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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.
Maximus Julius Hirsch
Maximus will celebrate his Bar Mitzvah on June 22, 2013 at Temple B’nai Torah in Bellevue.
Maximus is the son of Geoff and Rise Hirsch of Bellevue and the brother of Ava. His grandparents are Irving and Bobbi Hirsch of Newcastle and Julius and Debi Knoth of Clear Lake.
Maximus is a 7th grader at Chinook Middle School. He enjoys lacrosse, science, reading, and video games. For his mitzvah project, he is working with Kiva Organization and the Northwest Harvest food donation and fund drive.
Evan Joseph Hunt
Evan will celebrate his Bar Mitzvah on June 22, 2013 at Temple B’nai Torah in Bellevue.
Evan is the son of Devra and John Hunt of Redmond and the brother of Joshua Hunt.
His grandparents are Lin Adler of San Pedro, Calif., Allen and Janet Adler of Lincoln, Calif., and John and Barbara Hunt of Madison, Wisc. His great-grandmother is Helen Fox of Seal Beach, Calif.
Evan is a 7th grader at Redmond Middle School. He enjoys reading and swimming. For his mitzvah project, Evan is donating books to foster children in King County through Treehouse.
Eva Rose Mochkatel
Scott and Lindsay Mochkatel of Kodiak, Alaska, announce the birth of their daughter, Eva Rose, on April 13, 2013. Eva has a brother, Merrik, age 2-1/2.
Eva’s grandparents are Mark and Carol Mochkatel of Camano Island and Ann Wilkens and John Stephens of California.
Her great-grandparents are Morry and Mickie Mochkatel of Bellevue, Phillip Marshall of Mount Vernon, the late Sally Marshall, and Margaret Groom and Betty Stephens of California.
Jack and Barbara Cordova
Jack and Barbara Cordova celebrate the wonderful milestone of 60 years of wedded bliss on June 7, 2013. Barbara, who moved to Seattle from her hometown of Chicago in 1943, took Jack’s hand in marriage in Jack’s native city of Seattle in 1953. The happy couple proceeded to raise their three children, Lynne, Jeff, and David, while contributing to the growth of Seattle’s business and Jewish communities — Jack as the longtime proprietor of Georgetown Pharmacy and active member of the Seattle Sephardic community, and Barbara through a number of charitable and community outlets, including as president of the local B’nai Brith chapter and as a volunteer with her beloved Seattle Symphony. These days, when not on a cruise ship, Jack and Barbara spend quality time with friends and family, including their three children, daughters-in-law Andrea and Michelle, and their four grandchildren, Shaina, Jace, Adam, and Jeremy. Should you have an opportunity to see Jack and Barbara, perhaps around the Seward Park area where they’ve maintained their residence throughout their 60 years of marriage, please be sure to congratulate them.
Shira Ariana Lyss-Loren
Shira will celebrate her Bat Mitzvah on June 8, 2013, at URJ Camp Kalsman in Arlington. The family attends Temple Beth Am in Seattle.
Shira is the daughter of Julie Lyss and David Loren of Seattle, and the sister of Isaac and Aviva. Her grandparents are Joan and Allen Loren of New York, N.Y., and Esther Lyss-Greenstein and Harvey Greenstein of St. Louis, Mo.
Shira is a 6th grader at Seattle Girls School. She enjoys travel, musical theater, Ultimate Frisbee, soccer, basketball, family movie nights, hanging out with friends, and sleepovers. She is volunteering with several organizations that help feed hungry and homeless people.
Emil Isaac Talerman
Emil celebrated his Bar Mitzvah on June 1, 2013, at Temple B’nai Torah in Bellevue.
Emil is the son of Dyan Simon and Eddie Talerman of Mercer Island, and the brother of Liv and Noah Talerman. His grandparents are Barbara and Michael Simon, Margaretha Talerman, and the late Alecsander Talerman.
Emil is a 7th grader at Islander Middle School. He enjoys playing soccer and basketball. For his mitzvah project, Emil is distributing toys and clothes to children in need through Eastside Baby Corner.
Micah F. Gonchar
Micah will celebrate his Bar Mitzvah on June 8, 2013, at Herzl-Ner Tamid Conservative Congregation on Mercer Island.
Micah is the son of Gina and Marc Gonchar of Bellevue and the brother of Jordan and Ella. His grandparents are Fred and Lila Ehrlich of Edmonds, and Joel and Nancy Gonchar of Scarsdale, N.Y.
Micah is a 7th grader at the Jewish Day School. He enjoys building with Legos, reading Manga, playing drums, Tae Kwon Do, skiing, sports, and spending time with cousins. Micah is donating a bike pack to Herzl-Ner Tamid’s green initiative, and volunteering with The Friendship Circle.
July 20, 1933–May 14, 2013
Morris Piha (Morrie), Seattle-area real estate entrepreneur, passed away peacefully surrounded by family and friends on May 14, 2013 after a short battle with cancer.
He was born on July 20, 1933 in Portland, Oregon to Samuel and Vida Piha, who had emigrated from the Island of Rhodes. In 1944 the family moved to Seattle to join a growing community of Sephardim from Rhodes and Turkey.
Morrie attended Garfield High School and the University of Washington, earning a degree in accounting.
After serving his country in the U.S. Coast Guard in Alaska, he returned to Seattle and soon married the love of his life, Marlene Calderon Piha. They had three children, Vicki, Sandy and Ricca.
In 1965, after working for M. Ross Downs and the Melrose Company for Herb Meltzer, Morrie opened a one-man office in the Hogue Building in downtown Seattle. Over his 48-year career the company grew into one of the largest and most well-regarded firms in the area.
Morrie was dearly loved and respected by a wide circle of friends, family, business associates and employees. He sponsored a baseball team called Morrie’s Kids, and he was fondly known to team members as Uncle Morrie. He was a founding member of ROMEO (Retired Old Men Eating Out) and a beloved member of many other social groups.
Morrie was active in communal affairs and served on several boards including Make A Wish, the Samis Foundation, Seattle Sephardic Brotherhood, and Foundation Bank. He was a longtime member of the Sephardic Bikur Holim synagogue, where he helped to maintain the Sephardic culture and customs he loved.
He is survived by his loving wife and best friend of 51 years, Marlene Calderon Piha, their daughter Ricca Poll (Billy), and their son Sandy Piha (Lesley). Their beloved daughter Vicki Lynn Ashberg (Jay) preceded him in death in 2007.
Morrie was lovingly called “Popoo” to his six grandchildren he so dearly cherished…Miles, Emma, Shane, Jadon, Mitch, and Macy.
He is also survived by his brother, Victor S. Piha, sister Esther Kligerman, mother-in-law Rita Calderon, and numerous nieces and nephews, all of whom he loved so much.
Morrie touched so many lives. He was generous with his time and advice as a beloved mentor to friends of any age. He was always quick-witted and humorous, making all of those around him smile. He was also fondly known for his life’s philosophies, commonly known as Morrie-isms.
In lieu of flowers, Morrie would have loved to have donations made to the charity of your choice or to the City of Hope in memory of his daughter, Vicki Lynn.
Talia Moriah Chivo
Talia will celebrate her Bat Mitzvah on May 25, 2013 at Herzl-Ner Tamid Conservative Congregation on Mercer Island.
Talia is the daughter of Julie and David Chivo of Mercer Island and the sister of Daniel. Her grandparents are Claire and Allan Shumofsky of Fairfield, Conn., and Marion and Jack Chivo of West Vancouver, B.C. Her great-grandmother is Sarah Shumofsky of State College, Penn.
Talia is a 7th grader at the Jewish Day School of Metropolitan Seattle. She enjoys playing volleyball.
Jocelyn Kirsten Linnea Masen
Jocelyn will celebrate her Bat Mitzvah on May 25, 2013 at Temple B’nai Torah in Bellevue. Jocelyn is the daughter of Jim Masen of Bellevue and the late Trisha Masen. Her grandparents are Richard and Karen Hogan and Gene and Cynthia Masen.
Jocelyn is a 7th grader at Tillicum Middle School. She enjoys reading, horseback riding, skateboarding, caring for animals, and travel. For her mitzvah project, she is helping Second Chance Wildlife Center in Snohomish.
A tale of love and darkness — and ultimately, light
Klaus Stern, 1921–2013
In spite of World War II closing in around them, Klaus and Paula Stern married in Germany in 1942, because, as Klaus stated in a short documentary about their survival, “two people can fight whatever comes better than one person.”
The Sterns were deported to Auschwitz nine months later. Over the next two years, Klaus survived Sachsenhausen, Flossenburg, Leonberg, and Mühldorf concentration camps, as well as death marches. Sick with typhoid when the Americans arrived, Klaus rallied through and made the slow journey back to Ahrnstadt, Germany, where he and Paula promised to meet again — if they survived. Klaus sent a note with a soldier going in the general direction of her town in the hopes it would reach her hands. It read: “Paula, I’m still alive. Wait for me.”
Klaus and Paula reunited and were married 70 years until Klaus’s passing on May 12 due to complications from pneumonia. He was 92.
After liberation it took Paula six weeks to return to Ahrnstadt. She knew her family was gone, but she was sure Klaus would be there waiting for her. “There was no doubt about it,” she said in a film segment that appeared on ABC’s Nightline. Every night in Auschwitz, Klaus sent his thoughts to her to stay strong.
“Maybe I would have gotten the feeling that Klaus was gone, and I would have given up, too,” she said.
Miraculously, the letter found its way to her, and so, eventually, did Klaus.
Klaus and Paula moved to Seattle a year later, where Klaus found work with Langendorf Bakeries. They had two children, Marvin and Marion, and later were blessed with four grandchildren.
Shortly after the Sterns hit American soil in 1946, Klaus began speaking about his experiences during the Holocaust, and in 1989 helped found the Washington State Holocaust Education Resource Center. Part of the center’s speakers bureau, he educated the public — particularly school groups — about the war and the consequences of intolerance up until his health began to fail in the past year.
In a comment to the Seattle Times’ obituary on May 16, a former high school teacher paid tribute to the survivor:
When queried at the end of the school year on what were the best things about the class, Klaus’ visit was always at the top of the list. He changed more lives than anyone else I’ve ever known, encouraging students to be tolerant of others and always respect human life as sacred. His horrific story of surviving Auschwitz showed kids they also could survive almost anything and come out on the other side to have a happy life. God bless dear Mr. Stern.
“Klaus Stern led by example,” said Dee Simon, executive director of the Holocaust Center. “With his support, the center now reaches over 40,000 students each year. He served on the center’s board of directors since 1989 providing a moral compass for the center’s leadership, and keeping the survivor’s perspective at the forefront. Klaus was not only a leader but a dear friend of the center. He will be missed.”
Tributes can be made to the Klaus Stern Holocaust Education Fund at
http://www.wsherc.org or by mail to 2031 Third Avenue, Seattle, WA 98121. The fund will support speaker outreach throughout the Pacific Northwest.
— Emily K. Alhadeff
Jerome Katz passed away peacefully on April 28, 2013, Lag BaOmer. Born in Seattle on October 12, 1930 to Freida and Max Katz, he attended Seattle Talmud Torah, Garfield High School, and graduated cum laude from the University of Washington School of Pharmacy at the age of 20. A proud ROTC graduate and Korean War veteran, Jerry married Rita Shulman Katz in 1957, to whom he was devoted throughout 55 years of loving marriage. Together they raised three daughters, Renee (Eric), Cindy (David) and Julie (Andrew). A dedicated pharmacist, Jerry established Jerry’s Garden Pharmacy, and for 40 years served his loyal customers with compassion and care, delivering prescriptions to those too frail to pick them up from his counter. Jerry was a talented musician, playing piano, ukulele and harmonica and harmonizing at every opportunity. He was deeply committed to the Jewish community and to his shul, Herzl-Ner Tamid, where he was one of the morning “minyannaires.” A loving father, he particularly delighted in his grandchildren, Joshua, Leora, Elie, Hana and Nathan. His gentle, solid presence will be greatly missed. Remembrances to Herzl-Ner Tamid Conservative Congregation, Kline Galland Home, Parkinson’s Foundation, or charity of your choice.
Rebecca Behar Mutal
Rebecca Behar Mutal was born October 17, 1927 in the Bronx, N.Y. and passed away April 26, 2013. She was the third of six children to Clavena and Jack Behar, who immigrated to America and resided in New York in the early 1900s, Jack from Turkey and Clavena from the Island of Rhodes. They had four daughters and two sons.
At age 12, Rebecca and her family moved to Burbank, Calif. In her golden years, she spoke fondly of the cross-country drive with her family, and truly loved the sunny California climate.
Rebecca met her late husband Henry (Hank) Mutal, a recently discharged WWII vet, on a blind date set up by his cousins while on vacation in California. They became engaged and were married on February 26, 1949 at Congregation Ezra Bessaroth in Seattle. Two years later, the young family, Hank, Rebecca and baby Sari Jane, relocated to Burbank to be near Rebecca’s family. Rebecca and Hank had two more daughters, Carol Jean and Joyce Ann.
In 1974, Rebecca and Hank moved back to Washington, living on Mercer Island. Rebecca lost Hank in 1990 and moved from their home in 2001. Rebecca worked in their family businesses in California and then in Seattle, at a lunch counter on Fourth Avenue called The Pantry Shelf. Throughout her life, Rebecca also took great joy in cooking, eating, and socializing with those around her.
Rebecca was a wonderful mother and grandmother to Sari (Ron, z”l) Drucker and their children David (Jenny) Drucker and Pamela (Lindsay) Drucker-Mann; Carol (Jeff, z”l) Akrish and their children Mindy (Erik) Matteson, Garrett (Barbi) Hoffman, Joel (Mary Ann) Hoffman, and Ronald Akrish; and Joyce (Larry) Steingold and their children Stephanie (Jason) Bressler, Jonathan Steingold, and Lauren Steingold. In addition, Rebecca had four great grandsons, Levi, Micah, Jacob, and John David and a step-great-granddaughter, Cecilia.
Rebecca survived all her brothers- and sisters-in-law, the Mutals of Seattle and the Behars of Burbank, all from the Great Generation. Rebecca was one of a kind and a truly unique woman throughout her lifetime.
Funeral services were held Sunday, April 28th at the Sephardic Brotherhood Cemetery in Seattle. Remembrances can be made to Sephardic Bikur Holim Congregation, Seattle or Overlake Hospital, Bellevue.
Hailey Rose Mintz
Hailey will celebrate her Bat Mitzvah on April 27, 2013, at Congregation Kol Ami in Woodinville.
Hailey is the daughter of Robert and Patti Mintz of Woodinville and the sister of Ryan. Her grandparents are Malcolm and Dorothy Lederman of Bellevue, David Mintz of Mercer Island, and the late Eileen Mintz.
Hailey is an 8th-grader at Leota Junior High School. She enjoys snowboarding, hanging out with friends, and shopping. She is in the Honor Society and taking a leadership class. For her mitzvah project, Hailey is donating food and toys for dogs and cats through Homeward Pets.
Aida Liff passed away peacefully on April 7, 2013, with her three daughters at her side. She was 88.
Born in the small Romanian town of Bistritza, Aida was one of nine siblings. She survived the Nazi concentration camps, finding sanctuary in Sweden. There, she met Victor, with whom she shared a loving 62-year marriage until his passing in 2011. Aida and Victor settled in Seattle in 1949, where they started their own family and resided for the rest of their lives.
Aida spoke six languages fluently and loved to cook, garden, and host holiday gatherings for her many relatives. She was admired for her deep love of family, profound inner strength, and unfailing moral compass. Even as she succumbed to the final stages of Alzheimer’s disease, these qualities shone through and inspired all who had the privilege of knowing her.
Aida is survived by her three daughters, Mia Mackoff, Rita Levinson, and Shirley Liff-Grieff, seven grandchildren, and a great-granddaughter.
Donations in Aida’s memory can be made to the Kline Galland Home, at http://www.klinegalland.org/contribute.html.
Alexis Sara Agoado
Alexis celebrated her Bat Mitzvah on April 13, 2013 at Temple B’nai Torah in Bellevue.
Alexis is the daughter of Adrien and Jay Agoado of Mercer Island and the sister of Alyssa. Her grandparents are Merl
and Keith Koplan of Vancouver, Wash., Barry and Inga Groberman of Vancouver, B.C., Josie Agoado of Seattle, and the late Myer Agoado.
Alexis is a 7th-grader at Islander Middle School. She enjoys boxing, boating, summer camp, spending time with friends, and shopping. For her mitzvah project, Alexis babysat to earn money to assemble craft kits for patients at Seattle Children’s Hospital.
Adam Ilan Flash
Adam will celebrate his Bar Mitzvah on April 20, 2013, at Temple Beth Am in Seattle.
Adam is the son of Rabbi Allison and Edward Flash of Newcastle, and the brother of Sara and Daniel. His grandparents are Phil Flash of Seattle, Ed and Sue Shulkin of Los Angeles, Calif., and the late Claire Flash.
Adam is a 7th-grader at Maywood Middle School. He enjoys swimming, travel, music, and reading. For his mitzvah project, Adam worked to support Treehouse, a program that supports foster children.
March 3, 1947–March 26, 2013
Marcy Migdal of Seattle died on March 26, 2013 while enjoying a Passover visit with her family. Marcy was born Ruth Marcia Alexander to Reba and Asher Alexander, in Philadelphia, Pa. She grew up in Philadelphia and in Oceanside, Long Island. She attended Douglass College, the women’s college of Rutgers University in New Jersey, where she met her husband Joel Migdal. They married in 1968. They lived in Watertown, Mass.; Tel Aviv, Israel (1972-1975); and Brookline, Mass. and traveled all over the world together before moving to Seattle in 1980. Marcy was an active member of Congregation Beth Shalom, where she regularly attended services and classes, served on the board, and played many other roles. She was also a founding participant and parent at the Jewish Day School of Metropolitan Seattle and director and parent at the Community High School for Jewish Studies.
Marcy was an educator who pioneered the field of multi-cultural education. Fluent in Spanish and Hebrew, she taught in bilingual classrooms early in her career and then joined one of the first multicultural education teams in Boston. While living in Israel, she wrote curriculum for the Ministry of Education and taught in the Givatayim Teachers College. In Seattle, she was one of the founding group of the Seattle Children’s Museum, worked for the Wing Luke Museum, taught in Highline Community College, wrote multi-cultural activity books for Uwajimaya, wrote curricula for many institutions including the Jewish Day School and Jewish Education Council, taught an anti-racism curriculum using the Anti-Defamation League’s “A World of Difference” program, and served as the principal of the Community High School for Jewish Studies. From 1992 to 2005 she worked as the director of multi-cultural education, Title IX compliance officer, and director of Indian education for the Edmonds School District, where she won national awards and recognition for her work in multicultural education. She also consulted around the state on issues of religion in schools.
Marcy’s greatest joy was the family she raised with Joel: Her children, Ariela Migdal of New York, Tamar Azous of Seattle, and Amram Migdal of Charlottesville. She loved her children-in-law Ethan Tucker, Paul Azous, and Rebecca Migdal. She delighted in her grandchildren, Eden Migdal, Yitzhak Tucker, Yoav Tucker, and Zahava Migdal Azous, and in her large extended family, including her recently deceased brother Steve Alexander and her dear siblings-in-law, nieces and nephews. Her other great joys included studying and spending time with her many close friends, with whom she liked to take walks around Greenlake, see plays, discuss books and ideas, and share Shabbat and holiday meals. She was a spectacular cook, baker, and hostess who enjoyed welcoming new people and old friends to her home on a regular basis. She was also passionate about travel, social justice, and women’s equality.
Contributions may be made to the Southern Poverty Law Center and to Congregation Beth Shalom in Seattle.
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