Nancy Raffel

Nancy Raffel passed away September 22, 2022.  She was the daughter of the late Harriet and Bill Raffel.  She is survived by her brother Richard, and best friends, Rae Kotler, Michele Rennert, Sara Jove, Jill Morrissey, and Betty Adams.   She was a University of Miami graduate with a degree in phys ed.  She worked at Channel 7 and WPTV.

Nancy will be laid to rest at B’nai Jacob cemetery in New Haven, Connecticut on Friday, September 30, 2022 at 10:00am.  Please say a prayer for her.


Ruth Schwartz Gershman

Ruth Schwartz Gershman, 94 of New Haven died July 18, 2022. She was predeceased by her husband of 71 years Bernard Gershman. She was born in New Haven December 27, 1927 the beloved daughter of the late Benjamin and Rose Kaplan Schwartz and taught school as an assistant teacher in the Celentano School system in New Haven. She leaves a son Ronald Gershman and his wife Pamela of Hamden. Besides her husband she was predeceased by a son Lee Gershman, sisters Helen Greenhouse, Sophie Ryter, Esther Levine and a brother Aaron Schwartz. She also leaves many precious nieces and nephews.

Graveside funeral services will be held at Congregation Sinai Memorial Park, Farwell St. West Haven Friday morning at 10:00. Period of mourning will be private.


Richard Alderman

Richard was born in New Haven, CT on June 11, 1938, the son of Samuel B. “Pookie” Alderman and Ruth Mednick Alderman. Richard graduated Milford High School in 1956, Colgate University in 1960, and had a varied career that included work as an artistic consultant for the world-famous Paul Taylor Dance Company.

He was a man of intelligence and culture, with an engaging personality and a loving heart.

He is survived and remembered with love by his entire family – his older sister, Barbara (Alderman) Stein, two nephews and a niece and their respective spouses, two great-nephews, and six great-nieces.

A graveside funeral service will be held on Tuesday, May 31 at 2:00 pm at United Israel Cemetery on Fitch Street (near Onyx Street), New Haven, CT.


Paula Joanne Shiff Shemitz

Paula Joanne Shiff Shemitz was born July 27, 1931 to Phillip and Harriet Shiff in New Haven, Connecticut.  She died Friday, May 20, 2022 peacefully surrounded by her family at Yale New Haven Hospital.  She was 90 years old.

Paula was a product of New Haven Public Schools and the Day School, from which she graduated in 1948.  Thereafter she attended Smith College and graduated in 1952 with a degree in AmericanStudies, which remained an abiding interest throughout her life.

In 1953 she married Sylvan Shemitz, also of New Haven, and moved to Woodbridge, where she continued to live until her death. Raising a family and supporting the growth of the lighting design and manufacturing businesses created by Sylvan was the focus of her life but she also had a successful career.  From 1953 to 1956 Paula served as a social worker with the Department of Social Services in New Haven, an occupation that had a profound impact on her.  After leaving social work, she participated in numerous volunteer activities, never seeking the spotlight or any leadership position, but working diligently to serve the underserved.  One of her favorite projects was the “Art Goes to School” program in the New Haven Public Schools, where she had a chance to bring her love of art and American history to children.  While studying for a masters’ degree in Library Science at Southern Connecticut State College, she volunteered as a children’s librarian in the Woodbridge Public Library, where she later became the head librarian.

After leaving that post, Paula joined the New Haven Free Public Library system.  She worked as a librarian at different branches around the city for a number of years, finally moving to the Main Library to take a position as head of public relations.  In that capacity, she organized many public outreach programs and projects for both adults and children.  Most notable of these was the bi-centennial quilt project she organized for the library, bringing volunteer quilters together to learn about quilting and create a community bi-centennial memory in the form of a quilt that still hangs in the Main Library.

Soon after retiring from the library, Paula joined Sylvan’s firm, Sylvan R. Shemitz Designs, as the human resources officer until her retirement in 2006.

Throughout her married life, Paula delighted in sailing with her husband on their sloop, the Light Fantastic, on which they explored the entire Eastern seaboard from Nova Scotia to Bermuda, meeting people and making fast friends along the way.

Paula is survived by her three daughters, Julie Jane Shemitz, of Los Angeles, California, Elizabeth Deane Shemitz-Smith, of Woodbridge, Connecticut, and Allison Kate Schieffelin, of New Haven and Nantucket, Massachusetts, two grandchildren, Charlotte Anna Shemitz-Smith and James “Ace” Evan Smith, of Woodbridge,and her brother, the Honorable Alan H.W. Shiff (ret’d.), of Bethesda, Maryland and Nantucket, Massachusetts.

​Funeral services will be held in person on Tuesday, May 24, 2022, at 10:30am at the Chapel at Congregation B’nai Jacob, 75 Rimmon Road, Woodbridge, Connecticut 06525.  The service will also be live-streamed on the B’nai Jacob website: https://www.bnaijacob.org.  Internment will be immediately after at the B’nai Jacob Memorial Park, Wintergreen Avenue, New Haven Connecticut 06515.

In lieu of flowers please send donations to Yale New Haven Hospital, Office of Development, PO Box 1849, New Haven, CT 06508-9979, 203-688-9644; Email: giving@ynhh.org.  or the Diaper Bank of Connecticut, 370 State Street, Suite 4, North Haven, CT 06473, Email  kim@thediaperbank.org, 203-934-7009 in memory of Paula Shemitz.



Cecille Vivian Soybel Rudnick

Cecille Vivian Soybel Rudnick passed away on Wednesday May 11, 2022.

Vivian was born in New Haven on December 13, 1919 and was a lifelong resident of New Haven/Hamden.  Vivian graduated from Hillhouse and attended the University of Connecticut in Storrs.  After her freshman year at UCONN, Vivian’s mom was ill and Vivian chose to stay in New Haven to take care of her.

During that time, she went on a date with Harold Rudnick, fell in love, and married him in February 1942.  For the next 80 years Vivian remained devoted to her ever expanding family, her parents, her children, her grandchildren, her great grandchildren, her in-laws, her nieces and nephews, and her children’s friends.  Up until the end, Vivian still wanted to know if anyone needed anything and if she could do anything for them.

Vivian’s parents Joseph Soybel and Miriam Soybel and her brother Milton Soybel predeceased her.  The love of her life, Harold, also predeceased her after 73 years of marriage in 2015.  Vivian is survived by her children Barbara Glass, Ellen Rudnick (Paul Earle), Marjorie Rogers (Steven Rogers), and Jane Rudnick, and her grandchildren Alexandra Glass, Oliver Glass, Maxim Glass, Noah Pettit and Sarah Schimmel (David Schimmel), and her great grandchildren and nieces and nephews.  Vivian is already missed by those who knew and loved her.

A graveside service will be held on Sunday, May 15, 2022 at Mount Sinai Cemetery on Jewel Street in New Haven at 1:00 p.m.

Donations in memory of Vivian may be made to the Jewish Cemetery Association of Greater New Haven (JCAGNH), 360 Amity Road, Woodbridge, CT. 06525; Temple Beth Shalom, 1809 Whitney Avenue, Hamden, CT. 06517; or Ukraine Emergency Relief Fund c/o Jewish Federation of Greater New Haven, 360 Amity Road, Woodbridge, CT. 06525.


Robert Sherman Goodman

December 12, 1933 – January 27, 2022

Robert S. Goodman of Boca Raton, Florida, passed away peacefully at the age of 88 on January 27, 2022. He was born in New Haven, CT on December 12, 1933 and was the youngest child of Samuel and Leah Levene Goodman.

Bob was a graduate of Hillhouse High School and the University of Connecticut, home of his beloved Huskies. While at UConn, he spent summers working at the Grand Lake Lodge in Lebanon, CT where he met and fell in love with the love of his life, Sue Yaffe. Immediately after their marriage in 1957 Bob was drafted by the U.S. Army and spent nearly 2 years in Korea proudly serving his country.

Upon his return, Bob began his career with Porce-Len where he was President for 52 years as a finisher of aluminum architectural metals and non-stick bakeware. In the 1980’s he acquired Technal Aluminum Fencing from a French manufacturer, which became SPECRAIL, a successfully expanding and growing industry leader.

Bob was engaged in the local community in a deeply meaningful way, leading efforts for the betterment of children and adults alike. He served as President of Probus Club, Oak Lane Country Club, Congregation B’nai Jacob, Camp Laurelwood, the new Haven Jewish Cemetery Association and most recently President of the neighborhood association in his community at Boca West Country Club.

Among his numerous accolades, Bob received the B’nai Jacob Shem Tov Award and was proudly inducted into the University of Connecticut Athletic Club Hall of fame.

His deep passion for golf was only surpassed by his commitment to running and walking – he completed 14 marathons including the iconic New York City Marathon, the Boston Marathon, the Marine Core Marathon and the Tiberias Marathon, has scored dozens of hole in ones and logged over 80,000 miles on foot over the course of 45 years.

At his core, Bob was a family man and had an unwavering love, commitment and pride for his wife, Sue, children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. Bob is survived by his daughters Donna Goodman and Tammy (Robert) Greenberg, his son Scott Goodman, four grandchildren Stacey (Robert) Perrotti Lindsey (Joe) Cardella, Elliot Goodman Lee, and Michael Greenberg, three great-grandchildren (Emma Goodman Lee, Sophia and Daxton Perrotti), many cousins, nieces, nephews and dear friends. He was pre-deceased by his beloved wife of 62 years, Sue Goodman and by his brother and sister Norman (Penny) Goodman and Rhoda (Harold) Himmel.

A funeral service will be held at Congregation B’nai Jacob Synagogue, 75 Rimmon Road, Woodbridge, CT on Tuesday afternoon at 1:30pm. The interment will be in the B’nai Jacob Memorial Park, Wintergreen Ave., New Haven.

The family wishes to extend its sincerest thanks to Bob’s doctors and caregivers in Boca Raton, most especially Dr. David Slotnick who treated him as if he was his own father.

Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of ones choice.

The funeral service will be live-streamed on Tuesday at 1:30pm on bnaijacob.org.


Myrna Fenn Baskin

Myrna Fenn Baskin, 91, of Whitney Center, Hamden, and Palm Beach, Florida, passed away peacefully on October 27, 2021. She was married to the late Arnold M. Baskin, M.D. for 50 years. Born in New Haven, Connecticut, Myrna was the daughter of Ann and William H. Fenn.

She attended Hillhouse High School, from which she graduated as Valedictorian. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in music from Smith College in 1952. Myrna was an exemplary civic and community leader. She lived by her motto to appreciate her blessings and to make every effort to enhance the lives of others and she worked tirelessly on behalf of organizations in New Haven, of which she was a third-generation resident and an enthusiastic supporter.

After a brief stint in New York City after college dancing on the Arthur Murray television show, she returned to New Haven to marry her beloved Arnold and worked at the New Haven Redevelopment Authority. Myrna served on the board of the New Haven Symphony Orchestra for almost forty years and as its President for three years (known as the first woman elected President), served on the board of the Shubert Theater for many years, including during its renovation and reopening in the early 1980s, and was President of the New Haven Chorale, in which she sang for decades.

Myrna helped found the Community Fund for Women and Girls at the Community Foundation for Greater New Haven and created the Myrna & Arnold Baskin Fund there to support local programs that aid women and girls. Myrna founded and was a director of Spotlight on Books, bringing packets of books to schoolchildren in New Haven, and was recognized for that work in the United States Congressional Record. Myrna also contributed her time to Friends of Music at Yale, was a fellow at Jonathan Edwards College at Yale, and was the first non-Yale graduate elected to the board of the Mory’s Association. Myrna served on the Board of Trustees of Whitney Center and was President of her alumna class at Smith College for five years.

Myrna was on the board of the Hopkins School, where she also worked for almost a decade, founding and directing its annual fund. Myrna was on the Board of the New Haven Lawn Club and served in the Dreyfoos School of the Arts Foundation Guild in Palm Beach, Florida, where she was also a member of the Society of the Four Arts. Myrna was honored in 2008 by the New Haven Symphony Orchestra as a Woman of Note and was the 2014 NHSO Gala honoree.

Myrna and Arnold raised their family at their home of over forty years on Old Orchard Road in North Haven, and spent many happy times on Uncas Lake in Lyme, CT and later in their lives, on their boat, the Oasis. While dedicating endless time, energy, and excellence to her commitments, Myrna always put her family and friends, and all of the people in her life, first, with her well-known kindness, generosity, warmth, and love.

Myrna is survived by her brother, John Fenn, M.D., by her adoring children, Suzanne Baskin Slade (Jonathan Blair Slade) of Potomac, MD and Nancy Fenn Baskin (Jorge Plutzky, M.D.) of Boston, MA, and by her loving grandchildren, Amanda Slade of Boston, MA, Jeffrey Slade of Washington, DC, Abigail Baskin of Cambridge, MA, and Emily Baskin of New York, NY.

Private graveside funeral services were officiated by Rabbi Herbert Brockman at the Congregation Mishkan Israel Cemetery in New Haven.

Memorial contributions in lieu of flowers may be made to the Myrna & Arnold Baskin Fund at the Community Foundation for Greater New Haven at cfgnh.org/baskinfund.


Janet Germaine

Janet Germaine of West Haven, Connecticut, passed away peacefully at the age of 85 on September 14, 2021. She was born in Brooklyn, New York on March 16, 1936 and was the youngest child of Samuel and Gertrude Weinstein.

Janet moved to New Haven when she was very young and was a graduate of Hillhouse High School. It was there that she met the love of her life, Donald. They had a wonderful courtship and were a very social couple with many wonderful friends. They were married on October 30, 1955 after Donald graduated from UConn. After several years of working for the telephone company in New Haven, she became a full-time mother upon the birth of her first son in 1957. Another son in 1960 and then a daughter in 1962 followed as well as their first house in Hamden. Then there was a move to a bigger house in Woodbridge in 1968. It was aptly name “The Brierwood” because of the hotel-like existence it took on due to so many relatives and friends staying over. This was because of Janet’s welcoming and loving nature, she wanted everyone to feel at home.

“Meemz”, as she was affectionately known by her children and grandchildren, was a loving, thoughtful and caring woman who always put her family first. With Donald having irregular work hours when the children were younger, she was the one who took care of most of her children’s needs. She truly loved all of the “duties” of being a mother, whether it be playing with her kids, reading to her kids, helping her kids with school homework, watching her kids’ many basketball, baseball, football games, attending her kids’ piano concerts or helping out at Brownies events. All of her caring and loving was then naturally extended to her six grandchildren. She was overjoyed to do the same things with them that she did with her own children.

Janet was involved with the Congregation MishkanIsrael Sisterhood for many years, a service organization for which she went on to serve as Co-President. She was named a “Woman of Valor” in 1984 because of this service. She was an avid reader and volunteered often at the Woodbridge Library. She loved to play golf and mah-jong with her girlfriends. She enjoyed being a UConn sports fan along with her family. Janet and Donald also embraced travelling the world with many of their friends from which they had wonderful memories.

Janet is survived by her loving husband of nearly 66 years, Donald, a son Steven Germaine (Alisa), a son Mark Germaine (Stacey), a daughter Joanne Germaine(Jules Yasuna  ), six grandchildren (Jamie (Spenser) Germaine, Haley Germaine, Adam Germaine, Oliver Yasuna, Eli Yasuna, Marina Yasuna), three great-grandchildren (Delaney Germaine, Harrison Germaine and Bradley Yasuna) and her nieces and nephews from Florida whom she loved as her own. She was pre-deceased by her sister and brother-in-law, Dolores and Jack Spivack and her brother and sister-in-law, Russell and Estelle Weinstein.

A graveside funeral service will be held at MishkanIsrael Cemetery, 701 Whalley Avenue, New Haven, CT on Sunday, September 19, 2021 at 2pm. A celebration of life will be held after the service at the home of Mark and Stacey Germaine 6 Wilbraham Court Branford, CT.

The family wishes to extend its sincerest thanks to Janet’s most recent caregivers at Seacrest Retirement Center, St. Raphael’s Hospital and Connecticut Hospice as well as her original caregivers, Marvett, Dahlia and Tammy.

Memorial contributions may be made to the MishkanIsrael Nursery School Fund 785 Ridge Road Hamden, CT 06517 or to the Woodbridge Town Library 10 Newton Road Woodbridge, CT 06525.


Herman S. Bershtein

Attorney Herman S. Bershtein was born in New Haven on September 2, 1925. He is the son of the late William and Bessie Burke Gamm Bershtein, and the widower of the late Shirley Lufer Bershtein. He lived in Hamden his entire life. While at Yale, at age 17, he enlisted in the Army in 1943.

Mr. Bershtein, a W.W.II Veteran, attended The Infantry School, Fort Benning, Georgia. He served with the 86th Black Hawk Infantry Division; he later served as a lieutenant under General Douglas McArthur at General Headquarters, Allied Forces Pacific AFPAC in the Far East. Among his duties, he was responsible for the transportation and security of the International Prosecution Section, which prosecuted Japanese war criminals. After he was discharged from the Army in Japan, he remained in Tokyo as a civilian employee of the U.S. Civil Service. He was also responsible for coordinating ground transportation and billeting for civilian United Air Lines crews, transporting cargo from California to Tokyo, and from Tokyo to Shanghai, China.

He attended Columbia University in New York City, University of South Carolina, Cornell University, and graduated from Yale University. Mr. Bershtein was admitted to the South Carolina Bar in 1953. He was admitted to the Connecticut Bar in 1954, and was admitted to the Federal Bar in 1955.  He was the founder and senior partner of the law firm of Bershtein, Bershtein & Bershtein, Professional Corporation., d/b/a Bershtein Law Center. Mr. Bershtein was a member of the New Haven County and Connecticut Bar Associations, and he was an arbitrator for the American Arbitration Association. He served as a judge advocate for many years, for the Jewish War Veterans, Hamden Post 204, now associated with Levitow, Post #45, P.O. Box 150, Bloomfield, CT 06002.  In 1967, Mr. Bershtein represented the entire Hamden Fire Department. He successfully negotiated a 52 hour work week, – reduced to a 42 hour week-with Hamden’s first Mayor, the late John DeNicola.

He was also involved in Hamden’s acquisition of some of the acreage for The Laurel View Golf Course. For many years, he was the attorney for the Paradise Country Club in Hamden. He was successful in obtaining a permanent injunction, and also damages against the Town of Hamden, which was diverting the natural flow of water to the Paradise Country Club recreational area, in order to irrigate The Laurel View Golf Course. He served as the Co-Chair of the 60th, 65th and 70th year reunions of his 1943 Hamden High School Class. He was a dedicated runner, having completed 19 marathons, including New York City, Bridgeport, Hartford, Mystic, Narragansett, Rhode Island, Boston, and Chicago. He was a previous member of the Yale Baseball Association. He is a member of the National Registry of ‘Who’s Who of America”.

He is survived by two daughters, Attorney Joy A. Bershtein of Branford, and Attorney Jan Bershtein of Bethany, and a son, Attorney Richard A. Bershtein of Madison, and ten grandchildren (William, Allison, Sheryl Leigh General of Branford; Marc and Alexa Cafasso of Bethany; Richard William, Hunter Sammy, Dylan James, Cody Sap and Shayann Shirley Bershtein of Madison). His five brothers, David Bershtein of North Haven, Alexander Gamm of Hallendale, Florida, Henry Gamm of South Carolina, James Bershtein of Hamden, and Morris Gamm of Wallingford predeceased him. He is survived by his dedicated companion, Lucy LaCava formerly of DePodesta Real Estate, and presently of Coldwell Banker.  He is also survived by great granddaughter, Jada Joy Lyman and great grandson, William General V, is due to arrive this month.

A Celebration of life will be held at Weller Funeral Home 424 Elm Street, New Haven, CT on Tuesday, September 7 at 10:00am. Burial services, to follow with Military Honors, will be held at Adas Israel Cemetery, Section “L” of Beaverdale Memorial Park, Fitch Street & Wintergreen Avenue, New Haven.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Jewish War Veterans, Hamden Post #204, c/o Jewish War Veterans, Levitow, Post #45, P.O. Box 150, Bloomfield, CT 06002.

Friends, Hamden High School, and Yale classmates, are invited to join the family after funeral services for lunch at the Bershtein Law Center, 1188 Dixwell Avenue, Hamden. Parking is available in the lot across the street.


Marian Hubelbank

Marian Hubelbank recently passed at The Linden in Woodbridge at the age of 98.

She was the daughter of Nicholas and Louise Revitch and the wife of the late Sidney Hubelbank. She leaves a son, Mark Hubelbank, his wife, Jeanne Hubelbank, and grandson, David Hubelbank and his wife, Laura Hubelbank. Marian studied nursing before marrying Sidney after his discharge from the Air Corp following WWII. Along with raising her son, for many years, Marian was an assistant and secretary for the John B. Pierce Foundation, a research affiliate of Yale University. After retiring from Yale, she served as a data entry operator for the Agency on Aging South Central Connecticut, transcribed recordings for the greater Yale community and for Worcester Polytechnic Institute, and volunteered.

Marian and Sidney built a home in West Haven. Marian enjoyed traveling with Sidney to many Lion’s Club and Architectural Woodworking functions world-wide. Marian was an active member of Hadassah for many years and received an award from them. While in West Haven, they were members of the local Synagogue. Over the years, Marian hosted many family gatherings. Family and friends would often drop in for “coffee and.” Sid and Marian spent many hours out on Long Island Sound, first aboard a 21’ and then a 26’ sailboat. The boats were named Maruska, Marian’s name in Russian. Marian enjoyed the sailing, but she would often say she was happy to see Charles Island. Family and friends will miss her intelligence, love for her family, and “What Me?! Worry?!”

Funeral service will be private with interment in the Keser Israel Memorial Park, West Haven.