In memoriam

1.20.23 Issue

Arnold (Arnie) Weintraub passed away on Dec. 19, 2022 at age 80 in Long Beach, California. The funeral service was performed by Rabbi Nancy Myers in Costa Mesa, California.

He was predeceased by his parents, Isadore and Eva Weintraub, and his sister, Anny.

He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Sharon Weintraub; his daughter and son-in-law, Nancy Weintraub and David Kahn; sons and daughters-in-law, Jason and Dana Weintraub and Scott and Hillary Weintraub; grandchildren: Benjamin, Balin, Tae, and Hope.

Arnie loved spending time with all of them. Born and raised in Omaha, Arnie graduated from Omaha Central High School. He went on to attend Omaha University and the University of Nebraska at Lincoln. He earned a Bachelor’s Degree, his teaching credential, and his Master’s Degree from Omaha University. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln.

He started teaching English, speech, and debate at Central High School where he also was the Speech and Debate Coach. He also taught at the University of Omaha.

In 1980, the Weintraub family moved to California. Due to a lack of teaching positions at that time, Arnie worked at Riekes Container for several years and then at Merical Vita-Pak where he was the payroll administrator.

Finally, he was able to return to teaching as a substitute teacher at Los Alamitos Middle Schools and High School where he again was the Speech and Debate Coach while maintaining his full-time job. His sons were attending the same high school. Arnie also taught at El Camino College and Golden West College.

Andrew Pulver, superintendent, said Arnie “began substitute teaching with Los Alamitos USD in 2008 and made himself readily available since then for on-call and long term assignments throughout the district. He was a popular and regular substitute teacher used at many campuses district-wide.”

Arnie was also quite active at Temple Beth David in Westminster. His passion was singing in the Temple Choir. He performed once a month with the Temple Choir Shabbat Service and also sang during the High Holidays.

Arnie was honored by MRJ, Men of Reform Judaism, the Brotherhood of Temple Beth David, Westminster, California, as its Man of the Year in 2009. He also was awarded a Second Diamond by the National Forensic League in recognition of extraordinary service to the interscholastic speech program for which Arnie was most proud.

Memorials may be made in Arnie’s memory to Temple Beth David, 6100 Hefley Street, Westminster, CA 92683. Checks should be made out to Beth David Choir.