Morris Berman

Morris “Pep” Berman, 93, died Aug. 29, 2010. Born and raised in Wilkes-Barre, Pa., Mr. Berman graduated from GAR High School. During World War II, he was a flight surgeon’s assistant in the U.S. Army Air Corps in the European and African theatres. After the war, he returned to… Read more »

Judith Aviva Neuman

A daughter, JUDITH AVIVA NEUMAN, was born March 4, 2010 to Rabbi Gil and Rachel Leah Neuman of Baltimore, Md. Grandparents are Rabbi Moshe and Chaya Zwick of New York and Drs. Shlomo and Yael Neuman of Tucson. Great-grandmother is Lotte Boritzer of Tucson. Siblings are Reuven, Tsivia, Yaakov… Read more »

Eli Michael Soyfer

ELI MICHAEL SOYFER, son of Dora Soyfer and Stan Soyfer, will celebrate becoming a Bar Mitzvah on Saturday, Sept. 25 at Congregation Bet Shalom. He is the grandson of Faina and Anatoliy Luterman of Tucson. Eli attends Tucson Hebrew Academy where he is an honor student. He plays tennis… Read more »

Ashlee Renee Hall

ASHLEE RENEE HALL, daughter of Melissa and Garrett Hall, will celebrate becoming a Bat Mitzvah on Saturday, Sept. 25 at Congregation Or Chadash. She is the granddaughter of Martha and Herb Oberman of Dallas, Texas, and Judith and Philip Hall of Scottsdale. Ashlee attends Orange Grove Middle School where… Read more »

Sarah Shemtov

Sarah Shemtov

Sarah Shemtov, 74, died Aug. 17, 2010 in Brooklyn, N.Y., just days before her 75th birthday. A community activist in the Crown Heights section of Brooklyn, Mrs. Shemtov was known for supporting Jewish education and for philanthropy to help build local and international organizations. She and her late husband,… Read more »

Inspired by the GPS

Rabbi Yossie Shemtov

An 82-year-old Jewish man was recently marveling to me about the wonders of the Global Positioning System, otherwise known as the GPS satellite-based global navigation system. An observation of his got me thinking. “You see,” he said, “a person can go anywhere but if he doesn’t have a destination… Read more »


Tom and Sara Borin of Tucson announce the engagement of their daughter Stacey Leigh Borin to Zach Singer, son of Steve and Shelley Singer of Tucson. Stacey is the granddaughter of Ann Katz-Lederman, Leon Lederman and Adele Borin, all of Tucson. Stacey is a teacher at Congregation Anshei Israel… Read more »

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 »