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A boy, Matan Simcha, was born on May 29, 2016, in Phoenix, to Rebecca Wolf and Evan Brom of Tempe.
Carly Erin Glick of Tempe and Sean Peter Kogan of Paradise Valley announce their engagement.
Celia Cohen, 93, of Scottsdale, died June 15, 2016, of ovarian cancer. She was born in Kansas City, Kansas and had lived in Scottsdale for the past 22 years. She was the first woman in the state of Kansas to own her own accredited Public Relations Society of America agency, which she ran from 1969 to 1990. At age 82, she became a lobby ambassador at the Westin Kierland, where she worked until this past May.
Judith Darmstadter Gordon, 87, died June 15, 2016 in Phoenix, Arizona. Judy was born February 9, 1929 in Chicago, Illinois and moved to Phoenix in July, 1960. Upon arriving, the entire family heard people celebrating outside the motel room and asked what all the commotion was about. It was raining in Phoenix!
Leona “Lee” F. Levine passed away after a brief illness on June 17, 2016. Lee was a long-time resident of the Valley of the Sun having moved to Phoenix in 1977. Born in Brooklyn, New York Lee married her high school sweetheart, Arthur “Art,” in 1953. After more than 62 years together, Art passed away in January 2016.
Jay M. Silverman, 78, of Scottsdale, died June 18, 2016. Born in New York City, he was a pharmacist. He also had served in the U.S. Army.
Russian-Jewish actor Anton Yelchin, one of the stars of the rebooted “Star Trek” movie series, was killed by his own car rolling down the driveway.
A girl, Mina Rose Lewkowitz, was born on June 6, 2016, to Alison and Adam Lewkowitz of San Francisco.
Sophia Dora Koss, daughter of Diana and Michael Koss of Scottsdale, will become a bat mitzvah June 23, 2016, in Jerusalem, Israel.
David Pantiliat, son of Eddie and Lisa Pantiliat of Scottsdale, will become a bar mitzvah on June 18, 2016, at Ahavas Torah: The Scottsdale Torah Center.
Tori Sophia Ziegler, daughter of Suzan and Lance Ziegler of Scottsdale, will become a bat mitzvah June 11, 2016, at Temple Kol Ami.
Paul Elliott Polson, Sr., longtime Phoenix jeweler, died peacefully in his home, May 31, 2016, at age 91.
A girl, Arielle Elizabeth, was born on March 15, 2016, to Rachel Schweitzer-Giblin and Nathan Giblin of Surprise.
Abbi Anderson, daughter of Sheri Heitner-Anderson and Ted Anderson of Paradise Valley, will become a bat mitzvah June 4, 2016, at Temple Solel.
Ari Anderson, son of Sheri Heitner-Anderson and Ted Anderson of Paradise Valley, will become a bar mitzvah June 4, 2016, at Temple Solel.
Jenna Alisabeth Gulinson, daughter of Annette and Scott Gulinson of Phoenix, will become a bat mitzvah June 4, 2016, at Congregation Beth Israel.
Julia Alexis Gulinson, daughter of Annette and Scott Gulinson of Phoenix, will become a bat mitzvah June 4, 2016, at Congregation Beth Israel.
Jack Ryan Tews, son of Beth and Cliff Tews of Phoenix, will become a bar mitzvah June 4, 2016, at TempleChai.
Laura Charnofsky and Jonathan Levin, both of Scottsdale, announce their engagement.
Selma Forman, 88, of Bowie, Maryland, died May 30, 2016. Born in Philadelphia, she was retired from the FBI’s payroll department.
Gerson Bergher, one of Brazil’s most prominent Jewish activists, died May 30 at 91. A former president of the Brazilian Zionist Organization, Bergher, had a longtime and openly pro-Jewish and pro-Israel political career as a member of both the Rio state Assembly and City Council.
Michael Dayton Baumel, son of Jill Scher Baumel and Richard Baumel of North Bethesda, Maryland, will become a bar mitzvah May 28, 2016, at Temple Emanuel in Kensington, Maryland.
Lilah Orielle Kaplan, daughter of Allison and Shelby Kaplan of Chandler, will become a bat mitzvah May 28, 2016, at Chabad of the East Valley.
Suzi and John Scher will celebrate their 50th anniversary on May 28, 2016. They will celebrate with a cocktail party at the Hyatt Regency in Bethesda, Maryland, with their children, Marc and Stephanie Scher of Phoenix; and Jill and Richard Baumel of North Bethesda, Maryland; and their four grandchildren.
Geoffrey David Blum, 70, passed away on May 17, 2016. He was an avid golfer. He was passionate about politics and his love for Israel, but he especially enjoyed his daily lunches with his buddies.
Alan Joel Bulka, 72, of Phoenix, died May 15, 2016. He was a podiatrist and had served as a captain in the U.S. Air Force.
Sheila Marsha Charlip, 73, of Scotts-dale, died May 21, 2016. Born in Brooklyn, New York, she was a retired secretary. She was affiliated with the Women’s League.
Arthur Cohen peacefully passed away May 14, 2016. Arthur, a WW II veteran, moved his family to Phoenix from Cleveland, Ohio in 1959 and opened his own business, A & J Glass.
Mark Klein passed away Friday, May 20, 2016 at age 73 after a battle with brain cancer.
Mitchell Aaron Selznick, age 69, died at his home in Scottsdale, Arizona with his wife, Hannah, at his side on May 21, 2016.
Dr. Alan Joel Dessen, 75, passed away on Saturday, May 21, 2016, surrounded by family in Phoenix, AZ. He was born to Dr. Edward Dessen and Beatrice Saslaff Dessen on February 4, 1941, in Philadelphia, PA. He is survived by his loving wife of 49 years, Shelly; son Gregg Dessen and his wife Danielle Meshorer; daughter Jamie Dessen Pape and her husband Ryan Pape; and grandchildren Zoe Meshorer Dessen, Maya Meshorer Dessen and Maddox Pape.
Morley Safer, a “60 Minutes” correspondent for 46 years who as a reporter helped turn American public opinion against the Vietnam War with his coverage showing U.S. atrocities, died yesterday (May 19) at age 84.
A boy, Samuel Lewkowitz Abelson, was born on May 3, 2016, to Jennifer and Benjamin Abelson of Shaker Heights, Ohio.
Ilan Jonah Wieser, son of Sharon and Philip Wieser of Phoenix, will become a bar mitzvah May 21, 2016, at Congregation Or Tzion.
David S. Capeloto, 62, of Mesa, died May 8, 2016. Born in Seattle, he was a pianist.
Claire Mildred Covner, of Sun City, died May 16, 2016. Born in Brooklyn, New York, she was a homemaker.
Sylvia Groth, 96, of Phoenix, died May 12, 2016. Born in New York City, she was a social worker.
A boy, Ziv Yosef Hersh, was born on April 22, 2016, to Cantor Shulie and Rabbi Jordan Hersh of Frederick, Maryland.
Daniel Max Ozer, son of Diane and Steve Ozer of Scottsdale, will become a bar mitzvah May 14, 2016, at Temple Chai.
Robert Irwin Cantor, 84, of Sun Lakes, died May 4, 2016. Born in West Chester, Pennsylvania, he was a civil engineer. He was in the U.S. Navy during the Korean conflict and was affiliated with Jewish War Veterans.
Philip Epstein, 93, of Scottsdale, Arizona, passed away on Friday, May 6, 2016. He was the Bridge Engineer for Maricopa County, Arizona, and was responsible for the inspection, evaluation and certification of over 240 bridges maintained by the Maricopa County Department of Transportation.
Herbert Lang, 93, passed away May 3, 2016 at his Scottsdale home. Herb was born in Chicago to Frank and Anna (nee Liebowitz) Lang on June 24, 1922.
Rochelle Miller, 85, of Phoenix, AZ, passed away on May 3, 2016. She was born in Chicago, IL and moved to Phoenix in 1947.
Ernest (Ernie) Michel, who after surviving Auschwitz and a forced death march went on to become a prominent American Jewish communal leader, died at his home in Manhattan on May 7. He was 92.
Lindsey Grace Stevens, daughter of Christine and Jay Stevens of Gilbert, will become a bat mitzvah May 7, 2016, at Temple Emanuel of Tempe.
Abigail Pilar Bayless Feldman, daughter of Karen and Alan Bayless Feldman of Phoenix, will become a bat mitzvah May 7, 2016, at Congregation Merkaz Ha-Iyr.
Molly C. Halperin, aged 94, passed away on April 29, 2016.
Anne Hochberg was born in New York City to Sarah and Louis Landau. She was preceded in death by her husband Paul, to whom she was married for 63 years. Anne’s passing is mourned by her children, Enid Seiden, wife of Michael Seiden, and Davina Glaser, both of Scottsdale; her grandchildren, Dorin O’Hara (Randy), Joshua Seiden (Heather), Emily Hinchman (Glenn), Seth Kromholz (Gilat); and her great-grandchildren, Rachael and Hannah O’Hara, Samantha and Sophi Seiden, and Nathan, Claire and Troy Hinchman.
Leo Zornow, 85, of West Palm Beach, Florida, died April 18, 2016. Born in Brooklyn, New York, he was the senior food administrator for Macy’s, a founding member of the Squires of Bucks Barbershop Chorus and also served in the U.S. Army.
Tuesday, June 21 is International Yoga Day and in recognition of this, the Valley of the Sun Jewish Community Center is hosting four free yoga classes.
More than 20,000 people have successfully turned to the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum for help in their search for documentation about the fates of their loved ones and other Holocaust survivors.
This Passover, PJ Library is partnering with Yehuda Matzos to engage Jewish families in Jewish life.