Alexander Weiss – Shlomo Yoseph ben Chayyim Dov ve-Bracha – 2018

We’re here today, in the sanctuary that meant so much to him, to mourn the passing but also to honor and cherish the life of Alexander Weiss, beloved husband, father, brother, grandfather, great-grandfather, businessman, past president of this synagogue, and just a wonderful man.

He was born at home in Newark; the doctor said he weighed 16 pounds and while he was a big baby, this was a slight exaggeration. Still, they paid the doctor 2 dollars for the good job he did. He was raised with his siblings Jacob, Sidney Irving, whom we remember with respect today, and mourn with his sister Leona. (more…)

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Annette Greenhouse – Hannah bat Michael ve-Sonia – 2018

We’re here today to mourn the passing but also to honor the life of Annette Greenhouse, beloved wife, mother, grandmother and cherished friend. Annette has suffered and she was ready to go. It was enough, and she knew that this was her time. She laughed just before she died, bantering with a wonderful nurse. And yet, even though we are content that she always had the loyalty and attention of her family and the best of care, we are still very sad that she has passed on. Today, we are not going to focus on her death but on her life, because she had a wonderful life. (more…)

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Ayala Dworetzky – Ayala bat Israel ve-Yocheved – 2018

We’re here today to mourn the passing but also to honor the life of Ayala Dvoretzky, beloved wife, mother, sister, teacher, and cherished friend. With the constant, daily, selfless love and devotion of her husband Israel, and the loyalty of her beloved son Shay and his wife Jamie and Ayala’s cherished granddaughter Maya, and the amazing visits of her sister Leah from Israel, somehow, Ayala lived eight months to the day in the hospital, fighting and fighting for her very life. In the end, even all of the best efforts of her family and the medical staff of the hospital could not save her. She knew before anyone else that it was her time, and she let finally let go. But what an inspired fight she fought! And what superhuman strength she mustered to keep living all that time. And Israel was there by her side, every single day, her angel, her white knight who fought for the treatment that would keep her going. And during that time, she saw Shay and Leah and her family and friends countless times, and they helped to sustain her. Israel talks about how as a parallel to the miracle of the 8 days of Chanukah that he prayed for, he and Ayala were given the last exact 8 months together. (more…)

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Elliot Alderman – Eliyahu ben Avraham ve-Esther – 2018

Sweet dreams and flying machines in pieces on the ground. Elliot liked it when I gave sermons that included song lyrics. But I never thought about using a song lyric at his funeral. Sweet dreams and flying machines in pieces on the ground. I keep thinking about this line from the James Taylor song where he mourns: But I always thought that I’d see you again. Elliot and Diane had been living a wonderful time in their lives, with travel and real enjoyment, and then came these last few years, which have been difficult at best and often terrifying and painful and brutal. Sweet dreams came crashing down. And now we’re here. And it’s just horrible. These last weeks, which have been the worst of all, have coincided with the season when Jewish people say a certain psalm, Ps. 27. It’s a prayer about our fears and our hopes for…

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Florence Seltzer Morgenstein – Tzipporah bat Ya’akov ve-Yocheved – 2018

We’re here today to mourn the passing but also to honor the life of Florence Wolff Seltzer Morgenstein. We have known today was coming for a long time, and in a way it is a blessing, but it is also difficult to understand that Flo is really gone.
She was born in New York on July 28, 1928, the daughter of Jack & Jennie. She was raised with her beloved younger brother Harold, who we remember with affection today.
She went to high school and then secretarial school. She would always use her shorthand for grocery lists. Later, she worked at Macy’s. (more…)

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Marvin Caplan – Mendel ben Yoel ve-Devorah – 2018

We’re here today to mourn the passing but also to honor and cherish the life of Marvin Caplan, beloved father and grandfather and uncle and cherished friend. We are sad and frankly shocked with the suddenness with which this happened. I have to tell you that while Marvin certainly has had his medical problems, I had no idea that this was about to happen. He was very much himself, holding court, cruising around the Arden House. (more…)

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Shirley Fleisher – Tzivia bat Moshe ve-Feiga – 2018

We’re here today to mourn the passing but also to honor the life of Shirley Fleischer, beloved mother and grandmother and cherished friend. We’re sad to be here, but we know, without any hesitation, that life was not life for her any more, and we should be content that everything that could have been done was done for her, and that she got the best of care from her family and the medical personnel, and that this was her time. (more…)

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Shirley Insler – Sarah bat Moshe and Esther – 2018

We’re here today to mourn the passing but also to honor and cherish the life of Shirley Insler, beloved mother and cherished friend. It’s true that Shirley lived a long and full life, and that she was 94 ½, but we are still shocked by her sudden passing and we are saddened that such a wonderful person has been taken from us. Still, we are comforted that she simply went to sleep. And we know that because of her loyal and loving daughters Nancy and Marcia, everyone did everything right and she got the best of care and attention. We know that everything that could be done for her was done and there are no second thoughts. So let’s not focus on her death but on her wonderful life. (more…)

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Elliot Fleicher – Eliyahu ben Moshe ve-Miriam – 2018

We’re here today to mourn the passing but also to honor the life of Elliot Fleischer, beloved husband, father and grandfather. We’re sad to be here, but we know, without any hesitation, that life was not life for him any more, and we should be content that everything that could have been done was done for him, and that he got the best of care from Shirley and the medical personnel, and that this was his time. (more…)

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Howard Rothstein – Tzvi Hersh ben Shaul Hertz – 2018

We’re here today to mourn the passing but also to honor the life of Howard Rothstein, beloved husband, father, grandfather and cherished friend. The truth is that for everything Howie was going through, none of us knew that this was going to happen. As a result, even after a few days, it is hard to grasp that we are here to bury him. Some of us talked to him within a day or even a couple of hours of the end of his life and he was talking and smiling and very much himself. It’s going to take us time just to understand that this has happened.

But here is what is not confusing: Howard Rothstein was a good person, a kind human being, a sociable and positive person, and most of all, a family man. So let’s not focus on his death but on his life. (more…)

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