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Obituaries July 2022

Condolences to the family of George Thomas Hahn. who died on June 7. He is survived by his wife, Frances Cutler Hahn; two daughters, Claudia Hahn Abbott (Jon), Elisabeth Hahn (Missy Stogner); grandchildren, Andrew Abbott (Rachel Northcutt Abbott), Kara Abbott; stepdaughter, Cynthia Moon (Bobby). He was a professor emeritus of mechanical engineering and materials science at Vanderbilt University. Donations may be made in George's memory to the Congregation Micah General Fund in support of the Children of the Shoah statue at Congregation Micah.

Condolences to the family of Jerry Kosten. who died on May 30 in Winter Haven, Fla.. He was born to Pearl Tolch Kosten and Sam Kosten in Nashville, on April 5, 1952, where he resided until his high school graduation and earned his Bachelor of Science degree from University of Tennessee.
Following his graduation, Jerry moved to Memphis and began work at Goldsmith’s Department Store in 1974, then in 1976, he moved back to Nashville to begin his career with Motorola. Before going to work for the State of Tennessee, Jerry co-authored Nashville Trivia in 1987, and owned Izzy’s Coney Island. Once retired from the State of Tennessee Dept. of Medical Regulations, Jerry moved to Winter Haven where he continued his tax preparation business from home while listening to his extensive CD collection. Jerry also traveled to many jazz concerts with his close friend, Glenn Cooper. Jerry also enjoyed long walks with his very kind neighbor, Linda Davy. Jerry was active with the West End Synagogue in Nashville, and Temple Beth Shalom Congregation in Winter
Haven and he also supported several charities.

Condolences to the family of Jay Rittenberg, who passed away on May 17, 2022. Jay was born in November 1932 in Birmingham, Ala. He was happily married to his wife, Barbara Rittenberg, for over 60 years. Jay loved his family and spending time with them. He was a terrific husband, father, grandfather, son, brother, and uncle.

Jay met Barbara on a blind date and after only two dates they were engaged. After being married for five years and having three sons within 30 months, he and his young family moved from New Jersey to Nashville where he lived for the rest of his life.

Jay earned an undergraduate degree from the University of South Carolina in accounting and earned his Certified Public Accounting (CPA) at the age of 40. He retired at the age of 58 after spending most of his professional career at Cummings Sign.

Jay volunteered for SCORE and served on the Board of Directors at West End Synagogue as treasurer.

He is survived by his sons, Scott (Terri), Evan, and Edward (Melissa); grandchildren, Alex, Andrew (Victoria), Joel, Natalie, and Samantha; sister Helene Wolf; sisters-in-law, Toby Kraus and Sondra Newall; nephews and nieces, Steve (Nan) Wolf, Carol (Mitch) Damsky, Eileen Rittenberg (Trent Grant), Terry Hahn, Judy Stichter (Wayne Kaplan), Jeff Kraus, Gary Kurtz and Stacy (Rick) Shaffer,

He was predeceased by his wife, Barbara Rittenberg; parents, Eva and Sam Rittenberg; brother, Harold Rittenberg; brothers-in-law, Irvin Wolf and Nathan Kurtz; sister-in-law, Judy Kurtz; and nephew, Jerry Rittenberg.


Condolences to the family of Martin Snyder, who died on May 21 in Memphis at the age of 88 with his family by his side. He was born in Forrest City, Ark., on February 28, 1934, to

Rueben Snyder and Develling Yoffie Snyder. He attended Forest City High School and Louisiana State University and served in the army before going into the family scrap and recycling business. Martin was a kind, loving, and generous man who was always there for his family. His favorite times were boating on Lake Ouachita with his family and traveling to Israel with the Men’s Club of Temple Israel and again with his wife, Evelyn. His interests included flying planes, reading, listening to jazz music, and watching Western movies.

Martin is survived by his wife, best friend, and soulmate Evelyn Loket Snyder of 58 years; children, Leslie Stein (Dr. Ira E. Stein), Kimberley Snyder, and the late Wayne Jeffrey Snyder; grandchildren, Joshua Siegel (Heather), Stephanie Siegel, Hannah Stein, and Talia Stein.
Donations may be made to Temple Israel or to the charity of your choice.

Condolences to the family of Bebe Weinstein, who died on June 24. She is survived by her son, Dave (Debbie) Weinstein. Donations may be made in her memory to Congregation Micah

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