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Ruth Marks Rosen celebrated her 100th birthday on July 10, 2016, with family, friends and staff at The Retreat at Desert Cove in Scottsdale. The festivities included fun, food and even dancing by Rosen herself.
Ethan Jude Karlovsky, son of Lisa and Dr. Matthew Karlovsky of Paradise Valley, became a bar mitzvah June 20, 2016, at the Kotel in Jerusalem. The Karlovskys are members of Congregation Beth Tefillah.
Shayna Jean Gutfreund, daughter of Betty Van Baalen Gutfreund and Dan Gutfreund of Phoenix, became a bat mitzvah July 7, 2016, at Masada in Israel. The Gutfreunds are members of Temple Chai.
Edith M. Friedman, 86, of Phoenix, died July 13, 2016. Born in Chicago, she was a medical secretary.
Manuel (Manny) Batshaw, who was considered “the architect of Montreal’s Jewish community,” has died at 101.
Sylvia Shindell, 95, passed away July 15, 2016 in Phoenix, AZ. She was born on July 2, 1921 in Bronx, NY and spent her childhood in Baltimore, MD. Sylvia also lived in Hamden, CT before moving to Phoenix, AZ in 1958.
Dr. Avery A. Sandberg, 95, of Scottsdale, died July 6, 2016. He was one of the founding fathers of cancer research and considered one of the premier authorities on cancer genetics and hematology worldwide.
A boy, Devin Seth Schuster, was born on June 23, 2016, to Mikaela and Adam Schuster of Silver Spring, Maryland.
The oldest American, Goldie Michelson of Worcester, Massachusetts, died at home, July 8, 2016, at the age of 113 and 11 months.
Kaitana Victoria Cohen, daughter of Karen Cohen of Scottsdale, will become a bat mitzvah July 10, 2016.
Carol Ann Galan, 71, of Los Angeles, died June 28, 2016. She was born in Brooklyn, New York, and had been an elementary school teacher.
Stacia Lei Di Amore and Ron Louis Tuckman were married June 11, 2016, at their home in Flagstaff.
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.
Shabbat in Jerusalem was like no Shabbat I have ever experienced.
Valley residents Esther and Don Schon write about a program that two ex-IDF soldiers developed to help teach disadvantaged teens to surf and in turn to become surfing teachers for wounded warriors.
Valley residents Esther and Don Schon write about the question facing French Jews as anti-Semitism continues to spark violence and fear there.