Bernice Dubinski Moses

by | Oct 8, 2021 | Obituaries

Norfolk—Bernice passed away on Tuesday, September 28 at Sentara Leigh Hospital.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Max and Martha Dubinsky; brothers, Leo and David Dubinski; husband, David Moses; and daughter, Maxine Moses Garnher. She is survived by her son, Douglas Moses; daughter-in-law, Tina Moses; son-in-law, Jim Garnher; grandchildren, Danielle and Michelle Moses, Nicole (Brian) Tercero, and Paul (Ashley) Garnher; and great-grandchildren, Jessica, Matthew, Andrea, Addalyn, and Gavin.

Bernice was born in Chicago in 1928 and moved to Norfolk with her family during the Great Depression. She married the love of her life, David Moses, on May 20, 1954. They were founding members of Temple Israel, Norfolk. Her family then moved to Potomac, Md. in 1968, where they became founding members of Har Shalom Synagogue. At Har Shalom, she was involved in many committees, was Sisterhood president and catering chair. She later became president of Seaboard Branch of Women’s League of Conservative Judaism (WLCJ), vice president of WLCJ. She had a special place in her heart for Torah Fund. Bernice returned to Norfolk with the birth of her grandchildren to become an integral part of their lives.

Bernice’s door was always open to family and friends who were often fortunate enough to partake in her holiday meals. She expressed her love through cooking and hospitality. She was always generous to those in need. Bernice played Mah Jong every week and enjoyed traveling the world. She frequented the theater, Norfolk Forum, Symphony, and Opera. She loved making pottery, hosting two book clubs, and attending Jewish education classes. She will be greatly missed by all the lives she touched.

A graveside service was held at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Norfolk by Rabbi Michael Panitz. H.D. Oliver Funeral Apts. Online condolences may be shared with the family at