Got billions? Giving like the other half does

The philanthropic world was titillated recently when 40 members of the world’s wealthy elite — including 13 Jews — announced that they would give away more than half their money before they died. The participating philanthropists were responding to a challenge issued this year by Warren Buffett and Bill… Read more »

Presley Isabella Bayard & Sloane Julianna Glesinger

Sue and Sonny Ross of Tucson announce the birth of two granddaughters. Presley Isabella Bayard was born Nov. 22, 2009 to Beth and Johnny Bayard of Carlsbad, Calif. Sloane Julianna Glesinger was born May 18, 2010 to April and Jeff Glesinger of Tucson.… Read more »

Aodhan Gedalie Lyons

AODHAN GEDALIE LYONS, son of Patrick and Hilary Lyons, will celebrate becoming a Bar Mitzvah on Saturday, Sept. 4 at Congregation Cha­verim. He is the grandson of Enid Bluestein of Los Angeles, Calif., and Kathleen Lyons of Crown Point, Ind. Aodhan attends BASIS Tucson where he has participated in… Read more »

Zohar Dalia Amar

ZOHAR DALIA AMAR, daughter of Gwen and Asher Amar, will celebrate becoming a Bat Mitzvah on Saturday, Sept. 4 at Congregation Or Chadash. Zohar attends Orange Grove Middle School where she is an honor student. She enjoys dancing, singing and drama. For her mitzvah project, she is collecting and… Read more »

Jacob Morris Bernstein

JACOB MORRIS BERNSTEIN, son of Harriette Levitt and Michael Bernstein, will celebrate becoming a Bar Mitzvah on Saturday, Sept. 4 at Congregation Young Israel. He is the grandson of Carol and the late Dr. Jay Bernstein of West Bloomfield, Mich., and the late Sady and Morris Levitt. Jacob attends… Read more »


David and Bryna Ben-Asher announce the engagement of their daughter, Judy Ben-Asher, to Dan Hirshfeld. Dan is the son of Theo Hirshfeld of Buffalo, Wy., and Kathie Day of Mineral Wells, Texas. The couple lives in Westlake Village, Calif., and are planning to marry in the spring of 2011.… Read more »

Rachel Eliora Freund

RACHEL ELIORA FREUND, daughter of Suzanne and Ross Freund, will celebrate becoming a Bat Mitzvah on Saturday, Aug. 21 at Congregation Anshei Israel. She is the granddaughter of Belle and Ralph Freund of Tucson, and Marie and the late Floyd Jacobus of Albuquerque, N.M., and Tucson. Rachel attends Tucson… Read more »

Noah Raphael Sanders

NOAH RAPHAEL SANDERS, son of Debra Huffman and Arthur Sanders, will celebrate becoming a Bar Mitzvah on Saturday, Aug. 14 with Congregation Or Chadash at the Tucson Jewish Community Center. Noah attends St. Gregory Preparatory School. He enjoys soccer, tennis,volleyball and kayaking. For his mitzvah project, he volunteers at… Read more »

D. Joann Lyons

D. Joann Lyons, 78, died July 26, 2010. Survivors include her husband, Jerrold M. Lyons; children,  Pamela (Moises), Ronald (Ann) of Tucson and Scott (Leslye) of Tucson; sibling, Tivoli Wacks; and four grandchildren. Services were held at Evergreen Mortuary with Rabbi Robert Eisen officiating. Interment followed in the  Congregation… Read more »

Meyer Neuman

Meyer Neuman, 95, died July 26, 2010. He was born in Volovo, Czechoslovakia, and his father died in World War I before he was born. Raised by his widowed mother, Mr. Neuman quit school when he was 12 to help provide for the family by working as a porter… Read more »

Alvin Fleischman

Alvin Fleischman, 87, died July 26, 2010. Born and raised in Philadelphia, Pa., Mr. Fleischman graduated from Penn State University. During World War II, he fought in the Philippines. After the war, he moved to Los Angeles and met  his wife, Doris, on a blind date. He got a… Read more »

Ellen Pinnas

Ellen Pinnas, 68, died July 12, 2010. Born in New York, Mrs. Pinnas graduated with a B.S. in biochemistry and an M.A.T. in biology from the University of Chicago. She taught science at the high school and college levels. She later volunteered at her children’s schools in leadership positions… Read more »

Jean Myerson

Jean Myerson, 95, died July 7, 2010. Born in Denver, Colo., Mrs. Myerson moved to Tucson in 1940. She was a life member of the Brandeis National Committee, Hadassah and City of Hope. Mrs. Myerson was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph Myerson, and brothers, Louis and Nathan… Read more »

Audrey Ellen

Audrey Nemeroff Ellen, 74, died June 28, 2010. Mrs. Ellen was preceded in death by her son, Andrew. Survivors include her daughters, Julie (Jim) Beirow of Gilbert, Ariz., and Marissa (John) Fordyce of Tucson; sister, Margot (Richard) Silver of Tucson; and six grandchildren. Graveside services were held in the… Read more »

Lillian Baggin-Bein

Lillian Esther Baggin-Bein, 89, died June 26, 2010. Born in the Bronx, N.Y., Mrs. Baggin-Bein worked as an escrow officer. Mrs. Baggin-Bein was preceded in death by her husbands, Lawrence Baggin and Arthur Bein. Survivors include her children, Mark (Teresa) Baggin of Tucson, Steve Baggin of Los Angeles, Calif.,… Read more »

Pruitt-Johnston wedding

Sarah Ann Pruitt and Martin “Marty” Douglas Johnston were married Sunday, March 21, 2010 at Regency Garden in Mesa, Ariz. Sarah is the daughter of John and Nancy Pruitt of Mesa, granddaughter of Vincent and Emma (Saul) Pruitt of “everywhere,” and Robert and Rosa (Moore) Babb of Walnut Creek,… Read more »

Linda Greenberg

Linda Alpert Greenberg, 69, died June 26, 2010, in Penn Valley, Pa. Mrs. Greenberg, a Tucson resident most of her life, graduated from the University of Arizona College of Nursing and spent 16 years at Tucson Medical Center. She was instrumental in developing a unit nurse orientation program and… Read more »

Judith Lerman

Judith “Yehudit” Lerman, 64, died June 20, 2010. Born in Chicago, Ill., Mrs. Lerman grew up in Milwaukee, Wisc., and celebrated her Bat Mitzvah in 1953. During college, she spent one summer in the South registering blacks to vote. After graduating from the University of Wisconsin with bachelor’s and… Read more »

Rachel Kane

Rachel Sharupsky Kane (Kanowicz), 99, of Los Angeles, Calif., died June 17, 2010. Mrs. Kane was a partisan fighter in Belarussian forests in World War II. She was a Hebrew and Judaica teacher in Los Angeles. She lived in Tucson during the 1980s before returning to Los Angeles, where… Read more »

Anne Gurvitz

Anne Ruth Gurvitz, 91, died June 13, 2010. Mrs. Gurvitz was preceded in death by her husband, Oscar Gurvitz. Survivors include her son, Mark (Christine) Gurvitz, sister-in-law, Jennie Berlovitz; and one grandchild. Graveside services were held in the Congregation Anshei Israel section of Evergreen Cemetery with Rabbi Robert Eisen… Read more »