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51 At least one living or private individual is linked to this note - Details withheld. Gumerman, Etan Zev (I3415)
52 At least one living or private individual is linked to this note - Details withheld. Alessi-Friedlander, Gabriella (I1539)
53 HIMELFARB , Jessie On June 14, 2008, Jessie Himelfarb devoted daughter of the late Samuel and Anna Himelfarb (nee Glick); devoted sister of Shirley Applebaum and the late Meyer, Morris, Abe, Jacob, Harry and Ezra Himelfarb, Rose Gewirtz and Betty Dufour; beloved aunt of David, Lawrence, Richard, Donald, Mark and Bruce Himelfarb, Robert Applebaum, Carol Alpert and Judy Bart and the late Alan Gewirtz.
Funeral services and interment will be held at (Anshe Emunah) Aitz Chaim Cemetery - 3901 Washington Blvd, on Monday, June 16, at 1 PM. 
Himelfarb, Jessie (I1041)
54 I Never Imagined
By Henry Seidel
Henry Seidel looks back on the pleasures and the pathos of shepherding a generation of medical students toward their M.D.'s

April 1968 was a fractious time for me and for the nation. I had just left the private practice of pediatrics to take a faculty position at the Johns Hopkins Children’s Medical and Surgical Center. President Lyndon Johnson, responding to student unrest and national ambivalence with the war in Vietnam, announced his decision not to run for another term. Four days later Martin Luther King was assassinated. Baltimore was gray, the sky was gray, and the National Guard patrolled the streets close by the Hospital. Then, an unexpected phone call gave a nudge to my professional life.
A representative for David Rogers, the newly appointed dean of the medical faculty, asked if I might be interested in working with Rogers as assistant dean for student affairs. I didn’t even know such a position existed. It certainly hadn’t when I was a student at the School of Medicine in the mid ’40s. Julie Krevans, about to become the senior associate dean, had recommended me on the basis, I thought with a smile, of my many years as pediatrician for his children.
I decided to do it. "It," I learned, would mean writing the dean’s letters that each fourth-year student needs to apply for residencies, taking responsibility for financial aid, participating in several academic committees, and being available to students who encountered personal or professional obstacles. All this was to be done part time without interfering with my clinical responsibilities. I began on July 1.
On my first day in my new office I made a remarkable discovery. I had access to the past. My inherited desk was empty save for a notebook detailing the class ranks of School of Medicine graduates from the mid-’20s until the present day. The School of Medicine always has given grades, but until sometime in the ’60s they hadn’t been passed on to students. My medical school class of 1946 coped quite nicely without knowing where we stood academically. Grades weren’t a compelling concern for us. Unless we received a letter from the dean with the unfortunate instruction not to return, we knew we should show up next year. Now, I had the power to view my own record. Only a few seconds of "should I?" nagged at me. Then, I found the record labeled "Seidel" and satisfied my curiosity. It was probably good, I discovered, that I hadn’t chosen a career in basic science.
In working with students, the habits of patient care quickly took over. I wanted to get to know them. The method I knew best was to take a history of each. I had their records, but I needed one-on-one meetings where I could lean back comfortably and suggest, "Tell me about you." I began that exercise with the 90 men and women in the senior class of 1969.
Three years later, Dave Rogers left Hopkins and I moved into another medical center administrative post in nearby Columbia, Md. That ended my role with students, forever I thought. Then in 1977, Richard Ross was named dean of the medical faculty and asked me to move back into my old post—full time. This time, there was no question that I would accept. I’d grown enormously fond of the job. I served as student dean for the next 13 years as part of the Ross administration, but never stopped teaching and seeing patients.
I learned a lot. Students are not monolithic. What a student said was not necessarily what the student thought. What students said also needed to be considered in the context of their own experience and not mine. They came to me with expressions of uncertainty, fear and inadequacy. I needed to approach these potential problems with deliberate speed. The discipline essential to the clinician came in handy.
Some students wanted money for inspired schemes. I realized early on that I could not abuse the budget but I could find legitimate ways to manipulate it. A long-ago graduate named Sellards, for instance, had provided money to fund student experiences in underserved areas of the world and also in California, Florida and Louisiana. I defined those states as no longer "underserved" and shifted those funds to students with other grand ideas. I also discovered wonderful School of Medicine friends, like Ralph and Ellen Anthony, who were constantly coming forth with discretionary funds for student needs. Here are some examples of projects we funded:
Cecelia lost her books in a basement flood. With a bit of manipulation and discretionary money, we replaced them.
A very ill and very courageous Denise, whose lungs had been scarred by radiation after treatment for Hodgkin’s disease, wanted to go to Guy’s Hospital in London, but needed portable oxygen and someone to meet her at Heathrow Airport with a fresh supply of oxygen. The Anthonys’ gift allowed it to happen.
A group of medical students dreamed up the idea of starting a spring-weekend "camp" to teach athletic skills to East Baltimore children. The students did the work and scrounged the necessities, but we came up with the money to make the project work. And it’s still going on today.
A MEMORY: The death of Alan Trimakas of the Class of 1979 during a street mugging was my most painful experience. Alan, a senior just a few months from graduation, was intent on a residency in internal medicine. Dean Ross ordered Alan’s degree to be conferred posthumously. I spoke at this young man’s funeral in Cleveland and in a sense conferred that degree. A copy of Harrison was placed in his coffin. Since then, I have talked often with Alan’s mother and father. Their hurt stays. The tree at the corner of Monument and Wolfe was planted by Alan’s classmates in his memory.

IMPRESSIONS: Students aren’t bashful about evaluating the curriculum and the faculty. They offered critiques year after year along with "plans" for change. And faculty listened. I remember once when the first-year class felt considerable dissatisfaction with a major course that was overwhelming them with material. A group of students met with the director. He sat with them and listened, even fed them doughnuts, and within a year, he had revamped the course.
Match Day is the emotional peak of the fourth year. It defines tomorrow. My part in that day lay in the writing of the School of Medicine’s "official" dean’s letters representing our students. It had always been the practice on Match Day to read out fourth-year students’ names in an orderly sequence, and hand them, one by one, an envelope containing their residency appointments. With that kind of organized approach, though, the few disappointed students couldn’t help but stand out. And so, we chose chaos. The envelopes were divided into four or five packets and given to several of us from the dean’s office to disperse to the senior medical students. We stood in a row at the foot of Tilghman Auditorium and, precisely at noon, yelled, "Come and get it!" Most students were elated with their assignments. In the midst of their resounding yips and yaps, those who didn’t receive a match with a hospital they’d hoped for were protected. Still, I knew, and their sadness dampened my pleasure.
Students customarily recite the Oath of Hippocrates at our graduation exercises as each enters medicine’s eternal road. The moment is inspiring. Yet, I found that for the overwhelming number of them their grasp of the human condition didn’t stem from Hippocrates. It was in them. That realization affected me more than anything. There was much in my time that was discouraging, much that might have taken the edge off my hope for the future. It didn’t happen. Our students took care of that.
The years with the students changed me. Since my own graduation, pediatrics had been my professional culture. It was good, but there was more. The students lived in a different culture in which all of medicine beckoned: patient care, teaching and research. As they felt their way, most shared their groping with me. Today, I have a far better understanding of the panoply of medicine.
It is a joy each year to touch base with many of our graduates at holiday time. Their families grow. Their addresses change. Their careers evolve. Marschall not so long ago became a chief of medicine in North Carolina. Joel became the director of an internal medicine residency program in Boston. Their successes are too numerous to count, but my wife and I note their progress in an expanding album highlighted by the pictures that come with the cards and letters. There is grief, too. We have learned of illness and early death.
Retirement came at midnight on June 30, 1990. The transition was bittersweet—me loath to go, but pleased that Frank Herlong would succeed me in the Office of Student Affairs. The students overwhelmed me, decreeing that a scholarship and the annual student show would carry my name. My wife, May Ruth, and I talk about our years: Johns Hopkins. . .being a physician. . .the students. . . profound awe. I was 16 when first I came to Baltimore for my college interview at Homewood—I never imagined. 
Seidel, Dr. Henry M. (I1470)
55 At least one living or private individual is linked to this note - Details withheld. Pearlman, Ilana (I2071)
56 Irene ShermanReal Estate Agent

Irene Berenter Sherman, 89, a longtime Washington real estate agent, died Aug. 12 of cancer at her home in the District.
A Washington native, Mrs. Sherman graduated from the old Central High School in 1934. She received a law degree in the 1930s from National University School of Law, which later became part of George Washington University.
In the 1960s, Mrs. Sherman began to sell real estate with Billingsley Realty & Co., which was acquired by Long & Foster. She worked primarily in the upper Northwest section of the city and, at 81, was among the top 10 salespeople at her office on Connecticut Avenue NW. She retired when she was 83.
Mrs. Sherman had a long record of volunteer work, beginning in World War II when she wrapped bandages for wounded soldiers recuperating in local hospitals. She was a precinct captain for Community Chest, a Girl Scout troop leader, a Cub Scout den mother and president of home and school associations at Lafayette Elementary School and Alice Deal Junior High School.
She began volunteering at Sibley Memorial Hospital in the 1960s and was named president of the hospital's Widowed Persons Outreach service last year.
She was a member of Washington Hebrew Congregation and was a fixture for more than 50 years in her block on Runnymede Place NW.
Her husband of 56 years, Louis Sherman, died in 1996.
Survivors include three children, Susan Laden and Michael Sherman, both of Washington, and Barbara Corey of West Roxbury, Mass.; six grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and a companion, Peter Monahan of Washington. 
Berenter, Irene (I1491)
57 At least one living or private individual is linked to this note - Details withheld. Livingston, John (I1944)
58 KAHNTROFF Dr. Brian S. On April 12, 2011, Dr. Brian S. Kahntroff , beloved father of Stephanie Kahntroff and Jeffrey Kahntroff; devoted brother of the late Nancy Wolk; loving uncle of Carly and Melissa Wolk.
Services at SOL LEVINSON & BROS., INC., 8900 Reisterstown Road, at Mount Wilson Lane on Friday, April 15, at 11 AM. Interment is private. Please omit flowers. Contributions in his memory may be sent to , 415 N. Charles Street, Baltimore, MD 21201. Family at Home: 2910 Elliott Street, Baltimore, MD 21224 Friday, 12 to 4 PM. 
Kahntroff, Dr. Brian Stuart (I1684)
59 LIVINGSTON , Byron On February 15, 2008, Byron Livingston , beloved husband of Raisa Livingston (nee Roseman), devoted father of the late Reid Howard Livingston, devoted brother of Dolly Myra Pushkin and the late Ralph Livingston, Hillard Livingston, Sylvia Pushkin and Jerrie Ruth Trabish, beloved brother-in-law of Bernice and Henry "Sonny" Schloss,Milton Pushkin, Sonia Livingston and the late Joseph Trabish. Also survived by nieces, nephews and cousins.
Funeral services and interment will be held at Oheb Shalom Memorial Park - Berrymans Lane, on Sunday, February 17. Due notice of time. Please omit flowers. In mourning at 3031 Fallstaff Road Apt. 107-C (The Towers) Baltimore MD 21209 Arrangements by SOL LEVINSON & BROS., INC. 
Livingston, Byron (I1890)
60 LIVINGSTON, Miriam On Tuesday, May 24, 2005, MIRIAM LIVINGSTON (nee Nathanson). Beloved wife of the late Julius Livingston; loving mother of Iris Littman and Linda Taylor, both of Baltimore; adored sister of the late Anne Berman and Rosalie Dietz; loving grandmother of Neil Jay Littman, Kevin Roger Morris and Tamara Lisa Morris; loving great-grandmother of Mason Jules Snyder. Services and interment SOL LEVINSON & BROS., INC., 8900 Reisterstown Road at Mt. Wilson Lane, on Thursday, May 26 at 2 P.M. Interment at Arlington Cemetery - Chizuk Amuno, 4300 N. Rogers Avenue. Please omit flowers. Family at home, 6114 Buckingham Manor Drive (21210). Nathanson, Miriam (I278)
61 LIVINGSTON Ann On April 4, 2013, Ann Livingston (nee Pruce ), 
beloved wife of the late Dr. Samuel Livingston; cherished mother of Dr. Herbert Livingston and the late Elaine P. Solomon; devoted mother-in-law of Julia Livingston and Dr. Jay Solomon; loving grandmother of Brent (Tracy) Solomon, Craig Solomon, Eric (Jennifer) Solomon, Dana I. (Mitchell) Snyder, Steven (Elizabeth) Liss, Paul Liss, Beth (Kenneth) Wise. Also survived by five loving great-grandchildren. 
Funeral services and interment will be held at Anshe Emunah Aitz Chaim Cemetery - 3901 Washington Blvd on Friday, April 5, at 10AM. Please omit flowers. Contributions in her memory may be sent to the . In mourning at 317 Willow Oak Circle, Baltimore, MD 21208 (Greene Tree). Arrangements by SOL LEVINSON & BROS., INC.  
Pruce, Ann (I1963)
62 Madeline Jacobvitz
DARTMOUTH -- Madeline (Sklaroff) Jacobvitz, 68, a retired interior designer, of Smith Neck Road, died Thursday, Nov. 8, 2001, at home. She was the wife of Jack Jacobvitz.
Born in Providence, a daughter of the late William and Anna (Linsk) Sklaroff, she had lived in South Dartmouth for 18 years, previously living in North Dartmouth and New Bedford.
Mrs. Jacobvitz was the owner of Pride Custom Interiors in North Dartmouth for over 25 years, retiring a year ago due to illness.
She attended the Rhode Island School of Design and graduated from the Chicago School of Interior Design in 1975.
She was a member of Tifereth Israel Congregation and was a past president of its sisterhood. She was a member of Hadassah and the Dartmouth Indoor Tennis Club.
Survivors include her widower; a son, William Jacobvitz of New York City; a daughter, Cheryl Mitchell of South Dartmouth; a brother, Leon Sklaroff of West Chester, Pa.; and three grandchildren.
She was the sister of the late Jerry Sklaroff.
Her funeral services will be at noon Sunday in Tifereth Israel Congregation, 145 Brownell Ave., New Bedford. Burial will be in Plainville Cemetery, New Bedford.
Arrangements are by Shalom Memorial Chapel, 1100 New London Ave., Cranston, R.I. 
Sklaroff, Madeline Thelma (I833)
63 MARK Rebecca
On September 3, 2010, Rebecca (Ray) Mark , beloved mother of Ari and Stephanie Orlinsky of Summertown, TN; loving sister of David and Kimberly Mark of Baltimore, MD; cherished grandmother of Obie and Ruby Orlinsky; loving aunt of Jonathan and Joshua Mark. Also survived by other loving family and many dear friends.
Services were held at SOL LEVINSON & BROS., INC., 8900 Reisterstown Road, at Mount Wilson Lane on Friday, September 3, at 2 PM. Interment Arlington Cemetery - Chizuk Amuno Congregation. N Rogers Ave. Please omit flowers. In mourning at 3916 W. Strathmore Ave., Baltimore, MD 21215. 
Mark, Rebecca Rae (I1728)
64 Maryland State Archives
(Death Record, BC, Index)
MSA S 1483
Sody, Rose (I1818)
65 Most broadcasters on the air today started in the business doing something completely different. The sports guy did TV news, the weather lady was an FM disk jockey. I don't think anyone in radio or TV today ever aspired to become a "traffic personality." I was no exception. Yet here I am, still loving my job after 17 years. After graduating from the University of Maryland, I went on an East Coast road trip in search of my first paid broadcasting job. After going as far south as North Carolina, I came back to Baltimore empty-handed.
On a whim, I dropped in at WCBM Radio, where they were looking for a sports talk-show producer. I love sports, so I grabbed the minimum wage, 8-hour-a-week position producing "Colts Final." Soon after, a full-time desk assistant position opened up in the newsroom. It paid $8,000 a year, a huge sum compared to my previous earnings. After a few other news and sports jobs, with an occasional disk jockey shift, Metro Traffic Control offered me a Traffic Reporter's position in their downtown Baltimore studios. I became the midday traffic guy for several Baltimore radio and TV stations. After less than a year on the job, I learned that WBAL and 98 Rock were looking for an exclusive radio traffic person to work from a small plane. I was lucky enough to get the job in December, 1986. A few years later I bought my own plane and started Detour Dave, Inc.
Sandler, David H. Jr. (I4099)
66 Name: Aaron Proser
Race: white
Address: 2047 Fleet St., Baltimore
Birth Place: Baltimore, Md.
Age: 20 yrs 11 mos
Comment: RA 4/19/18 pvt, Gas Def Serv CWS Cleveland Ohio, Hon disch 12/17/18 Maryland in the World War 1917-1919 Military and Naval Service Records In Two Volumes and Case of Maps Volume II
Proser, Aaron (I2230)
67 Name: Albert Handen
Race: white
Address: 14 N. Patterson Park Ave., Baltimore
Birth Place: Philadelphia, Pa.
Birth Date: 12 Sep 1892
Comment: Ind 4/26/18 pvt; pvt 1c 12/1/18, Co M 313 Inf; Co C 112 Engrs 5/29/18, Hon disch 4/15/19, Overseas 6/23/18 to 4/1/19, Baccarat Sector; Avocourt Sector; Meuse-Argonne; Pannes Sector; Ypres-Lys Maryland in the World War 1917-1919; Military and Naval Service Records, Volumes I & II
Order of St. Sava
Handen, Albert (I1896)
68 Name: Nathan Sachs
Race: white
Address: 420 N. Fremont Ave., Baltimore
Birth Place: Baltimore, Md.
Birth Date: 10 Dec 1894
Comment: Ind 5/23/18 pvt; pvt 1c 8/1/18, 154 Dep Brig; Co M 313 Inf 6/13/18, Hon disch 6/5/19, Overseas 7/8/18 to 6/2/19, Avocourt Sector; Meuse-Argonne; Troyon Sector; Meuse-Argonne 
Sachs, Nathan (I3283)
69 Name: Saul Bardoff
Race: white
Address: 1200 St. Matthew St., Baltimore
Birth Place: Baltimore, Md.
Birth Date: 18 Mar 1889
Comment: Ind 6/19/18 pvt; corp 7/7/18; sgt 7/18/18; sup sgt 7/18/18; sgt 1c 12/1/18, Co D 57 Engrs; 125 Co Transp C; 126 Co Transp C 5/10/19, Hon disch 6/13/19, Overseas 8/29/18 to 6/10/19 Maryland in the World War 1917-1919; Military and Naval Service Records, Volumes I & II
Order of St. Sava
Bardoff, Saul (I4048)
70 Obituaries: May 11, 2002 Samuel Kobrinsky Physician, music lover An obstetrician and gynecologist with Kaiser Permanente and a resident of Upland and Claremont for more than 40 years, Dr. Samuel Kobrinsky died at his home at Claremont Manor unexpectedly on April 25, 2002. Dr. Kobrinsky was 84 years of age. A native of Canada, Dr. Kobrinsky was born on July 27, 1917 in Winnipeg, Manitoba. He grew up there and graduated from the University of Monitoba Medical College in 1940. Dr. Kobrinsky served in England and Europe as a medical officer in the Royal Canadian Army Medical Corps during World War II. After the war, he was certified as a specialist on obstetrics and gynecology and practiced alongside his father, Dr. Solomon Kobrinsky in Winnipeg. Dr. Kobrinksy was married to Flora Mary in 1945. In 1959, the Kobrinskys and their family moved to southern California where Dr. Kobrinsky took a position with Kaiser. They lived in Upland for a number of years before moving to Claremont in 1982. Dr. and Mrs. Kobrinsky became residents of Claremont Manor two years ago. Known for his kindness and ethics, Dr. Kobrinsky, his family reports, had a great passion for music, art, good food and the beauty of nature. An avid bird watcher, he was very interested in the environment and enjoyed world travel. Dr. Kobrinsky is survived by his wife of 56 years, Flora Mary Kobrinsky of Claremont; by his son, Charles Kobrinsky, a musician currently in Las Vegas, Nevada; by his son and daughter-in-law, Leonard and Hillary Kobrinsky of New Paltz, New York; by his daughter and son-in-law, Andrea Kobrinsky- and Alex Alday of Santa Monica; by his sisters, Sylvia Luginsky, a resident of Claremont Manor, Edith Rusen of Winnipeg and Gloria Cera of Toronto, and by his 5 grandchildren. Dr. Kobrinsky was predeceased by a son, Jonathan and a grandson, Alexander. A family memorial service and private reception were held in Claremont. Forest Lawn in Covina Hills was in charge of arrangements.
Kobrinsky, Dr. Samuel (I2795)
71 Obituary: 
Christopher Paul Mitson, 10 July 1943 – 10 August 2013 Journalist, TV producer/director, language teacher, Joan Whiting Rest Home advocate, community leader and commentator, beachcomber .
Chris Mitson wanted no service or religion at his sendoff in the Memorial Hall in Collingwood last Saturday.
At the collaborative gathering of family and friends to celebrate his life, tributes were wide ranging.
Former TVNZ staff who attended described him as one of the most creative talents the public broadcasting organisation ever had.
Born in England to a young unmarried mother, Chris was adopted by a working class family in Enfield, Essex. Leaving school, he entered journalism as a "cub reporter" for the local paper, going on to cover court proceedings as well as filing to several London papers. He met his first wife, Martha, an American journalist working for Reuters, on a trip to the United States.
Married in Chicago, they came back to work in London. But it would be "Norm Kirk's socialist utopia in the South Pacific" that would inspire and finally encourage them to come to New Zealand in 1972. Sadly, they arrived just days after Kirk's sudden death was announced.
With two other couples, (Mary and Norman Smith, Chris and Marian Braxton) Martha and Chris eventually settled the first urban commune in Wellington at 14 Oban St, in the suburb of Wadestown.
Soon after arriving in the country, Chris started working as a journalist in the pre-split NZBC, becoming subeditor for TVNZ News when it got established in 1974. He went on to produce Video Despatch, our first ever current affairs programme for children.
Later he was field director of Country Calender, then became director of Close Up (the original one-hour-current affairs programme on Sunday nights) before being made executive producer of Fair Go.
It was from this position that he along with 23 other Avalon production staff were shabbily dismissed with no notice by TVNZ in 1997. Chris won his case for unfair dismissal against TVNZ in the Employment Tribunal, his awarded compensation enabling him to pay off the little wooden cottage at the end of Beach Rd in Collingwood that he had initially bought with his second wife, Robyn, some seven years earlier.
At Beach Rd, Chris proudly redefined himself as a beachcombing, brew-sipping beach bum without a TV, but his sense of advocacy for social justice and community issues stayed finely honed and he remained active behind the scenes.
A two-year stint teaching English in Java saw him become relatively conversant in the local Bihasa language, his time there still fondly remembered by locals thanks to his many return visits. But he would truly find a new cause back in Collingwood as chairman of the board of trustees of the 18-bed Joan Whiting Rest Home.
He was instrumental in preventing the closure of the rest home in 2010, backed by a big community campaign including a sizeable protest march down Commercial St in Takaka, which convinced the Government to keep funding it so it could stay effectively open for another three years.
Another life highlight had come 23 years ago when Chris researched to find out the identity of his birth mother, and that he had a younger brother. Although his mother died just before they could meet, he went on to form a close bond with his half-brother, Phillip, an English stockbroker, whom he always just referred to as just his brother.
To the very end, Chris made it his business to keep in contact with a broad range of people. Always witty and hard hitting with words, one of his last political e-mails had gone off to all National Party MPs, commenting on the GCSB Bill.
It read: "I don't expect you to vote against the legislation - any more than I would expect turkeys to vote for an early Christmas. I have this fantasy that one day a backbench MP (of any party) would decide that he or she was worth more than lobby fodder and vote accordingly. As you can see, living by the beach and drinking homebrew has created a rich fantasy life. Chris M."
Chris Mitson died in his sleep while staying at the Nelson house of his partner of 15 years, Janie [Constance] McIntyre. He is survived by his daughter Amy, stepdaughter Selena, and stepson Joshua. 
Mitson, Christopher Paul (I5816)
72 At least one living or private individual is linked to this note - Details withheld. Livingston, Scott Alan (I392)
73 At least one living or private individual is linked to this note - Details withheld. Smulyan, Oliver Maxon (I3756)
74 At least one living or private individual is linked to this note - Details withheld. Strick, Wesley A. (I1547)
75 Sun, The (Baltimore, MD) - June 10, 1999
Deceased Name: Gordon Himelfarb
77, Baltimore County teacher
Gordon Himelfarb, a former teacher in the Baltimore County public school system, died Friday of a heart attack at the Hebrew Home of Greater Washington. The former North Baltimore resident was 77.
He was a social studies teacher for many years at Sudbrook Junior High School. In the 1960s, he became a civilian employee at the Army's Aberdeen Proving Ground. He retired in 1975.
The Baltimore native served in the Army during World War II and graduated cum laude from the University of Maryland, College Park in 1952.
His 1947 marriage to Norma Galler ended in divorce.
Funeral services were held yesterday.
He is survived by four sons, Roger Himelfarb of Baltimore, Sheldon Himelfarb of Potomac, Michael Himelfarb of New Freedom, Pa., and Adam Himelfarb of Germantown; a daughter, Suzie Galler of Wilton, Conn.; a sister, Ruth Klein of Orlando, Fla.; and nine grandchildren. 
Himelfarb, Gordon (I133)
76 Sun, The (Baltimore, MD) - October 25, 1995
Deceased Name: Bernard Cherry
a retired pharmacist who owned and operated a popular Northeast Baltimore drugstore where for a half-century he always had a story for his customers, died Monday of heart failure at Sinai Hospital. He was 81.
In 1938, Mr. Cherry opened Cherry's Prescription Pharmacy at Harford Road and Moravia Boulevard. In addition to filling prescriptions, he dispensed plenty of advice along with ice cream sodas and snowballs until he retired and closed the store in 1992.
"Was he a well-liked man," said Charles H. Edenfield, who first went to work for Mr. Cherry as a 16-year-old delivery boy making $1.25 per shift and later became a "fountain boy" and eventually a pharmacist there.
"We watched many generations of families walk through the store," Mr. Edenfield said. He worked in the store for 50 years and still works as a pharmacist at age 70.
"Bernie operated one of the last of the old-time Baltimore drugstores," he said.
Located at a No. 19 streetcar stop, the store attracted crowds that not only had prescriptions filled but lingered over a handmade milkshake or snowball while exchanging neighborhood gossip.
"We made our own syrups, and I think we had the best chocolate syrup in Baltimore in those days. We sold nickel Coca-Colas and snowballs and milkshakes for 35 cents. We made a hummer of a milkshake," Mr. Edenfield said.
Known as "The Mayor of Harford Road," Mr. Cherry supported an American Legion baseball team and never turned down a request from a local church or charity that was arranging a fund-raiser or bazaar. He also was known for encouraging his teen-age employees to get an education.
"Two-thirds of his fountain boys went on to become priests or ministers," said his son, Dr. Joel M. Cherry of Pikesville.
Polly Papania, who worked in the drugstore for 26 years as a self-described "jack of all trades," said, "He got the nickname of Dr. BooBoo from my husband, John, because he was always crying for his winnings from the racetrack. Those two were like brothers."
Mrs. Papania, a Hamilton resident, who described Mr. Cherry as "a fine man," said that for years the two families shared Christmas Day together.
"He was Jewish but loved Christmas. In fact, our families were so close that my children called him Uncle Bernie. It was such a pleasure to have known him."
Born and raised in South Baltimore, he was a 1932 graduate of City College and graduated from the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy in 1936.
He was a member of the city zoning commission, the Baltimore Retail Druggist Association, the Maryland Pharmacy Association, the American Pharmacy Association and the National Association of Retail Druggists.
He was a member of Bonnie View Country Club, Cassia Lodge No. 45 AF&AM and the Yetz Grotto. He was a member of Beth El Synagogue.
Services for Mr. Cherry will be held at 11 a.m. today at Sol Levinson and Bros. Home, 6010 Reisterstown Road.
Other survivors include his wife of 58 years, the former Dora Summers; a daughter, Linda C. Richman of Stevenson; five grandchildren; and two great-grand-children. 
Cherry, Bernard (I4263)
77 Washington Post, The (DC) - January 11, 2008
Deceased Name: RICHARD FINK
FINK RICHARD W. FINK On Thursday, January 10, 2008. RICHARD W. FINK of Rockville, MD. Beloved husband of Lilian B. Fink; devoted father of Ruth K. (Craig) Kabatchnick, Dara E. (Howard) Lansat and Linda B. (Brad) Begin; loving brother of Adrian Fink; loving grandfather of Ryan, Rebecca, Lizzy and Sam. Funeral services will be held on Sunday, January 13 at 10 a.m. at Judean Memorial Gardens Chapel. Interment Norbeck Memorial Park. The family will be in mourning at Dara and Howard Lansat's residence through Monday, January 14. Memorial contributions may be made to the National Family Caregivers Association, 10400 Connecticut Ave., Suite 500, Kensington, MD 20895. www.nfcacares.org . Arrangements entrusted to EDWARD SAGEL FUNERAL DIRECTION, 301-217-9400. 
Fink, Richard W. (I4599)
78 Washington Post, The (DC) - January 4, 1988
Deceased Name: JESSE HEILMAN
73, retired owner of a Washington liquor store who received a humanitarian award in 1956 for donating a kidney to his twin brother, died Dec. 31 at the Washington Hospital Center of complications following heart surgery. He lived in Washington.
Mr. Heilman was born in Washington and graduated from Eastern High School. He attended George Washington University. He opened the Kennedy Liquor Store in about 1939 and retired in 1964. In later years, he was in the real estate development business.
In 1956 Mr. Heilman donated a kidney to his twin brother, Louis, in what was said to have been the second time in medical history that a kidney had been successfully transplanted. His brother died in 1964.
As a result of the operation, Mr. Heilman was selected in 1957 to receive the Chaplain Alexander D. Good Humanitarianism Award by Post No. 386 of the Jewish War Veterans.
He was a member of the Adas Israel Congregation in Washington, the Amity Club of Washington and the Indian Spring Country Club.
Survivors include his wife of 47 years, Norma, of Washington; one son, Richard A. Heilman of Potomac; one brother, Dr. Charles Heilman of Chevy Chase, and two grandchildren.
Washington Post, The (DC)
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79 Washington Post, The (DC) - March 21, 1987

Deceased Name: CLARA BERENTER SENNETT 68, a founder and senior partner of Sennett & Co., a real estate development and management firm, died of sepsis March 18 at Sibley Memorial Hospital. She lived in Washington.
Mrs. Sennett was born in Washington and graduated from the old Central High School. She had served on the board of the Central High School Alumni Association and had been the cochairman of class reunions.
She worked as a real estate property manager before becoming a founder in 1953 of the old Jolles & Sennett Co., which developed North Portal Estates and other communities in the area. In 1960, she and her husband, Harry A. Sennett, formed Sennett & Co.
Mrs. Sennett was a member of the Metropolitan Washington Board of Trade, the Tifereth Israel Congregation in Washington, Hadassah, and the Norbeck Country Club in Silver Spring.
In addition to her husband, of Washington, survivors include a daughter, Linda S. Newman of Potomac; four sisters, Sadye Herman of Silver Spring, Mary Oshinsky Schneider and Carolyn Bogen, both of Chevy Chase, and Irene Sherman of Washington; and three grandchildren. 
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80 WEINER Jerome On May 23, 2013, Jerome Weiner ; beloved father of Lauri Weiner (Alan Rudo) and Renee (Larry) Hasak; devoted brother of the late Lorraine Grebow; loving grandfather of Rachel Rudo, Lindsey Hasak and Kyle Hasak; cherished uncle of Aileen Bormel, Steven

Grebow, and Marc Grebow.
Services at SOL LEVINSON & BROS., INC., 8900 Reisterstown Road, at Mount Wilson Lane on Monday, June 3, at 12 PM. Interment Maryland Veterans Cemetery - Garrison Forest Road. Please omit flowers. Contributions in his memory may be sent to Fisher House Foundation, 111 Rockville Pike, Suite 420, Rockville, MD 20850 or West Palm Beach VA Medical Center, 7305 N. Military Trail, West Palm Beach, FL 33410. In mourning at 7905 Winterset Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21208, Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday evenings. www.sollevinson.comPublished in Baltimore Sun on June 1, 2013 
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93 Ketogenic Diet: A Treatment for Pediatric Epilepsy SD V-02

On March 11, 1993, as Jim and Nancy Abrahams were pushing their son, Charlie, in a swing his head twitched and he threw his right arm in the air. Nine months later, after thousands of a variety of epileptic seizures, an incredible array of drugs, dozens of blood draws, eight hospitalizations, a mountain of EEG's, MRI's, CAT scans, and PET scan, one brain surgery, five pediatric neurologists in three cities, two homeopathists, one faith healer, and countless prayers, Charlie's' seizers were unchecked, his development "delayed," and he had a prognosis of continued seizures and "progressive retardation." Only then did the Abrahams contact Johns Hopkins Hospital and began to learn the information on this videotape. Among other things: If a first anti-epileptic medication fails, almost regardless of which one it might be, there is only a 10% - 15% chance a second medication will work, almost regardless of what that might be; In 1928 Dr. Samuel Livingston of johns Hopkins published the results of his study on the ketogenic diet. Of 304 patients treated with the diet, 43% had their seizures completely controlled and another 34% had their seizures markedly improved.; In recent decades, the ketogenic diet at Hopkins has stopped the seizures in 50% of the patients who have tried it and significantly reduced the seizures in another 25%. Charlie was taken to Hopkins where he started the diet, and since Christmas, 1993 (eight months at the release of this video) he has been seizure and drug fee.

Dr. Samuel Livingston
Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Emeritus
Executive Director, Epilepsy Clinic
Johns Hopkins University
Baltimore, Maryland 
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94 A S E A S O N O F G R O W T H

The rolls of the Alumni Association were bolstered in 1913 and 1915, when the institution merged with the Baltimore Medical College and the College of Physicians and Surgeons, respectively. During this period, Association presidents continued advancing Cordell's mission statement and began expanding the MAA's role in the life of the institution. In 1916, Volume I of The Bulletin alumni magazine was published. It quickly became the central communications link between the school and its alumni. Minutes from a 1940 board meeting describe the role of the publication 25 years after inception: "Class reunion plans, announcement of the new Medical School dedication and other interesting activities to be reported in detail in the next issue of The Bulletin."

With the country on the brink of the Depression, on Jan. 9, 1929, the Alumni Association incorporated and adopted the title "The Alumni Association of
the School of Medicine of the University of Maryland, Inc." There was a motive behind this action. The following day, Association President Charles R. Edwards '13 signed an agreement to purchase, from Marcus and Minnie Himmelfarb, the property at 519 W. Lombard St., located across from the Medical Building. To finance the $22,500 purchase, the Association issued 6 percent secured bonds. Almost immediately, books, supplies and stationery were ordered and the University Bookstore was opened. On Sept. 17, 1930, the corporation entered into a lease agreement with Abe and Hyman Schunick to operate a cafeteria and lunch business in the basement and rear of the first floor.

Pictured: Charles R. Edwards '13 led the Association's effort to incorporate in 1929.

In the 1930 yearbook, the building at 519 W. Lombard was referred to as the Medical Alumni House and the cafeteria was called the University Inn. The eatery changed names over the next several years and may have changed hands as well. It is unclear whether the Association continued managing it beyond 1931; however, a fuel oil contract dating from 1935 indicates that the Association managed at least the property through that year. But as the Depression persisted, the organization was about to be transformed. 
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96 A History of the Congregation
“Seek the Lord while He may be found” – Isaiah 55:6
“Where may He be found? – in the School and the Synagogue” – Talmud

Throughout its 80-year history, B'nai Israel Congregation has been a microcosm of Jewish Washington, reflected in its geographic, religious, and social development. From its humble beginning in a house on Georgia Avenue, N.W., to its magnificent home in Rockville, the congregation has followed demographic trends, as the Jewish population grew and moved farther north, eventually into the Maryland suburbs. From its original orthodox liturgical heritage to its present traditional egalitarian Conservative practices, the congregation has provided meaningful opportunities for all members. From its first school with a handful of students to its current full program of educational and social opportunities for all ages, the congregation has evolved into a vital and vigorous center of synagogue life.

In 1925, Washington’s Jewish population numbered less than 15,000. Washington’s Jews were migrating from southwest and from downtown into the Petworth and Brightwood sections of the city and into the area between First and 14th Streets, north of Upshur Street. With the move into Northwest Washington, there were those who were concerned about having both a place for their children to learn Hebrew and a place for prayer. It was this impetus that led to the founding of Congregation and Talmud Torah B'nai Israel in 1925.

In that year, Harry Himelfarb, a retail oil operator, and Henry C. Reiner, also in the oil business and later a real estate and land developer, talked frequently about the need for a Talmud Torah when they would meet at Barnett Merzel’s kosher butcher shop, located at Georgia Avenue and Emerson Street. Their discussions dovetailed with the desire of Hyman Klavans, a tailor, for the establishment of a congregation in the area. Late in 1925, an historic meeting was held in the Klavans home, which was to result in the organization of B'nai Israel Congregation. That gathering included Klavans and his wife Sarah; Himelfarb and Reiner; Reverend Maurice S. Lavine, a shochet by profession, who became the first acting spiritual leader and teacher of the Hebrew School; Merzel; Ellis Stearman, a cabinet maker; Morris Friedenberg, a grocer and his wife, Bessy, who was to become the first president of the Sisterhood, which was organized shortly afterward.

The group arranged to purchase a private home at 4708 Georgia Avenue, N.W., which served as the improvised synagogue until growth three years later would require a permanent house of worship. Reverend Lavine was responsible for buying the house, and Himelfarb and Reiner underwrote the mortgage. At the outset, dues were $12.00 a year. Himelfarb and Reiner contributed $100.00 each to start the school and synagogue. On August 3, 1926, B'nai Israel’s charter of incorporation in the District of Columbia was signed by William Halam, Harry Himelfarb, Hyman Klavans, Maurice Lavine, Barnett Merzel, Sol Spivak, and Elisha Stearman. From the very beginning, the Talmud Torah was an integral part of B'nai Israel. As a matter of fact, the name under which the Congregation was incorporated – Congregation and Talmud Torah B'nai Israel – implied the importance given to religious education. Many of the early synagogue founders had come from Eastern Europe and had first established roots in Baltimore or New York. In the early years, it was difficult to schedule activities on Sunday, because so many of the members returned to Baltimore to visit with their families.

B'nai Israel was started as an orthodox congregation using Nussach S’fard. This was the rite familiar to several of the founders who had come from the area of Volyn, Galicia, in Southern Poland. In 1951, when the building at 16th and Crittenden Streets was opened, mixed seating was instituted in the sanctuary and the congregation was designated as “traditional Conservative”. In 1957, it became affiliated with the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism.

Hyman Klavans served as the first congregation president and is often described as “Papa” of the shul. His devotion to B'nai Israel earned him a rare honor, when he was accorded a seat for life on the pulpit as a token of gratitude by the synagogue. Others of the founders, too, were to leave a lasting imprint upon the congregation’s history. Harry Himelfarb, the first vice president, was to follow Klavans as synagogue president. His brother, Paul Himmelfarb, also was to serve as president for six terms. Henry Reiner was to serve as president, too, and assumed a prominent role in the building effort for the 16th Street facility. Ellis Stearman’s talents were freely contributed to the congregation, and his son, Maurice, was to serve as president.

In 1929, Harry Himelfarb was appointed as a committee-of-one to negotiate with the trustees of Hamline Methodist Church, good neighbors of the synagogue, for the purchase of their old building at 14th and Emerson Streets, N.W., which was to be sold at auction. Himelfarb, with the cooperation of the church trustees, arranged the purchase of the building for $25,000. The synagogue agreed to put $2,500 down and to pay another $2,500 after Yom Kippur, when an appeal was to be made. The balance of the purchase price was financed. For the next 22 years, B'nai Israel worshipped and maintained a Talmud Torah at that site. About 420 people could be seated in the synagogue proper and 150 people accommodated in the basement vestry room. In those days, the rabbi served on both pulpits during the High Holy Days.

During Harry Himelfarb’s administration, the congregation acquired a 4 ½ - acre plot in Oxon Hill, Maryland, for $4,500 and consecrated it as B'nai Israel Cemetery. A chapel was built on the burial ground and was dedicated during the administration of William M. Sachs.

For seven years until 1936, Rabbi Aaron Volkman was the spiritual leader of B'nai Israel. That same year, Rabbi Harry Segal was asked by Yeshiva University to travel to Washington. Rabbi Segal and his wife, Yetta, had been married only six months when they came to B'nai Israel. He took the post without a contract and with only the commitment for a one-year trial period. “At B'nai Israel, I found a congregation of 150 families, a Hebrew school of 19 children, and a Sunday school of 60. The facilities were very meager,” recalled Rabbi Segal.

Rabbi Segal was the only full-time teacher, and his wife, Yetta, helped part-time as a volunteer. Rabbi Segal set about involving himself in every aspect of congregational life. “The affairs of the congregation were my affairs,” he said. “It was attending services daily, organizing and personally teaching in the school, organizing a campaign for the growth of the school and of the congregation.”

After the 1936 school year, Rabbi Segal developed a new six-year curriculum for children starting at the age of eight. To get new members and to stimulate enrollment in the expanded Talmud Torah program, Rabbi Segal went door-to-door in the neighborhood, increasing the school enrollment to about 300 in four years. In 1938, one year of Hebrew studies for girls was instituted as a prerequisite for confirmation, and in 1940 it was raised to two years. B'nai Israel had opened its Hebrew School program to girls in 1934 and was the first Washington-area school to phase out Sunday-only classes except for primary students. Rabbi Segal restructured the school’s fiscal basis and instituted payment for Sunday school teachers, who had previously served on a volunteer basis. He also introduced late Friday evening services and English readings. Upon completing his fifth year with B'nai Israel, Rabbi Segal was offered a contract, but declined the formal arrangement. This informal but binding relationship between B'nai Israel and Rabbi Segal continued for decades. On the weekend of February 9-11, 1962, the congregation marked the silver anniversary of the rabbi’s service. Under his spiritual leadership, B'nai Israel had grown from 150 families in 1936 when he arrived to almost 1,100 families.

For many years, B'nai Israel did not have a resident cantor. A hazzan was engaged to conduct services only on the High Holy Days. In 1940, a part-time cantor, Reverend Epstein, was appointed. He was succeeded by Cantor Ashry in 1942, and for a short time, Cantor Jacob Brightman followed. In 1944, Cantor Simon Weiss came to B'nai Israel and officiated for nearly six years. In 1950, he was succeeded by Cantor Philip Brummer who served until 1952. In 1954, the congregation elected Cantor Jacob Friedman, who had come to the United States from Czechoslovakia in 1946. He had been imprisoned in a Nazi concentration camp in Germany during World War II. Under Cantor Friedman’s influence, B'nai Israel organized and established a choir for its Friday evening and High Holy Day services. The choir was directed first by Chaim Weiner and then by Carl Dosik. Cantor Friedman also organized a Youth Choir composed of students from the Talmud Torah. He was awarded the title of “Cantor Emeritus” in 1977.

The growth of the synagogue resulted in the creation of the position of Executive Director in 1946. Joseph Hurwitz, a native of Baltimore, came to B'nai Israel in 1929. He became an ardent worker for the congregation, serving on the Board of Education and as financial secretary. In 1946, he was chosen as the first full-time Executive Director and served capably through 20 years of rapid growth and transition before retiring in 1966. Frank Arshawsky, previously a teacher in the Saskatchewan, Canada school system, came to B'nai Israel in 1951 as bookkeeper and later as assistant to the Executive Director. Upon Hurwitz’s retirement, Arshawsky became Executive Director. He administered the congregation through a period of many challenges and changes. As Rabbi Segal said in 1971: “Frank has exercised in his own quiet way, a very strong, calming influence on B'nai Israel . . . “ In 1979, Arshawsky became Director of Capital Funds and was awarded the title of “Executive Director Emeritus.”

The major responsibility for the development of the Talmud Torah rested with Rabbi Segal until 1954, when Eli Grad became principal of the Religious School. Mr. Grad had come to B'nai Israel in 1950 as head teacher and assistant principal, and continued to serve as principal through the 1956 school year. Dr. Benjamin Yapko succeeded Mr. Grad and served for six years. He was followed by Dr. Sheldon Brown as principal and Roberta Milgram as assistant principal. In 1963, Rabbi Joseph Stern headed the educational program, and in the 1966-67 school year, Barbara Levin served as principal. Yetta Segal was acting Educational Director as well as teacher, and Alice Haber was acting principal of the Primary Department.

Following World War II during the administration of Samuel Eig, a leading developer of Montgomery County, the first steps were taken toward building a new synagogue facility for B'nai Israel. Mr. Eig and Rabbi Segal took rides together on Sundays to locate possible sites for the congregation’s future home. On behalf of the synagogue, Eig was responsible for buying property at 16th and Crittenden Streets. Rabbi Segal felt that education of the children should not be relegated to basement classrooms and consequently a well-arranged classroom wing was included. It was also his idea as that as many of the synagogue’s facilities as possible should be accessible on the main floor. The new building was dedicated in 1951, with distinguished guests in attendance.

B'nai Israel has consistently maintained a varied program of activities – social, cultural, religious, and educational – for all age groups. Even before B'nai Israel moved into the 16th Street location, a Young Couples Club was started in 1947, and in 1950 became the Mr. and Mrs. Club. The B'nai Israel Men’s Club was organized in 1949, and Nathaniel Goldberg, later to become congregational president, was its first president. One of the most successful youth activities was the B'nai Israel Minyannaires, which began in 1947 in a home basement. Ernest Sherman, a trustee and long-time member of the Board of Governors, devoted many years to this youth group, which met weekly for Sunday morning services. At each session, there was a quiz on religious topics with winners receiving prizes of silver dollars and commemorative stamp blocks.

By the mid 1950’s, B'nai Israel faced a new dilemma – the steady migration of its families from the District of Columbia into the suburbs of Maryland. But the synagogue responded resolutely by continuing to reach out in new forms to its membership. Home study groups were formed, and morning and evening adult education classes developed into an Adult Institute of Jewish Studies. Emphasis was also placed upon late Friday evening services and the Junior Congregation.

In May 1956, Nathaniel Goldberg was elected president of the congregation and in 1958, for the first time in its history, a husband and wife team, Nathaniel and Rae Goldberg, were elected to head the congregation and its Sisterhood. During Goldberg’s term, further plans were developed to cope with the congregation’s ever-growing suburban membership. In 1964, with the help and generosity of Homer Gudelsky and Lawrence Levin, B'nai Israel acquired land at Georgia Avenue and Evans Drive in Silver Spring and constructed an educational facility. A dedication service was held on October 22, 1967 – with the building named the Paul Himmelfarb Hebrew School of Congregation B'nai Israel in honor of the generosity of the donors, the Paul and Annetta Himmelfarb Foundation.

The purchase of land in Silver Spring for our Talmud Torah was not enough to stem the tide of history that was overtaking the congregation’s home on 16th Street. The death of Rev. Martin Luther King and the subsequent D.C. riots in 1968 accelerated the need for yet another change. Evening services were poorly attended and talk of a full-scale move resumed.

As Washington’s Jewish population continued to grow and migrate north and west, Montrose Road in Rockville became a new center for Jewish life. B'nai Israel was fortunate to become part of that transition. Homer and Martha Gudelsky, long-time and dedicated leaders of the congregation, were particularly visionary and supportive in facilitating the relocation to suburbia.

In 1973, a young Rabbi Matthew Simon joined the congregation. In 1976, Rabbi Simon led B'nai Israel Congregation into its new, magnificent, modern home in Rockville, which set the tone for another period of dramatic growth. He was also active in the establishment of the Consolidated Hebrew School which educated children from 5 different Conservative congregations at the site nearest their home, thus eliminating many hours of travel time for hundreds of grateful parents.

Through Rabbi Simon’s ongoing efforts, the congregation continued its trend toward equal religious rights for women, affording all members the opportunity to be counted in a minyan, to receive an aliyah and to read from the Torah. In addition, B'nai Israel became much more involved in the broader metropolitan Washington Jewish community. Rabbi Simon was awarded emeritus status in 2000.

Cantor Robert Kieval came to B'nai Israel in 1977, after having been hazzan at several congregations in New York. In partnership with Rabbi Simon, he served as our Hazzan for 23 years until becoming Cantor Emeritus in 2000. Under his guidance, B'nai Israel developed a full bar/bat mitzvah program, with each child reading from the Torah. Cantor Kieval also enhanced the religious services with special musical selections and began an adult bar/bat mitzvah program.

In 1989, Rabbi Jonathan A. Schnitzer joined the congregation. Bringing 15 years of previous experience to his work at B'nai Israel, he has been particularly involved in developing a broad range of outreach and programming. Mitzvah Day, the expansion of our Havurot, a profusion of Adult Education opportunities, the welcoming of newly-arrived immigrants from overseas, monthly Family Service and Family Group events all became integral parts of B'nai Israel – helping to make our congregation responsive to the needs and challenges of contemporary Jewish life. Rabbi Schnitzer and his wife, Beverly, also facilitated biannual trips to Israel for B'nai Israel members. Today, under Rabbi Schnitzer’s leadership, B'nai Israel is experiencing an all-time high in its membership size, staff size, facility size and programmatic scope, while remaining a warm, participatory and caring congregation.

Glen Easton served B'nai Israel as our Executive Director for six years, leaving in 1990. He brought innovative administrative systems and perspectives to our synagogue.

Gail Bloom became Executive Director in 1990 and remained until the spring of 2001. During her years of service, B'nai Israel continued to grow and also took the significant step of “reclaiming” our Talmud Torah as an integral part of the congregation.

For 15 years, Diane Lipson Schilit brought a deep measure of devotion to her responsibilities as B'nai Israel’s Youth Director. She pioneered many of the programs which have become the hallmark of the Youth Department.

In 1995, as B'nai Israel’s new Talmud Torah was reestablished, the congregation’s long range planning committee, under the direction of past president Greg Friedman, began investigating the feasibility of a new handicapped-accessible school building that would include classrooms to house our Talmud Torah, a youth lounge, library, all-purpose room, kitchen and playground. Potential sites in both Potomac and on the Route 28 corridor of Rockville and North Potomac were considered for a satellite facility. For several years, temporary off campus Talmud Torah sites were used for weekday classes. Ultimately, the parents rejected the idea of an off-campus facility, citing the “disconnect” with the synagogue and clergy.

The leadership undertook a feasibility study to determine the next course of action. The result was a Vision 2000 plan and the launching of what became a $15,000,000 campaign to construct an educational facility on the B'nai Israel campus, to renovate and modernize the existing building and to establish an endowment campaign to insure the ongoing flow of dollars for the operating budget of the synagogue. The capital campaign, chaired by Elaine Goodman and co-chaired by Vickie Abrutyn, enabled our congregation to complete the original plan from the 1970’s. Paul Chod chaired the Building Committee and supervised a myriad of construction details. Today as a result of an extraordinary expression of support from our congregants, the Thelma and Melvin Lenkin Educational and Activities Center and Gerald S. Snyder Building now complete the campus of B'nai Israel Congregation.

Fran Zavin had worked at a congregation in New Jersey before relocating to Maryland and joining the staff of B'nai Israel in 1997 as our Education Director. She was responsible for repositioning and strengthening the Talmud Torah and incorporating it more fully into congregational life. With her professional eye and dedication, she continues to expand the horizons of our Talmud Torah, while overseeing all the varied aspects of our complex educational program.

Karen Gerton, who joined the staff of the Schilit Nursery School in 1989 as a teacher, became its Director. Her overreaching goal has been to provide a loving, nurturing Jewish environment for our youngest children. She knows each child by name and has been instrumental in the dramatic growth of the Schilit Nursery School. Today our nursery program includes 180 children. It would be an amazing statistic for our founders to contemplate.

In more recent years, B'nai Israel experienced many other staff changes. Rabbi Allen Selis served as Assistant Rabbi from 1999-2002. In July of 2001, Sandy Cohen joined the congregation as Executive Director. In that capacity, he was instrumental in facilitating the new road we had set for ourselves. He retired in August of 2003.

Hazzan Deborah Togut joined our staff as Ritual Director in 1998. An ordained Hazzan, she serves as Torah Reader, teacher and mentor to many of our B’nai children and their families. During the High Holy Days, she serves as Cantor, rotating between services.

Cantor Josh C. Perlman joined the B'nai Israel family in 2001 after a decade at B'nai Israel in Albuquerque, New Mexico. From nursery school students to the bar and bat mitzvah students with whom he works, the name “Cantor Josh” always brings a smile. His wit, his desire to create music to “sing with” and his annual concerts have become an integral part of the B’nai Israel community.

As we were moving into our Lenkin Education and Activities Center, Larry Trope arrived for his first day as our new Executive Director. He has been running ever since. He believes in providing friendly attention to each individual member. At the same time he has addressed many administrative needs. We will soon be unveiling our new interactive web-site. We are working on a comprehensive security plan and are looking at new systems for managing our financial and membership records. Under Larry Trope’s guidance, our membership has grown to more than1300 families.

As our congregation reaches our 80th year, it is heartwarming to see so many young faces among our clergy and staff. Rabbi Michael Safra joined our family three years ago upon his ordination. He has been instrumental in the expansion and integration of program offerings in many realms. His sermons are insightful. As of July 1, 2005 Rabbi Safra assumed the title of Associate Rabbi.

Sharon Rosenberg Safra, our Family Education Director, has been pivotal in the development of Family Education as an opportunity for positive Jewish experiences for our congregants of all ages. From Tot Shabbat to “Putting Your Children to Sleep Jewishly” to L’Mazel for expectant parents, Family Education has become a very visible and meaningful component of B'nai Israel.

The dedication of the Lenkin Education and Activities Center created many added possibilities for innovative education and programming. Members find a diverse and dynamic congregation for worship, learning, celebrating and sharing memorable occasions. Some of our families span two, three, and even four generations; others have only recently affiliated, as career and family bring them to the area. Both our congregation and our schools are growing rapidly.

B'nai Israel’s 80th anniversary is an auspicious milestone. We honor our past and those who provided the foundation on which we have accomplished so much. We commit ourselves to responding as effectively as possible to the challenges of the present and look hopefully to the future and to those who will create the next chapters in the history of B'nai Israel. In the words of our liturgy, we say: “How fortunate are we . . . how good is our portion . . . how pleasant is our destiny . . . and how beautiful is our heritage.”

Sources: This paper, originally written by Lester Rosen 1968 and published by the Jewish Historical Society of Greater Washington, was based on the Minutes of the Congregation as recorded by Max Bernstein and Joseph Schimmel, reports in The Synagogue News and The Scroll, publications of B’nai Israel, and interviews with Rabbi Henry Segal, Joseph Hurwitz, Harry Himelfarb, Henry C. Reiner, Irving Kamins, Mrs. Joseph Tudor, and Ernest Sherman. It was modified and amended by Paul Chod, based on the information provided him by the professional staff of B’nai Israel Congregation. This information has been updated by Rabbi Matthew H. Simon and Gail M. Bloom on the occasion of B’nai Israel’s 75th anniversary, and again by the 80th anniversary committee. Minor changes have been made for website publication. 
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97 A love of fast cars and driving them in the manner in which they were engineered might have cost Barbara Cleveland her life Saturday morning after she lost control of her silver Audi convertible on Highway 372, severing a power pole before her car rolled. She was ejected from the vehicle and was pronounced dead at the scene.

Cleveland was part owner of Valley Homes with her husband David since 1994. They had fully owned the popular business on Highway 160 - easily recognizable to motorists thanks to the tall green giant that has stood in front of Valley Homes since 1999.

Power was interrupted to 360 meters for more than three hours, while Valley Electric Association replaced the power pole. Most stores on the commercial corridor south of Highway 372 were without power with the exception of the Pahrump Nugget and Smith's Food and Drug, which have backup generators.

David Cleveland, Barbara's husband for nearly 20 years, said his wife likely would have "walked away" from the accident had she been wearing her safety belt. "That was always a sore spot between us. I was always after her to wear her seat belt and to slow down."

According to Barbara Cleveland's sister, Linda Tadell, in a telephone interview from her home in Connecticut, Barbara was born July 22, 1956 in Queens, N.Y., and was raised on Long Island.

In her youth Barbara had an interest in acting and studied classical ballet. "She moved to New York City to try her hand at acting, but like so many actors, it didn't work out."

Barbara and David moved to Pahrump in the early 1990s where she continued to indulge her interests, such as NASCAR, doting on the eight cats the couple have, and "going above and beyond" to provide excellent customer service to the hundreds of Valley Homes customers over the years. She moved to Nevada in 1982.

"She loved her work," said Tadell, "and she loved her customers." Away from the job, Barbara enjoyed camping and fishing, and she loved to cook - and attended a cooking school in New York City.

As children, Barbara and Linda loved to sing for their grandparents. "Barbara was very funny, she could be a real clown," said Linda.

Preceded in death by her mother, who died of pancreatic cancer, Barbara became involved in the Pancreatic Cancer Network and served as the Nevada coordinator. That work led her to become involved in the fight against other cancers.

Her husband, David, her father Jerry Tadell of Pahrump, her sister Linda and a niece and nephew, Amanda and Glenn Greenberg, survive Cleveland.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Pahrump Winery.

On the Valley Homes Web site, Barbara's biography said she loved "gardening, cooking, photography, NASCAR and FAST CARS!"

Pahrump Family Mortuary handled the arrangements. Look in Friday's PVT for an interview with David Cleveland, who will speak of his wife as well as respond to the many rumors that surfaced following her tragic death.
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100 A special ceremony was held on Friday, Jan. 20, at the Summit Health Center at 757 Norland Ave., Chambersburg, to rename the outpatient surgery center, formally known as the Summit Surgery Center, to the Dr. Roy A. Himelfarb Surgery Center in honor of local oral surgeon, Roy A. Himelfarb, DDS.
The ceremony included comments from Dr. Roger Robertson, President of the Chambersburg Hospital Medical Executive Committee and orthopedic surgeon at Summit Orthopaedics, and Patrick O’Donnell, Senior Vice President/CFO/COO for Summit Health.
According to Dr. Robertson, Dr. Himelfarb consistently displayed his medical leadership throughout the last 35 years, as a president of the hospital medical staff, a Chambersburg Hospital and Summit Health board member, and a founding member of the outpatient surgery center.
As Dr. Robertson concluded his speech, he expressed his gratitude to his friend and colleague, “We respect you, thank you, and we love you.”
O’Donnell mirrored Dr. Robertson’s sentiments, “On behalf of your many patients, our boards and employees, I would like to just say thank you.”
He discussed Dr. Himelfarb’s integral role in opening the outpatient surgery center in Chambersburg. He also mentioned Dr. Himelfarb’s dedication to his patients and his kind, compassionate and high quality work, both as a physician and in his numerous leadership roles.
O’Donnell noted that there was another person who played a major role in Dr. Himelfarb’s successes – his wife Deborah.
“Not a single person could achieve all he’s done without a strong partner,” O’Donnell said.
Dr. Himelfarb concluded the ceremony, “I really am deeply honored with this recognition.”
“Above all, I want to thank my wife Debbie. Without her walking by my side the last 39 years, I wouldn’t have been able to accomplish what I’ve done.”
The ceremony ended with a standing ovation from those in attendance. 
Himelfarb, Dr. Roy (I513)

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