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Mount Sinai Obituaries and Services » Mariam Posen

Mariam Posen

January 9, 1924 - April 5, 2015

Service Information Mount Sinai Hollywood Hills - TaNaCH Chapel

Service Date: Wednesday April 8th, 2015

Service Time: 10:00 am

Mount Sinai Hollywood Hills - TaNaCH Chapel

5950 Forest Lawn Drive

Los Angeles, California 90068

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Mariam Posen, a long-time member of Temple Sinai in Palm Desert, passed away at her desert home on April 5. She was 91. She was born Mariam Weinstein in Washington, D.C. Mariam was possessed of a beautiful clear soprano voice, and music was central to her life. As a young woman, she sang professionally under the name Mariam Carle in clubs and performed with the USO in 1945-1946. She played a part in the “I Love a Piano” number at President Truman’s inaugural ball in 1949. She also worked as an on-air personality in the early days of live local television in Baltimore, Md., and Norfolk, Va. She married Norman L. Posen in 1950, and together they raised four children. An adventurous couple, they lived all over the United States, as her husband built a successful career in radio. While raising her children, Mariam frequently performed in school plays and amateur musical productions, and could often be heard rehearsing as she went about her household tasks. Norman and Mariam were among the founding families of Temple Aliyah in the West San Fernando Valley, where all four of their children were Bar/Bat Mitzvahed. During those years Norman and Mariam traveled often to Hawaii and abroad. They moved to the California desert forty years ago. Mariam was Bat Mitzvahed at age 75 at Temple Sinai. After the passing of her husband in 1987, Mariam resumed her regular participation in musical theatricals, singing in the temple chorus and with the Joslyn Singers in Palm Desert. She also took on supporting roles in productions at the McCallum Theater with the College of the Desert, including the role of Golde in Fiddler on the Roof. At Temple Sinai, she pioneered the successful concept of an all-women’s havurah group. She is survived by her children, Barry, Paul Michael, Keith, and Rebecca; two daughters-in-law, Cindy and Sylvia; a son-in-law, William; and a granddaughter, Natasha.