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Ruth Edinberg

November 28, 2021

Edinberg, Ruth (Germain), age 99, of Canton, MA, formerly of Newton, MA, died on November 28, 2021.  Beloved wife of the late Harold Edinberg, she is survived by her two children, Liz Levine and Mark Edinberg (Barbara), four grandchildren, Allyson (Luke), Stephanie (Craig), Daniel (Clara) and Joel (Rachel), and four great-grandchildren, Turner, Bayla, Issac, and Leonel Félix.

Ruth was a well known actress, performer, singer, composer and playwright in the Boston area for many years.  Her music found a second home at Orchard Cove in Canton, where she lived the last quarter century.  She will be missed by many.

A graveside service will be at Sharon Memorial Park at 12:45 pm on Wednesday, December 1, 2021. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to either Mass Music & Arts Society (MMAS) P.O. Box 1283 Mansfield MA 02048 (https://mmas.org/capital-campaign,/info@mmas.org), or Hebrew SeniorLife (https://www.hebrewseniorlife.org/giving).

Evelyn Tubman

November 26, 2021

Tubman, Evelyn (Stuhl), of Sharon, MA, passed away November 26, 2021. Beloved wife of the late Samuel Tubman. Devoted mother of Deborah Detherage and her husband John, Susan Saris and her wife Bambi Mathay, and the late Cheryl Talbot. Cherished grandmother of Rachel Yee, Michael Saris, and Logan Saris. Proud great-grandmother of Solace Yee, Truman Yee, and Mia Saris. Services are private. In lieu of flowers, donations in Evelyn’s memory may be made to Cornerstone Hospice, 601 Mariposa Way, The Villages, FL 32162.

Ruth B. Jacobson

November 23, 2021

Ruth Beatrice Jacobson, beloved wife of the late Maurice Jacobson, mother, grandmother, sister and aunt, died on November 23, 2021.  Ruth was born on September 14, 1927 in Brighton, MA. She leaves her children Susan Jacobson, Karen Myers and Lori Weinronk; daughter-in law Mary, sons-in-law Stan and Adam, and grandchildren, Dalya, Hannah, Tova, Jacob and Zachary.

Ruth had a wonderful sense of humor and her home was filled with joy, warmth, kindness, dogs, and her biggest passion, family.

Graveside service will be held Friday, November 26, 2021 at 11am at The Temple Ashkenaz Section of Beth Shalom Cambridge Cemetery, 232 Fuller St. Everett, MA 02149. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The American Parkinson Disease Association.

 

Leonard “Len” Bierbrier

November 21, 2021

Leonard “Len” Harold Bierbrier was a loving husband, father, brother, and friend to  many. He passed away on November 21st 2021 after complications from  heart surgery.

Len was born in 1944 in Montreal, Canada to loving parents, Mary and Nathan Bierbrier. After first graduating from McGill University, he went on to attend McGill Law School where he graduated top of his class, and then to attend Harvard Business School.

Len and his wife Chris met on a blind date in 1988. They were married on February 5th 1990 and were the best of companions until his  final days.

After business school, Len began to work as a real estate broker and a few years later in 1974 he founded his real estate development company, Bierbrier Development, Inc. which he ran as sole owner for 48 years. His work was his passion. As an entrepreneur, Len found exhilaration in working on projects which brought him into contact with diverse groups of  people. Nothing lit up Len’s soul more than taking on a new project and watching all the pieces come together like a puzzle, of which Len loved to do in his spare time. Later in his career, Len found time to experience the joys of teaching  and inspired students with his insights and excitement as an instructor in real estate development at Harvard Graduate School of Design and M.I.T.

Len  was a sensitive man who loved animals, laughter, good food, cars, and his boat on Squam lake. His favorite color was orange. He was an avid reader of nonfiction, especially World War II history, and delighted in swimming daily. Len took pride in renovating the family’s 1926 historic Cambridge home. He was especially proud of his personal library, a room he had been dreaming of building since childhood. Adorned with shelves of books, with topics from history, to spirituality, to biographies, Len could be found many weekends quietly enjoying said books sitting on one of two red leather chairs. Additionally, Len found comfort in his second home in Waterville Valley, NH. In the winter seasons he loved nothing more than to build a fire with his dog Alfie by his side, and slip into a casual afternoon nap after a day of reading, snowshoeing, or skiing. He loved to travel and was always in search of beauty. Len savored the trips he took around the world with his family, camera always in hand. Above all, he loved his family and caring for others in need.

Len was a member of Temple Israel Boston for over 30 years.

He is survived by his wife M. Christine Bierbrier, his sons Nathan and Noah Bierbrier, his brothers Ed (Anne Marie) and David (Susie) Bierbrier, his cousins in Canada, Argentina, and Israel, and good friends in Ghana and Saint Barth.

Funeral service on Tuesday, November 30, 2021 at 10:30 am. A link to view the funeral service can be found here. Shiva is strictly private. In celebration of Len’s life, donations can be made to the Squam Lake Association or Mount Auburn Cemetery.

Addie Davidson

November 19, 2021

Adeline “Addie” Levitt Davidson was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister, and caring friend. She died on November 19th, 2021 after a long and courageous battle with the rare, neurological disease PSP. Selfless to the end, she remarkably lived through the worst of the COVID pandemic despite the debilitating disease, making it possible for family and loved ones to visit her and share a final moment to make her ultimate passing more bearable.

She was born to Samuel and Sarah Levitt on June 2nd, 1943 in Washington D.C. While earning her bachelor’s degree from George Washington University, she met her future husband, Edward Davidson who was attending Georgetown University Law Center. They were married on August 22nd 1965 and eventually settled in Framingham Massachusetts in 1972, where they raised three children and four standard poodles.

Addie served as a Director of Marketing Services for the New England food brokerage Deli Dynamics. A member of the industry for 30+ years she was well respected by clients and colleagues alike and was known for her strong work ethic and dedication to the company’s success. A tireless supporter of her children’s endeavors, she was a constant and enthusiastic theatre patron and sports fan. In the early 80’s, she coached her daughter’s soccer team to three straight Bay State League Championships, amassing a 28-0 record over a three-year period despite never having coached or played the game before. She retired from coaching without ever losing a game nor ever fully understanding the rules.

A voracious reader and endlessly curious, she possessed a hilarious dry wit, and was a timeless beauty, often mistaken for Farrah Fawcett. Her many interests included her love of dogs, fitness, sports, music, and the arts. Her favorites included “Seinfeld” and “The Producers” and was the undisputed household “Jeopardy” Champion. She enjoyed hosting celebrations, treasured her many friendships, and loved trips with her husband especially to their beloved Aruba.

Addie is survived by her husband Edward, their children, Scott Davidson and his wife Elyse, Sanford Davidson, Marcie Davidson Foster and her husband Kenny and her brother Edward Levitt and his wife Ellen. She will also be greatly missed by her four grandsons Max, Koa, Jake and Ryan.

The family wishes to thank Sunrise of Wayland and Faith and Family Hospice for all of their support and love they gave to Addie the past few years. The kindness they showed her provided great comfort to the entire family.

A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, November 30 at 11:00 am at Temple Or Atid, 97 Concord Rd., Wayland, MA. Vaccination and masks are required. Shiva at her late residence, Tuesday 1:00-5:00 pm and 6:00-8:30 pm, Wednesday 2:00-5:00 pm and 6:00-9:00 pm.

To view the livestream of the service click here.

In celebration of Addie’s life, donations can be made to CurePSP(www.psp.org) 1216 Broadway, NY, NY or the Jewish Healthcare Center(www.jhccenter.org) 629 Salisbury St., Worcester, MA 01609.

 

Rabbi Clifford E. Librach

November 18, 2021

Rabbi Clifford E. Librach, an internationally recognized theologian, essayist and attorney, died Thursday at his home in Waltham, MA.  He was 70 years old.  The cause of death was cancer.

 Rabbi Librach presided over three Reform congregations during his 30-year rabbinical career: United Jewish Center in Danbury, CT, Temple Sinai of Sharon, MA and Moses Montefiore Temple in Bloomington, IL.  

As a respected Judaic scholar, Rabbi Librach’s erudite essays and sometimes controversial commentaries were widely published, appearing in Commentary, the Wall Street Journal and the Journal of Reform Judaism.

In 2011, Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion awarded Rabbi Librach a Doctor of Divinity for his scholarly distinction. In 1998 The Forward newspaper named him one of the “50 most dynamic and influential Jewish leaders in America”.  He was the only pulpit rabbi to earn that distinction.

As a spiritual leader,  Rabbi Librach wanted to take the role of an oboe in an orchestra “because it is the most reliable instrument…in whom everyone can be confident, and through whom everyone can find their voice”. 

A debater in high school, Rabbi Librach approached intellectual confrontations with iron-clad arguments. A healer at heart, he never failed to show respect for those with opposing viewpoints.  

The Rabbi’s commanding baritone voice spiritually engaged congregants as he sang the cantillation notes that accompany reading the Torah. 

Using the same energetic voice, he played an amateur auctioneer who raised $16,000 in one night for charity.

A native of St. Louis, Rabbi Librach attended Clayton High School. In 1973, he graduated Georgetown University cum laude with an B.A. degree American Studies and Philosophy. 

In 1977 he received a Juris Doctor degree from New York University where he was associate editor of The Law Review.  In 1986 he was ordained Rabbi at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Cincinnati. 

Before his ordination, he clerked for the Chief Justice of the Missouri Supreme Court and worked as a litigator at Husch & Eppenberger in St. Louis.

An avid fan of the St. Louis Cardinals, he returned to Busch Stadium in 2006 to watch his beloved Redbirds play in the World Series.  Rabbi Librach also adored classical music, Civil War history, Disney World, Dunkin Donuts, and taking trips to Israel.  

“Nothing has given me greater joy, or challenge, than my family, “ he told a reporter in 2009. “When I look at my children, I see my past and my future, and I respect that obsession in every parent I know.”

Every Sunday night, no matter where he was in the world, Rabbi Librach logged onto a computer to connect with his two brothers.   

Rabbi Librach is survived by his wife of 40 years, Miriam Case Librach of Waltham, MA; a daughter, Giliah Librach Nagar (Erez) of Woburn, MA; a son, Max Librach (Ashley) of Waltham, MA;  grandchildren Lavi and Shai Nagar of Woburn, MA; two brothers, Austan Librach (Diane) of Austin, TX and Mathew Librach (Phyllis Brasch) of St. Louis, two brothers-in-law, Joel Case of St. Louis and James Case of Kansas City, MO, nieces, nephews, cousins, colleagues and students.

A funeral service will be held Sunday, November 21 at 12:30 p.m. at Temple Emunah, 9 Piper Road, Lexington, MA. Attendee’s must be fully vaccinated and wearing masks. Interment will follow at Beit Olam East, 44 Concord Road, Wayland, MA. 

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in memory to Friends of Israeli Defense Forces, P.O. Box 4224, New York, N.Y. 10163 or online at www.fidf.com

Irene Rittner

November 14, 2021

Rittner, Irene Claire (Lerner), of Newton, MA, passed away November 14, 2021. Beloved wife of the late Leonard R. Rittner. Devoted mother of Debra and Phyllis Rittner. Loving sister of the late Harry Lerner. Services at Sharon Memorial Park on Tuesday, November 16, 2021 at 12 Noon. In lieu of flowers, donations in Irene’s memory may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 309 Waverly Oaks Rd., Waltham, MA 02452. A link to view the recorded funeral service can be found here.

 

 

Elaine Cohen

November 12, 2021

Elaine Cohen passed on November 12, at 12:12 PM after a short illness, without pain and with dignity. She was proud of her Chelsea, MA hometown and an avid Boston sports fan! A lover of the sun and water, after moving to Delray Beach, FL she spent hours in the pool. She enjoyed the company of her friends playing Canaster over the years, as well as on the bowling team. Elaine attracted three outstanding men in her life. Her first husband the late Charles Elmont, then the late Oscar Cohen, in her last seven years she shared a loving friendship with Warren Weiss. Elaine lost her daughter Marcia Elmont DeVasto last March. She is survived by her son-in-law Pat Devasto, her brother David Brothers, his wife Barbara, her son Alan Elmont, his wife Teri, and her grandchildren, Chani Elmont Dutton, her husband Zak, Monika (aka Moniker) Elmont, and Lee Elmont. Burial is Wednesday November 17, 2021 at 11:00AM at Polonnoe Cemetery in West Roxbury, MA. Elaine lived 92 feisty years, “naturally!”

George A. Brown

November 10, 2021

Of Newton, November 10, 2021, age 93, after a long illness. Born to Ben and Ann Brown on March 10, 1928, in Roxbury, MA. He was the oldest of three siblings, predeceased by his brother Leonard. George was a longtime resident of Newtonville where he resided with his wife Jane. Loving father of Caroline Greenblatt of Framingham and Abby Brown of Weston. Grandfather of Andrew and Zachary Greenblatt. George attended Boston Latin School, Harvard University and Harvard Law School. He served two years as a Marine during the Korean War, and on his return worked as a lawyer for the Thomas Joyce Law Firm. George went on to sell mutual funds, and a few years later founded Brown and Company, the first discount brokerage company. This company was the highlight of George’s life and the business grew to 16 branches. George’s wit and wisdom permeated this endeavor, and his dry sense of humor was displayed when he played the part of Max the Trader. His staff was encouraged to feel that they worked with him, not for him. George was a kind and gentle man. A private funeral service was held for the family. Shiva will be held at his late residence on Friday from 3pm-5pm, Saturday, 1pm – 4pm, and Sunday 1pm – 4pm.

Stephan H. Lewy

November 9, 2021

Stephan H. Lewy-on Tuesday, Nov.9,2021. Beloved husband of the late Frances. Devoted father of Ellen (Thomas) Dubie and Arthur (Bria) Lewy. Dear grandfather of Naomi Lewy. Graveside service at Sharon Memorial Park on Friday, November 12,2021. He was born in Germany a Holocaust Survivor and lecturer . He was a Veteran of  Army that liberated Buchenwald Concentration Camp and was one of the Ritchie Boys .

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