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  • Lena Abrams, 90 of Shenandoah, passed away peacefully on Friday morning in Penn Hospice at Rittenhouse, Philadelphia. Born in Pottsville on May 9, 1925 she was the daughter of the late Samuel and Sarah (Gable) Weiss. She was a graduate of Pottsville High School and a member of the former Kehillat Israel Synagogue of Shenandoah where she served on the Hadassah committee. Lena was believed to be the last Jewish resident of Shenandoah. Lena was an office administrator for the family business,Locustdale Meat Packing Co., where she worked alongside her husband whose father started the business. The family will long be remembered for their dedication to the business and their customers. In addition to her parents and her husband, Isadore Abrams, to whom she was married for 67 years, Lena was preceded in death by her brothers Louis, Max, Phil and Isadore Weiss. Lena is survived by a daughter Sheryl A., wife of Philip Gilman of Merion Station, PA and two sons; David Abrams, husband of Penny, of Mt. Lebanon, PA and Robert Abrams of Ventnor City, NJ; 10 grandchildren; Geoffrey T. Abrams, husband of Amber: Mindy, wife of Darryl Dorish; Joshua Abrams, husband of Rachel; Rachel, wife of Eliyahu Sandel; Avi, Simi, and Elana Abrams; Julia, Todd, and Blake Gilman; 5 great grandchildren: Bryce, Maddie, Ben, Rivka, and Zoe. Funeral services will be held on Sunday, June 21st, at 3:00 p.m. at Lord-Bixler Funeral Home, Inc., 1818 Mahantongo St., Pottsville with the Rabbi Larry Kaplan officiating. Interment will follow Kehillat Israel Cemetery, Shenandoah, PA. Lord-Bixler Funeral Home, Inc. is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be expressed at
  • We mourn the passing of Bess Apple Klitzner, originally from Shenandoah, PA, then Harrisburg, PA and New Rochelle, NY. Bess was the beloved wife of Moe Apple; mother of Alan Apple; and sister of Sara Malett, all of whom passed before her, as well as her spouse Jake Klitzner. Bess was blessed with a loving and caring circle of of family, caregivers, hospice nurses, and friends. Bess was intelligent, well read and had an inner strength that guided her through life's most difficult situation. A woman who insisted for caring for her family at home when others would not have been able, and in the end, she was afforded the same respect by her family. Bess was active in the Kehillat Israel Synagogue and Cemetery in Shenandoah; Kesher Israel Congregation in Harrisburg; a member of the Westchester Jewish Center; and a life member of Hadassah. Bess and Moe Apple and her sister and brother-in-law, Dottie and Jerry Pollack, were co-owners of the Harrison Bakery in Harrisburg, which created a tight, close bond amongst the four of them. Bess was mother to Janice Malett; mother-in-law to Jerry Malett; sister and sister-in-law to Mendel and Ethel Harris; sister-in-law to Webb and Rhoda Apple; grandmother to Shoshana Malett, Daniel Malett, Marissa Apple Rodriguez and their spouses; great-grandmother of six and aunt to many nieces and nephews. Burial took place in the Kehillat Israel Cemetery in Shenandoah. "A woman of valor" , "a woman of velour", "a woman who took charge", and a gift to us all. We send you with much love and admiration. Contributions can be made to the Kehillat Israel Cemetery on their website or to Project Ezra, 465 Grand Street, 4th Floor, NY, NY 10002.
ARANOFF; ROSE; From Unknown Source
  • Rose Aranoff Cohen, beloved wife of Alfred S. Cohen, mother of Janice Weinreb, Barbara Yasgur and Benay Nesher, died on Aug. 14 in Jerusalem, Israel at age 93. Rose was born in Shenandoah, Pa. in 1915 where her family of 10 had a wholesale grocery. Alfred and Rose lived in Ventnor for over 50 years before moving to Israel. For the last five years they had been living in Jerusalem, Israel, carrying out a life long dream of living in the Holy Land where they were surrounded by two of their daughters, son-in-laws and many grandchildren and great grandchildren. Rose was an active member of the Beth Judah Sisterhood, Rodef Shalom Sisterhood, Hadassah and Amit. She was a leader of Torah learning in her home and in the various organizations in which she was active. She was a supporter of the Hebrew Academy of Atlantic County, where her children were among the first students in the school. Rose and her husband Alfred were the proprietors of Polly's Dress Shop which was located on Atlantic Avenue for decades.Rose had a dynamic personality and will be greatly missed by her large immediate and extended family and friends. She was the last survivor of her 7 siblings. The Aranoff family's strength and history will continue through the many seeds that they planted around the world from New York to Israel to Sydney, Australia.

ARONOFF, BURTON; From Pottsville Republican and Herald: December 26, 2009
  • Burton Aronoff, 90, of 901 S.W. 5th St., Boca Raton, Fla., died Saturday at Boca Community Hospital, Fla. Born in Shenandoah, he was a son of the late Isadore and Sophie Aronoff. He was employed as a publisher and was a former member of the Kehillat Israel Synagogue. He was a veteran of World War II. Surviving are his wife, Betty Miller Aronoff; two sons, Dr. Stephen, husband of Deborah Aronoff, Pipersville, and Aaron, husband of Deanna Aronoff, California; and five grandchildren. Graveside services with interment will be held at 1 p.m. Wedensday in Kehillat Israel Cemetery, Shenandoah Heights. Contributions can be made to Temple University, Department of Journalism, School of Communication Burton Aronoff Award for News Writing. Oravitz Home for Funerals, Inc., Shenandoah is in charge of local arrangements.
BARON, RELVA/REBA (FREDDLINE); From Pottsville Republican: January 14, 2008
  • Relva Freddline Baron, 87, formerly of Indiana Avenue, Shenandoah Heights, passed away Saturday at the Jewish Home of Greater Harrisburg. Born in Minersville, April 16, 1920, she was the daughter of the late Leonard and Fanny Freddline. She was preceded in deather by her husband, Ben, in 1994; a son Richard. Surviving is a son, Michael, Hummelstown. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. today from Oravitz Home for Funerals, Inc., 40 N. Jardin St., Shenandoah, with Rabbi Muroff officiating. Calling hours are from noon today until the time of services. Interment will be in Kehillat Israel Cemetery, Shenandoah.
FINKLEMAN, JOSEPH; From Hazleton Standard-Speaker: July 29, 1996
  • Born: Pittsburgh; Died: Shenandoah; Member of Kehillat Israel Synagogue; Husband of Sylvia Berson; Son of David Finkleman and Ida Rubinsky; Occupation: Jewelry Store Owner; Interment in Kehillat Israel Cemetry, Shenandoah
FRIEBAND, MORRIS; From Jewish News of Greater Phoenix Online: October 22, 2010
  • Morris Frieband of Tempe died Oct. 18, 2010. He was 89. He was born in Shenandoah, Pennsylvania. He was an electrical engineer, a business owner, and a computer-science teacher. He served in the U.S. Army. He was a member of Temple Emanuel of Tempe. Survivors include his wife, Edith; daughters, Ilana Joffe and Ruth; Sons, Ted, Joe, and Roy, and seven grandchildren. Services were held at Green Acres Cemetery, with Rabbi Andrew Straus officiating. Arrangements were made by Sinai Mortuary. Contributions are suggested to Hospice of the Valley, 1510 E. Flower Street, Phoenix, AZ 85014 or Temple Emanuel of Tempe, 5801 S. Rural Road, Tempe 85283. 
KAPLAN, CHARLES R.; From Morning Call: May 1, 2014 
  • Charles R. "Charlie K's" Kaplan, 94, of Coconut Creek, Florida, died peacefully on Sunday, April 13, 2014 in his home. Born in Mahanoy City he was the son of the late Morris and Gussie (Seleznik) Kaplan. After graduating from high school and serving in the U.S. Army as an officer during World War II, Mr. Kaplan worked in the family bakery business which enabled him to learn the trade of the business including management and ownership. Before long, he pursued his own business aspirations, and in 1954 he opened the first kosher pizza stand in the area at the Allentown Farmer's Market. It was known for decades and still remains (under new ownership) Charlie K's Pizza. A successful businessman, Mr. Kaplan branched out in Pennsylvania opening several other concession stands, increasing his real estate holdings, and continuing as a stockholder of the Allentown Fairgrounds. He was married to the late Sylvia (Winick) Levin Kaplan for nearly 50 years. Mrs. Kaplan passed away three years ago. She was a graduate of the Allentown High School and attended the New York Fashion Institute, after which she was a fashion buyer for the original Hess Brothers. Mr. and Mrs. Kaplan were members of Temple Beth El prior to moving to Florida. Mr. Kaplan was a good, kind, loving, and philanthropic man, proud of being a 32nd degree Mason. Survivors: Mr. Kaplan (Pop) will sadly be missed by his (step) daughter, Suzanne Lapiduss, (step) granddaughter, Tracey Billig and her husband Jason, and great-grandson Mason. He is also survived by his brother, David Kaplan, 10 nieces and nephews, and 42 great-nieces and nephews. Mr. Kaplan was predeceased by grandchildren, Robert Lapiduss and Michelle Lapiduss, two sisters Sara Yudacufski, and Mollie Cohen, and one brother, Dr. Max Kaplan. Services: Graveside burial took place, Thursday, April 17, 2014 at Kehillat Israel Cemetery in Shenandoah, PA. Contributions: To a charity of your choice.
KAPLAN, DOROTHEE (LANDE); From Hazleton Standard-Speaker: November 7, 2001
  • Born: Philadelphia; Died: Pottsville; Member of B'nai Israel Congregation, Frackville; Wife of Dr. Max Kaplan; Daughter of Simon Lande and Goldie Bruchansky; Occupation: Beauty Salon Manager; Interment in Kehillat Israel Cemetery, Shenandoah
KAPLAN, ISADORE; From Hazleton Standard-Speaker: Jan. 24, 1963
  • Born 1879; Died: Baltimore, Md. - 1963; Aged 84 Years; Owner of grocery and furniture business; Maintained residence in West Hazleton
KAPLAN, MAX; From Pottsville Republican: July 1, 2006
  • Max Kaplan, DDS, 95, of Pottsville, formerly of Frackville, died Thursday evening at Providence Place Retirement Community. Born in Hazleton, April 14, 1911, he was a son of the late Morris and Gussie (Seleznick) Kaplan. Raised in Mahanoy City, he was a graduate of Mahanoy City High School Class of 1929. After receiving his Bachelor of Science degree and Doctorate of Dental Surgery from the University of Pittsburgh in 1934, he practiced dentistry for 60 years with offices in Frackville and Hazleton. Dr. Kaplan was an Army Air Force verteran of World War II and obtained the rank of captain. During World War II, he practiced dentistry in China while serving along the Burma Road. Dr. Kaplan was a member and past president of the Schuylkill County Dental Society, a former trustee of the Pennyslvania Dental Association and a member of the American Dental Association. He was a member and past president of the former B'nai Israel Synagogue, Frackville, a member of the Kehillat Israel Synangogue, Shenandoah, and a member of the Oheb Zedeck Synagogue, Pottsville. Dr. Kaplan was a charter member and first president of the Frackville Lions club, a member and former trustee of the B.P.O. Elks 1533, Frackville, and a member of the American Legion Post 398, Frackville, where he was recently honored as the oldest veteran in the post. He was preceded in dead by his wife, to who he was married for 47 years, Dorothee Lande Kaplan in 1996; a sister, Molly Cohen. Dr. Kaplan is survived by four children, Betty, wife of Jack Marino, Birmingham, Ala., and Bonnie, wife of Michael Yanuskiewicz, Alan, husband of Susan Kaplan, and Arthur, husband of Kristine Kelly-Kaplan, all of Frackville, grandchildren, Justin, Jarad, Alyse, Rachyl, Ryan, Cody and Ava Grace; a sister, Sara Yudacufski, Miami Beach, Fla.; brothers Charles Kaplan, Coconut Creek, Fla. and David Kaplan, Red Bank, N.J.; nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday at the Albert L. Gricoski Funeral Home, 48 N. Broad Mountain Ave., Frackville, with Rabbi Leah Richman officiating. Donations can be made to the Max Kaplan Memorial Fund c/o Wachovia Bank, 2 S. Lehigh Ave. Frackville, PA 17931, where proceeds will be distributed to various children's charities as per his request. Interment will be in the Kehillat Israel Cemetery, Shenandoah Heights.
KLEMOW, HARRY H.; From Hazleton Standard Speaker: February 28, 2002
  • Harry H. Klemow; Born: Apr. 12, 1916 in Hazleton, Pa.; Died: Dec. 16, 1995 in Pottsville, Pa.; Member of B'Nai Israel Synagogue in Frackville; Husband of Rhoda (Yudacufski) Klemow; Son of Samuel Klemow and Nettie (Klitzner) Klemow; Owner a furniture store and maintained another residence in Frackville; Interment will be in the Kehillat Israel Cemetery
KLEMOW, RHODA D. (YUDACUFSKI); From Pottsville Republican-Herald: Nov. 17, 2007
  • Rhoda d. Yudacufski Klemow, Frackville, died Thursday at her residence. Born in Frackville, she was a daughter of the late Abraham and Sarah (Goldin) Yudacufski. She graduated from Frackville High School and McCann School of Business, Mahanoy City. She was co-owner of the Fox Furniture Store, Frackville, with her husband for more than 45 years. She previously worked for the government as a clerk in Philadelphia. She was a member of the former B'Nai Brith Synagogue, Frackville, and the Kehillat Israel Synagogue, Shenandoah. She was precedeed in death by her husband, Harry H. Klemow, to whom she was married 48 years; two sisters, Julia Cotler and Esther Fox; three brothers, Ike, Herman, and Morris Yudacufski. She was the last member of her immediate family. Surviving are a son, Marc B. Klemow, husband of JoAnne, Frackville, four grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews. Religous services will be 11 a.m. Monday at Albert L. Gricoski Funeral Home, Frackville, with Rabbi Alan Berg officiating. Interment will be in Kehillat Israel Cemetery, Shenandoah Heights. Doantions can be made in Rhoda's name to the Frackville Library 56 N. Lehigh Ave., Frackville, Pa. or the American Cancer Society - Schuylkill Unit, 16 N. 4th St., Minersville, Pa. 17954

; From Pottsville Republican-Herald: May 8, 2006
  • Jacob "Jake" Klitzner, 88, of 103 N. Jardin St., Shenandoah, died Saturday at home. Born in Slatington, Aug. 6, 1917, he was the son of the late Fishel and Sarah Sweet Klitzner. He attended local schools. He was an Army Veteran of WWII. He was the former owner of Klitzner Ford, Shenandoah. He was an Associate Member of Hadassah and a volunteer manager at Kehillat Israel Cemetery from 1984 until his last breath. He was also a member of B'Nai Brith. Surviving are his wife Bess "Harris Apple" Klitzner; a brother, Moe Klitzner, Shenandoah; a sister, Molly Schwartz, Florida; nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. today from Oravitz Home For Funerals, 40 N. Jardin St., Shenandoah, followed by burial in Kehillat Israel Cemetery. Friends may call from 10 a.m. until the time of services today. The family requests contributions be made in his memory to Kehillat Israel Cemetery Association, 103 N. Jardin St., Shenandoah, Pa. 17976.
KLITZNER, LOUISE S.; From Pottsville Republican-Herald: March 29, 2009
  • Louise S. Klitzner, 87, of 373 Florida Ave., Shenandoah Heights, died Sunday at Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. Born in Mahanoy City, April 23, 1921, she was a daughter of the late Jack and Ida Tulin Golin. She was a graduate of Mahanoy Area High School. She was a member of the former Kehilliat Israel Synagogue, Shenandoah, past president of Bnai Brith, and a member of Hadassah. She was preceded in death by her husband, Morris "Moe" Klitzner; two brothers, Sonny Golin and Babe Golin; and a sister, Hannah Ellis. Surviving are two daughters, Paula Wright, wife of John, Shenandoah, and Debi Linhard, Philadelphia; two grandsons, James and Brian Gadinski; a granddaughter, Irirsa Linhard; and a great-granddaughter, Porsha Linhard.
    Funeral services will be held 10 a.m. Friday from Nice-Hart Funeral Home Inc., 9 N. Lehigh Ave., Frackville. The Rabbi Melody Davis will be officiating. Interment will be in Kehilliat Israel Cemetery, Shenandoah Heights.
KLITZNER, MARGARET (HOROWITZ); From Hazleton Standard-Speaker: July 22, 1975
  • Born: Wilkes-Barre, Pa.; Died: Locust Mountain State General Hospital, Shenadoah, Pa.; Wife of Jacob "Jake" Klitzner; Daughter of Sam and Lena Horowitz; Interment in Kehillat Israel Cemetery
KLITZNER, MORRIS; From Pottsville Republican-Herald: Sept. 2, 2006
  • Morris Klitzner, 90, of 373 Florida Ave., Shenandoah Heights, died Friday at his residence. Born in Sladington, April 14, 1916, he was the son of the late Phillip and Sarah Klitzner. He was the proprietor of Klitzner Auto Parts, Klitzner Auto Glass, and Klitzner Auto Sales. He was a Navy Veteran of WWII. He was a member of Kehillat Israel Synagogue, Shenandoah, and Oheb Zedeck Synagogue, Pottsville. He was also a member of American Legion Post 74, Mahanoy City. He was preceded in death by a brother Jacob "Jake" Klitzner, in 2006. Surviving are his wife of 67 years, the former Louise Golin; two daughters, Paula Hopko, Saint Clair and Debbie Linhard, Philadelphia; a sister Molly Schwartz, Florida; three grandchildren, James Gadinski, Brian Gadinski, and Rissy Linhard; a great-grandchild, Porsha; nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Sunday at Oravitz Home For Funerals, Inc., Shenandoah. Rabbi Leah Richman will officiate. Friends may call from 10 a.m. until the time of the services Sunday. Interment will be at Kehillat Israel Cemetery, Shenandoah.
LEBENDIG, ABE; From Hazleton Standard-Speaker: January 4, 1963
  • Born: 1930; Age 33; Son of Dr. Abraham and Mamie (Spoont) Lebendig; Interment at Kehillat Israel Cemetery
LEFKOWITZ, ANNETTE; From Hazleton Standard-Speaker: Mon. July 16, 2001
  • Died: Thursday, July 12, 2001; Born in Mount Carmel; Died at the Healthpark Hospital; Fort Myers; Florida; Daughter of Martin and Libby Lefkowitz; Interment at Kehillat Israel, Shenandoah; Age: 79
LEVINE, DR. MICHAEL; From the Patriot News: Thursday, Sun. July 23, 2017
  • Although we are saddened sharing this news, our family has been blessed having had Michael in our lives. Dr. Michael Levine was born in Brooklyn, NY, the oldest son of Oscar and Rosalyn Levine. He was a Psychologist, an enthusiastic genealogical researcher, a man with a passion for fishing, a true blue-blooded NY Giants fan, a gardener, a tea connoisseur, a man with a passion for jazz and Judaic music, and his culinary skills were well appreciated. However, this was not the essence of Michael. Mike offered spirited conversation and a 24/7 open line for calls from the kids and a willingness to help and support in all ways possible. He was a gentle man, loving husband and the quintessential grandfather. Mike was preceded in death by his brother Merritt Levine. He is survived by his wife Ivy, his brother Donald (Barbara) Levine, his sister-in-law Ellen Levine, his mother-in-law Dorothy Pollack, his stepson Ian (Jill) Singer; stepdaughter Mika (Seth) Singer-Blanken, nieces and nephews Orrin and Alyson Levine, Andrew Levine, Erica and Perry Choset, Ally and Bob Abbott, Beth and Shawn Milsaps, great nieces and nephews, cousins and his granddaughters Samara Eden and Zoey Genesis. These girls were his life force. Their Mike-Mike was a blessing in their lives as they were in his. Chronic illness and courage are a constant battle - never underestimate either one. Memorial contributions may be made in Michael's name to the Jewish Community Foundation of Central PA - Kehillat Israel Cemetery Fund, 3301 N. Front Street, Harrisburg, PA 17110 (Attn: Paulette Keifer) or the American Diabetes Association at Funeral services will be held on Sunday, July 23rd at 9:30 a.m. at Chisuk Emuna Synagogue, 3219 Green Street, Harrisburg, with burial to follow at Kehillat Israel Cemetery, Cemetery Road, Shenandoah. 
MEYERS, BEATRICE; From Hazleton Standard-Speaker: Wed. July 11, 2001
  • Died: Monday July 9, 2001; Place of birth - NY; Place of death - Beth Israel Hospital, New York City, NY; Father: Oscar Meyers; Mother Rose Resnick; Interment in Kehillat Israel, Shenandoah; Occupation: Buyer in the garment industry.
OBERSON, CHARLES; From Hazleton PA Plain Speaker: Tuesday, February 22, 1938
  • Charles Oberson, 83, of Mahanoy City, died at the Pottsville Hospital, yesterday morning, following a long illness. He was a member of Beth Israel Synagogue in that town. Amoung the son surviving, is Harry Oberson, of Freeland.
  • Freda Schlanger, 95, beloved mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and sister, died on Thursday, March 24, 2011 in the Inpatient Hospice Unit at Lehigh Valley Hospital, Allentown. Born on January 3, 1916 in Carmel, NJ, she was the youngest daughter of the late Abraham and Bessie Narrow. She spent her childhood in Shepton, PA, and later moved to Shenandoah, PA, to marry her husband David Penn and raise her family. During her life in Shenandoah, she was an active member of Kehillat Israel Congregation, Bnai Brith Women, serving as President of the Sylvania Council, and Hadassah. After being widowed, she moved to Philadelphia for a number of years to be closer to her siblings. She remarried in 1973 and moved to Cherry Hill, NJ, with her second husband, Max Schlanger. Widowed again in 1993, Freida moved to Allentown, PA, where she was a member of Temple Beth El. Freida will be remembered as a dedicated wife and mother, then later grandmother and great-grandmother. Her greatest joy was spending time with her extended family. Survivors: To cherish her memory are her sons; Atty. Alan Penn and his wife Roberta of Allentown, and Dr. Joseph Penn and his wife Ann of Roanoke, VA; brother Mayer Narrow and his wife Lee of Tamarac, FL; In addition she enjoyed her grandchildren Dara Newman and her husband Dr. Andrew, Rhonda Seidman and her husband Dr. Michael, David Penn and his wife Corey, and Daniel Penn and his wife Meredith Barnett; She was blessed with eight great-grandchildren, Hailey, Blake, and Sophie Newman, Jenna and Madelyn Seidman, Olivia and Nathan Penn, and Teddy Penn; She is also survived by two step-daughters, Marlene Kaplan and her husband Dr. Perry, and Joyce Mogil, and their children and grandchildren. Services: 12:30 p.m. Sunday, Temple Beth El, 1305 Springhouse Rd., Allentown. Interment to follow at Kehillat Israel Cemetery, Shenandoah, PA. Shiva will be observed at the Penn home on Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday evenings at 7 p.m. Arrangements by Bachman, Kulik, & Reinsmith Funeral Home, Allentown. Contributions: In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Temple Beth El, 18104 or the Jewish Federation of the Lehigh Valley, 702 N. 22nd Street, Allentown, PA 18104.
POLLACK, JEROME; From the Patriot News; May 7, 2015
  • Jerome "Jerry" B. Pollack, 97, of Harrisburg, passed away on Tuesday, May 05, 2015 at home surrounded by his loving family. He was the loving husband of Dorothy (Harris) Pollack. Jerry was born in Chicago on November 13, 1917, a son to the late Harry and Ida (Freshman) Pollack. He attended 2 years of college before joining the U.S. Army as a Private, 106th Calvary Unit. Upon finishing his service to his country, he moved to Harrisburg where he bought and operated Harrisons Bakery for 28 years. At age 59, Jerry worked his way up through various government positions, until he retired after 22 years of service as the Deputy Director of the Area Agency on Aging. While he was there, he started transportation programs, the Dauphin County Meals on Wheels Program, the Senior Expo, and he raised funds to build new senior centers. Jerry also enjoyed volunteering at Community General Hospital. Jerry was a very active and faithful member of Kesher Israel Congregation. He served as past President of the Brotherhood at KI. He loved Judaism and instilled that belief system into his children. He had a wonderful sense of humor and a kind a generous spirit. Jerry always saw the best in everyone. Most of all, his family was his world. He cherished his children, grandchildren and his great-grandchildren. In addition to his beloved wife of 69 years, Dorothy, he is survived by his Daughter, Ivy Levine and her husband, Dr. Michael, of Harrisburg, grandchildren Mika Singer (Seth Blanken), Ian Singer (Jill) and Laurin Goodman (Bryan); great-grandchildren, Samara, Zoey, Jordan, and Elijah; and nieces and nephew, Amy Gilbert, Bruce Pollack, Ida Dreyfus and Janice Malett. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Arlene Lehner. Funeral services were held on Wednesday, May 6, 2015 at Kesher Israel Cemetery Chapel with Rabbi Akiva Males officiating. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be offered to Scleroderma Foundation, 300 Rosewood Drive, Suite 105, Danvers, MA 01923; or to Kesher Israel Congregation, 2500 N. 3rd Street, Harrisburg, PA 17110. To offer the family condolences, or for directions, please visit

RUDBERG, ISRAEL; From Hazleton Standard-Speaker: Nov. 23, 1996
  • Born: Shenandoah, Pa.; Died: Sharon Hill, Pa.; Husband of Louise Rudberg; Son of Charles and Julia Rudberg; Owned electrical appliances store; Interment in Kehillat Israel Cemetry
SCHOOR; DORA; From Pottsville Republican: Feb. 1, 2011
  • Dora Schoor, 96, a former Shenandoah resident, died Tuesday. She was the wife of the late Ben D. Schoor and worked with him in their business, Keystone Home Furnishing Co. on South Main Street, Shenandoah. She was president of Hadassah when she lived in Shenandoah and was of B'nai Brith. She was a member of Kehillat Israel Synagogue. Born in Russia in 1914, at the time of her death she lived in Queens, N.Y., having moved there from Florida in 2006. She was on the board of directors of Jade Winds, where she resided in Florida. In addition to her husband she was preceded in death by her sister Marion. She is survived by a sister Evelyn; a brother, William; daughters, Janet Schoor, Marcia, wife of John Jacoby, and Sheila, wife of John blunt; five grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews. Burial will be held Friday in Kehillat Israel Cemetery, Shenandoah Heights, following a service at 11 a.m. at Oravitz Home for Funerals Inc., 40 N. Jardin St, Shenandoah. Donations in her memory may be made to Hadassah, Anti-Defamation League, United Jewish Appeal or the American Heart Association.
SISWEIN; REUBEN "KILLER"; From Hazleton Standard-Speaker: Fri. Sept. 6, 2002
  • Died: Sept. 3, 2002; Born in Shenandoah; Died in Shenandoah; Husband of the late Anna (Becthker) Siswein; Son of George and Irene (Silverstein) Siswein; Services at the Walukieweics-Oravitz Fell Funeral Home, Shenandoah; Interment at Kehillat Israel Cemetery, Shenandoah Height; Occupation: Exeterior Decorator and was employed at the Schuylkill Tax Claim Bureau; Age: 82
SISWEIN; SYLVIA (ZUBROFF); From Pottsville Republican: Sept. 4, 2007
  • Sylvia Zubroff Siswein, 86, of 214 W. Oak St., Shenandoah, passed away Sunday at Lehigh Valley Hospital, Allentown area, with her loving family present. Born in Minersville, Nov. 15, 1920, she was a daughter of the late Abraham and Franny (Freedline) Zubroff. Sylvia was a graduate of the Minersville High School. She and her late husband, Harold Siswein, were the proprietors of Siswein's Furniture Strore, Shenandoah, for many years. Mrs. Siswein was a member of Kehillat Israel Synagogue, Shenandoah, and Hadassah Women's Organization. Sylvia will be remembered for her charity to many local churches and civic organizations. Preceding her in death, in addition to her parents, were her husband, Harold; a daughter, Marjorie R. Siswein Arnold; a granddaughter, Shana Krasno. Surviving are a daughter, Pam Krasno, Shenandoah; a brother, Dr. Leonard S. Zubroff, Southfield, Mich.; a sister, Lillian Melman, Harrisurg; five grandchildren: Atty. Jason Krasno and his wife, Nikki, and their son, Sylvia's great-grandson, Benjamin Krasno, Philadelphia; Faith Krasno, PhD, Philadelphia; Jesse Krasno, a graduate of Hunter College pursuing his career in psychology, New York City; Atty. Karen Heering, wife of Dr. David Heering, and their children, Sylvia's great-grandchildren, Kylie, Harrison and Matthew Heering, Millstone, N.J., and Atty. Greg Hodes, Los Angeles, Calif.; a niece, Cynthia Melman, Washington, D.C. Services will be held at noon today from Walukiweicz-Oravitz Fell Funeral Home, 132 S. Jardin St., Shenandoah, with Rabbi Alan Berg of Agudas Israel Congregation, Hazleton, officiating. Burial will follow in Kehillat Israel Cemetery, Shenandoah Heights. The family prefers donations to Schuylkill Scholarship, c/o Arnold Delin, 203 Pheasent Run Road, Orwigsburg, Pa. 17961, or St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, Tn. 38105
SMITH, SARA M.; From Hazleton Standard-Speaker: Oct. 22, 1996
  • Born: Shenandoah; Died: Frackville; Member of Oheb Zedeck Synagogue; Wife of Victor Smith (Died: 1981); Daughter of Samuel and Jennie Friedman; Occupation: Bookkeeper; Interment in Kehillat Israel Cemetery, Shenandoah Heights
SORIN, MILTON; From Hazelton Standard-Speaker: Wed. Dec. 11, 2002
  • Born: Nov. 1, 1923 in Shenandoah, Pa.; Died Harrisburg Hospital, Harrisburg, Pa. Dec. 9, 2002; Son of Max and Rebecca (Karll) Sorin; President of R. Sorin and Company and United Wiping Cloth Company; Aged 79 Years
SPECTOR, MARY; From Pottsville Republican and Herald: Tue. August 6, 2013
  • Mary Spector, Hollywood, Fla., formely of Shenandoah, passed away Tuesday. Grave site services will be held 11:30 a.m. Friday at Kehillat Israel Cemetery, Shenandoah Heights, by Rabbi Larry Kaplan. Oravitz Home for Funerals, Inc. is in charge of arrangements.

SWEET, WILLIAM; From Hazleton Standard-Speaker: Wed. Dec. 3, 2003
  • Born: Shenandoah; Died: Set Manor, Orwigsburg; Husband of Ethel (Burket) Sweet - Died 1985; Son of David and Rose Sweet; Maintained residences in Shenandoah and Orwigsburg; Occupation: Metal Dealer; Interment in Kehillat Israel Cemetery, Shenandoah Heights
UFBERG, ALFRED E.; From Pottsville Republican: July 23, 2007
  • Alfred E. Ufberg, Scranton, originally a resident of Shenandoah, died Sunday at Mercy Hospital, Scranton. His wife of 66 years is the former Leah Abrams. Born in Shenandoah, he was a son of the late Jacob and Minnie Ufberg. He was a graduate of Shenandoah High School. From his childhood, he participated in his family's furniture business, Ufberg's Furniture Store, Shenandoah, which he grew and expanded greatly over 50-plus years. He was the sole owner and operator before his retirement in 1985. He was a member of the Kehillat Israel Congregation, Shenandoah, where he was active for many years, a member of Temple Israel, Scranton, for many years and a member of Beth Shalom Congregation, Scranton. He was a member and past president of the Shenandoah Rotary, as well as a longtime member of the Shenandoah Elks Club, where he served as an officer. He was honored by the furniture industry for his outstanding business accomplishments. He was also active in numerous Jewish, civic, and charitable organizations. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Barbara; a sister Dorothy Berson; three brothers Sam, Max and David. Surviving, in addition to his wife, are three sons, Murray, Kingston; Howard, Scranton, and Robert, Waverly; 13 beloved grandchildren; five great-grandchildren who delighted him; nieces and nephews. Funeral will be held at 11:30 am.m today at Beth Shalom Synagogue, Clay Avenue and Vine Street, Scranton with Rabbi Yisroel Brotsky officiating. Interment will be in Kehillat Israel Cemetery, Shenandoah. Shiva will be observed from 7 to 9 p.m. today and Tuesday and from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the residence of Mr. and Mrs. Ufberg, 550 Clay Avenue., Apt. 5-D, Scranton. Shiva will also be held from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday and from 2 to 4 p.m. Friday at the residence of his son and daughter-in-law, Atty. and Mrs. Murray Ufberg, 644 Charles Ave., Kingston. Memorial contributions may be made to the Beth Shalom Congregation, 1025 Vine St., Scranton, Pa. 18510, or to Hadassah, c/o Mrs. Sophie Maiman, 209 Harvard Ave., Clarks Green, Pa. 18411. Ziman Funeral Home Inc., 612 Gibson St., Scranton is in charge of arrangements.
UFBERG, DR. IRWIN B.; From the Wilkes Barre Times Leader: Nov. 5, 2007
  • Dr. Irwin B. Ufberg, 72, of Lafayette Hill., Pa., formerly of Kingston, died Monday, November 5, 2007 at home, surrounded by his family. Born at Shenandoah, he was a child of the late Sam and Bettye Ufberg. He was a graduate of Perkiomen Preparatory School, after which he attended Bucknell University before matriculating at and graduating from Temple University Dental School. He practiced dentistry in Wilkes-Barre since 1959. Dr. Ufberg was, at the time of death, a member of Temple Beth Orr Congregation, Spring House, Pa., and a member of the Board of Directors of Meadowland Country Club, where he had previously served as president. He was a past president of S.J. Strauss Lodge of B'Nai Brith, a past president of Eastern Pennsylvania Council of B'nai B'rith International; past Board Chair of the United Hebrew Institute, Kingston; past Board Member of Congregation Ohav Zedeck, Wilkes-Barre; Ori Ami Synagogue in Lafayette Hill; the Wyoming Valley Jewish Federation; and the Northeastern Jewish Home of Scranton. He was a past member of Caldwell Consistory and the Irem Temple Shrine and was, on several occasions, Chairman of the Dental Division of the United Way. He was a fellow in both the Academy of General Dentistry and the International Academy of Oral Implantology. Additionally, he was a guest-lecturer at several dental schools and hospitals throughout his professional career. He is survived by his wife, Marcy; his children Brian Ufberg of Los Angeles, Calif., David Ufberg and his wife Kelly of Los Angeles, Calif., Julie Ufberg of Philadelphia, Amy Segal and her husband, Larry, of Lafayette Hill, and Corey Oelbaum of Philadelphia; four grandchildren; his brother, Dr. Harold Ufberg, and his wife, Ceci, of Ventnor, N.J.; his sister Michele Casey, of Kingston, Ontario, Canada; numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. Funeral will be held at 10 a.m. Friday from the Goldstein Funeral Home, 6014 N. Broad Street, Philadelphia. Interment will be in the Monefiore Cemetery, 600 Church Road, Jenkintown, Pa. Shiva will be observed on Saturday from 7 to 9 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. into the evening at 29 Copper Beach Drive, Lafayette Hill, Pa. Memorials may be made to the Abramson Center for Jewish Life, 1425 Horsham Road, North Wales, Pa. 19454, or the Make-A-Wish Foundation, One Valley Square, 512 Township Line Road, Suite 113, Blue Bell, Pa., 19422.
UFBERG, LEAH; From Unknown Source
  • Leah Ufberg, of Scranton, passed away peacefully at Mercy Hospital in Scranton on Tuesday, July 14, 2009.
    Born in Lithuania, she was a daughter of the late Rabbi Abraham and Hannah Abrams. She spent her childhood in Manhattan and Brooklyn, where she graduated from high school.
    She then resided for the majority of her adulthood in Shenandoah, Pa., after she married her beloved husband, Alfred, who preceded her in 2007. They moved to Scranton in 1986, where she was active in B�nai B�rith Women and was a life member of Hadassah. She was a member of Beth Shalom Congregation and its sisterhood. She was also a member of numerous other religious, civic and philanthropic organizations and enjoyed many and varied friendships.
    She was a patron of the theater and an avid reader. Her enthusiasm for life was embraced by her entire family, as she was a very loving and devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.
    She was preceded in death by her daughter, Barbara; her brother, Max Abrams; and her sister, Esther Kunin.
    Surviving are three sons, Murray Ufberg and his wife, Margie of Kingston, Howard Ufberg and his wife, Marcia of Scranton, and Robert Ufberg and his wife, Laney of Scranton. She is also survived by her brother, Rabbi Leo Abrahams, of B'nai B'rak, Israel, as well as 13 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.
    The funeral will be held today at 1 p.m. at the Beth Shalom Congregation, Vine Street and Clay Avenue, Scranton, with services by Rabbi Yisroel Brotsky. Interment will take place at the Kehillat Israel Cemetery, Shenandoah.
    Shiva will be observed at the residence of Mrs. Ufberg, 550 Clay Avenue, Apartment 5-D, Scranton, this evening, from 7 to 8:30; Thursday, from 1 to 3 and 6 to 8 p.m.; Friday, from 1 to 3 p.m.; and Sunday, from 1 to 3 and 6 to 8 p.m. On Sunday, Shiva will also be observed at the home of Murray and Margie Ufberg, 644 Charles Avenue, Kingston, from 1 to 3 and 6 to 8 p.m. On Monday, Shiva will be observed solely at the home of Murray and Margie Ufberg from 1 to 3 and 6 to 8 p.m.
    Memorial contributions may be made to Hadassah or Beth Shalom Congregation, 1025 Vine Street, Scranton, PA 18510.
    Arrangements are by the Ziman Funeral Home Inc., 612 East Gibson Street, Scranton, PA 18510.
  • Dr. Norman M. Wall, longtime medical director of the former Good Samaritan hospital and a prominent cardiologist whose reputation extended nationally, was laid to rest Tuesday at the Kehillat Israel cemetery in Shenandoah. He died at his home, Heathrow, Fla., on Sept. 3 at the age of 99. He remained active and vibrant until his last day, when he passed away while swimming in his pool. In remembrance, the Orlando Sentinel published, "Norman Wall: The 99 Year Old Man who Never Got Old," an article based on his prodigious reading, activity and continued interest in medical education.  Norman grew up in Girardville, where his parents, Russian-Jewish immigrants, operated a dry goods store. He attended the University of Pennsylvania and its medical school on scholarships in the 1930s and later trained at the prestigious Leahy Clinic, Boston, and Montefiore Medical Center, Pittsburgh. During World War II he served as a medical officer with the Army, stationed in the Middle East and North Africa, rising to the rank of Lt. Colonel. In the service, he helped to establish field hospitals. One of them, the 29th Station Hospital in Palestine, later became the largest health and research facility in Israel, the Sheba Hospital at Tel Hashomer. He returned to Schuylkill County in the 1950s to become medical director of the Good Samaritan Hospital, now the Schuylkill Medical Center-East Norwegian Street. He is widely credited with transforming the hospital into a preeminent medical center in Northeastern Pennsylvania. "As Yankee Stadium is regarded as the house that Babe Ruth built, then this is the hospital that Norman Wall built," said Frank Schoeneman, Vice Chairman of the Schuylkill Medical Center at a memorial service held Tuesday at the hospital auditorium named in Dr. Wall's honor. Also participating in the memorial service were former colleagues, prominent physicians and medical educators, civic leaders, friends, Jewish community leaders, and family.  Dr. Wall recruited physicians from the United States and around the world to join the staff of the hospital. He was regarded as an outstanding clinician and remarkable diagnostician. A passionate educator, he trained many students with whom he remained close, some of them who would become leaders in their medical fields. A former president of the Pennsylvania Heart Association and Fellow of the American College of Cardiology, Dr. Wall published many articles in leading medical journals based on his clinical observations. He also wrote a book, "Living Longer, Living Stronger". In May of this year, a joint fellowship was established in his name by Sheba Tel Hashomer Medical Center, Israel, and Medstar-George Washington University, Washington, enabling cardiologists from Israel to train in the United States. Along with medicine, Dr. Wall was passionate about his Jewish faith and social justice. He was active in the Jewish community of Pottsville and a member of the Oheb Zedek Synagogue. A strong advocate against prejudice and discrimination, he became involved with the Anti-Defamation League since the 1960s, later to become the Chairman of the ADL's Pennsylvania Board and a member of the ADL National Commission. On his birthday last Feb. 9, and the ADL's 100th Anniversary, he was presented with the ADL Centennial Champion Award, an award given to select individuals for their contribution to ADL and its causes over the last century. In recent years he also received awards from the Maimonides Society for his medical contributions and the "Eight Over Eighty" by the Kinneret Foundation, both in Orlando, Fla. Dr. Wall is survived by his wife, Faye, Heathrow, Fla.; his sons, Jay, Israel, and Harry, New York; his daughter, Sharon, Washington, D.C.; five grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. His former wife, Naomi, lives in Pottsville.

WEISBROD, GERTRUDE KEMPNER DAVISON; From Pottsvile Republican and Herald, March 9, 2015
  • Gertrude Davison Weisbrod, 93, of Allentown, died Saturday at her residence. Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., Jan. 29, 1922, she was a daugher of the late Isaac and Rachel Kempner. She was preceded in death by her first husband, Jules Davison, and her second husband, Dr. Lawrence Weisbrod, formerly of Shenandoah. She is survived by two sons, Irwin and his wife, Ilene Davison, New Jersey, two grandchildren, Jill, New York City, and Joashua, and his wife Robin, Merion; three great-grandchildren, Derek, Samuel and Shaine. Graveside services were held in Kehillat Israel Cemtery, Shenandoah Heights, with Rabbi Michael Michlin officiating. Oravitz Home for Funerals, Inc., Shenandoah, was entrusted with arrangements. 
WINOGRAD, ELLIOTT; From The New York Times, November 9, 2016
  • Elliott C. Winograd; Noted attorney and devoted husband, father, grandfather and brother, died peacefully at his home in Rockville Centre, NY early the morning of September 26, 2016, at the age of 77. Over his storied 50 year legal career, Mr. Winograd tried over 500 jury cases to verdict, served as the Chief Negotiator for the Civil Division of the Law Department for the City of New York, and regularly donated his time as a pro bono Special Master, mediator and arbitrator with the Supreme Court, Nassau County. Mr. Winograd was extremely philanthropic and active in the community he loved, where, among other things,he was a past president of Central Synagogue of Nassau County, a former member of the Rockville Centre Zoning Board and a former Rockville Centre auxiliary police officer. Mr. Winograd's dry wit and love of the law were trumped only by the love for his family. Born in Chicago, and raised in Shenandoah, PA, Mr. Winograd was an avid Chicago Bears fan and devoted attendee of his grandchildren's activities. Mr. Winograd leaves behind his wife Susan, children Elizabeth and Michael, daughter-in-law Siobhan, grandchildren Liam and Chloe, and sisters Linda and Loretta.Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, September 28, 2016 at Central Synagogue of Nassau County in Rockville Centre.