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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.
Fay Hill, 93, of Goodyear, died Nov. 25, 2016. She was born in Pretoria, South Africa and was a retired typist.
Gerald J. Zukerman, 77, died November 17, 2016 after a long illness. Raised in Shaker Heights, Ohio, he operated an appliance service company. He was a veteran.
A girl, Hannah Chaya Simones, was born Oct. 31, 2016 to Shoshana and Ari Simones of Phoenix.
Matthew Brian Adelberg, son of Sara-Jane and Daniel Adelberg of Scottsdale, will become a bar mitzvah on Nov. 26, 2016 at Congregation Beth Israel.
Colin Sloan Marx, son of Denise Sloan and Brian Marx of Sharon, Massachusetts, will become a bar mitzvah on Nov. 26, 2016 at Sun Lakes Jewish Congregation.
Ruth Gruber, an American journalist who escorted 1,000 Jewish Holocaust refugees from Europe to the United States, has died. She was 105.
Grace Shoshana Goldman, daughter of Carolyn and Mark Goldman of Fountain Hills, will become a bat mitzvah Nov. 19, 2016, at the McCormick Ranch Golf Club. The Goldmans are members of Congregation Beth Israel.
Madalyn Shai Palay, daughter of Margie and Steve Palay of Phoenix, will become a bat mitzvah Nov. 19, 2016, at Temple Kol Ami.
Abby Cecelia Weinzer Fox of Phoenix and Robert Kenneth Wong of Oakland, California, announce their engagement.
Isidore “Izzy” Fromm, 94, of Scottsdale, AZ died on October 25, 2016. He was born June 13, 1922 in the Bronx and eloped with his sweeheart, Irene, on January 10, 1942. They were happily married until Irene’s untimely death in 1974.
Leonard Cohen, the Canadian singer-songwriter whose Jewish-infused work became a soundtrack for melancholy, has died. He was 82.
Jacob Samuel Kaye, son of Jennifer and Joel Kaye of Scottsdale, will become a bar mitzvah Nov. 12, 2016 at Congregation Beth Israel.
George Matthew Serbin, son of Julie and Brian Serbin of Phoenix, will become a bar mitzvah Nov. 12, 2016 at Temple Chai.
Jacob Scott Wanger, son of Alyse and Tony Wanger of Paradise Valley, will become a bar mitzvah Nov. 12, 2016. His family are members of Congregation Beth Israel.
Julia Elyse Brown, daughter of Denise and Lowell Brown of Chandler, will become a bat mitzvah Nov. 12, 2016 at Temple Emanuel of Tempe.
Samuel Z. Shoshan, 83, of Raanana, Israel died Nov. 3, 2016. He was born in Antwerp, Belgium and was retired from the can-making industry and also served as the public relations director for Rabbi Meir Kahane and the Jewish Defense League.
JASON PHILIP ZAKS, loving father of Hannah Zaks, died in Michigan on October 29, 2016. Also survived and loved by his former wife, Stefanie Zaks. Cherished son of Susan Zaks and Dr. Jeffrey Zaks. Caring brother of Dr. Lisa (Jason) Klein and Dr. Alana (Dr. Shon) Chakrabarti. Adored grandson of the late Dr. David and the late Rae Friedman, the late Philip Zaks, the late Jane “Jay” Zaks and the late Leah Zaks. Also survived by many loving aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews, and a world of friends.
Emma Jordyn Blackstone, daughter of Traci and David Blackstone of Phoenix, will become a bat mitzvah Nov. 5, 2016 at Temple Chai.
Marvin Joseph Goldfarb, 82, of Peoria, died Oct. 27, 2016. He was born in Brooklyn, New York and was a retired floor covering salesman. He had served in the U.S. Army.
A girl, Vanessa Mari Altman, was born on Aug. 18, 2016 to Anna and Ben Altman of San Diego, California.
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.
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.