Yahrzeits with Obits
The version of the browser you are using is no longer supported. Please upgrade to a supported browser.Dismiss

View only
Arthur Arian September 19, 200626 Elul 5766Was Bar Mitzvah as an adult in Hilo by Rabbi Rita Leonard in 2000
Tillie Atkins* June 11, 199724 Sivan 5775Wife of Robert Atkins, died at age 85 at home in Kealakekua. She was an accounting and records manager at Irvine Pacific Mortgage
Alan Axelrod* April 2, 201322 Nisan 5773Born in Feb 1924 in Boston, he was a retired textile executive and past president and founding director of Kohala Hospital Charitable Foundation.
Marlyn Axelrod May 6, 20001 Iyar 5760Alan Axelrod's wife
Tana Hecht Basa December 6, 20133 Tevet 5774A Terezin holocaust survivor when she was age 3. She became a nurse. Converted to Mormon and lived in Naalehu
Josef Basch July 19, 200210 Av 5762Concentration camp survivor and then an officer in the Israeli Army.
Al Beer* June 11, 200311 Sivan 5763Al was on his way home from attending shiva for a friend in northern Israel when a suicide bomber brought an abrupt end to his life on a bus in Jerusalem. Al came to Kona from Cleveland where, much to his surprise, he reconnected to his Jewishness. He assisted in many of KBS’ activities and ultimately decided to make aliyah to Israel. His death sent "absolute shock" through the Orthodox Union Israel Center where he volunteered and had attended lectures for approximately one year. “Often wearing Hawaiian shirts, Beer looked more like a tourist than a volunteer,” one of his Israeli friends fondly recalled, adding that "he would always brighten everything up, he always had stories. He had a religious soul and knew a lot about everything.”
Ed Belford before 2005 ?Owned the Capt Cook Mini-Mart
Katrina "Trina" Bellak* May 28, 20061 Sivan 5766An attorney, lobbyist and founder of the American Horse Defense Fund. She worked for a member of the US Congress and in the West Wing of the White House during the Clinton Administration
Irwin Isaac Berman December 8, 200617 Kislev 5767Shari Berman’s father. Born in Chicago, he was an international shoe manufacturer who, with Japanese know-how, created the classic running shoe, “Converse World Class,” named by his then 9-year-old son, Russell. Irwin lived in Kobe, Cleveland, Boston, Connecticut and W. Palm Beach. He was back in Boston when he passed away, but laid to rest in Minneapolis where Russell currently resides.
Lottie BernstoneMarch 16, 20135 Nisan 5773Mother of Mike Bernstone and Norma Edelman
Nate Bernstone January 24, 200017 Sh'vat 5760Father of Mike Bernstone and Norma Edelman
Abraham BernzweigJune 6, 196810 Sivan 5728Sara Nealy's grandfather
Eli BernzweigDecember 21, 201813 Tevet 5779Sara Nealy's father
Fannie BernzweigMarch 5, 19763 Adar 5736Sara Nealy's grandmother
Lorraine BernzweigMarch 29, 20172 Nisan 5777Sara Nealy's mother
Melvin BernzweigMarch 2, 20017 Adar 5761Sara Nealy's uncle
William BernzweigOctober 23, 20048 Cheshvan 5765Sara Nealy's uncle
Evelyn Bernzweig FriedmanDecember 18, 196524 Kislev 5726Sara Nealy's aunt
Louis Bersack November 10, 19868 Cheshvan 5747
Rose Bersack September 2, 198516 Elul 5745
Saul Binder* July 14, 199820 Tammuz 5758President and CEO of Success National Bank in Chicago. He was active in supporting community groups, Community Foundation of Jewish Education, a trustee of the Foundation for the Special Education District of Lake County, chairman of the banking division of the Israel Bond Committee and a member of the Chicago Executive Board of the Anti-Defamation League. Known for his driven, colorful personality and a proud member of KBS.
Bill Borkan* September 17, 201313 Tishrei 5774Engineer, inventor and philanthropist. Owned The Shops at Mauna Lani and gave KBS free rent there.
Mickey Bowman 1998 or 1999Sister of Barry Gitelson. Memorial Service at Pu'uhonua o Honaunau
Jeanne Blum* August 10, 200616 Av 5766Barry Blum's mom. Born in Russia and came to America with her family on the last ship to leave Europe before WWI to live in New York. She married Joseph Blum, a dentist, and raised two sons, Barry and Robert. She loved learning. Later moved to San Francisco and then lived her final years at The Regency in Kailua-Kona, and was over 100 when she passed. She loved and was deeply loved by her children, grandchildren, great grandson and KBS.
Morty Breier* March 25, 20043 Nisan 5764In 1989 a man who was raised as a Jewish atheist in a community of Yiddish speaking communists in the Bronx, moved to Hawaii’s Big Island. He joined and then assumed leadership roles in several of Kona’s spiritual communities, including Kona Beth Shalom. Always a man to question authority, he taught his friends his world view that saw our planet, and indeed our entire universe, in the most optimistic perspective. Morty believed in a timeline of inevitable progression of universal consciousness that moved from the formlessness of the Big Bang toward the next steps that would ultimately lead us to more awareness, more compassion, more civility, and indeed, more wisdom. This was no less than Morty’s belief in God, his proof of God’s existence. All of us who came into contact with this scientist and engineer, artist, poet and musician, teller of jokes, adventurer and provocateur were his students, and we will never forget him or what he taught.
Morty Brier passed away in the arms of his beloved Karen.His ashes were scattered at his Mahi St. home, at the Hebrew Cemetery on Memory Lane in Greenwich, CT, and from the Empire State Building.
Abraham Brightman November 4, 200229 Cheshvan 5763Ruth Bernstone's father passed away at age 84, following a long illness. He was a very active, athletic man before he became ill, and always loved life to the fullest. His outgoing personality and willingness to help his neighbors made him a well-known fixture in his Florida community. A self-taught and self-made man, he loved to travel, dance and listen to classical music, especially opera. He was always there for his family and is truly missed
David BrightmanOctober 29, 201213 Cheshvan 5773Ruth Bernstone's brother
Rebecca Brightman September 16, 200927 Elul 5769Ruth Bernstone's mother
Lawrence William CohnJanuary 22, 201612 Sh'vat 5776Born Jan. 12, 1948, in Palo Alto, Calif., he spent his law career in private practice (in Kona), served for a time as a per diem judge for the State of Hawaii.
Jim Collier August 5, 20037 Av 5763Although Jim wasn’t sure he was Jewish, having been adopted and not knowing his birth parents’ religion, he felt a connection to KBS. A good friend to many members of the congregation, he requested Jewish services following his passing from ALS (“Lou Gehrig’s disease”).
David Crohn March 21, 19944 Nisan 5759
Padma Rag Datta August 18, 199522 Av 5755Lois-ellin's husband, who dedicated his life's work to using science to improve human welfare and preserve the environment
Pauline Donovet* August 7, 199511 Av 5755Was first secretary of KBS
Bob Feldman April 12, 200310 Nisan 5763Bob was one of the creators of Kona Beth Shalom’s Virtual Library project. Born in Allentown, Pennsylvania, he died suddenly and unexpectedly. An engineer in the field of military aeronautics he was part of the design team of the Stealth Bomber before moving to Hawaii. Bob was beloved by his wife of 18 years, Carol, and by his two children, five grandchildren, two stepchildren and five step-grandchildren.
Jacob Feldman March 21, 200814 Adar II 5768
Arthur FeldmanJune 3, 198818 Sivan 5748
Tony Franken* October 8, 201222 Tishrei 5773Tony served on the KBS Board from 2005-2008. Incidentally he was Al Franken's cousin
Dr. Phil FreedMarch 20, 201913 Adar II 5779Veterinarian in Kona
Abraham FreemanMarch 23, 201313 Nisan 5773Alysa Freeman's adored father. He was raised in the Bronx, accountant, lover of Broadway musicals, NJ Giants fan. Kindest and most generous soul. 
Florence FreemanOctober 23, 200520 Tishri 5766Alysa's second mom who came into her life when she was 5 years old is still missed every day by Alysa. Raised in the Bronx, worked as a Spanish translator and was known for her honesty, sense of humor and deep kindness.
Leona FreemanAugust 29, 19731 Elul 5733Leona was Alysa's mom who passed away when Alysa was 2 ½. She was raised in Coney Island, nurse at Mt. Sinai Hospital, fun-loving and loved by all
Edith FrieserApril 8, 201519 Nisan 5775
Ari GildenerJuly 23, 201811 Av 5778Born in Jerusalem and later emigrated to the United States to live in New Jersey. In the 1960s he moved to Canada where he met his wife, Michelle, and then moved to Hawaii in 1980. His considerable skills enabled him to fix just about anything and everything.
Alan Gimpel October 22, 199417 Cheshvan 5755Joel Gimpel's father
Edith Gimpel March 1, 199115 Adar 5751Joel Gimpel's mother
Eileen Gimpel* November 22, 199611 Kislev 5757Joel Gimpel's wife and mother of their two children. Died in Kona.
Pauline GitelsonMarch 12, 200228 Adar 5762Beloved mother of Barry Gitelson, passed away in Lewes, Delaware. Born in Hackensack, NJ, Pauline lived in Kona for seven years during the 1980’s and as an entrepreneur helped to create “Barry’s Nut Farm.” She later returned to the mainland but always dreamed of returning to Kona. E noho hau'oli, e aloha, e 'aka.
Lewis Ira Glaser*July 11, 20198 Tammuz 5779From Brooklyn. Retired macadamia nut farmer. Enjoyed sitting on the beach in Kona. Husband of Carolyn Greenfeld. Buried in West Hawaii Veterans Cemetery.
Dr. Gary Goldberg30-Jul-209 Av 5780Chief medical officer of Queen’s North Hawai’i Community Hospital passed away suddenly and unexpectedly at home at age 59. He was an emergency physician for over 30 years including over 20 years at NHCH. Dr. Goldberg received his medical degree from the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine in Miami, Florida. He also served as a Member of the Regional Board of Directors, West Hawaii Division, for HHSC (Hawaii Health Systems Corp, the Governing Body for Kona Community Hospital).
Sig Goode February 18, 200620 Sh'vat 5766A bicycle and movie poster devotee. He was born in October 1930 and lived in Captain Cook.
Sol GordonDecember 3, 20086 Kislev 5769 Sol Gordon, Ph.D. was a controversial writer, lecturer, and professor of child and family studies who specialized in children and teenage sex education. He founded the Institute for Family Research and Education at Syracuse University in 1970. Sol was born on June 12, 1923 in Brooklyn, New York. He wrote and published over 25 books, most for children, teens, and their parents. He was a leading pioneer in sex education, and lectured extensively in the U.S. and abroad. He was Gloria Blum's mentor and visited Kona on several occasions.
Barbara Green October 11, 201417 Tishrei 5775Wife of Richard Green, died at the age of 67 after a long battle with ovarian cancer. A longtime Marin resident, Barbara enjoyed hiking on Mount Tamalpais, skiing in Tahoe, and golfing with family and friends. 
Jo Michele Greene July 7, 201217 Tammuz 5772Passed away on Oahu, buried in Beit HaShamayim
Richard Hector July 6, 20003 Tammuz 5760
Louis Heyman April 2, 19907 Nisan 5750
Pearl HeymanFebruary 6, 200414 Sh'vat 5764Marilyn Anderson's mother
Harry Highkin* August 16, 20072 Elul 5767The husband of Lorraine Highkin, he died at the age of 89 at home in Kona. Harry was a California State University at Northridge professor emeritus and plant physiologist. He was born in New Haven, Conn. and looked remarkably like Albert Einstein.
Bill Hauser December 5, 201717 Kislev 5778Food and Beverage Manager at the hotel (Keauhou Beach or Kona Surf?) who was most generous with KBS when we used their facility for Shabbat Services
Dr. Leon Hyman January 4, 201513 Tevet 5775Allergist and immunoligist in Kona. Husband of Alex Bliss Walker
Dr. Gerald Klaz*September 7, 20197 Elul 5779Family practice physician, lived part-time in L.A. Husband of Paige Halliday.
Morton Klein September 18, 200514 Elul 5765
Arthur Janes June 15, 197810 Sivan 5738Father of Paul (Shaul) Janes
Vera Betty Janes August 9, 20045 Av 5765Mother of Paul Janes
Ellen Kimiatek April 2, 200826 Adar II 5768Joel Gimpel's oldest sister.
Dr. Clifford KoppOctober 14, 201612 Tishrei 5777Dentist (prosthedontist) in Kona, well loved for his many community service activities.
Lillian LabesDecember 19, 201123 Kislev 5772Meredith Miller's mother
Irving LabesApril 16, 201112 Nisan 5771Meredith Miller's father
Saul Lelah*May 10, 201825 Iyar 5778Born in Singapore. Father of Ruben Lelah (Kona psychologist)
Geraldine Levine April 28, 201014 Iyar 5770Wife of Steve Levine (Kona)
Jeanette Lewis* October 27, 200228 Tishrei 5769Wife of Seymour Lewis. Mother of Barbara Lewis
Seymour Lewis* August 27, 200219 Elul 5762Seymour was the father of Barbara Lewis. He first arrived in Sacramento in 1940 and never let go of his dreams for a better world for all people. Forever the optimist Dr. Lewis founded the Zionist Organization of America District in Sacramento. He was the second President of the Jewish Federation of the Sacramento Region. He was instrumental in raising funds to rescue Jews from Nazi Europe and for Israel both before and after statehood. He led services at Folsom Prison for Jewish inmates. He foresaw the need for education for Jewish youth in the greater Sacramento area as early as 1980 and was an active member of congregations of B'nai Israel and Mosaic Law Synagogue. He was the first spiritual leader of Congregation Kona Beth Shalom. Later returning to California, he passed away in Sacramento.
Leah LissauerFebruary 2, 199118 Sh'vat 5751Mother of Ruth Glatt. Born in New York and lived in Yonkers. In 1947 she moved with her husband Sidney and daughter Ruth to live with Uncle Herman in Los Angeles. Rabbi Herman Lissauer was Research Director for Warner Bros. He also ran the "Modern Forum of Los Angeles." Ruth remembers meeting many notables at his home, including Mme Chiang Kai-Shek, Eleanor Roosevelt and Albert Einstein. Leah broke her hip in 1990 and moved to Kona where Ruth took care of her until her passing at age 88.
John Marean*August 25, 201510 Elul 5775Second husband of Roz Silver. He was Canadian. Their romance began online.
Harold MeltzerApril 22, 202027 Nisan 5780A retired Real Estate broker in Hawaii, but most of all a great storyteller. He always began every conversation with a new joke. And his jokes were funny! Passed away in Denver where he was receiving medical care and interred next to his parents and older sister at the B'nai Brith Cemetery in Peabody, Massachusetts. Ta-ta!
Danny Miller September 4, 197721 Elul 5737
Eugene MillerApril 8, 20077 Nisan 5767
Herman Miller April 18, 19992 Iyar 5759
Martha "Marty" MillerJanuary 31, 20205 Sh'vat 5780Marty, Joel Gimpel's youngest sister, earned a PhD in Women's Studies from the University of North Carolina in Greensboro. Her dissertation, "Tevye's Daughters: Jewish Experience and Women's Identity in the United States," explored the meaning of identity in modern American society through the stories told by and about Jewish women. She had been a high school math teacher, artist, exercise guru, crochet instructor and author of books and magazine articles on crochet designs. She passed away at the hospice shelter in Greensboro, North Carolina. Marty is survived by her dear husband Ed of nearly 53 years, son Matt (Adrian) Miller, brother Joel Gimpel, grandchildren Meridian Lowe and Miles Miller, great granddaughter Nova Lowe, and many cousins, nieces and nephews.
Talia Miller August 19, 199827 Av 5758Granddaughter of Lorraine Highkin
Dr. Paki (Bailey) MyersMarch 9, 201629 Adar 5776Paki was born in New York and became a physician, practicing as an Emergency Room Physician at Kona Community Hospital and later having her own private practice in Kealakekua. She died at age 72 and is survived by her wife, Zan Myers of Ocean View; daughter, Maya Myers; her brother and sisters, and numerous nieces and nephews
Erwin Myhre* November 10, 200923 Cheshvan 5770Shomer for our Torah for many years
Helen Myhre* July 1, 20143 Tammuz 5774Wife of Erwin Myhre
Prem Nagar (Jay Schoenfeld)April 1, 199310 Nisan 5753Born in Millbrae, California, Nagar was known to many as he rode around Kona on his bicycle delivering fresh wheat grass juice. He was a notable photographer of Kilauea Volcano. He was standing on a fresh lava bench, attempting to photograph the entry site of lava into the ocean when the bench crumbled into the ocean. His body was never found.
Dean OlchDecember 17, 20188 Tevet 5779Son of Ruth and Myron Glatt. A master of the shakuhachi, the Japanese flute. His music can be heard on the soundtrack of "Shogun," the 1980 TV miniseries starring Richard Chamberlain. Passed away in Thailand.
Goldie Olney* December 1, 199812 Kislev 5759
Lyman Olney* May 1, 19985 Iyar 5758
Ed Packer* October 2, 200914 Tishrei 5770Ed was born in Philadelphia and was raised in the Orthodox tradition. He served in the U.S. Air Force as a bombardier during World War II. Following the family business he became an upholsterer. He and his wife Mildred moved to Kona in 1978 where they formed Packer Reality, in business until 2004. Ed later established Packer Nursery, well known throughout the United States for their high quality plumeria cuttings. He was buried in West Hawaii Veterans Cemetery
Mildred Packer* May 5, 201021 Iyar 5770Wife of Ed Packer
Nina Perrell August 28, 201210 Elul 5772Lived in Hawi
Sarah Perl Heyman February 6, 200414 Sh'vat 5764
Hadassah Plaut July 23, 200323 Tammuz 5763Mother of Yehudah Plaut, she was born in Detroit and passed away in New York at the age of 82. She was a passionate member of HaShomer HaTza'eer, the first Zionist youth movement for the Jewish people.
Rabbi Walter Plaut January 3, 196418 Tevet 5724Rabbi of Temple Emanuel of Great Neck, New York and father of Yehudah Plaut in Kona. A refugee from Nazi Germany, Rabbi Plaut was one of 4 rabbis plus 8 white Protestant ministers, 6 AME black ministers and NAACP activists on the first Interfaith Freedom Ride on a Greyhound bus traveling from Washington, DC, through South Carolina, to Tallahassee from June 13-16, 1961.
Phil Plotkin* July 7, 201025 Tammuz 5770Husband of Sarah Kramer. a veteran of the Army National Guard. He loved traveling through Asia with his wife, Sarah, and found a special place in his heart for the people of Tibet and Nepal. In recent years, Phil completed a pilgrimage to Mount Kailash and visited the Potala Palace in Tibet. He enjoyed trekking in the Himalayas and white-water rafting down the Ganges River in India. Phil had a kind and loving heart. His ashes were scattered at the shore of Puako
Lisa Pozen April 14, 200423 Nisan 5764
Elmer Rabin May 2, 199118 Iyar 5751Born in Chicago and died at age 73 in Honokaa. Cattle broker in Waimea. Husband of Helen Rabin who was first treasurer of KBS
Teunisse Rabin September 9, 20023 Tishrei 5763Teunisse was a thirty-year-resident of Kona and was an artist, arts administrator, teacher, tireless youth advocate and activist and was a founding member and executive director of SKEA (South Kona Education Association). She was the devoted mother of Miriam, Peter and Eric, and the beloved wife of Arnie Rabin.
Abraham David RibnerMay 23, 197816 Iyyar 5738Sara Nealy's grandfather
Isaac RibnerJanuary 22, 198117 Shvat 5741Sara Nealy's uncle