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Eva Dyson

It is with sadness to share that Eva Dyson passed away August 13, 2010 in San Mateo at the age of 95 after a brief illness. Eva was born November 8, 1914 in Winnipeg, Canada. She was one of 10 children born to Nessa and Morris Sinaisky. Before she came to California, and after graduating high school at the age of 16, she worked for Hudson Bay in Winnipeg for over 20 years.

While visiting San Francisco in 1955, she met her future husband Jack Dyson and settled in Daly City. Together they owned and operated Regal Jewelers in San Francisco for the next 20 years. Upon retirement Eva moved to San Mateo and was an active member of Hadassah and Peninsula Beth El’s Senior Friendship Group.

“Auntie” Eva enjoyed traveling, especially back to Winnipeg each year to visit her family and friends. She took pride in sewing, embroidering and baking. Until the end of her life, Eva enjoyed working on crossword puzzles and discussing current events.

Her family and friends will miss her sharp wit and sense of humor. She will always be remembered for her dedication to Jewish traditions and values and keeping a Kosher kitchen her entire life.

Eva is survived by her youngest brother Gordon Sennett and sister-in-law, Lottie Sinaisky, 8 loving nieces and nephews, and 15 great-nieces and nephews. A service was held on August 17, 2010 at Salem Memorial Park. Donations in her memory to Peninsula Temple Beth El’s Senior Friendship Group would be greatly appreciated.

Stefan Einhorn

In San Francisco on August 12, 2010 at the age of 94. A courageous Holocaust survivor, Stefan (Steve) Einhorn was born in Poland. Despite the tragic loss of his entire family during the war, he chose to start a new life, which brought him and his young family to San Francisco in 1950. An artist, he traded his small brushes for house painting brushes, and decorated many homes in San Francisco. Later he co-owned a store on 18th and Mission. He continued to paint in oil and enjoyed walking, gardening and socializing with family and friends.

Stefan Einhorn will be remembered for his philosophical outlook, embodied in his favorite advice: “Turn your tears into laughter.” And to that end everyone who came into contact with him enjoyed his life-affirming humor, wisdom and loving kindness.

Devoted husband of 63 years to the late Cecilia Einhorn; loving father of Anna Mathias and her husband Alan Shearman, and Helen Aviv and her husband Uri; loving grandfather of Alastair, Alon, Ella, and Ilan, and the late Tamar. Brother-in-law of Israel (“Lulek”) Frommer.

Services were held at Eternal Home Cemetery in Colma. Donations may be made to Congregation Ner Tamid.

Felicia Hirsch

Felicia, known as Fela, née Tannenbaum, Hirsch was born on June 22, 1924, and passed away October 22, 2009. She was the daughter of Leon and Lyba Tannenbaum, and was married to the late Abe Hirsch. She was born and raised in Lvov, then in Poland, to a family that owned a store. When Lvov was turned into a ghetto in 1941, Fela was 17. Her parents paid gentiles to hide her throughout the war. It was very prescient, as the majority of Jews in the ghetto were exterminated by the Nazis, including her parents. Losing her parents was very painful for her, and it made it nearly impossible for her to talk with others about that time in her life.

After the war, in 1945, she made her way to the Displaced Persons (DP) camp in Bindermichl, near Linz, in upper Austria. She made some very close friends in the DP camp, including Roma Goldstein, who made aliyah to Israel. They stayed in touch and remained close throughout their lives. Fela and Abe later went together on a trip to Eastern Europe, to see once more the towns in which they came of age.

When Roma’s nephew, Shlomo Zilberstein, moved to the Bay Area, Fela received him warmly. As Shlomo reminisces, “We met first at their store on 24th Street. We soon became close and visited each other frequently during the six years I lived the Bay Area. When they decided to visit their hometowns in Eastern Europe, I joined them for a very special trip that was my first visit to Poland and Ukraine. When I received the Israeli Security Prize from the President of Israel in 1992, I convinced them to accompany me to the ceremony at the residence of the President. Israel was always special to them, and being at the ceremony meant a lot.” Also in Bindermichl was Michael Thaler, who, though Fela’s junior, reconnected and remained friends with her when he and his wife, Libby, moved to San Francisco.

This story is very typical of Fela’s life. Even though Fela was a very private person, she had a very close and committed group of friends who loved and cared for her. Her close friend Fania Shtaub recalls that when they arrived in America from Russia in 1993, “Fela and her husband Abe welcomed us. On Passover, they brought us a big box filled with a kosher turkey and matzahs. We took her advice and held her opinion in high esteem. She was involved in all aspects of our lives. I spoke to her almost every day.”

Rita Jeremy recalls, “I first met her at a brunch hosted by a mutual friend, Renée Markovich. Fela didn’t talk much, but when she did, her comments showed intelligence, education and an ongoing interest in current events. When she became very interested in the Internet, she learned quickly to access many websites for news and commentary and to use e-mail for communication. She always presented herself with class and dignity. I even remember what she wore the first time we met; it personified her elegance. Fela was a very intelligent and classy lady.”

Fela and her husband were involved in the Adath Israel community for decades. Their Judaism was very important to them. While Fela and Abe’s friends were mainly Jewish, they also had close gentile friends, among them Agatha Conrad, originally from Poland. Fela always maintained a strong interest in Israel and in the Technion. Jewish holidays were always spent with friends, and after her husband passed away, she would often be hosted by friends. Barry Gurdin and Rita Jeremy would often host her, and Barry would visit her on Shabbat mornings following services at Adath Israel. In the last five years of her life, Fela greatly appreciated the in-home care provided her by Cora Sigua, with whom she became close.

Never having children of her own, Fela took a keen interest in the families of her friends. She was proud to attend the weddings, bar mitzvahs, and other simchas of their children and grandchildren.