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Stanley V. Erlitz
November 18, 1918- December 14, 2011
Stanley V. Erlitz, age 93, died at his home at The Summit At First Hill in Seattle on December 14, 2011. The son of Henry M. and Sarah R. Erlitz, Stan was born in Brooklyn, New York on November 18, 1918. After completing his undergraduate studies at New York University, he was graduated from Ohio State University Dental School in 1942. He spent a year’s internship at what is now Eastman Institute for Oral Health at the University of Rochester. Shortly thereafter, he married the love of his life, Libby Toby Pliskin. As a member of “the greatest generation,” he served as captain in the U.S. Army during World War II in the European theater as a member of the 93rd Medical Gas Treatment Battalion. Following the war, he moved to Merrick, New York, where he established a dental practice and was an early member of Temple Beth Am.
After moving to Bellevue in 1981, Stan was an active member and trustee of Temple B’nai Torah, as well as a volunteer at Overlake Medical Center and the Jewish Day School. He also helped many immigrant families acclimatize to the United States by tutoring high school students and helping their families become U.S. citizens.
Stan is survived by his sons, Marc (Maria) and Joel (Andrea Selig) Erlitz of Seattle; grandchildren Corey, Jill (Charles Arcoleo), Yael (Jeffrey Mito), Elisa (Dan Barr), and Perri Erlitz; and great-grandchildren, Ava and Nola Arcoleo. He was preceded in death by his wife, Libby Pliskin Erlitz, and brother, Perry Erlitz.
Stan was loved by all for his kind and gentle manner, remarkable sense of humor, and devotion to his wife, children and grandchildren.
Funeral services and interment took place December 16 at Herzl Memorial Park, 165th and Dayton Ave. N, Shoreline.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to either the Southern Poverty Law Center, 400 Washington Ave., Montgomery, AL 36104 or Jewish Family Service, 1601 16th Ave., Seattle, WA 98122.
Ella Jolee Feldman
Orly and Matthew Feldman of Kirkland announce the birth of their daughter Ella Jolee on September 13, 2011, at Overlake Hospital in Bellevue. Ella weighed 7 lbs., 8 oz. and measured 20 inches.
Ella’s grandparents are Lloyd and Lori Feldman of Parkland, Fla. and Meir and Pearl Monk of Houston, Tex. Ella’s great-grandparents are Sonia and Leon Monk of Ramat Gan, Israel; Edith Mincberg of Houston and the late Josef Mincberg; Hilda and Seymour Feldman of Boca Raton, Fla.; Morris Black of Boca Raton and the late Frieda Black. Ella is named for her maternal great-grandfather and her paternal great-grandmother.
Jacob Max Piatok
Jacob will celebrate his Bar Mitzvah on December 10, 2011, at Temple B’nai Torah in Bellevue.
Jacob is the son of Sandy and Robert Piatok of Redmond and the brother of Hannah. His grandparents are Susan Piatok of Fresno, Calif., Milton Piatok of Renton, and the late Geraldine and Joseph Bitterman.
Jacob is a 7th grader at Timbercrest Junior High. He enjoys baseball, street hockey, guitar, attending Camp Solomon Schechter and hanging out with friends and family. He will donate a portion of his Bar Mitzvah money to Homeward Pet Adoption Center of Woodinville.
August 12, 1925– November 24, 2011
Simon Korch was born in Germany on August 12, 1925 to Albin and Jenny Korch, and died November 24, 2011 at 86 years of age. Simon was predeceased by his wife of 54 years, Helga, in 2006, and is survived by his sister Ida (Klaus) Gallinger, three sons David (Melanie), Peter (Linda), and Michael (Dana), and eight grandchildren Matthew, Kathryn, Aliya, Benjamin, Elena, and Annalise Korch, Rachelle (Justin) Mentink and Meghan (Steven) Crawford, and four great-grandchildren.
Simon said he lived three lives: His childhood in Germany, his teenage years in Shanghai, China during and immediately after World War II, and his adult years in Seattle. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War, and later became a U.S. citizen.
Simon was a successful entrepreneur and business owner. He was a residential realtor, appraiser, and developer in Northeast Seattle for over 42 years. He started and ran his own real estate office, Lakeview Homes, in Wedgwood for over 20 years. He maintained long-term relationships with customers, colleagues, and fellow business owners.
His family will miss his sense of humor, spontaneity, and generosity. Remembrances can be made to the Caroline Kline Galland Home.
May 2, 1942 –October 17, 2011
Seattle’s Jewish community said its goodbyes in late October to Carl Kitz. He passed away suddenly on October 17, 2011 from complications following heart surgery. He was 69.
Carl George Kitz was born May 2, 1942 in Brooklyn, N.Y. to Esther and Jacob Kitz. He grew up in the Bronx. After graduating from Indiana Institute of Technology in 1965, Carl headed west to take a position with Boeing. Later, he attended the Seattle University for post-graduate studies. Deciding to settle there, he eventually brought his parents to Seattle to join him.
Shortly after his arrival in Seattle, Carl met the lovely Marion Stern and married on August 22, 1971. The marriage would last over 40 years and produce two devoted and loving daughters, Rebecca and Leah, who both now reside in Los Angeles.
Dedicated to his family, Carl enjoyed visiting his daughters in Los Angeles with Marion as well as their frequent visits back home in Seattle. He instilled in his daughters the Jewish values of tikkun olam; they both work in the Los Angeles Jewish community. In the summer of 2006, the family met in Israel and toured the country together to celebrate Carl and Marion’s 35th wedding anniversary. In 2009, Carl welcomed Rebecca’s husband, Opher, into the family. He adored Marion’s parents, Klaus and Paula Stern, survivors of the Holocaust who reside in Seattle.
Shortly after his graduation from Seattle University, Carl began what would become a 36-year career as a chemical engineer with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). While there, he supervised the aftermath of major oil spills, including clean-up efforts, and ultimately he would help determine the impact on the environment. Not one to idle at home, Carl lent his valued skills to Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) after his retirement from the EPA. He even flew down to New Orleans three times following Hurricane Katrina in 2005 to offer his services and considerable expertise.
Professionally, Carl was known as a mentor by many, and his family was touched by the many who contacted them after his passing to acknowledge his role in their professional development and training. A thoughtful listener, Carl was a gentle man of quiet grace; he gave sage advice, but only after careful and due consideration. When asked for his opinion, he took information on the subject to heart and offered wise words that would make an impact.
Carl was buried on October 18, 2011 at Herzl Memorial Park. The family requests that any contributions made in memory of Carl Kitz be to the Washington State Holocaust Education Resource Center, Congregation Shaarei Tefillah–Lubavitch or the Menachem Mendel Seattle Cheder. In addition to Marion, Leah, and Rebecca Kitz (Opher), Carl is survived by his brother Saul Kitz, brother in-law and sister in-law Marvin and Michelle Stern, and his mother-in-law and father-in-law Paula and Klaus Stern.
Tala Siri Minsky
Natasha and Kevin Minsky of Sammamish announce the birth of their daughter Tala Siri on October 16, 2011 at Overlake Hospital in Bellevue. Tala weighed 7 lbs., 1 oz. and measured 21 inches.
Tala’s grandparents are Becky and Bob Minsky of Mercer Island and Linda and Jim Sacouman of Wolfville, Nova Scotia.
July 9, 1925—October 23, 2011
Audrey Marion Silver was born on July 9, 1925 in Medicine Hat, Alberta, the youngest daughter of Sam and Rose Silver, and died peacefully at home in Vancouver, surrounded by her family, on October 23, 2011. She was preceded in death by her husband of 52 years, Cyril, and her grandson, Nathaniel Chechik.
Audrey is survived by her loving children: Kathy and her husband Burt, Miriam and her husband Pip, and Lewis; her grandchildren Barak Souery, Aaron and Simone Souery, Avi and Jessica Meyerson, Gabe and Eve Meyerson, and her great-grandchildren Noah, Caleb and Julian Souery and Rafi Meyerson, who called her Big Baba.
Audrey spent her childhood in Medicine Hat and Winnipeg. She attended the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg, where she met her future husband Cyril Chechik. They married in 1946 and moved to Vancouver, where they established their home. She created and sustained a family, modeled strength, unconditional love and support and unsurpassed generosity.
Audrey was beautiful, dignified and intelligent, and intellectually curious with a great sense of humor. Her love of family, reading, crossword puzzles, travel and adventure permeated her life, which she passed on to her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
After her husband died in 1998, Audrey lived an independent and fulfilling life golfing, playing bridge, walking, lunching with her many friends, and traveling to see her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, who live all over the world.
She will be greatly missed by her extended family and many friends.
Donations may be made to Hadassah WIZO of Vancouver or to a charity of your choice.
Sabrina Ruth Ross Neergaard
Sabrina will celebrate her Bat Mitzvah on November 12, 2011, at Congregation Beth Hatikvah in Bremerton.
Sabrina is the daughter of Daria Ross and John Neergaard of Port Orchard and the sister of Gabriel. Her grandparents are Richard Berke and Jacqueline Ross of Madison, Wis., Marilyn Trent of Huntsville, Ala., and John Neergaard of Columbia, Miss.
Sabrina is an 8th-grader at Marcus Whitman Junior High. She enjoys tennis, traveling, baking and hanging out with friends. She volunteers at the synagogue preschool and will donate a portion of her Bat Mitzvah gifts to the local Humane Society.
Ariel Miriam Simpson
Ariel will celebrate her Bat Mitzvah on November 19, 2011, at Herzl-Ner Tamid Conservative Congregation. Ariel is the daughter of Amy Wasser-Simpson of Bellevue and the late Chuck Simpson and is the sister of Harry and Gillian.
Ariel’s grandparents are Stephen and Barbara Wasser of Schenectady, N.Y. and the late Jean and Charlie Simpson.
Ariel is a 7th-grader at the Jewish Day School. She enjoys volleyball and participating in the Eastside Dream Elite Cheer Team. Ariel will make a donation to the Netzach Yisrael Mitzvah Store in Kiryat Malachi, Israel, which serves mainly low-income Ethiopian children.
Simon Louis Wampold
Simon will celebrate his Bar Mitzvah on November 19, 2011, at Temple De Hirsch Sinai in Seattle.
Simon is the son of Jennie Burns of Mercer Island and Jay Wampold of Seattle and the brother of Justin and Samantha. His grandparents are Marlene and Steve Burns of Mercer Island, Fran Lawson of Seattle and Tom Wampold of Seattle.
Simon is a 7th-grader at Islander Middle School. He enjoys basketball and hanging out with friends and family. Simon will donate a portion of his Bar Mitzvah gifts to the Academy of Precision Learning in honor of his friend Josh Gordon.
Dr. Sylvan B. Caditz
Dr. Sylvan B. Caditz passed away September 21, 2011 at the age of 86. In loving memory of my long time special friend.
— Bernie Pickman
Frances M. Keller
October 18, 1916–September 10, 2011
Frances M. Keller was born on October 18, 1916, in Portland, Oregon, and passed away surrounded by the family she loved on September 10, 2011, in Seattle at the age of 94. She was preceded in death by her best friend and devoted husband Howard, whom she was married to for 69 years, her parents, N.B. and Rebecca Mesher, and her brothers and sister. She is survived by her adoring children, Leatrice and Jim Keller, Barbara and Stuart Sulman, and Michele and Nick Keller and will be missed tremendously by her loving grandchildren, Felice and Colman Becker, Carin and Scott Jacobson, Lainey and Scott Slotnick, Scott Sulman, Caitlin Keller, Michael Keller, and Courtney Keller, and her five great-grandchildren, Keller and Molly Slotnick, Ryan and Luke Jacobson, and Jessica Becker, as well as her nieces and nephews.
Frances attended Reed College at just 16 years old, and graduated from the University of Washington with a degree in sociology. She was instrumental in supporting and building Keller Supply Company, which Howard founded in 1945 and has grown to become a successful, multi-state, wholesale plumbing company.
She was an extraordinary woman who was admired by so many who knew her. Frances treasured time spent with her family and especially loved calls and visits from her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She also cherished the extensive travel she and Howard enjoyed through the years. With a true appreciation for reading and challenging her mind, Frances liked word games, Scrabble, and the daily crossword puzzle. Also, she always looked forward to playing cards with her dear friends.
Frances supported a variety of worthwhile organizations, and was especially committed to Jewish Family Service, where she sat on the board and together with Howard, established the Keller Children’s Fund to give children opportunities they might not otherwise have had. Together, Frances and Howard created a lasting impact on the community. As members of the University of Washington History Department’s Visiting Committee, they became aware of the department’s need for additional funds and created the Howard and Frances Keller Endowed Professorship in History, enhancing the UW’s ability to attract and retain distinguished faculty. They also established the Howard and Frances Keller Research Fund and were enthusiastic backers of the Huskies and UW athletic department. Longtime members of Temple De Hirsch Sinai, they instituted the Frances and Howard Keller Family Lecture Series at the synagogue, striving to bring important speakers and educators to the community. Also, she enjoyed her membership at the Women’s University Club and Glendale Country Club.
Frances will be remembered for her kindness, strength, quick wit, and no-nonsense approach. She considered her grandest accomplishment to be her role as wife and mother and was proud of her family — all four generations. With overwhelming gratitude for having “the greatest family and friends,” she especially appreciated her loving and devoted caregivers, Brenda Asuncion, Sylvina Llares, Michele Bacani, Betty Laureta, and Rufina Laureta. Frances’ family would also like to thank Dr. Gary Schuster, Dr. Peter Demopulos, and Dr. Grady Hughes for their tireless care and support. Rabbi Daniel Weiner has also been invaluable during this difficult time and the family thanks him.
Frances created a legacy that will live on through her beloved family and community contributions. All who knew her will forever be inspired by her friendship, resilience, positive attitude, and love of life.
Noah Daniel Schwamberg
Aaron and Jennifer Schwamberg announce the birth of their son Noah Daniel on October 13, 2011, in Las Vegas, Nev. Noah weighed 6 lbs., 6 oz. and measured 19 inches.
Noah’s grandparents are Nedra and Mitch Schwamberg of Redmond and Edie and Allan Bloomberg of Las Vegas. Noah’s great-grandparents are the late Ruth and Dave Apple. Noah’s middle name, Daniel, is for Papa Dave Apple.
Sevanna Marie Lechner
Ronit and Tony Lechner of Seattle announce the birth of their daughter Sevanna Marie on August 20, 2011, at Swedish Medical Center in Seattle. Sevanna weighed 6 lbs., 10 oz. and measured 19-1/2 inches.
Sevanna’s grandparents are Amir and Gail Ben-Meir of Seattle and Erik and Shannon Skrudland of Hickam Air Force Base in Hawaii.
Kyle Morgan Israel
Kyle will celebrate his Bar Mitzvah on October 22, 2011, at Temple De Hirsch Sinai in Bellevue.
Kyle is the son of Audrey Rosenfeld and David Israel of Sammamish and the brother of Dylan. His grandparents are Bella Israel of Bellevue, Michael and Linda Rosenfeld of Vancouver, BC, and the late Morris (Sharkey) Israel.
Kyle is a 7th grader at Pacific Cascade Middle School. He enjoys playing basketball and soccer, travel, attending Camp Kalsman, and relaxing with friends and family. For his mitzvah project, Kyle is donating toiletries to Noel House, a shelter for homeless women.
Evelyn Kohealani Redican
Sarah and Colin Redican of Kaneohe Oahu, Hi., announce the birth of their daughter Evelyn Kohealani on September 15, 2011, at Castle Medical Center in Hailua Oahu. Evelyn weighed 7 lbs., 2 oz. and measured 20-1/2 inches.
Evelyn’s grandparents are Karen Binder of Seattle, Carol and Steve Medwell of Seattle, and Tom and Pat Redican of Hilo, Hi.
Edith Sondland, 88, passed away on September 13, 2011, joining her beloved husband, Harry. Born in Berlin, Germany, Edith came to Seattle with her family after 12 years in Shanghai, China as a German refugee during World War II. The Broadview area was her home for 40 years. Her devotion to her husband and family always came first. After Harry’s death, she moved to Ida Culver/Broadview and then, as her health declined, to the Stratford Maple Leaf. Edith always had a smile on her face and a kind word. She will be missed by her family, friends and all whose lives she touched.
She is survived by daughters Ruth Lerner (Jeff), Marion Gabrlik (Denny), grandchildren Jason, David, Leah, and Ben, and great-granddaughter Alyssa.
Contributions may be donated to the Kline Galland Home and Jewish Family Service.
Reva Ketzlach Twersky
May 8, 1923–September 30, 2011
Reva Ketzlach Twersky, 88, a Seattle native, passed away peacefully at the close of the Jewish New Year, in the Kline Galland Home. She is survived by son Rabbi David Twersky of Seattle and daughters Judy Twersky of Forest Hills, N.Y. and Marya Twersky of Fair Lawn, N.J. She had six grandchildren and 20 great grandchildren — all of whom she was very proud. She was preceded in death by more than 20 years by the “love of her life,” Meyer Twersky, a communal leader and son of the Talner Rebbe of Philadelphia.
Mrs. Twersky was a life-long member, regular worshipper and active Sisterhood worker at Congregation Bikur Cholim Machzikay Hadath. She was a dedicated parent, volunteer, and PTA president at the Seattle Hebrew Day School (Academy) and was active in the (Women’s) Hebrew Free Loan Society, Mizrachi Women (AMIT), and the Washington State Jewish Historical Society.
Reva was a proud alumnus of the Seattle Talmud Torah, Garfield High School (where she was honored by the Garfield Golden Grads for lifetime achievement), and the University of Washington (from which she earned her MSW and was a founding social worker at the UW School of Family Medicine at University Hospital.)
She loved family and was considered to be the “matriarch” of the Steinberg-Ketzlach-Treiger-Elyn families who were and are pioneers and leaders within Seattle’s Jewish community. She authored a two-volume memoir entitled In the Footsteps of My Grandmother, referring to her grandmother and role-model, Chaya Tsivya (Anna) Steinberg (in whose home Reva was born), who died in 1944.
The family suggests that donations be made to Congregation BCMH, the Seattle Hebrew Academy, or the Northwest Yeshiva High School.
Arnold B. Robbins
Arnold B. Robbins, a native son who practiced law in Seattle for 46 years, honored and served the Jewish community all of his life, and delighted in coaxing joyful noise from his trumpet, died September 25, after a brief illness. He was 83.
Arny, as he preferred to be called, was the only child of Earl and Sara Robbins, and grew up in the Cherry Street neighborhood of Seattle, then the heart of the Orthodox Jewish community. He graduated from Garfield High School in 1945, and received his undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Washington, becoming an attorney at age 23. He spent seven years in the U.S. Army and Army Reserves.
He was a partner in the law firm that became Breskin & Robbins for more than 30 years. He appeared before the U.S. Supreme Court in 1974, and served as an officer in the Washington State Bar Association.
He lived in Bellevue for many years with his wife, Esther, whom he married in 1950, and who predeceased him in 2006. He is survived by their children and spouses, daughter Vicki Robbins and son-in-law Rocky Silverman of Seattle; son Seth Robbins and daughter-in-law Mari Robbins, of Bozeman, Mont; and his second wife, Barbara Hurst of Dallas, from whom he was divorced.
Before and after his retirement in 1996, Arny’s involvement in the Jewish community was extensive, including the American Jewish Committee, the Temple De Hirsch Sinai board, and Endless Opportunities. He was a proud participant in projects of the Washington State Jewish Historical Society, and recorded an oral history for the University of Washington, describing the Seattle of his childhood. He loved to study and he loved to travel the world. Plus, he also volunteered at North Seattle Community College for 15 years, as an aid to an ESL teacher.
In addition to his family, Arny leaves his many musical comrades, including fellow members of the Coal Creek Dixieland Jazz Band; the Around the Sound Band; the Bellevue Community Band, and the Sounds of Swing. On the few occasions when he stepped down from the stage, he was a polished ballroom dancer. He spent the last years of his life with his significant other, Sue Mon Wei.
Graveside services were held at Bikur Cholim Cemetery. A memorial service was held at Temple De Hirsch Sinai in Seattle at 10 a.m. on Oct. 11. Donations may be made to Jewish Family Service or Temple De Hirsch Sinai.
Sarah Rose Pickles and Matthew Feldhammer
When Sarah Pickles and Matthew Feldhammer got engaged in July, they wanted to shout it from the mountaintops. But that’s because they were on a mountaintop. In the Swiss Alps.
They don’t plan to get married for a while — the wedding is planned for spring 2013 — so they have a bit of time, which they need for their studies.
Sarah is currently a doctoral student at the Université de Montréal, where she works at Hopital Notre-Dame researching amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.
Matthew, a graduate of Northwest Yeshiva High School, is currently a doctoral student researching non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and prostate cancer at the McGill Cancer Center.
Sarah is the daughter of Margaret Pickles and Joseph Nicoli of Ville LaSalle, Quebec. Matthew is the son of Allan and Lynn Feldhammer of Issaquah. The couple currently lives in Montreal.
Barbara Altose Rosenwald
October 23, 1950–September 19, 2011
Barbara Anne Altose Rosenwald passed peacefully and with dignity, having battled Huntington’s Disease so courageously, with every ounce of her being, for nearly two decades. Born in Seattle, Barbara grew up in Magnolia and was a proud graduate of Queen Anne High School (class of 1968) and the University of Washington (class of 1972). Barbara taught elementary school in the Lake Washington School District for 23 years, being as committed to her students as she was to her loving husband of 40 years, Richard (who Barbara affectionately called Dickie).
Barbara approached each day as a unique gift for living life to its fullest: Summers on Camano Island, Broadway theatre in New York, family, friends, skiing, gourmet dinners, all 162 games of each Seattle Mariners season, Northwest Folklife Festival, Oprah, Grandma’s cinnamon rolls, the changing seasons, ice cream (any flavor) and her beloved spaniels (Spencer, Sam, Joe Cocker and Frankie).
Barbara was preceded in death by her parents Alexander and Viola Altose and her in-laws Gilbert and Natalie Rosenwald. She is survived by her husband Richard F. Rosenwald, aunts Margaret Berg and Annette Kaplan, uncle Paul Kaplan, sister Jane E. Sullivan, brother Larry Altose, brothers-in-law James F. Rosenwald and Tom Sullivan, sisters-in-law Vivian, Barbara and Leslie Rosenwald and Anita Altose, numerous cousins, nieces and nephews (and their children).
Barbara’s beautiful smile, genuine sparkle in her eyes and unquestionably the best hugs in town will be remembered forever. Special appreciation to Adi and Chelsea Nov, who brought sunshine, tranquility, love and laughter to Barbara’s final days.
Funeral service was held September 22, 2011 at Arthur Wright Chapel, Seattle. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to Jewish Family Service, 1601 16th Ave., Seattle, WA 98122.
Rosalind Chertow Sternoff
May 31, 1913 –July 27, 2011
Rosalind Chertow Sternoff, 98, of Palm Springs, Calif. passed away July 27, 2011 in Palm Springs. She was born May 31, 1913 to David and Eva Chertow in Brooklyn, N.Y. She is survived by her sons Peter H. Siegel and John Patrick Fuller. She was preceded in death by her spouse Arthur Sternoff and her parents David and Eva Chertow. Private services were held. Interment was at Rosemont Park Cemetery in Chicago, Ill. The family suggests that donations be made to Desert AIDS Project, 1695 North Sunrise Way, Palm Springs, CA 92262.
Jessica Grace Becker
Felice and Colman Becker of Los Angeles announce the birth of their daughter Jessica Grace on June 29, 2011, in Santa Monica, Calif. Jessica weighed 5 lbs.,
15 oz. and measured 18 inches.
Jessica’s grandparents are Leatrice and Jim Keller of Mercer Island, Nettie Becker of Los Angeles, and the late Howard Becker. Her great-grandparents are the late Howard and Frances Keller, and the late Regina and Isaac Soriano.
Jessica is named after her great uncle Jerry Soriano and all of her maternal great-grandparents.
Emily Claire Gordon
Emily will celebrate her Bat Mitzvah on September 3, 2011, at Temple De Hirsch Sinai in Bellevue.
Emily is the daughter of Nancy and Matt Gordon of Mercer Island and the sister of Josh. Her grandparents are Ed and Jeanne Diner of Denver, Colo., and Hillard and Florence Gordon of Summit, N.J.
Emily will be a 7th grader at Islander Middle School. She enjoys competitive cheer, hanging out with friends and shopping. A portion of Emily’s Bat Mitzvah funds will go to the Academy for Precision Learning, founded by her parents in honor of her brother, Josh.
Valerie Gayle Kearns
Valerie will celebrate her Bat Mitzvah on September 10, 2011, at Temple De Hirsch Sinai in Bellevue.
Valerie is the daughter of Emmi and Matthew Kearns of Kirkland and the sister of Marty. Her grandparents are Bob and Bunny Rogers of Mercer Island, Alma Kearns of Seattle, and the late Marvin Kearns.
Valerie will be a 7th grader at Rose Hill Junior High. She enjoys singing, drama, playing volleyball and attending Camp Kalsman. For her mitzvah project, she gathered supplies for MEOW Cat Rescue with her Girl Scout troop. She will donate a portion of her gifts to the Seattle Humane Society, where she adopted her own dog and cat.
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