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Rabbi Charles D. Mintz (aged 82)

in Walnut Creek, CA on October 2, after a valiant battle with cancer. Rabbi Mintz retired as interim Senior Rabbi from Congregation Emanu-El in Dallas, Texas in 1997 and moved to the Bay Area.

Rabbi Mintz graduated Hebrew Union College (Cincinnati, 1956). After serving as Chaplain (Lt. Cdr.) in the U.S. Navy, he began a long and wide-ranging career that included service to the Union of American Hebrew Congregations in Ohio, Pennsylvania and New York City, to Temple Ohev Shalom in Harrisburg, PA (Rabbi Emeritus), and to congregations in Austin, Dallas, Minneapolis, Milwaukee and Miami.

Gdeaths_rabbiRabbi Mintz was a leader in the struggles for civil rights and a woman’s right to choose and in the interfaith movement. He also was a passionate supporter, student and teacher of opera and classical music. His accomplishments included: redeveloping the URJ’s Goldman Camp in Zionsville, IN, collaboration with jazz legend Dave Brubeck on the oratorio “The Gates of Justice,” and developing the role of “interim rabbi” to guide large congregations through major transitions. After retirement, Rabbi Mintz enjoyed serving as “rabbi at sea” on six world cruises with Holland America Line.

A devoted and beloved husband, father and grandfather, Rabbi Mintz is survived by his wife, Adele H. Mintz. He was married for 50 years to the late Natalie Levine Mintz (d:2000), whom he met at the University of Chicago (AB 1950). In 2001, he married Adele Hirsch of San Mateo, who brought joy to his life and comfort and support during his final illness. He also is survived by his three children: Deborah, Abe and Judith Mintz and their spouses, by Adele’s 3 daughters, Sue, Debbie and Ruth and their spouses, and by 11 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren.

Donations in his honor may be made either to: Hospice of the East Bay, 3470 Buskirk Ave., Pleasant Hill, CA 94523, or to the University of Chicago in support of the Charles D. Mintz Fund for Opera and Vocal Music, c/o Ruth O’Brien, 5801 S. Ellis Ave., Chicago, Illinois 60637.

Fred Tannenbaum

Fred Tannenbaum, 86, died peacefully on Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2012. He was born Nov. 28, 1925 in Salt Lake City, Utah, served in the Navy at the end of World War II and received a BS from the University of Utah in 1949.

Fred was a pillar of the Salt Lake Jewish community. He was one of the founders of the Salt Lake Jewish Community Center and a visionary in creating Congregation Kol Ami as a place for Jews of diverse backgrounds. He was a strong supporter of Israel, of interfaith dialogue and of progressive values.

He was a family man — a devoted husband, father, brother, uncle, great-uncle and grandfather. He is survived by his loving wife, Irene, son Martin, son-in-law Alex Ingersoll, his granddaughters Sara Rose, Marissa, Alexa and Katie, his sister Francine Raphael and many family members and close friends. His son, Larry, predeceased him in 2008.

Fred was also a builder. He helped establish two commercial construction supply firms — Associated Specialties and Steel Encounters. During his 60 years in business, Fred and his firms helped create many of Utah’s foremost buildings and complexes. He retired as Chairman of the Board of Steel Encounters at age 82.

Funeral services were held in Salt Lake City on Friday, Oct. 5, 2012.

Donations can be made in Fred’s honor to the Utah Jewish Endowment Trust, 257 East 200 South, Suite 700, Salt Lake City, UT 84111.


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