Sympathy – February 2018 issue

Posted on: January 31st, 2018 by tgregory

… to the family and friends of Michael Paster, stepfather of Lani (Adam) Horn and grandfather of Naomi, Elinor, and Judah. Services were conducted in California.


… to the family and friends of West End synagogue member Sandra (Sandy) Schatten, who died on Dec. 21 after a short illness.

Sandra graduated from Peabody Demonstration School (now University School of Nashville) and attended the University of Miami and Vanderbilt University. She had a 17-year career in special education in public schools in the Miami area and Nashville. 

After retiring from teaching, Sandra devoted herself to philanthropy, creating a foundation to support literary, educational, charitable, religious and scientific purposes in Nashville. 

Sandra is survived by her mother, Joan Stanley Schatten, sisters Leslie Stillman (Barry) and Maxine Star Schatten, and nieces and nephews Megan Stillman, Kevin Stillman, Jared Stillman and Stephanie Cook. 

The family would like to thank the team at St. Thomas Hospital West and Sandra’s assistants Marvin Cody and Nelly Escamilla for their care and compassion. 

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Emanuel Schatten Scholarship Fund of the University School of Nashville or to a charity of your choice.


… to the family and friends of West End Synagogue member Minnette Funt Shepard, who died peacefully at the age of 91 on Dec. 28. Minnette was preceded in death by her husband of 60 years, Alfred Shepard.

She is survived by her children, Renee Alterman and Ralph Shepard, sister Phyllis Hunt, sister-in-law Sylvia Shepard, grandchildren Rachel Alterman Wallack, Daniel and Joshua Alterman and Kaiya Shepard, and by her three great-grandchildren. Survivors also include her nieces and nephews Julie and Frank Boehm, Randy and Gretchen Goldstein, Nancy and Phil Hoffman, Tommy and Lucy Goldstein, Larry and Karen Lefkovitz, Mark and Goldie Shepard, Roger Shepard and Phillip and Toni Shepard, and her many great nieces and nephews.


… to the family and friends of Dr. Herman Kaplan, who died on Dec. 31. He served with honor and distinction as the president of the Jewish Federation of Nashville and Middle Tennessee from 1978 to 1980 and as annual campaign chair in 1984. Herman was a gentleman, community leader and forceful advocate for the Jewish people and Jewish causes. 

Dr. Kaplan was born in 1925 in Lithuania, the oldest child of Chaije Libbe and David Kaplan. He, his parents and brothers fled from Lithuania in 1940 and after a six-month journey that took them to Poland, Berlin, Italy, Spain and Portugal, they reached the United States and relatives in Memphis. There, Dr. Kaplan, speaking no English, enrolled in junior high school. His dear Uncle Mayer Lazar translated his school lessons from English into Yiddish for him until Dr. Kaplan learned to speak English. He went on to graduate as valedictorian from Humes High School in Memphis a few years later.

In 1945, he became a U.S. citizen and was drafted into the U.S. Army. After his military service, he graduated from Southwestern (now Rhodes College) in Memphis before going on to medical school at Vanderbilt University, graduating in 1954. While training in internal medicine and gastroenterology at Beth Israel Hospital in Boston, he met the woman who became his wife, Irma Bailit. 

In addition to his service with the Nashville Federation, Dr. Kaplan was president of the board of Akiva School, president of the Vanderbilt Medical Alumni Association and chief of the medical staff of Saint Thomas Hospital. He practiced medicine in Nashville for more than 50 years. 

Dr. Kaplan was forever grateful to this country, which took him in as a child and provided him with so many opportunities. He expressed that gratitude in his community involvement, in the care he provided for his patients, and in the way he looked after those less fortunate than he.

He is survived by his wife, Irma, daughter and Jewish Federation Board of Directors member Didi Biesman and her husband Brian Biesman, son Mark Kaplan and his wife, Hilary Kaplan, and daughter Debbie Rosenwein and her husband Moshe Rosenwein, along with grandchildren Aaron, Andrew and Matthew Kaplan; Adam, Abby and Michelle Biesman; and David, Danielle, Hannah and Benjamin Rosenwein.

Contributions in Dr. Kaplan’s memory may be made to Akiva School or to the charity of your choice.


… to the family and friends of Anne Susan Perler Hummell, sister of West End Synagogue associate member Lynne Perler. Anne was preceded in death by her husband, Ross Bennett Hummell, and her parents, Florence and George Perler.

She is survived by her brother, Marc (Paulette) Perler of Tupelo, Miss., and her sister, Lynne Perler, of Dallas, as well as by nieces and nephews Keith (Melissa) Perler, Stephanie (Barry) Garst, Andrea Sour and Chad (Jill) Sour.


… to the family and friends of Louis Palet, who died on Jan. 1. Louis was a loving husband, father and grandfather who had a big personality and could take over a room with his sense of humor. He also loved being around his family and friends. He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Ruth Palet; daughter, Lisa Palet Goldstein (Rob); son, Dave Palet (Rita); grandchildren, Sarah Goldstein, Josh Palet, and Jake Palet. 


… to the family and friends of Elaine Shulman Hirsch, mother of Congregation Micah member Abby Reish, who died on Jan. 2. Elaine is also survived by her son-in-law and granddaughter, Greg and Isabella Reish.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made in Elaine’s name to Congregation Micah.


… to the family and friends of Shannon Bishop Snyder, 47, who died on Jan. 11 after courageously fighting brain cancer. A native of Florida, Shannon came to Nashville to attend medical school at Vanderbilt University, which her father and brother attended. There she met her husband, Oran Aaronson.  

Shannon completed residency in emergency medicine and stayed on as Vanderbilt faculty for 11 years, where she taught hundreds of residents and medical students. She became the first fellow at Vanderbilt to train in emergency bedside ultrasound. Shannon also spent three years at TriStar Horizon/Natchez.  

Travelling, exploring the outdoors, learning about Judaism, spending time in Israel, and giving back were meaningful to Shannon.  She spent years connecting to Judaism and embraced her conversion in 2011. 

In addition to her husband, she is survived by her children, Liam and Talia; her parents, Gayle Fambrough Snyder and Harold Emil Snyder; her sister, Shirley Greene; her brother, Brett Snyder, and her extended family and friends.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to The Temple – Congregation Ohabai Sholom, Vanderbilt School of Medicine or Vanderbilt Department of Emergency Medicine. 


… to the family and friends of Congregation Micah member Irving Joseph Slotchiver, who died on Jan. 13 at the age of 95. Mr. Slotchiver was born in Walterboro, S.C., the third of four children of Edward and Sadie Slotchiver. He served with honor and distinction in the United States Army during World War II. After attending what was then known as Clemson College before joining the Army, he earned a bachelor’s degree in business from the University of Miami at Coral Gables and returned to South Carolina to work in the family business. 

A few years later, he and his wife, Bettie, decided to go into business for themselves and settled in  Middle Tennessee with their three daughters. After many years in the hospitality business, Mr. Slotchiver retired at age 52.

He returned to college and earned a master’s degree in art from Vanderbilt University, specializing in glass technology and art glass making. In his second career, Mr. Slotchiver developed several glass formulas. He retired from the art glass business after nearly 20 years.

Mr. Slotchiver was survived by his beloved wife and devoted caregiver of 62 years, Bettie Slotchiver; three daughters, Gay, Jeni and Laurie; a son-in-law, Carl; and two granddaughters, Rachel and Jane.

Services were held at Congregation Micah. Memorial donations can be made to Congregation Micah or a charity of your choice. 


… to the family and friends of Congregation Micah member Suzanne Brandes, who died on Jan. 18 at the age of 88. She is survived by her children, Chip Weinstein and Valerie Fisher (Jeff); grandchildren Natalie Chetboun (Johnny), Casey Fisher and Jamie Fisher; and by her great-granddaughter Ella Chetboun. She was preceded in death by first husband, Paul B. Weinstein Jr., by her second husband of 37 years, Martin Donald Brandes, and by her sisters Jane Linn and Shirley Gold. Donations in her honor may be made to Congregation Micah or The Temple.


… to the family and friends of David Anchel, who died on Jan. 21. He is survived by his daughter, son-in-law and grandchildren, Congregation Micah members Wendy, Jon, Kimberly, and Andrew Kiepek. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made in his name to Congregation Micah.