The Jewish Observer
News from Middle Tennessee's Jewish Community | Friday, June 21, 2024
The Jewish Observer

Obituaries April 2022 and Unveiling

Unveiling for Frances Kaminitz will be on Sunday, May 8th at 11am at the Sherith Israel Cemetery. The family invites Frances’ friends to please join them. 


Condolenes to the family of Phyllis Alper.  Phyllis was predeceased by her husband of 58 years, Ben Alper, and her sister, Mayora Ross. 

She is survived by her sisters, Kay Jacobs and Jean Valenti of Tampa, two daughters, Sherri Alper and Denise Alper, and grandchildren,  Rachel Levy Howell (Patrick), Aaron Levy (Jessie), Brittney Goldfarb (Aaron Noparstak), Elliot Goldfarb and her great-grandchildren, Quentin and Willa Howell, Josie Levy and Danielle and Olivia Noparstak and niece, Vicki Ross Sawyer. 

Donations in Phyllis’ memory may be sent to Alive Hospice in Nashville or to a charity of your choice. 


Condolences to the family of Terri Janette “TJ” Cohen, who died on March 16th. TJ is survived by her husband, Jay Cohen, stepdaughter Callie Cohen; sisters Pam Stiles (Nelson) and Jule Collins; mother-in-law Florence Saperstein (Rudy); brothers-in-law Mark Cohen and Lee Cohen (Deborah); and sister-in-law Lisa Cohen.  

In lieu of flowers, tributes may be made in TJ’s memory to Goofy Foot Dog Rescue, Congregation Micah, or any charity of your choice.  


Condolences to the family of Bernard “Bernie” Goldstein, who died on February 23. Bernie gave generously of his time and his resources to West End Synagogue. He served as president of the synagogue from 1968 to 1970. He funded and established the Sandra Klein Goldstein Community Service Award in 2015, which is presented to the student in the Beit Miriam graduating class who performed the most meaningful and active community service.  He was a co-sponsor along with the Jewish Federation of Nashville and Middle Tennessee of the West End Synagogue Senior Learn and Lunch program and he purchased a new set of High Holiday and Shabbat prayer books for the synagogue.  Most recently, Bernie made a significant contribution to kickstart the synagogue’s capital campaign. The Social Hall is dedicated in his honor. 

Bernie was predeceased by his first wife, Sandra Klein Goldstein, mother of his children, and is survived by his wife, Lenora, and his children, Steve Goldstein (Kent Newmark), Ronna Goldstein and Stewart Goldstein (Becky); grandchildren, Samuel Usmani (Maria), Zachary Usmani, Sari Goldstein (Ashley Baltes), Joshua Goldstein (Brynne), Jack Reason, Catherine Walsh and Bridget Walsh; and great grandchildren, Lyla Usmani, Emilia Usmani and Graham Goldstein.  He is also survived by his brother and sister-in-law, Allen and Janice Klein and his sister-in-law, Jackie Klein Tepper. 


Condolences to the family of Arnold J. Hyatt. who died March 5. Arnold is survived by his companion, Martha Blankenship; sister, Barbara Garbowitz; children, Susan Billotte (Roger), Ronald Hyatt, Larry Hyatt (Carol); grandchildren Seth Hyatt (Sharone), Joshua Grebow (Erin), Rebecca Hyatt, Brian Grebow (Bianca), Skyler Hodes; and five great-grandchildren. 
Donations may be made in Arnold's memory to the Jewish War Veterans of the United States of America or Congregation Micah. 


Condolences to the family of Barbara K. Rittenberg. She was born in March 1939 in New Jersey. She was happily married to her husband, Jay, for over 60 years. Family meant everything to Barbara. She was a terrific wife, mother, grandmother, daughter, sister and aunt. Barbara met Jay on a blind date and after only two dates they were engaged. After being married for seven years and having three sons within 30 months, she and her young family moved from New Jersey to Nashville where she lived for the rest of her life. 

Barbara spent over 30 years teaching students in the Metro School system who are gifted and those with learning disabilities. She earned an undergraduate degree from Montclair State and a master’s in education from Peabody College at Vanderbilt. She volunteered and served leadership roles in many non profits here in Nashville. 

Barbara is survived by her husband, Jay; sons, Scott (Terri), Evan and Edward (Melissa); grandchildren, Alex, Andrew (Victoria), Joel, Natalie and Samantha; sisters, Toby Kraus and Sondra Newall; sister-in-law, Helene Wolf; nephews and nieces, Terry Hahn, Judy Stichter (Wayne Kaplan), Jeff Kraus, Gary Kurtz, Stacy (Rick) Shaffer, Steve (Nan) Wolf,  Carol (Mitch) Damsky and  Eileen Rittenberg (Trent Grant). She was predeceased by her parents, Jack and Esther Kurtz; brother, Nathan Kurtz; sister-in-law, Judy Kurtz; brothers-in-law, Harold Rittenberg and Irvin Wolf; and nephew, Jerry Rittenberg. 

Donations may be made to: Tennessee Alzheimer’s Association, 106 Mission Court, Suite 203, Franklin, TN  37067 and online at: 

Condolences to the family of Helene Rothschild who lived to 105. Survivors include Chelsea and Andrew. 

Condolences to the family of Nyuma Shor. He is survived by his wife, Marina. 

Condolences to the family of Walter P. "Wally" Stern. who died on February 27. Wally is survived by his wife, Betsy May Stern; children, Sarah May Stern (Mark Rosenblatt), Willy May Stern (Ann Shapiro), David May Calhoon Stern (Mary Elizabeth Calhoon); grandchildren, Judd Rosenblatt (Melanie Plaza), Bex Rosenblatt (Ben Manson), Tom Rosenblatt, Zack Stern, Phoebe Stern, Kasey Stern, Gavin Stern, Fiona Stern; great-grandchildren, Trent Rosenblatt, Leo Manson; brother, Richard Stern (Phyllis Edelstein); and brother-in-law, Jack May (Lynn May). 

Support The Observer

The Jewish Observer is published by The Jewish Federation of Greater Nashville and made possible by funds raised in the Jewish Federation Annual Campaign. Become a supporter today.

Donations may be made in Wally's memory to The Hudson Institute or The Washington Institute for Near East Policy