Sophie Rhea Grosman will be called to the Torah as a Bat Mitzvah on Jan. 24 and 25, 2020, at Congregation Beth Yeshurun. Sophie is the daughter of Dana and Philip Grosman; and the sister of Matthew and Ellie. She is the granddaughter of Michael Lampear, Robin Lampear, and Sharon and Eddie Grosman; great-granddaughter of Yetta Gilbert and Roselyn Borger (and the late Dr. Jules Borger).
Sophie is a seventh-grader at The Emery/Weiner School, where she plays volleyball and soccer. She enjoys spending her summers at Camp Young Judaea Texas.
For her mitzvah project, Sophie is collecting and donating undergarments and toiletries to Star of Hope, to help people in her own community that cannot afford basic needs.
Sophie will donate a portion of her monetary gifts to the Houston Food Bank, another way to help provide basic needs for those less fortunate.
Sophie is excited to be celebrating her Bat Mitzvah with her family and friends from near and far.
2020 Aug 27 (Pg 7 Col 4-5)
Jordan Matthew Beinart will become a Bar Mitzvah at Congregation Beth Yeshurun on Friday, Aug. 28, and Saturday, Aug. 29.
Jordan is the son of Staci and Jason Beinart; brother of Benjamin and Rebecca Beinart; grandson of Lisa Davidoff and the late Maurice Davidoff, Harold Beinart, Devorah Beinart and her husband, David Quail; and great-grandson of Dorothy Davidoff, the late Charles Davidoff, the late Hanny Levy, the late Richard Levy, the late Ada and Charles Beinart and the late Masha and Isaac Shrand.
Jordan attends Pin Oak Middle School. Outside of school, he is active in baseball and basketball.
For his mitzvah project, Jordan made goody bags for frontline health care workers at Ben Taub Hospital. He also will be donating a portion of his monetary gifts to the Houston Food Bank.
2021 Apr 8 (Pg 15A Col 1-2)
James "Jim" Gross, 81, died suddenly at his home on Thursday, April 1. 2021. He leaves behind his two children, Steve Gross and Susan Hoyle; and his three grandchildren, Jacob Gross, Audrey Hoyle and Wyatt Hoyle.
Jim was born in Gueydan, La., the son of Sydney and Martha Gross. Jim attended Tulane University and graduated from Southwest Louisiana. Jim met his wife, Rachelle Gross, on a blind date while attending Tulane. They had an impressive 53-year marriage before her passing.
Jim spent his nearly 30-year career as a research chemist for Shell Oil, where he made and maintained many lifelong friendships.
Jim had a passion for gardening and animals. Friends frequently sought out his help with reviving their plants. Jim's greatest passion, however, was his grandchildren. He loved being around them and watching them grow
A graveside service was held on Monday, April 5, 2021, at Beth Yeshurun Post Oak Cemetery.
- Houston Jewish Funerals
2021 May 27 (Pg 10A Col 1-2)
Bettie Heyman, beloved wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, daughter, sister, aunt and friend, passed away peacefully at home, surrounded by her family on May 21, 2021.
A native Texan, Bettie was born on April 8, 1937, to Jacob and Rose Halfant of Galveston. She was preceded in death by her parents; as well as by Alfred Nathan Heyman, her beloved husband of almost 60 years.
Bettie is survived by her three sons, Michael (and Nathalie) Heyman, Paul (and Sheri) Heyman and Lawrence (and Sharon) Heyman; grandchildren, Elizabeth (and John) Schiller, Jeffrey Heyman, Olivia Heyman (and fiancé David Flood), Joshua Heyman, Daniel Heyman and Haley Heyman; and greatgrandchildren, Savannah Schiller and Thomas Schiller. She also is survived by her brother, Edward Halfant; as well as numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.
Prior to her marriage to Alfred on June 26, 1955, Bettie was a pre-nursing student at the University of Houston. She and Alfred met on campus and were married six months later. After their marriage, Bettie continued working in the medical field until she left to become a full-time homemaker and mother to their three young children. She later taught preschool at Congregation Beth Yeshurun's Beth Hayeled and at Torah Day School.
Bettie and Alfred were active members of Congregation Beth Yeshurun. They sang in the choir and served as Beth Yeshurun Hospital Ambassadors for many years. They also were very active in several chavurah groups. Bettie and Alfred were both passionate about serving others and especially loved delivering Meals on Wheels together every Monday. Bettie also was an active member of Hadassah and the Beth Yeshurun Sisterhood for many years, as well as a Zainfeld BBG advisor.
Bettie also loved music and theater. She had a beautiful voice and loved to sing, whether with the choir, during worship services, around the Shabbat table, while lighting the Chanukah candles or as she worked around the house. She especially loved classical music, big bands, crooners and musicals. The sound of her voice would brighten any room or setting she was in. Bettie and Alfred were regular supporters of the Houston Symphony, as well as several local theater groups. She also was an accomplished dancer and loved dancing in the arms of her beloved Alfred throughout their marriage.
But it was her family and Jewish heritage that meant the most to Bettie. While she and Alfred had many friends and greatly enjoyed spending time with them, being with her family was always dearest to her heart. Bettie loved being a mother
and served as a Cub Scout den leader when her boys were young And, she especially loved being "Bubbie" for her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Bettie and Alfred regularly attended Shabbat services at Beth Yeshurun. They also both loved celebrating Jewish holidays, especially Friday night Shabbat dinners, lighting the Chanukah candles and Passover Seders.
Bettie had a deep lifelong love for her Jewish heritage, which grew and flourished when she began to learn and understand the Hebrew Scriptures following her adult Bat Mitzvah in 2004.
And, just as her beautiful voice would brighten any room she was in, the delicious taste and fragrant aroma of her cooking always brought a sense of warmth and shalom to family gatherings, Shabbat dinners and Passover Seder meals.
Bettie was greatly loved by her family and friends and will be forever missed.
Funeral services and interment will be held this week, Rabbi David Rosen officiating.
– Waldman Funeral Care