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On the evening of Nov. 12, 2010, a large crowd gathered in a New York City ballroom to celebrate my beloved mentor and scholar, Rabbi Steinsaltz’s magnum opus — his monumental translation and commentary of the entire Talmud. He had worked on it for 45 years.

Rabbi Adin Even-Israel Steinsaltz, one of Judaism’s exceptional modern-day commentators, died in Jerusalem after suffering from acute pneumonia. He was 83 years old.Steinsaltz was born in Jerusalem on July 11, 1937. His scholarship was noted at an early age. He studied mathematics, chemistry…

Robert "Bob" Lewkowitz, 87, died May 23, 2020.

Joan Gries Sitver, celebrated life-long leader in the Phoenix Jewish Community, passed away in her family home on July 1, 2020 at the age of 77.

For some people, a good rabbi is defined by a piercing intellect; for others, a good rabbi must have compassion for those who are suffering. Rabbi Micah Caplan, the spiritual leader of Congregation Or Tzion, had both those qualities — as well as a magnetic personality and the ability to talk…

Paul Sandler, M.D., of blessed memory, passed away peacefully, June 13, 2020, surrounded by loved ones. He is survived by Maryjane, his loving wife of 54 years; his children, Lisa, David and Jocelyn, Suzanne and Scott, and Sarah; his adoring grandchildren, Jack, Will, Emmett, Rafi and Vivian…

It is with great sadness that our family announces the passing of Marty (Martin) Abramson at age 73 on June 7, 2020. Marty was born in Newark, New Jersey. He is a graduate of Temple University with a BS and MFA both in communication and theater.

Millard Roy Seldin of Paradise Valley, AZ and Omaha, Nebraska passed away peacefully surrounded by family on Jan. 24, 2020 at the age of 93 years.

Bruce Arnon Mallin, M.D., died peacefully on Dec. 17, 2019 at the age of 81, surrounded by his family. His earliest days began in Prescott, AZ, where his cowboy roots were planted. He moved to Phoenix with his family in time for his bar mitzvah at the original Beth El Congregation, thus begi…

Nate Sachs passed away on November 12, 2019 at the age of 64. The world lost a brilliant, generous, honest, funny, and charitable man who was dedicated to his family, friends, and clients.Nate was born and raised in Indianapolis. He attended Indiana University, where he graduated from the Ke…

Samuel “Sam” Israel Walzer, 88, of Sun City, a decorated Korean War United States Navy Veteran, passed away on Sept. 24, 2019. Born in North Minneapolis, Minnesota, Samuel lived in several parts of the world, finally settling in beautiful Arizona. He was preceded in death by his parents, Max…

With great sorrow, we announce the passing of Mark Chernoff who died two months short of his 50th birthday. Mark was all determination. He never failed to apply the best of himself to the task at hand, whether the task involved complex legal arguments or organizing camping equipment for a we…

Donald Lehrer passed away peacefully at the age of 80 on Sept. 22, 2019, at Rock Creek Memory Facility in Surprise, Arizona. Donald is survived by his wife, Irene; his daughter, Marci Alter, and her husband, Jonathan; his son, Richard Lehrer, and his wife, Nadine; and his grandchildren, Jord…

Jordan Ziprin, 88, died Aug. 29, 2019.Jordan Ziprin, son of Nathan and Sheba, came from a golden chain of rabbis and reformers. He survived the Lower East Side and grew up in the illuminated shadow of his beloved brother, Lionel, who wrote fantastical poems and was on a lifelong mission to s…

Ryna Jean Grossman had the most spirited, positive attitude that anyone could imagine, but that was Jean! 

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