Marjorie Menaker – Musha bar Shmuel ve-Rachel – 2019

We’re here today to mourn the passing but also to honor and cherish the life of Marjorie Menaker, beloved wife to Michael, devoted mother of Barry and Jonathan and mother-in-law to Kelly, adoring grandmother of Gary and Matthew, caring nurse for countless patients, real part of the community, and a great friend.

Margie knew she was dying. With her medical background and her deep experience with physical decline and illness, she knew the score. (more…)

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Harold ‘Sony’ Katz – Hatzkel ben Aharon ve-Malka ha-Kohen – 2019

We are here today to mourn the passing but also to honor and cherish the life of Harold “Sonny” Katz. Sonny was a beloved father, grandfather and great-grandfather and a cherished friend.

He was born here in New Haven on February 21,1928, so he was 91. He was the son of Arthur and Mollie Katz and the brother of Bernard, Harriett, and Shirley who we remember with affection and respect today. He became a Bar Mitzvah in March, 1941. He proudly served in the US Navy in World War ll. His career was in roofing and sheet metal with Premier Roofing. It says a lot about Sonny that he was with one company for his entire career. (more…)

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Ruth Abeshouse – 2019

We’re here today to mourn the passing but also to honor the life of Ruth Abeshouse, beloved mother, grandmother and friend. We know that Ruth has gone through a lot for a long time, and that she has had wonderful care and attention, and that this was her time.

She was born 93 years ago and grew up with her beloved brothers Archie, Meyer, and Melvin. We miss them today and remember them with affection and respect. (more…)

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Renee Glassner – Rivka bat Ya’akov ve-Chenya – 2019

We’re here today to mourn the passing but also to cherish the life of Renee Gewirtzman Glassner, beloved mother, sister, grandmother, great-grandmother and cherished friend in our community.

This Shabbos, we will read a sedrah of the Torah Shelach Lecha, in which twelve scouts go out to look at the land of Israel. Ten come back and say there are giants in the land and we will look like grasshoppers and we cannot conquer the land. We should go back to Egypt. (more…)

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Stanley Stein – Michael Zelig ben Asher – 2019

I just want to add a few words to that very wonderful tribute.

Since Owen wrote it, and Sue and Larry helped, there is a part missing. These three adult children have been astonishing during this last stage of their father’s life, complicated by their mother’s hospitalization. Stan was at home dying, and Barbara was in the hospital, and somehow they got him down to the hospital to see her and be with her. (more…)

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Milton Greenhouse – 2019

We’re here today to mourn the passing but also to honor the life of Milton Greenhouse, beloved father and grandfather. We know that this was his time and that he died knowing that he was loved. (more…)

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Helen Drucker – 2019

We’re here today to mourn the passing but also to cherish the life of Helen Drucker, beloved mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.

Helen was born 98 years ago on April 20, 1921 in Manhattan. She grew up with her younger brother Leo. Her parents owned a candy store and she helped out. She would have a sweet tooth her whole life. (more…)

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Larry Lawrence Israel Medin – Yisrael ben Natan Lev HaKohane ve-Shoshana – 2019

So we’re feeling different things today. On the one hand, we are very sad. A very wonderful man, a man who loved life and loved his wife and sisters and children and grandchildren and cherished his friends, has died. Last Thursday, Dalia said: “It’s just a matter of time.” We were sitting at their kitchen table, and Larry was eating and drinking. And even though she said that, very realistically, I never imagined we’d be here in less than a week. After everything he’s gone through, and all of the other frightening times, it’s been hard to realize that this has actually happened. We have shed a lot of tears, and we will shed a lot more. (more…)

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Dr. J. Lawrence (Larry) Tanenbaum – Yehuda Leib ben Shevach ve-Yetta – 2019

We’re here today to mourn the passing but also to honor and cherish the life of Dr. J. Lawrence Tanenbaum.

Larry never feared death. After he hit 80 over ten years ago, he said, “This is all gravy.” And so he died in his beautiful home where he lived with Diane’s love all around him, in his sleep, at 90 ½, the way I wish we all could go. Peaceful. Content. (more…)

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January 2021: President’s Message

Just as we have a hump day during the week, where we can see the weekend approaching after Wednesday, I propose a hump month – February. We might be sitting here in cold and dreary weather, but spring is well within sight. We also have Purim at the end of this month, where we are commanded to eat, drink and be happy. Purim is one of the most joyous and fun holidays on the Jewish calendar. (more…)

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