Beryl Gottesman

Beryl Gottesman (Rabinowitz)

April 6, 1935 - February 8, 2021
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    Tuesday, February 9th, 2021 | 11:00am
    Tuesday, February 9th, 2021 11:00am
    A virtual memorial service will be held on Tuesday, February 9 at 6:30pm

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Beryl Rabinowitz Gottesman, of Baltimore, Maryland, passed away on Monday, February 8th, 2021 at the age of 85. She is survived by her loving children, Aliza Gottesman Rothenberg (David Rothenberg), Joshua Gottesman, and Ben Gottesman (Linda Fellen), sister, Sondra Feld, grandchildren, Jonathan Korman (Alexandra Hochster-Korman), Samuel Korman, Chanan Rothenberg, Evan Gottesman, and Ari Gottesman, and great-granddaughter, Miriam Ariella Korman. She was predeceased by her beloved husband, Jerome Gottesman, parents, Ben and Anita Rabinowitz, sister-in-law, Elayne Fedder, and brother-in-law, Marvin Feld.

Services are private. Please omit flowers. Contributions in her memory may be sent to Beth Israel Congregation, 3706 Crondall Lane, Owings Mills, MD 21117. A virtual memorial service will be held on Tuesday, February 9, at 6:30pm. Virtual shiva will be held on Tuesday at 7:30pm, then on Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday at 7pm. 
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Marcia Markowitz

Posted at 12:38pm
Sincere condolences. Beryl was always such an accomplished woman. And a friendly person. My mother, Goldie Gorn, always spoke so highly of her. May her memory be for a blessing.
Marcia Markowitz

Judy Esterson Chernak

Posted at 06:48pm
A friend from our years together at Forest Park High School, Beryl is exactly as described by the tributes below - always gracious, engaged, a terrific Hebrew School teacher (the same profession as mine), elegant and knowledgeable about the items many of us chose for our homes or our gifts. Although I lost touch with her several years ago, I treasure the memories as there isn't one flaw in their beauty and admiration. A treasured family member is lost but not forgotten, and may these words offer some measure of comfort to her children and grandchildren as she joins Jerry and her beautiful mother in the next world.

Michael Caplan

Posted at 12:05am
Josh, too long. Condolences on the loss of your mother.

Betty caplan

Posted at 09:05pm
I knew Beryl from years ago and from time to time our paths would cross. She was an especially lovely lady and I want to extend sympathy to the family.
Betty Sellman Caplan

Lindy Weitzman Reef

Posted at 08:27pm
Aliza, I remember your mom so well from Beth Israel and then for several years I was your babysitter, then Joshua and then Ben as they appeared. Beryl was a true lady, intelligent and always quick with a smile. She gave me some great advice on my first job when she told me to make sure that whenever I read to you, I should be careful NOT to skip a page and to make sure I read the entire page because you would know. She was right. Your parents were a loving couple and it was a pleasure to have known them. My sincere condolences to you, your brothers and your respective families.

Melissa Cordish

Posted at 03:55pm
Seventeen years ago I worked with Beryl on the Associated Women's Department's Women's Seder. I spend hours upon hours at your dining room table as Beryl hosted the committee members in her home. She was a lovely, smart, kind woman and mentor to me. May her memory be for a blessing.

Anne King

Posted at 04:11pm
To Beryl’s family,
About 20 years ago I had the pleasure of meeting Beryl. As the buyer for the Chizuk Amuno Sisterhood Judaica Shop, Beryl taught me so much. She even allowed me to shop in her house for goods for my shop. We often traveled to the gift shows in New York together. Later on I would see her at North Oaks. Always a beautiful lady.

Chanan Rothenberg

Posted at 11:34am
I just want to say thank you to all of you for sharing memories about my Savta. It's extremely comforting and heart warming. The last 8 or so years have really been heartbreaking and sometimes it's tough to remember how much of a vibrant person she was. Every time when someone comes up to me and says how much of an impact she had on their life, it makes me feel so proud to have been able to call her my Savta. Thank you so much to everyone for sharing their memories.

Morton Mindell

Posted at 12:04am
My sincere condolences. Beryl(then Rabinowitz)Gottesman was my very first
Sunday school teacher at Beth Tfiloh, in the early 50’s. What a great start. I never forgot her. May her memory be for a blessing.
Morton Mindell

Robert Lang

Posted at 11:00pm
Beryl Gottesman was a wonderful teacher and mentor to so many of us. I was lucky to be in her sixth grade class of 1978 at Beth Israel. Aliza and Joshua, your Mom touched, educated and inspired a lot of us, and I hope that provides you and the rest of the family with some comfort and peace at this difficult time. May her memory be eternal.

Eve Messing

Posted at 10:59pm
I was deeply sadden to read of Beryl's passing. I knew her from the B JE and later through our businesses.
Your mother had a simchas hachaim. She loved her children and grandchildren. She was a proud grandmother. Beryl had class, a wonderful eye for beautiful items, and was a delightful lady. May the good memories and her tremendous accomplishments bring comfort to your entire family.

Sherry and Howard Greenberg

Posted at 10:48pm
To Beryl's entire family: All of us feel the loss of such a special woman. So elegant and so caring and helpful! What an asset she was to Beth Israel and all of its congregants, but especially the students. Hoping the memories can be of the wonderful person she was and the great times you shared.

Toni, Miriam and Cantor Jacob Greenberg

Posted at 07:27pm
We send our deepest condolences on the loss of your mother and grandmother. We have such wonderful memories of many dinners in your Sukkah with her. She was a lovely lady and may her memory be a blessing.

Mark A. Schweitzer

Posted at 06:38pm
I'm extremely saddened to hear of the loss of Beryl.
I have known Beryl (and most of her family) my entire life. She was my teacher and administrator, sat adjacent to my family (forever) during high holy day services in Randallstown and was a long and loyal customer.
What am I most proud of was to call her a very dear FRIEND.
May she rest in peace and may her memory be a blessing.

Betsy and Lou Narrow

Posted at 06:05pm
To all of Beryl's family, We were so saddened to learn of your mother and grandmother's passing. She was such a stately, kind and knowledgeable lady who had a knack for finding just the perfect Judaica art and gifts. We met Beryl around our son's Bar Mitzvah time as well as baby births and she always had just the right gift with the most beautiful wrapping. She was still in my thoughts a few months ago and she has definitely left a big imprint on so many of us. May your beautiful memories be as beautiful as ours and help you all through this difficult time.

Nadine and Ray weinstein

Posted at 04:05pm
Aliza, Sunny and Family,

Our heartfelt sympathy on your loss. It has been a long and difficult time, and we hope the memories of good times with your beautiful, smart, hard working mother, sister and grandmother will sustain you and provide some comfort.
For many years, Beryl was the consummate example of the stylish (with her many scarves), effective teacher and administrator. She was loved and respected, and will be remembered for
her many talents, as well as for her Judaica collection, and the love of Judaism that she shared
and planted in many students - including our sons.
May her memory be a blessing.
Sending hugs.

Gabe Golfeiz

Posted at 03:20pm
Dear Aliza and Family, we are so sorry for your loss. Our hearts and prayers are with you.
From Gabe and Ruben

Marilyn Rosenstein

Posted at 01:27pm
I am so sorry for your loss and want to extend my sincere sympathy to your family. May the memories
you have shared be a source of comfort always. Beryl was a much beloved friend of my aunt,
Claire Beissinger.

Sara & Ed Rosenbaum

Posted at 01:16pm
We have fond memories of both Beryl and Jerry from our many years in Baltimore. Beryl was always smiling and willing to help in any way she could. I remember her having our oldest son, Keith for two years and Jeff maybe for one when she was the Principal. Beryl was the one teacher who brought out the best in her students. Your parents had a lot to do with Beth Israel becoming so prominent in the Baltimore area.

Gustav and Sheila Buchdahl

Posted at 01:09pm
What path should a good person take? Rabbi Jose said: "Being a good neighbor." Beryl was that! Eliezer said: "Having a good eye." Beryl had that. Rabbi Eleazar said: "Having a good heart." Beryl had that. She combined a keen intellect with a delightful disposition. There was so much to miss about her. That included her integrity and passion. Thanks to her family and synagogue for sharing her with us for many decades.

Howard & Ann Cornblatt

Posted at 12:44pm
Dear Gottesman family,
Our thoughts & prayers are with you during this most difficult time, Your mother and grandmother was such a wonderful educator and role model! She taught both of our sons at Hebrew School. She was a fixture at Beth Israel and represented what our our Congregation stood for. She will surely be missed.

Jane West Walsh

Posted at 11:20am
Dear friends,
Beryl was a dear colleague of mine when we both worked at the BJE in the late 80’s. Her wisdom, grace and warm smile and quiet humor made her a cherished colleague for so many besides me. May her memory be a blessing to all who loved her, always.

Judi Finkelstein

Posted at 11:15am
I have so many lovely memories of your mother. Her home was a museum of judaica that I loved to browse and make many purchases. My home now is filled with so many beautiful things that were carefully selected by her so I think of her often.
May your memories of such a wonderful woman give you solace.

Janet and Scott Shindell

Posted at 11:14am
Dear Aliza and Family, we are so sorry for your loss. Our hearts and prayers are with you.
Janet and Scott Shindell

Miriam Stern

Posted at 11:05am
Aliza, I was so sorry to read of your Mom's passing. She taught my 2 children at Beth Israel. When I would think of B.I. Hebrew School, she was always in my thoughts. She was a lovely and beautiful lady.
May the fond memories of your Mom always be with you. May her memory be for a blessing.

Kay Schuster

Posted at 10:43am
Dear Aliza, Ben, Josh and family,
My sincere condolences on the loss of your beloved mother and grandmother. She was always such a warm loving woman with a huge heart. Whatever she did, she put her heart into it. Interestingly, I awoke yesterday with a vivid memory of a conversation with her at KSDS. She brought treats for her class to celebrate her birthday! She will be missed. May you find comfort in your memories.

Doris and Marshall Tanhoff

Posted at 10:36am
Dear Family of Beryl. So sorry to hear that Beryl has passed away. she was the consummate teacher as well as friend to her many students and their families. May her memories be forever with you and May she Rest In Peace.

Jo-Anne Tucker-Zemlak

Posted at 10:21am
There are not enough words or space here to say how deeply sorry I was to read this. Your mom was the benchmark to what an educator should be and was to so many kids at Beth Israel. How many parents hands she held as we learned to navigate religious school and public school . She encouraged many of us to continue our own studies and become involved in the community. Her memory will always be a blessing and her legacy is hundreds of Beth Israel students and parents.

Carol Billian

Posted at 09:51am
So sorry to hear of the passing of your Mom. Happy she is with your Dad, once again. Please know you are in my family's thoughts and prayers.

Marlene & Bruce Solomon

Posted at 09:21am
Dear Aliza, David & Family,

We were saddened to learn of the passing of your beloved mom, grand mom, and great grand mom. She truly was a “Woman of Valor,” and a wonderful Jewish educator. Please keep the happy memories with you always. May she Rest In Peace.

With deepest sympathy,

Marlene & Bruce Solomon :-(

Robert J. Block

Posted at 09:18am
Beryl was a VERY GOOD Principal and a VERY GOOD Friend; May her Memory be for a BLESSING; AMEN

Susan Kurlander

Posted at 09:01am
Beryl Gottesman hired me as a teacher in the Beth Israel Hebrew School almost 50 years ago, but I have never forgotten her devotion to the children, the teachers and to the importance of a Jewish education. Years later, my children attended Beth Israel's Hebrew School. I credit much of their commitment to Jewish values and knowledge to Beryl's inspiration.

May her memory be for a blessing.

Susan Kurlander

Dale Kessler Kaplan

Posted at 06:31am
So sorry for your loss. My favorite Hebrew school teacher and neighbor in Pikeswood development

Joel Fink

Posted at 05:31am
I’ll never forget playing tackle rain/snow football in her courtyard as one of the “J” Boys, and coming back in all muddy and bruised to her condo. She would have milk, cookies, and ice packs waiting for us after watching us play for hours with a huge smile on her face. She treated us like her own grandchildren and I loved visiting Jon with her at her beautiful home. I’ll never forget her incredible array of judaica which made her house feel more like an art gallery. After college she helped me and Chantelle pick out a Seder plate (among other Judaica) which spoke to us. Beryl was a treasure - the sweetest soul, and I’ll miss her. I know she hasn’t been the same person I remember for a while now, but her memories will stay with me and more importantly her family for eternity. My deepest condolences and I’m glad Beryl is at peace with Jerome now.
- Joel Fink

Leslie Mensh

Posted at 12:40am
Our three sons were all B'nai Mitzvah and proud graduates of Beth Israel. Mrs. Gottesman was both principal and mentor both to them, and us, their parents. She instilled in them a strong sense of Jewish pride, which they carry with them now, many years later..
We renewed acquaintances a few years ago when I helped with activities in Arden Court. She enjoyed participating in our many discussions of Jewish content, and listening (and singing) to both Hebrew and Yiddish melodies. Additionally, she was our 'go to' gal when it came to celebrating the Jewish holidays!

I think she left an indelible imprint on the many she taught, met and befriended. May her memory forever be a blessing...

L'dor V'dor, Mrs. Gottesman..

Janine Frier

Posted at 11:54pm
I am so terribly sorry to hear this sad news. I remember Beryl so fondly, spending many a time purchasing Judaica gifts from her. She always seemed to have the perfect item. And invariably, I would spend much longer than anticipated, schmoozing and chatting with her. May her memory be a blessing. Wishing you strength at this very difficult time.

Herta and Arthur Baitch, MD

Posted at 10:53pm
Dear Gottesman Family,
We are so deeply saddened to learn of your loss of Beryl. There are not enough beautiful words available to describe her and all who knew her must feel the same way. We have admired her and respected her achievements for decades. Surely, your memories of her will sooth your pain.

Beth Gansky

Posted at 09:33pm
I remember how warm and welcoming Beryl was at her home and at shul. She had a special elegance to her and helped many fill their home with Judaica. May you be surrounded by beautiful memories of your Mom and Grandmother.

Debs Weinberg

Posted at 09:18pm
I have such warm memories of Beryl as an educator and as someone who I bought all my Judaica from. There are still many things I purchased from her that remind me of her, and the ritual of coming to her home to peruse. She loved beautiful items, and even more so, loved to share them with others.

Debbie and David Roffman

Posted at 09:02pm
Dear Gottesman Family: My memories go back to the many Shabbatot when Jerry and Beryl would join us for services at Chizuk Amuno. We would always enjoy our conversations with Beryl visiting Aliza and David’s home for Shabbat or Yom Tov dinner. Always an engaging conversationalist, Beryl always had something to teach you. We are so fortunate that we have Judaica from Beryl in our home. May her memory be for a blessing. Baruch Dayan Emet.

Saul Himelfarb

Posted at 08:47pm
Beryl was both my 1st and 6th grade Hebrew school teacher at Beth Israel. May her memory be for a blessing.

Harriet and Alan Kanter

Posted at 08:31pm
Dear Family,
We are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

Cantor Elias Roochvarg

Posted at 08:15pm
She followed in the footsteps of her mother, of blessed memory, who was a Jewish educator. Beryl was a dedicated teacher and principal, a supportive co-worker, and warm friend. She oversaw the Jewish primary education of hundreds of children who are now Jewishly literate adults. May her soul be bound up in the bond of eternal life.

Deborah Mitnick

Posted at 07:04pm
Such a lovely and elegant woman. A great and inspiring teacher. A wonderful role model.

May you find comfort and strength from your memories, when the time is right for that.

Janet Weisenfreund

Posted at 06:43pm
Please accept my most sincere sympathy. May her name be for a blessing. Beryl was an elegant, loving wife, mother, grandmother and teacher.

Henry & Renee’ Feller

Posted at 05:52pm
We only have fond memories of your mother, as a knowledgeable, understanding, professional, and devoted individual. May her memory be for a blessing.

Linda Howard

Posted at 05:45pm
She was such a beautiful woman. May her memory be for a blessing.

Erika Buchdahl

Posted at 05:22pm
Sorry for your loss. May her memory be a blessing.

Judy and Larry Campf and family

Posted at 04:44pm
Extending our deepest condolences on the loss of Mrs. Gottesman. May her memory be a blessing.

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