Deaths

Jack M. Harris, husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend; after a long battle with multiple health issues, passed into eternity, weeks before his 76th birthday.

A U.S. Army Veteran and resident of California since WWII, Jack earned a degree in Electrical Engineering and worked in the aerospace/defense industry for 40 years. Jack was married for over 50 years but lost his wife, Judy, to cancer in 2007. He is survived by his children; four grandchildren; two brothers; nieces; nephews; Milly Henn and many other dear friends.

In lieu of flowers please send donations in his memory to Jewish Community of Solano County, 3069 Alamo Dr. #153, Vacaville, CA 95687, Chabad or other Jewish Charities. He was laid to rest April 27 beside his beloved wife Judy at the Chapel of the Chimes, 32992 Mission Blvd., Hayward. For further information, or to send a message to the family, contact Mandel Funeral Services of Northern California at (866) 962-6335 or www.mandelfuneralservices.com. 

Basil Ralph Meyerowitz, MD

September 29, 1929–April 20, 2010

Devoted husband and father, and esteemed surgeon, Basil passed away after suffering a massive stroke. He was surrounded by his wife of nearly 47 years and four children. He was 80 years young.

He was born in Johannesburg, South Africa to Lithuanian-born immigrants, Louis and Ray. Known by his pals as “Sarge,” Basil studied medicine at the University of the Witwatersrand and completed his surgical training at the Royal College of Surgeons of England. He then moved to New York City to teach at Einstein Medical College where he also served as a major in the U.S. Army Reserve. Two weeks after meeting Miriam Lewinsky they were engaged, and six months later they were married.

They moved to California in 1967 where Basil became the Director of the Stanford Surgical Service and Chief of Surgery at Chope Community Hospital. He opened a private practice in San Mateo where he was a pioneer in bariatric surgery. He also served as Chief of Staff of Mills Hospital.

In his retirement he volunteered at Filoli, Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic, and Samaritan House. He relished gardening, playing bridge, working out at the Peninsula JCC, and any opportunity to walk on the beach.

He is survived by his wife, Miriam; his four children: Robin, Eric, Lisa (Danny), and Jennifer (Dennis); his four grandchildren: Solomon, Sarah, Kate, and Bella; his younger sister Dorothy; and numerous family members in South Africa and Australia.

A service was held on April 23 at Skylawn Memorial Park, San Mateo. In lieu of flowers, please send contributions to: Mills-Peninsula Health Services, Recording for the Blind, Peninsula Sinai Congregation, or Samaritan House.

Sinai Memorial Chapel


Seymour Newstat

Died at his San Francisco home on April 17, 2010 at the age of 86. Seymour was born on May 10, 1923 outside of Lodz, Poland. He was an observant Jew who lost almost his entire family in the Holocaust. After the war, Seymour came to America, settled in New York City, began his lifelong trade as a kosher butcher, met and married the love of his life, Ruth (Haimovitz), and they had three children. His oldest son, Barry, who brought him great joy and pride as a union social worker, predeceased him in 1985. His wife Ruth, with whom he shared the great joy in raising a family, also predeceased him in 1987.

Despite the tremendous losses he sustained, Seymour was not bitter or self-pitying. He survived the unimaginable with his heart, soul and humor intact. Seymour will be remembered as a sweet, generous and tremendously loving man with a will of iron.

He is survived by his daughter, Joyce Newstat of San Francisco, her spouse Susan Lowenberg, and their daughter Ruthie Newstat Dreisbach, and his son, Jeffrey Newstat of Hallandale, Florida, and his sons David and Daniel.

Services were held last week. Contributions to the Holocaust Survivor Assistance Fund at JFCS, 2150 Post St., SF CA 94115, would be appreciated.

Anne Rubinchik

October 17, 1918-April 21, 2010

Anne Rubinchik died at the Jewish Home for the Aged in San Francisco. She was the beloved wife of the late Irving Rubinchik. She was the adored mother of Harry Rubinchik (Ellen) and Lynne Frank Page (Ronald) and grandmother (Nana) to Dale Rubinchik (Laura) and Scott Frank (Tiziana) and Great Grandmother of Jaclyn, Aaron, Amy and Emilio.

Her adored sister, Esther Friedman, will miss her greatly. She was predeceased by her sister Rose Edelman and brother Charles Hamer. Anne was the loving daughter of the late Sol and Sarah Hamer. She will be greatly missed by her wonderful nieces and nephews.

Anne was an active member of her temple, B’nai B’rith, City of Hope and many other organizations until she developed Alzheimer’s. She received loving care from her wonderful care takers, Tatayana Margolin, Mila Pivnyk, Raisa Pivnyk and Luda Dvorkis.

Anne will be greatly missed by all who loved her. A special thanks to the Jewish Home for the wonderful love and care she received. At her request no services will be held. Donations may be made to the Jewish Home or the charity of your choice.