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Samuel Bedak

3/7/1923 His Life 6/27/2011.

After a valiant battle with Lymphoma, our Dad, Pops, Grampa, passed away peacefully at his home, Protea Village, Tel Mond, Israel, and was laid to rest there in the land of his dreams.

Sam was born in Suwalki, Poland, and at the age of 7 he was sneaked away to Holland to live with his father, who had moved there prior. After the invasion of Holland by the Nazis in 1940, Sam and his father were hidden by a Christian family for three years. Sam loved Holland, the place where he survived with his father. The other members of his family perished in the Holocaust.

In 1946, Sam was supposed to make aliyah to Israel, but instead he and his father came to New York in 1949, where he had relatives. There he started his career in the textile and clothing industry … “Schmatas!” In 1952, Sam moved to San Francisco. He met and married Sylvia Goldstone, raised two sons, and subsequently had five grandchildren. Sam was ambitious and hard-working. After leaving Arnelle of California, he and Nate Di Franco started their own small textile business, S&N Cutting, where he worked for 20 years until his retirement.

In 1997, Sam realized his earlier dream and made aliyah. He originally lived in Haifa, where he met Rachel Dolinsky, and afterwards moved to Protea Village, where they lived together in harmony surrounded by loving friends and acquaintances. His charming personality attracted many people, and we will remember him for his humor, smile and big heart. The “Funky Chicken” will never be the same!

Sam is survived by his sons, Arnold (Dina) and their four children, Arbel, Sivan, Shahked and Gal, and Gordon and his daughter, Samantha, and by his loving companion Rachel Dolinsky.

Burial was in Tel Mond Cemetery, Israel. A Celebration of Life will take place at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 28 at Peninsula Temple Beth El, 1700 Alameda de las Pulgas, San Mateo.

Donations can be made to the PTBE Mishkan Tefilah Prayerbook Fund or charity of your choice.

Mickey Naggar Bourne

Deeply beloved wife of Jeffrey, mother of Sari, Josh and Danny, daughter of Frankie and Avner Naggar, and sister of Ron, David, Tammy and the late Auri. Our Mickey passed away on Saturday, Aug. 20.

Mickey Naggar Bourne
Mickey Naggar Bourne
Born in Berkeley, Calif., Dec. 27, 1949, she grew up in Detroit, Mich., and spent her middle-school years in Israel, where her strong support of Israel began. She was confirmed at Peninsula Temple Sholom in Burlingame. After graduating Mills High School in Millbrae, she graduated with a bachelor’s degree from U.C. Berkeley and received her teaching credential at UCLA. She began her career as a Reading Specialist Teacher in the San Mateo-Foster City School District.

Her affection for Israel brought about a change of career, and she began working for the Bureau of Jewish Education. For 17 years she initiated, organized and planned Bay Area teen trips to Israel called “Summer in Israel Youth Program.” This earned her the Jewish Community Federation’s Distinguished Service Award as the Agency Staff Member of the Year.

Because of her love of family and her husband, Jeffrey, a physician, she followed him to New Jersey where she became an active board member of New Jersey Temple Sinai, helping the congregation appreciate the importance of supporting Israel.

An avid traveler, her outgoing and warm personality made her many friends throughout the world. Her passion for music and beautiful singing voice will be greatly missed. Funeral services were held at Skylawn Memorial Park, San Mateo, with interment in Gan HaZikaron.

Sinai Memorial Chapel

Rebecca Dale

Aug. 19, 1968–Aug. 20, 2011. In Berkeley at age 43 after a ten-year dance with cancer. Beloved wife of Andy Dale for 17 years; loving mother of Merav and Ze’ev; dear sister of Samantha Feigenbaum and Abe Sauer; dear daughter of Larry Sauer (and stepdaughter of Amy Knapp) and of Carole Koplar Sauer.

Rebecca Dale
Rebecca Dale
Wise teacher and lover of life, Rebecca’s gift to the world is the loving relationships she had with family and friends. Rebecca’s gift for spinning gold out of straw was evident in the creativity she brought to her gardening, metal-working, bee-keeping, knitting and art.

Funeral services were held at Forever Fernwood in Mill Valley. Donations to the San Francisco Bay Area Physicians for Social Responsibility ( or the Mandorla Project (

Sinai Memorial Chapel

Judith Strauss Geminder

Our beloved Judith Ellen Strauss Geminder peacefully passed away Aug. 19, 2011. Wife of Robert for 52 loving years, mother of Mindy, Ellen and Shia (Donella), and sister Susan Ross (Victor). Born in Pittsburgh, Aug. 4, 1939. Attended Taylor Alderdice High School, University of Pittsburgh. Graduate of U.C. Riverside. Accomplished artist, teacher and businesswoman. Judy loved cooking, entertaining, Judaism, decorating, learning and, most of all, her friends, Puppy Charlie, and family.

Shirley Lila Rosaler

Shirley passed away on July 8. She was born in New York City on Oct. 10, 1921. An accomplished interior decorator, she married Bob Rosaler on Sept. 8, 1946. She lived in Ardsley, N.Y. for 30 years and was Sisterhood president at the Greenberg Hebrew Center, where Eleanor Roosevelt spoke at Shirley’s personal invitation.

Shirley Lila Rosaler
Shirley Lila Rosaler
Shirley and Bob moved to Santa Rosa in 1989, where she joined Congregation Beth Ami and served as vice president of membership. She adored her line dance group, the Happy Hoofers, which won first prize three times at the Sonoma County Fair.

In addition to her husband, Robert, she is survived by her daughter Jeanie (and Richard) Schram, son Kenneth, grandsons Jonathan and Max Rosaler, and Gregory Schram; and her sister Seema Weinberg. We all miss her exuberance, joy and perpetual acts of loving kindness.


Robert Wayne Rudee

Nov. 21, 1930–Aug. 17, 2011 in Burlingame at age 80. Beloved husband of Valerie Rudee for 53 years; loving father of Larry Rudee and Melanie Villa; adoring grandfather of Danielle, Victoria and Elise; brother of Marilyn Singer of San Francisco.

Robert was a native of San Francisco. He served in the Coast Guard during the Korean War. Robert volunteered with City of Hope, chairing the Chanukah fundraiser with his wife, Valerie, for seven years.

The 49ers and the S.F. Giants were Robert’s favorite teams and his cheers could be heard all over. He loved to take cruises with his Valerie, traveling all over. He was always on time and extremely organized and loved to create gadgets.  Robert was lovingly taken care of by caregivers at Aegis and Westborough Manor.

Funeral services were held at Home of Peace Cemetery Chapel, with interment at Salem Memorial park. Donations to City of Hope or your favorite charity preferred.

Sinai Memorial Chapel


Myron L. Tobenkin

Myron L. Tobenkin, age 82, a Walnut Creek resident for over 40 years, passed away peacefully on Aug. 18, 2011. Myron was a registered, and caring, pharmacist for 55 years. He is survived by his loving and devoted wife, Joyce, of 55 years. In addition, he leaves behind a daughter, Patti, of Pleasant Hill; and a son, Steve (Debbie), of Trabuco Canyon, Calif. Myron was also a loving grandfather to Grant and Noah Tobenkin.

Donations can be made to Temple Isaiah or charity of your choice. May his memory always be a blessing.

Sinai Memorial Chapel



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