Deaths

Cecilia Einhorn passed away peacefully surrounded by her family and close family friends on May 28th, at her home in San Francisco at the age of 88.

Cecilia (“Cesia”) was born in Bochnia, Poland and worked as a nurse in the Bochnia Ghetto. She was a courageous Holocaust Survivor, having survived Auschwitz and the Death March to Bergen-Belsen. After the war Cecilia was a witness for the prosecution at the Lüneburg War Trials in Germany, the British equivalent of the Nuremburg War Trials. She also worked in Regensburg, Germany for the American Army Intelligence, helping to register information about the Nazis.

Living with her family in San Francisco since 1950, Cecilia was most well known for her beautiful and strong singing voice — whether singing privately for the family or at the yearly musical programs and Congregation Ner Tamid.

She was a dedicated volunteer with the Ner Tamid Sisterhood, Keren Kayemet, ORT and other organizations.

Adoring wife of Stefan Einhorn, husband of 63 years, loving mother of Anna Mathias (Alan) Shearman, and Helen (Uri) Aviv, beloved and doting Grandmother of Alastair, Alon, Ella and Ilan and the late Tamar; sister of Yisrael (“Lulek”) Frommer.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Congregation Ner Tamid.


Leonard M. Shlain

San Francisco surgeon and best selling author Leonard Shlain died at his home in Mill Valley on May 11, 2009 at the age of 71. He is survived by his wife Ina Levin Gyemant; his children Kimberly (Albert) Brooks, Tiffany (Ken) Goldberg and Jordan (Caroline) Shlain; step-children Roberto Gyemant, Anne (Michael) Paris; grandchildren Shawn, Jacob, Claire, Odessa, Amber, Daphne, Arthur, Sophia and Elena as well as his siblings Marvin Shlain and Sylvia Goldstick.

Leonard was born and raised in Detroit and moved to San Francisco in 1966, after serving as a captain in the U.S. Army in France. A surgeon for 38 years at California Pacific Medical Center, he headed the laparoscopic surgery department and was an early pioneer of laparoscopic gallbladder and hernia surgery. He was also an associate clinical professor at UCSF. Leonard was well known nationally and internationally as an author and lecturer. His books were best sellers; his latest book, “Leonardo’s Brain — The Left Right Roots of Creativity,” will be published next Spring 2010. Leonard was larger than life, always ready for the next challenge and was always making a difference in the world, with his patients and friends, in his life and especially in the lives of his family. A loving and devoted son, brother, husband, father, grandfather and family man, he always challenged and inspired you to live up to your full potential. He will be remembered with respect and fondness by all who were touched by his life.

A memorial service was held in San Francisco. Contributions may be made to the Leonard Shlain Scholarship Fund at the Saybrook Graduate School at 747 Front St., San Francisco, CA 94111.

Micah Ethan Tenney, 28, beloved son of Glenn and Susan Tenney, died May 19th, 2009 in San Mateo, CA. He is survived by his parents; his brothers Aaron, Axel (Danielle), Sven-Erik, and Benn (Monica); his grandfather Lester (Betty); his nieces & nephews Astrid, Lucia, Jordan, Matteo, & Bren; his aunt Valerie Atchison and uncle Bruce (Claire) Locke; and his many cousins.

We loved Micah so much. He was such a wonderful son and a mensch. We have a lifetime too short of wonderful memories. We miss him so much. We can’t believe that he’s gone. Micah we love you so very much.

Donations can be made in memory of Micah to the Peninsula Humane Society or Jewish Family & Children’s Services.