Jewish Herald-Voice Articles (Cont'd)
2000 Jan 5 (Pg 44 Col 1-2)
Sidney Reichenthal, 81, died at home on Friday, Dec. 31, 1999, surrounded by his family. Preceding him in death were his parents, Sam and Annie Reichenthal and brother, Al Reichenthal.
He is survived by Evelyn, his loving wife of 50 years; children, Ellen Reichenthal, Sandy and Myron Friedman, and Max and Susan Reichenthal; grandchildren, Asher, Naomi and Eitan Friedman and his fiancée, Chana Spiegel, and Nathan, Jaclyn and Ariel Reichenthal; brother and sister-in-law, Louis and Lilyan Reichenthal of Pembroke Pines, FL; sister-in-law, Frieda Reichenthal of Los Angeles, CA; and numerous relatives.
He was an owner and president of Texas Iron and Metal Co. for 35 years. He served in the United States Army in World War II in the Philippines and New Guinea. He was a member of the Jewish War Veterans.
Sidney was a true Ohev Yisrael (lover of the Jewish people and Eretz Yisrael). He was a 50-year member of United Orthodox Synagogues and served as its president twice. He was a Friend for Life of AMIT Women and a founding supporter of Robert M. Beren (Hebrew) Academy and Young Israel of Houston. He was a member of the Prime Minister's Club of Israel Bonds.
The funeral took place at noon, Sunday, Jan. 2, 2000, at Adath Israel Cemetery, with hundreds of family members and friends in attendance. Rabbi Joseph Radinsky and Rabbi Yehoshua Wender officiated.
Contributions may be made to AMIT, Robert M. Beren Academy, United Orthodox Synagogues or Young Israel of Houston or M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, c/o Dr. Yehuda Patt.
2000 Jan 19 (Pg 23 Col 1)
Scott and Jennifer Tiras announce the birth of their second son, ("the little King") Ryan David. He was born on Aug. 24, 1999, weighed 7 pounds, 5 ounces and was 19 inches long.
Ryan's proud grandparents are Leonora and Jacques Rodriguez and Jeannie and Jerry Tiras, all of Houston.
2000 Apr 19 (Pg 36 Col 2-3)
Alex "Spook" Moore, 74, died at home on Wednesday, Apr. 12, 2000, after a long illness. He was a lifelong member of United Orthodox Synagogues, where he served as vice president and for many years cochaired the annual Cantor's Concert.
Alex was a graduate of San Jacinto High School, where he excelled in sports. He was a member of the All-city Team in football. He served in the Navy during World War II. He was a member of the Gaillord Brotherhood. He was co-owner of Texas Iron & Metal Co. and TIMCO Scrap Processing, Inc. for over 40 years.
He is survivved by his wife, Minette, of almost 50 years; his children: Gary and Andrea Moore, Terry and Reuven Goldstein, and Ron and Cindy Moore; grandchildren: Melissa and Melanie Moore, Liat, Tali and Amit Goldstein and Alissa, Laura and Jordan Moore and Brad Fishman. He is also survived by his brother, Abe "JoJo" Moore and his sister, Evelyn Reichenthal.
Graveside services were held 4:30 p.m., Thursday, Apr. 13, 2000, at Congregation Beth Yeshurun Cemetery (Post Oak). Cantor Irving Dean officiated, and the eulogy was delivered by Fred Sklar.
Donations may be made to Ronnie Arrow Jewish Sports Hall of Fame, through the Jewish Community Center or Seven Acres Jewish Senior Care Services.
2000 May 10 (Pg 35 Col 2)
Chad, Linda, and Jordan Farber are very excited to announce the birth of their son and brother, Harrison Michael Farber.
Harrison was born at 2:45 p.m., Mar. 31 2000, and weighed 6 pounds, 13 ounces and was 20 inches in length.
Harrison is the grandson of Manette and Arnold Farber, Leon and Jo Anderson, and the great-grandson of Ruth Schnitzer; Polly Anderson, Henry Heitman and the late Harry Schnitzer, Jean Farber, Colonel Leonard Farber, Andy Anderson and Francis Heitman. Harrison is named in loving memory for his paternal great-grandfather, Harry Schnitzer.
2000 May 17 (Pg 30 Col 1)
Adam Moore was called to the Torah as a Bar Mitzvah on Apr. 28 and 29 at Congregation Beth Israel. he is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Jeffrey L. Moore and Mr. and Mrs. Tommy Duer.
His grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Jerry J. Moore, Mr. and Mrs. Mike Kennedy and Mrs. Shirley Boals.
Adam is a seventh-grade student at The Regis School, an all boys school in Houston.
Adam's mitzvah project was a food drive for Kid Care, the first "meals on wheels" program for kids in the nation.
2000 Jun 28 (Pg 25 Col 2)
Nathan Samuel Reichenthal was called to the Torah on the 21st day of Sivan, 5760/June 24, Shabbat Parashat Baalotecha.
Family, friends and the congregation of United Orthodox Synagogues joined the Reichenthal family in sharing the celebration of this wonderful simcha.
Susan and Max Reichenthal are Nathan's proud parents. Sisters, Jaclyn and Ariel Reichenthal, served as junior hostesses for their big brother's Bar Mitzvah.
Nathan is the grandson of "Bubbie," Jane Freedman and that late "Granddaddy," Leonard H. Freeman, as well as "Bubbie," Evelyn Reichenthal and the late "Zadie," Sidney Reichenthal, all of Houston.
Nathan is also blessed with a great-grandmother, "Super Bubbie," Esther Slotnick, as well as godparents, Debbie Katz of Dallas, Tex. and Dan Kusnetz of Scarsdale, N.Y.
Nathan will enter the eighth grade this fall at Robert M. Beren Academy.
2000 Jul 26 (Pg 36 Col 3)
Steven Bernard Kogut, loving husband, father, son and brother, was born in Austin, Tex., and died Wednesday, July 19, 2000, in Austin, Tex. He was 46 years old.
After graduating from the University of Texas, he worked for a wine importing company in Houston, where he met his wife, Beverly Moore. Steven then went to work in the family business as vice president of Reuben's Wines and Spirits, vice president of ABC Hotel Supply and a board member of Austin Tents and Events.
He was a lifelong member and served on the board of Congregation Agudas Achim, recently serving as treasurer of the congregation's endowment fund. He served for many years as a board membger (sic) of the Texas Package Stores Association and a member of that group's Legislative Committee.
Steve was an exceedingly kind, generous, wise man, with a wonderful sense of humor and a warm heart. He was devoted to his family and deeply concerned about the welfare of his business associates. He loved playing basketball.
Steve is survived by his wife, Beverly; son Neil Michael Kogut; daughter, Mindy Rose Kogut; father, Reuben Kogut; mother, Estelle Kogut; brother, Mark Kogut; sister, Karen Kogut; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Abe and Betty Moore; brothers-in-law, Michael and Steve Moore; sisters-in-law, Mimi Kogut, Myra Davis and Denise Moore; aunts and uncles, Thelma and Seth Harwood, Ralph and Shirley Seelig, Manny and Chedva Erez and Adolph Liling; and cousins, nieces and nephews.
Funeral services took place Friday, July 21, 2000, at Congregation Agudas Achim. Rabbi Martin Pasternak officiated. Interment followed at Austin Memorial Park.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Kogut Family Trust, Congregation Agudas Achim, P.O. Box 28400, Austin, TX 78755.
2000 Sep 6 (Pg 30 Col 3-4)
Miss Staci Davidoff and Mr. Jason Isaac Beinart were united in marriage on Saturday, Jan. 22, 2000, at 7 o'clock in the evening at the Red Lion Hotel in Houston. Rabbi Jack Segal and Cantor David Propis performed the candlelit, double-ring ceremony, which was followed by dinner and dancing in the ballroom of the hotel.
The bride is the daughter of Lisa Levy Davidoff and Maurice Jay Davidoff of Houston. She is the granddaughter of Hanny Levy, Mary Ellen and Richard Levy, and Dorothy and Charles Davidoff, all of Houston. The groom is the son of Devorah Beinart of Houston, Tex., and Harold Beinart of Cape Town, South Africa.
For her wedding, Staci selected a designed gown of white satin and French Alençon lace and bridal pearls. Created with a sweetheart neckline, the elegant gown featured long tapered lace sleeves and a flared skirt, ending in a cathedral train. Her matching fingertip veil of nylon tulle was fastened to a halo of satin roses and pearls. Completing her attire, the bride carried a bouquet of bridal white roses.
Lisa Levy Davidoff served her daughter as matron of honor. Bridesmaids included Jessica Siff Beinart, sister-in-law of the bride, and Melissa Bronstein, Sonja Danburg, Lauren Lipp, Desiree Steller, Lauren Finkelstein and Amy Finkelstein, cousins of the bride. Junior bridesmails included Melissa Finkelstein and Melanie Finkelstein, cousins of the bride. Serving in the bride's house party was Marlene Finkelstein, aunt of the bride.
Garth Beinart served as his twin brother's best man. Groomsmen included Brad Beinart and Sam Beinart, brothers of the groom; Adam Caplan, Jason Davidoff, brother of the bride; and David Fleischer, Matt Greenberg, Brad Pauly and Jeremy Shapiro. Ring bearer was Isaac Shrand, cousin of the groom. Ushers included Seth Kornfeld, Roni Most, Mark Taylor and David Trachtenberg.
Following a honeymoon on a Caribbean cruise, Staci and Jason are residing in Houston, Tex.
2000 Nov 8 (Pg 35 Col 2)
Benjamin Gabriel Silberman celebrated his Bar Mitzvah on Nov. 3-4 at Congregation Emanu El.
Ben is the son of Mark and Joan Silberman and the brother of Anna.
He is the grandson of Minnie Oshman and the late Alvin Oshman and Shirley and Ray Reiff and the late R.J. "Buddy" Silberman, all of Houston.
Ben is currently a seventh-grade honor student at Pershing Middle School.
For his mitzvah project, Ben collected Halloween costumes to donate to his former elementary school, Condit, for their Halloween parade and donated journals to the M.D. Anderson Pediatric Unit in memory of his late creative writing teacher, Rosemary Behrens. He will also donate a portion of his monetary gifts to the American Diabetes Association in memory of both of his grandfathers.
Ben is so fortunate to be blessed with such a wonderful family and so many friends who celebrated with him!
2000 Nov 15 (Pg 44 Col 3-4)
The family of Sidney Reichenthal invites family and friends to attend the unveiling of a monument to his loving memory on Sunday, Nov. 26, at 10:15 a.m., at Adath Israel Cemetery, 4714 Airline Drive at Hwy. 45 North.
Rabbi Joseph Radinsky, Rabbi Yehoshua Wender and Cantor Irving Dean will officiate.
2001 Jan 17 (Pg 45 Col 3-4)
Lillian Friedman, 87, loving and devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, died Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2001.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 56 years, Isidore Friedman; and by her loving sister, Frieda Tiras. Survivors include children, Jules and Roselyn Borger, Robert and Sara Friedman; grandchildren, Sharon and Eddie Grosman, Howard and Lori Borger, Alan Borger, Lois and David Stiller, Lori and John Newman, Karen Friedman, Benjamin Friedman; 11 great-grandchildren; brother, Larry Silverman; and devoted family, Gina and Joe David Tiras, Paul and Nita Tiras, Michael and Kathy Tiras and Janice Friedman.
Graveside services and burial were held Thursday, Jan. 11, 2001, at Adath Emeth Cemetrey. Rabbi Leo Heim and Cantor Irving Dean officiated.
Memorial contributions may be made to Seven Acres Jewish Senior Care Services, United Orthodox Synagogues or the Hospice at The Texas Medical Center.
2001 Jan 24 (Pg 28 Col 1-2)
Haley Brooke Berkman celebrated her Bat Mitzvah on Jan. 19 and 20, 2001, at Congregation Beth Israel.
Haley is the daughter of Kathy and Drew Berkman and the sister of Ali.
She is the granddaughter of JoRuth Kaplan, Ralph Berkman, MollyAnn Kaplan, the late Jean Berkman and the late Irvin Kaplan, all of Houston, Tex.
Haley is a seventh-grade honors student at The Kinkaid School. For her mitzvah project, Haley volunteers at the Houston Humane Society. Haley is also making donations to the mobile outreach unit of SEARCH.
Is was with great pride and joy that Haley and her family celebreated this special occasion in her life.
2001 Apr 4 (Pg 32 Col 1-2)
Hailey Florence Laufman became a Bat Mitzvah at Congregation Beth Israel on Mar. 30-31. Hailey is the daughter of Ann and Ronnie Laufman and sister of Billy.
She is the granddaughter of Molly Ann Kaplan and the late Billy Laufman and the late Irvin Kaplan, Jackie Hauser and Harris and Barbara Hauser.
Hailey is a seventh-grade student at I. Weiner. For her mitzvah project Hailey volunteered at the Patrice House, a home for displaced, abused and battered children. She also collected blankets, pet food and other items for S.N.A.P., a nonprofit organization that offers free spay and neutering services for pets for the poor.
2001 Apr 11 (Pg 44 Col 1-2)
Louise Nagel, 82, died Wednesday, Apr. 4, 2001, in Houston, Texas. She is now reunited with Edward, her late husband of 64 years.
She is survived by children: Anne Joachim and Inez Taylor; sister, Joan Pleason; sisters-in-law, June Diamond, Millie Forbes; brother-in-law, Paul Nagel; grandchildren: Sharon and Ira Wadler, Hannah Joachim, Neil and Janey Joachim, Scott Joachim, Johnny and Eva James, Barbara and Bob Schragel; great-grandchildren, Andrew, Rachel, Bobby, Christopher, Jackie, Emily, Anthony, Max and Sarah and numerous nieces and nephews.
Graveside service and burial took place at 2:45 p.m., Friday, Apr. 6, 2001, at Emanu El Memorial Park. Rabbi Roy A. Walter and Cantor Vadim I. Tunitsky officiated.
The family would prefer that memorial contributions be made to Congregation Emanu El or The Hospice at the Texas Medical Center.
2001 May 16 (Pg 32 Col 1-2)
Melanie Jan Finkelstein, daughter of Marlene and Mark Finkelstein, will celebrate her Bat Mitzvah on Saturday, May 26, at 6 p.m. at Congregation Beth Yeshurun.
2001 May 23 (Pg 30 Col 1-2)
Melanie is the sister of Lauren, Amy and Melissa Finkelstein.
She is the granddaughter of Dorothy and Charles Davidoff and Evelyn and Nathan Finkelstein.
Melanie is a seventh-grade student at Pershing Middle School. For her mitzvah project, she has collected and donated personal items for the Houston Area Women's Shelter.
It is with great pleasure that Melanie and her family invite family and friends to join them in celebrating this special occasion.
2001 May 16 (Pg 32 Col 3-4)
Melissa Faye Finkelstein, daughter of Marlene and Mark Finkelstein, will celebrate her Bat Mitzvah on Saturday, May 26, at 6 p.m. at Congregation Beth Yeshurun.
2001 May 23 (Pg 31 Col 4)
Melissa is the sister of Lauren, Amy and Melanie Finkelstein.
She is the granddaughter of Dorothy and Charles Davidoff and Evelyn and Nathan Finkelstein.
Melanie is a seventh-grade student at Pershing Middle School. For her mitzvah project, she has collected and donated personal items for the Houston Area Women's Shelter.
It is with great pleasure that Melissa and her family invite family and friends to join them in celebrating this special occasion.
2001 May 16 (Pg 44 Col 1-2)
Gunther R. Seligman died Sunday, May 13, 2001. He was born in Berlin, Germany, on Nov. 19, 1912. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 63 years, Margo Seligman.
Gunther and Margo came to America in 1936 and lived in New York, Baltimore and Chicago before settling in Houston in 1958. He was a travelling salesman and loved to drive. Nothing gave him greater pleassure than to hit the open road in the Mercedes. His family, too, gave him immeasurable happiness.
He is survived by his children, Michelle and Donny Singer, Les and Sara Seligman; grandchildren, Larry Seligman, Debbie Major, Marci Jones, Geoffrey Singer and Lauren Singer; five great-grandchildren; and extended family, Joanie Shawna, Andrew and Dennis Murland.
Graveside services took place at 4 p.m., Monday, May 14, 2001, at Beth Yeshurun Cemetery (Post Oak). Rabbi David Rosen officiated.
Contributions may be made to Kidney Cancer.
2001 Sep 5 (Pg 36 Col 3-4)
Amanda Paige Roberts was called to the Torah as a Bat Mitzvah at Temple Emanu El on Aug. 31 and Sept. 1.
Amanda is the daughter of Pam and Kelly Roberts and the sister of Kyle Roberts. She is the granddaughter of Lynne and Harvey Tiras and Cary and Kenneth Roberts and the great-granddaughter of Lillian Coplan of Houston, Tex.
Amanda is an eighth-grade honor student at Trafton Academy. For her mitzvah project, Amanda volunteered at the Meyer Branch Library. In honor of her Bat Mitzvah, she will make a donation to the Star of Hope to purchase reading material for the children, as well as sports equipment that can be used for after-school prgrams.
It is with much pride and joy that Amanda celebrated this special occasion with her family and friends.
2001 Sep 19 (Pg 38 Col 1-2)
Joseph Lebow, born in Pittsburgh, Pa., on Jan; 31, 1914, died in Houston on Saturday, Sept. 15, 2001.
Mr. Lebow was founder of Bottom Dollar Stores and Lebow Wholesale Distributors and was involved in various real-estate activities.
Preceding him in death were his brothers, Meyer and Samuel; sister, Leah Mallinger. Surviving him are his beloved wife of over 60 years, Jeanette; loving sons, Robert Lebow and wife, Johnita, Leonard Lebow and wife, Shirley, and David Lebow and wife, Joan; cherished grandchildren, Jennifer, Jacqueline, Melissa, Richard, Bradley, Isaac and Elizabeth Lebow and Rachel Parkhurst and her husband Joancarlo; loving brother, Morris Lebow; numerous nieces and nephews.
Graveside services took place Sunday, Sept. 16, 2001, at 3 p.m. in Emanu El Memorial Park.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Houston Congregation for Reform Judaism, 801 Bering Dr., Houston, TX 77057 or to a charity of choice.
2001 Oct 31 (Pg 35 Col 3-4)
Jaclyn Farryl Reichenthal was called to the Torah on the 10th of Cheshvan, 5762, Saturday, Oct. 27, during an all-women's Mincha service at Camp Young Judaea (CYJ) in Wimberley, Tex.
A native Texan and longtime CYJ camper, Jaclyn chose this special setting to celebrate her Bat Mitzvah with close family and friends.
Susan and Max Reichenthal are Jaclyn's proud parents. Nathan and Ariel, Jaclyn's brother and sister helped participate in her simcha.
Jaclyn is the granddaughter of "Bubbie," Jane Freeman, and the late "Granddaddy," Leonard H. Freeman, as well as "Bubbie," Evelyn Reichenthal, and the late "Zadie," Sidney Reichenthal, all of Houston. Jaclyn is also blessed with a great-grandmother, "Supper Bubbie," Esther Slotnick.
Also in the camping spirit, Jaclyn chose to contribute a portion of her gifts to help send a child to Chai Lifeline's Camp Simcha, an all-expense-paid kosher camp for children with cancer and other life-threatening illnesses.
Jaclyn is also twinning with an Israeli Bat Mitzvah who would not be able to celebrate this simcha without the help of the AMIT Women's program.
Jaclyn is a seventh-grader at Robert M. Beren Academy.
2001 Dec 5 (Pg 28 Col 1-2)
Sarah Rose Kaplan will be called to the Torah as a Bat Mitzvah on Friday, Dec. 7, at 6 p.m., and Saturday, Dec. 8, at 9:30 a.m., at Congregation Beth Yeshurun. Sarah is the daughter of Joe and Joy Kaplan and the sister of Hannah, David, Jane and Max.
She is the granddaughter of Jo Ruth Kaplan of Houston, Tex., and of Molly Ann Kaplan and the late Irvin Kaplan, also of Houston, Tex. Her maternal grandparents are John Fulton and the late Grace Fulton of West Long Branch, N.J.
Sarah is a seventh-grade honor student at I. Weiner Middle School. For her mitzvah project, she volunteered at The Patrice House and collected books for the Rise School for children with developmental disabilities and their siblings.
Friends and relatives are invited to join Sarah and her family in celebrating this simcha.
2002 Jul 4 (Pg 22 Col 1-2)
On June 7, 2002, Dorothy and Charles Davidoff celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. They were married in 1952 by the late Rabbi William S. Malev at Congregation Beth Yeshurun in Houston, Tex.
Dorothy is the daughter of the late Ruth and Mike Heffler and Charles is the son of the late Mary and Abraham Davidoff, all of Houston.
Dorothy and Charles are the parents of Maurice Davidoff and his steady, Lecey Rosen, Randy and Marcia Davidoff, Marlene and Mark Finkelstein and Steven and Shelley Davidoff.
They are the proud grandparents of Staci and Jason Beinart, Jason Davidoff, Adam and Justin Davidoff, Lauren, Amy, Melissa and Melanie Finkelstein and Jeffrey and Brett Davidoff.
Their children entertained with a beautiful dinner party in honor of this happy occasion.
On July 6, 1952, Marian and Allan Kaplan were married at the Rice Hotel. Rabbi William S. Malev performed the ceremony.
Marian's parents were the late Betty and Isreal (sic) Kaminsky. Allan's parents were the late Annette and Abe Kaplan of Chicago, Ill.
Marian and Allan's children, Denise and Steve Moore, Susan and Ken Fenson and Lisa and Curtis Thurman, and grandchildren, Stacie and Amanda Moore, Danielle and Jacqueline Fenson, Hunter and Casey Thurman, will celebrate with a family vacation this week.
2002 Aug 1 (Pg 22 Col 1-2)
Eric Alan Rousseau will be called to the Torah as a Bar Mitzvah on Friday, Aug. 9, at 6 p.m., and Saturday, Aug. 10, at 10:30 a.m., at Congregation Emanu El.
Eric is the son of Lt. Col. Richard and Judith Joachim Rousseau, and the brother of Chris, Miriam, Jacob, Rachel and Ryan Rousseau.
Eric is the grandson of Edith Rousseau and the late Louis Rousseau of Texas City, Tex., and Samuel and Phyllis Joachim of Bellaire, Tex.
Eric will be a freshman at Ellison High School in Killeen, Tex.
For his miztvah project, Eric has collected and donated school supplies for The Maud W. Gordon Elemntary School in Bellaire, Tex.
It is with great pride and joy that Eric celebrate (sic) this special occasion with his family and friends.
2002 Oct 24 (Pg 27 Col 1-2)
Amanda Beth Moore, will be called to the Torah as a Bat Mitzvah on Saturday, Nov. 2, at 9 a.m., at United Orthodox Synagogues. Amanda is the daughter of Steve and Denise Moore and the younger sister of Stacie.
She is the granddaughter of Alan and Marian Kaplan of Sugar Land and Abe "Jojo" and Betty Moore of Houston.
Amanda is a seventh-grade honor-roll student at Trafton Academy. She is also a member of the basketball and volleyball teams and a current cheerleader at Trafton Academy. Amanda's family and friends are invited to join in her celebrating this joyous simcha.
2003 Feb 20 (Pg 36 Col 3)
Dr. Jack J. Blankfield, 81, died Friday, Feb. 14, 2003. As a boy, Jack Blankfield enjoyed a variety of experiences, from seeing life on a cattle ranch to witnessing his father's civic contributions in Pasadena, Tex.
Following graduation from San Jacinto High School, Jack went to Texas A&M, where he was a member of the Cadet Corps. After graduation from The University of Texas School of Dentistry, he had a challenging case in which he reconstructed a patient's jaw.
Years later, he pioneered in applying innovative procedures in dentistry, notably in the science of dental implants. He introduced enzymes to minimize swelling in the postsurgical setting, which reduced patients' downtime. When the country was embroiled in the Korean
War, Jack served in the U.S. Air Force and was stationed in Seattle, Wash.
A remarkably generous human being, he treated patients who could not afford to pay him. Jack's son, Mark, remembered a veritable menagerie of animals that made their way into their home - gifts from grateful patients.
"My father had courage to stand alone in life, to speak up for what was right," Mark stated. "And this is evidenced very clearly during the early days of the AIDS epidemic. Many people with HIV and AIDS were unable to access dental services, but my father kept his practice open to them. He understood the chain of infection and did not feed into the hysteria of the time, demonstrating his belief in his role as a healer and helper."
In his tribute to his father, Mark said, "In many respects, he cared less for what he harvested than for what he shared. His spirit was always resilient, always willing to try again. He understood that to give is to be alive, and my father gave love to those around him."
Blankfield is survived by Marie, his wife of 60 years and the love of his life; daughter, Frances Blankfield; son, Mark Blankfield; and grandchildren, Ellen Idler and Joshua Blankfield.
Graveside services were held Sunday, Feb. 16, 2003, at Emanu EI Memorial Park. They were conducted by the Pasadena Masonic Lodge and Rabbi Jeffrey Clopper.
2003 May 1 (Pg 27a Col 1)
Hannah Elizabeth Kaplan will be called to the Torah as a Bat Mitzvah at Congregation Beth Yeshurun on Friday, May 9, at 6 p.m., and Saturday, May 10, at 9:30 a.m.
Hannah is the daughter of Joe and Joy Kaplan. She is the sister of Sarah, David, Jane and Max, as well. Her proud grandmother is Jo Ruth Kaplan of Houston, Tex. She is also the granddaughter of Molly Ann Kaplan and the late Irvin Kaplan of Houston. John Fulton and the late Grace Fulton are Hannah's New Jersey grandparents.
Hannah is a graduate of The Shlenker School and is currently a seventh-grade student at School of the Woods. For Hannah's mitzvah project, she organized a book drive benefiting the Mickey Leland Center. She will donate 10 percent of all her monetary gifts received in honor of her Bat Mitzvah to the SPCA and to the Mickey Leland Center.
Hannah and her family look forward to sharing this simcha with family and friends.
2003 Jun 5 (Pg 26a Col 3)
Ariel Michelle Sklar will celebrate her Bat Mitzvah on Friday, June 13, at 8:30 p.m. and Saturday, June 14, at 9:30 a.m. at Congregation Brith Shalom. Ariel is the daughter of Sheryl and Maury Sklar and the sister of Rebecca Sklar.
Ariel is the granddaughter of Norma and Richard Whitman and Patsy and Fred Sklar, all of Houston.
Ariel is seventh-grade honor roll student at Trafton Academy. For her mitzvah project, she collected donations for the Houston Area Women's Shelter. Ariel will also be making a monetary contribution to the SPCA.
Family and friends are invited to take part in this special occasion.
2003 Jun 3 (Pg 23 Col 1)
Scott and Joanna Joachim of Eureka, Calif., are proud to announce the birth of their daughter, Olivia Adelia-Marie, on Apr. 23, 2003. Her proud grandparents are Anne Joachim and the late Robert Joachim of Houston, Tex., and Barbara Rincon and Cliff Jones of Fieldbrook, Calif. Her great-grandparents are Adelia and Albert Rincon of Barstow, Calif., and Genine Shara of Portland, Ore.
2003 Jun 3 (Pg 30a Col 1)
Minette Moore, born May 4, 1928, died Friday, July 25, 2003. She was preceded in death by her husband, Alex Moore; and sisters, Sophia Goldfield and Sarah Palla. She is survived by her loving children, Gary Moore and his wife, Andrea; Ron Moore and his wife, Cindy; Terry Goldstein and her husband, Reuven; and sister, Libbie Fisher; and adored grandchildren, Melissa, Melanie, Alissa, Laura and Jordon Moore, Liat, Tali and Amit Goldstein and Brad Fishman.
Graveside services took place at 10 a.m., Sunday, July 27,2003, at Beth Yeshurun Cemetery (Post Oak). Rabbi Joseph Radinsky and Cantor Irving Dean officiated.
Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of choice.
2003 Aug 21 (Pg 21 Col 3)
Eddie and Sharon Grosman are pleased to announce the engagement of their son, Philip Michael, to Dana Star Lampear, daughter of Michael and Robin Lampear of Phoenix, Ariz.
Philip is the grandson of Dr. Jules and Roselyn Borger of Houston, Tex., and Yetta Gilbert and the late Alex Grosman and the late Milton Gilbert, all of Houston, Tex. Dana is the granddaughter of Harold Lampear and Madeline Lampear of Scottsdale, Ariz., and the late Howard and Rhea Caminker.
Dana and Philip met during their freshman year while attending college at the University of Arizona in Tucson. Philip currently is finishing school in Sugar Land and will continue to work in the family business. Dana also is completing course work in Houston prior to entering a program for a degree in nursing.
Following their June 2004 wedding in Scottsdale, Ariz., Dana and Philip will continue to reside in Sugar Land, Tex.
2003 Oct 2 (Pg 24 Col 3)
Pearl Merson, 94, died Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2003. She was a beloved mother, grandmother and greatgrandmother.
Survivors: daughters, Maureen Tiras, Rhita Dubin; grandchildren, Yvonne and Jeffrey Weiss, Samuel and Andrea Tiras, Darryl Freling, Robert and Chaya Freling, Dana and Petri Saavalainen; and six great-grandchildren.
Graveside service and burial were held at 4 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 25, 2003, at Emanu EI Memorial Park. Rabbi Roy A. Walter officiated.
Memorial contributions may be made to Seven Acres Jewish Senior Care Services, 6200 N. Braeswood Blvd., Houston, TX 77074, or to Congregation Emanu EI, 1500 Sunset Blvd., Houston, TX 77005.
2003 Oct 16 (Pg 26 Col 3)
Alexandra Dawn Berkman became a Bat Mitzvah on Oct. 10 and 11, 2003, at Congregation Beth Israel. Ali is the daughter of Kathy and Drew Berkman and the sister of Haley. Her proud grandparents are JoRuth Kaplan, Alice and Ralph Berkman, Molly Ann Kaplan, the late Jean Berkman and the late Irvin Kaplan, all of Houston, Tex.
Ali is a seventh-grade honor student at St. John's School. For her mitzvah project, Ali is collecting early childhood educational supplies for Bridges, a new school for autistic children. Ali is also donating a portion of her monetary gifts to the Susan G. Komen Foundation in memory of her cousin, Jane Williamson Kessler.
It was with great pride and joy that Ali, her family and friends celebrated this special milestone in her life.
2004 Jan 8 (Pg 32 Col 3-4)
Jean H. Moore, 72, died Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2003. She was the wife of Jerry Moore. A native Houstonian, she was active in Hadassah, B'nai B'rith Women, The International Council of Shopping Centers, Uptown Houston, and the Spring Branch Revitalization Project.
She was a beloved wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend to many. Survivors: husband, Jerry Moore; children, Terri Conwell and husband, John Conwell, Jeff Moore, Shelly Moore; grandchildren, Schana Tiffin, Lenny Zieben, Jennifer Zieben, Stephanie Murland, Adam Moore; and siblings, Polly Thompson, Nick Bullard, Geraldine Lambert, Perry Bullard and Margie Smith.
Graveside service and burial were held 3 p.m., Friday, Jan. 2, 2004, at Beth Yeshurun Cemetery (Post Oak). Rabbi Joseph Radinsky, Cantor Irving Dean and Cantor Robert M. Gerber officiated.
Memorial donations may be sent toThe University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, 1575 Holcombe, Houston, TX 77030, Attn: Pancreatic Cancer Research.
2004 Feb 19 (Pg 26 Col 1-2)
Jeffrey Alan Davidoff celebrated his Bar Mitzvah on Feb. 13 and 14 at Congregation Beth Yeshurun. Jeffrey is the son of Shelley and Steven Davidoff and the older brother of Brett Davidoff.
He is the grandson of Dorothy and Charles Davidoff and Ahuva and Solomon Stopniki, all of Houston.
Jeffrey is a seventh-grade student in the honors program at Trafton Academy, where he played for the JV basketball team. For his mitzvah project, he volunteered his time helping out with Meals on Wheels by packaging and delivering food. Jeffrey plans to donate a portion of his monetary gifts to Holocaust Museaum Houston and to the American Heart Association.
It is with great pride and joy that Jeffrey, his family, friends and out-of-town relatives celebrated this special occasion.
2004 Mar 25 (Pg 26 Col 1-4)
For Jean Moore's family, everything was Jean and Jean was everything for Jean Moore, everything was family and family was everything.
I knew .lean for 30 years. I first knew her as my client and as .lerry's wife and panner. Later, I knew her as Terri's, Jeff's and Shelly's mother and even later I knew her as Schana's, Lenny's, Stephanie's, Jennifer's, and Adam's "Bubah." Over the course of time. I also knew Jean as my friend.
Jean was a native of Mississippi. She was a gifted athlete and talented musician. Although she was awarded a college basketball scholarship. she chose instead to come and live in Houston with her older sister Polly where she could pursue work as well as her education.
Jean and Jerrymet at a birthday pany and three weeks later they married. Their family and their partnership will be Jean's two proudest legacies. Jean and .lerry originally owned and operated a plumbing and air conditioning service company. When the construction business slowed because of the Korean war, Jean, whose habit it was to read classified ads, found an ad for a vacuum cleaner salesman's job. Knowing Jerry's talent for salesmanship having been previously persuaded by him to marry him three weeks after their meeting Jean encouraged Jerry to apply for the job. He applied for and got the job. Jerry succeeded in sales so much so that Jean and Jerry began to purchase real estate with their excess income from his sales job. Eventually. their modest real estate enterprise known as Jerry J. Moore Investments became one of the largest strip shopping center companies in Texas and the United States. Jerry J. Moore Investments had only two partners Jean and Jerry.
People often asked me what does the initial "J" stand for in Jerry J. Moore Investments. Although I replied that I didn't know, I always believed that it stood for "Jean." Jean always wanted Jerry to have the recognition and clout in business. She preferred working in the back office instead of working in the front office.
Jean trained many of Houston's top real estate executives who worked with the Moores over their many years in business. Terri, Jeff and Shelly eventually worked for the company, too, where they developed their skills and expertise as real estate professionals. Terri and her husband, John, continue to work for the company.
Jean had an exceptional eye for design, decor and detail. It showed in her fashion. It showed in her development of properties. It showed in her business success.
Jean had great presence and gravitas. She was a grand lady a lady of respect of grace of beauty of fashion of appearance of manners and of kindness.
Jean possessed exceptional people skills, and there is no one who managed and controlled Jerry's passion, emotion and aggressiveness like Jean.
Jean believed that love and loyalty are the foundation of every relationship; however, she would never allow herself to be blinded by either love or loyalty. She continued to maintain her high standards and expectations and made few exceptions. In contrast, she was equally understanding, forgiving and tolerant so long as you tried your very best to meet her standards and expectations.
Jean never imposed standards and expectations on others that she would not accept for herself. She challenged them inspired them enthused them and motivated them toward perfection.
Jean was weakened physically during the recent past several years but she never allowed her spirit her love her loyalty to weaken. For her family and friends, love and loyalty were her gifts to them and she gave them unconditionally.
Jean was a wonderful mother and grandmother. Her children and grandchildren were her pride and joy. Notwithstanding her business responsibilities and obligations, Jean's top priority was her family such as being there for her children when they came home from school and especially celebrating Passover, the High Holy Days, and Hanukkah with family.
As a mother and a grandmother, she was unselfish and strived to teach her children and grandchildren the lesson of sharing. She made a point of always equalizing the drinks that she poured for them or making sure that each of them had equal portions of desserts. Jean always found good and looked for positive in every circumstance or situation. She made each of her children and grandchildren feel equally loved. She gave herself equally to them and made certain that no one of them had more than any other of them.
If Jean had any hobby or avocation, it was her family. Although Jean's days were spent with powerful people bankers, executives, politicians, and community leaders it was her family that empowered her and it was her family that strengthened her will, determination and grit.
Jean's empowerment also was derived from her deep faith in God and in Judaism. Jean practiced her Judaism; Jean wore her Judaism; and Jean shared her Judaism whether kissing a Mezzuzah whenever she entered a room; whether displaying a Mogen David around her neck; or whether sharing with fellow congregants her friendship, respect and devotion.
On one momentous Rosh Hashana day, Jean was attending services. She was pregnant at the time and went into labor at her synagogue. She was taken to the hospital and Jeff was born on that Rosh Hashana day. At each Rosh Hashana dinner thereafter, Jean would poignantly share her emotions of that special birth day with her family.
On every Hanukkah, Jean would gather with her grandchildren on the floor forming a circle with them and helping them to understand the strength and bond of family. She impressed her philosophy on her family whenever she could do so. It was simple. It was no nonsense and it was practical. She believed that if you ever fall or suffer adversity. just pick yourself up, dust yourself off and keep putting one foot in front of the other until you succeed.
Jean believed in her philosophy and she believed in doing it. Jean Moore probably has a better claim to Nike's motto "Just Do It" than does Nike.
Jean loved to dance whether swinging or swaying to the music at the dinner table, or on the dance floor, or at the family Hanukkah celebration, or at a company holiday party, or on the street at a shopping center convention.
Jean had a special spirit. It showed whenever she played with her grandchildren. It showed whenever she taught her children and grandchildren. Jean wanted all of them to have whatever they wanted and to cherish whatever they had. She wanted them all to have a sense of security both emotional and financial. She lived for their laughter but at all times she taught them to work hard, to save money and to have trust. She never wished to spoil them but she was relentless in wanting to protect them.
As an example, when it came time for her children to drive, she taught them on cars with standard transmissions to make certain that they could drive any kind of vehicle and not just those with automatic transmissions.
She shared their secrets and intimacies sometimes without their ever knowing at the time that she knew them. She listened when they spoke. She kept their confidences. She would tell them of her disapproval and disagreement with a simple, candid expression of "no" and did so without confronting or arguing with them. Although she might disagree with them, she remained supportive and encouraged them to lead their lives, while reminding and counseling them to be loving and loyal.
As Jean faced her health challenges, some might say that she mellowed or chilled. Her family, however, sensed that Jean was beginning to accept her mortality and her humanness.
Jean was imbued with many human qualities. She was sentimental and traditional. She had strength of integrity, virtue, valor, and industry.
She had a wonderful sense of music and a love for music. Her choices of music ranged from the religious "Aveenu Malkenu" to the standard "Sorrento" to the disco "I Will Survive."
When Jean went to a certain Houston Italian restaurant, the manager knew her so well that he always made certain that "Sorrento" was played for her.
When Jean heard "I Will Survive," no matter where she was, she would swing and sway to it and often she would call her grandchildren with the song playing loudly in the background to share with them her high spirits.
When the High Holy Days were celebrated, Jean revered the words of "Aveenu Malkenu" as an expression of her deep belief in God and Judaism.
Jean's children know that she gave them roots to grow and wings to fly. Jean walked the walk. She talked the talk. Her confidence made others confidant. Her respectfulness made others respectful. Her self-esteem encouraged others to understand their individual importance.
Jean was always a lady but she never used or misused her femininity to gain advantage. She practiced equality for all in her exceptional and remarkable style. She knew when, where and how to draw the line between business and personal matters and she would move or adjust the line only when absolutely necessary.
Jean, during her life, touched and was touched by many people. She made us feel special by listening whenever we spoke she showed us respect even if she disagreed with us and she was genuinely polite.
Jean made het family feel the most special above all. Jerry was her knight in shining armor and her children and grandchildren were God's gifts to her.
Ernest Hemingway said "the way to remember a woman is to think of her on the best day she ever had." We, who knew Jean Moore, will have many such days by which to remember her.
Marvin D. Nathan
2004 Apr 1 (Pg 44 Col 3,4)
Evelyn Rudnicka Kamion, age 80, died on Saturday, March 27, 2004, surrounded by her family. A Holocaust survivor who lost her parents, brothers and sisters during the war, she was preceded in death by her husband, Harry, and daughter, Mona Fay Kamion. She is survived be her loving husband of 19 years, Dr. Raphael Freundlich; beloved children, Alan Kamion and Lenore Caplan; cherished grandchildren, Gary Caplan, Jared Caplan, Michael Kamion and Stephanie Kamion.
She was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother, who will be greatly missed by all who knew her.
Graveside services were held on Sunday, March 28, 2004, in the Adath Israel Cemetery, 4700 Airline, Houston.
Memorial donations may be made to the Houston Hillel Foundation.
2004 Sep 9 (Pg 40 Col 3,4)
Julia Ann Wasserman Heffler, born in Houston, Texas, on Dec. 19, 1925, died on Sunday, Sept. 5, 2004, surrounded by her family. Julia Ann was a longtime member of United Orthodox Synagogues, Hadassah, AMIT Women, Legionettes of the Shrine and Jewish War Veterens Auxillary. She was an avid voluteer for the Jewish Community Center, Seven Acres Jewish Senior Care Services and the Shrine. She is survived by her loving husband of 57 1/2 years, Joseph Heffler; beloved children, Max Heffler and his wife, Ellen, Marvin Heffler and his wife, Charlotte, Marilyn Fireman and her husband, Howard, Sheryl Cigler and her husband, the late James; Ruth Reid and her husband, Ray; 13 cherished grandchildren and five special great-grandchildren; fond sisters, Winnie Lipman and Miriam Traina; also survivng her are numerous nieces, nephews and cousins, who will greatly miss her.
Graveside services were held on Monday, Sept. 6, 2004, at 12 noon in the Adath Israel Cemetery, 4700 Airline. Rabbi Joseph Radinsky and Cantor Irving Dean officiated.
Memorial donations may be made to Seven Acres Jewish Senior Care Services.
2004 Dec 2 (Pg 26 Col 2)
Anna Rose Silberman was called to the Torah as a Bat Mitzvah on Friday, Nov. 12 and Saturday, Nov. 13, at Congregation Emanu El.
Anna is the daughter of Mark and Joan Silberman and the sister of Ben Silberman. Proud grandparents are Minnie Oshman and Shirley and Raymond Reiff. Anna also is the granddaughter of the late Alvin Oshman and R. J. "Buddy" Silberman.
Anna currently is an eighth-grade honor student at Pin Oak Middle School.
For her mitzvah project, Anna and her cousin and Bat Mitzvah partner, Hannah Robins, delivered Kids Meals to children ages 2-4 through Interfaith Ministries and collected toiletry items for the children to whom they delivered meals. Anna also is making a contribution to the American Heart Association in memory of both of her grandparents.
Anna and her family were so happy to celebrate this simcha with many relatives and friends.
2005 Jan 13 (Pg 28A Col 3,4)
Ariel Helaine Reichenthal celebrated her Bat Mitzvah on the 27th day of Tevet, Jan. 8, Shabbat Parashat Va-era. Family, friends and the congregation of United Orthodox Synagogues joined the Reichenthal family in celebrating this milestone event. Proud parents, Susan and Max Reichenthal; big sister, Jaclyn; and older brother, Nathan, helped Ariel celebrate her simcha.
Ariel's grandparents are Jane Freeman and Evelyn Reichenthal. Lovingly remembered are the late grandparents Leonard H. Freeman, Sidney Reichenthal and Esther B. Slotnick.
Ariel is sharing her Bat Mitzvah with an Israeli Bat Mitzvah "twin." Through the assistance of the AMIT Women's Twinning program, an Israeli girl will be able to have a Bat Mitzvah.
Ariel is also a PAWS, Pets Are Wonderful Support, volunteer. She has taken hospitalized patients' own pets to visit them in local hospitals, volunteered at the PAWS booth at the Houston Dog Show and is providing foster care for a cancer patient's dog. She is also helping to collect much-needed donations of supplies for the organization.
Ariel is a sixth grader at Robert M. Beren Academy, where she is on the middle-school volleyball and basketball teams.
2005 Feb 10 (Pg 28 Col 3)
Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Lebow of Houston, Texas, are delighted to announce the engagement of their daughter, Melissa Shari, to Marc Ladin, son of Mr. and Mrs. William E. Ladin Jr., also of Houston, Texas.
2005 Feb 17 (Pg 29 Col 3,4)
Melissa is the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Sam Abramson, Mrs. Jeanette Lebow and the late Mr. Joseph Lebow, all of Houston, Texas. Marc is the grandson of Mrs. Rose Pasternak and the late Mr. Ted Pasternak of Houston, Texas, and the late Mr. and Mrs. William E. Ladin of Houston, Texas.
Melissa graduated from Randolph Macon Woman's College with Bachelor of Arts degrees in psychology and Spanish. She then received a Masters in Business Administration degree in finance from the University of St. Thomas in Houston. Melissa currently is employed at Calpine Energy.
Marc is a graduate of The Wharton School of Business, with a degree in finance. He is currently vice president of marketing and sales for a public Internet company.
A May 2005 wedding is planned in Austin, Texas.
2005 May 26 (Pg 33 Col 1,2)
Scott and Joanna Joachim and big sister, Olivia, of Eureka, Calif., are proud to announce the birth of their son and brother, Nathaniel Robert Joachim, on April 14, 2005.
His grandparents are Anne Joachim of Houston, Texas, and Barbara Rincon and Cliff Jones of Fieldbrook, Calif.
His great-grandparents are Adelia and Albert Rincon of Barstow, Calif., and Genine Shara of Portland, Ore.
2005 Jun 16 (Pg 23 Col 3)
Evan Joachim Brown will be called to the Torah as a Bar Mitzvah, on Friday, June 24 and Saturday, June 25 at Congregation Beth Yeshurun. Evan is the son of Nora Joachim and Christoper Brown. He is the grandson of Phyllis and Sam Joachim or Bellaire, Texas, and Lorraine and Sid Brown of Houston.
Evan has just completed the seventh grade at Pin Oak Middle School, where he has participated in the Pre-AP/GT Program. He attended The Shepard School of Music for Preparatory Studies at Rice University, studying violin. Evan is a Boy Scout with Troop 1190 at Congregation Emanu El. He enjoys reading, playing chess, computer activities and looks forward to resuming baseball activities and taking up fencing.
For his mitzvah project, Evan will be collecting books and toys for children at Houston's Texas Children's Hospital and Medical City Children's Hospital in Dallas. He also will be raising funds by selling awareness bands for the National Gaucher Foundation. Evan will donate a portion of his monetary gifts to Magen David Adom and the Children's Jewish Regional Services in New Orleans, in memory of his great-grandmother, Dorothy "Peaches" Davidson Pesses.
It is with much pride and joy that Evan and his family invites relatives and friends to share their simcha.
2005 Jul 14 (Pg 24 Col 1,2)
Mr. and Mrs. Gary Brint are delighted to announce the engagement of their daughter, Arienne Paige, to Dr. Richard Lindsey Lebow, son of Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Lebow of Houston, Texas. Arienne is the granddaughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Olin Brint of Marshall, Texas, and the late Mr. and Mrs. Patton Williams of Citronelle, Ala. Richard is the grandson of Mr. and Mrs. Sam Abramson of Houston and Mrs. Jeannette Lebow and the late Mr. Joseph Lebow of Houston.
Arienne attended Katy Taylor High School and then graduated from The University of Texas at Austin from the Business School Honors Program and received a degree in finance with high honors. She was a member of Pi Beta Phi sorority. She then received a J.D. degree from Harvard Law School. Currently, Arienne is an associate at Jones Day Reavis and Pogue Law Firm.
Richard attended Memorial High School and then graduated from The University of Texas at Austin with a degree in microbiology with honors. He was a member of Phi Beta Kappa and Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity. Richard received his M.D. degree from The University of Texas Medical School in Houston and was selected as a member of Alpha Omega Alpha medical honor society. He currently is a neurosurgery resident at Vanderbilt University Hospital in Nashville, Tenn.
An early fall destination wedding is planned in Barbados.
2005 Jul 14 (Pg 24 Col 3,4)
Melissa Shari Lebow and William Marc Ladin Jr. were united in marriage on the evening of Sunday, May 29, 2005, in the Pavilion of Barton Creek Resort in Austin, Texas. Rabbi David Lyon and Cantor Robert Gerber performed the double-ring ceremony under a romantic chuppah made of roses, hydrangeas, peonies and verbena in shades of pink, cream and green. Aisle arrangements of coordinating flowers on wrought iron pedestals completed the ambience of an outdoor garden with the view of the hill country golf course in the background.
The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Lebow of Houston. She is the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Sam Abramson and Mrs. Jeannette Lebow and the late Mr. Joseph Lebow, all of Houston.
The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. William E. Ladin Jr. and is the grandson of the late Mr. and Mrs. William E. Ladin Sr. and Mrs. Rose Pasternak and the late Mr. Ted Pasternak, all of Houston.
Given in marriage by her parents, the bride wore an exquisite ball gown fashioned of ivory silk taffeta. The strapless gown, inspired by a gown worn by the late Princess Grace Kelly, featured a fitted bodice with a dropped waist. Layers of taffeta gathered and swirled to create a dramatic full skirt. Asymmetrical panels draped to the side to complete the cloud-like effect. To complement her gown, the bride chose a two-tier cathedral veil of ivory illusion, which cascaded gracefully beyond the gown's chapel-length tram. Melissa carried a hand-tied bouquet of white, ivory and blush roses. Melissa's late grandfather Joseph Lebow's tallit was draped across the front of the chuppah.
Mrs. Mary Francis Newcomb served as Melissa's matron of honor. Bridesmaids were Miss Lesley Plotkin, Miss Arienne Paige Brint, Miss Susan Read, Mrs. Courtney Whitworth and Mrs. Penny Cleveland. Miss Stephanie Fadem, Miss Dori Abramson and Miss Andrea Abramson, all cousins of the bride, were members of the house party. Miss MiMi L'Engle and Miss Mia Hoffman, nieces of the groom, were flower girls.
Mr. Enrique Parrilla Rojas served as best man. Groomsmen were Mr. James Jennings, Mr. Jason Santamaria, Mr. Bobby Earthman, Dr. Richard Lebow and Mr. Bradley Lebow, both brothers of the bride. Ushers included Mr. Robert Rivera, Mr. Chris Van Riet and Mr. Ali Ettehadieh.
The bride is a graduate of Memorial High School She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology and Spanish from Randolph Macon Women's College and a master's degree in business finance from the University of St. Thomas. She works as an analyst in the oil and gas industry.
The groom is a graduate of St. John's School in Houston and received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School of Business with a degree in finance. He currently is employed as vice president of marketing at a technology company in Los Angeles.
Following a honeymoon to Thailand, the couple is making its home in Los Angeles, Calif.
2005 Aug 25 (Pg 35 Col 1,2)
The unveiling of the monument in memory of Julia Ann Wasserman Heffler will be held at the Adath Israel Cemetery on Airline near I-45 on Sunday, Sept. 4, at 10 a.m. Rabbi Barry Gelman will officiate. Family and friends are welcome to attend.
2005 Sep 1 (Pg 36 Col 3,4)
2005 Oct 6 (Pg 30 Col 1,2)
Paula Rose Friedman and Stanley Louis Joachim are pleased to announce their marriage on July 18, 2005, at United Orthodox Synagogues, with Rabbi Joseph Radinsky officiating. Paula is the daughter of the late Adelaide and Max Friedman. Stanley is the son of Phyllis and Sam Joachim of Houston.
2005 Nov 24 (Pg 27 Col 1,2)
Joyce and Dr. Stephen Fadem are delighted to announce the engagement of their daughter, Stephanie Elise, to David Randall Wise, sone of Simone and Dr. John Irwin, and Sharon and Mark Wise, all of Houston. Stephanie is the granddaughter of Charlotte and Sam Abramson of Houston, and the late Albert and Theresa Fadem of Tulsa, Okla. David is the grandson of Andree and Sidney Rosenblum of Hammond, La., now residing in Houston, and Mrs. Rita Wise and the late Dr. Bernard Wise, also of Houston.
Stephanie attended Memorial High School and is a graduate of Tulane University School of Architecture with a Master of Architecture degree. She was a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority. Stepanie is an associate of Civic Design Associates in Houston.
David attended The Kinkaid School and is a graduate of The University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelors of Arts degree in economics. He was a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity. He is practicing commercial real esatate with The Retail Properties Group, also in Houston.
A February 2006 wedding is being planned.
2005 Dec 8 (Pg 26A Col 4,5)
Jacob Joachim Rousseau will be called to the Torah as a Bar Mitzvah on Friday, Dec. 9, at 6 p.m., and Saturday Dec. 10, at 10:30 a.m., at Congregation Emanu El. Jacob is the son of Judith Joachim and Richard Rousseau. He is the grandson of Phyllis and Sam Joachim or Bellaire, Texas, and Edith Rousseau and the late Louis Rousseau of Texas City, Texas.
Jacob is in the seventh grade at Pin Oak Middle School, participating in the Pre-AP/GT program. He enjoys music, participating in the school band, art, computer activitites, skateboarding and other sports.
For his Mitzvah project, Jacob is involved in the program, "Operation Iraqi Children," collecting school supplies to be shipped to schools in Iraq. As a tzedakah projectm Jacob will be donating 10 percent of his monetary gifts to the American Cancer Society in memory of his grandfather, Louis Rousseau. Jacob is pleased to be sharing his B'nai Mitzvah with his twin sister, Miriam Rachel Rousseau. It is with much prode and joy that Jacob and his family invite relatives and friends to share their simcha.
Miriam Rachel Rousseau will be called to the Torah as a Bat Mitzvah on Friday, Dec. 9, at 6 p.m., and Saturday, Dec. 10, at 10:30 a.m., at Congregation Emanu El. Miriam is the daughter of Judith Joachim and Richard Rousseau. She is the granddaughter of Phyllis and Sam Joachim of Bellaire, Texas, and Edith Rousseau and the late Louis Rousseau of Texas City, Texas.
Miriam is in the seventh grade at Pin Oak Middle School, participating in the Pre-AP/GT program. She was nominated and is serving as treasurer of the Student Council and is involved in the choir, drama and dance group at Pin Oak. She enjoys music, art, computer activities and sports.
For her mitzvah project, Miriam is involved in the program "Operation Iraqi Children," collecting school supplies to be shipped to schools in Iraq. She also will be donating 12 inches of her hair to "Locks of Love" to children who have lost their hair, due to illness or disease. As a tzedakah project, Miriam will be donating 10 percent of her monetary gifts to the Jewish Children's Regional Services in New Orleans, La., in memory of her great-grandmother, Dorothy "Peaches" Davidson Pesses.
Miriam is pleased to be sharing her B'nai Mitzvah with her twin brother, Jacob Joachim Rousseau. It is with much pride and joy that Miriam and her family invite relatives and friends to share their simcha.
2006 Feb 16 (Pg 33 Col 1,2)
Mr. and Mrs. David S. Komiss II are delighted to announce the engagement of their daughter, Jamie Ilene Komiss, to Bradley Craig Fishman. Brad is the son of Cindy and Ron Moore of Bellaire, Texas, and Barbara Hurst and the late Rob Hurst of Dallas, Texas. Jamie is the granddaughter of Max Bernstein and the late Dorothy Bernstein of Houston and Joan Fried and the late Justin Komiss of Chicago, Ill. Brad is the grandson of the late Alex and Minnette Moore of Houston, the late Carol Miller of Houston and the late William and Lucille Stern of Houston.
Jamie attended The University of Texas at Austin, where she graduated in 1998 with a degree in Spanish. While at The University of Texas, Jamie was a member of Alpha Epsilon Phi sorority.
She attended the University of Houston Law Center, where she graduated cum laude in 2003. Jamie is currently working as litigation cousel for Key Energy Services Inc. Brad attended the University of Kansas and was a member of Kappa Sigma fraternity. From 1998 through 2005, Brad served as the president of TIMCO Custom Builders in Channelview, Texas. Brad currently is completing his degree in psychology and business at the University of Houston.
The couple is planning a June wedding in Houston.
2006 Feb 23 (Pg 33 Col 1,2)
Cindy and Ron Moore are delighted to announce the engagement of their daughter, Alissa Carol Moore, to Chad Michael Frenzel, the son of Adria and Bruce Frenzel of St. Louis, Mo.
Alissa is the granddaughter of the late Carol Sorkin Miller of Houston, and the late Minette and Alex (Spook) Moore of Houston. Chad is the grandson of Florence Goldman of Boston, Mass., and Bernard Goldman of Scottsdale, Ariz., and the late Joyce amd Harold Frenzel of California.
Alissa and Chad are planning a September 2006 wedding in Houston. After their honeymoon, they will reside in St. Louis.
2006 Mar 3 (Pg 42 Col 3,4)
Maurice Jay Davidoff, 52, died Thursday, Feb. 23, 2006. He was born on Aug. 22, 1953, in Houston.
Maurice's most cherished treasures were his family and friends. He graduated from Bellaire High School and attended The University of Texas at El Paso and Austin. He was a lifelong member of Congregation Beth Yeshurun. Maurice was in the swimming pool contruction business and had a gifted talent as a salesman.
Maurice had a passion for sports and was a devoted fan of the Houston Astros. His dream was to take his father to a World Series game and was able to fulfill that dream this past season. He also enjoyed attending UT college football games with his son. He never missed his son Jason's Little League games and also served as team coach. Staci was "daddy's little girl," and she considered him her best friend. He was so proud of his children and grandchildren.
He is survived by his loving parents Charles and Dorothy Davidoff, and his cherished children, Staci and Jason Beinart and Jason and Kym Davidoff. "Pa Pa Mo" also leaves behind two beautiful grandchildren, Benjamin and Rebecca Beinart, whom he adored. He is survived by his siblings, Randy and Marcia Davidoff, Marlene and Mark Finkelstein, and Steven and Shelley Davidoff. "Uncle Mo" also will be missed greatly by his nieces and nephews, Lauren, Amy, Melissa and Melanie Finkelstein and Adam, Justin, Jeffrey and Brett Davidoff, with all of whom he had extremely close relationships. He also is survived by his loving fiancée, Suzy Ginsburg, and her children, Joshua and Brad Ginsburg, whom he loved dearly. Maurice also is survived by his former wife and mother of his children, Lisa Davidoff.
Mo leaves us with his warm smile, his wondeful sense of humor and his love of life and family. He lived love every day of his life. Mo was his family's special gift. He was a kind and giving person and epitomized the definition of the true "gentle" man. He was very generous and never hesitated to give a helping hand to anyone.
His friends and relatives did not have him for long, but long enough for him to provide enormous hapiness, laughter and joy. A day did not pass without him letting everyone in his life know how much he loved them. Mo spoke in very special ways through the love, devotion and caring he came to have for everyone in his life. He will be greatly missed by his family and many friends.
Funeral services were held Monday, Feb. 27, 2006, at Beth Yeshurun Cemetery (Post Oak). Rabbi Jack Segal and Cantor Robert Gerber officiated.
The family suggests that contributions be made in Maurice's memory to the American Heart Association.
2006 Mar 30 (Pg 26 Col 3,4)
Julie Goren Heffler will be called to the Torah as a Bat Mitzvah at
Congregation Brith Shalom, Bellaire, Texas on Saturday, April 8, 2006, Shabbat Hagadol. Julie will chant from Parashat Tzav. In addition, a special Friday night "Chai" service is planned for April 7 featuring the Brith Shalom Choir.
2006 Apr 6 (Pg 14 Col 1,2)
Julie is the daughter of Max and Ellen Heffler. Proud grandparents are Joseph and Cherie Goren of Philadelphia, PA and Joseph Heffler and the late Julia Ann Heffler of Houston. Torah readers for the occasion are her parents, Ellen and Max Heffler, family friend Ilana Lothman, and Julie, chanting the seventh aliyah and maftir.
Julie is a seventh grade student at the Emery/Weiner School. For her mitzvah project, Julie will make a contribution in the name of her guests to the Bluebird Clinic for Pediatric Neurology at Texas Children's
2006 Aug 10 (Pg 24 Col 1,2)
On July 21, 2006, at Congregation Beth El in Eureka, Calif., a service was held to give Olivia Adelia-Marie Joachim and Nathaniel Robert Joachim their Hebrew names, which are Ora and Natan.
Olivia was born April 23, 2003. Nathanial was born on April 14, 2005. They are the children of Scott and Joanna Joachim, grandchildren of Anne Joachim of Houston and Barbara Rincon and Cliff Jones of Fieldbrook, Calif., and great-grandchildren of Adelia and Albert Rincon of Barstow, Calif., and Genine Shara of Portland, Ore.
2006 Sep 7 (Pg 26 Col 1,2)
Jeremy Morris Hasson will celebrate his Bar Mitzvah at Congregation Brith Shalom on Friday, Sept. 8, at 6:15 p.m., and Saturday, Sept. 9, at 9:30 a.m. Jeremy is the son of Judy Hasson and Steve Hasson and the brother of Hannah.
Jeremy's proud grandparents are Fred and Patsy Sklar of Houston and Morris and Susan Hasson of Dallas. Jeremy is the great-grandson of Evelyn Hasson Bender, of Los Angeles.
Jeremy is an eighth-grader at Lanier Middle School, where he is a member of the National Junior Honor Society. Jeremy is a GSG Leader at Lanier and participates in the drama program.
Jeremy enjoys helping others and over the year as part of his mitzvah project has collected supplies for Katrina victims, has helped to collect and sort clothes for the needy at the George R. Brown Convention Center at Thanksgiving, and has assembled bicycles for underprivileged children as part of the ELF Program during the holidays.
Jeremy will be donating a portion of his monetary gifts to the Houston SPCA and Jewish Family Service.
2006 Sep 28 (Pg 24 Col 4)
M. D. and Lenora Brand of Laredo, Texas, celebrated their 59th wedding anniversary on Friday, Sept. 8. Their son, Randy Brand and his children, Charles and Phillip, reside in Scottsdale, Ariz.; and his daughter and son-in-law Selina and London Smith, and their children, Brittany and Austin, live in Humble, Texas.
2006 Dec 7 (Pg 40 Col 3-4)
Alan Mark Borger, 48 years old, loving and sweet son of Roz and Jules Borger, died suddenly on Thursday, Nov. 30, 2006. He lived a short life but was cherished by his family and friends and will be deeply missed.
He is survivied by his loving siblings, Sharon and Eddie Grosman, Lois and Mike Davis, Howard and Lori Borger; aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews. In his final hours, he was attended to and comforted by his loving uncle Bobby Friedman.
Services were held graveside at 3 p.m., Monday, Dec. 4, 2006, at Adath Emeth Cemetery on Sylvester off Airline.
Contributions in Alan's memory may be made to the American Heart Association, United Orthodox Synagogues or a charity of choice.
2007 Jan 9 (Pg 37 Col 3-4)
The unveiling honoring the memory of Maurice Jay Davidoff will take place at 11 a.m., Sunday, Jan. 14, at Beth Yeshurun Cemetery (Post Oak). Rabbi Jack Segal will conduct the service. Family and friends are invited to attend.
2007 Jan 11 (Pg 37 Col 3-4)
2007 Feb 8 (Pg 38 Col 3-4)
Lillian Kalmin Coplan, loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, predeceased by her son, Jack Kalmin, died on Monday, Feb. 5, 2007.
Lillian was born in 1913 in Sharon, Pa. Her career in retail as a store manager, buyer and shop owner covered several generations until her retirement at 82. She is survived by her daughter, Lynne Kalmin Tiras, and husband, Harvey; sons, Jerry Kalmin and wife, Judi; Lane Kalmin and wife, Doris; Barry Kalmin and wife, Phyllis; and Jack Kalmin's widow, Ruth Kalmin. Known to her grandchildren and great-grandchildren as "Big Mommy," she greatly will be missed by all.
Grandchildren include Pam Roberts and husband Kelly; Craig Tiras and wife, Mary; Shari Spier and husband Danny; Joel Kalmin, Ross Kalmin, Lisa Kalmin, Jeff Kalmin and Melanie Kalmin; Murrey Kalmin and wife, Amy; Ryan Kalmin, and Martin Reichek and wife Cindi; David Kalmin, and Stacy Preisser. Great-grandchilden include Amanda and Kyle Roberts; Josh, Nick and Mikaila Tiras; Sam, Benjamin and Ellie Spier; Samantha and Stephanie Preisser; Sophia and Edward Kalmin; Aaron, Ashton and Adrian Reichek; and Devin Kalmin.
Graveside services were held at Emanu El Memorial Park, Wednesday, Feb. 7, at 2 p.m.
The family wishes to thank the staff and friends at Seven Acres Jewish Senior Services, who loved and will miss the "Feisty Ms. Lillian," and special thanks to Dr. Hattie Henderson and Kara Burgess for their loving care and friendship.
The family requests that contributions be made to Seven Acres Jewish Senior Care Services, the American Heart Association or a charity of your choice.
2007 May 3 (Pg 44 Col 1-2)
The unveiling in loving memory of Marian and Allan Kaplan will take place at noon, Sunday, May 6, at Beth Yeshurun Cemetery (Post Oak). Rabbi David Rosen and Rabbi Jack Segal will officiate. Family and friends are invited to attend.
2007 Jul 5 (Pg 32 Col 3-4)
Harold Sidney Joachim, M.D., F.A.A.P. died peacefully Saturday, June 30, 2007, at his home, surrounded by his family and dear lifelong friends. He was born in Houston on Feb. 6, 1927, to Nora and Herbert Joachim. He graduated from San Jacinto Hign School, served in the U.S. Army during World War II, and returned to Houston to completed his undergraduate education at Rice Institute. Harold then went on to graduate from The University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, where he completed his internship and residency. He then opened Northwest Pediatric Clinic in the Oak Forest/Heights area of Houston and at one time had the largest individual practice west of the Mississippi River.
Harold loved his patients, and they loved him for more than 44 years, many referring to him as "Poppa Jo." Harold was a fellow of the American Acedemy of Peditrics and an associate professor at Baylor College of Medicine. He was honored by various publications over the years as one of America's top pediatricians. He had a gift for healing children; it was never a job to him, but his passion.
Harold met the love of his life in 1949, and he and Miriam Dombrow married in 1951. They would have celebrated their 56th wedding anniversary on July 15 of this year. He love his children, David Joachim, Susan Hurta and Lisa Rubinsky, with all of his heart, and he was their hero. One of Harold's greatest joys was being the pediatrician for his six grandchildren, Heather and Melissa Joachim, Michael and Megan Hurta, and Adam and Alana Rubinsky. They were all privileged to be his patients before he retired from practice in 1997. Harold also is survived by his brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Bernard and Betty Dombrow of Galveston. Harold opened his heart and his home to his children-in-law, Charlene Joachim, Bruce Hurta and Abrey Rubinsky, who all will truly miss him.
Dr. Joachim was a life member of Congregation Beth Yeshurun and the Jewish Community Center. His grandfather, Karl Tiras, was one of the founders of the Adath Yeshurun Synagogue, predecessor to Beth Yeshurun. After retirement, Harold spent many hours at the JCC honing his skills to produce beautiful paintings, which reflect his loving and cheerful spirit. His wife, children and grandchildren will cherish them forever.
Funeral services were held at Beth Yeshurun Cemetery (Post Oak) on Monday, July 2, 2007 at 1:30 p.m.
Memorial contributions may be made to Seven Acres Jewish Senior Care Services, 6200 N. Braeswood, Houston, TX 77074, the Jewish Community Center of Houston, 5601 S. Braeswood, Houston, TX 77096, or Congregation Beth Yeshurun, 4225 Beechnut Blvd., Houston, TX 77096.
The family would like to express its sincere appreciation for ths kindness and special care provided by Houston Hospice and the extraordinary caregivers who comforted Harold through his final days.
2007 Jul 19 (Pg 17 Col 1-2)
Fred and Patsy Sklar celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on June 30, 2007, with their family. Joining them were their children, Maury and Sheryl Sklar, Jerald and Robyn Sklar, Madalyn Sklar and Judy Hasson. Also, grandchildren, Rebecca, Ariel, Jeremy, Rachael, Hanna, Jordan and Ryan.
Rabbi Max Geller, of blessed memory, officiated at Congregation Agudas Achim in Austin on June 30, 1957.
2007 Aug 23 (Pg 21 Col 3-4)
Alissa Carol Moore and Chad Michael Frenzel were united in marriage on Sunday, Sept. 17, 2006, at The Corinthian in downtown Houston. The double-ring ceremony was officiated by Rabbi Brian Strauss, Rabbi David Rosen and Hazzan David Propis.
The bride is the daughter of Cindy and Ron Moore of Houston. She is the granddaughter of the late Carol Sorkin Miller, Alex "Spook" and Minette Moore, of Houston. Alissa attended Shlenker Day School, Memorial Middle School and Memorial High School and was a graduate of Bellaire High School.
The groom is the son of Adria and Bruce Frenzel of St. Louis, Mo. Chad is the grandson of Mrs. Florence Goldman of Boston and Mr. Bernard Goldman of Phoenix, Ariz. Also, the late Joyce and Harold Frenzel of St. Louis.
Escorted to the chuppah by both her parents, Alissa wore a white silk satin organdy designer gown. The gown featured a strapless fitted bodice with a full skirt and chapel-length train. Crystal-beaded French Alencon lace and a satin band adorned the waistline, and a border of the crystal beaded lace circled the hem. An illusion veil with a scalloped border of silver with crystal flowers and pearl accents complemented her gown.
Ms. Laura Moore served as her sister's maid of honor. Miss Marigny Miller and Miss Shylee Simon served as their cousin's flower girls. Mrs. Jamie Fishman served as her sister-in-law's bridesmaid, along with Missi Shapiro, Ms. Benee Frenzel and Ms. Abby Frenzel. The house party included Ms. Brett Kaplan, Mr. Jason Simon, Miss Sierra Gilner, Miss Alexis Gilner and Miss Morgan Gilner.
Mr. Brett Leary served as the best man. the groomsmen included Mr. Jordan Moore and Mr. Bradley Fishman, brothers of the bride. Also, Mr. Dave Vescovo and Steve Stodnick. The ushers included Mr. Joel Simon, Mr. Jason Simon, Mr. Michael Schwartz, Mr. Jeffrey Kerpan and Mr. Michael Meade.
Following the ceremony, the couple honeymooned on the island of Nevis and then returned to O'Fallon, Mo., where they reside.
2007 Nov 22 (Pg 25 Col 3-4)
Staci and Jason Beinart, along with big brother, Banjamin, and big sister, Rebecca, are proud to announce the birth of their son and brother, Jordan Matthew Beinart. Jordan was born on Sept. 18, 2007. He weighed 6 pounds, 7.5 ounces, and was 18 1/2 inches long.
Jordan's proud grandparents are Lisa Davidoff of Houston, the late Maurice Davidoff of Houston, Devorah Beinart of Houston and Harold Beinart of Cape Town, South Africa. Jordan is blessed with great-grandparents, Dorothy and Charles Davidoff, Hanny Levy, and Mary Ellen and Richard Levy, all of Houston. Jordan's late great-grandparents are Masha and Isaac Shrand and Charles and Alda Beinart, all of Cape Town, South Africa.
Jordan is named in loving memory of his maternal grandfather, Maurice Davidoff. Jordan and his "Papa Mo" share their Hebrew name of Moishe Yosef.
Jordan's arrival has been such a blessing to his family.
2007 Dec 06 (Pg 32 Col 1-2)
Brett Ryan Davidoff celebrated his Bar Mitzvah on Nov. 30 and Dec. 1 at Congregation Beth Yeshurun. Brett is the son of Shelley and Steven Davidoff and the younger brother of Jeffrey Davidoff.
Brett is the grandson of Dorothy and Charles Davidoff and Ahuva and Solomon Stopnicki, all of Houston.
Brett is a seventh-grade student at Trafton Academy. For his mitzvah project, Brett decorated and stuffed Shabbat bags that were delivered to patients at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center. He also volunteers his time yearly to help put bicycle together for Elves and More. Brett plans to donate a portion of his monetary gifts to Holocaust Museum Houston in honor of his grandfather and family, and to Elves and More.
Is it with great pride and joy that Brett, his family, friends and out-of town relatives celebreated this special occasion.
2007 Dec 20 (Pg 21 Col 3-4)
Scott and Joanna Joachim, big sister Olivia and big brother Nathan are proud to announce the birth of their son and brother, Elijah Thomas Joachim, on Oct. 12, 2007.
His grandparents are Anne Joachim and the late Robert Joachim of Houston and Barbara Rincon and Cliff Jones of Fieldbrook, Calif. His great-grandparents are Adelia and Albert Rincon of Barstow, Calif. and Genine Shara of Portland, Ore.
2008 Feb 7 (Pg 31 Col 3)
Ms. Ellen Joy Weiss and Sharon and Eddie Grosman happily announce the engagement of their children, Ileya Nicole Finberg and Adam David Grosman. Ileya is the granddaughter of Dr. and Mrs. George A. Weiss of Floral Park N.Y. Adam is the grandson of Dr. and Mrs. Jules Borger of Sugar Land, Texas, and Mrs. Yetta Gilbert of Sugar Land, Texas.
The love these two have for each other radiates and the union will bring such simcha to our community. The wedding will take place in May 2008 in Houston.
2008 Feb 21 (Pg 28 Col 4)
Jordann Paige Tiras was called to the Torah as a Bat Mitzvah on Feb. 15 and 16, at Temple Beth Israel. Jordann is the daughter of Alyssa and Mitch Tiras and the sister of Carly Tiras. Her proud grandparents are Dr. Haskell and Ann Gruber and Joel and Carol Klein, both from San Antonio, and Jerry and Jeannie Tiras of Houston.
Jordann is a graduate of The Shlenker School and a seventh-grade honor student at Trafton Academy where she plays on both the volleyball and softball teams. For her mitzvah project, Jordann volunteered at the House of Tiny Treasures. She also raised money for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation by running in their annual Walk for the Cure.
2008 Mar 13 (Pg 23 Col 1-2)
Ira and Sharon Wadler are delighted to announce the engagement of their son, Raymond Andrew Wadler, to Rebecca Sue Gleason, daughter of Pamela Gleason of Dallas, and Michael Gleason of Houston. Andrew is the grandson of Anne Joachim of Houston, and the late Robert Joachim; and Stanley and Alma Wadler of Jacksonville, Fla. Rebecca is the granddaughter of Berta Veuleman of Houston and the late Truman Veuleman; and Peggy Fabian of Youngstown, Ohio and Robert Gleason of Trout, N.C.
Andrew and Rebecca are both cotinuing their studies in San Antonio, Texas. Andrew will graduate from UT-San Antonio and Rebecca, from St. Mary's School of Law in May 2009. A fall 2010 wedding is planned.
2008 Jul 10 (Pg 25 Col 1-2)
Raymond George Reiff, 81, of Houston, beloved husband, dad, Paps (granddad), brother, uncle, and friend to many, died Saturday, June 21, 2008. He was born Dec. 21, 1926, in Chicago, Ill. He graduated valedictorian with perfect attendence from De La Salle Institute and received a B.S. degree in metallurgical engineering from the Illinois Institute of Technology. He received an honorable discharge from the Navy.
He loved G-d and all of his family very much. He was a gentleman, with a great sense of humor, and friendly to all. He was an avid reader, golfer and fan of the opera, symphony, classical music, theatre and sports.
He was preceeded in death by his parents, Joseph and Mathilda Reiff, and his first wife, Marie; and brothers, Joseph, Robert and Donald Reiff. Raymond is survived by his loving wife, Shirley Silberman-Reiff, of 14 years. He is survived by his sons, Michael Reiff, and former wife Teresa, Matthew Reiff; and his daughters, Kimberly McElroy and husband, Kevin, Kathleen Malter and husband David; grandchildren, Meghan and Justin Reiff; Nathan and Sarah McElroy; and Joseph, Melanie, David and Danielle Malter. He is survived by his sister; Aurelie Reed, and husband David. He is also survived by his step-son, Dr. Mark Silberman and former wife, Joan Oshman; his stepdaughter, Laurie Hougham, and husband, John, and his step-grandchildren, Benjamin and Anna Silberman, and Jennifer and Kayla Hougham.
A Houston memorial service honoring and celebrating his life was conducted on Thursday, June 26, 2008. The family followed Raymond in flight to Pittsburgh, Pa., for a church funeral service and burial next to his first wife, Marie, on June 28, 2008.
The family would like to thank the staff of The Hampton at Post Oak and Sugar Creek Baptist Church for all of their help. Also, thank you to the doctors, nurses, medical staff, care givers, and "all" who have helped take care of Raymond and loved him over the years, making his life healthier and happier.
The family requests that contributions be sent in his name to the American Cancer Society, American Diabetes Association, and American Heart Association.
2008 Aug 7 (Pg 13 Col 3-4)
Ryan Michael Rousseau will be called to the Torah as a Bar Mitzvah on Friday, Aug. 8, and Saturday, Aug. 9, at Congregation Emanu El. Ryan is the son of Judith Joachim and Richard Rousseau, and the brother of Christian, Eic, Miriam , Jacob and Rachel Rousseau. He is the grandson of Phyllis and Sam Joachim of Bellaire, Texas, and Edith Rousseau and the late Louis Rousseau of Texas City, Texas.
Ryan will be entering eighth grade at Live Oak Ridge Middle School in Killeen, Texas. Ryan excels academically and will be enrolled in the Pre AP program. He is looking foward to participating in the Robotics Club this year at his school.
For his Mitzvah Project, Ryan is involved in an environmentally friednly fundraiser with 100 percent of the proceeds being donated to Autism Speaks, The National Military Family Association and The Center For the Intrepid. As a tzedakah project, Ryan will be donating 10 percent of his monetary gifts to the American Cancer Society in memory of his grandfather, Louis Rousseau, and his uncle, Dr. Harold Joachim.
Ryan is pleased to be sharing his B'nai Mitzvah with his twin sister, Rachel Louise Rousseau. It is with much pride and joy that Ryan and his family invite relatives and friends to share their simcha.
Rachel Louise Rousseau will be called to the Torah as a Bat Mitzvah on Friday, Aug. 8, and Saturday, Aug. 9, at Congregation Emanu El. Rachel is the daughter of Judith Joachim and Richard Rousseau, and the sister of Christian, Eic, Miriam , Jacob and Ryan Rousseau. She is the granddaughter of Phyllis and Sam Joachim of Bellaire, Texas, and Edith Rousseau and the late Louis Rousseau of Texas City, Texas.
Rachel will be entering eighth grade at Nolan Middle School in Killeen, Texas. She was inducted into the National Junior Honor Society this past spring and is enrolled in the Pre AP program. Rachel will be a cheerleader throughout the school year, in addition to playing volleyball on trhe A Team and running track in the spring.
For her Mitzvah Project, Rachel is involved in an environmentally friednly fundraiser with 100 percent of the proceeds being donated to Autism Speaks, The National Military Family Association and The Center For the Intrepid. She also will be cutting and donating her hair to "Locks of Love" for children who have lost their hair to illness or disease. As a tzedakah project, Rachel will be donating 10 percent of his monetary gifts to the Jewish Children's Regional Service in Metarie, La., in memory of her great-grandmother, Dorothy "Peaches" Davidson Pesses.
Rachel is pleased to be sharing her B'nai Mitzvah with her twin brother, Ryan Michael Rousseau. It is with much pride and joy that Rachel and her family invite relatives and friends to share their simcha.
2008 Nov 27 (Pg 28 Col 1-2)
Jerry J. Moore, 80, died Sunday, Nov. 23, 2008. He was preceded in death by Jean H. Moore, his wife of 53 years. Native Houstonian, active in fundraising for Israel Bonds and shopping-center development, he also was an antique car collector and enthusiast.
Beloved father and grandfather, he will be missed dearly by his family and friends. He is survived by his children, Terri Conwell and husband, John Conwell; Jeff Moore and wife, Kathleen; Shelly Moore; grandchildren, Schana Canto, Lenny Zieben, Jennifer Zieben, Stephanie MacKay, Adam Moore, Katherine and Nichole Moore.
Graveside service and burial took place at 1:30 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2008, at Beth Yeshurun Cemetery (Post Oak), with Rabbi Mark J. Miller and Cantor Robert M. Gerber officiating.
Please send memorial donations to The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, 1575 Holcombe, Houston, TX 77030, Attn.: Pancreatic Cancer Research.
2009 Jan 15 (Pg 22A Col 3-4)
Hannah Rose Hasson will celebrate her Bat Mitzvah at Congregation Brith Shalom on Friday, Jan. 16, 2009, at 6:15 p.m., and on Satrurday, Jan. 17, 2009, at 9:30 a.m. Hannah is the daughter of Judy Hasson and Karen and Steve Hasson, and the sister of Jeremy Hasson. Hannah's proud grandparents are Patsy and Fred Sklar of Houston and Susan and Morris Hasson of Dallas. Hannah is the great-granddaughter of Evelyn Hasson Bender of Los Angeles.
Hanna is a seventh-grade student at Lanier Middle School, where she has earned Honor Roll status in both the sixth and seventh grades and participates in the drama program.
As part of her mitzvah project, Hannah has helped collect and sort clothes for the needy at the George R. Brown Convention Center, assembled bicycles for underprivileged children as part of the Elves & More Bike Build Program, and currently is volunteering at the Houston Humane Association.
Hannah will be donating a portion of her monitary gifts for this occasion to the Houston Humane Association.
2009 Apr 9 (Pg 23 Col 3-4)
Shirley S. Reiff, a beloved wife, mother, mimi (Grandmother), sister, aunt and friend to many, died on Saturday, March 28, 2009. She was born on March 10, 1930, in Austin, Texas, to the late Bea and Manny Silberstein. She attended Austin High School and The University of Texas. Shirley was a longtime member of Congregation Brith Shalom and then later Temple Emanu El. She worked for Jewish Family Service for many years before becoming an administrative assistant for Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. Shirley loved gardening, taking care of her dogs, traveling and socializing with her many friends.
On her numersou summer visits to her grandparents in Galveston, she met Rice student, Buddy Silberman, and married in 1949. She was a loving and devoted wife to her two husbands who have preceded her in death, R.J. "Buddy" Silberman and Raymond G. Reiff. She is survived by her sister, Patsy Sklar, and her husband, Fred; her son Mark E. Silberman, and Joan Oshman; her daughter Laurie Hougham, and her husband, John; her grandchildren, Jennifer Hougham, Kayla Hougham, Benjamin Silberman and Anna Silberman, as well as nieces, nephews and many friends.
Funeral services were held Monday, March 30, 2009, at 1:30 p.m. in the Beth Yeshurun Cemetery (Post Oak). A memorial service to honor and celebrate her life was conducted on Tuesday, March 31, 2009, at 1 p.m., at The Hampton at Post Oak, 2929 Post Oak Blvd., Houston, TX 77056.
Those wishing to make a memorial contribution are asked to consdier the Houston Humane Society, Citizens for Animal Protection of SPCA.
2009 May 21 (Pg 19 Col 1-2)
Dr. Larry and Sandi Hauser of Austin, announce the engagement of their daughter, Robyn Hauser, to Joey Fadem, son of Dr. Stephen and Joyce Fadem of Houston.
Robyn is the granddaughter of Sue Seriff and the late Joseph Weinberger of Austin, and of Suzanne Wishnow and the late Dr. Robert Hauser of Houston. Robyn is a 2001 graduate of Westlake High School in Austin. She graduated from the University of Arizona in 2006 with a Bachelor of Science degree and was a member of Alpha Epsilon Phi sorority. Robyn is a surgical assistant at Capital Area Veterinary Specialists in Austin.
Joey is the grandson of Charlotte and Sam Abramson of Houston and the late Theresa and Albert Fadem of Tulsa, Okla. Joey is a 2000 graduate of Memorial High School in Houston. He graduated cum laude from American Intercontinental University in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., with a Bachelor of Information Technology degree in 2004. Joey is a systems administrator with ADP, Inc. in Austin.
A fall wedding is planned in Austin.
2009 May 28 (Pg 24 Col 2-3)
Betty Ozon Moore, beloved wife, mother, grandmother and sister, died peacefully on Tuesday, May 19, 2009. She was born in Galevston, Texas, on Nov. 27, 1926 to Isaac and Fannie Ozon. She will always be remembered as a lovely lady with a quirky sense or humor and a willingness to help everyone. For her entire adult life, she was involved with AMIT women serving as vice president and board member numerous times. She was also very involved with United Orthodox Synagogues Sisterhood and she would spend many days in the kitchen at the synagogue providing her baking "expertise" to many happy affairs.
.She is survived by her husband, Abe "JoJo" Moore, who loved and adored her for 63 years; her children, Steven Moore and wife, Denise, Michael Moore, Myra Soffar and husband, Damon, Beverly Kogut. The jewels of her life, her grandchildren, Jeffrey Davis and wife, Ann, Sam Davis, Neil Kogut, Mindy Kogut, Stacie Moore and Amanda Moore. She also is survived by her brother, Albert Ozon, and wife, Shirley; her sisters, Doris Levin, Celia Holste and husband, Fred, and Ruth Stevenson, and sister-in-law and best friend, Evelyn Reichenthal; and by numerous nieces and nephews.
Graveside funeral services were held on Wednesday, May 20, 2009, in the Adath Israel Cemetery, 4700 Airline Rd.
The family would like to give a special thanks to Hattie Johnson, Jeannie McDaniel, Cherry Britton, Andrea Cook and Tracy Smiley. The family also would like to thank Andrea Eisentstein for all of her help.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to AMIT Women, in care of Beverly Bloom, 7520 Brompton, Suite 695, Houston, TX 77025.
2009 Jul 30 (Pg 20 Col 3-4)
Jeanette Lebow was born on Jan. 8, 1914, and died on Sunday, July 26, 2009. She was preceeded by her husband of 60 years, Joseph Lebow, and her parents, Isaak Ostrov and Leah Duden Ostrov. She is survived by her sons, David, and wife, Joan; Leonard and wife, Shirley; and Robert and wife, Johnita. Also, surviving are her grandchildren, Jennifer Larsen, Jacqueline Smooke, Bradley Lebow, Richard Lebow, Melissa Ladin, Elizabeth Lozier, Rachel Parkhurst, Isaac Lebow, and numerous great-grandchildren.
Special thanks to her caregivers for the past eight years, Mary Smith, Cynthia Hill and their extended family.
Funeral services were held on Monday, July 27, 2009 in Emanu El Memorial Park.
Contributions may be made in her memory to the Jospeh and Jeanette Lebow Scholarship Fund at American Society for Technion-Israel Institute of Technology at 713-682-7592.
2009 Aug 13 (Pg 24 Col 3-4)
Herbert Gerald Tiras, a native Houstonian, died with his family by his side on Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2009. He was born on Aug. 11, 1924, to Samuel Louis Tiras and Rose Seibel Tiras. Herb was a professional engineer. He served more than 25 years with the national defense executive reserves (NDER) of the Department of Homeland Security. He is listed in several Who's Who, including Science and Engineering and Aviation and Aerospace. Herb was a keynote speaker at the 1986 Automation High Technology Computer Conference, presenting his paper on "Human Factors in Automation." Among his numerous professional associations are the Association of Industrial College of the Armed Force, the U.S. Naval Institute, the American Ordnance Association and the Society of Manufacturing Engineers.
He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Aileen Tiras; daughters, Sheryle Clute and Leslie Baldassare; grandchildren, Shawn and Jamie Clute, Jessica, Anna and Celeste Baldassare; and great-grandchild, Avery Clute; brother, Sidney Tiras; niece, Yvonne Weiss; nephews, Dr. Samuel Tiras and Lewis Wilkenfeld; sister-in-law, Dolores Wilkenfeld; and devolted family friend, Stephen A. Turner.
Contributions may be made to the charity of your choice.
2009 Sep 3 (Pg 33 Col 1-2)
Daina Gerson Kutner died Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2009, at the age of 76. Born in Dallas on Jan. 14, 1933, Daina spent most of her childhood in Odessa before moving to Austin to attend the University of Texas. It was there, as a member and president of Alpha Epsilon Phi, that she made many dear friendships that have lasted ever since. After graduating, Daina moved to Houston to work at Foley's. There she met her Allan, and they soon were married and remained so for 46 years until Allan's passing in 2000.
Daina excelled gracefully at everything she did. She took her responsibilities as a wife, mother and friend to heart and gave fully and selflessly at every opportunity. Daina had a warm and engaging sense of humor and was an accomplished pianist. She was active in Temple Sisterhood and shared her creativity and talents in numerous productions. She was a successful real estate agent whose effective advocacy for her clients gave birth to numerous lasting friendships. She retired in 1984 and shortly therafter was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. As the disease progressed, her ability to enjoy her retirement diminished, yet she never complained. She exemplified perserverance and commitment with grace and dignity.
Daina was preceded in death by her parents, Abe and Leah Gerson of Odessa, Texas, and by her husband, Allan. She is survived by her three children and their families: Kathy Friedman and sons, Adam and Eric, Charlotte and Marvin Heffler and their children, Michael and Marissa, and Richard Kutner and his children, Barra and Ryan.
The family wishes to thank the staff at Seven Acres Jewish Senior Care Services and Vitas Hospice for providing for her comfort and care. Though she had a number of very special caregivers during the last 25 years, she had an angel from heaven in Olivia Herrera. Olivia, words cannot express the gratitude and love we have for you and all that you have done and been for our mother.
Graveside funeral services were held at 9:30 a.m., Thursday, Aug. 27, 2009 at Emanu El Memorial Park, 8341 Bissonnet, Rabbi Roy A. Walter and Cantor Vadim I. Tunitsky officiating.
Memorial contributions may be made to Seven Acres Jewish Senior Care Services, Congregation Emanu El, Vitas Hospice, The Multiple Sclerosis Society or to a charity of your choice.
2009 Oct 15 (Pg 22 Col 3-4)
Barry and Bonnie Zieben, Shelly Moore and George and Nelda Martinez joyfully announce the engagement of their children, Jennifer Zieben and Sergio Martinez. Jennifer is the granddaughter of Bernice and Eugene Zieben and the late Jean and Jerry J. Moore. Sergio is the grandson of the late Celia and Felipe Martinez and the late Amelia and Luis Garcia.
Jennifer is a graduate of the University of Denver, with a bachelor's degree in international business, and manages the Austin branch of Center Services. Sergio graduated from The University of Texas at San Antonio, with a bachelor's degree in fine arts, and is working as a graphic designer at Dell and is in the band, Maps of Asia, in Austin.
Jennifer and Sergio are planning a November 2009 wedding in Austin, Texas, and will make their home in Austin.
2009 Oct 22 (Pg 22A Col 2-3)
Charles Davidoff, 81, died at home surrounded by his loving family, on Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2009. He was born March 10, 1928, to Mary and Abraham Davidoff in Sedalia, Mo. He moved to Houston as a young boy with his family and attended San Jacinto High School. Charles was a longtime member of Congregation Beth Yeshurun. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II. He also was a member of the Masonic Lodge, Scottish Rite and the Arabia Shrine Temple.
Throughout his lifetime, he was the owner of many business ventures, which included grocery store chains, real estate investments, retail swimming pool supplies and maintenance. In his later years, he was the owner of a plumbing contracting firm.
Charles was preceded in death by his parents, his loving son, Maurice Jay Davidoff; his brothers, Jake, Fred, and David; his sisters Dorothy Croft and Sophia Stolbun. He is survived by his beloved wife of 57 years, Dorothy Heffler Davidoff and his children Randy and Marcia Davidoff, Marlene and Mark Finkelstein, Steven and Shelley Davidoff and Lisa Davidoff. Poppy Charlie was blessed with 10 beautiful grandchildren, Staci and Jason Beinart, Jason Davidoff, Adam and Justin Davidoff, Lauren, Amy, Melanie, and Melissa Finkelstein, Jeffrey and Brett Davidoff. He was fortunate to be a great-grandfather to Benjamin, Rebecca, and Jordan Beinart. He is also survived by his sister, Frances Bromberg; sisters- in-law Bertha Davidoff, Sadie Davidoff, Rose Davidoff, Sylvia Loeser, and brother-in-law Joseph Heffler, and a very large loving family including numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and many close friends. He was deeply loved by all who knew him and will be greatly missed.
The family would like to express their deepest appreciation to Dr. Ali Massumi for his compassionate care over the last 26 years. They would also like to thank Vergie Cassel, RN; Erin, Bambi, and Linda at St. Luke's Heart Failure Clinic for their exceptional loving care this past year; and the nurses and staff at Vitas Hospice Care for giving him the necessary attention to remain at home these last two weeks.
Funeral services were held Friday, Oct. 16, 2009, at 11:00 a.m., at Beth Yeshurun Cemetery (Post Oak), with Rabbi Jack Segal and Cantor David Propis officiating.
The family would appreciate that memorial donations be made in Charles' memory to the Texas Heart Institute at P.O. Box 1403, Houston, TX 77251.
2009 Nov 12 (Pg 28 Col 3-4)
Sam Abramson, 88, died at his home, Thursday, Nov. 5, 2009. A native Houstonian, Sam served in the Air Force during World War II. After returning from the war, he founded Metropolitan Furniture Stores with his two brothers, Hymie Abramson and the late Harry Abramson. Through the years, he expanded the enterprise to several stores in the Houston area.
He was a member of Congregation Beth Yeshurun. Also, he was a 32nd degree member of the Scottish Rite of Freemasonry, and a Shriner.
He was preceded in death by his father, Haskel, and mother, Sarah Abramson, and his brother, Harry Abramson. He is survived by his wife, Charlotte, to whom he was married for 64 years. He also is survived by his brother, Hymie Abramson, and wife, Blanche; his children, Shirley and husband, Leonard Lebow, Joyce and husband, Dr. Stephen Fadem, and Ronny and wife, Linda Abramson, as well as by his eight grandchildren and their spouses, Melissa and Mark Ladin, Dr. Richard Lebow, Bradley and Jennie Lebow, Stephanie and David Wise, Joey and Robyn Fadem, Robert Fadem, Dori and Jethro Hillman, Andrea Abramson; and three great-grandchildren, William “Mac” Ladin, Henry Wise and Brody Hillman. Also, he has numerous nieces and nephews.
He traveled extensively with his wife, Charlotte. His passion was fishing with his son, son-in-laws and grandchildren, with whom he frequently went to Alaska. He also enjoyed fun and happy memories with his poker buddies and friends.
The family wishes to acknowledge the loving and wonderful care that he received from Apollo Garing.
Graveside services were held on Sunday, Nov. 8, 2009, at 11:30 a.m., in the Beth Yeshurun Cemetery (Allen Parkway).
Friends may contribute in Sam’s memory to M.D. Anderson Cancer Center or their charity of choice.
2009 Nov 12 (Pg 30 Col 3-4)
The unveiling honoring the life and memories of Jerry J. Moore will be held Sunday, Nov. 22, at noon, at Beth Yeshurun Cemetery (Post Oak). Rabbi Miller and Cantor Gerber will officiate. Family and friends are invited to attend.
2009 Nov 19 (Pg 26A Col 3-4)
The unveiling honoring the life and memories of Jerry J. Moore will be held Sunday, Nov. 22, at 12 noon, at Beth Yeshurun Cemetery (Post Oak). Rabbi Miller and Cantor Gerber will officiate. Family and friends are invited to attend.