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This memorial website was created in memory of our beloved Tsvi Epstein. May his memory always be a blessing.
Posted by DAVID MEIR-LEVI on April 12, 2021
George Bernard Shaw said: the reasonable man adapts himself to the world: the unreasonable man persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends upon the unreasonable man.

George Bernard Shaw would have loved Tzvi.
Posted by Jenny Epstein Kessem on April 4, 2021
It is with sadness that we report the death of Tsvi Epstein, of unknown causes on the morning of Friday, 3/12/21. He was 76.

Tsvi, also known as Howard, was born in Boyle Heights, Los Angeles in 1944. He met Bonnie Evans (now Navah Epstein) in high school, and their first date was the Senior prom. He danced off beat, Navah said, but he brought so much enthusiasm to the dancing that she found him interesting. He had strong morality and strong ideas. He was the first Jew she had met. They dated, and each lived at their respective childhood homes to attend Cal State LA. They married after graduation in 1965. They have been married almost 56 years, and together closer to 60 years.

He was raised as a secular Jew, but discovered his strong Jewish spiritual path with Navah when they were newly parenting three girls. They have been through Navah’s conversion to Judaism, and have re-married twice, once to have a Conservative Jewish wedding and later to have an Orthodox wedding when Navah had an Orthodox conversion to Judaism. He was passionately committed to observant Jewish practice, and was very active in two Portland, Oregon orthodox communities, and prior to that several Orthodox and Conservative Jewish communities in Silicon Valley, CA. He found soul connection with the joy of Breslov Chasidim, and via Rabbi Shelly Lewis found teachers in Rabbi David Zeller of beloved memory, Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach of beloved memory, and Rabbi Avraham Greenbaum, among many others. His latest Breslov find has been Rabbi Shlomo Katz.

He was a physicist and engineer and worked most of his professional life at Hewlett Packard in Silicon Valley. He was involved in the development of colored LEDs, including the LEDs now used in traffic lights. HP and its spin off companies hold his many patents. He retired at age 60 and very soon after learned he had cancer, Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia. He has been living with cancer and other health challenges for 17 years. As he said, he far outlived his expiration date by refusing the mainstream treatment of cancer and instead doing his own cancer research, and pioneering his own treatment journey, which has involved very low doses of western meds alongside herbal oncology protocols. Other doctors and patients now follow his successful path of cancer treatment, including his middle daughter Jenny Epstein Kessem.

He was an oddball, famous for roller skating with Navah to synagogue in the 1980’s to observe Shabbat while also attending a shul that was 7 miles away. He loved dancing on Shabbat, to the delight and embarrassment of his fellow Orthodox shul-goers. He could not carry a tune, and never became fluent in Hebrew, but he insisted on singing every word of every prayer he could, even as he struggled with the Hebrew and the melody. He refused to have shame about his social awkwardness and his enthusiasm for Judaism came from a very pure place.

He is survived by his wife Navah Bonnie Epstein, his three daughters Lily (Epstein) Halem, Jenny Epstein Kessem and Dorothy Epstein. He has six grandchildren, Avi Halem, Hannah Halem, Raya Kessem, Wilder Kessem, Sidney Epstein and Zachary Epstein. He is also survived by his sister Barbara Saltzman.

He will be dearly missed. We send our condolences to Navah and the Epstein family, and hold them in our hearts at this difficult time.
Posted by Avraham Trugman on March 25, 2021
I am profoundly saddened to hear of Tsvi's passing. In a very complicated world he was simply a mensch, a friend, a compassionate Jew with a big heart. His presence made this world a better place. May his spiritual vision of love, community and peace be realized.

To the family: our deepest sympathies.

Avraham Arieh Trugman
Posted by Shani Fox on March 15, 2021
A light has gone out here on earth, but I have no doubt that the Heavenly sphere is brighter now. I never could be in Tsvi's presence and not feel joy and light radiating from him. What a privilege to have befriended such a radiant soul. 
Nava, love and warm embraces to you and to all who miss him.
Shani
Posted by Jason Berzow on March 15, 2021
Tsvi was everyone's Holy Brother. He was, like Aharon HaKohen, a rodeyf shalom. He was always chasing after shalom, creating unity in our larger Jewish community.

He will be greatly missed. We all have a much harder job and need to work harder to make sure there is achdus in our community now that he is gone. I know he will be rooting for us constantly, and that gives us strength to go on .



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Posted by DAVID MEIR-LEVI on April 12, 2021
George Bernard Shaw said: the reasonable man adapts himself to the world: the unreasonable man persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends upon the unreasonable man.

George Bernard Shaw would have loved Tzvi.
Posted by Jenny Epstein Kessem on April 4, 2021
It is with sadness that we report the death of Tsvi Epstein, of unknown causes on the morning of Friday, 3/12/21. He was 76.

Tsvi, also known as Howard, was born in Boyle Heights, Los Angeles in 1944. He met Bonnie Evans (now Navah Epstein) in high school, and their first date was the Senior prom. He danced off beat, Navah said, but he brought so much enthusiasm to the dancing that she found him interesting. He had strong morality and strong ideas. He was the first Jew she had met. They dated, and each lived at their respective childhood homes to attend Cal State LA. They married after graduation in 1965. They have been married almost 56 years, and together closer to 60 years.

He was raised as a secular Jew, but discovered his strong Jewish spiritual path with Navah when they were newly parenting three girls. They have been through Navah’s conversion to Judaism, and have re-married twice, once to have a Conservative Jewish wedding and later to have an Orthodox wedding when Navah had an Orthodox conversion to Judaism. He was passionately committed to observant Jewish practice, and was very active in two Portland, Oregon orthodox communities, and prior to that several Orthodox and Conservative Jewish communities in Silicon Valley, CA. He found soul connection with the joy of Breslov Chasidim, and via Rabbi Shelly Lewis found teachers in Rabbi David Zeller of beloved memory, Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach of beloved memory, and Rabbi Avraham Greenbaum, among many others. His latest Breslov find has been Rabbi Shlomo Katz.

He was a physicist and engineer and worked most of his professional life at Hewlett Packard in Silicon Valley. He was involved in the development of colored LEDs, including the LEDs now used in traffic lights. HP and its spin off companies hold his many patents. He retired at age 60 and very soon after learned he had cancer, Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia. He has been living with cancer and other health challenges for 17 years. As he said, he far outlived his expiration date by refusing the mainstream treatment of cancer and instead doing his own cancer research, and pioneering his own treatment journey, which has involved very low doses of western meds alongside herbal oncology protocols. Other doctors and patients now follow his successful path of cancer treatment, including his middle daughter Jenny Epstein Kessem.

He was an oddball, famous for roller skating with Navah to synagogue in the 1980’s to observe Shabbat while also attending a shul that was 7 miles away. He loved dancing on Shabbat, to the delight and embarrassment of his fellow Orthodox shul-goers. He could not carry a tune, and never became fluent in Hebrew, but he insisted on singing every word of every prayer he could, even as he struggled with the Hebrew and the melody. He refused to have shame about his social awkwardness and his enthusiasm for Judaism came from a very pure place.

He is survived by his wife Navah Bonnie Epstein, his three daughters Lily (Epstein) Halem, Jenny Epstein Kessem and Dorothy Epstein. He has six grandchildren, Avi Halem, Hannah Halem, Raya Kessem, Wilder Kessem, Sidney Epstein and Zachary Epstein. He is also survived by his sister Barbara Saltzman.

He will be dearly missed. We send our condolences to Navah and the Epstein family, and hold them in our hearts at this difficult time.
Posted by Avraham Trugman on March 25, 2021
I am profoundly saddened to hear of Tsvi's passing. In a very complicated world he was simply a mensch, a friend, a compassionate Jew with a big heart. His presence made this world a better place. May his spiritual vision of love, community and peace be realized.

To the family: our deepest sympathies.

Avraham Arieh Trugman
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