Deceased Information


    Zipora Wagner

  • AGE



    Saturday, January 08, 2022 (Before Sunset)


    Thursday, January 13, 2022


    8:00 est AM


    Kfar Saba, Israel


    Moshav Sde Warburg


    Saturday, January 22, 2022 at 6:30 pm with minyan at 7:00 pm, at the home of Jody and Roy Wagner

    Click HERE for shiva

    2958 Pangborn Road Decatur GA 30033



    Dr. Zipora (Goldfinger) Wagner, 80, beloved mother, grandmother, teacher, mentor and friend, died January 8, 2022, after a long battle with Progressive Supranuclear Palsy.

    Tsipi Goldfinger was born March 21, 1941 in a Jewish internment camp in Rhodes. Her parents, Pesiah and Meir, left war-torn Europe with their sons, bound for Palestine on the Pentcho (, a Danube steamboat packed with ~500 refugees. The arduous journey ended five months later when the Pentcho broke down near Rhodes; passengers were interned in a stadium for about a year and aided by the Jewish community of Rhodes. Eventually, Pentcho survivors were moved to an internment camp in Italy. When British soldiers liberated it, Yehoshua joined the army, and the Goldfingers were finally allowed to enter Palestine.

    A true Sabra, Tsipi grew up with the struggling country. She met the love of her life, Mordechai “Motkeh” Wagner at 19. They married and made a home on Moshav S’de Warburg, where Motkeh grew up, where they raised their sons, Roy and Erez, and where Erez now lives. When she wasn’t teaching English in K’far Saba, Tsipi helped Motkeh raise flowers and oranges, build a business at Café Oslo, traveled, and “adopted” many students and friends.

    After 39 years teaching middle and high school English in Israel, Tsipi reinvented herself as a university professor in America.  She taught Hebrew and Israeli Culture at Emory, Georgia State and College of Charleston, and continued her own education: She earned her PhD in American Literature & Criminology from GSU at age 69; she had almost completed a PhD in Criminology at Bar Ilan University decades earlier. Tsipi was a master teacher with an exceptional ability to engage and motivate students; many of whom enthuse about her remarkable impact both in and out of the classroom. 

    Tsipi’s energetic approach to life and fitness continued into her retirement: she exercised daily, ate well and traveled as much as possible. She spoiled her grandchildren, kept up with friends both in Atlanta and Israel, and baked her famous babka  – until she couldn’t. PSP slowly robbed Tsipi of her independence, spunk and smile.

    Tsipi will be remembered as the family matriarch, who doted on her children and grandchildren, instilling in them confidence and a sense of belonging; and a cheerful presence in the academic community. Tsipi was predeceased by Motkeh; her parents, Pesiah and Meir Goldfinger;  brother, Yehoshua Goldfinger; brother and sister-in-law, Shlomo and Osnat Goldfinger. She is survived by her sons Roy Wagner (Jody Steinberg) and Erez Wagner, granddaughters Danielle and Roni Wagner (Atlanta) and grandsons, Tal and Guy Wagner (Israel), sister-in-law Reva Goldfinger, numerous nieces and nephews, granddog, Matzoh Ball and generations of students.  Tsipi’s family will be forever grateful to Tsipi’s devoted caregiver and adopted family member, Hortensia Morales.  

    Tsipi will be laid to rest Thursday, January 13, 2022 next to Motkeh on Moshav Sde Warburg, followed by Shiva at Erez’ home. An Atlanta shiva will be held at a future date. Donations in Tsipi’s memory may be made to or Congregation Bet Haverim.


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  • The Dressler Family

    May the memories of our loved ones remain for a blessing.

  • Haim Farkash

    I met FELLI (So she is know to the Pentcho people) on her last visit to Israel- Years ago. SHLAMEK (her late brother Shlomo) brought her to our Yearly reunion of reserve unit fighters of the Independence War 1948. I was together with her 2 brothers SHLAMEK and SHIE at the same military unit and before that as members of the EZEL underground movement. Until today I remember this exciting meeting with FELLI, who all of us remember as this beautifull child on the Pentcho and in the Gan at Rodos and Ferramonti- those 2 Camps we went over The descendants of FELI- Children, grandchildren and later generations, should visit Pentcho Square in Natanya, Israel and observing her name: GOLDFINGER FELICIA engraved together with all Pentcho People and telling them the heroic way that FELLI went over- 4 Years of wandering- 6 month on a vessel-boat on the water and later three and a half years in concentrations camp until she reached the Promised Land Together with her parents and 2 brothers. This could be a nice commit to memory – Isn’t it so All the best and HEALTH to all of you Haim Shabat Shalom

    January 21, 2022 , 05:06 PM

  • Rita Franco-Gilbert

    Dear Jody & Roy & entire Wagner family, Oh how I loved Tsipi & her Babka (even though I’m Sephardic). She was a true gem. From the moment I met her I felt like we had been friends for years. She was so full of life cooking, babysitting, teaching, schmoozing at our Chaverah gatherings & so much more. I was astonished at how much energy she had & will always remember her as being young at heart! You were all so fortunate to have had her in your life. I will surely miss her. May her memory be a blessing.

    January 16, 2022 , 05:35 PM

  • Benny Hary

    Loved Zipi. She was fun, loving and full of energy and I enjoyed good 10 years of friendship with her in Arlanta. May her memory be blessed! Benny

    January 14, 2022 , 12:17 PM

  • Harold Rosenbaum

    I’m so sorry to hear about your mom. May her memory be a a blessing for you.

    January 12, 2022 , 04:22 PM

  • Dov Wilker & Julie Jacobson

    Tzippy was an incredible lady. i remember meeting her when towards the beginning of my first year in Atlanta. Her energetic approach to life was infectious. May your memories together be for a blessing.

    January 12, 2022 , 01:40 AM

  • Renée Franco

    Roy, What an exceptional mother you had. How wonderful that she “spoiled” your and Jody’s children. I remember Danielle and Roni well. What an extraordinary life she led. My heritage is from Rhodes, grandparents and parents. most of the Sephardic Jews in Rhodes were sent to the camps but I’m happy that your mother survived and had a flourishing life and spirit. May her memory be for a blessing.

    January 12, 2022 , 12:59 AM

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