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Deaths for the week of Feb. 23, 2018

Erwin Victor Alpert

On January 28, 2018, in New Haven, Connecticut. Born on November 12, 1918, to Dr. Reuben Alpert and Bessie Galin Alpert, Erwin was a graduate of Cheshire Academy and Columbia University. He served a four-year term of duty in the United States Army, based in Saipan and New Zealand during World War II. He spent the rest of his life in the New Haven area, happily married to Florence (Sterling) Alpert. He was a store manager at Sterling and Susman Department Store and a loving, devoted father to Richard Alpert, z”l (Eduardo Sese, z”l) of New York and Manila, and Dan Alpert (Rabbi Eric Weiss) of San Francisco. Erwin was a kind and principled man who will be greatly missed. He was predeceased by his sister, Doris Alpert, z”l. Funeral held at Workmen’s Circle. Shiva was convened in New Haven, Connecticut.

Andrea B. Arrick

May 14, 1953–February 16, 2018

On Friday, February 16, Andi Arrick passed away peacefully, surrounded by her family.

Andrea B. Arrick

Born in Pittsburgh, Pa., and raised in Los Angeles, Andi was the caring daughter of David and Sandra Belloff, loving wife to David, and inspiring mother to Zach and Dillan.

Andi graduated from Washington University in St. Louis and attended business school at UCLA. She met David, her partner of 40 years, at a talent show she had organized.

She began her career in advertising and marketing in Los Angeles and moved to San Francisco with David to become Director of Marketing at Viacom. Subsequently, Andi’s entrepreneurial spirit led her to her “second career,” where she combined her creative flair and love of art and culture with her ability to inspire others and give of herself.

Andi’s passion for art transcended far beyond casual observation. To engage more deeply in what she loved and share her passion with others, she became a docent at the SFMOMA. Over the past 10 years, her uniquely curated tours touched thousands of art fans from around the world. One of Andi’s most proud accomplishments was the founding of “heArts.” A program within College Track, “heArts” enabled high school girls to learn about culture, art and history by visiting exhibits and attending shows throughout the city. Dozens of young women participated in this program.

Andi’s zest for life extended beyond our borders.

Vacations were not just vacations. She loved to plan extended trips around the world, scripted down to the minute. Upon her return to San Francisco, she would often say that she needed a vacation from the vacation.

Not surprisingly, Andi had an amazing aptitude for design. Even without formal training, Andi could pass for an interior designer, creatively crafting stunning homes for her family.

Andi will forever be remembered for her incredible spirit and her unyielding strength and courage in the face of adversity. Andi maintained a steadfast belief in her intuition and consistently channeled her creativity through new business ideas, parties and events that were shared with and enjoyed by her vast and loyal group of friends. She was whip-smart and an undeniable force in every life she touched.

Andi is survived by her husband, David, children Zach and Dillan, sister Kathy (Gary), brother-in-laws Robert (Jan) and Bradley (Danielle), five nieces and nephews and the entire Katznelson clan.

The family hosted a private funeral on Feb. 20, and on Feb. 21 a celebration of Andi’s life was held at SFMOMA. Please direct any charitable giving in Andi’s honor to organizations that support the empowerment of young women or that support the arts.

(Sinai SF)

Neal Mitchell

April 25, 1921–February 10, 2018

Neal Mitchell passed away peacefully in his home on February 10. He left behind his devoted wife of 70 years, Bina Mitchell, and children Cella and Anne (Carl Deuker), and granddaughter Marian Deuker (Aaron Bronzan), niece Deborah Mitchell and nephew Dr. Marc Mitchell (daughters Madison and Marla Mitchell). He was predeceased in death by his brother and sister-in-law Leon and Harriet Mitchell.

Neal was born in the Polish town of Tomaszow Mazowiecki. As a young man he trained as an electrician, which was the beginning of a lifelong fascination with technology.

In September of 1939, at the age of 18, he escaped to Russia with his younger brother Leon. After the war, both Neal and Leon married, immigrated to the U.S. and found themselves in San Francisco. The brothers and their wives owned grocery stores, raised families and had good lives.

Upon Neal’s retirement, he and his wife, Bina, spent many years traveling. Neal also devoted many years to working for the Bikker Cholem charity.

The burial service was at Eternal Home Cemetery, Colma, on Feb. 13, 2018.

(Sinai SF)

Our beloved father Norbert Nemon passed away on Feb. 4, 2018, at age 91. Dad was born in Vienna, Austria, in 1926 to Benjamin Nemon and Frieda Strum. At age 11, he was sent to safety in the U.K. during the Shoah Period and came to the U.S. at age 18, where he was put in selective service first in Korea before entering Pharmacy School at Drake University.

In addition to folk dancing and traveling the world, Dad served two consecutive terms as president of the East Bay Jewish Family Service and volunteered there as well. For many years our father ran his own drugstore. He was a people person with a great sense of humor who was very knowledeable about many things. Dad had a warm heart and personified integrity.

He was the brother of late siblings Bella Lemer and John Nemon, and he’s survived by wife Alice and children Binyomin Nemon (Sarah Rivkah), Jeannette Nemon-Fischman (Joel) and Alec. Grandchildren include Jacob, Leah Golda, Abe, Meir, Simone, Josef, Jonah, Eliahu and Frieda A. Nemon, Aaron and Joshua Fischman, and Frieda S. Nemon. He was greatly adored and loved and we’ll miss him tremendously.

Julian (Jules) Zulman

October 29, 1944–Jan. 29, 2018

Palo Alto, California

Julian (Jules) Zulman
Julian (Jules) Zulman

Jules Zulman, cherished husband of Lee Zulman and father of Tali, Shelley and Donna, adoring grandfather of eight, caring physician and loyal friend to many, died peacefully in Palo Alto on January 29, surrounded by his loving family. He was 73.

Jules was born in Heidelberg, South Africa. He met his wife of 51 years, Aryela Lee Gershater, in Habonim, and they married in 1967. After graduating medical school at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa, Jules immigrated to Israel in 1968. He completed internship and residency in Internal Medicine at Tel Hashomer Hospital. He served as a physician in the Israeli Air Force in 1973.

Jules completed a fellowship in rheumatology at UC San Francisco, where he enjoyed every outdoor and indoor tourist attraction the city had to offer. He returned to Israel briefly before settling in Palo Alto, where he resided for 39 years. Jules practiced rheumatology in Fremont, where he was adored by his patients and colleagues alike. He was an active member of Temple Beth Jacob and Congregation Beth Am.

After Jules retired, he became an avid cyclist, leading friends on adventurous excursions that always included a hearty lunch. He lovingly cared for his grandchildren every week for 21 years, cooking meals for them until the very end of his life. He enjoyed countless family birthday parties and celebrations over the years. He will be remembered for his kindness, integrity and optimism; his generosity toward family, friends and strangers; and for caringly visiting his patients at home. His big heart, laugh and sense of humor will be greatly missed.

Jules is survived by his wife, Lee Zulman; daughters Tali Ziv, Shelley Zulman, and Donna Zulman; sons-in-law Elad Ziv, Trevor Swartz and Noah Rosenberg; grandchildren Orli, Maayan and Eden Ziv, Arlo and Eleanna Swartz; and Ezra, Sonia and Gabriel Rosenberg; sister and brother-in-law Hilly and Gerry Panovka of Atlanta; sister-in-law Shirley Zulman (wife of his late brother Ivan); and numerous dear nieces, nephews and cousins. He is the son of the late Hendal and Ann Zulman.

Funeral services were held on Feb. 1, 2018, at Temple Beth Am after burial at Hills of Eternity Memorial Park. Donations in his memory may be sent to Temple Beth Am, Los Altos, or the Ecumenical Hunger Program.

(Sinai Redwood City)