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Avi Kumin and Isabel Friedenzohn
Avi and Isabel were married August 24, 2008 in West Bloomfield, Mich., the hometown of the bride, at Congregation Beth Ahm.
Isabel is the daughter of Elias and Cecelia Friedenzohn of West Bloomfield, formerly of Chile.
Isabel holds both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in public health from the University of Michigan. Through the non-profit Academy Health, she serves as the deputy director of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s State Coverage Initiatives program and consults with state policy leaders to develop progressive healthcare policies.
Avi is the son of Linda Kumin of Mercer Island and the late Ivri Kumin.
He was a valedictorian of his Mercer Island High School class of 1992 and graduated summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa from Brandeis University. Avi received his LL.D. in 2000 from Yale University Law School, and is a partner in the employment law firm of Katz, Marshall and Banks in Washington, D.C.
Avi and Isabel live in Washington, D.C.
Joshua celebrated his Bar Mitzvah on September 6, 2008 at Bikur Cholim Machziday Hadath in Seattle.
Joshua is the son of Jerry and Carol Strassman of Seattle and the brother of Danny, Aaron, and Sarah. His grandparents are Audrey Bergman of Spokane and the late Bradley Bergman, the late Luba Klarfeld, and the late Herman Klarfeld.
Joshua is in the 7th grade at Seattle Hebrew Academy. He plays on the SHA basketball team and is a sports enthusiast.
Vienna Emily Scolnick
Eric and Aubree Scolnick of Issaquah announce the birth of their daughter Vienna on January 20, 2009 at Evergreen Hospital in Kirkland. She weighed 7 lbs., 15 oz. and was 20-1/2 inches long.
Vienna’s grandparents are Larry and Myra Rothenberg of Redmond and Gary and Ann Scolnick of Boulder, Colo.
Her middle name is Emily, after her paternal great-grandmother.
Galya Dorit Simonds Kolodner
Galya will celebrate her Bat Mitzvah on Feb. 14, 2009 at Herzl-Ner Tamid Conservative Congregation on Mercer Island. She will read from Parshat Yitro.
Galya is the daughter of Deborah Simonds and Stuart Kolodner and the sister of Nadav and Zohar. Her grandparents are Sarah and Meyer Kolodner of Philadelphia, Pa. and the late Filbert and Doris Simonds.
Galya is in the 7th grade at the Jewish Day School. For her mitzvah project, she is raising money and swimming for World Swim against Malaria, to which friends and family can contribute at http://www.worldswimagainstmalaria.com/batmitzvahproject.
Gavin Max and Dylan Grant Mirsky
Jessica and Darrell Mirsky announce the arrival of their sons Gavin and Dylan on Nov. 17, 2008 at Swedish Hospital in Seattle. Dylan weighed 3 lbs., 10 oz. and was 16 inches long. Gavin weighed 3 lbs., 7 oz. and was 15-1/2 inches long.
Dylan and Gavin are the brothers of Hannah Rose. Their grandparents are Hazel and Alan Mirsky of Seattle, Peter Shapiro of Seattle and the late Gail G. Shapiro. The brothers are both named after their maternal grandmother, Gail.
Eileen Mintz made everyone feel as if they were her best friend. It’s the sentiment many people conveyed at her funeral Monday. Mintz died of cancer of the gall bladder on Feb. 1, 2009. She was 66.
“Sometimes you meet somebody and there’s this connection that you make pretty quickly,” said Rita Lowy, a friend of Eileen’s for 32 years, who with her husband Robert, spoke at Eileen’s funeral. “We made that connection.”
The two, who had met at their daughters’ gymnastics class at the Jewish Community Center, attended each other’s lifecycle events — and in Eileen’s case, helped in planning those events — and spoke on the phone every day, Lowy said.
“I can’t imagine a lifecycle event without her, because she was always there and always suggesting this or that,” Lowy said. “When my daughter got married, she arranged to have the cake made for us, exactly to my daughter’s specifications…. If somebody was having a baby, she would make the shower.”
It was that sense of organization and her love of making people happy that pushed her to start a public relations business centered around her greatest passion: Food. Her first gig came in the early ’90s at the Sorrento Hotel, where she was hired on the spot.
“When she got the job at the Sorrento, we were very proud of her,” Lowy said. “We realized how good she was at her job very quickly. The chef just fawned all over her.”
Mintz’s client list included the well-known Salty’s restaurant and her work expanded into a column she wrote for the Mercer Island Reporter. Mary Grady, editor of the Reporter, said that even as Eileen became more ill, she still made her deadlines.
“We thought we should say, ‘Hey, Eileen, it’s okay…you need to take care of yourself, whenever you have time it’s fine. We’ll work around you,’” Grady said. “We quickly learned she needed her schedule, she needed us to rely on her, and of course she’d get it done, of course it would be perfect and wonderful.”
Grady could always sense Eileen’s enthusiasm and personality in her writing, and how the flavors of what she was tasting came through to the readers.
The column “was just such a great addition to our paper,” Grady said. Eileen’s last column appeared in December.
But her love of food — and her ability to prepare it — began long before it became a profession.
“I remember being in first grade and having the teacher turn on the TV,” her son, Dan Mintz, said. There was his mother doing a cooking demonstration on KCTS. She also hosted TV segments called “Cheap Eats” in which she would find good restaurant values around town.
And, added Dan, when his mother entered cooking contests — which she did often — she would usually win.
“She won several awards,” he said.
She also won a microwave oven from an appearance on “Hollywood Squares,” an introduction to Frankie Avalon in an Annette Funicello look-a-like contest, and a husband who adored her up to the end.
Eileen DuBonne grew up in Seattle’s Laurelhurst neighborhood, was confirmed at Temple De Hirsch, and graduated from Roosevelt High School. She spent a year at the University of Washington before she met her husband, Dave Mintz. They married when she was 19 and had the first of their three children, Dan, when she was 20.
Family always came first for Eileen, whether it was being there when the kids arrived home from school or, later on, spending time one-on-one with her five grandchildren.
“She was just a great mom to all of us, always very involved with family,” said Dan. “You didn’t always know that because you’d see her so much in the community.”
As her kids grew older and got married, she built special relationships with her daughters-in-law as well.
“Eileen never had an unkind word for anyone. She looked for the good in everything,” wrote Elaine and Patti Mintz in a letter read at Eileen’s funeral. “She didn’t like controversy and would do anything to avoid it. She was the glue in our extended family as well as a problem solver. Anyone who ever had the pleasure of meeting Eileen always walked away from her feeling good, because she just had that ‘magic’ in her to make everyone she came across feel special.”
Her community involvement included being a founding member of Congregation Beth Shalom and several stints on the board of Herzl-Ner Tamid Conservative Congregation, as well as being active in ORT and Hadassah.
“As a Jew, Eileen inspired us to believe in the beauty of the Jewish people,” Rabbi Jay Rosenbaum of Herzl-Ner Tamid told the standing-room-only crowd at Eileen’s funeral. “As a human being, she inspired us to believe in the beauty of life and to be as passionate and as enthusiastic as she was. And, because Eileen believed anything was possible, she was able to convince us to stretch ourselves, too.”
Rabbi Rosenbaum said that he too had felt as if he were one of her best friends.
“When Eileen walked into a room, everything came alive,” he said. “She was so full of enthusiasm for life, she was so gloriously optimistic about everything. She was so passionate about everything. You could not help but catch her spirit.”
Eileen gave her time to many different local charities outside of the Jewish community as well, and would often persuade the restaurant contacts she’d made to pitch in with donations of food and money.
“For Eileen the greatest achievement she could imagine was to help someone else succeed,” Rosenbaum said. “It’s no wonder Eileen did so well in public relations. As talented and gifted as Eileen was herself, she took even greater pleasure in mentoring others.”
Eileen is survived by her husband Dave; sister Lucille; brother Dick; brother-in-law Joe; children Dan (Elaine), Robert (Patti) and Gina (Paul) Benezra; five grandchildren; and many friends.
— Joel Magalnick
Justin Alec Weisbly
Justin celebrated his Bar Mitzvah on Jan. 24, 2009 at Temple B’nai Torah in Bellevue.
Justin is the son of Peggy and Jack Weisbly of Woodinville and the brother of Jessica Nicole. His grandparents are Nancy and Ralph Ward of Woodinville, David Weisbly and the late Vivian Weisbly.
Justin is in the 7th grade at the Overlake School. His hobbies include baseball, soccer, basketball, golf, reading, skiing and gaming. For his mitzvah project, he is doing community service with inner-city schools in Seattle.
I only knew Gorgieh Hemmat, my husband’s grandmother, for 13 years. In the perspective of a lifetime that spanned more than a century, that’s a small amount of time to get to know someone. But in those years that Gorgieh let me be a part of her life, I learned enough about her to know what sort of person I hope to become, should I live to be even half her 106 years. For in a life marked early by adversity that might have hobbled her, Gorgieh Hemmat rose above it and lived a life of dignity.
Her actions in her lifetime touched many, and her example is the mirror I shall hold for myself until the end of my days.
Gorgieh, or Grandma, as everyone called her, was born on Rosh Hashanah in either 1901 or 1902 in Baghdad under Ottoman rule, at a time when Jewish life there thrived. Birth certificates were not used, so her exact year of birth remains a mystery. However, family sleuthing has placed her age at the time of her death at either 106 or possibly 107 years old. Her ketubah indicates that she married in the year 1921, and we gather from stories that she was 18 at the time of her wedding. Her younger brother, Sylman Habousheh, who lives in Israel, is documented with the Israeli government as being 104 years old. She remembered his birth occurring when she was 3 or 4.
So we know she lived to at least 106. From a time when she traveled from Baghdad by donkey to a time when computer processors can be the thickness of a strand of donkey hair, she had seen more change than most ever will.
When Gorgieh was quite young, her mother died giving birth to twins, who also died. Soon thereafter, her father died, and she became an orphan. Relatives in Iran took her in, and there she lived until she married Soleyman Hemmat. She had three children, outliving two of them. Her only daughter, Houri, died at 19 of a heart condition, and her eldest son, Naim, died in 1990 from cancer. Her youngest child, Amir Houshang (Harry), has proved a most devoted son, caring for his mother since she was widowed more than 30 years ago. When Amir owned S&H Drugs in Bellevue, Gorgieh lived in her own apartment next door. She would often bring him lunch at the pharmacy, and then sit behind the front counter for hours, watching customers come and go, never missing a thing.
She was fluent in Iraqi-Arabic, Farsi and French and knew some Hebrew, but even after living in America since fleeing Iran over 30 years earlier, she never learned English fluently. However, she always managed to communicate with everyone around her. Her grandson — my husband Jeff — and I would communicate with her by miming and cobbling sentences together with his patchy Farsi, my French and Grandma’s few English words. Her Farsi for “What’s new with you?” and “What is that all about?” have embedded themselves in our lexicon, so that even our toddler knows what I mean when I inquire, “Chi chi?”
And while her generosity and perseverance were two characteristics of hers that influenced many, what made the greatest impression on me was her sense of dignity. From being orphaned and then raising her children in the Jewish ghetto of Isfahan, Iran, where Jews were not even allowed to drink from the cup at the public well, her sense of dignity remained intact, perhaps even fortified by such circumstances.
Gorgieh would hire underprivileged or orphaned Jewish girls from the ghetto as servants. These girls, destined for destitution, were brought into her home, cared for, and lived well-fed and safe lives. Unheard of at the time, she had them sit at the table with her family, thereby giving them their dignity and teaching her children by example. When the young women became of marrying age, Gorgieh would give them suitable dowries to find them good husbands, not wanting them to live their entire lives in servitude. Most descendents of these servants she helped now live in Israel or the U.S. One of the former servant girls lives in California, and called Gorgieh weekly to keep her abreast of her three sons — all dental surgeons living in Los Angeles.
Although she enjoyed a life of privilege with her adopted family and her husband, she herself lived quite modestly. Yet her acts of generosity and compassion transformed the destinies of so many young girls, granting them better, more dignified lives.
She was loved by all who knew her, and enjoyed the company of extended family, as well as Persian immigrants who would come and visit with her in Farsi. She enjoyed her five grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren, and crocheted blankets for each one — even those who had not yet been born.
Her mental acuity remained sharp until her last days. During our Pesach seder 11 years ago, she recited the Four Questions — though she was far from the youngest person at the table.
After she suffered her first stroke 10 years ago, she could no longer live in her apartment. She moved to a nursing home, and even in an environment that can sometimes compromise individual dignity, she managed to hold on to all of hers. Often asking her son, Harry, for dollar bills to give to the attendants and nursing staff, she treated them all respectfully. Every morning she would be given two hard-boiled eggs for breakfast, and she would always save one, pressing it into the hands of an attendant with the thought that perhaps they could feed a hungry child at home with it.
In a life that spanned over a hundred years, distinguished by generosity, compassion and perseverance, Gorgieh Hemmat lived with a sense of her own dignity, and believed that all should be granted the same. She lived by that belief, and may we all hold ourselves up to her example.
— Dani Hemmat
Jared Benjamin Smith
Jared will celebrate his Bar Mitzvah on January 31, 2009 at Temple B’nai Torah in Bellevue.
Jared is the son of Lynne and Brad Smith of Sammamish and the brother of Evan and Margot. His grandparents are Harriet and Carleton Herer of West End, N.J., Stan Smith of Pittsburgh, Pa. and the late Natalie Smith.
Jared is in the 7th grade at Inglewood Junior High. His hobbies include basketball, video games and camping. For his mitzvah project, Jared is selling water bottles to raise money for Nothing But Nets, an organization that helps to fight the malaria epidemic in Africa.
Felice Keller and Colman Becker
Felice and Colman were married on May 25, 2008 at Temple De Hirsch Sinai, where Felice’s parents were married 40 years earlier. Rabbi Daniel Weiner officiated the ceremony.
Felice is the daughter of James and Leatrice Keller of Mercer Island. Her grandparents are Howard and Frances Keller of Seattle and the late Isaac and Regina Soriano. Felice is a graduate of Mercer Island High School and holds a B.A. from the University of Arizona and an M.B.A. from the University of Washington. She is a songwriter whose music has recently been featured on MTV’s “Newport Harbor” and “The Hills.”
Colman is the son of Nettie Becker of Los Angeles, Calif. and the late Howard Becker. He has a B.S. from Cal State Northridge and currently works in real estate.
The couple resides in Los Angeles.
Leah Sarah Weinberg
Leah celebrated her Bat Mitzvah on December 6, 2008 at Temple B’nai Torah in Bellevue.
Leah is the daughter of Leonard and Rozalynne Weinberg of Shoreline. Her grandparents are Nathan Kraus of Port Orchard and the late Claire Kraus and the late Daniel and Norma Weinberg.
Leah is in the 7th grade at Einstein Middle School. She is a member of the International Order of the Rainbow for Girls. Her hobbies include volleyball and interior design.
Lilah Pearl Kennedy
Ilana Cone Kennedy and Jon Kennedy announce the arrival of their daughter Lilah on August 21, 2008 at Swedish Hospital in Seattle. She weighed 5 lbs., 8 oz.
Lilah is the sister of Erez Lou Kennedy. Her grandparents are Gary and Karen Cone of Mercer Island, Geri and Ray Dube of Redmond and Dana and Tom Kennedy of Renton. Lilah is named for her maternal great-grandmother, Pearl Green.
Hannah Rachel Stulberg
Hannah will celebrate her Bat Mitzvah on November 8, 2008 at Herzl-Ner Tamid Conservative Congregation.
Hannah is the daughter of Gail and Barry Stulberg of Issaquah and the sister of Noah. Her grandparents are Yoram Stav and Naomi Stuchinsky of Sherman Oaks, Calif. and Dr. H. Jerome and Elaine Stulberg of Sherman Oaks, Calif.
Hannah is a student at Pine Lake Middle School. Her hobbies include reading, cooking and karate.
Daniel Aaron Isquith and Abigail Baecher Brown
Daniel and Abigail were married June 29, 2008 at the University of Washington Hillel, where they met as undergraduate students. Rabbi Daniel Bridge officiated.
Abigail is the daughter of Martin Brown and Jean Baecher Brown of Portland, Ore. Her grandparents are John Baecher of Salem, Ore. and the late Rose Baecher and the late Sam and Ruth Brown.
Daniel is the son of Dr. Louis and Claudia Isquith. His grandparents are Gertrude Zarkin and the late Philip Zarkin and the late Constance and Norman Isquith.
Daniel works as a research study coordinator and Abigail is a behavioral health specialist in Seattle.
Jeremy David Steinhart
Dr. Todd and Debra Steinhart announce the arrival of their son Jeremy on October 20, 2008 at Overlake Hospital in Bellevue. He weighed 7lbs., 4 oz. and measured 20 inches long.
Jeremy is the grandson of David and Terry Azose of Mercer Island and Arthur and Eileen Steinhart of Monroe Township, N.J.
Charles Sherer and Molly Harris
Charles and Molly are pleased to announce their engagement.
Molly is the daughter of Bill and Judy Harris of Issaquah. Her grandparents are Erma Rykus of Issaquah and the late Ben Rykus and Ben Harris of Mercer Island and the late Shirley Harris.
Molly is a graduate of Issaquah High School and holds a B.A. in communications from the University of Washington. She currently works as an account executive at Expedia.
Charles is the son of Barbara and Dr. David Sherer of Clyde Hill. His grandparents are Ilene and Dr. Robert Franco of Richland, Fay Sherer of New York, and the late Leslie Sherer.
Charles is a graduate of Bellevue High School. He holds a B.S. in engineering from Georgia Tech and a doctorate of jurisprudence from Willamette Law School. He works as a deputy prosecuting attorney.
The couple resides in Issaquah.
Christin Ashley Denning and David Samuel Wiviott
Christin and David are engaged to be married on September 5, 2009. The ceremony will take place at Temple De Hirsch Sinai in Seattle, with Rabbi Daniel Weiner officiating.
Christin is the daughter of Kanda and Jack Denning of Chicago, Ill. Her grandparents are Norbert and Phylanne Kolb of Deltona, Fla. and Mary and Alvie Denning of Mattoon, Ill.
Christin in a graduate of DePaul University, where she majored in political science and gender studies and minored in English. She currently works as a nanny.
David is the son of Marcia and Doug Wiviott of Newcastle. His grandparents are Joe and Esther Peha of Seattle and Leonard Wiviott of Seattle and the late Evelyn (Pickle) Wiviott.
David is a graduate of Issaquah High School and holds a degree in business administration from the University of Denver. He works for Rainer Overseas.
David and Christin currently reside in Seattle.
Jennifer Harbel and Craig Weinstein
Jennifer and Craig were married on September 7, 2008 at Herzl Ner Tamid Conservative Congregation. The ceremony was officiated by Rabbi Joshua Hearshen, Rabbi Jay Rosenbaum and Cantor Brad Kurland.
Jennifer is the daughter of M.K. and Gerald Harbel of St Petersburg, Va. Her grandparents are Helen Harbel of Sherridan, N.Y., the late Charles and Mary Anne Harbel, and the late Mary and John Alexo.
Jennifer graduated from Drexel University with a degree in literature and is currently self-employed as a writer.
Craig is the son of Lee and Stuart Weinstein of Mercer Island. His grandparents are the late Max and Nora Weinstein and the late Leon and Janet Levy.
Craig attended Mercer Island High School. He currently works at AT&T Mobility.
The couple resides in Kirkland.
Oscar Leo Magalnick
Joel and Jennifer Magalnick announce the birth of Oscar Leo on October 8, 2008 at Swedish Hospital in Ballard. Oscar weighed 6 lbs., 13 oz. and measured 19 inches long.
Oscar is the little brother of Ben. His grandparents are Howard Davidow and the late Beverly Davidow and Elliott Magalnick and the late Diane Magalnick. His great grandparents are Rose and Isadore Mons and Reba Kerner.
Rebecca Susan Frankel and Daniel Stephen Novick
Rebecca and Daniel are engaged to be married in March 2009 in Atlanta, Ga. Rebecca’s cousin, Rabbi Alvin Sugarman, will officiate the ceremony.
Rebecca is the daughter of Barry and Judy Frankel of Atlanta. Her grandparents are Shirley and Don Wender, Meyer Frankel and the late Evelyn Frankel, and the late Milton Romm.
Rebecca is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin with a bachelor’s degree in education. She currently works for the El Paso Independent School District.
Daniel is the son of Michael and Tina Novick of Bellevue. His grandparents are Dorothy Borschow of Dallas, Texas, the late Paul Borschow and the late Jules and Ruth Novick.
Daniel is a graduate of Bellevue High School and the University of Texas at Austin. He has a bachelor’s degree in broadcast journalism and government. He is a television news reporter for KFOX TV in El Paso.
Noa Nechama Iversen
Zeth Iversen and Ariella Milner of Revava, Israel announce the birth of their daughter, Noa.
Noa is the sister of Nava and Avital. Her grandparents are Myra and Larry Rothenberg of Seattle and Bobe Rozzy and Zeide Lockie Milner of Newton, Mass.
Molly will celebrate her Bat Mitzvah on September 20, 2008 at Temple Beth Shalom in Spokane.
Molly is the daughter of Alan and Suzanne Rubens of Spokane, and the sister of Sam and Rachel. She is the granddaughter of Sidney and Rosalie Meltzer of Sun City West, Ariz. and Muriel and Richard Rubens of Spokane.
Molly is in the 8th grade at Chase Middle School. Molly is ASB president and a member of Kadima. She enjoys music, reading, dancing, drama and spending time talking and texting with her friends. Her favorite place in the world is Camp Solomon Schechter.
Mitchell will celebrate his Bar Mitzvah on September 13, 2008 at Temple Beth Am in Seattle.
Mitchell is the son of Audrey Fine and Stephen Katz of Seattle and the brother of Adam and Sophie. He is the grandson of Norman and Ann Katz of Bloomfield Hills, Mich., Alice Fine of Seattle and the late Morton Fine.
Mitchell is in the 8th grade at the Northwest School. For his mitzvah project, he is tutoring elementary school children in math.
Rebecca will celebrate her Bat Mitzvah on September 13, 2008 at Congregation Beth Shalom in Atlanta, Ga.
Rebecca is the daughter of Michael and Amy Shafron of Alpharetta and the sister of Max. She is the granddaughter of Syd and Annette Shafron of Vancouver, B.C. and Milton and Harriet Whiteman of Windsor, Ontario.
Rebecca is in the 8th grade at the Alfred & Adele Davis Academy. She enjoys basketball, soccer and listening to music.
Alayna Diane Maduell
Alayna will celebrate her Bat Mitzvah on September 6, 2008 at Herzl-Ner Tamid Conservative Congregation.
Alayna is the daughter of Barbara and Chuck Maduell of Bellevue and the sister of Josh. Her grandparents are Betty Arfin of Bellevue and Shirley and Chuck Maduell of Sacramento, Calif.
Alayna is a student at the Jewish Day School of Metropolitan Seattle. Her interests include dance, writing, baseball and attending Camp Kalsman.
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