We honor our surviving Charter members, still active and vibrant, without whom TBS would not exist. We thank them for their vision and dedication for 47 years of exceptional service:
Charles "Chuck" Kramer, born on March 30, 1916 to Aaron & Zelda Kramer of Boston, Massachusetts, passed away at age 90 on August 25, 2006.
Betty Mitchell Kramer, born to Nathan & Mary Mitchell on April 5, 1918 in Boston, Massachusetts took her last breath at the age of 89 on April 5, 2007; on her birthday.
They are survived by their children Alene and Scott Kramer and grandchildren Nathan and Jolene. May their memories be for a blessing.
Alexander Fleischman passed away March 22, 2007 at age 86.
Formerly of New York City and Margate, Florida, he passed away at the Jewish Home of Greater Harrisburg. He was a retired typographer. He is survived by his brother, Samuel Fleishman of New York City; and his sister, Beatrice Kessler of Harrisburg.
Alex was an advocate and champion for the inclusion of Deaf Jews in the greater Jewish community. In 1986 he was a contributing author to the book "The Deaf Jew in the Modern World." His chapter was entitled: "The Deaf Person and the Jewish Community". The following statement with which he ended his chapter reveals his character and depth of caring for his community:
When Moses came to Pharaoh, he did not speak in negative tones, he did not simply say, I don't want my people oppressed. Moses put his proposition positively. He said, "Send forth my people that they may be actively involved in the community in which they serve." Need a Jewish deaf leader say more?
TBS Charter Member, Sari C. Goldberg Pink born November 21, 1918 Zurich Switzerland passed away on March 15, 2007. May her memory be for a blessing.
The TBS Senior Citizens' group offer their sincere condolences to the family of group member, Ruth Hutcheson on her recent passing, April 15. May her memory be for a sweet blessing.
TBS friend, Robert C. Skinner passed away Mar. 12, 2007 of heart failure. He graduated from the Central Institute for the Deaf, in St. Louis in the class of 1938. He is survived by his identical twin brother Roger, wife, Joan; daughters: Mary, Roberta and Kathy. Bob was a sweet spirit and a loyal friend. May his memory be for a blessing.
Wayne McIntire, whose pioneering work in establishing services for deaf and hard of hearing students led to the creation of the National Center on Deafness at Cal State Northridge, died in Greer, S.C., at age 95.
Third generation Temple Beth Solomon member, Shoshannah Stern, daughter of Hedy and Ron Stern and granddaughter of Helly Udkovich (z.l.), has becomes the fourth deaf person to become a regular on a prime time CBS TV series, Jericho; playing the role of Bonnie Richmond.
26 year-old Shoshannah, was born July 3, in Walnut California and attended California School for the Deaf at Fremont, along with her siblings, Brandon and Louise. Her parents, Hedy and Ron both worked at CSDF, Ron as a school administrator and Hedy as the Community Education Coordinator.
Now, the home base for the Stern Family is Sante Fe, New Mexico, where Ron is the Principal of the New Mexico School for the Deaf and Hedy is in charge of the campus library. Brandon attends Gallaudet and Louise is living and working in London. Of course Shoshannah has a busy career here in Los Angeles.
Shoshannah attended Gallaudet University where she pursued her love of acting, winning numerous awards for her performances.
During her senior year at Gallaudet, she flew to Los Angeles to audition for a guest-starring role in the TV series Off Centre. She won the role which led to guest-starring roles in Providence, Boston Public, ER and The Division.
With her recurring role in Weeds and regular role in Jericho, Shoshannah holds the distinction of being the only deaf actor in history to have significant roles in two primetime television series during the same season.
On stage, Shoshannah originated the role of Susan, in Open Window at the Pasadena Playhouse. Her feature film credits include, The Last Shot.
We expect to see Shoshannah for many years to come on stage, at the movies and in our living rooms. TBS is so proud of her and her accomplishments and for pursuing her dream.