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  • Four killed in shooting at French Jewish school

    March 19, 2012 | 7:58 am

    Four people—a teacher and three students—were shot dead outside a Jewish school in Toulouse, France, officials said.

    A man riding a motorbike reportedly opened fire Monday morning outside the Ozar Hatorah School, where students were waiting to enter the building at the start of the...

  • Alcohol poisoning suspected in man’s death after Florida Purim celebration

    March 16, 2012 | 11:36 am

    A man was found dead, apparently of alcohol poisoning, in the parking lot of a Florida Chabad center following a Purim celebration.

    Jesse Allen, 28, was found dead on the morning of Mar. 9 in the parking lot of the Chabad Lubavitch of Greater Daytona by the synagogue’s rabbi, the...

  • Obituaries: Feb. 24-Mar. 1, 2012

    February 23, 2012 | 9:25 am

    Sylvia Ashmann died Dec. 26 at 98.  Survived by daughter Rita (Morris) Eagle; son Warren (Amy); 5 grandchildren; 3 great-grandchildren.  Hillside

    Shirley Molly Berg died Dec. 19 at 77.  Survived by husband Wilbert; daughter Marci (Ken) Chmielewski; son Neal (Rosalyn); 2...

  • Obituaries Feb. 10-16, 2012

    February 10, 2012 | 12:40 pm

    Helen Baim died Dec. 9 at 90.  Survived by daughters Valerie Mandel, Michele; son Dennis; 5 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren.  Hillside

    Hilda Bass died Dec. 10 at 88.  Survived by daughter Patti Balke; son Steven (Judy); 3 grandchildren; 5 great-grandchildren; sister Selma...

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  • Opinion: Remembering Kim Jong-Il's victims

    January 4, 2012 | 3:22 pm

    The pictures accompanying the news of the leadership change in North Korea are those of the dead dictator, Kim Jong-Il, and his son and heir apparent, Kim Jong-Un.

    But there are some other Koreans whose names and photos, though absent from the front pages, tell the real story.

    Ri...

  • Polish journalist Leopold Unger dies

    December 21, 2011 | 4:49 pm

    The Polish journalist and commentator Leopold Unger has died at the age of 89.

    Polish media said Unger, a Holocaust survivor who was born in Lvov in 1922, died Tuesday in Brussels, where he had lived for many years.

    Unger was forced to leave Poland along with thousands of other...

  • Robert M. “Bob” Brookman dies at 88

    December 21, 2011 | 12:58 pm

    Robert M. “Bob” Brookman, born July 3, 1923, in New York City, died Dec. 15 at 88. He passed away peacefully in his sleep at his Westchester, Calif., home of 63 years. A veteran of World War II, Brookman served in England in the U.S. Air Corps Bomber Squadron. He was married to Mary (nee Meyerson) from 1945 to 1994. He is survived by his three children, Daniel (Linda), Adrienne (Paul) Barrett and Gary (Joan); and seven grandchildren, Benjamin, Alena, Rebecca, Zachary, Jordan, Myles, and Max. He is also survived by his wife, Betty (Lewis).

  • North Korean leader Kim Jong-il dead

    December 18, 2011 | 11:48 pm

    North Korean leader Kim Jong-il died of a heart attack while on a train trip, state media reported on Monday, sparking immediate concern over who is in control of the reclusive state and its nuclear program.

    A tearful television announcer dressed in black said the 69-year old had...

  • Christopher Hitchens and the fall of a worthy adversary

    By Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

    December 16, 2011 | 10:28 am

    A journalist friend of mine emailed me at 1am Friday morning to tell me that Christopher Hitchens had died. The news brought with it a deep sadness and I instantly recited the Jewish prayer upon hearing of the passing of a friend, “Blessed is the true Judge.” That instinctive...

  • Israel’s Ultra-Orthodox dead get proper burial

    November 22, 2011 | 5:25 pm

    Ah, the good old days. Stealing corpses before they even got cold, right under the noses of the police and paramedics just about to take them for autopsy, bundling them in the van and driving them out to some secret place in a cemetery — still whole, uncut — for a proper Jewish...

  • Egyptian police battle protesters, 33 dead

    November 21, 2011 | 12:37 pm

    Cairo police fought protesters demanding an end to army rule for a third day on Monday and morgue officials said the death toll had risen to 33, with many victims shot in the worst violence since the uprising that toppled President Hosni Mubarak.

    Tens of thousands of people packed...

  • Obituaries: Nov. 4-10 2011

    November 1, 2011 | 7:57 pm

    Raymonde Abitbol died Oct. 2 at 80. Survived by brother George Abitbol. Hillside

    Renee Gittler died Oct. 12 at 56. Survived by companion Jeffrey Resnick; daughters Jennifer, Nicole; mother Camille Venus; brother David (Renee) Venus. Hillside

    Vivian S. Hoffman died Oct. 16 at 85....

  • Gil Cates, longtime Oscar producer, dead at 77

    By Danielle Berrin

    November 1, 2011 | 1:44 pm

    Gil Cates, an award-winning director and producer, who helmed 14 Oscar telecasts, died yesterday at age 77.

    According to The Journals Tom Tugend, Cates was “a multi-faceted theater, film and television producer and director, university dean and the patriarch of large at-home family...

  • Obituaries: Oct. 28-Nov. 3, 2011

    October 25, 2011 | 7:01 pm

    Esther Irene Alexander died Oct. 4 at 103. Survived by daughter Marsha (Allan) Muller; 1 grandchild; sister Sylvia Broday. Hillside

    Fay Amster died Oct. 11 at 91. Survived by daughters Linda (Jack) Goldman, Arlene Saretsky; 3 grandchildren. Mount Sinai

    Sheila Rose Amsterdam died...

  • Death of a Tyrant: Gadhafi’s opponents and those who chose passivity

    By Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

    October 24, 2011 | 11:04 am

    When I led public protests in the summer of 2009 against the arrival of Moammar Gadhafi to Englewood, New Jersey, that ultimately pushed him out of our town, friends called me concerned that I would be found in a shallow ditch somewhere, a victim of Gadhafi’s global terror...

  • UN rights office urges inquiry into Gadhafi death

    October 21, 2011 | 9:56 am

    The United Nations human rights office called on Friday for a full investigation into the death of Libyan leader Muammar Gadhafi and voiced concerns that he may have been executed.

    Images filmed on mobile phones before and after Gadhafi’s death showed him wounded and bloodied but...

  • Obama respond to Gadhafi death

    October 20, 2011 | 11:48 am

    [UPDATE] President Barack Obama said on Thursday the United States would be a partner to Libya following the death of Muammar Gadhafi and said the NATO mission in the North African country would “soon come to an end.”

    “This marks the end of a long and painful chapter for the people...

  • Al Davis, maverick owner of Oakland Raiders, dies

    October 9, 2011 | 1:12 pm

    Al Davis, the maverick owner of the Oakland Raiders, has died.

    Davis, who served as coach and general manager of the NFL team and later became its principal owner, died at his home in Oakland, Calif., on Saturday—Yom Kippur—according to the team’s website. He was 82.

    Davis was...

  • Obituaries: Oct.7-Oct. 13

    October 5, 2011 | 2:43 pm

    Norman Eugene Agron died Aug. 25 at 80. Survived by wife Tonia; daughters Lori, Terri (Andre); sons Brad, Jeff (Rabia); 4 grandchildren; 6 great-grandchildren. Eden

    Frances Bay died Sept. 15 at 92. Survived by cousin Esther Besbris. Mount Sinai

    Doris Bresslow died Sept. 18 at...

  • Former Israeli lawmaker Hanan Porat dies

    October 4, 2011 | 11:27 am

    Hanan Porat, a former Israeli lawmaker and a leader of the Modern Orthodox movement, has died.

    Porat died Tuesday at his home in Kfar Etzion following a long battle with cancer. He was 67.

    He was a founder of Gush Emunim, which is committed to building West Bank settlements, and of...

  • Palestinian shot dead in clash

    September 23, 2011 | 12:12 pm

    A Palestinian man was shot dead in a clash with soldiers and settlers.

    According to an Associated Press account of the incident on Friday, it began when several hundred settlers burned a grove near the Palestinian village of Qusra in the central West Bank.

    Troops arrived and,...

  • Obituaries: Sept. 23-29, 2011

    September 20, 2011 | 7:24 pm

    Frances R. Anson died Sept. 6 at 89. Survived by daughter Wendy; sons Jeffrey (Honglin Liu), David (Renae Jacobs); 3 grandchildren. Mount Sinai

    Sonia Brandt died Sept. 1 at 100. Survived by daughters Susan, Louise Caplan; 4 grandchildren; 8 great-grandchildren. Hillside

    Shirley...

  • Obituaries: Sept. 16-22, 2011

    September 13, 2011 | 7:15 pm

    Ethel Baron died Aug. 25 at 90. Survived by daughter Carol; sons Howard, Jack (Rhonda), Mitchell (Miyuki); 3 grandchildren; 3 great-grandchildren. Mount Sinai

    Ruzena R. Berler died Sept. 4 at 101. Survived by daughter Olga Martin; 2 grandchildren; 4 great-grandchildren; sister Pepa...

  • Gadhafi son Khamis, spy chief believed dead, rebels say

    August 29, 2011 | 6:12 pm

    Libyan rebels are almost certain that Muammar Gadhafi’s son Khamis and his intelligence chief Abdullah al-Senussi have been killed during fighting with their units, the top rebel military spokesman said on Monday.

    If true, their deaths would mark the highest-profile casualties on...

  • Obituaries: Aug. 26-Sept. 1, 2011

    August 23, 2011 | 5:40 pm

    Cynthia Jane Blank died Aug. 6 at 85. Survived by daughter Joan (Larry) Blank-Malukas; sons Allen Jay (Amy Franes Blank Samuel), Joel (Alla Gamarnik); 2 grandchildren. Mount Sinai

    Allen Charlin died July 23 at 74. Survived by wife Myrna; daughter Stacie Charlin-Fox; son Cary; 4...

  • Jerry Leiber, 78, co-wrote “Hound Dog” and other hits

    August 23, 2011 | 11:12 am

    Jerry Leiber, who spoke Yiddish as his first language, was hounded by anti-Semites on the streets of Baltimore as a child, and became one of the creators of rock ‘n’ roll as half of the most celebrated songwriting duo of all time, died at 78 in Los Angeles.

    Leiber died Monday at a...

  • Australian philanthropist David Mandie dies

    August 18, 2011 | 10:11 am

    David Mandie, an Australian philanthropist and businessman who owned the James Richardson duty-free stores in Israel’s Ben Gurion Airport, has died.

    Mandie, who was chairman of the James Richardson wholesale wines and spirits business that branched out to corporate cosmetics,...

  • Obituaries: Aug. 12-18, 2011

    August 17, 2011 | 10:19 am

    Myra Aptaker died July 26 at 96. Survived by son Richard (Beth); 2 grandchildren. Mount Sinai

    Elaine Baum died July 20 at 80. Survived by husband Irving; daughter Sherri (Stuart) Kissel; 4 grandchildren; 1 great-grandchild; brother Lawrence Simon. Hillside

    Henry Bornstein died July...

  • Family of singer Amy Winehouse: Give us space to grieve

    July 24, 2011 | 7:09 pm

    The family of troubled singing star Amy WInehouse, who was found dead in her London home, has asked for privacy to grieve.

    Winehouse, 27, a five-time Grammy winner who was admired by music critics and beloved by celebrities, was plagued by drug and alcohol addiction, but officials...

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