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Moriah Tillie Reibman
Moriah celebrated her Bat Mitzvah on January 25, 2014, at Temple De Hirsch Sinai in Seattle.
Moriah is the daughter of Jennifer and Chad Reibman, and the sister of Barak and Ariana. Her grandparents are Bobbie and Cliff Greenlick and Linda and Ron Reibman. Her great-grandmother is Ann Lewis.
Moriah is a 7th grader at Islander Middle School. She enjoys lacrosse, basketball, running with her father, music, TV, traveling, spending time in Sunriver, Ore., hanging out with friends and family, and shopping. For her mitzvah project, she is giving donated backpacks of gifts to girls from StolenYouth and YouthCare.
Taylor Michelle Libman
Taylor will celebrate her Bat Mitzvah on January 18, 2014 at Herzl-Ner Tamid Conservative Congregation on Mercer Island.
Taylor is the daughter of Heather and Warren Libman of Mercer Island and the sister of Ethan and Raquel. Her grandparents are Goldie and Dave Libman of Montreal, Quebec, Susan and Brett Fidler of Bellevue, and Mark and Lorraine Buckingham of Enumclaw.
Taylor is a 7th grader at Islander Middle School. She enjoys downhill skiing, mountain biking, horseback riding and tennis.
For her mitzvah project, Taylor started a fundraiser for “The Mission Continues,” which helps veterans transition back into civilian life. She is also collecting warm clothes and sleeping bags for homeless people in Seattle.
Abby Hannah Berman
Abby will celebrate her Bat Mitzvah on Saturday, January 11, 2014 at Herzl-Ner Tamid Conservative Congregation on Mercer Island.
Abby is the daughter of Kathy and Steve Berman, and the sister of Eliot and Jake Berman. Her grandparents are Judy and Bill Weisfield of Mercer Island and Lois and Milt Podolsky of Chicago, Ill.
Abby is in the 7th grade at Open Window School. She enjoys playing soccer with Eastside FC and spending time with her extended family and cousins.
Libby Rose Moscovitz
Libby will celebrate her Bat Mitzvah on January 11, 2014, at Herzl-Ner Tamid Conservative Congregation on Mercer Island.
Libby is the daughter of Kerry and Kara Moscovitz of Sammamish and the sister of Audrey and Jack. Her grandparents are Walter and Jessie Moscovitz and Don and Joyce Krusky, all of Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
Libby is a 7th grader at the Jewish Day School of Metropolitan Seattle. She enjoys dance, reading, art, animals, and her family. For her mitzvah project, she is volunteering with the Friendship Circle.
Jacob Meier Isaac
Jacob celebrated his Bar Mitzvah on December 14, 2013 at Congregation Beth Shalom in Seattle.
Jacob is the son of Kim Isaac and the late Joshua Isaac and the brother of Sam and Sophie. His grandparents are Henry and Kate Haas of Tacoma and the late Miriam and Walter Isaac.
Jacob is a 7th grader at the Jewish Day School. He enjoys skiing, basketball and baseball, and loves music. His favorite thing is attending Camp Solomon Schechter in the summertime.
Lucille Almeleh Spring
April 17, 1933–December 10, 2013
Lucille “Lucy” Almeleh Spring was born at the home of her parents, Pinhas David Almeleh (Pinky) and Victoria Franco Almeleh (Vicky), located in the East Cherry Street neighborhood of Seattle. A child of Sephardic Jewish immigrants from the Isle of Rhodes, she formed strong ties with her large extended family. Lucy had many lifelong friends, starting with her school years at Leschi Elementary, then Washington Junior High, Garfield High School, and the University of Washington. Lucy was an athletic tomboy with a love for music and animals — especially dogs. She was a Girl Scout, Air Scout, and Horizon Girl. She was a member of Alpha Epsilon Phi sorority at UW, serving as an adviser to the house for many years.
In her teens, Lucy was twice president of the junior choir at Temple De Hirsch. Music director Samuel Goldfarb, an accomplished composer, recognized Lucy’s potential at the age of 15 when he asked her to join the music teaching staff. She brought great enthusiasm and dedication to her work as the director of children’s choirs and the Sisterhood ladies’ choral group from 1948 to 1977. Following the lead of her mentor Mr. G., Lucy crafted numerous plays, musicals, and cantatas for the temple events centered on Hanukkah and Purim, and she was an active performer in many of them. Many of her students have gone on to serve in religious and musical leadership for Jewish communities throughout the U.S.
Lucy met the love of her life, Rudy Abram Spring, through the temple’s singles activities. Married in 1955, Lucy enjoyed 45 years of blessed marriage with her loving husband and best friend. Rudy passed away in May of 2000. They shared many passions, including golf, bridge club, service work for their synagogues, time with life-long friends, Garfield grad reunions, and hosting gatherings in their home in the Mockingbird Hill neighborhood of Bellevue.
Golf with Rudy, family, and her many friends at Glendale Golf and Country Club brought her much enjoyment. She volunteered in many capacities for the Glendale Women’s Golf Association, serving as club captain in 1976. In 1981 she had a hole-in-one while playing with Rudy.
Family was essential to Lucy, maintaining close ties with both the Almeleh-Franco-Mossafer-Peha and Spring-Glass-Himelhoch lineages. While only able to enjoy four decades with her older brother and only sibling, David P. Almeleh, who died in 1977, she cultivated a strong bond with his survivors (Craig, Michelle, Justin and Jaime). Ahead of her time, Lucy nurtured a blended family for her two stepdaughters and two sons. She was instrumental in coordinating the annual Franco-Peha-Mossafer family picnic for 33 years; typically well over 100 gathered at Lake Sammamish State Park for the daylong festivities.
Lucy’s life of service to the Seattle Jewish community started very early in her life as she often volunteered with her mother in her pre-teen years. In 1948 she became an employee of Temple De Hirsch, leading many facets of the religious and educational aspects of the temple. In 1977, Lucy was hired as the cultural arts director for the Jewish Community Center and spent five years creating educational, art and musical programming. In 1983, Lucy began a 30-year career at the Kline Galland Home serving as director of volunteers, community relations, activities, and religious programming. She worked with great commitment to meet the diverse range of Jewish cultural and religious programming to all residents of the convalescent, assisted-living, and day-center facilities. Collaborating with the activities department team and other Kline Galland colleagues to enrich the quality of life for residents and their family gave her great satisfaction. She was honored in 2005 with the Power of One award by the Women’s Endowment Foundation for her outstanding work at The Kline Galland Center. She especially enjoyed a special concert sponsored by her Spring family nephews and the entire Kline Galland Home staff (current and retired) in honor of her 80th birthday.
Lucy is survived by four children: Perry Spring (Janet Spring Kearsley) of Port Townsend, Harley Spring (Robyn) of Portland, Ore., stepdaughters Sally Lonn (Howard) of Phoenix, Ariz., and Peggy DeLeon (Michael) of Redmond; nine grandchildren: Danielle, Mallory, Arianna, Tracey, Jennifer, Steven (Jackie), Marci (Sean), Shelly, and Solomon; four great-grandchildren: Ryan, Gabriella, Brandon, and Virginia. Many nieces, nephews, and cousins who all knew and loved Bubba Lu. Thank you Lucy for your boundless energy, love, and strength of character — you are an inspiration for all.
Mackenzie Rose Goldman
Mackenzie will celebrate her Bat Mitzvah on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at Herzl-Ner Tamid Conservative Congregation.
Mackenzie is the daughter of Susie and Arthur Goldman of Sammamish and the sister of Brandon. Her grandparents are Dorothy and Malcolm Lederman of Bellevue, Jo Ann Goldman of Bellevue, and the late Murray Goldman.
Mackenzie is a 7th grader at Pacific Cascade Middle School. She loves singing and acting, and spends most of her time on a performance team with Big Star Studios. She adores her family and friends, loves to travel, play basketball and attend as many Mariners games with her dad and friends as she can.
As part of her ongoing mitzvah project, she has been a volunteer with the Sammamish Arts Commission “Au-Some Artists” program, where she mentors special-needs children as they follow a curriculum and create fun art projects. She is also collecting dog food, cat food or pet toys to be donated to Homeward Pets, a no-kill shelter in Woodinville.
Avi Markus Hashash
Avi celebrated his Bar Mitzvah on Saturday, December 7, 2013 at Temple B’nai Torah in Bellevue.
Avi is the son of Jane and Asher Hashash of Renton and the brother of Noam. His grandparents are Fred and Estelle Miller of York, Pa., Neomi Hashash of Baltimore, Md. and the late Shimon Hashash.
Avi is a 7th grader at McKnight Middle School. He enjoys music, art and basketball. For his mitzvah project, he is raising money for the Humane Society.
Saadia Moshe Alhadeff
Ty and Emily Alhadeff announce the birth of their son Saadia on October 31, 2013 at home in Seattle. Saadia weighed 7 lbs., 14 oz. and measured 19 inches.
Saadia’s big sister is Bina. His grandparents are Gerry and Hali Keeler of Groton, Conn. and Mark and Joan Alhadeff of Bellevue. His great-grandmother is Beth Alhadeff of Bellevue.
Eli Micah Pruchno
Eli will celebrate his Bar Mitzvah on Saturday, November 23, 2013 at Herzl-Ner Tamid Conservative Congregation on Mercer Island.
He is the son of Billy and Dana Pruchno of Mercer Island and the brother of Jake and Lilly. His grandparents are Naomi Doble of Phoenix, Ariz., the late Joel Goldhar, and the late Albert and Gladys Pruchno.
Eli is a 7th grader at Islander Middle School and is passionate about sports. He is especially fond of playing and watching baseball, has been a Mercer Island Select baseball player for three years, and is a member of his school’s wrestling team. Eli enjoys reading, playing Xbox, and spending time with friends, family and his dogs. For his mitzvah project, Eli is gathering used sports equipment to donate to children in need.
John Werner Friedmann
June 21, 1921–October 22, 2013
John Werner Friedmann, who survived the very worst of the 20th century in Europe, but contributed and left a lasting legacy in Seattle, died at age 92 on Tuesday, October 22 at the Kline Galland Home in Seattle.
Werner was born in Glogau, the Silesia region of Germany. His father Alfred was a lawyer and counselor for the City of Glogau, a profession Werner would likely have followed, but tragedy intervened. At age 11, his mother Ilse suddenly died, and as Hitler and the Nazi regime rose to power, it altered Werner’s life permanently. On Kristallnacht in November 1938 (the Night of Broken Glass), he and his younger brother Hellmuth watched as his father, even as a respected member of the community, was taken from their home and sent to Sachsenhausen concentration camp. Denied the ability to continue in school or train for professions, Werner and Hellmuth were sent to ORT schools to be taught skills still allowed for Jews.
Werner obtained an affidavit and exited Germany, arriving in England in 1939. He would never see his father or his brother again; both were murdered in transport to Auschwitz.
Despite a life begun so tragically, and a family lineage almost terminated, Werner began an energetic, good-natured life of positive contributions, community leadership and family.
Taken in by a Quaker family, he enrolled in drafting courses and worked at an engineering firm for the war effort. As German rockets rained upon London, Werner joined the corps of young men organized to rescue survivors from collapsing buildings. He would always be grateful to the English for saving his life, and proud to later become a British citizen.
In 1947, at age 26, Werner changed his name to John and moved to the New York area, where he quickly immersed himself in clubs of young refugees. In 1949 he met and married Ursula Rosenbusch, who had been visiting from Chile, where her family had found safe harbor during the war.
The couple bought a car, packed their belongings, and headed west to Seattle. John immediately found work at Titan Chainsaw, designing saws for the booming timber industry. Later he would begin a 27-year career at Pacific Car and Foundry (predecessor of PACCAR) in Renton.
In 1952, John and Ulla bought their first house on Mercer Island. As Mercer Island grew, John was very much involved. He and a handful of islanders advocated for a pathway along Island Crest Way, then in its planning stages, for bicycles and pedestrians. Even 50 years later, the path remains as tangible evidence of his commitment.
John served as Democratic precinct committeeman, hosting coffees for Senators Scoop Jackson and Warren Magnuson in his home. He was a delegate to the state Democratic convention and a delegate for Jackson for President.
As the Jewish population of Mercer Island and Bellevue grew, John and a few other pioneers established Congregation Ner Tamid, which eventually became Herzl-Ner Tamid, and John served as a board member.
John also chaired the committee for the Holocaust memorial, designed and created by Auschwitz survivor Giselle Berman, that stands prominently at the Stroum Jewish Community Center on Mercer Island.
John Friedmann’s bright eyes and cheerful smile were an important part of the Kline Galland community, where he received wonderful care during the last two years of his life. Desta’s tender care and companionship were vital to him. His son and daughter, Danny Friedmann of Seattle and Judy Benami of Mercer Island, were devoted to their father’s care. His son Peter Friedmann visited from Washington, DC frequently. Their spouses Debbie Friedmann, Julie Cwinar and David Benami, and his grandchildren Joey, Ben, Josh and Jessie Friedmann, and Tomer and Adi Benami were regular companions to John throughout these years.
Contributions in John’s memory may be made to Camp Solomon Schechter, Group Health Cooperative of Puget Sound Foundation, and the Kline Galland Home.
Ethan Gabriel Gold
Ethan celebrated his Bar Mitzvah on Saturday, October 19, 2013 at the Summit at First Hill in Seattle.
He is the son of Caryn and Philip Gold of Seattle and the brother of Adam and Asher. His grandparents are Ruth and Charles Abrams of Santa Barbara, Calif. and Eileen and Ron Gold of Sonoma, Calif.
Ethan is a 7th grader at the Seattle Academy and enjoys reading, snowboarding, soccer, Ultimate Frisbee, art, and volunteering for the Friendship Circle.
Dan will celebrate his Bar Mitzvah on October 26, 2013 at Herzl-Ner Tamid Conservative Congregation on Mercer Island.
Dan is the son of Linda and Michael Goldman and brother of Richard and Steven. His grandparents are the late Sarah and Eliezar Bensimon, and Bobby Goldman of Boston, Mass, and the late Richard Goldman.
Dan is an 8th grader at the Jewish Day School. He enjoys sports — especially swimming, basketball, and football — reading and spending time with his family and friends. For his mitzvah project, Dan has been raising funds for the Susan Komen Foundation.
Noah Victor Cape
Noah will celebrate his Bar Mitzvah on Saturday, October 26, 2013 at Herzl-Ner Tamid Conservative Congregation on Mercer Island.
He is the son of Robbie and Bonnie Cape and the brother of Benjamin and Dalia. His grandparents are Deanna and Sydney Godel, Michael and Maureen Cape, and Pearl and Michael Caplan, all of Montreal, Quebec.
Noah is a 7th grader at The Jewish Day School of Metropolitan Seattle. He is very athletic and loves all sports, mostly soccer and running, building with Lego, and currently sits on the JDS Middle School student council. For his mitzvah project, Noah will be volunteering at the Friendship Circle. He has also set up a Youth Mitzvah Fund at the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle and has asked all of his guests to give to his fund in lieu of gifts.
Irwin Treiger: 1934-2013
Civic leader, attorney, mentor, philanthropist, loving father and grandfather Irwin L. Treiger passed away Sunday, October 20, after a brief illness. He was 79.
Irwin was born to immigrant parents Sam and Rose Treiger on September 10, 1934, and attended Horace Mann School, Seattle Talmud Torah, and Garfield High School before enrolling in college and law school at the University of Washington. Over his 56-year law career Irwin worked with Bogle & Gates, Dorsey & Whitney, and Stoel Rives, where he served as counsel until his death. According to his children, Karen, Louis, and Ken Treiger, all of Seattle, Irwin had planned to retire in a year, after he turned 80.
Not only was Irwin listed in Best Lawyers in America from 1983 to 2013, he was involved with myriad tax, law, arts, and Jewish organizations. Irwin was a trustee of the Samis Foundation, the Rotary Club of Seattle, and the Washington State Historical Society, and he served as president of the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle, the Jewish Transcript, the Seattle Symphony Foundation, the Seattle Hebrew Academy, the Northwest Foundation, and the Corporate Council for the Arts. He served as director of the King County Multiple Sclerosis Society and the Seattle Day Nursery Association, and chaired numerous boards, including The Seattle Foundation and the Greater Seattle Chamber of Commerce. May 27, 1997 was named “Irwin Treiger Day” by then-Governor Gary Locke.
Between 500 and 600 friends, family members, community leaders, co-workers and admirers came to Irwin’s funeral Monday at the Nordstrom Recital Hall at Benaroya Hall.
“In thinking of words associated with my father, I came up with so many: Loving husband, father, grandfather, attorney, baseball fan, friend, colleague, mentor, leader, historian, poet, patron,” said Irwin’s daughter Karen Treiger in her eulogy. “He was honest, moral, smart, witty, open-hearted. A lover of cigars, dogs, Tanqueray, books, the internal revenue code, Israel and tradition — all kinds of traditions, but especially his Jewish tradition.”
Irwin was also the subject of many humorous stories involving a longtime battle with Lake Washington geese and an inability to grasp technology, including cell phones.
Personal reflections on Irwin’s life by people who knew him well show a man who was kind, impeccably honest, giving, and driven.
“He taught,” Karen Treiger told JTNews, “but he taught mostly by being a role model.”
“I feel a huge loss,” said his son, Ken Treiger. “I feel homesick now, because he’s not here.”
Irwin is survived by his wife and “angel” of 56 years, Betty Lou; his brother Ray (Nancy) Treiger; his sister- and brother-in-law Jackie and Alvin Goldfarb; children Louis (Bayla), Karen (Shlomo Goldberg), and Ken (Lauren Antonoff); and nine grandchildren. Donations may be made to the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle or to the charity of your choice.
Julia Szilard and Shomir Chaudhuri were married August 24, 2013, at Luther Burbank Park on Mercer Island. Paula Brenner officiated.
Julia is the daughter of Shari and Bill Roberts of Renton and Peter and Kate Szilard of Snohomish. She graduated from Liberty High School and the University of Washington, where she received a BS in biology, a BA in Spanish, and a doctorate in physical therapy. She is a physical therapist for Peak Sports and Spine Physical Therapy in Factoria.
Shomir is the son of Uttam and Rita Chaudhuri of Tacoma. A graduate of Curtis High School, Shomir received his BS in biology at the University of Washington, where he is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in biomedical and health informatics.
The couple resides in Seattle.
Ozi Shalom Ze’ev Goldstein
Ozi will celebrate his Bar Mitzvah on September 28, 2013, at Temple B’nai Torah in Bellevue.
Ozi is the son of Rabbis Seth Goldstein and Yohanna Kinberg of Olympia and the brother of Erez. His grandparents are Alan and Karen Goldstein of Pomona, N.Y., Chaya Kinberg of Bellevue, and the late Rabbi Myron Kinberg.
Ozi is a 7th grader at Jefferson Middle School in Olympia. He enjoys cooking, playing video games, dogs, movies, and art. For his mitzvah project, Ozi volunteered with Best Friends Animal Sanctuary and the Thurston County Food Bank.
Abraham Raphael Karp Bobroff
Abraham will celebrate his Bar Mitzvah on September 28, 2013, at Congregation Beth Shalom in Seattle.
Abraham is the son of Harold Bobroff and Yonah Karp of Seattle and the brother of Hannah Ruth and Nora Rayna. His grandparents are Ira Karp of Palo Alto, Calif., and the late Pamela Olsted Bobroff, the late Arthur Bobroff, and the late Laenu Adeliliah Greenberg Karp.
Abraham is a 7th grader at Billings Middle School. He enjoys Kendama, cooking, Minecraft, chess, running, tennis, and skiing. For his mitzvah project, he assists with dinners for the Lake City Homeless Program.
Libby (Goldfarb) Epstein
May 27, 1924–September 15, 2013
Beloved wife, mother, grandmother, sister-in-law, and friend to many in the Jewish and general community, Libby passed away in her home September 15, 2013.
This past July Libby experienced the great joy of accompanying her grandson Matt down the aisle at his wedding; she fully expected to participate in the wedding of her grandson Marcus later in September. This marks the fifth generation of the Goldfarb and Epstein families residing in Seattle.
Born in Seattle to Fanny (Feygel) Weinstein of Winnipeg, Manitoba and Romanian immigrant Mike (Mikael) Goldfarb, on May 27, 1924, Libby grew up in the Central District, then the heart of the Jewish neighborhood. During High Holidays, Libby would stroll with her friends from synagogue to synagogue, visiting and socializing. She was enrolled in the nearby Talmud Torah for religious instruction. Her grandparents, Joshua and Libby Weinstein, were members of Bikur Cholim Synagogue and are buried in the old Bikur Cholim Cemetery. Libby’s two older brothers, Kiva and Itzy Goldfarb, preceded her in death.
After graduating from Garfield High School in 1942, Libby met Herb Epstein. Their ensuing marriage was an enduring and loving relationship that successfully intertwined business and home, only ending 58 years later with her husband’s death in 2002. Since Libby’s and Herb’s parents lived in the Central District, they provided a close-knit family that celebrated simchas and lifecycle events together. Libby also had many Sephardic friends and adopted the cuisine: Quajado became one of her go-to dishes for family cooperative dinners.
As business partners, Libby worked by her husband’s side, often handling the front end of the business, Mirrolike Photo Service and later Film Stop. She fully participated in business decisions and was respected — sought after — for her common sense. Known and admired for the effusive greeting when customers, new and old, walked in the door, Libby was a cornerstone of the company. The couple’s two sons, Steve, born in 1945, and Gene, born in 1948, grew up in the family business. At its height, Film Stop consisted of five one-hour processing labs and five portrait studios around the Seattle metro area.
Besides working hard in the business, Libby entertained at home, hosting card games and social events for friends and extended family (who were often the same). As the business grew, she and her husband attended industry conventions and vacationed in Europe and the Middle East. She enjoyed local culture: Matinees at Seattle Pops, Seattle Rep and Village Theatre, and attended first-run films. Shopping at Nordstrom with her granddaughter was a favorite activity, for Libby was a fashionable dresser; in later years, a chai latte from Starbucks at the south end of Mercer Island became an expected afternoon ritual. She enjoyed dining out and expected good service. A few weeks before her death, she thoroughly enjoyed a meal at a local Persian restaurant and insisted on staying for the entertainment.
Libby will be much missed by her friends in the Group Fitness program at the Stroum JCC, which she faithfully attended for many years. She participated in the plethora of senior programs and luncheons offered by the community and was a member of City of Hope. Libby and her husband held memberships at Herzl-Ner Tamid and Temple De Hirsch Sinai. The family lived in the Seward Park area before Libby and Herb bought a home on Mercer Island’s south end in the 1960s.
Libby leaves her sons Steve (Charlene), Gene (Linnea), grandchildren Marcus, Marnie, Matt and Margaret, sisters-in-law Irene Epstein and Muriel Epstein, many nieces, nephews, cousins and so many friends who were touched by her generosity, brilliant smile and innate ability to make every person in her path feel special. Libby also leaves her beloved Yorkie, Bella.
Burial services were held at Herzl Memorial Park on September 18.
Please make donations in memory of Libby Epstein to the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle, Stroum Jewish Community Center, Group Health Foundation, or the charity of your choice. May her memory be a blessing.
Kathryn Jade Miller
Kathryn celebrated her Bat Mitzvah on August 10, 2013, at Temple Beth Am in Seattle.
Kathryn is the daughter of Nancy Sapiro and Lincoln Miller of Seattle and the sister of Ana Rae and Aidan. She is the granddaughter of Robert D. and Heather Miller of Portage, Wisc., the late Elizabeth Miller, and the late Abner and Jane Sapiro.
Kathryn is an 8th grader at Seattle Girls School who enjoys soccer, music, and hanging out with friends. For her mitzvah project, she volunteered with Teen Feed and Mary’s Place Shelter at Temple Beth Am.
Sadie Alexander celebrates 100th birthday
Sadie Alexander was born in Newark, NJ on September 13, 1913, the youngest of Polish immigrants Fradel and Eliezer Levy’s four children.
In 1934 Sadie married Harry Alexander, a shoe worker. In the 1950s, they leased a candy store, and Sadie became the accountant, tax manager, and paramedic for their small business. She was also the instructor of her three children, and her household put her children in touch with a time when Jews in America still had a culture and an inner world of their own.
Sadie moved to Seattle in 1999. Since 2007 she has resided at the Caroline Kline Galland Home, where she receives frequent visits from her Seattle family: Edward and wife Leah, her grandchildren Rebecca and David, and great-grandson Philip.
Alayne and Robert Sulkin of Mercer Island announce the engagement of their daughter, Arielle Miriam Sulkin, to Adam Isaac Atkins, son of Marci and Riley Atkins of Portland, Ore.
Adam is a global energy analyst for 3TIER and Arielle is director of PR and digital merchandising for Jarbo Collection.
Leah celebrated her Bat Mitzvah on August 10, 2013, at Temple Beth Am in Seattle.
Leah is the daughter of Julie Shapiro and Shelly F. Cohen of Seattle and the sister of Eli. Her grandparents are Patty and Tom McClintock of Corvallis, Ore., Gilda R. Cohen of Tarzana, Calif., and the late Irving and Hope Shapiro, and the late E. Richard Cohen.
Leah is entering 9th grade at Center School. She enjoys reading, and for her mitzvah project she helped with the Madrona Woods cleanup.
Matthew Edward Leviten
Matthew celebrated his Bar Mitzvah on August 10, 2013 at Temple B’nai Torah in Bellevue.
Matthew is the son of David and Dina Leviten of Kirkland and the brother of Nate Leviten. His grandparents are Joe and Lee Furin of Mt. Vernon and Kevin McCarthy and Elaine Leviten of Shoreline, and the late Jerry Leviten.
Matthew is entering 8th grade at Rose Hill Middle School. For his mitzvah project, he worked with the Grameen Foundation, which offers microfinance loans across the world.
Samara Ann Owen and Jeremy Nathan Benezra were married on July 11, 2013 at Olowalu Plantation House in Maui, Hawaii. Rabbi Peter Schaktman officiated.
Samara is the daughter of Suzanne Owen of Renton and Greg Seaman of Traverse City, Mich. Her grandparents are Helen and George Seaman of Peoria, Ill. and Judy and Bob Owen of Fort Myers Beach, Fla. Samara graduated from Liberty High School and received a Bachelor of Arts in English at the University of Washington. She works as an IT consultant at Ascentis.
Jeremy is the son of Debbie and Larry Benezra of Mercer Island. His grandparents are Sandy and Henry Friedman of Mercer Island and Joyce and Ray Benezra of Kirkland. Jeremy attended Newport High School and holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting and construction management from University of Washington. He now runs his own construction business focused on remodels, Benezra Construction LLC. The couple resides in Seattle.
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