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Fay Hill, 93, of Goodyear, died Nov. 25, 2016. She was born in Pretoria, South Africa and was a retired typist.
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.
A girl, Hannah Chaya Simones, was born Oct. 31, 2016 to Shoshana and Ari Simones of Phoenix.
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.
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.
Ruth Gruber, an American journalist who escorted 1,000 Jewish Holocaust refugees from Europe to the United States, has died. She was 105.
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.
Madalyn Shai Palay, daughter of Margie and Steve Palay of Phoenix, will become a bat mitzvah Nov. 19, 2016, at Temple Kol Ami.
Abby Cecelia Weinzer Fox of Phoenix and Robert Kenneth Wong of Oakland, California, announce their engagement.
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.
Leonard Cohen, the Canadian singer-songwriter whose Jewish-infused work became a soundtrack for melancholy, has died. He was 82.
Jacob Samuel Kaye, son of Jennifer and Joel Kaye of Scottsdale, will become a bar mitzvah Nov. 12, 2016 at Congregation Beth Israel.
George Matthew Serbin, son of Julie and Brian Serbin of Phoenix, will become a bar mitzvah Nov. 12, 2016 at Temple Chai.
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.
Julia Elyse Brown, daughter of Denise and Lowell Brown of Chandler, will become a bat mitzvah Nov. 12, 2016 at Temple Emanuel of Tempe.
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.
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.
Emma Jordyn Blackstone, daughter of Traci and David Blackstone of Phoenix, will become a bat mitzvah Nov. 5, 2016 at Temple Chai.
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.
A girl, Vanessa Mari Altman, was born on Aug. 18, 2016 to Anna and Ben Altman of San Diego, California.
Lauren Gamiel Eckstein, daughter of Keri and Tim Eckstein of Phoenix , will become a bat mitzvah Oct. 29, 2016 at Temple Chai.
Bonnie Lee Drey, 75, of Rancho Bernardo, California, died Oct. 15, 2016. She was born in Chicago and was a tile and ceramic salesperson.
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.
Between the challah bake, the Shabbat Project and conferences in Washington, D.C., it's been a busy week.
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.