Miriam Adler

Miriam Alyce (Harris) Adler, 86, died Jan. 21, 2011. Born in Pittsburgh, Pa., and raised in Canton, Ohio, Mrs. Adler attended Ohio State University. After World War II, she resided in Great Neck, N.Y., where she worked at North Shore/Long Island Jewish Hospital in Manhasset, N.Y., as the volunteer… Read more »

Tucson trauma and civility

For a while last month we here in Tucson were the epicenter of the world, thanks to the brutal act of the deeply disturbed man who murdered six innocent people and wounded 13 others, including our congresswoman and friend, Gabrielle Giffords. She is a kind, intelligent, principled, Jewish representative… Read more »

Under Tucson sunset and grandmother’s lace, couple takes their vows

Bride Rebecca Kunsberg is veiled by her mother, Linda Kunsberg (left), and the groom’s mother, Beanie Rohtbart, in the ‘bedeken’ ceremony, witnessed by Rabbi Robert Eisen (far left) and groom Ted Goodman. (John Hursh - Focus On Events Photography)

Rebecca Kunsberg, 31, daughter of Andrew and Linda Kunsberg of Tucson, and Theodore Goodman, 33, son of Beanie and Markus Rohtbart of Bloomfield Hills, Mich., and Don and Gloria Goodman of West Bloomfield, Mich., were married on Nov. 14, 2010 at Westward Look Resort with Rabbi Robert Eisen of… Read more »

Sarah Ullman

Sarah Berkowitz Ullman, 97, died Jan. 12, 2011. Born in Rochester, N.Y., Mrs. Ullman lived in Syracuse, N.Y., where she was a secretary for over 20 years at Temple Concord. She lived in Tucson for 25 years. Survivors include her daughter, Karen (Dr. Jeffrey) Katz of Tucson; four grandchildren… Read more »

Rose Laz

Rose S. Laz, 87, died Jan. 13, in La Jolla, Calif . Mrs. Laz lived in Tucson for more than 40 years before moving to California in 1987. Survivors include her husband of 63 years, Harold; children, Janice of Camarillo, Calif., and Louis of Prides Crossing, Mass.; three grandchildren,… Read more »

Ana-Rebeca (Becky) Monroy

ANA-REBECA (BECKY) MONROY, daughter of Martha and Gerardo Monroy, will celebrate becoming a Bat Mitzvah on Saturday, Feb. 5, at Hillel. Marlene Burns will officiate. Becky is the granddaughter of Elaine and Steve Sellinger of Tucson, Annie and Norman Moore of Milford, Conn., and Concha and the late Guillermo… Read more »

Glory Beth Wood-Isenberg

GLORY BETH WOOD-ISENBERG, daughter of Drs. Rick Isenberg of Tucson and Eve Wood of Boulder, Colo., will celebrate becoming a Bat Mitzvah on Saturday, Feb. 5, at Congregation Anshei Israel. She is the granddaughter of the late Glory Ann and Leonard Wood of Tucson, and the late Helene and… Read more »

Brach William Blaney Koen

A son, BRACH WILLIAM BLANEY KOEN, was born Dec. 25, 2010 to Daniel and Lisa Blaney Koen of Chicago. Grandparents are Mike and Gerri Koen of Oracle, Ariz., and Howard and Marie Blaney of Boulder, Colo.… Read more »

Samuel R. Goldfein

A son, SAMUEL R. GOLDFEIN, was born Nov. 11, 2010 to Dr. Nathan Goldfein and Rosa Roman of Alamogordo, N.M.  Grandparents are Ann Goldfein and the late Dr. Samuel Goldfein of Tucson, and Barbara and Quique Roman of Chicago, Ill. Samuel joins his sisters, Ahava and Ziva.… Read more »

OBITUARY: Singer-songwriter Debbie Friedman, inspiration to thousands, dies at 59

Debbie Friedman, Jewish songwriter and performer, dies.

SAN FRANCISCO (JTA) — Over the weekend, as singer-songwriter Debbie Friedman lay dying in a hospital bed in Southern California, the call went out to Jewish congregations around the world to pray for the popular musician. But early Sunday morning Friedman, who composed “Mi Shebeirach,” a popular version of… Read more »

Stephanie L. Balch

Stephanie L. Balch

Stephanie L. Balch, 30, died unexpectedly Dec. 14, 2010. Beloved daughter, sister, niece, grandchild and friend, she will be remembered as a beautiful, loving and generous person. Private services were held. Arrangements were made by Evergreen Mortuary and Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Humane Society of… Read more »

Renaye “Ricki” Lehman

Renaye "Ricki" Lehman

Renaye “Ricki” Lehman, 81, died Dec. 13, 2010. Although she was hampered by rheumatoid arthritis, lupus and later Alzheimer’s, Mrs. Lehman was certified by the Library of Congress as a braillist and proofreader. She was a patient instructor in the muscular and skeletal examination program for second year medical… Read more »

Anita Labovitz

Anita Labovitz, 87, died Dec. 5, 2010. Born in Pittsburgh, Pa., she volunteered with B’nai B’rith Women. Survivors include her husband of 66 years, Hy; daughters, Susan (Charles) Childers of Tucson and Renee (Peter) Nowell of Phoenix; and three grandchildren. Graveside services were held in the Congregation Anshei Israel… Read more »

Maurice Halper

Maurice Halper

Brig. Gen. (Ret.) Maurice Jacob Hal­per, 94, died Dec. 4, 2010. After retiring from the U.S. Army, Brig. Gen. Hal­per founded Orient East and was later president of the Tucson Girl Scout Council. Survivors include his wife, Elizabeth; sons, David Halper of Plano, Texas, Stephen Halper of Las Cruces,… Read more »

Aimond “Pep” Pepper

Aimond "Pep" Pepper

Aimond “Pep” Pepper, 83, of Oro Valley, Ariz., died Dec. 1, 2010. Born in Providence, R.I., a first generation American, he grew up in City Island, N.Y. He graduated from Christopher Columbus High School. Mr. Pepper managed a bar and grill in New York City. He was the owner… Read more »

Brayden Scott Magnuson

A son, BRAYDEN SCOTT MAGNUSON, was born Oct. 19, 2010 to Stephanie and Phillip Magnuson. Grandparents are Marlene and Larry Harris, Raymond Magnuson and Cheryl Magnuson, all of Tucson.… Read more »



Carolee and Daniel Asia announce the engagement of their son, Reuben Hillel Asia, to Drew Feith Tye, daughter of Debbie Feith Tye of Rydal, Pa., and the late Cary S. Tye. Reuben is the grandson of Jean Seder Asia of Gwynedd, Pa., and the late Hilda and Benjamin Asia;… Read more »

Benjamin Abrams

BENJAMIN ALISTAIR ABRAMS, son of Lisa and Theodore Abrams, will celebrate becoming a Bar Mitzvah on Saturday, Jan. 15, 2010 at Temple Emanu-El. He is the grandson of Judith and Stanley Abrams, Barbara Cosslett and Gerry Hogan, all of Tucson. Benjamin attends Esperero Middle School. He plays soccer with… Read more »

Philanthropist, Zionist, activist, Tucsonan Evie Pozez dies at 84

Evie Pozez

Evelyn Shirley Whitebook Pozez was “always gracious and grateful to people around her,” says Stuart Mellan, CEO and president of the Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona. “First and foremost, I’ll remember her shining spirit and ever-present smile.” Mrs. Pozez, 84, died on Friday, Dec. 17, 2010. Born in Iowa… Read more »

Arabelle Sophia Cherny

A daughter, ARABELLE SOPHIA CHERNY, was born Nov. 1, 2010 to Stephanie and Andrei Cherny of Phoenix. The Chernys also have a son, Ben. Grandparents are Shelley Fleisch­man Heyman and Larry Fleischman, both of Tucson, and Pavel and Dr. Helena Cerny of Valley Village, Calif. Great-grandmothers are Doris Fleischman… Read more »