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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.
Sylvianne G. Atkins (Sylvie) and Joshua E.R. Johnson have announced their engagement.
Sylvie is the daughter of Marci and Riley Atkins of Portland, Ore. Her grandparents are the late Ed and Sylvia (Shemarya) Moskowitz. Sylvie graduated from the University of Oregon with a degree in journalism and is a marketing communications manager at Microsoft.
Joshua is the son of Jaqueline Rosenblatt and Garold Johnson of University Place, Wash. His grandparents are the late E. Edward and Mollie (Rosefield) Rosenblatt, Margaret Johnson of Goldfield, Nev., and the late Clyde Johnson. Joshua graduated from Curtis High in University Place and California State University Northridge with a degree in English. He works for Windermere Real Estate.
The couple met at Camp Solomon Schechter’s alumni reunion in June 2011. The two plan to wed in Portland, Ore. in October 2014.
Joelle May Tudor
Joelle will celebrate her Bat Mitzvah on August 8, 2013 in Jerusalem.
Joelle is the daughter of Corbin and Debbie Tudor of Bellevue and the sister of Lauren and Carly. Her grandparents are Carolyn Tudor of Kalispell, Mont., the late Leonard Tudor, and the late Ruth and Norbert Reuben. The family attends Herzl-Ner Tamid Conservative Congregation on Mercer Island.
Joelle is an artist, and she enjoys drama, traveling, track, competitive soccer, and swimming. She is a member of the National Junior Honor Society. For her mitzvah project, she led a food drive for homeless kids who outgrew foster care at The Landing Shelter.
Carly Alexa Tudor
Carly will celebrate her Bat Mitzvah on August 8, 2013 in Jerusalem.
Carly is the daughter of Corbin and Debbie Tudor of Bellevue and sister of Lauren and Joelle. Her grandparents are Carolyn Tudor of Kalispell, Mont., the late Leonard Tudor, and the late Ruth and Norbert Reuben. The family attends Herzl-Ner Tamid Conservative Congregation.
Carly is entering 8th grade at Chinook Middle School. She enjoys singing, reading, swimming, competitive soccer, and is a member of the National Junior Honor Society. For her mitzvah project, Carly led a food drive for the homeless at Redmond Tent City.
Daniel Benveniste Kavesh
Daniel will celebrate his Bar Mitzvah on August 3, 2013 at Herzl-Ner Tamid Conservative Congregation on Mercer Island.
Daniel is the son of Michelle Pierce Kavesh and Jerry Kavesh of Mercer Island and the brother of Sabrina Kavesh. His grandparents are Elliot and Lucie Kavesh of Bellevue and the late Albert and Maureen Pierce.
Daniel will be an 8th grader at Islander Middle School. He enjoys baseball, skiing, science, basketball, soccer, sports cars, and playing trumpet. For his mitzvah project, Daniel is
supporting the Tourette Syndrome Association.
Aaron Ross Davenport
Aaron will celebrate his Bar Mitzvah on August 3, 2013 at Temple B’nai Torah in Bellevue.
Aaron is the son of Sue and Scott Davenport of Duvall and the brother of Adam. His grandparents are Barbara and Paul Caraco of Kirkland, Joan and Dick Davenport of Lynnwood, and the late Douglas Koch. Aaron’s great-grandparents are the late Howard and Bernice Michel.
Aaron is entering 8th grade at Tolt Middle School. He enjoys playing basketball, baseball, and football, spending time with his friends and brother, and listening to music. For his mitzvah project, Aaron worked with Miracle League, which gives disabled children the opportunity to take the field.
Bertram M. Schenck
February 13, 1924-June 12, 2013
The first half of Bert’s life was spent in Philadelphia. He was a graduate of the Wharton School of Business. A World War II veteran, and an intellect with strong knowledge of government and politics, eventually, after many years of running the family-owned and operated Philadelphia Paper and Card Co., he left for Seattle where he met his wife JoAnn. His new venture included owning and operating retail establishments, including Abby Carpet Stores, and cookie/coffee shops that his wife helped operate.
Bert resided on Mercer Island with his wife for 40 years. Together they had one child, Jahneen. Other living relatives include Libby Goldstein, David Van Gelder, Adrienne and Jim Moore, and other Schenck relatives living within the Los Angeles area.
Bert was a very kind and patient man, an honest man, and highly intelligent. He will be greatly missed. Donations may be sent to: Jewish War Veterans, World Jewish Congress, and the International Jewish Braille Institute.
Daniel Albert Almoslino
Daniel will celebrate his Bar Mitzvah on July 20, 2013, at Congregation Beth Shalom in Seattle.
Daniel is the son of Michael and Laurie Almoslino and the brother of Suzanne DeSelms. His grandparents are Arnold and Beverly Slatin of Scottsdale, Ariz., Minnette Almoslino of Seattle, and the late Danny Almoslino.
Daniel is entering 8th grade at Eckstein Middle School who enjoys football, biking, movies, anything Batman, and hanging out with friends. For his mitzvah project, he is collecting funds and sports equipment for children who want to play sports but can’t afford the equipment or fees.
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