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Wednesday 02/14/2018
Milestones - Obituaries
Posted: February 14, 2018 - 9:53 am

F. Scott Christopher

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Milestones - Bat Mitzvahs
Posted: February 14, 2018 - 9:51 am

Ayden Yael Schure

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Wednesday 02/07/2018
Bat Mitzvah
Posted: February 07, 2018 - 10:44 am

Tessa Lynn Shuey

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Posted: February 07, 2018 - 10:47 am

Morton Steinberg

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Wednesday 01/31/2018
Bar Mitzvah - Jacob Mason Wernick
Posted: January 31, 2018 - 9:43 am

Jacob Mason Wernick, son of Rachel Schwartz Wernick of Scottsdale and Elliot Wernick of Phoenix, will become a bar mitzvah on Feb. 3 at Congregation Or Tzion.

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Wedding - Rebecca Emily Morris and Ian Benjamin Shore
Posted: January 31, 2018 - 9:44 am

Rebecca Emily Morris and Ian Benjamin Shore, both originally from Scottsdale, were married at Sassi’s in Scottsdale on Jan. 14.

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Bat Mitzvah - Elana Ruth Finkel
Posted: January 31, 2018 - 9:41 am

Elana Ruth Finkel, daughter of Olivia and Joel Finkel of Chandler, will become a bat mitzvah on Feb. 17 at Temple Beth Sholom of the East Valley.

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Obituary - Nessa W. Graub
Posted: January 31, 2018 - 9:41 am

Nessa W. Graub, 83, of Plymouth Meeting, Pennsylvania, died Jan. 11. Born in Philadelphia, Graub was a homemaker.

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Birth - Ori Zvi Lerner
Posted: January 31, 2018 - 9:39 am

Ori Zvi Lerner, son of Jaimie and Jeremy Lerner of Passaic, New Jersey, was born Jan. 5. Gandparents are Lisa and Nelson Lerner of Scottsdale, and Gayle and Bart Lowen of Farmington Hills, Michigan.

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Wednesday 01/24/2018
Posted: January 24, 2018 - 9:29 am

Matan Shalom Green

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Posted: January 24, 2018 - 9:23 am

Robert Gilberg

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Posted: January 24, 2018 - 9:22 am

Rachel Zaslow and Cory Shapiro

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Bar/Bat Mitzvah
Posted: January 24, 2018 - 9:20 am

Andrew Jacob Marks

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Wednesday 01/17/2018
Bat Mitzvah
Posted: January 17, 2018 - 9:00 am

Emma Nicole Bandler

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Posted: January 17, 2018 - 9:02 am

Ronnie Kay Bendheim

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Wednesday 01/10/2018
Milestones - Bat Mitzvahs
Posted: January 10, 2018 - 11:25 am

Marissa Haleigh Hurd

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Milestones: Obituaries
Posted: January 10, 2018 - 11:26 am

Edward Chulew

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Wednesday 01/03/2018
Obituary - Bee Shore
Posted: January 03, 2018 - 9:08 am

Bee Shore, 87, of Cave Creek, passed away on Dec. 29. Originally from Chicago, she was the daughter of Bluma and Nathan Bernsten. Known for her wit and warmth of character, she spent many years working in hospital emergency rooms and admissions, comforting patients and families. She wrote and spoke with great humor and was active in several synagogues and helped to start two. An animal lover, she had pets and rescued animals that were treated as children, the latest being her cat, Sheba. She loved and was devoted to her late husband of 58 years, Al. She often spoke of her philosophy: “Laughing is better than crying.” Bee Shore was a woman of honor and integrity. She is survived by loving children, Diane (Rick) Belanger, Steve Shore, Judy Shore, and grandson Bryan Belanger. Services took place at noon on Jan. 3, at Green Acres Cemetery, 401 N. Hayden, Scottsdale. We miss you and will cherish you always Mom. You are at peace. You’ve earned your rest. Contributions may be made to Best Friends Animal Society, Friends of Israel Disabled Veterans or AZ Humane Society.

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Wednesday 12/27/2017
Posted: December 27, 2017 - 8:45 am

Helen Flam Blecher

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Wednesday 12/20/2017
Milesstones - Dec. 22, 2017
Posted: December 20, 2017 - 12:16 pm

Bar Mitzvah

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Wednesday 12/13/2017
Posted: December 13, 2017 - 9:09 am


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Wednesday 12/06/2017
Obituary - Shirley R. Haber
Posted: December 06, 2017 - 12:28 pm

Shirley R. Haber, beloved wife of the late Benno Haber, died on Nov. 30, 2017, in Scottsdale. Shirley enjoyed time with her daughters and grandchildren and traveling the world with her husband. A perpetual source of positive energy and light, Shirley’s presence infused all who knew her with love. Shirley’s greatest joy in life was her family. Shirley was born on July 3, 1928, in Eau Claire, Wisc. During World War II her family moved to Hattiesburg, Miss. She earned a degree as an X-ray technician in Philadelphia and later moved to Buffalo, NY, where she met her first husband, and father to her children, Bernie Frydrych. After his passing, she married Benno and moved to Tarrytown, NY. Shirley and Benno spent the latter part of their lives in Scottsdale, enjoying the warmer weather, family and friends. Shirley is survived by daughters Barbara (Jerry) Landau of Scottsdale, Sandra Haber of Boulder, Colo., and Dianne (Mike); four grandchildren, Michelle, Benjamin, Nathan and Hannah; and four great-grandchildren. Donations in Shirley’s honor can be made to Congregation Shomrei Torah.

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Obituary -Jack Laufer
Posted: December 06, 2017 - 12:19 pm

Jack Laufer, father of Dr. Nathan Laufer, father-in-law of Judy Egett Laufer of Paradise Valley, and grandfather of Andrew Charles Laufer of Los Angeles, California, died peacefully in Montreal, Canada, at 101 years of age on Nov. 22, 2017. He is survived by his beloved wife of 66 years, Pepi Brachfeld Laufer, and his other son, Aubey Laufer (Mary Laufer), of Montreal, Canada. He was predeceased by his parents and siblings who perished in the Holocaust. Funeral services were held at Paperman & Sons in Montreal. Shiva was held in Montreal, Canada, and Paradise Valley, Arizona. Jack Laufer was born in Lejansk, Poland on July 13, 1916. He escaped from the Gestapo during the Nazi invasion of Poland. Upon entering the Soviet Union, he was imprisoned in Siberia for two years. After his release, he worked in a sheepskin factory in Russia for four years. At the end of World War II, he found his way to a displaced persons camp in Germany prior to emigrating to Canada as a lumberjack in Northern Ontario. He spent the major part of his life as a furrier in Montreal, Canada, being the owner of J Laufer Furs. He was active in the Farband Labor Zionist Organization and many other Jewish and Israeli organizations. He will be fondly remembered by his family and friends as a kind, gentle and generous man. He will be missed by all who had the good fortune of knowing him. Contributions in his memory may be made to the Canadian Magen David Adom for Israel (514-731-4400), Jewish National Fund, Congregation Or Tzion or Congregation Beth Tfilah in Scottsdale.

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Obituary - Myrna Jane Levine
Posted: December 06, 2017 - 12:16 pm

Myrna Jane Levine, 81, of Phoenix, daughter of Anna and Wilfred Levine, died Nov. 24, 2017. She was born and raised in Rochester, New York. Myrna was a teacher, counselor, friend, poker player, mahjong lover, artist, adventure seeker, traveler and Nana who taught her grandchildren that they could do anything they put their mind to. “Either you have what you want, or you have all the reasons why you can’t have it,” she would say. “It’s all about attitude.” Her surviving loved ones include daughters Wendy (Danny) Levey and Tricia (Rob) Ginis; grandchildren Maddy and Brenden Ginis, and Sammy and Benji Levey; and nephews David (Kim), Rob (Amy) and Bill (Rebecca) Levine. Memorial service and shivas led by Rabbi John Linder and Rabbi Mari Chernow. Donations may be made to Arizona Crime Victim Rights Law Group, P.O. Box 2323, Scottsdale, AZ 85252-2323. Arrangements by Sinai Mortuary.MARK FRIEDMAN

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Bat Mitzvah - Sophie Joy Engel
Posted: December 06, 2017 - 12:09 pm

Sophie Joy Engel, daughter of Danielle and Brian Engel of Phoenix, will become a bat mitzvah on Dec. 9 at Temple Solel.

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Obituary - Mark Friedman
Posted: December 06, 2017 - 12:07 pm

Mark Friedman of Los Angeles, after spending a Saturday basking in the glory of Ohio State University’s sixth-straight victory over TTUN (That Team Up North) and finishing the celebration with an In-N-Out Double-Double, passed away peacefully in his sleep on the morning of Nov. 26. Friedman was a devoted Jewish communal professional and lay leader, loving husband, father, grandfather, uncle, brother and friend as well as a lifelong Buckeye, Pirate, Steeler and doo-wop music fanatic. He is survived by wife Leslie, son and daughter-in-law Dan and Kristin of St. Louis, daughter Ellie of Phoenix, and grandkids Becca, Sarah, Adam, Leah and Justin. Family and friends will be honoring his memory by arguing about politics while watching “Animal House,” drinking single-malt Scotch and eating miniature Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups. Donations may be made to the Jewish Free Loan Phoenix (jewishfreeloan.org), which will help support an organization that was near and dear to his heart.

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Wednesday 11/29/2017
Obituary - Gayla Crossman
Posted: November 29, 2017 - 9:05 am

It is with great sadness that our family announces the quiet passing of our sweet, classy, gentle wife, mother and Mormor. She grew up in Gallup, New Mexico. Ever the lover of learning, she graduated valedictorian of her high school. She was a ballerina for over 50 years and danced in Utah, New York and traveled with a dance company. Deciding she did not want to pursue that permanently, she got her bachelor’s degree from the University of New Mexico. While working on her master’s, she met the love of her life and best friend, husband Harlan. They married in 1964, and raised their two children, Avery and Monica, in Phoenix. She lovingly welcomed son-in-law, Stig, to the family and was overjoyed when her grandchildren Erlend and Emilia were born. Gayla loved playing with her dogs, gardening and reading. She traveled the world with her husband and often remarked at how lucky she was. Given how much she loved animals, donations can be made to Home Fur Good Animal Rescue, 10220 N. 32nd St., Phoenix, AZ 85028. She will be forever loved and forever missed. Arrangements by Sinai Mortuary.

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Birth - Clyde Paris Feinstein
Posted: November 29, 2017 - 8:59 am

Clyde Paris Feinstein, son of Dr. Ara and Iris Feinstein of Paradise Valley, was born Nov. 20.

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Obituary - Sheldon Merle Pierson
Posted: November 29, 2017 - 8:59 am

Sheldon Merle Pierson, 92, died Nov. 22. Born in Cleveland, Pierson was an advertising manager.

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Obituary - Rhoda Kallet
Posted: November 29, 2017 - 9:01 am

Rhoda Kallet, age 90, died Nov. 12, 2017. She was born in Stamford, Connecticut, and lived in Detroit, Michigan, and Tucson, Arizona, before moving to Scottsdale in 2012. She is survived by her husband of 66 years, Maerit Kallet, and her children, Gail (Gary) of Phoenix and A.J. (Diane) Kallet of Mill Valley, California. She is also survived by three granddaughters, Rachel Tasky, Naomi Tasky and Sally Kallet. Donations are being accepted by Hospice of the Valley. Arrangements by Sinai Mortuary.

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Obituary - Libby Friedman
Posted: November 29, 2017 - 9:02 am

Libby Friedman, a Scottsdale resident for 30 years, passed away on Nov. 19, 2017. Libby was born and grew up in Belleville, Illinois. She was the youngest of the four children born to Tillie and Jacob Friedman. After high school she enrolled at the University of Illinois and earned her undergraduate degree. Libby moved to Phoenix in 1962 and reunited with her mother and her brother “Vic” and his family. Once settled in Phoenix, she entered the graduate program at ASU. After earning her first master’s degree in education, she accepted a teaching position at Rancho High School in Las Vegas. In 1967, Libby returned to Phoenix and earned her second master’s degree in education from ASU. She remained in Phoenix and taught at Central, Alhambra and Camelback high schools. Libby was an intrepid world traveler, visiting all seven continents, including Antarctica. Besides traveling, she enjoyed golfing, reading and learning about new things. Libby found a special joy in cooking and entertaining, and she was generous with her time and resources. Left behind to cherish her memory are nieces Roberta Brimer of Ballwin, Missouri; Jacqueline Fierman of St. Laurent, QC, Canada; Joann Burgess (Robert) of Phoenix; and nephews Michael Fierman (Helene) of Encino, California, William Fierman (Harriet) of Bloomington, Indiana, and Dennis Friedman of Phoenix. Funeral services have been held. Condolences for the family may be left at: sinaimortuary.net. The family suggests anyone wishing to contribute in Libby’s memory to please donate to: MAZON, 101850 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 400, Los Angeles, CA 90024; or Chysalis Shelter, 2055 W. Northern Ave., Phoenix, AZ 85021.

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Wednesday 11/22/2017
Obituary - D. Howard Tolchin
Posted: November 22, 2017 - 9:46 am

D. Howard Tolchin, 71, Scottsdale, AZ, son of Shirley Silver and Philip Tolchin passed away November 16, after courageously battling a third reoccurrence of cancer as well as pneumonia. While at Bradley University, he enrolled in Officer Candidates School (Marines) which taught him to “never give up!” Howard applied this philosophy in dealing with his health challenges. At 40, he became a Scottsdale police officer - proud to Serve and Protect. Other careers included one in life insurance and another as a Jewish News ad executive. Howard loved spending time with family, traveling, SCUBA diving, cycling, playing racquetball, and was a support to others with cancer. His surviving loved ones, Merle, his wife of 49 years, daughters, Rebecca (Barry) Shevat and Dayna Tolchin, granddaughters Jordyn and Sydney Shevat know that he is now “free to travel the world and beyond.” Donations may be made to Gray Matters Foundation at www.graymattersfoundation.org or PO Box 27106 Scottsdale, AZ 85255. Arrangements by Sinai Mortuary.

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Obituary - Dr. Herbert Liston
Posted: November 22, 2017 - 9:44 am

Dr. Herbert Liston, age 86, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, Nov. 14, from complications of Alzheimer’s disease. He was born in Germany on June 26, 1931, and immigrated to the United States to avoid the Holocaust. He was raised in Cleveland, Ohio, and attended Cleveland Heights High School, Western Reserve University and graduated from the Ohio College of Podiatry in 1959. Herb and his wife, Seema, moved to Phoenix, Arizona, in March 1961, where Herb opened his podiatry practice. He retired 35 years later and followed his dream of playing bridge daily at the Phoenix Bridge Center, where he achieved the rank of Diamond Life Master. He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Seema; brother Martin; son Aaron (Sara) Liston; daughter Sally (Tony) Underwood; daughter Elaine (Paul) Werner; and four grandchildren, Nico, David, Maria and William. Graveside services were held Thurs., November 16 at 2 p.m. at Greenwood Cemetery, Beth El Congregation section, 2300 W. Van Buren St. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Jewish Free Loan of Phoenix or The New Shul.

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Birth - Devon Nathaniel Fanton
Posted: November 22, 2017 - 9:43 am

Devon Nathaniel Fanton

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Bat Mitzvah - Naomi Ocean Markowitz
Posted: November 22, 2017 - 9:41 am

Naomi Ocean Markowitz, daughter of Lori Kahn of Paradise Valley and Seth Markowitz of Scottsdale, will become a bat mitzvah on Dec. 2, 2017 at Temple Chai.

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Obituary - Marilyn Yosowitz
Posted: November 22, 2017 - 9:42 am

Marilyn Yosowitz, aged 89, passed away on Nov. 14, 2017. Born in Anderson, Indiana, she was a homemaker and affiliated with Temple Kol Ami.

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Wednesday 11/15/2017
Obituary - Rhea Jane Ritter
Posted: November 15, 2017 - 10:48 am

Rhea Jane Ritter (née Kaplan), a resident of Scottsdale since 1977, passed away on Nov. 13, 2017. Born in 1934 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, she loved adventure, film, politics and reading, but cherished most of all her family and friends. She is survived by her children, Joanne Green (Barry Gross), Howard Green (Michele) and Linda Shapiro (Fred); six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Rhea was known for her infectious smile and good humor. She worked successfully in real estate for over 30 years developing lasting friendships with many of her clients. A memorial service will be held at Temple Kol Ami, 15030 N. 64th St. in Scottsdale at 1 p.m., Nov. 19. Donations are being accepted in her name by Hospice of the Valley at HOV.org.

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Bar Mitzvah - Brett Louis Katz
Posted: November 15, 2017 - 10:46 am

Brett Louis Katz, son of Beth and David Katz, will become a bar mitzvah on Nov. 18 at Temple Chai.

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Bar Mitzvah - Yaakov Shoshan
Posted: November 15, 2017 - 10:47 am

Yaakov Shoshan, son of Rabbi Ariel and Ayala Shoshan, will become a bar mitzvah on Nov. 18 at Ahavas Torah: the Scottsdale Torah Center.

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Wednesday 11/08/2017
Obituary - Michael (Moses) Bernard Garvin
Posted: November 08, 2017 - 11:11 am

Michael (Moses) Bernard Garvin, age 97, passed away peacefully on Sunday, Oct. 29, 2017 at Hospice of the Valley in Tempe, with his wife, Kathy, at his side. Michael was born on Aug.18, 1920 in Chicago, where he grew up before joining the Navy during World War II. After the military, he had a successful career as a dancer, traveling the world. After moving to Arizona, he became an interior decorator and continued teaching dancing. He got married to his wife, Kathy, at the age of 89. He loved kids, but never had a chance to have some of his own. He was a very gentle and kind soul, always seeing the world in positive light. He was observant and engaged as a cantor on holy days in Chabad Synagogue in Phoenix. He is survived by his wife, Kathy, his step-daughter Monika and two step-grandchildren, Penny and Hawk, whom he loved very much, two nieces and two nephews. His funeral service was held in Chicago on Thursday, Nov. 2. He was loved and he will be greatly missed. Arrangements by Sinai Mortuary.

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Bat Mitzvah - Sydney Lillian Goldfarb
Posted: November 08, 2017 - 11:09 am

Sydney Lillian Goldfarb, daughter of Lara and David Goldfarb of Phoenix, will become a bat mitzvah on Nov. 11 at Temple Beth El.

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Bar Mitzvah - Noah William Fox
Posted: November 08, 2017 - 11:08 am

Noah William Fox, son of Toby and Dan Fox, will become a bar mitzvah on Nov. 25 at Congregation Or Tzion.

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Obituary - Fred S.Greenwood
Posted: November 08, 2017 - 11:10 am

Fred S.Greenwood, 87 passed away on Oct. 13. Born in Holland he was a hidden child and survived the Holocaust (You can read his memoir at Fred.Kielsky.com). In 1952 he came to America and was immediately sent to fight in Korea. He married and had three children. He was married a second time in 1994 to Dr. Vera Kielsky-Greenwood. Surviving him are his wife Vera (Phoenix), his son Naftali (Israel), 16 grandchildren and 17 Israeli great-grandchildren. Services were held at Beth El Cemetary on Oct. 16, with Rabbi Lavinsky officiating. Contributions in his memory are suggested to Ben Gurion University or JNF.

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Obituary - Ada Margolin Levin
Posted: November 08, 2017 - 11:07 am

Ada Margolin Levin, a longtime resident of Scottsdale, died on Oct. 23 following a short illness. Born in 1931 in Wilmington, Delaware, she loved people, film, travel and reading, but cherished most of all her family and friends. She is survived by her husband, Bert, of 62 years, children Jody Levin of Los Angeles, Mark Levin of Calabasas, California, Debra Levin of Pleasant Hill, California, and Scott Levin of Scottsdale. She had four grandchildren. Donations are being accepted in her name at Temple Chai in Phoenix.

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Wednesday 11/01/2017
Obituary: Leroy Lyon Paller
Posted: November 01, 2017 - 10:18 am

Leroy Lyon Paller, aged 84 of Phoenix, died Oct. 26. He was born in Chicago and operated his own business.

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Obituary: Susan Ellen Starr
Posted: November 01, 2017 - 10:18 am

Susan Ellen Starr, aged 74 of Phoenix, died Oct. 29. Born in the Bronx, New York, she was an insurance agent.

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Mar Mitzvah: Caden Shay Kelleher
Posted: November 01, 2017 - 10:19 am

Caden Shay Kelleher, son of Samantha Kramer of Phoenix, will become a bar mitzvah at Temple Chai on Nov. 11.

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Birth: Carter Joseph Harris
Posted: November 01, 2017 - 10:20 am

Carter Joseph Harris, son of Jason and Marisa Harris of Phoenix, was born Oct. 20 in Scottsdale.

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Obituary: Bernard Charles Dietz
Posted: November 01, 2017 - 10:16 am

Bernard Charles Dietz, aged 77 of Los Angeles, died Oct. 22. He was born in Brooklyn, New York, and worked in sales.

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Obituary: Ada Margolin Levin
Posted: November 01, 2017 - 10:17 am

Ada Margolin Levin, a longtime resident of Scottsdale, died Oct. 23 following a short illness.

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