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Tuesday 02/14/2017
Bat mitzvah: Marissa Berry
Posted: February 14, 2017 - 5:09 pm

Marissa Riley Berry, daughter of Phil and Zina Berry, will become a bat mitzvah Feb. 18, 2017, at Beth El Congregation.

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Wednesday 02/01/2017
Wedding: Cara Roberts & Jonathan Gelbart
Posted: February 01, 2017 - 12:12 pm

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.

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Wednesday 01/25/2017
bat mitzvah: Tricia Toby Willett-Harty
Posted: January 25, 2017 - 12:48 pm

Tricia Toby Willett-Harty, daughter of Matthew Harty and Andy Willett, will become a bat mitzvah Jan. 28, 2017, at Congregation Beth Israel.

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Birth: Brooke Madison Bennett
Posted: January 25, 2017 - 12:49 pm

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.

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Monday 01/23/2017
Obituary: Lenn Robert Pivnick
Posted: January 23, 2017 - 11:16 am

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.

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Wednesday 01/18/2017
Nat Hentoff, an inspiration passes
Posted: January 18, 2017 - 2:40 pm

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.

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Thursday 01/12/2017
Wedding - Matthew Meisel & Jayme Tauber
Posted: January 12, 2017 - 10:00 am

Jayme Lee Tauber and Matthew Lawrence Meisel were married Dec. 31, 2016 at the Arizona Biltmore.

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Thursday 01/05/2017
Obituary: Debra Glasser
Posted: January 05, 2017 - 3:03 pm

Debra Ellen Glasser, 64, of Scottsdale, died Dec. 26, 2016.

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Obituary: Selma Fink
Posted: January 05, 2017 - 3:04 pm

Selma Fink, 91, of Scottsdale, died Dec. 26, 2016.

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Obituary: Joel Abramson
Posted: January 05, 2017 - 3:05 pm

Joel Abramson, 85, of Scottsdale, died Dec. 27, 2016.

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Wednesday 12/28/2016
Obituary - Actress Carrie Fisher
Posted: December 28, 2016 - 10:00 am

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.

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British pop star George Michael, who had Jewish roots, dies at 53
Posted: December 28, 2016 - 12:10 pm

British pop singer George Michael, who disclosed a decade ago that he had Jewish roots, died unexpectedly. He was 53.

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Wednesday 12/21/2016
Birth - Maya Neshama
Posted: December 21, 2016 - 10:00 am

A girl, Maya Neshama, was born Dec. 8, 2016, to Shoshana and Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz of Scottsdale.

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Obituary - Beth Ilene Chabler
Posted: December 21, 2016 - 10:00 am

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. 

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Marion Pritchard, Dutch rescuer of Jews during Holocaust, dies at 96
Posted: December 21, 2016 - 11:32 am

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.

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Wednesday 12/14/2016
Birth - Zayev D’Artagnan Hammerman Peterson
Posted: December 14, 2016 - 10:00 am

A boy, Zayev D’Artagnan Hammerman Peterson, was born Oct. 20, 2016, to Jessica Hammerman and Isaac Peterson of Bend, Oregon.

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B'nai Mitzvah - Jakob Vaughn Triester
Posted: December 14, 2016 - 10:00 am

Jakob Vaughn Triester, son of Diane and Stuart Triester of Scottsdale, will become a bar mitzvah on Dec. 17, 2016, at Congregation Or Tzion.

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Obituary - Joy Carol Schenk
Posted: December 14, 2016 - 10:00 am

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. 

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Obituary - David Mitchell Schoenwetter
Posted: December 14, 2016 - 10:00 am

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.

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Obituary - Doris Wiener
Posted: December 14, 2016 - 10:00 am

Doris Wiener, 92, of Valencia, California, died Nov. 28, 2016. She was born in New York City and had been a homemaker. 

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Obituary - Betty Franklin
Posted: December 14, 2016 - 10:00 am

Betty Franklin, 87, of Scottsdale, died Dec. 10, 2016. She was born in New York City and had been a business owner.

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Wednesday 12/07/2016
B'nai Mitzvah - Samuel Harrison Marks
Posted: December 07, 2016 - 10:00 am

Samuel Harrison Marks, son of Julie and Jeremy Marks of Scottsdale, will become a bar mitzvah on Dec. 10, 2016 at Congregation Beth Israel.

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B'nai Mitzvah - Julia Maya Lange
Posted: December 07, 2016 - 10:00 am

Julia Maya Lange, daughter of Veronica and Eddie Lange of Scottsdale, will become a bat mitzvah on Dec. 10, 2016 at Congregation Or Tzion.

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Obituary - Stanley Sheldon Barman
Posted: December 07, 2016 - 10:00 am

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.

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Obituary - Joseph Braslawsce
Posted: December 07, 2016 - 10:00 am

Joseph Braslawsce, of Chino Valley, AZ, passed peacefully surrounded by his family on Monday, November 28, 2016.

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Obituary - Bernard Greenberg
Posted: December 07, 2016 - 10:00 am

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.

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Obituary - Gerald “Jerry” Isaacs
Posted: December 07, 2016 - 10:00 am

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.

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Obituary - Marjorie Linsey
Posted: December 07, 2016 - 10:00 am

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.

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Obituary - Barbara Weisz
Posted: December 07, 2016 - 10:00 am

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.

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Wednesday 11/30/2016
Obituary - Fay Hill
Posted: November 30, 2016 - 10:00 am

Fay Hill, 93, of Goodyear, died Nov. 25, 2016. She was born in Pretoria, South Africa and was a retired typist.

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Obituary - Gerald J. Zukerman
Posted: November 30, 2016 - 10:00 am

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.

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Wednesday 11/23/2016
Birth - Hannah Chaya Simones
Posted: November 23, 2016 - 10:00 am

A girl, Hannah Chaya Simones, was born Oct. 31, 2016 to Shoshana and Ari Simones of Phoenix.

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B'nai Mitzvah - Matthew Brian Adelberg
Posted: November 23, 2016 - 10:00 am

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.

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B'nai Mitzvah - Colin Sloan Marx
Posted: November 23, 2016 - 10:00 am

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.

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Friday 11/18/2016
Ruth Gruber, journalist who helped Holocaust survivors, dies at 105
Posted: November 18, 2016 - 10:29 am

Ruth Gruber, an American journalist who escorted 1,000 Jewish Holocaust refugees from Europe to the United States, has died. She was 105.

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Wednesday 11/16/2016
Bat Mitzvah - Grace Shoshana Goldman
Posted: November 16, 2016 - 10:00 am

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.  

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Bat Mitzvah - Madalyn Shai Palay
Posted: November 16, 2016 - 10:00 am

Madalyn Shai Palay, daughter of Margie and Steve Palay of Phoenix, will become a bat mitzvah Nov. 19, 2016, at Temple Kol Ami.

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Engagement - Abby Weinzer Fox & Robert Wong
Posted: November 16, 2016 - 10:00 am

Abby Cecelia Weinzer Fox of Phoenix and Robert Kenneth Wong of Oakland, California, announce their engagement.

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Obituary - Isidore “Izzy” Fromm
Posted: November 16, 2016 - 10:00 am

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.

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Friday 11/11/2016
Leonard Cohen, whose Jewish-infused poetry and songs inspired generations, is dead at 82
Posted: November 11, 2016 - 11:44 am

Leonard Cohen, the Canadian singer-songwriter whose Jewish-infused work became a soundtrack for melancholy, has died. He was 82.

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Wednesday 11/09/2016
B'nai Mitzvah - Jacob Samuel Kaye
Posted: November 09, 2016 - 10:00 am

Jacob Samuel Kaye, son of Jennifer and Joel Kaye of Scottsdale, will become a bar mitzvah Nov. 12, 2016 at Congregation Beth Israel.

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B'nai Mitzvah - George Matthew Serbin
Posted: November 09, 2016 - 10:00 am

George Matthew Serbin, son of Julie and Brian Serbin of Phoenix, will become a bar mitzvah Nov. 12, 2016 at Temple Chai.

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B'nai Mitzvah - Jacob Scott Wanger
Posted: November 09, 2016 - 10:00 am

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.

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B'nai Mitzvah - Julia Elyse Brown
Posted: November 09, 2016 - 10:00 am

Julia Elyse Brown, daughter of Denise and Lowell Brown of Chandler, will become a bat mitzvah Nov. 12, 2016 at Temple Emanuel of Tempe.

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Obituary - Samuel Z. Shoshan
Posted: November 09, 2016 - 10:00 am

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.

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Obituary - JASON PHILIP ZAKS
Posted: November 09, 2016 - 10:00 am

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.

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Wednesday 11/02/2016
Bat Mitzvah - Emma Jordyn Blackstone
Posted: November 02, 2016 - 10:00 am

Emma Jordyn Blackstone, daughter of Traci and David Blackstone of Phoenix, will become a bat mitzvah Nov. 5, 2016 at Temple Chai.

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Obituary - Marvin Joseph Goldfarb
Posted: November 02, 2016 - 10:00 am

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.

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Wednesday 10/26/2016
Birth - Vanessa Mari Altman
Posted: October 26, 2016 - 10:00 am

A girl, Vanessa Mari Altman, was born on Aug. 18, 2016 to Anna and Ben Altman of San Diego, California.

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B'nai Mitzvah - Lauren Gamiel Eckstein
Posted: October 26, 2016 - 10:00 am

Lauren Gamiel Eckstein, daughter of Keri and Tim Eckstein of Phoenix , will become a bat mitzvah Oct. 29, 2016 at Temple Chai.

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