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  • Obituaries: Week of January 23, 2015

    January 21, 2015 | 10:47 am

    Yvette Ackert died Dec. 28 at 90. Survived by son Marty (Julie) Nagel; daughter Barbara (George) Gallian; 2 grandchildren; sister Gertrude Lapittus. Mount Sinai

    Reuben Alvy died Dec. 23 at 92.  Survived by son Ralph (Ashley); 2 grandchildren; 1 great-grandchild. Mount Sinai

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  • Sacvan Bercovitch, American Studies scholar, Yiddish translator, 81

    By Anita K. Kantrowitz

    January 14, 2015 | 10:17 am

    Sacvan Bercovitch, an influential scholar in the field of American studies and a translator of Sholem Aleichem and other Yiddish writers, died Dec. 9 at 81. 

    Bercovitch’s early works — “The Puritan Origins of the American Self” (1975) and “The American Jeremiad” (1978) — quickly...

  • Obituaries: Week of January 16, 2015

    January 14, 2015 | 10:09 am

    Rhoda Baral died Dec. 22 at 84. Survived by son Jim (Eileen); sister Elenor Miggins; 2 grandchildren. Hillside

    Roger Fisch died Dec. 21 at 77. Survived by daughter Nicole. Hillside

    Gloria Freedman died Dec. 22 at 84. Survived by daughters Hannah Ganezer, Sandra (Michael)...

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  • Los Angeles activist, Richard Giesberg; 91

    January 9, 2015 | 10:12 am

    October 26, 1924 - January 7, 2015 Richard "Dick" Giesberg passed away peacefully at home on January 7, 2015, surrounded by his family after a lifetime of civil rights and social action work which touched the lives of thousands.

    Born in Brookline, Massachusetts to Henriette and...

  • Claire Venze Gebler, former Beth Jacob congregant, 55

    by Donna Bojarsky

    January 7, 2015 | 10:58 am

    Claire (Cookie) Venze died on Dec. 20 in Massachusetts.

    Born in Baltimore on May 9, 1959, she moved to Beverly Hills at an early age and attended Hawthorne Elementary School, Beverly Hills High School and UCLA. She received her law degree from Cardozo Law School and worked as a...

  • Esther Lowy, Dean of Touro College L.A., 66

    By Ryan Torok

    January 7, 2015 | 10:47 am

    Esther Lowy, founding dean of Touro College Los Angeles, died Dec. 19 at the age of 66, of cancer, according to her husband, Rudolph. 

    Touro College is based in New York and caters to Orthodox individuals who might otherwise be uncomfortable with the secular aspects of college...

  • Obituaries: Week of January 9th

    January 7, 2015 | 10:27 am

    Marsha Allen died Dec. 19 at 71. Survived by husband Robert “Bob”; sons David (Victoria), Joshua (Amy); daughter Staci Hammarquist; 8 grandchildren; sister Serna Hahn. Mount Sinai

    Murray Amster died Dec. 12 at 95. Survived by daughters Linda (Jack) Goldman, Arlene Saretsky; 3...

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