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HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, AUGUST 24, 2018 PAGE 11A OB UAR ES ALAN BERMAN By Bradley Berman Alan B. Berman, an archi- tect responsible for scores of prominent Central Florida buildings, passed away on Aug. 10, 2018. For nearly four decades, starting in 1960--a period of rapid growth in Central Florida--Berman designed homes, office build- ings, shopping centers, and hotels. His keen sense of de- sign was put to use by several of the regions most successful real estate developers. "Alan was a very talented architect and human being," said James Russell, a retired developer. "He made great use of space. His work and his life were honest." Bermanwas born in Brook- lyn, N.Y on April 18, 1930. He was the son of George Berman and Myra Gingold, Jewish immigrants from Belarus. Berman became an only child at that age of four after his nine-year-old sister, Gloria, died. As a young man, Berman developed a keen interest in photography and jazz. His trips as a teenager into Man- hattan to see the popular mu- sic stars of the day, including Frank Sinatra and Peggy Lee, inspired Berman's lifelong love of jazz crooners. Berman also was an avid photographer throughout his life--delight- ing family and friends with images from his travels. Berman enrolled as an un- dergraduate in engineering at Bradley University in Peoria, Ill. When his parents retired to Miami Beach, Berman transferred to the University of Florida, Where he graduated with a degree in architecture in 1952. Soon after gradu- ating, Berman served as a captain in the United States Air Force in San Antonio, Texas, and Biloxi, Miss. As he was preparing to deploy to the Korean War, the conflict ended in July 1953. After his discharge from the Air Force, Berman moved to Miami Beach to start his architectural career. One of Berman's first jobs in 1954 was to design the roadside sign for the Ocean Palm Motel, which was developed and owned by his father. Ber- man's mid-century modernist sign became a beloved local landmark. In August 1957, Berman met Marcia Gibbs of DeLand, Fla when their parents set them up on a blind date. He proposed marriage to Gibbs, then a student at Emory University, just six weeks after their first date. The couple married on Feb. 17, 1958, at the Elinor Beach Country Club in Ormond Beach, Fla. In 2018, Marcia and Alan celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary. In 1960, the couple relo- cated to the Orlando area. Ber- man opened his architectural firm in downtown Orlando. In the ensuing four decades, Berman designed numer- ous award-winning build- ings, including the Sheraton World Hotel at SeaWorld Or- lando, hotels in Atlantic City, N.J and Durham, N.C and many iconic, modern, custom homes in the area. Berman's triplex on Park Avenue, where he lived for the past 15 years, won a Grand Aurora Award--a design competition of the Southeast Building Conference, a pro- gram of the Home Builders Association. Berman also designed the Home Builder Association's Central Florida headquarters. Berman was an active member of the American Institute of Architects. In 1981, he represented the Or- lando branch in an exchange program with the Swiss In- stitute of Architects, which brought Berman on a tour to Switzerland, including Zurich and Geneva. The couple raised their three children in Maitland. Vicki, an attorney, and Reid, a real estate developer and investor, live in Winter Park. Bradley, who lives in Berkeley, Calif is a writer. Berman retired in 2005, after which he traveled ex- tensively throughout Europe, the Baltics, Iceland and South America with his wife and close friends, Marvin and Myrna Newman. "His wit and his goodness were contagious," said New- man, a retired attorney and professor at Rollins College. Berman is survived by his wife, Marcia; three children-- Vicki, Reid, Bradley and his wife, Angela; brother-in-law, Gus and his wife, Arlene; and five grandchildren--Joey, Nadira, Sasha, Isaac, and Oliver. Funeral services were held at Congregation of Reform Judaism with Rabbi Steven W. Engel officiating. Interment followed at Palm Cemetery in Winter Park. In memory of Alan Berman, the family requests contribu- tions to The Jewish Pavilion, 421 Montgomery Road, Suite 231, Altamonte Springs, FL 32714. Arrangements were en- trusted to Beth Shalom Memorial Chapel, 640 Lee Road, Orlando FL 32810.407- 599-1180. ZACHARY LEONARD FARBER Zachary "Zach" Farber, age 85, of Apopka, passed away at Life Care Center of Altamonte Springs on Saturday, Aug. 11, 2018. Born in Scranton, Penn on July 25, 1933, he was the son of Julius and Lila Seidman Farber. Zach was a graduate of the University of Scranton and served in the United States Army. He was the owner of Short Stop Services--a transportalion company. He was a forner member of the Central Flo'ida Chevra Kaddisha and a regu- lar attendee at the morning minyan. The family has been long time members of Temple Israel. Zach is survived by his wife, the former Cynthia Stone; his son Jay (Lindsey) Farber; and daughters, Ronni (Jason) Mendeisohn and Faye (Victor) Bosch. He is also survived by his grandchildren--Lauren, Ryan, Adam, Ava, Levi and Victor and his sister, Velma. A graveside service, with military honors, was held at Temple Israel Cemetery with Rabbi Joshua Neely officiat- ing. In memory of Zachary L. Farber, the family requests contributions to the Jewish Pavilion, 421 Montgormry Road, Suite 231, Altammte Springs 32714. Arrangements entrused to Beth Shalom Memoial Chapel, 640 Lee Road, Orlan- do FL 32810. 407-599-1180. JOAN GALIN Joan Galin, age 94, of Herndon, Va and formerly of Orlando, passed away at her residence on Monday, Aug. 13, 2018. Mrs. Galin was born onAug. 13, 1924, in Umarra, New South Wales, Australia, to the late Frederick Walter Johnson and Edna Moore Johnson. She was a home- maker and the widow of the late Arthur H. Galin, who passed away in 1984. Mrs. Galin is survived by her daughter, Deborah Lynne Sanders (David A Radtke) of Herndon, Va.; and her sons, Gregory Bruce Galin of Cape Canaveral and Nelson D. Flack of Hawaii. She is also survived by her grandchil- dren-Sarah, Rachael, Lisa, Katherine and Arthur; and step-grandchildren--Chris- tine, Candace and Jacob. She is further survived by her great-grandchildren-- Jonathan, Leilani, Killian, Ivar, Benedict, Ezekiel, Luke, Camren and Conner. A graveside service was held at Congregation of Re- form Judaism Cemetery with Rabbi Moe Kaprow officiat- ing. In memory of Joan Galin, the family requests contri- butions to Alzheimer's As- sociation, 378 CenterPointe Cir, Suite 1280, Altamonte Springs FL 32701. Arrange- ments entrusted to Beth Shalom Memorial Chapel, 640 Lee Road, Orlando FL 32810. 407-599-1180. MELVYN RONALD GOLDSTEIN Melvyn R. Goldstein, age 78, of Delray Beach, passed away at his residence on Saturday, July 28, 2018. He was born in Brooklyn on Aug. 29, 1939, to the late Walter (Wolf) and Evelyn Glickman Goldstein. He was a 1957 graduate of Miami High School. On Oct. 15, 1958, in Lindenhurst N.Y he married the former Lynn Bolotin, his wife of nearly 60 years who survives him. An entrepreneur, he owned Bol- tin's Formal Wear and Travel, a family business in New York from 1972 to 2002, when he retired to South Florida. Dur- ing his years in Lindenhurst, he served several terms as president of the Linden- hurst Hebrew Congregation; president of the Lindenhurst Rescue Company; and was a lifetime volunteer fireman. In addition to his wife, Mel is survived by his son, Walter (Helene) Goldstein of Water- ford Lakes and his daughter, Penny (David) D'Agostino of Tavares. He is also survived by his grandson, Bradley, and his brother, Marvin Goldstein (Linda Chaiken). A graveside funeral ser- vice was held at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Pompano Beach with Cantor Eric Lin- denbaum officiating. In mem- ory of Melvyn Goidstein, the family requests contributions to the Jewish Pavilion, 421 Montgomery Road, Suite 231, Altamonte Springs 32714. Arrangements entrusted to Beth Shalom Memorial Cha- pel, 640 Lee Road, Orlando FL 32810. 407-599-1180. LOIS G. PARNESS Lois G. Parness, age 75, of Clermont, passed away on Aug. 2, 2018, at Crane's View Lodge Assisted Living in Clermont. A native of Fall River, Massachusetts, she was born on May 24, 1943, to the late William and El- eanor Meirowitz Gitlin. After receiving her nursing degree she worked as a registered nurse for many years. In May 1964, in Fall River, she married Bruce Parness, her husband of nearly 51 years when he passed away on May 15, 2015. Lois and her family relocated to Central Florida from South Windsor, Conn in 1997. She is survived by her daughter, Stephanie (Robert) Hitchings of Bridgewater, Mass and two grandchildren, Evan and Brandon. Her son, Andrew, passed away in Febru- ary 2017. A graveside funeral service was held at Temple Israel Cemetery, Gotha, with Rabbi Arnold Siegel officiating. In memory of Lois Parness, the family requests contribu- tions to the American Cancer Society, PO Box 22718, Okla- homa City OK 73123-1718 or Alzheimer's Association, 378 Center Pointe Circle, Suite 1280, Altamonte Springs 32701. Arrangements entrusted to Beth Shalom Memorial Cha- pel, 640 Lee Road, Orlando FL 32810. 407-599-1180. PHYLLIS M. ROSENFIELD Phyllis Muriel Rosenfield, age 95, of Longwood and formerly of Munster, Ind passed away on Aug. 3, 2018, at her residence at Brookdale Island Lake. She was born in Chicago on June 6, 1923, to the late George and Bess Fienberg Katz. A college graduate, shewas predeceased by her loving husband and partner of 47 years, Bernard Rosenfield, and is survived by her loving daughters, Adrian Selig of Indianapolis and Leslie (Tom) Johnston of Altamonte Springs. She was also the adoring grandmother of Gary Selig, Ira (Christina) Selig and Sarah Johnston and great-grandmother to Julian Selig. Graveside services were held at Evergreen Cemetery in Evergreen Park, Ill. In memory of Phyllis M. Rosen- field, the family requests contributions to the Jewish Pavilion, 421 Montgomery Road, Suite 231, Altamonte Springs FL 32714. Arrangements entrusted to Beth Shalom Memorial Cha- pel, 640 Lee Road, Orlando FL 32810. 407-599-1180. LAURA JEAN WINTON Laura J. Winton, age 88, of Winter Springs, passed away at Arden Court ALF in Winter Springs on Aug. 6, 2018. Born in Canton, Ohio, on July 24, 1930, she was the daughter of the late Morris and Sylvia Rubin Cooper. Laura received her BBA from the University of Southern California, and in Las Vegas on Nov. 21, 1951, she married Paul Winton, her husband of nearly 50 years when he passed away in Abpril 2001. They relocated to the Oralndo area from Marin County, Calif in 1972 and became members of Congregation of Reform Judaism. Laura is survived by her son, Mark (Elizabeth Rash) Winton of Winter Park, and her brother, Marvin Cooper of California. A cryptside service was held at Hillside Memorial Gardens in Los Angeles. In memory of Laura J. Winton, the fam- ily requests contributions to Congregation of Reform Juda- ism, 928 Malone Dr Orlando, FL 32810. Arrangements were en- trusted to Beth Shalom Memorial Chapel, 640 Lee Road, Orlando, FL 32810. 407-599-1180. r~b.- From page 4A to single out the types who are most likely to commit mayhem. And they have continued doing so, even though it has earned the country a reputation for be- ing unfriendly to Palestinian and Muslim passengers and tourists. It also puts the controver- sies engendered by Israeli officials who have subjected people like Beinart or Sim- one Zimmerman, the co- founder of the anti-Zionist IfNotNow group to inter- rogations when entering the country, in a different context. Israeli security is smart enough to know that even if his views demonstrate a shocking ignorance of the realities of the Middle East, as well as staggering self- regard, Beinart is no security threat. The same is true of Zimmerman, even though her views are odious. While Beinart's account of an hour spent answer- ing questions from what appears to have been a not- terribly-bright Israeli official when he arrived to attend a family simcha was overly dramatic, it's equally obvi- ous that the only purpose of such encounters that focus on politics is intimidation, not security. These incidents are likely the result of an ill-advised law passed last year in which Israel banned BDS activists from entering the country. The legislation did nothing to enhance Israel's security, but it does allow peole whose ill intent is plairto play the martyr. Keeplg them out in this maner does the Jewish state mre harm than letting thm wander about the cou~ry they want to boycott. It i~ar from unprecedented--een for democracies--to kep out people who advocte their overthrow, suchas America's longstanding lan on Communists. But terror- ism is the work of terrorists not peddlers of bad or even repugnant ideas. That's why Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu is right to take notice of the Beinart incident. What happened to the liberal journalist was wrong. And if publicizing it leads to a crackdown on out- of-control security person- nel who have been playing the inquisitor with American liberals who don't like the country's democratically elected prime minister and government, instead of just worrying about potential terrorists, Israel will be the better for it. The problem here is that in writing about his "ordeal," Beinart's real purpose is not just to avoid similar incidents. To the contrary, he understands that--petty harassment aside--he was in no dan- ger of being locked up for his beliefs because as an American Jew and a well- known journalist, even the dimmest of border officials understood he posed no threat. As he put it, his "na- tional, religious and class privilege" was such that he was never frightened. What Beinart wants is to ensure that Palestin- ians also aren't subjected to tough questioning, no matter whether they fit the racial profile of a potential terrorist. That is where he should lose the argument with anyone who cares about protecting Israel. While this incident plays into left-wing narratives about Netanyahu and U.S. President Donald Trump trashing democracy, there is a difference between wrong- ful harassment of political foes and smart policies that focus on actual threats. While Beinart likes to complain about the decline of Israeli democracy, his real beef with Israel is that Israelis who share his views about the peace process haven't won an election in 20 years. Moreover, the majority of Israelis not only disagree with him, they also sleep better knowing that those who are given the job to protect them are doing it without worrying about be- ing politically correct. That's why Netanyahu should make sure that those who have that job stop play- ing politics, which inadver- tently gives the country's detractors undeserved pub- licity. Instead, they should stick to ferreting out actual terrorists by using profiling techniques that ought to have reminded them that Beinart wasn't a threat, whether the writer likes it or not.