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Mandy Skye Hammer, daughter of Lesley and Eli Hammer of Paradise Valley, will become a bat mitzvah Sept. 3, 2016, at Pardes Jewish Day School.
Noa Margalit Yekaterina Birdt, daughter of Julianne and Andrew Birdt of Scottsdale, will become a bat mitzvah Sept. 3, 2016. Noa will join her cousin, Talia Wilcox, in becoming a bat mitzvah at Temple Beth Torah in Ventura, California. The Birdts are members of Congregation Beth Israel.
Talia Elana Wilcox, daughter of Michelle and Clifford Wilcox of Ventura, California, will become a bat mitzvah Sept. 3, 2016. Talia will join her cousin, Noa Birdt, in becoming a bat mitzvah at Temple Beth Torah in Ventura, California.
Penny Burns of Scottsdale went on to her next journey on Aug. 22, 2016 surrounded by her loving family.
Joy Wolf Carter, 91, passed away August 23, 2016. She was born in Los Angeles, CA to Sam and Austie Wolf on May 8, 1925. After moving to Chicago, IL she attended Chicago Public Schools and the University of Illinois graduating with a degree in Social Science. She met her husband of 70 years, the love of her life, Ronald M. Carter, Sr. at the University of Illinois.
It was a sad day in Hollywood yesterday (Aug. 29) as the world learned that Gene Wilder, one of the most beloved comic actors of the ’70s and ’80s, had passed away the day before at the age of 83.
Last year, I joined some 3,000 people at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark for a wide-screen showing of Mel Brooks' 1974 Western parody "Blazing Saddles." In the onstage interview that followed, Brooks, then 89, was beside himself in his delight at sharing his 42-year-old comedy with a real live audience.
Gene Wilder, a comedic actor known for playing wild-eyed eccentrics such as the titular characters in “Young Frankenstein” and “Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory,” has died at 83.
A girl, Eliana Dora, was born on June 15, 2016, to Aliza and Jonathan Michel of Phoenix.
A boy, Nathan Grant, was born on Aug. 2, 2016, to Arielle and Brad Markiewicz of Springfield, Virginia.
Miriam V. Ioshpa, 91, of Phoenix, died Aug. 19, 2016. She was born in Ukraine and was an accountant.
Arthur Hiller, the Canadian-born Jewish director most famous for the hit movie “Love Story,” has died.
Twin boys, Asher Nathan and Joseph Ezra, were born June 3, 2016, to Danielle and Benjamin Gross of Phoenix.
Erika Sylvia Safrin, daughter of Liz and Zack Safrin of Paradise Valley, will become a bat mitzvah Aug. 20, 2016, at Congregation Beth Israel.
Bonnie Koppell and Ronald Kushner, both of Phoenix, announce their engagement.
Carley Marion and Thomas Paul, both of Philadelphia, announce their engagement.
Michael Green, 72, of Phoenix, died June 17, 2016. He was born in Brooklyn, New York, and was a retired printer.
David Lieberman, age 83, passed away on Thursday, August 11, 2016 in Scottsdale, AZ, surrounded by his adoring family. He was a larger-than-life figure who had an infinite zest for life and a generous and open heart and spirit that was apparent to all who met him.
Anthony M. (Tony) Natale of Tempe died Aug. 3, 2016, after battling several illnesses for more than a year. He was 77.
Fyvush Finkel, an Emmy Award-winning actor who began his career performing in the Yiddish theater, has died at 93.
Alan Gold, 51, of Cave Creek, died July 27, 2016. He was born in Skokie, Illinois and was a computer tech for the city of Phoenix.
Samuel Jacob Brody, son of Josie Brody of Phoenix and Josh Brody of Scottsdale, will become a bar mitzvah Aug. 13, 2016 at Congregation Or Tzion.
Harold David Schulman, 64, of Paradise Valley, died Aug. 5, 2016. He was born in Buffalo, New York and was a retired stockbroker.
Mark Lester Weiss, 65, of Phoenix, died Aug. 4, 2016. He was born in New York City, New York and was a retired piano business owner. He was a member of Chabad of Arizona.
A girl, Ainsley Gray Harris, was born on July 22, 2016, to Marisa Zappaterreno Harris and Jason Adam Harris of Phoenix. Grandparents are Robert and Emily Harris of Scottsdale; Sandra and Joseph Zappaterreno of Bayside, Wisconsin; and Jackie and Paul Schuldes of Lake Charles, Louisiana.
Michael Green, 72, of Phoenix, died June 17, 2016. He was born in Brooklyn, New York and was a retired printer.
Cheryl Elaine Goldstein, 74, of Sun City West, died July 30, 2016. She was born in Albany, New York and had been a teacher.
Timothy Joel Fentem passed away on July 19, 2016. He was born in Myrtle Beach, S.C and grew up in Rantoul, IL and graduated from the University of Illinois. After college graduation in 1991, Tim moved to Arizona with his soon-to-be wife, Lori (Sherman) Fentem.
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.
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.