Lifecycle: Simchas: B'nai mitzvah
Samantha Elyse Kurtz, daughter of Carol Silverman-Kurtz and Barry Kurtz of Tenafly and sister of Alex, celebrated becoming a bat mitzvah on June 1 at Temple Sinai of Bergen County in Tenafly.
Max Feld, son of Ellen and Howard Feld of Emerson, celebrated becoming a bar mitzvah on June 1 at Temple Beth Or in Washington Township.
Liam Drori, son of Arielle and Guy Drori of Fair Lawn, celebrated becoming a bar mitzvah on June 1 at Temple Israel and Jewish Community Center in Ridgewood.
Jacob Heitzner, son of Kari and Jeff Heitzner of Haworth, celebrated becoming a bar mitzvah on June 1 at Temple Beth El of Northern Valley in Closter.
Mazal tov to Adele Krauser, left, Peggy Kabakow, and Sandra Bloch who commemorated the 35th anniversary of having become b’not mitzvah at Temple Sinai of Bergen County in Tenafly with aliyot during kabbalat Shabbat services on May 17 there. The women, who still are Temple Sinai members, also acknowledged the 12 other women who became b’not mitzvah with them.
Mikaela Bichler, daughter of Kathy and Andrew Bichler of Fair Lawn and sister of Blake, celebrated becoming a bat mitzvah on June 8 at the Fair Lawn Jewish Center/Congregation B’nai Israel.
Mazal tov to Bonnie Reiff of River Vale who graduated summa cum laude from Bucknell University in Lewisburg, Pa., on May 19. She earned a bachelor of science in computer science and mathematics and a minor in physics. She is a 2009 graduate and valedictorian of Pascack Valley High School in Hillsdale, and the daughter of Lynn and Peter Reiff, members of Congregation B’nai Israel in Emerson. At Bucknell, Bonnie was a member of the Kappa Alpha Theta sorority. She was also inducted into the Mortar Board Honor Society (for achievement in scholarship, leadership and service), Order of Omega (the Greek Honor Society), and Pi Mu Epsilon (the Mathematics Honor Society).
In the fall, she will be working with GE Aviation Systems in Grand Rapids, Mich., and pursuing a master’s in computer science at Michigan State University.
Arnold Baer Shuman, 72, of Hillsdale, formerly of Sharon, Mass., and California, died at home on May 10.
A graduate of Tufts University, he was a naval aviator in the Navy’s ROTC program flying P2V Neptune “submarine hunters”. He worked for Peterson Publishing as a writer/editor of Car Craft, Hot Rod, and Motor Trend magazines, then at Mercedes-Benz as a public relations spokesman.
He co-wrote “Cool Cars, Square Roll Bars” with his brother on the 1950’s hot rod movement in New England, and returned to drag racing at age 70.
He is survived by his wife Lois; sons David of Bloomfield, Conn., and Scott (Nicole) of Alexandria, Va.; a sister, Nancy Black of Boynton Beach, Fla.; a brother, Bernard (Gail) of Foxboro, Mass.; a brother-in-law, Louis Daniel (Pamela Snyder) of Norfolk, Va.; and nieces and a nephew.
Contributions can be made to Doctors Without Borders.
Arrangements were by Louis Suburban Chapel, Fair Lawn.