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Deaths for the week of Nov. 30, 2018


Obituaries are supported by a generous grant from Sinai Memorial Chapel.


Daniel Kaplan

Daniel Kaplan, MD (88), loving father, grandfather, brother, uncle, friend and compassionate physician, died at peace in his home August 31, 2018 at St. Paul Towers in Oakland, California, surrounded by his family and friends.

Born July 12, 1930 in Boston, Massachusetts, Dr. Kaplan achieved academically and musically from an early age. He is a cum laude graduate of Harvard College and Tufts University School of Medicine. He was awarded the Tufts Alumni Prize in Pathology. He served as an intern and assistant resident in medicine at Beth Israel Hospital and Harvard Medical School. He was a Radiology resident at Stanford, where he was Chief Resident during his third year. In 1976 he became Assistant Professor of Radiology at UCSF and faculty at Beth Israel Hospital and Harvard Medical School. He then became a primary radiologist at John Muir Hospital specializing in angiography and interventional procedures.

Dr. Kaplan tempered his vast academic and medical accomplishments with a passion for playing the saxophone and collecting Inuit art.

He is survived by his two daughters, Lauren and Lisa Kaplan; his granddaughter, Shira Kaplan; his sister, Ruth Lewis; nephew, Martin Lewis; and many grand-nieces and nephews. His family and numerous friends will miss him dearly. Rest in Peace, Daniel.


Matilda (Tillie) Molho

December 25, 1926-November 8, 2018

Matilda (Tillie) Molho
Matilda (Tillie) Molho

Tillie passed away peacefully on November 8, 2018. She was 91 years of age. Tillie was born in Thessaloniki, Greece, on December 25, 1926, the daughter of David and Louisa Amarillo. She grew up in a warm, loving home and shared a happy childhood with her brothers Sam and Solon. During the war, Tillie was separated from her family and was hidden by a Greek Christian family. Several years later she was reunited with her family in Greece.

Tillie married Dr. Rene Molho on March 3, 1946, one year after liberation. On March 6, 1947 they had a son named Mario Sam. Together they emigrated to the United States in 1951. Tillie and Rene raised their son Sam in Oakland. Tillie traveled extensively through her lifetime. She also spent countless hours volunteering for Children’s Hospital and was very active in ORT. Both Tillie and Rene were philanthropists and supported the Hebrew University, Yom HaShoah and Temple Sinai, Oakland.

Tillie was predeceased by her son Sam and her husband Rene. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Temple Sinai, Oakland, or Congregation B’nai Tikvah, Walnut Creek.

(Sinai Lafayette)


Bernard Friedman Rubin

Oct. 30, 1922–Nov. 17, 2018

Resident of Palo Alto

Bernard Rubin
Bernard Rubin

Bernard “Bud“ Rubin, world traveler, nuclear engineer, generous supporter of Israel, avid Stanford sports fan, musical theatre lover, dedicated volunteer and award-winning runner, died in his home at age 96 surrounded by his loving family.

Bud was born in Harrisburg, PA to Ivy and Irvin Rubin. He met his beloved wife, Helen, of 53 years, at Penn State University, where he received his BS in Metallurgy. He was a WWII Navy veteran. He later attended night school and received his M.S. in Economics of Engineering and his M.S. in Metallurgical Engineering. Bud moved to Squirrel Hill in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, in 1956 and worked at Westinghouse, Bettis Field Atomic Power Lab. He moved to Palo Alto, California, in 1966 and worked for G.E. Electric Nuclear Energy Group.

Bud enjoyed many activities, including travel, aerobics, biking, hiking, running, line dancing, Toastmasters, improvisation, plays and musicals, serving at local food banks, tutoring at local schools, and volunteering with developmentally delayed adults. He loved running and completed a half marathon at 80 and continued to run 10ks until age 93.

Bud was an active member of Congregation Beth Am. He participated in Torah study and volunteered bringing Jewish music to seniors and food to the poor and sick.

Bud was beloved by his late wife Helen, his children Jerryl Lynn (Mandy), Kenneth, Sandra (Stan), Mitchell (Rhona), his grandchildren Anya Rubin-Mcquinn (Ramsey), Iliana Rubin, Ocean, Jesse Silvertrees, Matt Johnson (Marlena), Alan Johnson, Makkeda Deloney (Michael), Jazmine Hall (Anthony), Elijah Rubin, his great-grandchildren Kirin, Taurean, Santiago, his brother Ted (Bunny) Rubin, and many others.

Bud was kind, generous, wise, and a true “mensch.” Donations in his memory may be made to: Congregation Beth Am Rabbi’s Discretionary Fund, HIAS, or American Committee for the Weizmann Institute of Science.


Miriam (Marion) Samuel

Miriam (Marion) Samuel
Miriam (Marion) Samuel

Miriam (Marion) Samuel passed away on October 9, 2018 in Danville, California at the age of 94. Born in Czechoslovakia, she was taken by the Nazis in 1941 and was liberated in 1945. She was the sole survivor of her family of 10. After the war, Miriam married Bernard and remained with him for 63 years until his passing in 2008.

She was an active member of Beth Jacob Congregation and Hadassah and a lifelong supporter of Israel. Marion was a true eshet chayil and a balabusta. She was charming, generous and wise. She was known for her amazing cooking, sewing and gardening skills. She frequently spoke to groups including schoolchildren about the Holocaust and the horrors of racism yet remained loving and open-minded.

Beloved wife of Bernard Samuel z”l; mother of Helen Samuel, Sandy Samuel (Cantor Brad Kurland) and Nancy Samuel; grandmother of Joel and Adena West, Akiva, Talya, and Noam Kurland; great-grandmother of Zev. She was loved and will be missed by many.


Annette Walt

Annette Walt
Annette Walt

Our vibrant, beloved friend Annette Walt died peacefully on August 27 from cardiomyopathy at age 72. She was laid to rest at Gan Shalom, Briones. Born to Miriam & Sydney Walt in Cape Town, she is survived by sister Yda, brothers Brian & Harold, a large extended family, and a group of caring friends. She lived on three continents: South Africa, Israel and Berkeley.

Annette taught English and Judaic Studies in Israel and the East Bay. In midlife she retrained as a therapist, specializing in treating children, adolescents and families, targeting the underserved. Creating art was her passion, focusing on brilliant textiles. Her home showcased her own art and works from South Africa and Israel, exhibited so you delighted upon entering. Annette’s special gift in her personal and professional life was the intense caring she showed to her friends and clients. Annette’s life defined the word generosity.


Marvin Harold Zinn

The family of Marvin Harold Zinn is sad to announce the death of their beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother, brother-in-law, and uncle on November 6, 2018. Born on October 10, 1922 to Louis and Rena Sobel Zinn, he was the beloved husband of Miriam (Mimi) Friedman Zinn for 72+ years; the father of Loryn Zinn Morton (deceased) (Robert), David Zinn (Lydia), Helene (Lani) Zinn and Adina Zinn (Michael Spiegel); the Zayde of Mandy Losk, Jordan and Jacob Spiegel; and the Daya of Jessica, Nathaniel, and Jonathan (Christine) Morton. Marvin was the big brother to Arthur (Cynthia) Zinn (deceased) and Cecel (Albert, deceased) Seeman. He was also “Uncle Marvin” to Linda Seeman Keeble (Bob), Alisa Seeman and Leonard Seeman (deceased) (Robyn), Rachel Zinn (Mike Bauer), Daniel Zinn (Carrie), Hannah Zinn Kirchner (Gerrit), Sarah Vogel (Rick), Jonathan Zinn and Jeremy Zinn.

As a member of the “Greatest Generation,” he served in the Marines during World War II. Marv was a beloved teacher to generations of San Leandro students. He was president, religious school principal, Hebrew teacher, newsletter editor at Temple Beth Shalom in San Leandro and held a myriad of other leadership roles at the congregation during a period of 70 years. “Mr. Zinn” was completely immersed in the lives of those he loved, with a brilliant probing mind, a keen sense of humor and a deep interest in Judaism, politics and history. He was a one-of-a-kind mensch who will be missed by everyone who knew him. To honor Marvin’s memory, donations may be made to a charity of your choice or any political group dedicated to returning sanity to American politics.

(Sinai Lafayette)