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Wednesday 03/22/2017
Obituary: Emanuel H. Braunstein
Posted: March 22, 2017 - 12:43 pm

Emanuel H. Braunstein, 91, of Plantation, FL, passed away on March 4, 2017.

Historian Elliott Horowitz, expert on Jewish violence, dies at 64
Posted: March 22, 2017 - 12:45 pm

Elliott Horowitz, the author of “Reckless Rites: Purim and the Legacy of Jewish Violence” – considered the most wide-ranging book on Jewish violence – has died.

Obituary: Norman Chasan
Posted: March 22, 2017 - 12:44 pm

Norman Chasan, 98, passed away March 16, 2017. He was born in Brooklyn, NY and raised his family in Seaford, NY with his beloved wife of 73 years, Ina.

Obituary: Anna Weintraub
Posted: March 22, 2017 - 12:38 pm

Anna May Weintraub, 79, of Phoenix, died March 18, 2017. Born in Philadelphia, she was a fashion consultant.

Obituary: Barbara A. Haas (nee Amster)
Posted: March 22, 2017 - 12:39 pm

Barbara A. Haas (nee Amster), formerly of Cleveland, died at her home in Paradise Valley, AZ on Friday March 17. Born and raised in Wooster, Ohio, she graduated from Northwestern University with a degree in Studio Art.

Obituary: Jordan Meschkow
Posted: March 22, 2017 - 12:37 pm

Jordan Mark Meschkow, 59, of Scottsdale, died March 13, 2017. Born in Brooklyn, New York, he was an attorney.

Wednesday 03/08/2017
Obituary: Paul M. Steingard
Posted: March 08, 2017 - 12:38 pm

Paul M. Steingard, D.O., 87, passed away peacefully on Monday, Feb. 27. Dr. Steingard was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on June 12, 1929 to Charles and Rose Steingard. He was a proud graduate of Penn State University and earned his D.O. at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. After practicing in Philadelphia, the family moved to Phoenix in 1962 and Dr. Steingard began a distinguished, 57-year career in sports and family medicine. Along with two other physicians, Dr. Steingard co-founded Sports Medicine as a medical specialty in 1969 and is widely credited for bringing national attention to the field. Alongside a successful private practice, he was the first team physician for the Phoenix Suns and later the Physician Emeritus.

Obituary: Arthur D. Ehrenreich
Posted: March 08, 2017 - 12:36 pm

Obituary: Arthur D. Ehrenreich, March 5, 1934 - Feb. 23, 2017

Wednesday 03/01/2017
Obituaries: Leo Bruskin
Posted: March 01, 2017 - 11:33 am

Leo Bruskin, 94, of Sun City West, died Feb. 12, 2017. He was born in Ansonia, Connecticut and worked in the federal government estate gift and tax division. He served in the U.S. Army and was a member of Temple Beth Emeth and the Sun City West Posse.

Obituaries: Ronnie Jenefsky
Posted: March 01, 2017 - 11:34 am

Ronnie Jenefsky, 85 of Phoenix, died Feb. 22, 2017. Born in New York City, she was a homemaker.

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.

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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.

Wednesday 12/21/2016
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. 

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.

Wednesday 12/14/2016
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. 

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.

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. 

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.

Wednesday 12/07/2016
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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Wednesday 11/16/2016
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.

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.

Wednesday 11/09/2016
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.

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.

Wednesday 11/02/2016
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.

Wednesday 10/26/2016
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.

Wednesday 10/19/2016
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.

Wednesday 10/12/2016
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 .

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.      

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.

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.

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

Natalie LaBelle

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.

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.

Wednesday 09/07/2016
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.  

Wednesday 08/31/2016
Obituaries - Penny Burns
Posted: August 31, 2016 - 10:00 am

Penny Burns of Scottsdale went on to her next journey on Aug. 22, 2016 surrounded by her loving family.  

Obituaries - Joy Wolf Carter
Posted: August 31, 2016 - 10:00 am

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.

Tuesday 08/30/2016
Mel Brooks and other stars mourn passing of Gene Wilder
Posted: August 30, 2016 - 6:10 pm

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.