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  • Speaking to the Dead

    By Susan Esther Barnes

    November 13, 2013 | 12:00 am

    Jewish tradition isn’t clear about what happens to a person after he/she dies, but it is clear we are supposed to look out for the feelings of the dead person. Part of the ritual of taharah, for instance, in which the body is ritually washed, dressed, and placed in a coffin, is an...

  • Lou Reed dies at 71

    October 27, 2013 | 3:02 pm

    Musician Lou Reed, the frontman for the band Velvet Underground as well as a solo artist, has died.

    Reed, who was born to a Jewish family, died Sunday at 71. A cause of death was not made public.

    He had a liver transplant last year after years of alcohol and drug abuse.

    Reed,...

  • Obituaries

    August 21, 2013 | 4:47 pm

    David Davis died June 27 at 87. Survived by wife Arlene; daughter Andrea (Philipp) Bowman; son Greg; 2 grandchildren; 4 great-grandchildren. Hillside

    Ebi Gabor died June 29 at 86. Survived by daughter Erika Baum; son Ron (Elsie) Monitz; 7 grandchildren; 3 great-grandchildren; 1...

  • Obituaries

    July 17, 2013 | 11:49 am

    Bertha Abrams died May 30 at 99. Survived by daughters Terry (Harvey) Goldbaum, Arleen (Stanley) Kaller; 6 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren. Malinow and Silverman

    Gloria Arbiter died May 31 at 83. Survived by husband Stanley; son Ross; 7 grandchildren. Mount Sinai

    Elsie...

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  • Gunman kills five in Santa Monica, shot dead by police

    June 7, 2013 | 1:06 pm

    A gunman dressed in black killed five people in a string of shootings through the seaside California town of Santa Monica on Friday before he was shot dead by police in a community college library, law enforcement officials said.

    Five other people were wounded, one of them...

  • Obituaries

    April 24, 2013 | 5:03 pm

    Regina Adatto died Jan. 20 at 85. Survived by daughter Carol (Chuck) Rozner; 3 grandchildren. Groman Eden

    Bernice Beck died March 7 at 92. Survived by daughters Barbara (Peter) Goodkin, Susan Weiland; son Robert (Marti); 6 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren. Hillside

    Sally...

  • Obituaries

    April 17, 2013 | 12:05 pm

    Judith Aarons died March 12 at 65. Survived by husband Michael; sons Brett (Lenka), Kelly; 4 grandchildren; father Allan Adler; sisters Edie Bogoff, Melony (Gary) Linza, Terry (Bill) Rogoway; brother Craig Adler. Mount Sinai

    Leonard Adelman died March 6 at 90. Survived by wife...

  • G-d is pissed! A Shameful Way to Treat Our Dead!

    By LiAmi Lawrence

    April 10, 2013 | 6:25 pm

    Jewish tradition gives us specific instructions to have respect for the dead to watch over and clean their bodies, to sit shiva, say Kaddish and to remember the departed. In Los Angeles however, our rabbis and community leaders obviously missed that lesson in the Talmud because...

  • Obituaries

    April 10, 2013 | 5:39 am

    Estelle Aaron died March 5 at 91. Survived by husband Charles; daughters Suzanne Ehrmann, Michelle (Gary) Merritt; 2 grandchildren; 3 great-grandchildren; sister Dorothy Trodlier. Mount Sinai

    Dorothea Berger died Feb. 27 at 87. Survived by daughters Connie (Donald) Lubitz,...

  • Obituaries

    April 3, 2013 | 7:41 am

    Selma Bluestein-Paikin died Feb. 20 at 86. Survived by husband Leon Paikin; daughters Sheryl Bluestein, Diane (Jim) Bluestein Reed; son Kenneth (Laurie) Bluestein; stepdaughters Lisa (Mark) Watson, Gail (Leonard) Bartnick; stepsons Michael Paikin, Mark (Cindy) Paikin; 11...

  • Police: Toronto couple murdered in Florida were asphyxiated

    March 6, 2013 | 2:15 pm

    A Toronto Jewish couple found dead in their Florida townhouse in January were asphyxiated, police said.

    Police Chief Dwayne Flournoy of Hallandale Beach, Fla., said Wednesday that there were at least two perpetrators, and police have "no reason to believe the people responsible...

  • Obituaries: Nov. 29-30, 2012

    March 6, 2013 | 12:31 am

    Vivianne Gaon died Nov. 29 at 56. Survived by mother Juliette; brother Roger. Hillside

    Norman Huberman died Nov. 30 at 65. Survived by wife Dalia Huberman; daughter Felicia (Guy) Mizrahe; son Jason (Stacey); 3 grandchildren; sisters Evette Knight, Mimi Assanti; brother Bernard....

  • Obituaries: Oct. 21-Dec.12, 2012

    February 27, 2013 | 6:49 am

    Salamon Alaton died Nov. 25 at 98. Survived by daughter Sara (Isaac) Avigdor; sons Kalev (Maria), Saul (Sara); 6 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren. Chevra Kadisha

    Evelyn Alpert died Dec. 5 at 96. Survived by daughter Michelle Urcis. Malinow and Silverman

    Yuri Feldman died...

  • Comedy writer Sol Weinstein dies at 84

    December 12, 2012 | 9:59 am

    When I first moved to California from Philadelphia in 1978, Leon Brown, editor of the Jewish Exponent, told me to look up his friend Sol Weinstein. 

    I already knew of Weinstein, as I had one of the books in his “Israel Bond Oy-Oy-7” series, “Loxfinger.” I did connect with him,...

  • Obituaries: Sept. 2 - Oct. 17, 2012

    November 28, 2012 | 10:51 am

    Jacqueline Alvy died Oct. 12 at 86. Survived by husband Reuben; son Ralph David (Ashley Wrobel); stepdaughter Sarah Wrobel; stepson Jonathan Wrobel. Mount Sinai

    Michael Asher died Oct. 15 at 69. Survived by cousins Rayna Kraman, Manfred Linder. Hillside

    Leon Barankiewicz died...

  • Obituaries: Aug. 17-23, 2012

    August 14, 2012 | 5:36 pm

    Leon Aberle died July 3 at 81. Survived by wife Petrina; daughter Carla (Steven) Lenhoff; son Matthew; 3 grandchildren; brother Charles (Saron). Hillside

    Jeffrey Allyn died July 8 at 75. Survived by wife Harriett; sons Russell (Romel Valerio), Hal (Chantal); 3 grandchildren; sister...

  • Acclaimed writer Nora Ephron dead at 71

    June 26, 2012 | 6:33 pm

    Writer and film director Nora Ephron, known for work on movies such as “When Harry Met Sally,” has died in New York at age 71, according to media reports Tuesday night, hours after it was first revealed that she was gravely ill and near death.

    A spokeswoman for her agency, Los...

  • Egypt’s Hosni Mubarak ‘clinically dead,’ state news service says

    June 19, 2012 | 3:42 pm

    UPDATE [2:54 pm]: Egypt’s ousted President Hosni Mubarak, jailed for life this month and who has been hospitalized for more than a year, is unconscious and on a respirator but is not clinically dead, two security sources told Reuters on Tuesday.

    “He is completely unconscious. He...

  • Obituaries: June 15-21, 2012

    June 13, 2012 | 12:43 pm

    Barbara Billing died April 18 at 75. Survived by sister Joan Feifer. Hillside

    Wilma Marine Braun died April 25 at 77. Survived by daughters Alison (Benjamin Malay); Stacey (Geoff); brother Irwin Marine. Mount Sinai

    Robert Daryl Canfield died April 19 at 66. Survived by wife Susan....

  • Arthur Stern, scientist, humanitarian, peace activist, dies at 87

    May 30, 2012 | 10:53 am

    The Los Angeles Jewish community lost one of its most distinctive and distinguished members on May 24. Arthur Stern, award-winning engineer, visionary leader, and beloved family member and friend, died at 87. In his professional life, Arthur was responsible for a stunning range of...

  • Obituaries: May 25-31, 2012

    May 23, 2012 | 10:08 am

    Sheldon Allen died April 1 at 85. Survived by wife Marilyn; daughter Deborah (Jay Layman) Worth; son Scott (Corkey Ahrendt); 4 grandchildren; 1 great-grandchild. Mount Sinai

    Ira Bacher died April 2 at 81. Survived by wife Ellen; daughter Nicole. Mount Sinai

    Jerome Bauer died March...

  • Obituaries: May 18-24, 2012

    May 15, 2012 | 6:18 pm

    Annette Adest died March 18 at 93. Survived by daughters Adele Yellin, Wendy; 2 grandchildren; 1 great-grandchild. Mount Sinai

    Frederick Aladjem died March 19 at 91. Survived by daughter Eva (Bill) Fraser-Harris; sons David (Margaret Grayden), Dan (Laurie); 2 grandchildren; sister...

  • Obituaries: May 11-17, 2012

    May 8, 2012 | 6:54 pm

    Rosella Applebaum died March 11 at 88. Survived by daughters Pamela McCormick, Debra Shapiro; 2 grandchildren. Mount Sinai

    Ellen Bagelman died March 11 at 63. Survived by father Sam Bubrick; brother Paul Bubrick. Hillside

    Samuel Benton died March 13 at 85. Survived by wife...

  • Benzion Netanyahu’s role in U.S. politics

    April 30, 2012 | 3:06 pm

    Benzion Netanyahu — historian, one-time political activist and father of Israel’s prime minister — died on April 30 in Jerusalem at 102. An accomplished scholar and the patriarch of one of Israel’s most important political families, he also played a surprising and...

  • Noted historian Benzion Netanyahu, father of Israel’s prime minister, dies at 102

    April 30, 2012 | 10:14 am

    Benzion Netanyahu, a noted Jewish historian and Zionist thinker, and the father of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, has died.

    Netanyahu died early Monday morning at his home in Jerusalem. He was 102.

    Benjamin Netanyahu visited his father for the last time on Sunday...

  • Obituaries: April 27-May 3, 2012

    April 25, 2012 | 10:46 am

    Sharon Asher died Feb. 3 at 57. Survived by son Aviv Kleinman; mother Bernice Lipsitz; brother Robert Linden; sisters Linda Haim, Joyce Black; nieces and nephews. Sholom Chapels

    Ruth Baskin died Feb. 12 at 96. Survived by son James. Mount Sinai

    Marti Bekey died Feb. 25 at 100....

  • Obituaries: April 13-19, 2012

    By JewishJournal

    April 11, 2012 | 10:42 am

    Clarice Bailey died Feb. 4 at 85. Survived by daughter Ferrel (Jeff) Rimer; son Steve (Suyen); sister Helene (Jerry) Slaten; brothers Larry (Florine), Sheldon Slaten; 4 grandchildren; 4 great-grandchildren. Hillside

    Robert Bass died Jan. 31 at 87. Survived by wife Suzonne; daughter...

  • Obituaries: March 23-29, 2012

    March 21, 2012 | 1:19 pm

    Irving Belfer died Jan. 20 at 97. Survived by daughter Terry (Jeffrey) Ellis; 2 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren.  Groman Eden

    Frank Benton died Jan. 20 at 66. Survived by wife Ann. Sholom Chapels

    Susan Carl died Jan. 13 at 66. Survived by husband Harvey; son Ryan; stepchildren...

  • John Demjanjuk, convicted of war crimes in Germany, dies stateless and in limbo

    March 19, 2012 | 11:32 am

    Though the death last weekend of John Demjanjuk brought a close to the seemingly never-ending quest for justice in the case of a man long accused of being a Nazi war criminal, it also brought a premature end to the legal battle over his legacy.

    Though Demjanjuk, 91, was convicted by...

  • Security group asks U.S. Jewish groups to be on alert

    March 19, 2012 | 10:38 am

    The security arm of the U.S. Jewish federations asked Jewish officials to remain vigilant in the wake of a deadly attack on a French Jewish school, citing the possibility of copycat attacks.

    “While this event initially appears to be localized, we are always concerned about the...

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