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Alexander Benjamin Marber
Alexander will celebrate his Bar Mitzvah on February 3, 2007 at Temple B’nai Torah in Bellevue.
Alexander is the son of Scott Marber and Molly Bellehumeur of Sammamish and the brother of Max, Jacqueline, and Shelby. His grandparents are Kitty Marber of Stoughton, Mass. and the late Alexander Marber, Carolyn Bellehumeur of Menomonee Falls, Wisc. and the late Gerald Bellehumeur.
Alexander is a 7th-Grader at Beaver Lake Middle School. He enjoys music and swimming.
Erez Amichai Goldstein
Rabbi Seth Goldstein and Rabbi Yohanna Kinberg announce the arrival of their son Erez Amichai on December 23, 2006 at St. Peter Hospital in Olympia. He was 8 lbs. and 19 in. long.
Erez is the brother of Ozi. His grandparents are Alan and Karen Goldstein of Pomona N.Y., Alice Kinberg of Olympia and the late Rabbi Myron Kinberg. His great-grandparents are Nathan and Henrietta Schwartzberg of Delray Beach, Fla. and Rhoda Kinberg of San Diego, Calif. His great-great-grandmother is Aziza Sibony of Rishon L’tzion, Israel.
Carol Cacile Meisels
Carol Cacile Meisels died on Saturday, December 30, 2006, after a six-year battle with cancer. She was born in Portland, Ore. on November 23, 1933 to Milton and Anita Gevurtz.
Carol was raised in Portland, where she graduated from Lincoln High School. Following graduation from Stanford University in 1955, Carol worked in the stocks and bonds field in San Francisco. There she met her husband, Stan. They were married on February 6, 1964, while he was a student in rabbinical school.
Subsequent to Stan’s ordination, the couple and their children lived in the Chicago area, Fresno, Calif. and Los Angeles, where she worked in special education for the Los Angeles Unified School District. In 1989, Carol and Stan returned to the Northwest and resided in Bellevue from then on. Carol was an active member of the Eastside Interfaith Social Services Council, a member of the Temple De Hirsch Sinai social action committee, and a passionate supporter of animal protection efforts.
Next to her family, her friends were her greatest delight. She was the consummate “people person.” Her friends loved her, and she was a blessing to her husband, children and grandchildren.
Carol is survived by her husband of 42 years, Rabbi Stanley Meisels; brother Dr. John Gevurtz; children Julie Meisels and David Meisels; and two grandchildren, Mellissa and Gavin.
Funeral services were held at Temple De Hirsch Sinai on January 3, 2007. Memorials may be made to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, your local SPCA, or MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger.
Beth Belgard and Andrew Carrol were married on November 4, 2006 by Rabbi Daniel Weiner at Temple De Hirsch Sinai in Seattle.
Beth is the daughter of Stuart and Marsha Belgard of Richland. She is a graduate of the University of Washington, where she earned a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, and Washington State University, where she earned a Master’s degree in Education. She is currently an operations manager at Sallie Mae.
Andrew is the son of Joseph and Gayle Carrol of Bellevue and grandson of Estelle Bensussen of Bellevue. His is a graduate of Sammamish High School, and the University of Arizona, where he earned a Journalism degree. He is currently a general manager at T.W. Carrol and Co.
Beth and Andrew live in Redmond.
Rachel will celebrate her Bat Mitzvah on January 20, 2007 at Congregation Kol Ami in Woodinville.
Rachel is the daughter of David Horne and Susan Balmuth of Redmond, and the sister of Sarah. She is the granddaughter of Daniel and Rita Balmuth of Saratoga Springs, N.Y.
Rachel is a 7th-Grader at Redmond Junior High School. She enjoys ballet, music, studying Hebrew and attending B’nai B’rith Camp in Oregon.
Sally Fortuna Calvo
Shaya and Sydney Poll Calvo announce the arrival of their daughter Sally Fortuna on July 25, 2006 at Swedish Hospital in Seattle. She weighed 4.2 lbs. and was 19.3 in. long.
Sally is the sister of Murray and Maisy — the family dogs. She is the granddaughter of Melvyn and Rosalind Poll of Seattle and Dr. Stan and Barbara Calvo of Burien.
Sally is named for her two great-grandmothers, the late Sally Poll and Fortuna Calvo.
Robbie will celebrate his Bar Mitzvah on Sat., January 13 at Herzl-Ner Tamid Conservative Congregation on Mercer Island.
Robbie is the son of David and Julie Ellenhorn and the brother of Tammy. He is the grandson of Myrna Secord of Bellevueand the late Robert Secord, and Joan Ellenhorn of Bellevue and the late Edwin Ellenhorn. His great-grandfather is Bernard Kastriner of Bellevue.
Robbie is a 7th-Grader at The Jewish Day School of Metropolitan Seattle. He enjoys the study of Torah, Hebrew and Jewish history, soccer and basketball, and digital photography. Like his father and grandfathers, Robbie is an avid newspaper reader and a huge sports fan. He especially loves Mariners baseball, international soccer, the Tour de France and spending his summers at Camp Solomon Schechter with his friends. Robbie also likes to travel and will perform a mitzvah project during an extended trip to Israel with his family this summer.
Ben will celebrate his Bar Mitzvah on January 20, 2007 at Herzl-Ner Tamid Conservative Congregation on Mercer Island.
Ben is the son of Liz and Dave Director of Bellevue and the brother of Jake and Hannah. His grandparents are Ann and Paul Olsen of Zillah, Wash., and the late Morrie and late Becky Director.
Ben is a 7th-Grader at Issaquah Middle School. He enjoys lacrosse, basketball, listening to music and spending time with friends.
Leo Okin died of lung cancer on July 30, 2006 at his home in Mesa, Ariz. He was born in Divinsk, Latvia in 1923.
When Leo was seven years old, his family emigrated to the United States, and Leo spent his youth in Brooklyn. He started his career as a social worker at Bellevue Hospital in New York and joined the army at the beginning of World War II.
After the war, Leo married Ruth, his wife of 59 years. He worked for a number of Jewish centers on the East Coast before moving to California in the 1950s to work for the Jewish Welfare Board in San Francisco.
In 1965, Leo was hired as executive director of the Seattle Jewish Community Center. At that time the JCC had a one-room office in downtown Seattle and Leo envisioned building a center on Mercer Island. That vision became a reality in 1968.
Leo was a lifelong learner and teacher. He received a Bachelor’s degree from New York University, a Master’s degree in Social Work from Columbia University and a Doctorate from the University of California, Berkeley, where he wrote a thesis on the prospects of Jews and Arabs living in peace in the Middle East. He later taught at William and Mary College in Norfolk, Virginia.
After his retirement from the JCC at the age of 53, Leo devoted his time to his family, real-estate investment and travel. He and Ruth traveled throughout the world. In addition to their home in Seattle, he and Ruth had homes in Phoenix and Jerusalem.
Leo is survived by his wife, Ruth; daughters Phyllis Rock, Margret Rosenberg, Sandy Lior, and Helanie Webman; 11 grandchildren and one great-granddaughter.
Donations in his memory may be sent to the Stroum Jewish Community Center.
Xander Ray Burgin
Joshua and Angelic Burgin announce the arrival of their son Xander Ray at Swedish Hospital in Seattle on November 30, 2006. He weighed 6 lbs., 9 oz. and was 19 in. long.
Xander is the grandson of Dr. James and Linda Burgin of Potomac, Md. and Signe and Rondie Keith of Denver, Colo. He is the great-grandson of Glenna and Paul Clark of Manhattan, Kan. and Marie Doedyns, also of Manhattan, Kan., the late Dorothy and Howard Russell, the late Leo and late Inez Burgen, and the late Robert Romans.
Xander’s middle name honors both maternal grandparents’ family names, Russell and Romans.
Green and Gottschalk
Carrie Robyn Green and Stuart Brian Gottschalk were married on August 26, 2006 by Rabbi James Mirel at the Snoqualmie Ridge Golf Club.
Carrie is the daughter of Eve-Gail Green of Mercer Island and Norman Green of Snoqualmie Ridge. She is the granddaughter of the late Sylvia and Irving Green and the late Claire and Henry Goldstein. Carrie is a graduate of Mercer Island High School and the University of Washington, where she earned a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science. She is an account executive for Housevalues.
Stuart is the son of Rhonda and Mark Gottschalk of Bellevue. His grandparents are Estelle Altabet of Seattle and the late Sol Altabet, and Reinee Gottschalk of Bellevue and the late Herbert Gottschalk. Stuart is a graduate of Newport High School and the University of Washington, where he earned a Bachelor’s degree in Communications. He works in sales for Ikon.
Carrie and Stuart live in Kirkland.
Issua Salvator (Sol) Altchech
Sol Altchech died on November 15, 2006 at the Kline Galland Home in Seattle.
Sol was born in Salonika, Greece on December 13, 1919. He was a Holocaust survivor, liberated from Auschwitz on May 5, 1945. He emigrated to Seattle in 1951 and married Mary Solam on March 8, 1953. He was proud to become an American citizen on June 23, 1956.
He will be remembered as a loving husband, father, grandfather and brother.
Sol is survived by his wife Mary; sister Paula Soulema of Los Angeles; sons Steven (Diana) of Bellevue, Jeff (Shari) of Issaquah, and Allen of Los Angeles; and five grandchildren, David, Marissa, Zach, Daniel and Joe.
The funeral service was held at the Sephardic Brotherhood Cemetery.
Remembrances may be made to the Kline Galland Home, 7500 Seward Park Ave. S, Seattle, WA 98118.
Deborah Kaplan died on November 12, 2006 at the age of 53. She was born in Chicago, Ill. in 1952.
Kaplan was an assistant professor of communication at the University of Washington, where she taught narrative journalism. Her entire career was spent in journalism, including stints at the Detroit Free Press and the Metro Times in Detroit. She was known for her immersion-style reporting on social issues such as poverty and migrant workers. In May 2005, she earned her Doctorate in Journalism and Sociology from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. She moved to Seattle three years ago.
Deborah is survived by her brothers, Gordon Kaplan and Lawrence Kaplan, and five nieces and nephews.
Those wishing to make memorials may give to the “Deborah Noel Kaplan Fund to support narrative journalism and graduate student research on social issues, with preference for field research at the Department of Communication University of Washington,” which is being created in her name.
Hunter Charles Goldberg
Hunter will celebrate his Bar Mitzvah on January 6, 2007 at Herzl-Ner Tamid Conservative Congregation on Mercer Island.
Hunter is the son of Jerry Goldberg of Mercer Island and Julie Finholm of Gig Harbor, and the brother of Julian and Christian. His grandparents are Len and Dolly Goldberg of Portland, Ore., and the late Fred and Laura Hildebrand of Tacoma. His great-grandparents are the late Henry and Sophie Goldberg and the late Charles and Minnie Finkelstein.
Hunter is a 7th-grader at Islander Middle School. He enjoys baseball, sports, video games and music.
Joshua David Appelbaum
Joshua will celebrate his Bar Mitzvah on December 30, 2006 at Great Synagogue Gardens in Cape Town, South Africa.
Joshua is the son of Andrew and Michele Appelbaum of Bellevue, and the brother of Julia. He is the grandson of Rhoda Appelbaum and Sarah Daitsh of Cape Town, the late Jack Appelbaum and the late Joseph Daitsh.
Joshua is a 7th-grader at the Jewish Day School of Metropolitan Seattle. He enjoys playing premier soccer, reading, listening to music, and attending Camp Solomon Schechter.
Rachael Hannah Okrent
Rachael will celebrate her Bat Mitzvah on December 16, 2006 at Herzl-Ner Tamid Conservative Congregation on Mercer Island.
Rachael is the daughter of Aileen and Aaron Okrent and the sister of Joshua. Her grandparents are Phyllis and Leon Moss of Spokane, Joan Okrent of Bellevue, and the late Eugene Okrent.
Rachael is a 7th-grader at The Jewish Day School. She enjoys camping, playing volleyball and basketball, reading, and spending time with her friends.
Hannah will celebrate her Bat Mitzvah on December 9, 2006 at Temple Beth Am in Seattle.
Hannah is the daughter of Michael Collins and Heidi Noun of Seattle and the sister of Kate. Her grandparents are Joan and Norman Noun of Minneapolis, Minn. and Kevin Collins of Staten Island, N.Y.
Hannah is a 7th-grader at Washington Middle School. She enjoys playing soccer, reading, listening to music, and hanging out with friends.
Murray Shiff died in Seattle on November 19, 2006. He was 84.
Murray was born in Sandomierz, Poland on April 2, 1922. He emigrated to Toronto, Ont. with his family in 1931, and earned a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Chicago in 1949 and a Master’s of Social Work from the University of Toronto in 1951.
Murray dedicated his entire professional life to the Jewish community. One of his first jobs, with the Canadian Jewish Congress, involved traveling to support isolated Jewish communities throughout Ontario. Subsequently, he worked for the Jewish Theological Seminary and the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism. He was instrumental in establishing Camp Ramah in Canada and served as its first administrator.
Murray was associate director of the Jewish Welfare Federations in Dallas (1966-68) and San Francisco (1970-72). In New York he directed the United Synagogue Book Service (1962-66) and the Large City Budgeting Council of the Council of Jewish Federations and Welfare Funds (1968-70).
In 1972, Murray moved to Seattle to head the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle. Among his many accomplishments in Seattle, he was most proud of his role in the development of the Jewish Studies Program at the University of Washington and the creation of the Federation’s Endowment Fund.
Richard Fruchter, the current CEO of the Jewish Federation, was hired by Murray in 1982 for his first job with the organization. A week before Fruchter started, Murray asked Fruchter to join a small delegation to Israel and Lebanon at the height of Operation Galilee. The group was packed into an armored bus and driven up the coast, where they saw munitions caches hidden in caves by the PLO and the smoke rising from Beirut as well as the Western Wall in Jerusalem. That trip set the tone for Fruchter’s tenure, and showed Murray’s dedication to the Jewish community and for Israel.
“He was an intellectual and he had a good heart,” said Fruchter. “He had a good vision of what this Jewish community could become.”
Rabbi Anson Laytner, executive director of the Pacific Northwest chapter of the American Jewish Committee, was also hired by Murray in 1982.
“For me, he was the consummate Jewish professional: organized, committed, scholarly,” Laytner wrote in an e-mail. “I don’t think any of us realize the extent to which he helped to transform our community because of the quiet, modest way he went about assembling the essential building blocks for a healthy Jewish community. We owe him a tremendous debt of gratitude.”
In retirement, Murray discovered a new interest in harpsichord making. He built four instruments, two of which are frequently used on Seattle’s concert stages.
He served on the board of the Seattle Early Music Guild in its early years, where his nonprofit experience was invaluable to the fledgling organization.
Murray is survived by Naomi, his wife of 56 years; brother J. Richard Shiff of Toronto; children Aviva (Karl) Boedecker of Tiburon, Calif., and Jonathan Shiff of Charlottesville, Va.; and granddaughters Karen and Robin Boedecker.
Memorials may be sent to the Jewish Studies Program of the University of Washington, Development Office, 1200 5th Ave., Ste 500, Seattle, WA 98101-1116 or the Seattle Early Music Guild, 2366 Eastlake Ave. E., Suite #335, Seattle, WA 98102-3399, or a charity of your choice.
Sheldon E. Garber
Sheldon Garber of Kirkland died on October 28, 2006 in a motorcycle accident. He was born in Dayton, Ohio on July 20, 1953 and most recently served as a machinist for the U.S. Post office.
Sheldon is survived by his mother, Selma; siblings Linda (Richie) and Martin, both of Eugene, Ore, Jonathon (Dianne) of Woodinville, and Nancy (Robin) of Kingston.
Donations can be made to Jewish Family Service of Seattle or the charity of your choice.
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