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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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Obituary - Bonnie Lee Drey
Posted: October 26, 2016 - 10:00 am

Bonnie Lee Drey, 75, of Rancho Bernardo, California, died Oct. 15, 2016. She was born in Chicago and was a tile and ceramic salesperson.

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Wednesday 10/19/2016
B'nai Mitzvah - Annie Isabella Hurvitz
Posted: October 19, 2016 - 10:00 am

Annie Isabella Hurvitz, daughter of Terri and Scott Hurvitz of Phoenix, will become a bat mitzvah Oct. 22, 2016 at Temple Chai.

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B'nai Mitzvah - Samuel Ryan Markson
Posted: October 19, 2016 - 10:00 am

Samuel Ryan Markson, son of Lori and Barry Markson of Scottsdale, will become a bar mitzvah Oct. 22, 2016 at Congregation Or Tzion.

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B'nai Mitzvah - Joey Alexander Varcoe
Posted: October 19, 2016 - 10:00 am

Joey Alexander Varcoe, son of Robyn and Jay Varcoe of Scottsdale, will become a bar mitzvah Oct. 22, 2016 at Congregation Beth Israel.

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Obituary - Donald Allan Silver
Posted: October 19, 2016 - 10:00 am

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.

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Wednesday 10/12/2016
Bnai Mitzvah - David Scott Hymovitch
Posted: October 12, 2016 - 10:00 am

David Scott Hymovitch, son of Julie and Steven Hymovitch of Paradise Valley, will become a bar mitzvah Oct. 15, 2016 at Congregation Beth Israel.

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Bnai Mitzvah - Ryan Michael Spier
Posted: October 12, 2016 - 10:00 am

Ryan Michael Spier, son of Susan and Scott Spier of Phoenix will become a bar mitzvah on Oct. 15, 2016 at Temple Solel.

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Obituary - Ruth Becker
Posted: October 12, 2016 - 10:00 am

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 .

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Obituary - Bertha Racowsky
Posted: October 12, 2016 - 10:00 am

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.      

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Obituary - Jacob Neusner
Posted: October 12, 2016 - 10:00 am

Jacob Neusner, one of the most influential voices in American Jewish intellectual life in the past half-century, has died.

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Wednesday 10/05/2016
Engagement- Brian Checkoway & Karen Cassidy
Posted: October 05, 2016 - 10:00 am

Karen Cassidy and Brian Checkoway, both of San Francisco, announce their engagement.

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Wednesday 09/28/2016
Shimon Peres, last of Israel’s founders, dies
Posted: September 28, 2016 - 6:52 am

TEL AVIV — Shimon Peres, the former defense hawk turned Nobel Peace Prize winner and the last of Israel’s founders, has died.

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Obituaries - Natalie LaBelle
Posted: September 28, 2016 - 10:00 am

Natalie LaBelle

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Obituaries - Rabbi Joseph Sitruk
Posted: September 28, 2016 - 10:00 am

Rabbi Joseph Sitruk, former chief rabbi of France: Joseph Sitruk, who served as chief rabbi of France for more than two decades, has died.

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Obituaries - Jerome “Jerry” Gerber
Posted: September 28, 2016 - 10:00 am

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.

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Wednesday 09/21/2016
B'nai Mitzvah - Eliyah “Ellie” Florence Kirshner
Posted: September 21, 2016 - 10:00 am

Eliyah “Ellie” Florence Kirshner, daughter of Jennifer and Jeffrey Kirshner of Phoenix, will become a bat mitzvah Sept. 24, 2016, at Congregation Beth Israel.

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B'nai Mitzvah - Derek Maxwell Solomon
Posted: September 21, 2016 - 10:00 am

Derek Maxwell Solomon, son of Bridget and Craig Solomon of Phoenix, will become a bar mitzvah Sept. 24, 2016, at Temple Chai.

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B'nai Mitzvah - Dylan Stefan Urias
Posted: September 21, 2016 - 10:00 am

Dylan Stefan Urias, son of Sharon and Andrew Urias of Scottsdale, will become a bar mitzvah Sept. 24, 2016, at Congregation Beth Israel.

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B'nai Mitzvah - Yosef Leib Wolchansky
Posted: September 21, 2016 - 10:00 am

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.

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Engagement - Aaron Singer & Morgan Eisinberg
Posted: September 21, 2016 - 10:00 am

Morgan Eisinberg and Aaron Singer of Chandler announce their engagement.

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Wednesday 09/14/2016
Birth - Asher Dimitri-Seidberg
Posted: September 14, 2016 - 10:00 am

A boy, Asher Dimitri-Seidberg, was born on Aug. 20, 2016, to Nicole Dimitri and David Seidberg.

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B'nai Mitzvah - Isaac Ross Greenland
Posted: September 14, 2016 - 10:00 am

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.

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B'nai Mitzvah - Nathan David Polk
Posted: September 14, 2016 - 10:00 am

Nathan David Polk, son of Joann and Jay Polk of Phoenix, became a bar mitzvah on Sept. 3, 2016, at Temple Chai.

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Wednesday 09/07/2016
Birth - Zachary Brin Schneider
Posted: September 07, 2016 - 10:00 am

A boy, Zachary Brin, was born on Aug. 17, 2016, to Justine and Brian Schneider of Phoenix.

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B'nai Mitzvah - Charles Randall Ratterman
Posted: September 07, 2016 - 10:00 am

Charles Randall Ratterman, son of Lee and Jeffrey Ratterman of Scottsdale will become a bar mitzvah on Saturday, Sept. 10, 2016 at Temple Solel.

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Obituary - Lillian Tasky,
Posted: September 07, 2016 - 10:00 am

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.  

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Wednesday 08/31/2016
B’nai Mitzvah - Mandy Skye Hammer
Posted: August 31, 2016 - 10:00 am

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. 

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B’nai Mitzvah - Noa Margalit Yekaterina Birdt
Posted: August 31, 2016 - 10:00 am

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.

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B’nai Mitzvah - Talia Elana Wilcox
Posted: August 31, 2016 - 10:00 am

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.

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