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Dr. Jack Joseph Bernstein, 86, died on April 15, 2017.
Dr. Alberto Benchimol, a trailblazing research cardiologist whose dynamic directorship of the Institute for Cardiovascular Diseases at Good Samaritan Hospital put Phoenix on the international medical map in the 1960s and 1970s, died on Thursday, the 30th of March at John C. Lincoln Hospital. He was 84. The cause was complications from influenza A, including pneumonia.
Ruth Marks Rosen (nee Getzov) lived an amazing life. She participated in life - she was not a bystander. The message she wanted to leave behind is to choose life; do not put off doing what you want to do. Ruth passed away on April 13, 2017, at age 100. She was born July 10, 1916, in Cleveland, OH, to immigrant parents, Joseph Getzov and Bertha Epstein Getzov. When asked what her secret to long life was, Ruth always answered, “Choose the right parents!” She meant that both genetically and affectionately, because she always talked about how blessed she was to have Joe & Bertha for her parents. They were always there for her through good times & bad. When Ruth was a young widow with a 6 year old & a 2 year old, Joe & Bertha sold their business in Cleveland to come West with her, ending up in Phoenix. The family became members of Temple Beth Israel (now Congregation Beth Israel) in 1949 and remained members throughout the years. Ruth was active and a leader in many charitable organizations. She was awarded the 1974 Woman of the Year for the Women’s Division of the United Jewish Appeal. She served for many years on the Board of Directors of the Kivel Campus of Care, helping to organize the fund-raising Kivel Ball and serving as the Ball’s 1980 Co-chair. In 1983, she and husband Isidore Rosen were honored with a tribute dinner for the Hadassah Hospital of Israel. She supported the AZ Jewish Historical Society and the Sylvia and Albert Plotkin Museum. Her love of reading and of children led to her volunteering as a reading tutor at Madison 1 Elementary School in her later years. In addition to all the volunteer work Ruth did, she also worked in sales, and building and land development. She loved to dance, from the time she was a little girl. In high school she played the french horn and was a counselor at Camp Wise in Ohio, where she had also been a camper. She was able to attend the Camp Wise 85th Reunion in recent years. She believed that everyone should know how blessed they to live in this country. She loved her family and being with family was her sincerest joy & happiness. Ruth had a great sense of humor, & in spite of tragedies in her life, chose to focus on the positive, not on sadness. Ruth knew how to have fun, whether it was dancing in her Zumba class & swimming in her water aerobics class at age 95, celebrating with her Brazilian friends, traveling overseas, or finding any reason to gather a group of friends together. Ruth was predeceased by her mother Bertha & father Joseph, husband Max Louis Marks, husband Isidore H. Rosen, and brother Milton Garrett. Ruth is survived by sons Lawrence Jeffrey Marks (Jane) of Scottsdale, and Stephen David Marks (Judith) of Decatur, GA, grandchildren Julee Rosen Gabay, Daniel Rosen, Lucia Marks, Joseph Marks, Aaron Marks, Risa Marks Jacobson, & Dara Marks Marino, 9 great-grandchildren, and cousin David Epstein (Deanna) of California. Graveside services will be held 12:30 PM, Sun., April 16, at Beth Israel Cemetery, 305 S. 35th Ave., Phoenix, AZ, 85009, with services conducted by Rabbi Ronnie Keller of Congregation Beth Israel. The family wishes to thank the caring staff of The Retreat at Desert Cove (under the auspices of Kivel Campus of Care) and Hospice of the Valley for their loving care of Ruth. The family suggests donations to Kivel Campus of Care (www.kivelcare.org) or Hospice of the Valley (https://www.hov.org). Arrangements by Sinai Mortuary.
Judith Allen Rosenthal (nee Kroloff) passed away peacefully at her home Monday morning, April 17. Her loving family had been constantly by her side as she battled lung cancer courageously for the last two years. Judy was born in Phoenix on June 26, 1934 at the old St. Joseph’s Hospital downtown to Archie and Dorothy Kroloff. She grew up in the Palmcroft area attending Kenilworth Elementary and North High School. While attending Scripps College, she met the love of her life, Myron “Mike” Rosenthal (1930-2009) and began what would be a truly wonderful life together. Judy balanced her life impeccably as a spouse and mother; first as a stay-at-home mom raising four sons transitioning to a full-time career as a medical secretary. She later became a doting grandmother and a world traveler. All throughout her life with Mike, they were tireless community volunteers and activists for cultural and religious causes. There are simply too many to mention but one she was particularly proud of was being one of the co-founders of what is now known as ICM (Interfaith Cooperative Ministries) food and clothing bank. Her greatest joy was as mother and grandmother. Judy is survived by devoted sons David (Marsha), Michael, Jonathan (Robyn), and Daniel (Raymond); her precious grandchildren Adam, Zachary, Ariel, Samara, and Zoe; and her brother Kirk Kroloff and his family. She is also survived by wonderful extended family and countless friends who loved her for her grace, her dignity, and her enduring spirit. Funeral services were held on Thursday, April 20 in Phoenix. Contributions in her memory can be made to Temple Kol Ami and to Child Crisis Arizona. Arrangements by Sinai Mortuary.
Joan Barbara Switow of Scottsdale, 84, died April 11, 2017. Born in Louisville, Kentucky, she was a homemaker.
Burt Freireich, 91, of Litchfield Park died March 29, 2017.
Lee Shandling, 84, of Wheeling, Illinois died March 24, 2017. Born in Ravenna, Ohio, she was a retired bookkeeper and a member of Congregation Kol Emeth, Skokie, Illinois.
NEW YORK – Don Rickles, the bullet-headed comedian and actor whose pioneering brand of insult comedy earned him the nickname “Mr. Warmth,” has died at 90. Rickles died April 6 at his home in Los Angeles from kidney failure, according to his publicist. He would have turned 91 on May 8.
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Mildred Burns, 91, of Scottsdale, died March 26, 2017. Born in Detroit, she was a secretary.
Aviva Wininger, 86, of Peoria, passed away March 22, 2017.
Liss, Barbara (Rosenfield) passed away peacefully surrounded by her loving family.
Ingeborg Syllm-Rapoport, a German neonatologist who passed her doctoral defense exam nearly eight decades after she was denied the opportunity by the Nazis, has died at 104.
Emanuel H. Braunstein, 91, of Plantation, FL, passed away on March 4, 2017.
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.
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.
Anna May Weintraub, 79, of Phoenix, died March 18, 2017. Born in Philadelphia, she was a fashion consultant.
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.
Jordan Mark Meschkow, 59, of Scottsdale, died March 13, 2017. Born in Brooklyn, New York, he was an attorney.
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, ￼March 5, 1934 - Feb. 23, 2017
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.
Ronnie Jenefsky, 85 of Phoenix, died Feb. 22, 2017. Born in New York City, she was a homemaker.
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.
The Israel Video Network has announced the winner of the "Inspired by Israel" contest sponsored by The Adam and Gila Milstein Family Foundation.
The “Inspired by Israel” video contest has started its 10-day period of online voting to determine which 10 video entrants will move on to the final phase of the contest and be evaluated by an elite panel of judges.
Between the challah bake, the Shabbat Project and conferences in Washington, D.C., it's been a busy week.