Berthold Lippel

Berthold (“Bert”) Lippel, 87, died May 5, 2019. Mr. Lippel was born in Dusseldorf, Germany. He and his family experienced the growing hostility of the Nazi regime, including witnessing the infamous Kristallnacht. They fled to Belgium, occupied by Germany, and spent the next years in hiding. Berthold and his… Read more »

Joan Schwartz

Joan Schwartz died April 26, 2019. Joan was a beloved wife to David B. Waine; also a beloved mother to Ariel Jason Schwartz, Rayna Leora Schwartz, and Danielle Tamar Schwartz; and Janae Adele Newhouse-Waine. Joan was originally from Long Island, New York, but spent much of her career in… Read more »

Jeffrey Mendelsohn

Jeffrey Mendelsohn, 67, died April 22, 2019. Mr. Mendelsohn was born in Kansas City, Missouri, to Archie and Marjorie Mendelsohn. He  graduated from the University of Arizona in 1972. Survivors include his child, Seth (Adrienne) Mendelsohn of Longmont, Colorado; brother, Stephen (Karen) Mendelsohn; and two grandchildren. A service will… Read more »

Marvin Fortman, J.D.

Marvin Fortman, J.D., 88, died May 7, 2019. Born and raised in Brooklyn, he was a professional musician (clarinet, sax, flute, bass) before moving to Tucson in 1950 and graduating from the University of Arizona with honors while co-owning “Tiny’s Circus Drive-In” with his brother and father. The Army… Read more »

Lori Joyce Ruben

Lori Joyce Ruben, 60, died April 19, 2019. Ms. Ruben was born in Los Angeles and moved to Tucson last year to be near her mother. She was a marketing/product manager at Accenture. A former horse owner, she won several awards for dressage. Survivors include her mother, Carole Culman… Read more »

Edith Muhlrad

Edith N. Muhlrad, 95, died April 12, 2019. Mrs. Muhlrad was born in Newark, New Jersey, on August 12, 1923. She was preceded in death by her husband of 65 years, Norbert F. Muhlrad; and sisters, Sara Joffe and Anne Cook. Survivors include her children, David Muhlrad and Cindi… Read more »

Sanford Berlin

Sanford Berlin

Sanford Sidney Berlin, 81, died April 6, 2019. Dr. Berlin was born in Detroit, Michigan and at age 9 moved with his family to Tucson until high school. His family joined Temple Emanu-El, where he celebrated becoming a bar mitzvah. After graduating from Mumford High School in Detroit, he… Read more »

Seymour Simon

Seymour Simon

Seymour Simon, 100, died April 10, 2019. Born in Brooklyn, New York, on Jan. 18, 1919, Mr. Simon earned his BA at the City College of New York in 1939, law degree at St. John’s University in 1948, and Masters of Law at New York University in 1955. He… Read more »

Ruth Ganeles

Ruth Ganeles

Ruth Lubin Ganeles, 84, died March 31, 2019 after a three-year battle with pancreatic cancer. Mrs. Ganeles was a volunteer at Connecticut Hospice in Banford, the first inpatient hospice in America, and Albany Medical Center In New York, where she helped develop their first surgical waiting area. She was… Read more »

Tucson philanthropist and developer Don Diamond dies at 91

Donald R. DiamondDonald R. Diamond

The Tucson Jewish community mourns the loss of local philanthropist, businessman, and real estate developer Donald R. Diamond, who died March 25 at the age of 91. His daughter Rabbi Jennifer Diamond and Cantor Janece E. Cohen conducted funeral services March 27 at the Tucson Jewish Community Center. Rabbi… Read more »

Eugene Drew

Eugene (Gene) Anthony Drew, 74, died March 21, 2019. Mr. Drew was born in Niagara Falls, New York. He served in the Navy during the Vietnam War, moving to Tucson in 1974 to attend the University of Arizona. He served Pima County as a juvenile probation officer for troubled… Read more »

Myrna Lyons

Mrs. Lyons grew up in Kansas City, Missouri. She was a Women’s Philanthropy director at the Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona in the 1990s. Mrs. Lyons was predeceased by her husband, David. Survivors include her sons, Jonathan (Jamie) Lyons of Marietta, Georgia, and Brett (Marlo) Lyons of Los Gatos,… Read more »

Stephen Jacobs

Stephen Frank Jacobs, 90, died Feb. 24, 2019. Mr. Jacobs was born in New York City to Henry Lawrence Jacobs and Josette Frank. He grew up in Greenwich Village and received his B.S. in physics from Antioch College and his Ph.D. in physics from Johns Hopkins University. He moved… Read more »

Thomas Abrams

Thomas Abrams, M.D., 67, died Sunday, Feb. 17, 2019. Dr. Abrams was a family practice doctor in Tucson for more than 30 years. His love of the arts included photographing flora and natural parks and writing poetry, as well as supporting many local cultural organizations. He is survived by… Read more »

Lynn Saul

Lynn Saul, 73, died Feb. 22, 2019. Ms. Saul was the daughter of the late Samuel and Ruth Saul. Her passions included writing and teaching poetry. Survivors include her partner, Joseph Antone; son, Kevin (Nicole) Koch of Tucson; daughter, Erica (Carol Anderson) Moore of Minneapolis; siblings, Wendy Saul of… Read more »

Pearl Kitay

Pearl Kitay, 88, died Feb. 14, 2019. Mrs. Kitay was preceded in death by her husband of 64 years, Harold. Survivors include her son, Barry (Holly) Kitay, and daughter, Nancy Galdi, all of Tucson; four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. A celebration of life will be held at a future… Read more »

Janice Yost

Janice Muriel Yost, 82, died Jan. 31, 2019. Ms. Yost was born and raised in Kansas City, the only child of Max and Toby Joffee. Her family moved to Los Angeles in 1957, where she attended the Pasadena Playhouse School of Dramatic Arts (now the State Theater of California).… Read more »

Harold Langer

Harold Langer, age 67, died Jan. 9, 2019, in Los Angeles. Mr. Langer was born in Louisville, Kentucky, to Rubin and Esther Langer. The Langer family moved to Tucson in 1968. There Mr. Langer became a successful financial advisor with RBC Wealth Management. Survivors include his wife of almost… Read more »

Leonard Coris

Leonard Coris

Leonard M. Coris, 78, died Jan. 31, 2019, of complications related to Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease. Mr. Coris was born March 29, 1940, in Boston, Massachusetts, to Betty and Al Coris. He attended the Brookline public schools and MIT, where he earned master’s degrees in both food science and finance. He… Read more »

Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein, interfaith activist who raised millions in Christian donations for Israel, dies at 67

Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein arriving in Israel with the first group of immigrants brought by the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews, Dec. 22, 2014. (International Fellowship of Christians and Jews)

(JTA) — To the many colleagues and supporters of Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein, who died Wednesday at the age of 67, he was a man of vision whose enormous drive to succeed both facilitated and complicated his relentless efforts on behalf of the Jewish people. As head of the International Fellowship… Read more »