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Posted on Aug. 23, 2007 at 8:00 pm

Bernice Cooperman, Shalom House Co-founder, Dies at 72

Bernice Cooperman died Aug. 2 at 72 in Chatsworth from lung cancer. She was surrounded by her family.

Born Jan. 27, 1935 in Pittsburgh, she graduated from the University of Pittsburgh and married Larry Cooperman in 1956. After living in Chicago, where she was an elementary school teacher for four years, the family moved to Los Angeles. In 1971, Larry and Bernice founded the Shalom House Jewish Store. For the last 10 years, Bernice has been affectionately known as the Tallit Lady, for all the help she has given to kids selecting a prayer shawl for their bar or bat mitzvah.

She is survived by her husband, Larry; children, Aaron (Andrea), David (Stacey Sass), Daniel (Brenda) and Gary (Elana); 10 grandchildren; sister, Estelle (David) Belkin; brother-in-law, Sandy (Verna); nephews; and nieces.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the American Cancer Society.

Aaron Bloom, Etta Israel Center Co-founder, Dies at 91

The Jewish Community of Los Angeles lost one of its leaders this past July 18, and the Bloom family lost a dearly loved and respected husband, father and grandfather: Aaron Bloom. He was 91.

Bloom, one of three brothers, was born to immigrant parents. Both father and mother were hard working individuals -- ardent socialists who devoted their time and limited resources to helping others.

Aaron Bloom grew up during the era of Lindberg, Earhardt, Hughes and Douglas. Thus, he pursued a passion for aviation by earning an aeronautical engineering degree from Boston University followed by a successful career as an aerospace engineer. Among his notable accomplishments was the invention of the ubiquitous yellow emergency oxygen mask widely used around the world on commercial aircraft.

After his retirement, he dedicated himself to being of service to the Jewish community. He served as president of the board of directors of Beth Jacob Congregation in Beverly Hills for three terms. In his late 70s he cofounded -- together with his wife, Rickey Bloom -- the Etta Israel Center in the memory and honor of their friend, Mrs. Etta Israel.

The Etta Israel Center, founded in 1992, is a nonprofit community-based organization committed to raising awareness and sensitivity toward people with special needs.

"Let me help" was Bloom's motto. His kindness and compassion touched many people over the span of his lifetime. He embodied the spirit of tikkun olam – healing the world –- and will be greatly missed.

In addition to his wife of 62 years, he is survived by his sons, Druce, Richard and Dr. Stuart; daughter, Lydia Sussman; children-in-law; 11 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Donations in memory of Aaron Bloom can be made to the Etta Israel Center, 12722 Riverside Drive, Suite 105, North Hollywood, CA 91607. Funds raised will be allocated to the opening of a new Etta Israel Center residential group home for Jewish adults with special needs, to be named in his memory.


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