Obituaries, June 4, 2015


Betsy Chriqui

Magen David Sephardic Congregation notes with great sorrow the passing of Betsy Chriqui. Mother of Charmaine Berman, Michael, David, Gigi Chriqui. We pray that Hashem will comfort the family of Betsy Chriqui A”H in their hour of bereavement. May her soul rest in everlasting peace and her name be a source of blessing. Amen. If you would like to send a donation to Magen David in memory of Betsy Chriqui A”H, a condolence card will be sent to the family on your behalf. Please use the link to donate.

Sylvia Evelyn Abramson Heft

On April 23, Sylvia Evelyn Abramson Heft, 93, of Bethesda. Heft graduated from Roosevelt High School in Washington. She is survived by three daughters and two son-in-laws; eight grandchildren and nine great-children. Frances and David Eisenberg (sister-in-law and brother-in law); and many nieces and nephews. Children: Gwen and Carl Oppenheim, Harriet and Marty Feldman, Barbara Heft. Grandchildren: Adam (Nancy) Oppenheim, Eric (Ronni) Oppenheim, and Peter (Katie) Oppenheim; Sheila (David) Berlinger, and David (Jessica) Feldman; Gregory Auerbach, Evan (fiancée: Giovanna Sanchez), and Meredith Auerbach. Great-Grandchildren: Annabel Oppenheim, Harold Oppenheim, Ethan Oppenheim, Kailyn Oppenheim; Janel Berlinger, Sonya Berlinger; Andrew Feldman, Brandon Feldman; and Rachel Auerbach. Sylvia’s husband was Arnold Heft (predeceased in 2014). Her predeceased parents were Anna Abramson of Chicago, Illinois and Sam Abramson of Silver Spring.

Sol Zalel Rosen

On May 26, Sol Zalel Rosen, 79, of Washington. The son of Louis and Sarah Rosen of Brooklyn, New York, Rosen graduated from the University of Michigan and Columbia Law School. A prominent Criminal Justice Act attorney, his solo law practice handled mostly criminal and employment cases. Rosen was a loyal member of Adas Israel Congregation for 35 years. He is survived by a sister, Gloria Aronoff of Boca Raton, Florida and nephew, Lewis Aryeh Leib Weinger of Tekoa, Israel.

Barbara Davis Widem

On April 12, Barbara Davis Widem, 87, of Bethesda. Widem graduated from the University of Chicago and Rutgers University with a master of library science. She worked at the University of Maryland Library and Montgomery County Public Library System. Widem received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Association of Jewish Libraries, Capital Area Chapter and was noted for her unique, extensive collection of books and artifacts relating to the Biblical story of Noah. The collection is on permanent display at the Dennis and Philip Ratner Museum of the Bible in Bethesda. She is survived by a son, Jonathan Widem, his wife, Jill and three grandchildren: Kelsey, Nathan and Samantha. Her husband, Paul Widem, and daughter, Ann Widem, are deceased.

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