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Lauren Ariella Dichter
Lauren will celebrate her Bat Mitzvah on September 13, 2008 at Temple De Hirsch Sinai in Bellevue.
Lauren is the daughter of Gina and Steve Dichter of Bellevue and the sister of Marisa. Her grandparents are Edith and Aaron Dichter of Bellevue, Naomi Israel of Seattle and the late Sam Israel.
Lauren is in the 7th grade in the Spanish Immersion Program at Tillicum Middle School. Her hobbies include soccer, art, reading and hanging out with friends.
For her mitzvah project, Lauren created greeting cards featuring original artwork that were sold to raise money for LAM research in honor of her mom.
Harry Michael Simpson
Harry will celebrate his Bar Mitzvah on September 13, 2008 at Herzl-Ner Tamid Conservative Congregation.
Harry is the son of Amy Wasser-Simpson and the late Chuck Simpson and the older brother of Ariel and Gillian Simpson. His grandparents are Stephen and Barbara Wasser of Niskayuna, N.Y. and the late Charles and Jean Simpson.
Harry has been attending the Jewish Day School of Metropolitan Seattle since kindergarten and is now in the 7th grade. He has been playing competitive soccer for the past two years and will be on both the Jewish Day School’s team and the Bellevue Youth Soccer Wolves team this fall. He enjoys photography and having fun with family and friends.
For his mitzvah project, Harry will donate to the Mitzvah Store at the Netzach Yisrael Elementary School in Kiryat Malachi, Israel. This student-run store has items ranging from pencils and candy, to a pair of shoes or a backpack, which kids can buy using “good behavior points” received in class. Without this store, some low-income students couldn’t afford any of these items.
Jessica Sharon Schwartz
Jessie will celebrate her Bat Mitzvah on August 23, 2008 at Herzl-Ner Tamid Conservative Congregation.
Jessie is the daughter of Iris and Steven Schwartz of Bellevue and the sister of Josh, Jodi and Jamie. Her grandparents are Ella and Eitan Toker of Bellevue, David and Barbara Schwartz of Vineland, N.J., Albert Gross of Philadelphia, Penn., and the late Phyllis Gross.
Jessie will begin the 8th grade at the Jewish Day School in September. She plays volleyball and tennis on the JDS teams, loves reading and hanging out with her sister and best friend Jamie, and spending time with her friends.
Justyn Isabella Sarah Jacobs
Justyn will celebrate her Bat Mitzvah on August 30, 2008 at Herzl-Ner Tamid Conservative Congregation.
Justyn in the daughter of Andrew and Janine Jacobs of Newcastle and the sister of Taylor and Dylane. Her grandparents are Marsha Jacobs of Las Vegas, Nev. and the late Phillip Jacobs and Case de Jong of Montreal, Quebec and the late Coreen de Jong.
Justyn will be in the 8th grade at McKnight Middle School. Her interests include basketball, track, friends, movies and her dog Skye.
Michaela Rose Dougherty Covner
Michaela will celebrate her Bat Mitzvah on August 30, 2008 at Herzl-Ner Tamid Conservative Congregation.
Michaela is the daughter of Audrey Covner and Dianne Dougherty and the younger sister of Claire. Her grandparents are Arnold and Mickey Covner, the late Beatrice Covner and the late Robert Dougherty.
Michaela will be entering the 7th grade at the Jewish Day School of Metropolitan Seattle in the fall. Michaela has participated on a competitive cheer team for several years and joined her team in competing at the World Cheer Championships last year. She also loves playing other sports such as volleyball, basketball and swimming. In addition to spending time with family and friends, Michaela loves to play with her dogs, cook, and jump into the freezing waters of Lake Sammamish as often as possible.
Olivia Ann Natkin
Sarina and Michael Natkin announce the birth of their daughter, Olivia on July 19, 2008 at the University of Washington Medical Center in Seattle. Olivia weighed 7 lbs., 11 oz. and was 19 inches long.
Olivia is the sister of Zoey Lois Natkin. Her grandparents are Suzanne Morhaime of Palm Springs, Calif., Jerry and Yudit Natkin of Greensboro, N.C., and Howard and Lynn Behar of Mercer Island.
Eliana Esther Behar
Eliana celebrated her Bat Mitzvah on August 16, 2008 at Congregation Ezra Bessaroth.
Eliana is the daughter of Norman and Lisa Behar of Seattle and the sister of Arielle. Her grandparents are Phillip and Judy Koppel of Bellevue, Isaac Behar of Seattle and the late Eleanor Behar.
Eliana is entering the 7th grade at Seattle Hebrew Academy. Her hobbies include basketball, swimming, playing the drums and spending time with her friends at Sephardic Adventure Camp.
Samuel William Finfer
Samuel celebrated his Bar Mitzvah on August 16, 2008 at Temple B’nai Torah.
Samuel is the son of Lee and Dona Finfer of Bellevue and the brother of Sarah. His grandparents are Donald and Belle Finfer of Highland Park, Ill. and Bob and Linda Pickles of Allyn.
Samuel is entering the 8th grade at Odle Middle School. His hobbies include sports, reading and hanging out with friends.
The woman who straightened Bill Gates’ tie
In April, when the first 10 Microsoft employees reunited to recreate an office photo taken in the company’s early days, 72-year-old Miriam Lubow was proud to be placed front and center.
“She had missed the first photo because of a snow storm,” recalled Lubow’s daughter, Michelle Weinberg. “But she was actually employee number six.”
Lubow, who worked for Microsoft on and off for 10 years as an office manager, died on July 29 after a yearlong battle with liver cancer.
Born in Milan in 1935, Lubow and her family narrowly escaped from Europe at the outbreak of World War II.
“Before the war, her father sent the consulate a box of chocolates and inside box there was also some money. The next day, passports for the entire family appeared,” Weinberg said.
The family sailed to New York on the last passenger ship out of Italy. They remained in New York for the duration of the war with Lubow and her sister attending America’s first Montessori school.
After the war, Lubow and her family traveled back to Italy. She attended college in Switzerland and then returned once more to New York.
It was at Manhattan’s Temple Emanuel that she met Milton Lubow. The couple married in 1960. After the births of their four children, however, the Lubows began to think about moving somewhere else to raise the kids. They picked Albuquerque, N.M.
Once the kids were in high school, Lubow decided to return to the workforce. Weinberg remembers her mother answering a single ad in a local, community newspaper for a company called Microsoft that was looking for someone to do office work.
Lubow quickly took to her new employers and began referring to them as family.
“She always said the four of us were her kids at home and Bill Gates and Paul Allen were her kids at the office. When you think about it, they were in their 20s and she was in her 40s. She definitely took on a mothering role,” Weinberg said.
Along with her duties of bookkeeping, making travel arrangements and ordering office supplies, Lubow also transcribed notes for Gates, arranged barber appointments for him and made sure he ate his lunch each day.
When Lubow first took the job, she knew nothing about computers.
“In the beginning, at her desk was a typewriter,” recalled Weinberg. “She had heard the word ‘software,’ but she didn’t really know what it was.”
Weinberg said it wasn’t until her mother moved to Seattle that she really became comfortable using the technology her co-workers produced.
Lubow’s career had a substantial impact on her family. All four of the kids spent time during their high school years pitching in to do office work at Microsoft and two of them, Weinberg and Warren Lubow, went on to work for the company as adults. When Microsoft relocated from New Mexico to Washington, Gates urged Lubow to follow.
“He really wanted my mom to come,” Weinberg said. “But it wasn’t that easy to pick up the family and move. For a while, she commuted back and forth.”
The family did move eventually, settling initially in Kirkland.
Lubow was a member of Congregation Kol Ami in Woodinville as well as the founder of the Shalom Club, a Jewish social club that meets for holiday gatherings and Shabbat dinners at the Trilogy retirement community on Redmond Ridge.
Rahla Turck, a Trilogy resident, joined the Shalom Club when she and her husband moved to Redmond Ridge in 2000.
Turck said that she was impressed by Lubow’s energy and found herself quickly drawn into helping out with club correspondence as well as hosting annual Purim baking and Hanukkah latke making parties at her home.
“She was just the most energetic, opinionated, darling lady you ever want meet in your whole life,” Turck said of Lubow. “She just lit up a room.”
She noted that Lubow remained active in the club even in her later years, until her declining health forced her to sell her Redmond Ridge home and move in with her daughter.
Weinberg was quick to point out that the Shalom Club was not the first social organization that her mother had founded.
“She was always very proud of her Jewish Italian heritage. Everywhere she went, if there wasn’t an Italian club, she’d form one; same for Jewish organizations,” she said.
Weinberg said her mother also devoted considerable time during her last few years of life to writing her memoirs, which the family is determined to get published on her behalf.
Lubow is survived by her husband, Milton; her four children, Michelle, Stephanie, Yvonne and Warren; and six grandchildren.
Miles Jake Solam
Miles Jake Solam was born on April 25, 2008. He is the son of Jason and Alison Solam of Shoreline and the brother of Sophie Jade Solam.
His grandparents are Norman and Karen Levin of Mercer Island, Bernice and Sam Benveniste of Mercer Island and the late Morris Solam. His great grandparents are George and Sybil Tall.
Miles has 13 first cousins.
Madison Corets Beloff
Madison will celebrate her Bat Mitzvah on August 30, 2008 at Temple De Hirsch Sinai in Bellevue.
Madison is the daughter of Eva Corets and Josh Beloff of Bellevue and the sister of Reid. Her grandparents are Roberta and Ellis Corets of Bellevue, Mollie Braverman and Stanley Beloff of Margate, N.J., and the late Ruth Beloff.
Madison is entering the 7th grade at Chinook Middle School. She enjoys singing, playing piano, basketball, soccer and swimming. For her mitzvah project, she provided support for homeless youth in Seattle.
Katherine Morgan Smith
Katherine celebrated her Bat Mitzvah on August 16, 2008 at Temple B’nai Torah.
Katherine is the daughter of Jerry Ray Smith and Kristina Oom of Seattle and the sister of Trinity. Her grandparents are Arlene and Bob Latham of Bellevue, Terry and Beverly Smith of Seattle, Ilanie Skellington of Port Townsend and Ted Oom of Pahrumph, Calif.
Katherine is entering the 8th grade at Odle Middle School. Her hobbies include baseball, lacrosse, swimming and reading.
Lenna Ann Rogel
Lenna will celebrate her Bat Mitzvah on August 23, 2008 at Temple B’nai Torah.
Lenna is the daughter of Susan and Brandon Rogel of Bellevue and the sister of Emma. Her grandparents are Ann Lee and Joe Rogel of Bellevue and Tom and Lois Hoag of Soap Lake.
Lenna is in the 8th grade at Tyee Middle School. Her interests include volleyball, music and spending time with her friends.
Marcus Frederick Roer
Marcus will celebrate his Bar Mitzvah on August 30, 2008 at Temple B’nai Torah.
Marcus is the son of Jacqueline and Carl Roer of Seattle and the brother of Madeline and Elana. His grandparents are Fred and Sarah Roer of Seattle, Stella Tarica of Seattle and the late Morris E. Tarica.
Marcus is entering the 8th grade at Islander Middle School. His hobbies include basketball, football and playing the trombone.
Joshua Dylan Lazar
Josh will celebrate his Bar Mitzvah on August 30, 2008 at Temple De Hirsch Sinai in Bellevue.
Josh is the son of Gail and David Lazar of Bellevue and the brother of Zak and Eli. His grandparents are Rita Robbins of Great Neck, N.Y., Mike Robbins of New York, N.Y. and Judi and Brett Lazar of Salt Lake City, Utah.
Joshua is entering the 8th grade at Issaquah Middle School. Josh’s passions in sports are soccer and track. He also enjoys spending time with his brothers, summer at Camp Kalsman, hanging out with friends, wakeboarding, and skiing.
Josh is sharing this occasion with his long-time friend Jenna Levin. For their mitzvah project, Josh and Jenna are organizing a benefit bike ride to raise money for, and awareness of, multiple myeloma research. Jenna’s dad, Marty Levin, died in 2005 after battling this cancer. The bike ride will take place Sun., Sept. 14.
Martin Harold Kearns
Martin will celebrate his Bar Mitzvah on August 16, 2008 at Temple De Hirsch Sinai in Bellevue.
Martin is the son of Emmi and Matthew Kearns of Kirkland and the brother of Valerie. His grandparents are Bob and Bunny Rogers of Mercer Island and Alma Kearns of Seattle and the late Marvin Kearns.
Martin will be in the 7th grade at Rose Hill Junior High. His interests include basketball, football, swimming, skiing, playing piano and guitar and attending Camp Kalsman. For his mitzvah project, Martin is volunteering at the Kirkland Boys and Girls Club and will donate a portion of his Bar Mitzvah money to the club.
Samuel Wiley Cordes
Samuel celebrated his Bar Mitzvah on July 3, 2008 at Eretz B’Reshit in Yishuv Alon, Israel.
Samuel is the son of Hannah and Bob Cordes of Seattle and the brother of Isaac. His grandparents are Barry and LeAnna Wiley of Boston, Mass. and Ron and Mary Cordes of San Clemente, Calif.
Samuel is entering the 8th grade at Eckstein Middle School. His hobbies include playing baseball, reading, playing the double bass in the Eckstein orchestra, and caring for his dogs. For his mitzvah project, Samuel raised money for Let the Animals Live, a no-kill animal shelter in Tel Aviv. Sam visited the shelter to donate the proceeds of his fundraising efforts.
Nicholas celebrated his Bar Mitzvah on August 2, 2008 at Temple B’nai Torah in Bellevue.
Nicholas is the son of Diana Stone and James Larus of Mercer Island and the brother of Jeremy and Micah. He is the grandson of Jane and Joel Larus of Sarasota, Fla., Estelle Stone of Chevy Chase, Md. and the late Joseph Stone.
Nicholas will be in the 8th grade at the Lakeside School. He enjoys reading and sports. For his mitzvah project, Nicholas collected books to donate to low-income children at Stevenson Elementary School in Bellevue. He also volunteered to help kids read in a classroom at Stevenson.
Fina Corday Starr and Emma Margaret Starr
Scott Starr and Heidi Leyton of Seattle announce the birth of their daughters, Fina and Emma, on June 27, 2008 at Swedish Medical Center. Fina weighed 7 lbs., 10-1/2 oz. and was 20-1/2 inches long. Emma weighed 6 lbs., 5 oz. and was 19 inches long.
Fina and Emma are the sisters of Logan. Their grandparents are Mary and Gayle Starr of Lincoln, Neb. and Carol and Bryan Leyton of Bellevue, and their great grandmother is Lillian Corday of Vancouver.
Fina and Emma are named for their paternal grandparents, Frank Donlin and Ed Starr.
Meredith Erin Weinberg and Benjamin Grant Levy
Meredith and Benjamin are engaged to be married on December 22, 2008 in Jerusalem.
Meredith is the daughter of Suzan Feldman of Philadelphia, Pa. She holds a bachelor’s degree in human services from George Washington University. She is currently in the process of receiving her master’s in community leadership and philanthropy studies from Hebrew University.
Benjamin is the son of Cheri and Michael Levy of Bellevue. He is a graduate of Northwest Yeshiva High School and received his bachelor’s degree in Judaic studies from George Washington University. Benjamin is currently a student in the educators program at the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies.
Josepha Chasha “Mira” Klein
Mira will sponsor and speak at the Shabbat kiddush at Congregation Shaarei Tefilah Lubavitch on July 12, 2008 in celebration of her Bat Mitzvah.
Mira is the daughter of Rabbi Charna Klein, the granddaughter of the late Rose and Aaron Klein, and the niece of Harris Klein and Lester Klein.
Mira is a student at Seattle Hebrew Academy where she will be entering the 7th grade in the fall. She enjoys reading, sports, cooking, music, acting, and travel. Mira has been serving as a member of the Shaarei Tefilah Lubavitch congregation kitchen crew and is a member of the Seattle chapter of Bat Mitzvah Clubs International.
Emma Levine Petersky
Emma will celebrate her Bat Mitzvah on July 5, 2008 at Bet Alef Meditative Synagogue in Bellevue.
Emma is the daughter of David Levine and Claire Petersky of Bellevue and the sister of Rose Levine Petersky. She is the granddaughter of Ralph and Joan Levine of Las Vegas, Nev. and Millard and Ruth Petersky of Seattle.
Emma will enter the 8th grade at Highland Middle School. Her interests include fine cheeses, theatre, weird music, opera, movies and working on the Obama campaign. She is also a member of the co-ed wrestling team at Highland Middle School. For her mitzvah project, Emma raised more than $2,000 for Chinese earthquake victims.
Sam will celebrate his Bar Mitzvah on June 28, 2008 at Herzl-Ner Tamid Conservative Congregation on Mercer Island.
Sam is the son of Brad and Laura Miller of Mercer Island and the brother of Michael and Cora. His grandparents are Sylvia Oseran of Kirkland and the late Melville Oseran, and Bennett Miller of West Hartford, Conn. and the late Elaine Miller.
Sam will be an 8th grader at Islander Middle School. His hobbies include soccer, basketball, baseball, ping-pong, playing guitar and cello, and cooking.
Samuel Aaron Gottlieb
Samuel will celebrate his Bar Mitzvah on June 28, 2008 at Herzl-Ner Tamid Conservative Congregation.
Samuel is the son of Lorri Gottlieb of Mercer Island and Bob Gottlieb of Seattle. He is the brother of Sasha, Amy, Carissa and Emily. His grandparents are Oliver and Fern Johnson of Vancouver, Wash., Mildred Gottlieb of Chicago, Ill. and the late Norman and Shirley Gottlieb.
Samuel will be an 8th grader at Islander Middle School. His interests include football, wrestling, lacrosse, skiing and magic.
Hillary Madsen and Rob Dolin were married on June 15, 2008 at Lake Chelan. The ceremony was officiated by Rabbi Michael Latz of Kol HaNeshamah.
Hillary is the daughter of Barbara and Donald Madsen of Tacoma. Her grandparents are Marion and Edward Rupnick of Renton.
Hillary is a graduate of Woodrow Wilson High School, and holds a degree from the University of Washington, as well as a JD from Seattle University School of Law. She works as an associate attorney for Oles Morrison Rinker and Baker, LLP.
Rob is the son of Barbara and Joel Dolin of Chicago, Ill. and the grandson of Evelyn Dolin of Los Angeles, Calif. He has a B.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Illinois and is currently employed as a program manager for Microsoft.
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