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EPSTEIN o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-05-02 published
GOTTESMAN, Samuel
At University Hospital, London Health Sciences Centre, on Friday April 29, 2005. Samuel GOTTESMAN, of London. Beloved husband of the late Freda GOTTESMAN (EPSTEIN.) Dear brother of Harry and his wife Norma GOTTESMAN, of London. Loved by two nieces Diane and her husband Wayne GOLDSTEIN, of London, and Beverly KAHN and Rob KOTZER, of Toronto. Also survived by brother-in-law Alex KAHN, of London. Predeceased by his parents Leo and Katalina GOTTESMAN and a sister Mary KAHN. Funeral service will be held at the Logan Funeral Home, 371 Dundas St. (between Colborne and Waterloo) on Tuesday May 3, 2005, at 2: 00 p.m. with Rabbi Eliezer GURKOW, of Congregation Beth Tefilah, officiating. Interment in Or Shalom Cemetery. Friends who wish may make memorial donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario. Online condolences can be expressed at www.loganfh.ca A tree will be planted as a living memorial to Mr. GOTTESMAN.

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EPSTEIN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-01-31 published
KIRSHENBAUM, Betty (née LANDESMAN)
On Friday, January 28, 2005 at Toronto. Betty KIRSHENBAUM, beloved wife of Izzy. Loving mother and mother-in-law of Zahava LAMBERT, Naomi KIRSHENBAUM, Howard and Dyan KIRSHENBAUM. Devoted daughter of the late Hersch and Frahdel LANDESMAN. Dear sister and sister-in-law of Rachel and Chaim FLETCHER, and the late Henshi EPSTEIN, Shalom LANDESMAN, and Isaac LANDESMAN. Devoted grandmother of Elisheva, Avinoam, Noah, and Roxy. Services were held at Benjamin's Park Memorial Chapel, 2401 Steeles Ave W., on Sunday, January 30 at 9: 30 a.m. Shiva 19 Jenkins Dr. Richmond Hill. If desired, memorial donations may be made to The Temmy Latner Centre for Palliative Care c/o Mt. Sinai Hospital 416-586-4800.

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EPSTEIN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-04-22 published
EPSTEIN, David

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EPSTEIN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-05-13 published
WEBBER, Josephine Chasnoff
May 10, 2005; beloved wife of the late Joseph WEBBER; dear mother and mother-in-law of Alan (Frances DIEMOZ) WEBBER and Mark (Janet) WEBBER; dear sister and sister-in-law of Jane (late François) OLMER, Jack (Alice) CHASNOFF and Jules (Martha) CHASNOFF; dear grandmother of Adam and Amanda WEBBER; dear sister-in-law of late Ronah (late M.L.) EPSTEIN, Debbie (late Lennie) DAVIDOFF and Samene (Joseph) LESSER; dear aunt, great-aunt, cousin and friend of Carolyn PHILLIPPI.
Mrs WEBBER was a volunteer at the Scholar Shop. Funeral Service 10: 30 a.m., Friday, May 13, 2005 at New Mt. Sinai Mausoleum, 8430 Gravois Ave., St. Louis, Missouri. Interment New Mt. Sinai Cemetery. Memorial contributions to Scholar Shop or a charity of your choice. Berger Memorial, St. Louis, Missouri

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EPSTEIN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-08-31 published
Rabbi Irwin WITTY
By Bernie M. FARBER, Ed MORGAN and Seymour EPSTEIN, Wednesday, August 31, 2005, Page A20
Jewish educator, Torah scholar, family man, raconteur extraordinaire. Born September 22, 1932, in Brooklyn, New York Died July 30 in Toronto, of natural causes, aged 72.
Just ask his 22 grandchildren about Rabbi Irwin WITTY's oratorical skills. They will tell you the times when the grandchildren would gather at his home, snuggle up close, and he would tell them stories of Blackie, a dog who ran into all kinds of ethical and moral problems but at the end of the story ended up teaching his human Friends moral lessons. And that was what Rabbi WITTY was all about.
Rabbi WITTY had a lifelong passion: Jewish education. He was born in Brooklyn in 1932 in an area where Judaism imbued all parts of life. After graduating from Yeshiva University, New York, he worked as a teacher and principal in Philadelphia and then in Winnipeg. While in Winnipeg he had a dual role as teacher and pulpit rabbi.
A story is told about his time in Winnipeg that during the seven years he served as rabbi, he was the Lou Gehrig of the synagogue league, never missing a Sabbath service. As an orthodox Jew, he was not permitted to drive on Saturday. Even though he lived two miles from the synagogue and despite Winnipeg's blustery winter weather, he made the trek, often with his four children. One Saturday morning, with the temperature close to minus 40°C and a winter blizzard blowing in from the prairies, Rabbi WITTY and his daughter Judith ran from apartment block to apartment block gaining shelter and respite until they finally made it to the warmth of their synagogue.
In 1969, Rabbi WITTY was hired as the Executive Director of the Toronto Board of Jewish Education, which was then a small supervisory body. Through Rabbi WITTY's leadership, the Board of Jewish Education became a leader in Jewish education both in Canada and around the world.
During his time with the Board of Jewish Education he worked hand in hand with Canadian Jewish Congress and the United Jewish Appeal Federation in another passion of his, the right of faith-based schools to access government funding. Indeed, whether it was a government bureaucrat or the premier of the province, they all knew that if Rabbi WITTY was coming to see them, they had better have their arguments well-honed. While the Rabbi was a tolerant man, he would not hesitate to unleash the full force of his considerable advocacy skills. In doing so, he spoke not only with great wisdom and moral authority but, as his name suggests, with a bitingly accurate wit.
Rabbi WITTY led an orthodox lifestyle and while being an orthodox, recognized the need to identify with Jews of all different religious backgrounds. He was as much at home in an orthodox synagogue as he was conferring with reform, conservative and secular Jews as well as clergy of all different faiths wherever he met them. Indeed, he was the paradigm of what a Jewish educator should be.
But Rabbi WITTY was more than a Jewish educator and advocate. He understood that education needed to use to many tools bring out lessons of life. He was a man skilled in the languages and literature of his people, a man of many accents, a man of much music, and a man of rich humour. It was impossible to follow him on a podium; the audience was still laughing at his last joke and remembering his message.
Rabbi WITTY's deep Jewish knowledge, his elegance in communication, the music in his voice, and his respect for everyone made him a teachers' teacher, the perfect model for the role he so well filled.
Bernie M. FARBER, Ed MORGAN and Seymour EPSTEIN are Friends and colleagues of Rabbi WITTY.

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EPSTEIN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-10-04 published
EPSTEIN, Esther
Peacefully, on Monday, October 3, 2005 at her home in her 91st year after a long and courageous battle with cancer. Esther EPSTEIN, beloved wife of Maurice for 67 years. Cherished mother and mother-in-law to Jean and Arnold VERTLIEB, and Philip and Joyce EPSTEIN. Loving grandmother to Jeffrey, Tamara and Andrew, Ilana and Steve, David and Michelle, Deborah and Aaron, and Sara and Mark. Great-grandmother to Maxwell, Bailey, Jeremie, Joshua and Ryan. Survived by her dearest sisters Hilda, Fay, and Beattie, and sister-in-law Sonia. Special thanks to Dell MERCADO, Lordes DELACRUZ, and Dr. KENDALL for their extraordinary care and devotion. At Benjamin's Park Memorial Chapel, 2401 Steeles Ave. W. (3 lights west of Dufferin) for service on Thursday, October 6 at 11: 00 a.m. Interment The Farband Labour Zionist section of Mt. Sinai Memorial Park. Shiva 214 Blythwood Road. If desired, donations may be made to The Esther Epstein Memorial Fund c/o The Benjamin Foundation, 3429 Bathurst St. Toronto, Ontario M6A 2C3 416-780-0324. Esther will be missed and mourned by all who knew her. Her sparkling personality and her joy of life will always be remembered.

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EPSTEIN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-04-22 published
EPSTEIN, David

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EPSTEIN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-08-01 published
Rabbi 'a father of Jewish education'
Pushed the province to fund Jewish schools
'In his blood he knew the art of teaching'
By Naomi CARNIOL, Staff Reporter
Rabbi Irwin WITTY made sure no Jewish child in Toronto lacked a Jewish education because of money.
During his years as executive director of the Toronto Board of Jewish Education, he worked with United Jewish Appeal to ensure money was put aside for children who could not afford tuition at local Jewish schools.
After he retired, he continued to push the provincial government to fund Jewish schools.
WITTY died Saturday night in Toronto. He was 73.
Jewish education was WITTY's lifelong passion, colleagues said.
"In his blood he knew the art of teaching," said Seymour EPSTEIN, the board's current executive director.
Born in Brooklyn in 1932, WITTY graduated from Yeshiva University in New York. He worked as a teacher and principal in Philadelphia and Winnipeg.
In Winnipeg, he was also a pulpit rabbi at a synagogue for seven years and helped found a charitable organization to support the Winnipeg Hebrew School. In 1969, WITTY became executive director of the Toronto Board of Jewish Education. He held the position until 1997.
In Toronto, WITTY helped found the Dr. Abraham Shore Academy She'arim Hebrew Day School, which runs programs for Jewish children with learning disabilities.
WITTY believed Jewish education strengthened not only the Jewish community. In a 1985 interview with the Star, he said, "I think we've learned from other groups that the preservation of collective ethnic identity enriches society in general."
EPSTEIN praised WITTY's "vast and deep knowledge of his subject matter, which was Judaica, Jewish history, Jewish philosophy..."
Howard ENGLISH, a spokesman for the United Jewish Appeal Federation of Greater Toronto, worked with WITTY during the rabbi's years with the board of education.
"He was one of a rare breed of educators who was respected by the whole spectrum of the Jewish community.... More importantly, he respected everyone, no matter what their religious denomination," ENGLISH said.
EPSTEIN agreed. "He led an Orthodox lifestyle and was an Orthodox rabbi, but he was beyond tolerant. He truly identified with Jews of all different persuasions. He was a kind of model of what a Jewish educator should be."
Bernie FARBER, Chief Executive Officer of the Canadian Jewish Congress, said WITTY was recognized around the world as a leader in Jewish education. That was partly because of the changes he brought to the board.
"He took a small supervisory body and made it into a major source of school consultative services," FARBER said.
Three years ago, WITTY became the executive director of the Albert and Temmy Latner Jewish Public Library.
While WITTY was devoted to education, he also loved music, colleagues said. And he had a soft spot for a good joke.
"He had a great repertoire of hilarious stories," EPSTEIN said.
"It was impossible to follow him on stage because he had a booming presence," FARBER said. "He would tell a joke and when he left the stage people were still laughing."
WITTY used humour to reach out to people. "He was able to communicate with people in their language," FARBER said.
"He didn't speak at people. He spoke to people."
A memorial service for WITTY was held yesterday at the Clanton Park Synagogue. The funeral will be held today in Israel.
WITTY leaves his wife Shulamith, their four children and 22 grandchildren.
He will be greatly mourned by Jewish educators, and the students who benefited from his teaching.
Said FARBER: "He was a father of Jewish education in Canada."

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EPSTEIN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-12-29 published
EPSTEIN, Sara
On December 27, 2005 at Lincoln Place. Beloved mother of Marilyn and Alvin ABRAM, grandmother to Lisa and Mark BRESLAUER (Winnipeg,) Lori and Philip BROWN (New Jersey) and Jason ABRAM (fiancée Sandra SREBROLOW) and great-grandmother to Ally BROWN. Funeral services: graveside at Bathurst Lawn Cemetery, Anshei Minsk section on Friday, December 30, 2005 at 1 p.m. Shiva: 494 Hidden Trail, North York. Evening services: Beth David Synagogue, 4:30 p.m. Visiting hours: 12 noon-4 p.m. and 7 p.m.-10 p.m. Memorial donations may be made to Jewish National Fund (416-638-7200).

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