Bernice Blaine

11-7-1927 to 1-11-2009

Our beloved Bernice Blaine passed away peacefully on January 11, 2009, her loving family at her side. She was 81.

Bernice was born in Brooklyn, NY and moved to California in 1973. She is survived by her loving and devoted husband of 59 1/2 years, Elliot Blaine. Bernice and Elliot chose to settle down in our little town of Sonoma in 2001 where she was surrounded and adored by friends and family. Bernice is also survived by her loving son’s; Dennis and his wife Leslie of Stuart, Fl.; and Jason and his wife Sandie of Kenwood, CA.; also survived by her four grandchildren Joshua, Tracey, Monica and Dana, as well as the two newest additions to the Blaine family, Owen Chase and Peyton Reese, her great grandchildren. She is also survived by her brother, Mike Lipton of Southern California.

Bernice always put her family first and had many friends that loved her kind ways and great outlook on life. Bernice loved to play golf and she and Elliot traveled the world enjoying life. She was very charismatic and genuine to all around her. Bernice, you will be missed by everyone who knew you.

Friends are invited to attend a memorial service in her honor at Duggan’s Mission Chapel, 525 West Napa Street, Sonoma at 1:00pm, Monday, January 19th, 2009. Immediately following will be a “Celebration of Her Life” and reception.

Donations in Bernice’s memory may be made to the charity of your choice, or to the American Heart Association, 1-800-242-8721 or PO Box 844, Santa Rosa, CA 95402.

Arrangements under the direction of Duggan’s Mission Chapel, Mission Cremation Service, 525 West Napa Street, Sonoma, CA 95476.

Harold Davis

Born 2/23/17 in N.Y., died 1/10/09 in Folsom, CA

Loving father of Ross and wife Sue Davis, grandfather of Ashley and Zach Davis. Preceded in death by wife Lillian and grandson Jared. Lover of golf, traveling and a proud veteran of WW 2. No service held. Remembrances made to the Jared Davis Memorial Scholarship, c/o Winters High School, 101 Grant Ave, Winters, CA 95694.

Barbara Lynn Kahn

The family of Barbara Lynn Kahn share their sorrow in announcing her death on January 9th. She was laid to her eternal rest on Sunday, January 11th in San Francisco, California, where all funeral services were held.

Barbara is survived by her beloved husband of 43 years, David of Scottsdale; her mother Minnie Marguleas of San Francisco; her sister Orene (Mike) Sanders of Grass Valley, California; her brother Edward Marguleas of San Francisco; her sons Marc Kahn of Los Angeles; Rabbi Stephen (Michele) Kahn of Scottsdale; and her precious grandchildren Ethan, Gabrielle and Isabel Kahn.

After spending 67 years in San Francisco, Barbara moved to Arizona in 2004 to be near her children and grandchildren. She was a member of the Kol Isha (women’s group) committee at Congregation Beth Israel and created the new baby basket program for all newborn children in the congregation along with her daughter-in-law, Michele. She was a regular in the American Israel Public Affairs Committee and was one of 30 delegates from CBI to the 2007 National Policy Conference in Washington, D.C. Along with David she had many beloved friends in Arizona who were dedicated and loyal to them both as she struggled with her “condition” of pancreatic cancer.

Donations in Barbara’s memory may be made to Congregation Beth Israel 10460 N. 56th Street, Scottsdale, Arizona 85253 and will be used for Kol Isha programming.

Carole Jane Landis

Surrounded by family and friends, Carole Jane Landis passed away on January 9, 2009, in Walnut Creek, at the age of 90.

Carole was born April 28, 1918 in San Francisco, CA to the late Ruth and Monroe Hirschfeld. She grew up in Oakland, was an accomplished ballet dancer, and graduated from Piedmont High School.

Carole had a loving marriage for 65 years to the late Leonard Landis. They were avid golfers and world travelers, and divided their time between Walnut Creek and Rancho Mirage. Carole and Len are survived by two daughters, Leni (Doug) Herst of Marin County, and Susi (Jerry) Cagen of Boise, ID; grandchildren Tracie and Brent (Jenevieve) and Chad (Melissa). Grandson Scott Herst preceded Carole and Len in death. Carole was also blessed with two great-grandsons, Oliver and Elliott.

Private services were held under the direction of Sinai Memorial Chapel, (925) 962-3636. Donations may be made to Hospice of the East Bay or the charity of your choice.

Rabbi Alan Jeffry Lew

Passed away suddenly at age 65 while out for a walk on Jan. 12, 2009. He was in Baltimore, where he had gone to teach at a Conservative Rabbis’ Retreat.

Alan was the beloved husband for 29 years of Sherril Jaffe Lew. Loving father of Stephen Lew (Denise Tukenmez), Hannah Lew and Malka Lew. Adored Zayde of Sema Lew and Ayla Lew. Dear brother of Dr. Jason (Injy) Lew and Carol (Robert) Lamm, brother-in-law of Janis Jaffe, son-in-law of Vera Jaffe; uncle and cousin to many.

Alan was Rabbi Emeritus at Congregation Beth Sholom, a community which he led as Rabbi from 1991 to 2005. He was a poet and a writer of many books. He was a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. He was founder of Makor Or, the first Jewish Meditation Center associated with a synagogue.

Funeral Services were held at Congregation Beth Sholom, 14th Ave. and Clement, S.F. in the new sanctuary that he was instrumental in designing and developing.

Contributions in Alan’s memory may be made to the Rabbi Alan Lew Memorial Fund, c/o Congregation Beth Sholom, 301 14th Ave., San Francisco, CA 94118.

The impact of his radiant love and meaningful work will continue to be felt throughout the world.

Daniel J. Morafka

April 9, 1921 – January 5, 2009

Danny passed away peacefully at home at the age of 87 from cancer, surrounded by his loving family.

He was the devoted husband and best friend of Barbara (Bobbie) Morafka for 60 years. Loving father of Gail (Michael) Morris and Jill Fertherolf. Adored grandpa of Shannon and Cheyanne Morris, Nicholas Fetherolf and Erin (Raul) Diaz. Great-grandpa of Julia. Brother of the late Aaron and Elias Morafka, brother in law of Mildred Orchid, uncle to the late David (Sylvia) Morafka, Ronald (Kathy) Orchid and Bruce (Christina) Orchid and a cousin to Morris Rothman and the late Frieda Rothman, and a friend to many.

Danny worked for the San Francisco Housing Authority for 33 years. He was past president and editor of the “Tom Tov,” B’Nai B’rith OT Am Unit, member of City of Hope doubles chapter, Pacific-Starr King Masonic Lodge and Jewish War Veterans. He served in the Merchant Marines during WWII as a Purser.

Danny will be remembered for his quick wit. He received great joy out of making people laugh. He also enjoyed playing pool and having his weekly lunch with the “boys”.

Special thanks to Lily, Sharon, Kate and Sunny for their loving care.

At Danny’s request there will be no service.

In lieu of flowers, if you wish to make a donation in his name, you may make it to your favorite charity.

He will be dearly missed by all his family and friends. We love you.

Miriam Wilner

Miriam Wilner, in San Francisco on January 7, 2009, Beloved wife of the late Adolf Wilner; loving mother of Erica (Andrew) Rosenblatt, Cheri (Arthur) Kessner, Susan (David) Golden; adoring grandmother of Seth, Aaron and Margalit Rosenblatt, Devorah Bader, Avi Kessner and Amanda and Jenny Golden; great grandmother of three.

Miriam was born in Lvov, Poland and was a Holocaust survivor. She immigrated to the United States in 1947 and found her home in New York, San Diego and finally in San Francisco. Funeral services were held on January 8, 2009 at Congregation Beth Sholom, San Francisco followed by interment at Home of Peace, 1299 El Camino Real, Colma. Donations to Congregation Beth Sholom, the Holocaust Center of Northern CA or to California Pacific Medical Center Foundation are preferred.