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September 8, 2007 | 8:00 pm

Berthold A. Woythaler, Rabbi Emeritus of Temple Ner Maarav, Dies at 93

Rabbi Emeritus Berthold A. Woythaler of Temple Ner Maarav, Encino, died Saturday evening, Aug. 4, at 93, following a prolonged illness.

Woythaler spent his childhood in Danzig (Gdansk). After attending the University of Berlin, he fled to New York in 1936 to escape the Nazi regime and attended the Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS) where he was awarded the degree of master of Hebrew literature and was ordained rabbi.

Upon arriving on the West Coast he served as spiritual leader of Temple Beth Zion of Los Angeles and Congregation Beth Israel of Vancouver, British Columbia. He lectured at the University of British Columbia, published in the Western Jewish Bulletin of British Columbia and served on the board of the Canadian Jewish Congress.

He became rabbi of Temple Ner Tamid of Van Nuys in 1963, which later merged with Maarav Temple of Encino to become Temple Ner Maarav.

While serving as rabbi of Temple Ner Tamid, Woythaler influenced an entire generation of Jewish youth, especially those USYers in Southern California of the Pacific Southwest Region. In the 1960s and 1970s, hundreds of USYers and college students flocked to his Sabbath services to study with the man whom they affectionately called "Rabbi Bert."

Woythaler and his USYers won the International USY Award for Best Chapter four years in a row, culminating in the synagogue receiving the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism's (USCJ) Solomon Schechter Award, achieved for outstanding youth programming.

He influenced several of his young people to become rabbis and, earlier this month, several of "Rabbi Bert's Kids" utilized their sermons to pay tribute to their mentor.

In California, Woythaler was a member of the Executive Council of the Board of Rabbis and was the first chairman of the Commission of Jewish Education of the Pacific Southwest Region of the USCJ. He was a past president of the Rabbinical Assembly, Western States Region, taught at the University of Judaism (currently American Jewish University) in its early years and was the recipient of an honorary doctorate from JTS.

Woythaler was a lover of classical music and opera and was an accomplished pianist. His wife, Eva, preceded him in death in 1974. He is survived by his daughters, Miriam, Ruth and Esther; grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Chris Schwarz, Founder and Director of the Galicia Jewish Museum in Krakow, Dies at 59

On July 29 the current Jewish renaissance in Krakow lost one of its most prominent champions, Chris Schwarz, the founder and director of the Galicia Jewish Museum, who died from cancer at his home in the Kazimierz. He was 59 years old.

Born Jan. 12, 1948 in the United Kingdom, Schwarz began his career as a photojournalist in Japan in 1970. He also served for many years as the Chairman of the UK Jewish Film Festival and was on the Board of the Institute of Polish-Jewish Studies. Wherever he photographed, his interest was always the human condition, whether it be in refugee camps in Afghanistan or a hospice in England.

Schwarz first arrived in Poland in 1981 to cover the Solidarity movement, returning after the collapse of communism in 1992 to shoot photographs and write articles for the Jewish Chronicle in London. Wandering Krakow's ancient Jewish quarter, the Kazimierz, sparked his imagination. "There was such a special atmosphere. The streets still resonated from centuries of a great Jewish culture in Galicia. One that not even the Nazi ferocity could entirely erase," he said.

For over a decade, he photographed the remains of ancient synagogues, some now used as warehouses; crumbling prayer houses with magnificent murals; Orthodox cemeteries; and rain-swept fields and hills that were the hidden resting places of Jews murdered during the war.

Finding a venue to present the show in Krakow at the time posed a problem. As he explains in his book, Photographing Traces of Memory, "I arrived in Krakow on February 28th, 2004, to confront a biting Polish winter, an empty but renovated former furniture factory. I had some borrowed money and a dream. I had little Polish, no staff and no infrastructure. Seven weeks later the Galicia Jewish Museum opened."

Schwarz wanted a dynamic, vital institution that celebrated the immense contributions Jewish society had made to the history of Polish Galicia. In addition, he hoped the facility would provide a forum for multicultural dialogues and for the dissemination of exhibitions and publications to wider audiences, both Jewish and non-Jewish, around the world.

The Museum is now an important centerpiece of cultural restoration in the Kazimierz and provides lectures and seminars on Jewish history, Holocaust studies, Klezmer concerts, traditional dance forms and lessons in Yiddish and Hebrew. It also houses the largest Jewish book store in Europe.

He is survived by his mother, Joan Schwarz; and brother, William Schwarz.

The Galicia Jewish Museum is located at 18, Dajwor Street, Krakow 31-052, POLAND. www.galiciajewishmuseum.org.

Emanuel Abers died July 31 at 95. He is survived by his daughter, Laurie; brother, Arion Abramchik; and one grandson. Malinow and Silverman

Harry Abramowitz died July 30 at 92. He is survived by his great-niece, Karen Getusky; and great-nephew, David Bailinson.

Malvina Adelstein died July 24 at 85. She is survived by her husband, Jack; son, Stan (Mary); daughters, Janice Prager (Jim Benvenuto), Doreen Steinecker (David) and Marcia; five grandchildren; nieces; and nephews. Sholom Chapels

Regina Aichler died June 23 at 84. She is survived by her husband, Joseph; her son, Samuel; daughter, Helva; 10 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. Groman

Vivian Barnert died July 27 at 91. She is survived by her daughter, Illana. Malinow and Silverman

Doris Becker died Aug. 5 at 91. She is survived by her daughters, Ruth (Ernest) Ratowitz, Betty (John) Seinfeld; son, Jerome (Susan); five grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and brother, Norman (Norma) Marks; and sister, Charlotte (Joseph) Raboy. Mount Sinai

Gerta Behrendt died July 24 at 94. She is survived by her son, Peter. Sholom Chapels Sigbert Bendit died Aug. 4 at 69. He is survived by his daughters, Laura and Randi (Douglas Williams). Mount Sinai

Michael Ben-Levi died July 27 at 80. He is survived by his wife, Beatrice; son, Jack (Ben ten Berge); daughter, Rachel; brothers, Saul ( Anne) and Arthur (Leona) Lewinson; sister, Anne Warren; niece; nephews; relatives; and friend, Albert Maghbouleh. Mount Sinai

Hilda Bergstein died Aug. 4 at 96. She is survived by her son, Jerry (Renee); daughter, Linda (Irv) Weston Falk; six grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. Hillside

Lillian Bernstein died Aug. 6 at 89. She is survived by her sons, Lawrence (Kathryn) and Bradford; and four grandchildren. Malinow and Silverman

Dr. Stephen Barry Bernstein died July 30 at 59. He is survived by his wife, Sandra; mother Evelyn; sister, Renee Gwen Rosenzweig; and friends. Hillside

Gerda Bernstein died July 25 at 87. She is survived by her daughter, Diana (Eric) Ryan; daughter-in-law, Barbara Brandon; 15 grandchildren; and great-grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Abraham Chase died July 28 at 87. He is survived by his son, David; daughter, Susan; and one grandchild. Hillside

Tillie Cohen died July 29 at 90. She is survived by her sons, Don, Larry, and Stanton Cohen. Malinow and Silverman

Julius Cohen died Aug. 3 at 99. He is survived by his daughter, Dina. Malinow and Silverman

Peter Cowan died Aug. 7 at 54. He is survived by his brother, Robin; sister-in-law, Laura; and nephews, Alex and Adam. Hillside

Harry Ralph Cowen died Aug. 3 at 75. He is survived by his daughter, Lori Coleman; sister, Joy LePatner; and brother, Norman. Malinow and Silverman

Mildred Dinnerstein died July 27 at 91. She is survived by her daughter, Kim (Nate) Russo; and six grandchildren. Hillside

Lisa Dubow died July 24 at 51. She is survived by her husband, Mark Rivin; son, Sean Twersky; mother, Phyllis Dubow; and sisters, Linda Eifer and Lorrie Stone. Hillside

Jean Ellis died June 23 at 89. She is survived by her son, Gerald; daughters, Karen Cohen and Roberta Albert; sister, Henrietta Fish; and four grandchildren. Groman

Seymour Elowe died June 23 at 86. He is survived by his sons, Curtis and Steven; three grandchildren; brother, Bernard; and sister, Beverly Handler. Groman

Lora Feedman died July 23 at 81. She is survived by her husband, Abe Feedman; daughter, Roberta (Richard) Handel; son, Marc.; grandchildren, Ryan and Rory Handel; brother-in-law, Sam (Barbara); cousins; nieces; and nephews. Hillside

Saul Feldman died July 24 at 79. He is survived by his wife, Claire; daughters, Robin (Joe) Hoynik and Rinah Messier; son, Ron; and one granddaughter. Malinow and Silverman

Edna Fishbain died Aug. 5 at 97. She is survived by her daughter, Natalie Janger; one grandchild; and brother, Bernie Roth. Hillside

Betty Fishkin died Aug. 3 at 85. She is survived by her daughter, Anne Geller. Malinow and Silverman

Alex Leonard Fishman died June 29 at 85. He is survived by his wife, Doris; sons, Mark and Larry; four grandchildren; and sister, Bronna Engler. Groman

Milton Flagg died Aug. 1 at 86. He is survived by his niece, Nan Parker. Hillside

Max Frandzel died Aug. 1 at 92. He is survived by his wife, Esther; son, Alan (Regina); daughter, Marilyn (Shane Lewis); seven grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. Hillside

Phyllis Garey died July 23 at 84. She is survived by her sons, Ken and Glen. Sholom Chapels

Alexander Genzen died July 26 at 84. He is survived by his sons, Samuel and Albert; brothers, Nathan and Herman Ganz; five grandchildren; and sister, Suri Hartman. Chevra Kadisha

Arnold Michael Goldman died July 31 at 57. He is survived by his wife, Barbara; son, Ethan; daughter, Karen; and brother, Marvin. Chevra Kadisha

Esther May Goren died July 23 at 77. She is survived by her husband, Edward; daughter, Sara; son, Lawrence; and sister, Natalie Jeffrey. Malinow and Silverman

Shirley Garfinkle died June 27 at 81. She is survived by her husband, Dr. Jack; sons, Jan and Todd; daughters, Arleen Miller and Jody Zaviv; and six grandchildren. Groman

Dudley Glick died June 27 at 87. He is survived by his wife, Ella; sons, Michael, Matthew and Thomas; seven grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and brother, Merle. Groman

Sulamita Jarren died June 23 at 72. She is survived by her three children; and brother, Cay Weitzman. Groman

Dr. Nasser Javahery died Aug. 1 at 71. He is survived by his wife Manijeh; sons, Ramin and Roddy; grandson, Jonah; brother, Mansoor; sisters, Parvaneh Manouchehri and Pary; mother-in-law, Akhtar Nahai; nieces; and nephews. Mount Sinai

Jergen John deHaas died Aug. 2 at 88. He is survived by his son, Alan. Hillside

Shirley June Kaplan died July 27 at 87. She is survived by her son, Neil; grandsons, Gregory and Jeffrey; and great-grandchildren, Alyssa and Joshua. Hillside

Steven Stuart Kaplan died Aug. 5 at 60. He is survived by his sister, Phyllis (Herbert) Englander. Malinow and Silverman

Lewis Karpf died Aug. 7 at 74. He is survived by his son, Douglas. Malinow and Silverman

Stanley Levenson died Aug. 3 at 81. He is survived by his daughters, Arlene (Richard) Karno and Nancy; and one grandson. Malinow and Silverman

Pinchas Levy died July 29 at 64. He is survived by his sisters, Fayga Greiner and Leah (Joel) Halle. Mount Sinai

Eugene Lewis died Aug. 5 at 90. He is survived by his daughter, Debrah (Harold) Edberg; and grandchildren, Jeremy and Ryan. Mount Sinai

Gail Marlene Kass died July 24 at 53. She is survived by her husband, Allan; daughter, Jamie; son, Evan; mother, Shirley Zaidman; and brother, Gerald (Phoebe) Zaidman. Malinow and Silverman

Dana Kempler died Aug. 1 at 49. She is survived by her husband, Yair; sons; Joshua and Christopher; stepdaughters, Tal and Adi; parents, Rudy Gilbert and Scottie Jo Srygley; brother, Ron (Kathy) Srygley; and father-in-law, Levy. Mount Sinai

Gladys Kreisberg died July 29 at 93. She is survived by her sons, Dr. Michael and Dr. Richard; five grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and sisters, Jewel Altman and Fracnes Wolfson. HillsideFrieda Koenig died July 24 at 87. She is survived by her husband, Samuel; sons, Howard, Bruce (Mary) and Steve (Sue); six grandchildren; and great-grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Andrew Kun died July 31 at 84. He is survived by his wife, Agnes; daughters, Annie (Frank) Baker and Marianne; and three grandchildren. Hillside

Albert Langer died June 24 at 94. He is survived by his son, Norman; daughter, Lauri Bernie; four grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. Groman

Cecily Laurence died July 23 at 95. She is survived by her daughter, Denise (Allan) Berman; three grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Shirley Leibowitz died June 20 at 84. She is survived by her husband, Harry; daughters, Ellen Goodside and Karen Serota; four grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Groman

Deborah Lovegrove died July 24 at 52. She is survived by her daughters, Tiffany and Theresa Steinkamp. Sholom Chapels

James Malakoff died July 24 at 74. He is survived by his wife Anne; daughter, Randi Sher; son, John; three grandchildren; and sister, Dorothy Plevin. Mount Sinai

Eudice Mae Menes died Aug. 6 at 84. She is survived by her son, Theodore; daughter, Roberta (Patrick) Hope; three grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and brother, Nathanial (Marcelyn) Ratner. Mount Sinai

Molly Merdler died July 27 at 80. She is survived by her son, Randy. Mount Sinai

Daniel Mestman died July 23 at 78. He is survived by his wife, Celia; daughter, Sheryl (Larry) Katchen; and brothers,Victor Avers and Seymour Mestman. Malinow and Silverman

Henry Meyerson died June 24 at 79. He is survived by his wife, Shirley; brothers, David and Mike; and sister, Shirley Rikus. Groman

Brenda Moss died July 28 at 89. She is survived by her daughter, Suellen Trionfi. Malinow and Silverman

Rosell Moss died July 30 at 93. She is survived by her sons, Sherwin (Adelle) and Herbert Podolsky; daughter, Adrean (Stanley) Hersh; six grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Judith Bailin Pompel Naiva died Aug. 3 at 64. She is survived by her husband, David; son, Clifford Pompel; daughter, Barrie (Tim) Winston; and brothers, Jeffrey and Michael Bailin. Mount Sinai

Frances Nathan died June 29 at 96. She is survived by her daughter, Emilie Conrad; brother, Stanley Telchin; and sister, Doris Beckler. Groman

Blanche Orkin died July 27 at 72. She is survived by her husband, Richard; daughters, Lynne (Jeff) Fisher and Lisa; sons, Haris (Kim) and Michael (Blanca); and by six grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Edythe Ornoff died July 30. She is survived by her sons, Roger and Marlan; sisters, Esther Rashkoff and Maureen Sager; brothers, Elleon and Marvin (Sheila) Hyman; and niece, Joyce (Julius) Fuhrman. Mount Sinai

Seymour Ornstein died July 23 at 89. He is survived by his wife, Phyllis; daughters, Sherry, and Danielle (Alex) Leyton; brother, Morton; 4 grandchildren; and 6 great grandchildren. Malinow and Silverman

Harriet (Honey) Park-Davidove died July 25 at 81. She is survived by her husband, Carl Davidove; daughters Linda Park, Andrea (Terry) Pullan, Kerri (Frank) Lee and Susan (Jeremy) Frend; 10 granddaughters; and two great-grandchildren. Hillside

Leo Pickelner died June 27 at 90. He is survived by his wife, Martha; son, Robert Kelner; daughter, Marcia; and one grandchild. Groman

Abraham Richter died June 20 at 97. He is survived by his sons, Rik and Marty; five grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. Groman

Ida Rimsky died Aug. 2 at 92. She is survived by her daughter, Loretta (Lester) Slifkin; grandsons, David (Lesley), and Eric (Annie) Slifkin; and four great-grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Irving Rips died July 30 at 79. He is survived by his wife, Grace; sons, Ted (Karen) and David (Kathleen); daughter, Debra; eight grandchildren; brother, Norman (Elise); and sister, MaryLou Lazarus. Mount Sinai

Judith Rosen died July 28 at 65. She is survived by her husband, John; daughters, Shelly (Karl) Morris and Amy (Rich) Allen; son, David Rosen; five grandchildren; and sister, Ruth (Leo) Frydman. Mount Sinai

Edward Roth died Aug. 5 at 83. He is survived by his wife, Ruth; son, Steven Roth; daughter, Lisa (Greg) Freeman; and two grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Saul Rubins died June 19 at 86. He is survived by his daughters, Amanda Bagheri and Susan. Groman

Annette Lila Rye died July 28 at 77. She is survived by her husband, Harold; daughter, Phyllis Bubar; sons Mark, Steven and Robert; and six grandchildren. Hillside

Esther Schnider died July 24 at 93. She is survived by her children, Ronni Cooper and Robert (Perryne Anker); four grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and sister, Jeanette Edelstein. Hillside

Howard Sherman died Aug. 1 at 83. He is survived by his wife, Shirley Sherman; daughter, Susan (Lenore); son, Steven (Shirley); brothers, Robert (Amelia) and Donald (Rose Marie); 6 grandchildren; and 11 great grandchildren. Malinow and Silverman

Milton Aaron Shwartz died June 29 at 80. He is survived by his wife, Rhoda; sons, Richard and Robert; daughter, Carol (Herbert) Jimenez; sisters, Barbara (Martin) Friedman and Lillian Daly; and four grandchildren. Groman

Marvin Silver died Aug. 4 at 63. He is survived by his wife, Beverly; children, David and Michelle; father, Mort; father-in-law, Simon Kurtz; and sister, Bette (Ralph) Garren. Mount Sinai

Betty Silverstone died June 21 at 83. She is survived by her daughters, Helene and Rosalind; and three grandchildren. Groman

Sydelle Simon died June 21 at 88. She is survived by her sons, Bruce and Mark; her daughter, Roberta Ziskind; and one grandchild. Groman

Cecelia Singer died Aug. 7 at 74. She is survived by her husband, Martin; sons, Andrew (Toniann) and Richard; daughter, Cathy (Laurence) Pitts; and six grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Jack Solen died July 23 at 76. He is survived by his son, Earl; daughters, Laurie (Steven Fleishman) and Julie (Israel Paluch); and four grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Norman Solish died Aug. 1. He is survived by his wife, Judy; children,Debra Laboschin, Laurie and Sean Wahler; three grandchildren; brother, George, sisters-in-law, Bernice and Trudy; mother-in-law, Shirley Jaffe, nieces; and nephews. HillsideKathleen Steiber died June 29 at 87. She is survived by her sons, Stanley, Robert and Michael; and one grandchild. Groman

Aviva Steinberg died Aug 5. She is survived by her husband, David; son, Shaya; mother, Tovah; brothers, Moshe, Aaron, David, Shlomo, Avi (Diane); and sisters, Debbie and Tami. Chevra Kadisha

Alvin Turken died Aug. 1 at 85. He is survived by his wife, Deborah; sons, Jim (Karen), Donald (Julie) and David; four grandchildren; sister, Eloise Epstein. Mount Sinai

Evelyn Pass Waldman died Aug. 4 at 96. She is survived by her two daughters, Susan Bleecher and Sheila Ross; and grandchildren, Ryan and Darian Bleecher. Hillside

Selma Weiner died Aug. 2 at 77. She is survived by her husband, Fred; son, Mike (Ofie); daughter, Melissa (John Durante); grandchildren Jason (Laurie) and Brandon; and sister, Edith Heller. Hillside

Morton Weinstein died Aug. 6 at 91. He is survived by his wife, Ida; daughter, Sheila (Arye) Anthony; four grandchildren; and one great-grandchild, Eytana. Mount Sinai

Sidney Daniel Weiser died June 21 at 89. He is survived by his daughters, Janice Grech and Claudia Weiser. Groman

Haim Weisberg died June 30 at 101. He is survived by his sons, Nathan and Gerry; daughter, Fay Rochelle; six grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. Groman

Marshall Witt died June 24 at 77. He is survived by his wife, Virginia; and sons, Randy and Stephen. Groman

Frieda Zimmer died July 31 at 90. She is survived by her sons, Earl (Patricia) and Lloyd (Melissa); four grandchildren; and sister, Evelyn Rosenberg. Mount Sinai

Bertha Mazer died July 31 at 90. She is survived by her daughter, Linda Shoenman; and two grandchildren. Hillside





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