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Annie Isabella Hurvitz, daughter of Terri and Scott Hurvitz of Phoenix, will become a bat mitzvah Oct. 22, 2016 at Temple Chai.
Samuel Ryan Markson, son of Lori and Barry Markson of Scottsdale, will become a bar mitzvah Oct. 22, 2016 at Congregation Or Tzion.
Joey Alexander Varcoe, son of Robyn and Jay Varcoe of Scottsdale, will become a bar mitzvah Oct. 22, 2016 at Congregation Beth Israel.
Donald Allan Silver, 75, of Tucson, died Oct. 12, 2016. He was born in Detroit and was a retired civilian contractor for the U.S. military. He had served in the U.S. Air Force.
David Scott Hymovitch, son of Julie and Steven Hymovitch of Paradise Valley, will become a bar mitzvah Oct. 15, 2016 at Congregation Beth Israel.
Ryan Michael Spier, son of Susan and Scott Spier of Phoenix will become a bar mitzvah on Oct. 15, 2016 at Temple Solel.
Ruth Becker, born February 25, 1921, passed away on September 23, 2016. She was preceded in death by her husband Louis; and her son Stephen (Jacquie); survived by her sons Mathis (Barbara) and Barry (Melanie); her grand- children Daniel (Julie), Sarah, Stephanie, Andrea, Michael (Lindsey) and Jason; and her great-grandchild Skylar .
Bertha Racowsky, 106, passed away on October 7, 2016. She was born in St. Louis, MO on September 20, 1910, the second youngest of 9 children.
Jacob Neusner, one of the most influential voices in American Jewish intellectual life in the past half-century, has died.
Karen Cassidy and Brian Checkoway, both of San Francisco, announce their engagement.
TEL AVIV — Shimon Peres, the former defense hawk turned Nobel Peace Prize winner and the last of Israel’s founders, has died.
Rabbi Joseph Sitruk, former chief rabbi of France: Joseph Sitruk, who served as chief rabbi of France for more than two decades, has died.
Jerome “Jerry” Gerber passed away September 22, 2016. He was 85. He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Elaine; daughter Jill Hoffknecht and her partner; sons Mitchell and Richard Gerber and their spouses; and two grandchildren Rebecca and Daniel Hoffknecht.
Eliyah “Ellie” Florence Kirshner, daughter of Jennifer and Jeffrey Kirshner of Phoenix, will become a bat mitzvah Sept. 24, 2016, at Congregation Beth Israel.
Derek Maxwell Solomon, son of Bridget and Craig Solomon of Phoenix, will become a bar mitzvah Sept. 24, 2016, at Temple Chai.
Dylan Stefan Urias, son of Sharon and Andrew Urias of Scottsdale, will become a bar mitzvah Sept. 24, 2016, at Congregation Beth Israel.
Yosef Leib Wolchansky, son of Rosy and Howard Wolchansky of Chandler, will become a bar mitzvah Sept. 24, 2016 at Chabad of the East Valley.
Morgan Eisinberg and Aaron Singer of Chandler announce their engagement.
A boy, Asher Dimitri-Seidberg, was born on Aug. 20, 2016, to Nicole Dimitri and David Seidberg.
Isaac Ross Greenland, son of Amy Golden of Scottsdale, and Michael Greenland and Lisa Jennis of Scottsdale, will become a bar mitzvah on Sept. 17, 2016, at Temple Chai.
Nathan David Polk, son of Joann and Jay Polk of Phoenix, became a bar mitzvah on Sept. 3, 2016, at Temple Chai.
A boy, Zachary Brin, was born on Aug. 17, 2016, to Justine and Brian Schneider of Phoenix.
Charles Randall Ratterman, son of Lee and Jeffrey Ratterman of Scottsdale will become a bar mitzvah on Saturday, Sept. 10, 2016 at Temple Solel.
Lillian Tasky, age 94, of Chicago, IL passed away on September 4, 2016 in Phoenix. Lillian was preceded in death by her grandson Joshua Tasky and is survived by sons Gary Steven (Gail) Tasky of Phoenix; Perry Michael (Susan) Tasky of Peoria; Ted Neil (Carol) Tasky of Buffalo Grove, IL; and grandchildren Rachel Tasky, Naomi Tasky, Barret (Barbara) Tasky, Kevin (Dayna) Tasky, Brian Tasky, Sarah Kovitz, Daniel Kotvitz, Jenna (Rich) Handler, Meredith (Mark) Robins; niece Marjorie Rothstein; and nephew Robert (Cheryl) Rothstein.
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.
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.