Meghan Claire Campbell Nov. 7, 1981-Jan. 20, 2008

Meghan Claire Campbell, 26, beloved daughter of Heather and John Campbell; loving granddaughter of Lee and George Hoppen, the late Dr. Robert and Mary Jane Campbell; devoted fiancée of Aaron Seilbach; cherished niece and cousin.

Services will take place on Sunday, Jan. 27 at 2 p.m. at the Congregation B’nai Israel, 1256 Nebraska, Vallejo. Interment was private for the family. Memorials to Children’s Hospital would be appreciated at the following address: Rady Children’s Hospital Foundation, MC 5005, 3020 Children’s Way, San Diego CA, 92123 or visit their Web site at for a secure online donation form. For information or to send a message to the family, contact Mandel Funeral Services of Northern California at (866) 962-6335 or

Helen Ruth Dobrow

The first baby born in 1961 in South San Francisco on Jan. 2. Passed away from cancer at the age of 47 on Jan. 14. Loving and beloved daughter of Mimi Hirschhorn and step-daughter of A. Arthur Hirschhorn, sister of Marcy Dobrow (husband Joey and sons Paul and Danny), Bonny Mannina (husband Joe and children Becky and Michael), Stephen Dobrow (wife Donna and daughter Michelle), Rachel Howard (deceased) and her husband Frank and daughter Kerri, and David Dobrow (wife Charlene), and friend of Teri Pond (son Max), Nancy Kersey (children Kara and Chad), Marie Partney (husband David and father Fred), and Lorrie DiGiampietro (husband Mark and children Hannah and Thomas).

She will be remembered for her generosity, kindness, intelligence and love. She was well known in the pension industry and devoted the last four years of her life also caretaking for Art Hirschhorn. She regularly donated her hair and blood to local organizations. Her body was donated for scientific cancer study to the UCSF Willed Body Program. She cared passionately for justice and fairness. She will be deeply missed by her extended family and many friends and colleagues.

A memorial will be held Sunday, Jan. 27 at 2 p.m. at Peninsula Sinai Congregation in Foster City. In lieu of flowers, donations are requested to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, 2141 Rosecrans Ave., Suite 7000, El Segundo CA 90245 (877-272-6226), or the American Cancer Society.

Ronald R. Ganz in San Francisco on Dec. 8, 2007. Father of David, Larry (Lori) and Sanford Ganz; brother of Gerald Ganz and Roslyn Smoller. Uncle of Lori, Steven and Andrea Ganz. Beloved grandfather and great-uncle. His passions were N scale trains and stamp collecting. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends. Arrangements through Sinai Memorial Chapel.

Helene Goodwin, of Berkeley, California passed away from multiple myeloma, on Jan. 18, 2008. She was at home surrounded by family at the time of her passing.

Born in 1928, in Chicago, Ill., she was the youngest child of Albert and Sarah Fishman.

She started her undergraduate studies in Chicago before venturing west to attend the University of California, Berkeley, for both her degrees in sociology.

Helene retired from teaching and became a full-time volunteer usher and art advocate. She ushered for many theatres in Berkeley and San Francisco. She served on the Women and Religion task force for the Unitarian Universalists and was a delegate to the United Women’s Conference in Africa. A self proclaimed adventurer, she traveled to Africa, China, Greece, Europe, Canada and throughout the United States. Helene’s life has been a celebration of sprit, social justice, the arts and of women’s issues.

She is survived by her brother Lenny Fishman, Wilmette, Ill., her son, David Goodwin, San Mateo, CA; daughter, Leah Goodwin, San Diego, CA; four grandchildren Adrianna Farmer, Vista, CA; Azaleah Barrios, San Diego, Ca; Midori Greenwood-Goodwin, Pasadena, CA; and Amaal Greenwood-Goodwin, San Mateo CA. She is also survived by two great-grandsons; Christopher Farmer and Thomas Ashmore. She was the beloved friend of many.

A traditional Jewish burial with graveside services will be held, Tuesday, Jan. 22 at Sunset View Cemetery, 101 Colusa Ave., El Cerrito at 1 pm. For information or to send a message to the family call Mandel Funeral Services at (866) 962-6335 or

Dr. Harry Newman passed away peacefully Dec. 21, 2007 in S.F., one day short of his 79th birthday. He is survived by his wife of 41 years, Betty; children: Max, Harriet (Marco), and Joseph (Elissa); grandchildren: Charlie, Noah, Bella and Zachary; and sister, Sarah Newman. Preceded in death by his brother Alex Newman. Harry was also a cherished uncle, great-uncle and friend to many who valued his wisdom.

Born in Portland, Ore., to Max and Ethel Newman, Harry graduated from the University of Portland and the University of Oregon Medical School, where he completed a residency in radiology. He practiced in Portland until he moved to S.F. Harry completed a second residency in radiation oncology at the University of California at S.F., and was a radiation-oncologist for 20 years at Alta Bates Hospital in Berkeley, where he treated and comforted many grateful patients.

Never fully retired, Harry helped form the East Bay Regional Cancer Center in Hayward and traveled the country performing short-term assignments in under-served communities. He received multiple honors for his military service as a lieutenant colonel in Europe and again in Vietnam.

He was a long-time dedicated member of Congregation Beth Sholom in S.F. An avid

tournament tennis player, Harry was a regular at the Stern Grove tennis courts. He and Betty often strolled the neighborhood with their loyal dogs, first Sammy and then Buddy. The family

is grateful to the many compassionate caregivers who provided unconditional support, notably Dr. B.J. Miller.

He will be missed by his family, friends and patients. Services were held at the Home of Peace Chapel, Colma. Donations in memory of Harry may be made to Congregation Beth Sholom.

Dr. Joseph L. Portnoy, Cantor, educator, artist, romantic, died in Marin County on Jan. 17, 2008, after a short illness. He was 86. A private family funeral service has been held.

Joseph Portnoy was born in 1921 in Pittsburgh, Penn. to Russian immigrant parents. In high school he met and later married his “Ruthy,” Ruth Kwall. As a participant in WWII he found himself on the beaches of Normandy and a Bronze Star recipient for valor under fire.

The war experiences were personal and remained very private until he returned to Normandy on the 50th Anniversary of the invasion. Soon after Ruthy died, Joe rediscovered the love letters he had been mailing home from Europe during the war. Careful editing and compiling culminated in his book, “Dearest Ruthy,” published in 2006.

Joseph Portnoy returned from the war to his new son Robert and to complete his education. He first resided in Brooklyn, N. Y. Education and family became Joseph’s pursuits. He initially studied opera at the Julliard School. Degrees that followed included a bachelor’s from the College of William and Mary in Richmond, Va.; a master’s in education from University of Virginia; a bachelor’s degree in Sacred Music from Hebrew Union College; and a doctorate in education from New York University.

Late in life, he returned to the College of Marin to learn the basics of stone sculpting. Additional training in Pietratsanta, Italy; Barre,Vermont; and Palm Beach, Fla. provided Joseph with the skills and vision to spend the remaining years of his life in his outdoor studio producing stunning works in marble.

His lifelong career as a Cantor and religious school educator began in Richmond, Va., followed by three years each with temples in Greensboro, N.C., and Elberon, N.J. In 1959 he moved to San Francisco and presided as Cantor and religious school educator at Congregation Emanu-El 27 years until retirement in 1986.

The pursuit of knowledge and the meaning of love and life were the driving forces in his life. He could reference the Talmud, a love line from a Puccini aria, or a subtle sculpting technique practiced by Michelangelo, all with equal passion and appreciation.

Cantor Portnoy leaves legacies through three children, nine grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren. The grandchildren view “Grandpa” as something truly out of this world. His years of storytelling as he drove them to religious school on Sunday mornings will be in their hearts forever.

Nannette Ann Schneider, Dec. 12, 1945-Jan. 17, 2008

Nannette Ann Schneider in Berkeley on Jan. 17. Daughter of the late Emily and Delbert Schneider; sister of Carmen Drabkin and the late John Schneider; aunt and great-aunt.

Private services were held under the direction of Sinai Memorial Chapel. Donations in her memory may be made to the Steven Drabkin Memorial Fund, Congregation B’nai Shalom, 74 Eckley Lane, Walnut Creek CA 94596.

Arthur B. Zimmerman was born in Poland on Feb. 12, 1920 and immigrated to the U.S, at the age of 18 months. Art was the founder and chairman of Zim’s Restaurants, a 45 year S.F. institution. He passed away Jan. 22.

Art formed Zim’s as a sideline to Ideal Paint Company, which he started in 1938 upon graduation from Commerce High School. During WWII he served four years mostly with Patton’s 3rd Army in the European Theater. While in the Army he had recurrent dreams of huge, juicy hamburgers and rich creamy milk shakes.

In 1949, when the building next door to Ideal’s offices became available, he joined forces with an existing restaurant operator and opened the Ground Cow restaurant. A year later, they dissolved their partnership and Art continued to operate the San Francisco Ground Cow under a new name, Zim’s. It became the largest privately-held restaurant chain in the Bay area.

He developed a second career as a real estate entrepreneur.

Art served as President of the Golden Gate Restaurant Association and as a member of the Advisory Council to the Hotel and Restaurant School of City College of S.F.

He was the recipient of the Golden Gate Restaurant Association Hall of Fame Award.

Art served as President of Congregation Beth Sholom, Northern California Regional President and National Vice President of the United Synagogue of America, President of the Bureau of Jewish Education of S.F., President of the Jewish Vocational Service, President of the S.F. Council of the Jewish National Fund and President of Sinai Memorial Chapel.

He has been active with the Hebrew Free Loan Association, Jewish Home, Jewish Community Federation, American Jewish Committee, State of Israel Bonds Organization, United Jewish Community Centers, Concordia Argonaut Club, B’nai Brith, S.F. Ballet Association, Marin Symphony and the Marina Lions Club. He was the recipient of many special awards including those from Brandeis Hillel Day School, University of Judaism, Jewish National Fund, Israel Bonds and the American Jewish Committee.

Art is survived by his children, Steven and Judy Zimmerman, Nancy and Richard Pechner and grandchildren, Joy and Jason Walker, Jacob Zimmerman, Joshua Zimmerman, Maddy Pechner, Sofi Pechner and Toby Pechner, as well as his siblings Esther Ososke and Harold and Norma Zimmerman, his loving companion Carol Weitz and many loving nieces, nephews, friends and the staff of Care Meridian, Fairfax, who became part of his family.

Art was predeceased by his late wives, Shirlee Graubart Zimmerman and Alice Zimmerman, and his daughter Beverly Zimmerman Bock.

Funeral services were held on Thursday, Jan. 24 at 1:30 p.m. at Congregation Kol Shofar, 215 Blackfield Drive, Tiburon.

Donations in Art’s memory can be made to the Jewish Community High School of the Bay, Brandeis Hillel Day School or the Alice and Arthur Zimmerman Library at Kiryat Shmona, c/o the Jewish Community Endowment Fund. Arrangements made by Sinai Memorial Chapel.