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Deaths for the week of Feb. 7, 2020

Obituaries are supported by a generous grant from Sinai Memorial Chapel.

Judith Ferse Broude

Sep. 24, 1924-Jan. 21, 2020

Judith Ferse Broude
Judith Ferse Broude

Judith Ferse Broude passed away peacefully on Tuesday, January 21 in Oakland. Born in in 1924 in Bochum, Germany, and raised in Israel, Judith met Samuel Broude shortly after arriving in the USA. Thus began their loving life partnership, which lasted nearly 70 years. Once Samuel was ordained as a rabbi, Judith became the consummate rebbetzin — six years at Fairmount Temple in Cleveland followed by 23 years at Temple Sinai in Oakland.

In addition to her active participation in temple life, she was a docent at the Camron-Stanford House, and a Judah L. Magnes Museum board member. Judith loved classical music and had a keen appreciation for Jewish-related art, rare books and manuscripts. She graced everyone with her spunk, humor, brilliance, beauty and charm. Having been uprooted from Germany in her youth and in recent years facing declining health, she demonstrated remarkable strength, courage and resilience.

Above all Judith was devoted to her family, especially her husband, Samuel, and her adoring children, Micah (Janet) and Marla (Bernie Stein), all of whom will miss her dearly. “Omi” will forever be in the hearts of her grandchildren: Danielle Yokell (Abe), Allison Friedberg (Dave), Jacob Stein, and four great-grandchildren, Brooke and Brody Yokell, and Meghan and Zoe Friedberg. Heartfelt thanks to her devoted cardiologist of many years, Dr. Stephen Arnold, as well as her cherished caregivers. A memorial service was held at Temple Sinai. Contributions may be made to Temple Sinai.


Rabbi Samuel G. Broude

March 21, 1924–Jan. 24, 2020

Rabbi Samuel G. Broude
Rabbi Samuel G. Broude

Rabbi Samuel G. Broude passed away on Friday, January 24 in Oakland, three days after the passing of Judith Broude, his beloved wife of nearly 70 years. Born in Chicago, Samuel graduated from the University of Chicago and subsequently the Hebrew Union College rabbinic seminary.

A keen intellectual, Samuel was the consummate scholar, teacher and storyteller, with a commanding presence and an uncanny ability to make those around him feel at ease. From his first congregation at Cleveland’s Fairmount Temple to Temple Sinai in Oakland where he led as Senior Rabbi, Samuel embodied a dedication to Jewish values. His life was marked by social activism and a passion for supporting marginalized members of society. Through his leadership during the civil rights and Vietnam War movements, he personified living a life dedicated to bettering the world.

He met the love of his life, Judith, almost 70 years ago and in his words was immediately smitten. Their lives were intertwined since day one — rarely did they spend time apart over the course of their marriage.

During Judith’s burial on Friday, Samuel suffered a stroke and passed shortly thereafter. Judith and Samuel leave behind their adoring children, Micah (Janet) and Marla (Bernie Stein). Omi and Grandpa will forever be in the hearts of their three grandchildren: Danielle Yokell (Abe), Allison Friedberg (Dave), Jacob Stein and four great-grandchildren, Brooke and Brody Yokell, and Meghan and Zoe Friedberg. Immense appreciation to their devoted doctors and caregivers.

A memorial service was held in both Judith and Sam’s memory at Temple Sinai. Contributions may be made to Temple Sinai, 2808 Summit St., Oakland, CA 94609.


Jack Geffner

March 13, 1920–January 3, 2020

Jack Geffner
Jack Geffner

Jack Geffner, the self-proclaimed “luckiest guy in the world,” passed peacefully on January 3 after a brief illness, two months shy of his 100th birthday. Born on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, he grew up in Coney Island where his parents owned a grocery store. He attended PS 80 and New Utrecht High School. He graduated from New York University in 1940.

In 1941 he moved to the Washington, D.C., area and worked for the Census Bureau. He completed the War Department’s Powders and Explosives training at Howard University and was hired as an Inspector at the New River Ordnance Plant in Pulaski, VA. In 1942, he enlisted in the Army Air Force and joined the newly commissioned 28th Photo Reconnaissance Squadron, part of the Seventh and Eighth Air Force, as a lieutenant and Aerial Photography Officer. The 28th PRS was deployed initially in Hawaii, and later Okinawa, until 1946. After the war ended, he used the GI bill to attend podiatry school at the NY College of Podiatric Medicine and establish a practice in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn.

Jack was introduced to Shirley, his beloved late wife, by a patient. Jack and Shirley were married in 1956. They lived in the Midwood section of Brooklyn where they raised their daughters, Bonnie and Sharon. They participated in many local community and Jewish organizations. Jack was the first president of the Brotherhood of Temple Bnai Isaac in Bensonhurst. He was active with the Nottingham Association, one of the oldest established civic organizations in Brooklyn. In later years, he was very proud that he had the opportunity to introduce a very young, aspiring, local politician, Chuck Schumer, to Nottingham members very early in his career.

When Jack retired from his podiatry practice, he attended classes at Kingsboro Community College, traveled and enjoyed summers at the Silver Gull Beach Club in Rockaway. Jack and Shirley followed their adult children to California in 1999, “the best move we ever made.” Initially living in Sunnyvale, they moved to the Moldaw Family Residence in Palo Alto when it opened 10 years ago. Jack was very active with the senior programs at the JCC and was instrumental in resurrecting JWV Post 60, the defunct San Jose Jewish War Vets post, in Palo Alto at the JCC. Post 60 held monthly meetings, fundraised and volunteered at the VA hospital.

Jack was a kind and gentle soul who “practiced” gratitude before it was fashionable. He was “persistent in his appreciation of all that he had.” He was predeceased by his beloved wife of 60 years, Shirley, and his sisters, Molly and Gussie. Jack is survived by his two daughters, Bonnie Shipper (Ron) and Sharon Ziony (Dave), his grandchildren, Henry and Rebecca Shipper, and his younger brother, Bernard Geffner.

Memorial contributions may be made to Mission Hospice https://www.missionhospice.org/donate or the Jewish War Veterans https://www.jwv.org/give/donate.

May his memory be for a blessing.

Les Leibovitch

Feb. 26, 1943–Jan. 13, 2020

Les Leibovitch
Les Leibovitch

Les was born in Montreal, Canada, but lived most of his life in California. He went to high school both in Hollywood and in Los Angeles. After changing majors a few times, he got a teaching credential from USC. Les married Rena Townsley in 1965 and had two sons, JB and Allen. During his long career in junior high school math education, Les held many leadership positions in local and state math teacher associations, plus several other organizations. He helped to author textbooks and teaching videos.

After retiring to Livermore in 2006, Les’ life became one volunteer activity after another, from the Red Cross to Community Emergency Response Team, Livermore Volunteer Police Patrol, etc. Les was known for always being helpful, friendly and funny. Les is survived by his wife, Rena, JB Leibovitch and wife Judy, Allen Leibovitch and wife Deborah, grandchildren Madeleine, Natan, Paul and Shayna. Funeral services and shiva observance were held in Pleasanton. Donations in his memory would be appreciated for Alzheimers Association, Autism Speaks, Congregation Beth Emek or Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation.

Sonia Loir

March 4, 1927–Jan. 25, 2020

Sonia Loir
Sonia Loir

Sonia Loir, RN and Nurse/Midwife, was born in New York City to Thanna Leav Loir and Emile Loir. Predeceased by parents and siblings Maurice Loir and Germaine Loir Cattani and many beloved cousins. Survived by cousins Renee Bloom, Bertram (and his wife Anne) Raphael, David Leav, and Maurice’s children Emile, Rachelle, Paula and Claudia Loir.

Burial at Hills of Eternity in Colma by Sinai Memorial on January 28.

Contributions in lieu of flowers welcome at San Francisco Senior Center at Aquatic Park.


Arthur Norman Paley

July 31, 1939–Jan. 17, 2020

Arthur Norman Paley
Arthur Norman Paley

Arthur Norman Paley passed away in Palo Alto, CA on January 17, 2020 at the young age of 80.

Art was the beloved husband of Jerilyn Paley, father of Nicole Paley, Marc Paley (Robin), Stephanie Rabinowitz and Wendy Frank (Ben); and grandfather of Hannah and Ben Paley, Mia Rabinowitz and Dylan Sklar, Leah, Shoshana and Dalya Frank.

He was born in Brooklyn, New York, on July 31, 1939 and moved to what he said was “the end of the earth,” San Diego, CA, when he was 15.

Art was without a doubt the best husband in the world. He loved all of his children and grandchildren with a passion. Spending time with them was the highlight of his life.

He was kind, considerate, and generous. He was one of the “good guys.” He loved to play golf with his friends and to go to lunch with Harvey Schuster on Tuesdays. He never ventured far, enjoying lunches at Joyce’s and other places on the Peninsula.

He was the Head Usher at Peninsula Temple Beth El and loved to gather the “team” to make sure that there was smooth sailing at High Holy Day services. He enjoyed being in charge of the PTBE poker games and had many a happy memory of games at his home, with homemade chili, desserts and just plain fun. He liked being a member of the PTBE Golf Tournament Planning Committee and he loved all of the members of the Brotherhood.

Art loved his weekly lunches with Nicole. They had their favorite restaurants. He loved the special time they spent together.

Art enjoyed yearly trips to Puerto Vallarta with Jerilyn, Stephanie, Mia and Dylan. He had looked forward to going last December but became ill. First thing on his agenda was to plan to go in April. He wanted to make sure the family had reservations and he talked of the restaurants he needed to take everyone to. He loved going “down the river” with Dylan and having private talks with Mia. He talked about this until a few days before he passed away.

One of the trips he loved the most was a cruise to Europe. He enjoyed Venice and wanted to return in 2020. He was always excited about finding new places to explore and enjoyed taking photos of places he had visited.

Spending time in Southern California with Marc, Robin, Hannah and Ben was something special. Going to Brent’s was a “must do.” Family was very important to Art.

Art loved going to Illinois, and even agreed to attending a six-hour seder. He complained about the length of time it took, but he so enjoyed the company of Wendy, Ben, Leah, Shoshana, and Dalya, that he talked about the wonderful company and food Wendy prepared for days after the trip.

Art was President of the WRHQ (Western Region Head Quarters of the postal service) and enjoyed the company of all his colleagues. Many flew in from out of state to attend the twice-yearly luncheon meetings. It was always fun for him to announce attendees and who had traveled from the longest distance. The photo op was always a must. The next luncheon scheduled for March 5, 2020 will be hosted by his wife, Jeri, who will turn over the gavel to someone else after 15 years of Art at the helm.

He loved getting together with his brother-in-law, David, and going to Warrior games. They traveled together and took many interesting trips, including Mexico and Giants Spring Training.

While Art was a DJ in San Diego, he had the opportunity to meet Jimi Hendrix, walked by Jimi when he saw George Harrison of the Beatles straight ahead, spoke to George, shook his hand and then went back to see Jimi Hendrix. While a DJ, Art was taken to a ball game by Rosie Greer, who introduced him to Johnny Mathis.

Art played guitar with the Kingsmen for a year. They performed “Louie Louie” and often people requested the “real lyrics” from Art. His earnings were enough to buy a car. He also played with the Velvetones. He loved playing guitar with his friends. He had many jam sessions at his home with Perry French and “the boys.” Art sang in the San Diego High School choir, played drums, viola and guitar. He helped plan the music for his 50th high school reunion. He loved attending reunions, but in the last several years, his health seemed to get in the way each time.

Art loved to tell stories, telling them not once, twice, but at least three times. His granddaughter Mia said “I love that story, Grandpa,” though she had heard the story many times.

Art never had a bad word to say about anyone. He never complained. Art’s happiest moments were spent with family and friends.

Jeri always said that Art was the best thing that ever happened to her. She said that she wished she had met him sooner so that she could have loved him longer. She will miss his hugs, kisses and cuddling, wonderful sense of humor, his chicken soup, and the grandchildren will miss his “Grandpa chicken.”

Jeri and Art had 34 years together that couldn’t have been more perfect.

Services were held at Salem Memorial Park in Colma. Contributions in Art’s memory may be made to Peninsula Temple Beth El, 1700 Alameda de las Pulgas, San Mateo, CA 94403.

Willard Manny Silverberg

June 21, 1942–Dec. 6, 2019

Willard Manny Silverberg
Willard Manny Silverberg

Willard Manny Silverberg, known as Manny to most, passed away on December 6, 2019 at the age of 77. He had been a resident of Danville, California, for the past 33 years. Manny passed away peacefully, surrounded by his children and wife, Leslie. He fought a hard fight, having battled Multiple Myeloma Cancer for two years, among other illnesses.

Manny is survived by his wife; five children: Rachel, David, Evan, Aaron, and Deborah; five grandchildren, two brothers and his large extended family who loved him dearly. Manny was born in Brooklyn, New York, on June 21, 1942, to Eva and Aaron Silverberg, who immigrated to the United States from Poland at a young age. He was the third of five sons. After graduating high school, Manny began to study electrical engineering. He shortly thereafter joined the Army during the Vietnam War. Upon returning to New York and finishing college, Manny met and fell in love with his future wife, Leslie. Together they shared a lifetime of love and raised five children.

To everyone, Manny was known as an incredibly caring man who would go to extreme lengths to help anyone and everyone. He was a lover of the ocean and would often travel with his family up the California coast to Mendocino and Bodega Bay. He enjoyed sitting at the beach, taking in the fresh air, listening to the waves and the gulls. Manny also worked for IBM for 31 years and 18 years for AT&T before retiring at the age of 72. Outside of work, Manny would often be found working on things around the house. From the pool to radios, computers to cars, he knew how to fix it all.
Manny will be remembered as a loving father and husband, who had a great sense of humor, took great pride in his Jewish faith, and who was always around to offer advice or support. He leaves us with many of his life lessons he embodied, such as that life is made up of all of the small moments, nothing is too small or insignificant to be overlooked, if something could be used or fixed, it’s worth holding on to, and the importance of culture and tradition. Saying Manny will be missed doesn’t feel adequate enough, but the hole he leaves behind is immense and he will be missed dearly.

Abby (Arlene) Verbin

April 22, 1938–Jan. 23, 2020

Abby (Arlene) Verbin
Abby (Arlene) Verbin

Abby (Arlene) Verbin, a longtime Foster City resident, drew her final breath Thursday the 23rd of January at The Abigail Assisted Living Facility in Redwood City, beloved husband Gary by her side and surrounded by family.

“Grammy Abby” loved spending time with her family, particularly her grandsons, more than anything. In addition, she greatly enjoyed shopping, music, good food, attending the theater and movies. She was small in stature, but enormous of spirit — a genuine force of nature — and tended to make an impression wherever she went.

She is survived by her loving husband of 62 years, Gary; sister Lynn and her husband Kenneth Baron; son Cory and his wife Cindy; daughter Lainee and her husband Leonard; and the brightest lights in her life, her grandchildren: Jeremy and Nikolas Verbin, Benjamin and Noah Engel.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests gifts may be made to:

National Jewish Health (https://www.nationaljewish.org/home), for asthma treatment and research.
UCSF Weil Institute for Neurosciences (https://weill.ucsf.edu) for stroke research.

Vivian Rain-Zukor

Dec. 8, 1925–Jan. 22, 2020

Vivian Rain-Zukor
Vivian Rain-Zukor

Vivian was born in 1925 to Louise and Samuel Benezra (deceased) in Everett, Washington. In 1933, she and her family, Albert, Morgan and Bernice Benezra (Hanak), moved to San Francisco and lived in a flat downstairs from the Rain Family. Here she would meet and fall in love with her future husband, Albert Rain (deceased). Together, they lived in San Francisco for 25 years before Al’s passing. They had three children, Louise Gross (Michael), Mark Rain (Robin), and Melissa Spaizman (Simon).

Vivian worked for Bank of America in SF and Marin. Vivian met Marvin Zukor (deceased) in 1991 and they married shortly after. They lived a happy life of new adventures together until Marvin’s passing in 2016. They had many friends in their classic car clubs, took many trips, and celebrated their 90th and 94th birthdays with them.

Vivian leaves behind her children, Louise, Mark & Melissa, stepson Steve Zukor, three grandsons, Adam Gross (Valerie Alter), Alex Rain, and Daniel Spaizman, and three great-grandchildren, Bryce, Cassie, and Mattie Gross. She also leaves behind many loving nieces and nephews.

Services were held at Eternal Home Cemetery in Colma. Donations in Vivian’s memory to Congregation Rodef Sholom San Rafael, and Hospice by the Bay Marin Chapter, are greatly appreciated.