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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.
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.
Debra Ellen Glasser, 64, of Scottsdale, died Dec. 26, 2016.
Selma Fink, 91, of Scottsdale, died Dec. 26, 2016.
Joel Abramson, 85, of Scottsdale, died Dec. 27, 2016.
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 singer George Michael, who disclosed a decade ago that he had Jewish roots, died unexpectedly. He was 53.
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, 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.
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.
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.
Doris Wiener, 92, of Valencia, California, died Nov. 28, 2016. She was born in New York City and had been a homemaker.
Betty Franklin, 87, of Scottsdale, died Dec. 10, 2016. She was born in New York City and had been a business owner.
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.
Joseph Braslawsce, of Chino Valley, AZ, passed peacefully surrounded by his family on Monday, November 28, 2016.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Ruth Gruber, an American journalist who escorted 1,000 Jewish Holocaust refugees from Europe to the United States, has died. She was 105.
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.
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.
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.
Bonnie Lee Drey, 75, of Rancho Bernardo, California, died Oct. 15, 2016. She was born in Chicago and was a tile and ceramic salesperson.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Harold David Schulman, 64, of Paradise Valley, died Aug. 5, 2016. He was born in Buffalo, New York and was a retired stockbroker.
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.