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Glifecycles-bell_normal_sizeAnna and David Bell of San Francisco are very happy to announce the arrival of their son, Adam Arthur (Abraham) Bell, born Nov. 12, 2015, and weighing 7 pounds 13 ounces. He is the baby brother of Ava Georgia, 2. Grandparents are Alla and George Bell of San Francisco and Elena Spektor of Los Angeles. He is the great-grandson of Anna and Arthur Patland of San Francisco and Mira Spektor of Tel Aviv. Brit Milah ceremony was performed by Rabbi Jonathan Singer at Congregation Emanu-El in San Francisco. Mazel tov to all!

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Isaiah Koenig Son of Elizabeth Rody and Howard Koenig, Saturday, Nov. 28 at Congregation Emanu-El in San Francisco.

Nathan Marks Son of Abigail Levinson Marks, Saturday, Nov. 28 at Congregation Beth Sholom in San Francisco.

Hannah Mayer Daughter of Corinne Jonas Mayer and Jonathan Mayer, Saturday, Nov. 28 at Congregation Rodef Sholom in San Rafael.

Leigha Miller Daughter of Andrea and Dean Miller, Saturday, Nov. 28 at Temple Isaiah in Lafayette.

Aaron Shray Son of Wendy and Steven Shray, Saturday, Nov. 28 at Peninsula Temple Beth El in San Mateo.

Samuel Paul Toro Magid Son of Amy Toro and Lawrence Magid, Saturday, Nov. 28 at Temple Sinai in Oakland.


9-Gdeaths-bertramManya Bertram, born July 21, 1917 in Denver, Colorado, died Nov. 21, 2015 in Oakland, California. She led a life full of giving to family, friends and colleagues. Raised in Pueblo, Colorado by her mother Rivka (Feiner), father Samuel Bornstein, and with her brother David and sister Teresa Rosalie, the family moved to Los Angeles in 1930, where she worked as a legal secretary followed by law school, graduating magna cum laude in 1962 to practice with Jack D. Most and Richard F.C. Hayden. Honored by Iota Tau Tau, the International Federation of Women Lawyers, and active in the White House Conference on Aging and the Southern California Conference on Community Relations, she also mentored many young women to become attorneys. Married for 73 years to Barry B. Bertram, she leaves a close family, including sister Terry Keith (Maxwell); son Neal Bertram (Ann); grandson Seth Bertram; daughter Carel Bertram (Fred Donner); granddaughters Alanya Snyder (Michael Jones) and Rumeli Snyder (Cyrus Comiskey); and great-grandsons Selim and Naveed Jones and Sandriz Comiskey. She also leaves a multitude of friends who, like her family, are touched forever by her generous spirit. As her Belmont High School yearbook said of her, “Nothing can cover her high fame but heaven.”

A memorial service is being planned for early February.

Sinai Memorial Chapel

(415) 921-3636


Jacob Pava — 1919-2015

Jacob Pava (aka Jack) passed away while sleeping on Friday, November 13, 2015, in his home at the Reutlinger Community for Jewish Living in Danville. He was 96 years old. While he suffered from the complications of kidney failure and gradual physical ailments over the past several years, Jacob retained his mindful mental acuity, his strong and independent spirit, and his caring for others until the end of his life. Jack had lived at the Reutlinger Community for over 10 years. He and his wife, Esther Shub Pava, moved there in 2004. Esther passed away in 2006.

Jack had the gift of a distinctive bass-baritone voice that he used throughout his life in cantorial singing at many synagogues in the Bay Area, most recently at Reutlinger. He was happiest when he was “in good voice,” singing with others or solo for Shabbat and the holidays. Through sharing his observance and commitment to Judaism, he inspired many to seek their own paths to a fulfilling Jewish life.

Jack and Esther moved to the San Francisco area in 1946, leaving behind families and a shared dislike of shoveling snow, to make a life together in sunny California. He had surveyed the scene while still in the Army, hitchhiking in uniform, twice, across country. While in the service, he became a staff sergeant and a sharpshooter. Luckily, his constant hiccups prevented him from using this talent overseas. Jack became quickly involved in the Jewish community and remained so while living and raising four sons in San Francisco and Daly City, and later in Belmont after the youngest had left home.

Jack was very mechanically inclined and used these talents as the owner of EuroArt of California, where his modern furniture designs graced some of San Francisco’s finest corporate addresses. He was known as a “Jack of all trades” because neighbors and friends sought his advice and help with their household projects. Jack was also a great salesman. He worked for many years at Howard’s on Market Street and later at Rochester Big and Tall, where he sold lots of nice threads to the hulking likes of the 49ers, Raiders, and Warriors and Giants. No one ever talked down to him even though he was just 5 feet 3 inches tall.

Jack is survived by his four sons: David (Patricia) Pava of Shingle Springs, California; Jon (Janice) Pava of Palm Desert, California; Daniel (Carol) Pava of Santa Fe, New Mexico; and Alex Pava (Clif Mar) of Moscow, Idaho. He is also survived by eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren: Aaron (Nikki and Jaiden, and Astrid) Pava currently living in Costa Rica; Jason (Trina and Justice) Pava of San Diego, California; Rebecca Pava of Ft. Collins, Colorado; Shoshana Pava at UC Santa Cruz; and Justin Pava (Cora) of Seattle, Washington.

Donations in Jack’s memory can be made to the Reutlinger Community for Jewish Living, or your favorite Jewish organization.