Sally Eiselman

Feb. 22, 1917–Oct. 13, 2013

Born Sally Cooper in Detroit to Russian immigrants, she moved to San Francisco as a teenager. She married Louis Eiselman in 1937 and had four devoted children: Stephen (Cheryl), Gerald (Gail), Daniel (Pamela), Nancy (Alan).

She was predeceased by her husband, Louis, and her son, Daniel. Sally and Louis were happily married for 55 years. Besides her living children, Sally is survived by her loving grandchildren, Amy Ritz, Julie Lewis and Michael Eiselman; as well as her eight great-grandchildren.

A lifetime member of Temple Sinai Oakland, Sally served as Temple Sisterhood President, was an active member of Hadassah, and helped form the first Weight Watchers group in Alameda, an accomplishment of which she was very proud.

Sally and her husband, Louis, traveled extensively throughout the world, and especially enjoyed visiting cousins in Israel and vacationing in Hawaii.

Sally and Louis entertained their family at large gatherings, and epic Passover and Thanksgiving dinners were enjoyed by family and friends alike.

Sally enjoyed reading, cooking, and in her later years as a resident of Reutlinger Community for Jewish Living, Danville, delighted in painting and meeting new friends.

She will be deeply missed by all.

Services were held at Home of Eternity, Oakland, on Wednesday, Oct. 16.

Contributions in Sally’s memory can be made to Temple Sinai, Oakland, or Reutlinger Community for Jewish Living, Danville.


Louis Gorewitz

Oct. 29, 1956–Oct. 5, 2013

Passed peacefully in Concord Oct. 8. Devoted husband, father, uncle, brother and son.

Survived by wife Tara Gorewitz, son Keith Willis, sister Jocelyn Gorewitz, nephew and niece Jason and Jordan Dong. Services were held Oct. 8, 2013 at Gan Shalom Cemetery in Briones, Calif.


Hyman Levy


Hyman “Hy” Levy, of Belmont, passed on Oct. 9, 2013, in Redwood City, Calif., at age 92. Born Feb. 5, 1921 in Brooklyn, N.Y., to Mollie and Joseph Levy and raised on Ocean Parkway in the old-world Syrian Orthodox Sephardic SY community, he was the second son born ahead of his three sisters. It was a hard life, hunting for coins to get a hot dog on Coney Island or ice cream at the corner store. He learned to be independent, resourceful, strong and street-smart. He studied Talmud every day and was the champion stick-ball player in the neighborhood. Strong, athletic, Hy was full of little mischief — a rascal — trying to one-up his older brother who had seniority in the household or play tricks on his unsuspecting sisters. His face would light up with a big smile if he succeeded. Also, he was super-creative, inventing and thinking up ways to fix something, retrieve a lost item from the sewer or make something out of nothing. Even back then, as now, he got pleasure from tinkering and fixing.

He attended high school for two years before dropping out to earn money for the family.

He worked in the family baby-wear, fabric, needlework and dress business, moved to the Philippines in the 1950s to run the factory with his brother, then back to New York, where he met his wife, Claude Shalam Levy. In 1963, Hy and family broke away from the New York religious lifestyle to live in San Francisco, and then Hillsborough. Hy opened the West Coast office for Audiovox Corp., a family-run car radio business, in the early 1970s. He eventually would retire at age of 55 after separating from Claude.

He was an avid bridge player and strategist, salmon fisherman and backgammon player who loved to analyze things. An independent, strong-willed man, he was devoted to his Sephardic religion, community and helping anyone in need. Hy got pleasure from giving. He lived life as he wanted, to the end.

He is survived by his three sons, James (Diane), Eric and Philip (Laurie) Levy, four grandchildren, as well as three sisters, Rae Hedeya, Ceil Mahana and Evy Shama of New York. Services were held on Oct. 13, 2013, at Eternal Home, Colma. Donations in his honor directed to Peninsula Temple Sholom, Sephardic Minyan.


Ruth Paula Marcus

In Daly City on Oct. 15, 2013 at age 84. Beloved wife of the late Gerry Marcus; loving mother of Stephen (Lucretia) Marcus, Michael Marcus and Ken Marcus; adoring grandmother of Alexander and Rachel Marcus and Lance and Shannon Doyle; dear sister of Hedy Scheer.

Ruth was born in Germany and escaped to Shanghai in 1938. She came to San Francisco in 1945 with her husband, Gerry. Ruth was dedicated to her family and will be greatly missed. We are grateful to her caregivers Mona, Margarit and Wen.

Graveside services were held Oct. 17, 2013, at Salem Memorial Park, Colma. Memorial services will be set at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Leukemia Society would be kindly appreciated.

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