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Glifecycles_frankenstein_small_sizeDaniel Frankenstein and Erielle Reshef are kvelling after welcoming their first-born son, Mayr Reshef Frankenstein, on April 11, 2015. A family bris in the couple’s home in Oklahoma City on April 19 brought Mayr into the covenant of Abraham, surrounded by grandparents Edie Roodman and Eli Reshef (Oklahoma City) and George and Diane Frankenstein (San Francisco), as well as his aunts and uncles Inbal and Toby Frankenstein (San Francisco), Evan Reshef (Oklahoma City), Eitan Reshef (New York) and John and Janie Weiss (St. Louis), and cousins Adam Frankenstein (San Francisco) and Rachel Weiss (St. Louis).

Mayr means “one who shines” in Hebrew. For his parents and family, he has already added abundant light and love.

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Elizabeth Bass Daughter of David Bass, Saturday, April 25 at Congregation Emanu-El in San Francisco.

Rylee Blum Daughter of Kimberly Diamond and Craig Blum, Saturday, April 25 at Congregation Rodef Sholom in San Rafael.

Max Frankel Son of Laila Craveiro and Michael Frankel, Saturday, April 25 at Congregation Beth Am in Los Altos Hills.

Talia Glusman Daughter of Edith Szafer-Glusman and Marcelo Glusman, Saturday, April 25 at Hillel at Stanford.

Joshua Ethan Hejna Son of Donald Joseph Hejna Jr., Saturday, April 18 at Hillel at Stanford.

Melina Kritikopoulos Daughter of Kristina Bass and Ioannis Kritikopoulos, Saturday, April 25 at Hillel at Stanford.

Elijah Quincy Linder Son of Jacqueline Linder and Benjamin Linder, Saturday, April 18 at Hillel at Stanford.

William Cole Lipman Son of Jill Dara Sagner and Steven Seth Lipman, Saturday, April 18 at Hillel at Stanford.

Sarah Martinson Daughter of Stephanie and Robert Martinson, Saturday, April 25 at Congregation Beth Am in Los Altos Hills.

Kaela Noik Daughter of Sarah Hold and Emanuel Noik, Saturday, April 25 at Hillel at Stanford.

Finneas Reed Patterson Son of Frances and Jen Rainin and Chris Patterson, Saturday, April 25 at Temple Sinai in Oakland.

Sam Reagan Son of Gail and Thomas Reagan, Saturday, April 25 at Congregation Beth El in Berkeley.

Reid Scheinman Son of Zoe and Dan Scheinman, Saturday, April 25 at Peninsula Temple Sholom in Burlingame.

Jordan Schwartz Daughter of Gail and Michael Schwartz, Saturday, April 25 at Peninsula Temple Beth El in San Mateo.

Zoe Shane Daughter of Blair and Richard Shane, Saturday, April 25 at Congregation Emanu-El in San Francisco.

Zachary Smirin Son of Sara and Gregory Smirin, Saturday, April 25 at Congregation Beth Jacob in Redwood City.

Lea Twicken Daughter of Jill Nelson and Joseph Twicken, Saturday, April 25 at Peninsula Temple Beth El in San Mateo.

Benyamin Uribe Son of Shoshana and Jason Uribe, Saturday, April 18 at Chochmat HaLev in Berkeley.

Malkia Williams Daughter of Susana Eisen and Vincent Williams, Saturday, April 25 at Or Shalom Jewish Community in San Francisco.

Alexa Winograd Daughter of Debbie and Stuart Winograd, Saturday, April 25 at Temple Isaiah in Lafayette.



Sidney Fineberg

9_Gdeaths_finebergJan. 6, 1922–April 4, 2015

A gifted storyteller who loved history, served in World War II and doted on his five granddaughters, Sidney Fineberg rekindled his teenage passion for writing when he moved from New York to San Francisco at age 90. For the last three years, Mr. Fineberg wrote a column for the newsletter for residents of the Vintage Senior Living community, a hobby to which he was so devoted that he dictated his final article from his hospital bed.

Mr. Fineberg was born and raised in Jersey City, New Jersey. He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School of Business. After being stationed in France and England during World War II, he settled in Maplewood, New Jersey, with his beloved wife Ann, and became a stockbroker. They raised three children and then moved to New York City, where Mr. Fineberg adored visiting museums, going to the symphony and prowling interesting neighborhoods. He was close with his granddaughters and loved showing them the sights of Manhattan. Mr. Fineberg had an adventurous spirit and enjoyed traveling. He was a voracious reader of politics, current events and the classics. He was an engaging conversationalist whose love for life sparkled until the end.

Mr. Fineberg is predeceased by his wife Ann and sister Lillian Metz. He is survived by sister Eleanor Pashelinsky of Delray Beach, Florida; sister Judy Hertzberg of New Orleans; daughter Carol (and Richard) Nathan of San Francisco; daughter Jane Fineberg of Brooklyn, New York; son Steven (and Vicki) Fineberg of West Long Branch, New Jersey; and five grandchildren, Sarah and Molly Nathan, Emily, Rose and Julia Fineberg.

The family will hold a private memorial service on April 25 in San Francisco. Donations can be made to American Jewish World Service.

Linda Wiener


Linda Wiener passed away peacefully, surrounded by family, on April 16, 2015.

Linda built a successful career in the hotel industry during her years at the San Francisco Hilton, San Francisco Fairmont and San Jose Fairmont, where she made a lasting impact. From politicians to pop stars, Linda handled every client and event with grace and perfection, building a reputation for “nothing but the best.” If it was in Linda’s hands, it was handled to a T.

In 1995, Linda reconnected with her high school crush, Gary Wiener, and they married in 1997. The two went on to build PPG Events, a quality event company in the Bay Area.

Linda was predeceased by her parents, Suzanne Kohler and Jack Noack, both Holocaust survivors. She is survived by her devoted husband, her stepfather Bill Kohler, her in-laws Stanley and Carolyn Wiener, her stepchildren Jaimey Wiener and Aaron Wiener (Kendal) and grandchildren Katie and Kai Wiener. Their hearts will always have a hole from her missing presence, never to be filled.

A memorial service was held at Los Gatos Memorial Park on April 19. Should anyone desire, contributions may be sent to the Linda Noack Wiener Liposarcoma Research Foundation, 4200 Indigo Oak Court, San Jose, CA 95121.