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Arnold Slatin, z"l, Avrum ben Shmuel, Oct 2, 1926- Aug 13, 2021

Submitted by Laurie Almoslino

My brother Ian and I were very lucky to have the extraordinary Arnold Slatin as our father.    

Dad was a gentle, caring, loving and intensely loyal man.  He always had a joke at the ready, a kind word to offer, a story to enlighten and entertain, and a big smile to top it all off.  He had more patience than you can imagine.  Things that would send me through the roof were barely a blip on his radar.

Dad was born on 0ct 2, 1926 to Samuel and Edith Yawitz Slatin, in Newark, New Jersey.  He was the third child after brother Ben and sister Gloria. 

He went to Southside HS in Newark.  They had a large Jewish population, and my dad taught us the HS cheer: Izzy, Jakey, Mikey, Sam – we are the boys that eat no ham – oy, oy, oy Southside High!

He followed the lead of his brother Ben, and enlisted in the military during WWII.  He was still in training, when as he used to say: “The Germans found out I was in the military and they surrendered!” Although never actually in combat, he served long enough to qualify for the GI bill.  He earned his bachelor’s degree in Mathematics, and later on, a Master’s in Industrial Engineering.

No story about my dad would be complete without the famous story of how my parents met – he loved to tell this story over and over.

Dad joined a men’s choir, and became good friends with another choir member, Merwin Levy.  On Merwyn’s birthday, he threw himself a stag birthday party and invited Dad.  At one point, dad asked Merwyn if he could get a soft drink and was directed to the kitchen.  He walked into the kitchen and saw a beautiful girl.  As dad used to tell the story, he came up with this very suave line:  “You must be Merwyn’s sister.”  Beverly replied – “well, I am certainly not his mother!”   The two of them started talking and a half hour sped by.  All of a sudden, there was a voice from the living room: “Hey Arnold, the party is in here!”  My dad thought to himself – “Oh no it's not!”  But he did rejoin the party. 

A few days later, he realized he had left something at Merwyn’s house so he came by to get it.  As he was nearing the house, he heard a voice from an upper story window “Hi Arnold!”  There was Beverly waving at him!  He heard a song in his head “I let my golden moment pass me by.”  He thought to himself – I am NOT going to let my golden moment pass me by! I am going to ask her out. 

They dated for several years and then were married on June 29, 1952. 

My brother Ian was born in 1955 and I came along in 1959.  Ian had severe asthma and the doctors suggested moving to a dry climate such as Arizona.  My dad worked at Motorola in Scottsdale for over 30 years. 

My parents were the cutest couple– they were inseparable and did everything together. They always held hands wherever they went.  They loved joking around, and making puns. 

My mom developed dementia and Alzheimers, and dad took care of her 24/7 for years. When mom died in 2015 – my parents had been married for 63 years.

Dad was a smart man, and he worked hard at his job and was loyal to Motorola just like he was loyal in every other area of his life.  But work was not his main interest.  He really liked people and he liked the simple things in life.  He enjoyed making people laugh, and especially enjoyed laughing at himself.  He didn’t have any ego wrapped up in being seen a certain way.  One of his favorite sayings was “Reality is confirmation by others.”  If you gave him feedback, he would consider it, and he would sometimes change his mind or position.  We all know how rare it is to meet someone who is open like that.

Dad was a peace-maker.  He really did not like conflict or confrontation, so he was always looking to soothe things over.  If anyone in the family was upset, he would rub their back or massage their feet – who could stay upset after that? 

Dad loved music – especially musicals or musical theater.  And he loved comedy – Jimmy Durante, Jackie Gleason – that whole set of comics.  You could almost just say their name and he would start laughing.  One time I watched two Marx brothers movies with him – a Day at the Races and a Night at the Opera.  I have never laughed so hard in my life – because when Dad was laughing, it made everyone around him laugh as well, so we kept feeding off each other’s laugh.  Even in recent years, we would be on face time, and sometimes we would just find something funny and couldn’t stop laughing.

To know my dad was to love him.  There was just something about him – he was so genuinely interested in everyone he met – he wanted to hear their stories and he loved to share his own.  I think one of his charming things is that he liked to tell the same story over and over, but somehow it was always fun to listen to it.  Maybe because it was clearly still so fresh in his mind – like it had just happened.   Same with jokes – he would tell the same ones and we would laugh every time.

Dad was really good at encouraging people.  He wanted to see each person do well and be happy.  He saw the potential in each person and wanted to help them reach that potential. He would always say “choose life.”  He also used to say: “Kindness is the hardest thing to give away – because it keeps coming back to you.” 

My dad was an amazing dad, teacher, role model and friend.  May his soul rest in peace in Gan Eden.

David Adler, z"l

Private memorial services for David B. Adler, attorney at law, were held on Friday, July 17, 2020. He received his undergraduate degree from Brandeis University in 1970, and a J.D. from George Washington Law School in 1973. He spoke English, Hebrew, and Russian.

He was raised by a loving, feisty and extended family of aunts, uncles and first-generation grandparents from and Russia and Poland in Syracuse, New York. Shabbat dinners were filled with vigorous debate on the political issues of day, a tradition that he and his wife carried on with their own two sons when they assumed their rightful places at the table.

He began his national service as a federal prosecutor (senior trial attorney) with the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, D.C. in the Criminal and the Civil Right Divisions (1973-1987) where he was granted a Top-Secret security clearance. With his trusted team of FBI agents, he specialized in police brutality cases, and was particularly effective at grand jury proceedings. He also worked with the Office of Solicitor General, in presenting appellate cases to the U.S. Supreme Court that changed criminal law and procedure and the constitutional rights of U.S. Citizens charged with criminal offenses.

He moved to Seattle in 1987 with his wife and two young sons and began work as a sole practitioner. As a private attorney, he had extensive trial experience involving claims of corporate law, fraud, breach of contract, civil racketeering, commercial torts, and employment law where he applied his incisive legal mind until his shocking and untimely death due to COVID-19.

He was an active member of Congregation Beth Shalom, and volunteered his time advising a variety of community organizations. He cherished his role as an attorney and thought that “the law is the last result of human wisdom acting upon human experience for the benefit of the public.” He was never afraid to raise the hard questions or challenge the conventional. The only thing that came before the law was his family.

Surviving are his wife of 47 years, to whom he proposed to on their third date, Susan Adler; son Joshua and daughter-in-law Dr. Julie Adler; son Benjamin Adler; sister Joan Adler, brother Richard Adler; and mother Rosamond Adler (soon turning 100!).

Irwin Krigsman, z"l

Irwin with his family and friend, 1968, Lagos, Nigeria

The roots run deep and the forest lives on.
It is with profound sadness that we share the news that Irwin Krigsman z”l of Bremerton (Ilahee), WA passed on, last Friday, April 30, 2021, after a long, healthy and generous life.

Brooklyn Boy
Irwin was born and raised along with his two older brothers, Nathan, z"l, and Ruben Krigsman, z"l, in the Brownville neighborhood of Brooklyn, NY, by his parents Louis and Anna, Jewish immigrants from Poland. From them Irwin learned the values of hard work, compassion for others, and commitment to family and community. He learned to laugh heartily and to greet others with a confident, caring smile.

Irwin’s father, Louis, supported his family as a master plumber, a family trade, later working in the Brooklyn Navy Yard. The careful investment of his earnings in rental apartments allowed him to provide for his wife Anna even after his early death. Anna was active in the women’s Zionist organization Hadassah. The family spoke Yiddish, Polish, French, Hebrew and English inside the home; and politics was hotly debated on the stoop downstairs. They shared their home with two cousins, Jacque, z"l, and Flore Krigsman, z"l, survivors of the Shoah who were rescued by Irwin’s uncle Benny and supported through The Krigsman Family Circle, an organization created after World War II. The whole family later moved to Seagate, at the end of the Coney Island Boardwalk. Irwin and his brothers slept in the same bed; the bond thus formed persisted into adulthood and made them lifelong friends. They say you can take the boy out of Brooklyn, but you can never take Brooklyn out of the boy: later in life, Irwin delighted to find a great corned beef sandwich and to reminisce about the joys of a childhood trip with his father to Katz’s Deli on the Lower East Side; he loved to remember raising pigeons on their rooftop coops (some of which were employed by the US Military during the war) and the magic of egg creams. Irwin attended Abraham Lincoln High School, spent countless hours at the New York Public Library, and luxuriated in the lavish Moorish architecture and blinking lights of the Loew’s Pitkin Theater. He attended Brooklyn College, thanks to the ROTC, before enlisting in the US Air Force.

Lifelong Marriage
Irwin served in the US Air Force for four years. He received basic training in Brownsville, TX and eventually rose to the rank of captain. Reassigned to McChord Air Force Base in Tacoma, WA, he arrived driving a white 1957 Ford Fairline convertible. There, he caught the eye of Airman Third Class Judith Krigsman. Later Irwin learned that it wasn’t just his good looks and his white convertible that got Judy’s attention. Since she was in charge of the officers’ records, Judy had already identified Irwin – the only officer whose religion was listed as “Jewish” – as a potential suitor. They were married in Tacoma in a civil ceremony six months later, with a traditional Jewish wedding in Brooklyn to follow. They soon learned, however, that marriage between an officer and an airman was against military regulations and thus decided to leave the Air Force.

Young Educator
A dedicated educator who stood for excellence, Irwin loved to serve, teaching children and helping them evolve into adults. Irwin earned a master’s degree in Education at San Jose State College and furthered his training at Pacific Lutheran University.

Irwin then returned with Judy to the Pacific Northwest with the intention of living closer to family. They rented an apartment in Lakewood, WA but were evicted after the landlord learned that they had snuck in a dog (a puppy named Figaro) in violation of their lease. The couple then purchased their first home in Tacoma, close to Temple Beth El. Irwin taught at McKinley before his promotion to Principal of Larchmont and Geiger Elementary Schools, Mcilvaigh Junior High, and Henry Foss High and Wilson High Schools.

World Traveler
When Irwin learned about a teaching opportunity through the Tacoma Public Schools at Nigeria’s American International School in Lagos, he leapt at the opportunity to present a new experience to his family. Arriving in Nigeria in 1968 with two children, Scott and Trudy, Irwin and Judy soon adopted a new child, Mary Tawakalitu Mamuni Yakini, whose mother had died in childbirth at a compound consisting of a school and maternity managed by the Catholic Church. Judy had helped run the compound.

Irwin loved exploring Nigeria. He joined the Nigerian Field Society, collected West African art, took photographs, and sparked friendships with Nigerian people. In 1970, while trying to leave the country, Irwin and Judy encountered difficulty in completing the adoption of their youngest daughter. After engaging the help of Senator Javits of New York, they succeeded at last. On their way back to the US, Irwin took his family through the Canary Islands. He also rented a VW Camper in Heidelberg, Germany in order to tour Europe affordably: the family visited many countries, including Yugoslavia, Germany, Italy, and then Morocco.

Henry Foss High School
As Principal of Henry Foss High School, Irwin expanded his reputation for leaving his office to mingle with teachers and students, whether in classrooms, lunchrooms, hallways, athletic fields – or even at evening dances, to which he occasionally brought his youngest son, Louie.

Irwin led Tacoma Public Schools’ desegregation campaign through 1972, creating the exemplary Magnet School Program, which served as a model for other school districts across the US. He also identified and mentored teachers who possessed exceptional leadership qualities, coaxing them to take on larger roles in order to maximize their positive impact on children. A member of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored Peoples (NAACP), Irwin worked tirelessly for greater racial equality and diversity within the educational system. Irwin also shared his teaching gifts at Temple Beth El, where he was a member for many years. Irwin even moonlighted as a driving instructor.

Family Man
A committed educator by vocation, Irwin’s pleasures centered on family and home life. He spent hours sharing the wonders of coastal tidepools with his children when they were young. Summer with Irwin meant hiking and camping trips throughout Washington State, including the White River Campground at Mount Rainier National Park, as well as learning about birds and nature as members of the Tahoma Audubon Society.

Irwin read voraciously. As a child, he had collected the works of Edgar Rice Burroughs; this early love of reading extended throughout his life. He always loved The New York Times and most recently was excited about reading The Code Breaker by Walter Isaacson. Irwin was a natural artist as well; his lovely penmanship graced hundreds of birthday and thank-you cards, often with his signature cartoon face. Photography was a lifelong pursuit and his documentary images won awards. He enjoyed diverse musical genres, as represented by Johnny Cash, Gilbert & Sullivan Operettas, Karen Carpenter, Gene Autry, Leonard Cohen, and most classical music, especially Mozart. Irwin also taught himself to restore and create stained-glass windows within the comfort of his basement workshop at home. Another hobby, which he shared with his children, was stamp-collecting (Nigerian, Israeli and American).

As his four children matured, so did Irwin’s wise guidance and advice; he taught them to drive and maintain a car engine and tires and instilled in them the values of hard work and commitment, saving for the future, and taking care of one another. Irwin earned his early retirement as a result of his lifelong commitment to living within his means plus his disciplined long-term investing. His “retirement” turned into nearly three decades of service in a new setting – a historic 1900s homestead with acreage and a salmon creek in Bremerton, WA. Irwin and Judith relocated there from North Tacoma in 1990 and Irwin ended his educational career as Executive Director of the Central Kitsap School District. In partnership with Judy, Irwin restored the abandoned Illahee homestead and, at age 58, retired from educational service.

Environmental Steward
Putting down deep roots in Ilahee, Irwin became a steward of the green spaces that surrounded his new home. Harking back to his youth in New York, Irwin ardently supported what he called the “forested Central Park and wildlife preserve” located within Bremerton’s urban boundary. As a charter member of the Ilahee Forest Preserve non-profit board, Irwin guided the Preserve to acquire development land, creating what is now known as the Ilahee Forest Preserve, a Kitsap County Heritage Park. It includes five miles of community trails and 570 acres of watershed, trees and wildlife. Until the very end of his life Irwin and Judy, often in the company of their beloved dog Charlie, daily maintained the Park’s “mutt mitts” station, a task they enjoyed very much.

Healthy for nearly his entire life, Irwin never suffered a hospital stay. At the end of his life, with courage and grace, Irwin lost the fight against compounded medical issues, including Parkinson’s Disease and lymphoma. A devoted husband, father, grandfather, and friend, Irwin made weekly ferry trips to Seattle from the day his grandson Avi was born, spending every Sunday playing, horsing around and having fun. He did this until his body and the pandemic made such a trip too risky.

Irwin is preceded in death by his daughter, Karen Gaye, z”l. He is survived by his beloved wife and life-partner of 62 years, Judith, and their devoted children Edward (Brooke Pinkham), Trudy (Tom Casey), Mary Tawa, and Louie, as well three grandchildren, Eleanor, Abraham and Joachim.

The roots run deep and the forest lives on.
If you wish to join us in honoring the life and legacy of Irwin Krigsman, consider supporting any of the following organizations in honor of the life and legacy of Irwin Krigsman.

Ilahee Forest Preserve
Ilahee Forest Preserve, ℅ Jim Aho, Board President, 5940 Ilahee Road NE, Bremerton, WA 98311, Email: jimaho@gmail.com, www.illaheepreserve.org/

Henry Foss High School
2112 South Tyler Street, Tacoma, WA 98405, 253-571-7300

Northwest Chapter of the American Parkinson Disease Association
www.apdaparkinson.org/community

Plant a Tree in Israel
It is a modern tradition to plant a tree in Israel during a lifecycle event through The Jewish National Fund: https://usa.jnf.org/jnf-tree-planting-center/

Jeff Goldberg, z"l

FACTUAL NOTES ON JEFF

JEFFREY ALAN GOLDBERG (Jeff) was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on March 15,1942 to Morty and Helen Goldberg

He grew up in Spokane, Washington, and graduated from Lewis & Clark High School.

Jeff graduated from University of Washington where he was in the Sigma Alpha Mu fraternity.

After college he went to work in aeronautics division of Boeing. Later he developed a computer system to run a home, and a company called Compu-Home, which he took to the Toronto Stock Exchange. He eventually created a partnership with Carrier Heating company and retired early.

Later he moved from Mukilteo, WA, to Seaside, Oregon, where he lived until he became ill with non-Hodgkins Lymphoma following skin cancer. After he was in remission he moved to the Seattle area to be near family.

Survived by: son Jim Goldberg (Jim Mahan), son Mark Goldberg, daughter Kristen Goldberg. Four grandchildren: Arman, Taylor, Kylie, Bradlee, his sister: Joani Diskin Saran. Nephews: Adam, Lee, Matt Diskin. Many, many loving friends.

WHO JEFF WAS

Jeff was very, very funny and loved to make people laugh.  He always had a new joke to share.  He was full of warmth and fun and goodness. 
He loved his family and never forgot a nephew or nieces’ birthday. 

He loved cars (fast ones), motorcycles, and his dogs (big ones).

He was generous with his resources, his humor, and his love.

He was a caring, loving father, grandfather, uncle, and big brother. 

Sun, December 5 2021 1 Tevet 5782