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Emanuel H. Braunstein, 91, of Plantation, FL, passed away on March 4, 2017.
Elliott Horowitz, the author of “Reckless Rites: Purim and the Legacy of Jewish Violence” – considered the most wide-ranging book on Jewish violence – has died.
Norman Chasan, 98, passed away March 16, 2017. He was born in Brooklyn, NY and raised his family in Seaford, NY with his beloved wife of 73 years, Ina.
Anna May Weintraub, 79, of Phoenix, died March 18, 2017. Born in Philadelphia, she was a fashion consultant.
Barbara A. Haas (nee Amster), formerly of Cleveland, died at her home in Paradise Valley, AZ on Friday March 17. Born and raised in Wooster, Ohio, she graduated from Northwestern University with a degree in Studio Art.
Jordan Mark Meschkow, 59, of Scottsdale, died March 13, 2017. Born in Brooklyn, New York, he was an attorney.
Ryan Matthew Toughill, son of Stephanie and Mark Toughill of Cave Creek, will become a bar mitzvah on March 25, 2017 at Temple Chai.
Stella Naomi Lipson, daughter of Joan and Robert Lipson of Phoenix, will become a bat mitzvah on March 25, 2017 at Temple Solel.
Sigal Rose Gottschalk, daughter of Ari Stern-Gottschalk and Haim Gottschalk of Olney, Maryland, will become a bat mitzvah on March 18, 2017, at Ohev Sholom Talmud Torah in Olney, Maryland.
A boy, Ezra Todd Abrams, was born Jan. 31, 2017 to Connie Moyle and Micah Abrams of Phoenix.
Harrison A. LaBell, son of Ariella and Steven LaBell of Scottsdale, will become a bar mitzvah March 18, 2017 at Congregation Beth Israel.
Delaney Jaclyn Worth, daughter of Marla and Andy Worth of Scottsdale, will become a bat mitzvah March 18, 2017, at Congregation Or Tzion.
Jacob Elliot Cohen, son of Teri and Daniel Cohen of Las Vegas, will become a bar mitzvah on March 11, 2017 at Temple Chai in Phoenix.
Marlie Carol Nochomovitz, daughter of Gail and Howard Nochomovitz, will become a bat mitzvah March 11, 2017, at Congregation Or Tzion.
Paul M. Steingard, D.O., 87, passed away peacefully on Monday, Feb. 27. Dr. Steingard was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on June 12, 1929 to Charles and Rose Steingard. He was a proud graduate of Penn State University and earned his D.O. at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. After practicing in Philadelphia, the family moved to Phoenix in 1962 and Dr. Steingard began a distinguished, 57-year career in sports and family medicine. Along with two other physicians, Dr. Steingard co-founded Sports Medicine as a medical specialty in 1969 and is widely credited for bringing national attention to the field. Alongside a successful private practice, he was the first team physician for the Phoenix Suns and later the Physician Emeritus.
Obituary: Arthur D. Ehrenreich, ￼March 5, 1934 - Feb. 23, 2017
Riley Rose and Izabella Blue Plattner, daughters of Andy and Alyse Plattner, will both become a bat mitzvah on March 4, 2017, at Congregation Or Tzion.
Leo Bruskin, 94, of Sun City West, died Feb. 12, 2017. He was born in Ansonia, Connecticut and worked in the federal government estate gift and tax division. He served in the U.S. Army and was a member of Temple Beth Emeth and the Sun City West Posse.
Ronnie Jenefsky, 85 of Phoenix, died Feb. 22, 2017. Born in New York City, she was a homemaker.
Marissa Riley Berry, daughter of Phil and Zina Berry, will become a bat mitzvah Feb. 18, 2017, at Beth El Congregation.
Cara Roberts and Jonathan Gelbart, both of Tempe, were married Jan. 15, 2017 at the Bella Rose Estate in Chandler. Rabbi Arthur Lavinsky of Beth El Congregation officiated.
Tricia Toby Willett-Harty, daughter of Matthew Harty and Andy Willett, will become a bat mitzvah Jan. 28, 2017, at Congregation Beth Israel.
A girl, Brooke Madison Bennett, was born Dec. 27, 2016, to Jennifer and Adam Bennett of Northridge, California. Grandparents are Steven and Shari Cohen of Paradise Valley. The Bennetts are also the parents of Paige, 2.
Lenn Robert Pivnick passed away on Jan. 1, 2016. He was a loving husband, son, father and brother. He leaves behind his wife, Randi Rotwein-Pivnick, mother Phyllis, brother Mark, and daughter Shana. He will be missed forever.
Nat Hentoff, who died Jan. 7, once called himself “a member of the Proud and Ancient Order of Stiff-Necked Jewish Atheists.” I wouldn’t have known what that meant when I first read his columns in the Village Voice five decades ago.
Jayme Lee Tauber and Matthew Lawrence Meisel were married Dec. 31, 2016 at the Arizona Biltmore.
Debra Ellen Glasser, 64, of Scottsdale, died Dec. 26, 2016.
Selma Fink, 91, of Scottsdale, died Dec. 26, 2016.
Joel Abramson, 85, of Scottsdale, died Dec. 27, 2016.
Carrie Fisher, the actress best known for playing Princess Leia in the original “Star Wars” films, died Dec. 27, days after suffering a heart attack on an airplane. She was 60.
British pop singer George Michael, who disclosed a decade ago that he had Jewish roots, died unexpectedly. He was 53.
A girl, Maya Neshama, was born Dec. 8, 2016, to Shoshana and Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz of Scottsdale.
Beth Ilene Chabler, 53, of Phoenix died on December 10, 2016. She was born September 20, 1963 in Cleveland, Ohio to Larry and Rita Freiler Chabler.
Marion Pritchard, a Dutch social work student who rescued Jews during World War II and killed a policeman who discovered a Jewish family she was sheltering, has died.
A boy, Zayev D’Artagnan Hammerman Peterson, was born Oct. 20, 2016, to Jessica Hammerman and Isaac Peterson of Bend, Oregon.
Jakob Vaughn Triester, son of Diane and Stuart Triester of Scottsdale, will become a bar mitzvah on Dec. 17, 2016, at Congregation Or Tzion.
Joy Carol Schenk, 80, of Scottsdale, died Nov. 15, 2016. She was born in Brooklyn, New York, and was a lifetime member of Hadassah and a past teacher at Har Zion Congregation.
David Mitchell Schoenwetter, 72, of Phoenix, died Dec. 4, 2016. He was born in Chicago and was a programmer. He served in the U.S. Army.
Doris Wiener, 92, of Valencia, California, died Nov. 28, 2016. She was born in New York City and had been a homemaker.
Betty Franklin, 87, of Scottsdale, died Dec. 10, 2016. She was born in New York City and had been a business owner.
Samuel Harrison Marks, son of Julie and Jeremy Marks of Scottsdale, will become a bar mitzvah on Dec. 10, 2016 at Congregation Beth Israel.
Julia Maya Lange, daughter of Veronica and Eddie Lange of Scottsdale, will become a bat mitzvah on Dec. 10, 2016 at Congregation Or Tzion.
Stanley Sheldon Barman, 94, of Phoenix, died Dec. 1, 2016. He was born in Des Moines, Iowa, and was a retired retail manager of menswear and sporting goods. He served in the U.S. Air Force and was a member of Congregation Beth Israel.
Joseph Braslawsce, of Chino Valley, AZ, passed peacefully surrounded by his family on Monday, November 28, 2016.
Bernard Greenberg, 93, of Sun City West, died Dec. 3, 2016. He was born in New York City and had been an accountant. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II.
Gerald “Jerry” Isaacs, 80, of Phoenix, died Nov. 23, 2016. He was born in Detroit and was a self-employed businessman. He served in the U.S. Army and was affiliated with United Jewish Appeal and Beth Israel Congregation in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
Marjorie Linsey, 93, of Scottsdale, died Nov. 27, 2016. She was born in Cleveland and had been a secretary. She was a member of Women’s American ORT-Scottsdale and Jewish Federation of Greater Phoenix.
Barbara Weisz, 88, of Scottsdale, Arizona, passed away on November 30, 2016, surrounded by her family. But memories of her and her incredible positive effects on others, will never fade.
The “Inspired by Israel” video contest has started its 10-day period of online voting to determine which 10 video entrants will move on to the final phase of the contest and be evaluated by an elite panel of judges.
Between the challah bake, the Shabbat Project and conferences in Washington, D.C., it's been a busy week.
Shabbat in Jerusalem was like no Shabbat I have ever experienced.