. He is survived by his daughter, Kathleen (Pedro) Vargas; and sister, Ruth Freund. Mount Sinai

Harold Dropkin died Aug. 1 at 93. He is survived by his wife, Mazie; son, Lester (Sara); daughter, Mara (Bruce) Kasper; and three grandchildren. Chevra Kadisha

Jack Fargo died July 29 at 78. He is survived by his companion, Marilyn Weinshenk; sons, Gary (Angela) Herschel, Steven (Debbie) Weinshenk and Lance (Tye); and grandchildren, Daniel, Nicole, Justin, Sarah and Leah. Mount Sinai

GILDA FINK died July 28 at 76. She is survived by her daughter, Arlene (Stanley) Greengard; son, Nelson; four grandchildren; sisters, Marylan Marsh and Sara Bogard; and brother, David Treister. Hillside

Walter Firstman died Aug. 1 at 84. He is survived by his wife, Lee; sons, Curtis and Bruce; daughter, Barbara (Don) Kaplan; and six grandchildren. Groman

Benjamin Glass died July 29 at 91. He is survived by his son, Stanley; and two grandchildren; and brother, Sidney. Groman

Edith Hanauer died July 30 at 95. She is survived by her daughter, Sandra (Les) Bursten; son, Gary; two grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. Malinow and Silverman

Philip Heine died July 31 at 81. He is survived by his wife, Rhoda; sons, Richard, Bruce and David; one grandchild; and brother, David. Malinow and Silverman

Malvina Hersh died July 29 at 95. She is survived by her daughter, Rita Smith; two grandchildren; and sister, Pearl Gottesman. Groman

Jack Hirshleifer died July 26 at 79. He is survived by his wife, Phyllis; sons, John (Linda) and David (Siew Hong); and three grandchildren. Chevra Kadisha

Esther Knoblowitz died July 27 at 86. She is survived by her husband, Bernard; and son, Martin. Chevra Kadisha

Nathan Kort died Aug. 2 at 73. He is survived by his wife, Diane; daughter, Stephanie (Tim) Trombley; son, Glen; step-daughter, Cindy (Patrick) Napolitano; seven grandchildren; and brother, Barney (Jean) Kort. Mount Sinai

Tsilia Laufer died July 30 at 90. She is survived by her sons, Eugene and Boris Bakalinsky; two grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Groman

Sol Meyerson died July 31 at 65. He is survived by his wife, Estelle; son, Steven (Annette); daughters, Jo Anne (Paul) Block and Deborah (Abraham) Raphael; four grandchildren; and sisters, Harriet Weisner and Florence Essman. Groman

Avrim Namak died July 27 at 64. He is survived by his wife, Judy; daughter, Shulamit; three stepchildren; mother, Gertrude; and sister, Dena Katz. Malinow and Silverman

MARY RACHLIN died July 29 at 91. She is survived by her daughter, Carol (Marvin D.) Rowen; four grandchildren; 10 great- grandchildren; and brother, Melvin Weintraub. Hillside

Lisa Francine Rowen died July 29 at 46. She is survived by her husband, Eric; sons, Hunter and Austin; daughter, Jessica; brother, Brad (Gina) Lieberman; sister, Kiera (David)Allen; and mother, Laurayne Lieberman. Chevra Kadisha

Arnold Schnitzer died July 29 at 85. He is survived by his wife, Sylvia; and daughters, Leslie Jacobs, Stacy Kenyon, Wendy Willock and Anita McLaughlin. Malinow and Silverman

LAWRENCE SCHULNER died July 11 at 66. He is survived by his wife, Sharalynn; sons, Keith (Debbie) and Matthew; stepsons, David (Gigi) and Brian Shapiro; daughter, Shulamit (David) Widawsky; four grandchildren; and sister, Avis (Marshal) Cohen.

Manfred Schweda died July 31 at 71. He is survived by his wife, Lenora; daughters, Margaret Chroman and Sharon Neiyer; and four grandchildren. Groman

ROBERT MILTON SERIN died July 28 at 65. He is survived by his sons, William and Scott; and two grandchildren. Hillside

BETTY SHEPARD died July 28 at 86. She is survived by her daughter, Maxine; four grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Hillside

Herbert Singer died July 29 at 76. He is survived by his sons, Jeff (Kellie), Michael (Jennifer) and Stephen (Maureen); daughter, Debbie (Frank) Dimario; six grandchildren; and sister, Helene. Mount Sinai

Irwin Phillip Solomon died July 30 at 71. He is survived by his wife, Marcia; and daughters, Stacey and Shelby. Groman

Robert Turer died July 31 at 47. He is survived by his wife, Shellie; sons, Ethan and Shane; daughter, Nicole; parents, Mark and Betty; sisters-in-law, Debbie, Brenda (Phil), Sherrie, Toni (Dave) and Teri (Craig); and 10 nieces and nephews. Chevra Kadisha

Carol Underwood died July 29 at 55. She is survived by her daughters, Tewlyn (Jesse) Yoburn and Amanda (Kevin) Musselwhite; brothers, Michael (Natalie) and Stanley (Ella) Schwartz; and ex-husband, Phillip (Auyrina). Mount Sinai

Joan Vineberg died July 29 at 74. She is survived by her sister, Jackie Zuravel; brother, Marvin Ripes; and several nieces and nephews. Mount Sinai

Dr. Ernest Otto Weinman died July 31 at 82. He is surivived by his wife, Phyllis; and his brother, Hans. Groman

Lillian Weinstein died July 29 at 88. She is survived by her daughter, Susan; and son, Robert (Alvina) Weinstein. Malinow and Silverman

Mohtaram Youssefzadeh died July 30 at 76. She is survived by her husband Asher Benyamin; and children, Lida Hanaie and Kamal Benyamin. Chevra Kadisha

 

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