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Obituaries November 2023

Condolences to the family of Leah Cohen Bernhard who died October 7. She is survived by her daughter, Rachel (Marcus) Whitney. 


Condolences to the family of Barrie Kirshner who died September 24 (10 Tishrei, 5784). Barrie was the daughter of Morris and Sylvia Brody Davis Zl.  She is predeceased by her husband, Alden Kirshner, Zl and survived by her three sons: Art Kirshner (Annette), Neil Kirshner (Susan), and Michael Kirshner (Bari Bettan); three grandchildren, Erica Kirshner (Peter DeBenedictus),  Sara Jo Helba (Stephen), Leah Kirshner Creighton (Daniel), Marin Kirshner, Carson Kirshner, and six great grandchildren: Tia and Tali Helba, Brody and Violet Creighton, and Maya and Caleb DeBenedictus; her sisters Charlotte Davis Seloff, Ellen Davis Dansky and her brother, Nathan Edward Davis (Ned); sister-in-law, Mickey Davis; her aunt, Marsha Brody from Chicago and many nieces, nephews and cousins. 
Donations in her memory may be made to West End Synagogue or Volunteers for Israel ( 

Condolences to the family of Joanne Middleton. 

Condolences to the family of Chain Walne on October 14. Born in Poland in 1931, Chaim navigated Europe during WWII, finding his home in Israel in 1947 where he fought from Israel’s War of Independence through the Six Day War. Alongside his wife Miriam and daughter Iris, he moved to NYC in 1968 where he continued his life of giving - always lending a hand to others, offering the heartiest of laughs, or gifting his love to family. He is survived by Miriam, Iris and Jon, and grandsons Josh and Alex, and Alex’s fiancé Danielle. 

In lieu of flowers, please consider continuing his legacy and his love for Israel with donations to American Friends of Magen David Adom. 

Condolences to the family of Harriet Rivlin who died on September 24. She is survived by her son, Ron (Gail) Rivlin, and grandchildren, Hayley, Steven and Eric. 

Condolences to the family of Dr. Marvin Schwartz who died on September 30. He is survived by his wife, Claire Schwartz; children,  Debbie Linn(Stephen), Pete Schwartz, Phran Galante (z"l) (Joe), and Myke Schwartz; and  grandchildren, Rachel Linn and Cam Linn. 

Donations may be made in Marvins memory to Congregation Micah or Phrannie's Phriends at the Pet Community Center. 

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