On November 29, 2015, MARION NADITCH (nee Singer), beloved wife of the late Albert Naditch and Samuel Orman; devoted mother of Gerald (Barbara) Naditch and Ronald Naditch; dear sister of the late Rae Susel and Louis Singer; loving grandmother of Beth Naditch (Barry Freedman), Robyn (Tom) Powley, Sharon (Seth) Leslie and Allison (Jonathan) Clark; also survived by 12 loving great-grandchildren. Funeral services and interment at Beth El Memorial Park, Randallstown on Monday, Nov. 30, at noon. Please omit flowers. Contributions in her memory may be sent to The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore, 101 W. Mount Royal Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21201. In mourning at North Oaks, 725 Mount Wilson Lane, Baltimore, MD 21208, Monday only.


On November 26, 2015, CLAIRE (nee Toback), beloved wife of the late Lane Orandle; loving mother of Michele Dennis, and Richard (Betsy) Orandle; devoted sister of the late Marcia Miller; adored grandmother of Joshua Dennis, Robyn Dennis and Zoe Orandle; adored daughter of the late Harry and Rose Toback. Services at SOL LEVINSON & BROS., INC., 8900 Reisterstown Road, at Mount Wilson Lane. Interment at Oheb Shalom Memorial Park, Berrymans Lane. Funeral day and time are not yet determined. Please omit flowers. Contributions in her memory may be sent to the Alzheimer’s Association, 1850 York Road, Suite D, Timonium, MD 21093 or the American Cancer Society, 8219 Town Center Drive, Baltimore, MD 21236 or the American Heart Association, P.O. Box 5216, Glen Allen, VA 23058.


On November 29, 2015, BURTON HOWARD, loving brother of Frances (Allan) Zalesky and the late Martin Grodnitzky; dear step-brother or Nancie Rosenberg; adored son of the late Isadore and Anne Grodnitzky. Services at SOL LEVINSON & BROS., INC., 8900 Reisterstown Road, at Mount Wilson Lane on Wednesday, Dec. 2. Time of funeral is not yet scheduled. Interment Workmen Circle Cemetery, German Hill Road. Please omit flowers.


On November 28, 2015, BEATRICE (nee Meyers), beloved wife of the late Victor E. Braffman; loving mother of Debra Ann Braffman and Sheldon Joel (Debbie Ileen) Braffman; cherished sister of the late Shirley Glick, Amos Meyers and Janet Posner; devoted daughter of the late Max and Katie Meyers. Funeral services and interment at Anshe Emunah Aitz Chaim Cemetery, 3901 Washington Blvd. on Tuesday, Dec. 1, at 12:30 p.m. Please omit flowers. Contributions in her memory may be sent to the American Cancer Society, 8219 Town Center Drive, Baltimore, MD 21236 or the charity of your choice. In mourning at Pikesville DoubleTree by Hilton 1726 Reisterstown Road, Baltimore, MD 21208, following interment on Tuesday and on Wednesday from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m., with services at 7 p.m. both evenings.


On November 28, 2015, MELVIN HERBERT, beloved husband of the late Sheila Berman (nee Gold); devoted father of Jeffrey (Melissa) Berman, Craig (Michele) Berman and Marci (Mitchell) Platt; dear son of the late Joseph and Rita Berman; loving grandfather of Zachary, Jessica, Sara, Cammie and DJ Berman, Cali and Ryan Platt. Services at SOL LEVINSON & BROS., INC., 8900 Reisterstown Road, at Mount Wilson Lane on Tuesday, Dec. 1, at 11 a.m. Interment at Mikro Kodesh Beth Israel Cemetery, 6700 Bowleys Lane. Please omit flowers. Contributions in his memory may be sent to International Myeloma Foundation, 12650 Riverside Drive, Suite 206, North Hollywood, CA 91607 or Friends of the Israel Defense Forces (FIDF), 1430 Broadway, New York, NY 10018. In mourning at 827 Queens Park Drive, Owings Mills, MD 21117, through Thursday.


On November 29, 2015, SUSAN ELLEN (nee Sigelman), beloved wife of Sheldon L. Ackman; loving mother of Blake S. Tabackman; loving mother-in-law to Olya Tabackman; loving step-mother of Ryan and Chad Ackman; cherished daughter of Stanley  and the late Shirley Sigelman; adored sister of Gail Goldman-Berlin; devoted grandmother to Arianna and Karolina Tabackman and Riley Ackman; loving aunt to Paul W. Goldman; loving sister to Gail R. Smith and Harvey L. Berlin; loving sister of Calvin Ackman and Susie Ackman Also survived by dear cousins, family and friends. Services will be held at the Gardens Memorial Park of Boca Raton, Fla. Please omit flowers.


On November 24, 2015, FRANCES SINDLER, beloved wife of Franklin Goldstein; devoted mother of Steven (Rhoda) Goldstein, and Sally (Larry) Tansky; cherished grandmother of Ryan, Brett, and Eric Goldstein, and Falyn and Bradley Tansky; adored daughter of the late Samuel and Flora Sindler.


On November 24, 2015, ROSA (nee Ostrower), cherished wife of the late Morris File; loving mother of Mindy File and Eli (Cheryl) File; devoted grandmother of Sara Rifka, Yaakov, Chaim Shlomo, Micha Avraham and Binyamin Eitan File. Services at SOL LEVINSON & BROS., INC., 8900 Reisterstown Road, at Mount Wilson Lane on Wednesday, November 25, at 1 p.m. Interment Chevra Ahavas Chesed Cemetery, Randallstown. In mourning at 3312 Menlo Drive, Baltimore, MD 21215.


On November 24, 2015, GOLDIE WACHTER, beloved wife of the late Morris Beber; cherished mother of Harold M. Beber and Sandra Lynn Beber; devoted sister of Miriam Wachter Smelkinson and the late Albert A. Wachter, Dora Wachter Rabovsky, Pearl Wachter Berelowitz and Louis I. Wachter; dear sister-in-law of Jeanne Wachter and the late Irene Wachter, Jack Rabovsky, Bernard Berelowitz and Alvin P. Smelkinson; cherished daughter of the late Samuel H. and Rebecca Wachter. Funeral services and interment at Beth Yehuda Anshe Kurland Cemetery, 6700 Bowleys Lane on Wednesday, November 25, at 12:30 p.m. Please omit flowers. Contributions in her memory may be sent to Jewish National Fund, 2 Reservoir Circle, Suite 203, Baltimore, MD 21208. In mourning at 7121 Park Heights Ave. #701 (Park Towers West), Baltimore, MD 21215.

A Venerable Supercentenarian Reva Kobre’s passion for education inspired everyone around her

Obit_RevaFor more than a century, Reva Kobre never shied away from any intellectual discourse, didn’t refrain from pursuing her career goals or fail in her devotion to family. Kobre died Nov. 16, at the age of 105 at the North Oaks Retirement Community.

Kobre was a reference librarian at Enoch Pratt beginning around the time of World War II and became well known for researching the names of towns around the state in the library’s Maryland Department.

“As a reference librarian, Reva was Google before anyone could imagine such a thing,” Rabbi Elissa Sachs-Kohen said at Kobre’s funeral Nov.18. “She was ready to answer any question, any time.”

In the eulogy, Sachs-Kohen discussed how Kobre, a Lynchburg, Va., native, initially set her sights on becoming a teacher but was denied entry into the profession in Virginia due to her Jewish faith. She ended up changing careers by earning a master’s degree in library science from Columbia University. She eventually settled in Baltimore in the 1930s and married the late Sidney Kobre, a journalist and professor who helped establish Baltimore City Community College.

Family members say her passion for education was one of her defining qualities.

“I think her education weighed very heavily on myself and my sister,” Kobre’s grandson, Mitchell Katz said, and added that she did not marry until she was 29, rare in those days.

“Back then you were an old maid if you weren’t married by 20 or so,” he said. “She put education first. She wanted to have a career. That very much impacted the people in
my family.”

Kobre was also known for being a feminist before the term became commonly used, and Mitchell, now a patent attorney in Atlanta, said she was far ahead of her time in being vocal about current events.

“If you talked to her about issues it was clear she was egalitarian about race issues and gender issues,” he said. “She was a very smart, worldly person. Very up on the issues, watched the news, followed politics.” Mitchell lived two blocks away from his grandparents in Randallstown during the 1960s and spent every Friday night with them, often playing card games, talking and listening to his grandfather play music.

“[My grandmother] was a very patient person. I was a horrible speller but I was doing really well at other subjects and I would go to her house weekly and work on my spelling words for the week.”

Mitchell also recalled summer vacations they spent together in Ocean City and said despite his grandmother’s passions in life, she wasn’t a workaholic and even took midday naps.

“She was a very even-keeled person,” he said. “She didn’t raise her voice, didn’t get upset.”

Kobre’s granddaughter Claire Katz, a philosophy professor at Texas A&M University, said she loved having passionate discussions at the dinner table about politics and religion with her grandmother even if she disagreed.

“Our conversations at the table stuck with me, her voice lingered in the background, and I have certainly eaten my share of crow over the years,” she wrote in an essay in the JT in April 2010 for Kobre’s 100th birthday. “But at the end of the day, it did not matter what I thought about any topic; she gave me her unconditional support for all of my hobbies, interests, and pursuits.”

In the essay, Claire wrote about how her grandmother supported her financially throughout college and even stood by her when, during her sophomore year, she decided to major in philosophy.

“She allowed me to take risks, to try classes that seemed interesting but which were also challenging, and in doing this, she taught me the most important lesson I have ever learned: that life is a risk and one does not learn anything of value unless one is willing to take those risks, whether they are intellectual risks or personal ones,” she wrote. “It is only in reflecting on my college experience, especially now as a philosophy professor, that I can appreciate both the lesson and the gift. It will be the most important lesson that I can teach my own children. Learning involves risk, and standing up for one’s beliefs takes courage.”