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Eli Pener Frisch was born on Nov. 10, 2016, at 5:16 a.m. and weighing 7 lbs., to Kevin Frisch and Danielle Pener. Grandparents are Joe and Sondra Frisch of San Diego, Steve Pener of Kansas City and Jan Gantos of Las Vegas, and great-grandmother is Evelyn Janoff of San Diego.

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Nora Alderman Daughter of Jennifer and Jason Alderman, Saturday, Dec. 3 at Temple Sinai in Oakland.

Zachary Berston Son of Gail and Emanuel Berston, Saturday, Dec. 3 at Congregation Rodef Sholom in San Rafael.

Ari Bloch Son of Joy and Randy Bloch, Saturday, Dec. 3 at Temple Isaiah in Lafayette.

Noah Bloch Son of Joy and Randy Bloch, Saturday, Dec. 3 at Temple Isaiah in Lafayette.

Devin Cardenas-Berkowitz Son of Michael Berkowitz and Joey Cardenas, Saturday, Dec. 3 at Temple Israel in Alameda.

Zachary Dietderich Son of Laurie Abbey Dietderich and Daniel Dietderich, Saturday, Dec. 3 at Congregation B’nai Tikvah in Walnut Creek.

August Dolmatch Son of Kim Dolmatch and Bart Dolmatch, Saturday, Dec. 3 at Congregation Etz Chayim in Palo Alto.

Tara Dunn Daughter of Laura and James Dunn, Saturday, Dec. 3 at Peninsula Temple Beth El in San Mateo.

Julia Kos Daughter of Nayra and Ivo Kos, Saturday, Dec. 3 at Congregation Emanu-El in San Francisco.

Daya Levie Daughter of Kimberly and Matthew Levie, Saturday, Dec. 3 at Peninsula Temple Sholom in Burlingame.

Elijah Miller Son of Diana and Adam Miller, Saturday, Dec. 3 at Temple Beth Abraham in Oakland.

Andrea Saal-Dalma Daughter of Dennise Dalma-Weiszhausz and Daniel Saal, Saturday, Dec. 3 at Congregation Kol Emeth in Palo Alto.

Max Young Son of Julie and Adam Young, Saturday, Dec. 3 at Congregation Emanu-El in San Francisco.


9-Gdeaths-lowensteinAnthony Stuart Lowenstein was born on Jan. 9, 1971, and died on Dec. 1, 2016, at the age of 45, the innocent victim of a tragic car accident. He was the beloved husband of Diane Ettelson Lowenstein, and devoted father of daughters Kathryn Ann, Julia Claire and Anna Gail of Tiburon, California. He was a committed family man who relished spending time with his children, whether boating on the San Francisco Bay, swimming in their backyard, or biking the hills of Marin with children in tow. He also was very close to his parents Betty and Aubrey Lowenstein and brother Robert Lowenstein of Toronto, Canada. He is survived by them and mother-in-law Helene Ettelson of San Francisco.

Anthony was a unique and spirited person with a zest for life who always left a lasting impression with his quick wit, big heart and warm smile. Anthony was a great adventurer, and those who know him take comfort in the fact that while he died prematurely, he fit an incredible amount of life into 45 years.

Anthony graduated from the University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario, Canada, and Osgoode Law School at York University in Toronto, Canada. After admission to the bar in Canada, he moved to San Francisco and became a practicing attorney in the San Francisco Bay Area until his untimely death. He was a zealous advocate who worked hard for his clients and achieved many significant trial verdicts.

Anthony was passionate about flying. He started flying small planes as a hobby 15 years ago and at the time of his death had become a Certificated Flight Instructor. Turning his passion into a profession, Anthony was selected to attend training to receive his Airline Transport Pilot Certificate (ATP), the Ph.D. of aviators. With this distinction, he was poised to start flying in the service of United Airlines Express on Monday, Dec. 5. He was thrilled to be starting this second career.

Anthony also loved CrossFit and was a dedicated member of the community. May his memory be a blessing. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Jewish Community Federation Endowment Fund, A funeral was held at Congregation Kol Shofar in Tiburon, California, on Dec. 5, 2016.

9-Gdeaths-naggarAvner Naggar died peacefully at the age of 91 in Palo Alto, California, on Nov. 28, 2016. Avner was born in 1925 in Tel Aviv, Israel, on Sept. 27, Erev Yom Kippur. Leaving his family (mother Dina, father Israel and sister Ruti) at the age of 21, he enrolled at the University of California at Berkeley, where he received his bachelor’s degree and subsequent master’s in architecture. While still a student, Avner met and married fellow U.C. student Frankie, his beloved wife of 68 years.

Frankie and Avner lived a full and happy life together, raising five children, all of whom also graduated from the University of California. After college, Avner and Frankie made their way to Frankie’s home of Detroit, Michigan, where Avner began a distinguished career working with such notable architects as Eero Saarinen and Louis Redstone. From there, with family in tow, Avner returned to Israel as the Chief Architect of the city of Tel Aviv.

Three years later, Avner and Frankie returned to the U.S., settling in Burlingame. Working with developer Al Taubman, Avner pioneered design in innovative large-scale enclosed shopping centers such as Sunvalley Mall in Concord, Eastridge Mall in San Jose, Stoneridge Mall in Pleasanton, Hilltop Mall in Richmond, the Beverly Center in Los Angeles and Meadowood Mall in Reno, Nevada.

Avner was always content entertaining friends and family at home. An absolute chef in the kitchen, he loved to tell jokes and travel the world with his devoted bride, Frankie. He displayed boundless love and generosity for his children, grandchildren and the greater Jewish community. We will miss him dearly.

He is preceded in death by his daughter Mickey Naggar Bourne and son Auri Naggar. Avner is survived by Frankie, his children Ron Naggar, David Naggar and Tammy Naggar Donovan, as well as his grandchildren Jed, Sari, Josh, Danny, Elizabeth and Joseph.

Donations in Avner’s name can be made to the Mickey Naggar Bourne Israel Trip Scholarship Fund, Jewish LearningWorks, 639 14th Ave., San Francisco, CA 94118.

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Edwin Brent Jones


9-Gdeaths-jonesAfter an incredibly brave seven-year battle with colorectal cancer, Edwin (Ed) Brent Jones peacefully succumbed on Nov. 20, 2016, at the too-young age of 58, holding the hand of his loving husband, Eddie.

Throughout the long struggle, Ed continued to live every day to the fullest. Before his stage 4 diagnosis in 2014 but after his initial six months of surgeries in 2009, he hiked two-plus weeks in Scotland and in Canada, spending a month in each country, as well as a month in Scandinavia. He biked in Provence, exploring its every historic town inch-by-inch; and walked almost every street (it seemed) in Paris.

Since the devastating stage 4 movement of the cancer to his lungs and three years of almost continuous chemo, he toured all throughout the Mediterranean; walked every part of Rome; visited Cuba on the first LGBT cruise ever to go there; and, most recently this August, saw 34 shows at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival before visiting Prague, Vienna and Budapest, as well as many towns in between. Since his November 2009 initial operation, he attended over 925 live theater and opera productions (not including many full seasons of ballet), including a whopping 195 in 2016 — including 24 plays and three operas while in his final 10 weeks of hospice care. And then there are the many scores of museums he avidly visited in the Bay Area, Philadelphia, L.A., New York, London, Paris, Rome, Istanbul, etc. — all while fighting silently the pains, embarrassments and indignities of colorectal cancer.

Throughout his cancer years, Ed continued until this summer to walk back and forth each day the two miles from his home in downtown Palo Alto to his position managing computer support for the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department of Stanford University. Having held that position since 2000, he continued going to work two weeks into his hospice care — adamant to finish or transfer to others all of his current projects. Prior to Stanford, Ed held operations, box office and systems/facilities management positions at California Performance Group/The Theatre Group, San Jose Repertory Theatre and the American Musical Theatre, for a total of 20 years. Ed graduated from the University of California, Davis, in 1983 with a B.A. in Dramatic Arts, where he was a radio DJ at KDVS, playing classical and jazz.

Prior to his onset of cancer, Ed was an avid runner, completing several marathons, running five miles daily the Stanford Dish with his husband and friends, and showing up every Saturday morning to run with the Baylands Frontrunners — an organization for whom he was webmaster all through his cancer years. Ed created a popular blog read by thousands called Guydads, where “two gay, Jewish dads ... share their adventures, travels, thoughts and opinions” ( With his husband, he hosted an annual, house-filling Passover seder for gay men, for which he researched and created over many years a booklet detailing the accomplishments of gay, Jewish heroes in the fields of the arts, politics, social action and gay freedom.

Ed was born in Johnson City, New York, and moved with his family to Los Gatos at the age of 11, where he graduated from Los Gatos High School in 1976. In school, he was a trombonist in the marching band, features editor for the newspaper, and member of Boy Scouts and Key Club. His most memorable growing-up memory was a cross-country camping trip with his parents, two siblings and a carsick poodle.

Besides his husband, Eddie Reynolds of Palo Alto, Ed is survived by six adoring children and stepchildren: Shannon Jones, Joshua Reynolds and Jonathan Reynolds of San Francisco; Brenton Jones, Lindsay Jones and Eli Reynolds of Aptos. He is also survived by his loving parents, Robert and Patricia Jones of Los Gatos, two siblings and many cousins.

A memorial and celebration-of-life service open to all friends and family will be held at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4, at Congregation Beth Am, 26790 Arastradero Road, Los Altos Hills. Rabbi Janet Marder, who married Ed and Eddie twice (once in 2005, strictly religious, and then in 2008, finally legally) will officiate. There will be a social gathering at the synagogue following the service for everyone to tell stories and remember with smiles and tears this brave hero.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests at Ed’s suggestion that those who want to honor Ed do so with contributions to TheatreWorks Silicon Valley (, San Francisco Playhouse (, or New Conservatory Theatre Center (

And from a dear friend, Bill Yule, comes these parting words in a poem he wrote upon hearing Ed had moved into hospice care:

Never saw your face without its smile

And always hear the echo of your laugh.

Complaints always the things that stayed

   away –

They knew too well they were unwelcome

Anytime or anyplace you were.

You are the sunshine in the darkest day,

The song the heart forever sings.