Jewish Journal


Posted on Feb. 14, 2008 at 5:00 pm

Helga Angress died Jan. 15 at 97. She is survived by her children, Miriam and Peter; son-in-law, Morris Baum; five grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

Sidney Barbas died Jan. 13 at 89. He is survived by his son Jeff (Michelle); and daughter, Trudy (Mark) Klein. Hillside

Kay Bernstein died Jan. 15 at 88. She is survived by her sister, Susan Madeskar; stepdaughter, Andrea (Barry) Fishman; stepson, Maynard Bernstein; two grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and friend, Lynn (Steven) Silbiger. Mount Sinai

Irving Drell died Jan. 16 at 86. He is survived by his wife, Beverlee; daughter, Susan; son Michael; and sister Gladys. Hillside

Margaret Kohn Fay died Jan. 9 at 94. She is survived by her daughters, Ann Weinstein, Irene (Keith) Reinsdorf and Josie (John) Hudson; eight grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. Chevra Kadisha

Abram Flinker died Jan. 7 at 93. He is survived by his daughter, Shana Malka Barlov; and four grandchildren. Chevra Kadisha

Dr. Alfred Frank died Jan. 16 at 85. He is survived by his wife, Teri; sons, Clifford (Joyce), Robert, Bradley (Paula), Jeffrey (Kaye), and David (Denise); and 10 grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Regina Friedman died Jan. 17 at 88. She is survived by her daughters, Susan (Morris) Savin and Linda (Paul) Moeller; three grandchildren; sister, Dorothy (Alan) Weinberger; nieces; and nephews. Hillside

Paul Furman died Jan. 17 at 55. He is survived by his parents, William and Marilyn; and brother, Robert (Virginia). Mount Sinai

Joan Galantry died Jan. 13 at 73. She is survived by her husband, Sid; son, Mark (Carolyn); daughter, Beth (Mike) Blaney; six grandchildren; and brother Herbie (Marcie) Goldstein. Hillside

Saul Goldberger died Jan. 13 at 84. He is survived by his daughter, Anita Melnick. Malinow and Silverman

Fanny Hellman died Jan. 17 at 84. She is survived by her daughter, Shoshana (Tony) Bellen; son, Dr. Irving (Penny Fable); three grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and brother, Sol (Nusia) Silver. Mount Sinai

Harriett Herschman died Jan. 14 at 85. She is survived by her daughter, Deborah; and son, Phil (Terry). Malinow and Silverman

Bernice Hirsch died Jan. 16 at 89. She is survived by her daughters, Joanne Serin, Cheryl Bender and Jean Siegel; brothers, Vernon, Donald, Arthur and Jerome Wexler. Mount Sinai

Esther Jacobs died Jan. 13 at 86. She is survived by her sons, Jack, Mark (Linda) and Barnett (Lupka); four grandchildren; and sisters, Sandra Rosenblum, Gloria (Art) Schimmel, Ray Fladell, Gertie Drucker and Shirley (Stanley) Sheinbaum.

Rabbi Wolli Kaelter died Jan. 9 at 93. He is survived by his daughter, Judith (Raymond) Nakelsky; son, Robert (Donna); and six grandchildren. Malinow and Silverman

Ferenc Laczko (aka Francisco Lacko) died Jan. 16 at 83. He is survived by his wife, Ethel; children Jose Andres (Judit), Margarita (Larry), Aniko and Ferenc; six grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Morris "Moe" Markowitz died Jan. 13 at 95. He is survived by his son, Stanley; daughters Julie Stone and Elysa; granddaughter, Annie; brother, Dan; and sister, Marion. Hillside

Morris Mayron died Jan. 16 at 97. He is survived by his daughter, Linda (Scott) Graham; son, Barry; and grandson, Michael. Mount Sinai

Lauretta Mossberg died Jan. 15 at 91. She is survived by her daughter, Barbara (Lawrence) Kornbluth; and son, Michael (Lisa). Malinow and Silverman

Raymond Ratinoff died Jan. 14 at 96. He is survived by his daughters, Arlene (Leslie) Rothstein and Marilyn (Don) Seif; son, Dr. Dennis (Donna); six grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Ana Rubinstein died Jan. 16 at 81. She is survived by her husband, Jose; daughter, Susana; son, Ruben; and five grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Judith Ann Ruderman died Jan. 10 at 67. She is survived by her husband, David Ruderman; daughter, Melissa; sons, Bradley and Matthew; and brother, Anthony Brown. Malinow and Silverman

Mina Salomon died Jan. 13 at 86. She is survived by her family and friends. Hillside

Selma Sandler died Jan. 15 at 90. She is survived by her sons, Howard (Marlene) and Mitchell. Malinow and Silverman

Ruth Seltzer died Jan. 16 at 87. She is survived by her son Marc (Christine) Snyder; daughters Madeleine (Gary) Williams and Andrea (Robert) Decker; three grandchildren; and brother Sol Buchalter. Hillside

Max Sass died Jan. 13 at 91. He is survived by his wife, Pearl; children, Stephen (Steven Hochstadt), Stacey (David Cooperman) and Lawrence (Debra); seven grandchildren; and sister, Sarah Galchinsky. Mount Sinai

Jeanette "Mimi" Snyder died Jan. 14 at 98. She is survived by her daughter, Ann; son-in-law Norm Epstein; grandchildren, Carole and Mark (Laura) Epstein; and three great-granchildren. Hillside

Albert Zelnicker died Jan. 17 at 82. He is survived by his wife, Dorothy. Malinow and Silverman

Martin Annenberg, Engineer Who Helped Put Men on the Moon, Dies at 74

Martin ("Marty") Annenberg was born Dec. 2, 1933, and died Jan. 25, 2008, of complications brought on by leukemia, at age 74.

Marty fell in love with airplanes during World War II, and this led to Brooklyn Technical H.S. and Polytechnic University, where he got his bachelor's degree in aeronautical engineering in June 1956. Marty had a 35-year career as an aerospace test engineer and helped put three men on the moon, as well as Air Force, Navy and NASA satellites into orbit.

He became a private pilot in his 50s and enjoyed flying his Cessna 150 around Southern California. His second career, as an independent paralegal specializing in living trusts, was very different than his first career, but both gave him much personal satisfaction.

He was married to Joyce at age 29, and that was one of the better decisions of his life. They had two wonderful children, Steven and Rachel, both of who became attorneys, married and have children, which gave Marty and Joyce much happiness.

Marty became a leading member of the Jewish Humanists, enjoyed Torah classes from a Humanist viewpoint and discussions on Jewish Humanism. His many friends enriched his life,which Marty viewed as a blessing.

He is survived by his wife Joyce; son, Steven; daughter, Rachel; and six grandchildren. -- Based on an obituary written by Martin Annenberg, Jan. 18, 2004

Trudi Alexy, "Mezuzzah in the Madonna's Foot" Author, Dies at 80

Author, lecturer and art therapist Trudi Alexy was born in Romania in 1927 to a thoroughly assimilated Jewish family. She lived in Prague as a child and didn't know much about her Jewishness until, at the age of 10, her father told her they would be hiding as Catholics in France (and later in Barcelona) to escape the Nazis. At the age of 58, after immigrating to New York and raising a family in Los Angeles, Alexy began to research why she had been protected by Righteous Gentiles in Spain and why there were so many hidden Jews over the centuries.

This led to her writing and speaking worldwide during her 60s and 70s about her three highly acclaimed books, "The Mezzuzah in the Madonna's Foot," "The Marrano Legacy" and "In Search of Forgiveness." Her story of reclaiming her Jewish identity and discovering the intricacies of hidden Jews in various countries has inspired hundreds of thousands of readers and listeners during the past 18 years.

Always searching for truth and healing, Alexy traveled to Spain several times while researching her books and managed 18 years ago to have a face-to-face conversation with the king and queen of Spain. Describing her love for Spain and for Judaism, Alexy urged the king and queen to begin making public apologies and amends to Jews worldwide for what happened during the Inquisition. Her efforts led to the king and queen visiting numerous Sephardic congregations in Los Angeles and elsewhere, as well as issuing formal decrees in support of honoring Jewish contributions to Spain and to guarantee Jewish viability and protection wherever religious intolerance reemerges.

Alexy died on Feb. 7 and leaves behind her children, their extended families and several grandchildren, as well as numerous friends and colleagues who learned from her courage, creativity and persistence.

-- Len Felder

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