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  • A Dying Patient’s Wish for his Granddaughter’s Wedding

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    May 25, 2016 | 4:28 pm

    My 89-year-old patient is ‪‎dying‬ in the hospital of kidney failure, heart failure, lung failure, but not of brain failure.

    He asked for an emergency family meeting and with a room full of people around him.

    He said: "Let go of me, physically, but keep me in your hearts.

  • Asking Your Doctor to Help You Die.

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    November 12, 2014 | 2:44 pm

    Human life is a gift.  Death, too, can be a gift.  Is it ever appropriate for us to choose the timing of our death?

    Brittany Maynard, 29, was diagnosed with a stage 4 glioblastoma, an aggressive and uniformly fatal brain tumor.  With the blessing of her family and millions of...

  • A Father’s Last Wish

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    April 4, 2014 | 7:24 am

    Mathew was an experienced surgeon. But despite his rank and all supporting diplomas, he could not hold back his tears. Few life events bring to clarity our priorities like the death of a loved one.

    Before his father died, Matt stepped out of his busy schedule to ask the old man...

  • The Meaning of Memory: A Yizkor Reflection

    September 19, 2012 | 1:57 pm

    I grew up in a home filled with food and love and laughter and music and Yiddishkayt and stories. I was the youngest of four kids and we were part of a tribe in Boro Park, Brooklyn, with my uncle Nat’s family living on the floor above us, my uncle Ruby’s family living next door to...

  • 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....

  • 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...

  • Obituaries: Sept. 2-8, 2011

    August 31, 2011 | 9:51 am

    Esther Edith Cohen died Aug. 6 at 89. Survived by daughters Shari (Gary) Effron, Ziva (Larue) Palmer; sons David (Michael) Serkin-Poole, Arnold (Cate); 10 grandchildren; 7 great-grandchildren; brother Leon (Joan) Prasow. Mount Sinai

    Beverly Cooper died Aug. 3 at 74. Survived by...

  • Obituaries: May 20-26, 2011

    May 17, 2011 | 5:15 pm

    Irving Bernstein died May 8 at 84. Survived by wife Faye; daughter Linda (Irving) Rubenstein; son Bruce; stepdaughters Michelle (Jay) Eisenberg, Barbara Boxer; 7 grandchildren; 6 great-grandchildren. Mount Sinai

    Frank Carmi died April 15 at 91. Survived by wife Linda; daughter...

  • Obituaries

    January 7, 2009 | 7:57 pm

    Annette Beck died Dec. 14 at 78. She is survived by her daughters, Caryn (Erroll) Beck-Southers and Robin (Alex Shmelev); son, Jeff (Donna Sanders); five grandchildren; and companion, Richard Starks. Mount Sinai

    Jean Berman died Dec. 9 at 81. She is survived by her husband, Norman;...

  • The dark side of Chanukah

    December 23, 2008 | 5:36 pm

    Almost anyone who celebrates Chanukah today knows at least the rudimentary outline of its story. A righteous Judean clan in the 2nd century B.C.E. led an uprising against Greek-influenced Seleucid rulers who had desecrated the Temple and outlawed the traditional practices of Judaism....
  • Obituaries

    December 18, 2008 | 2:18 am

    Dr. David Lieber Dies

    At press time The Jewish Journal received word that Dr. David Lieber, born 1925, died Dec. 16. A rabbi and scholar, Dr. Lieber was president emeritus of the University of Judaism (now known as the American Jewish University), senior editor of the Etz Hayim...

  • Obituaries

    December 3, 2008 | 10:37 pm

    Jules Porter, Community Lay Leader and Preeminent Social Photographer, Dies at 72

    Jules Porter, community lay leader and preeminent social photographer, died of pancreatic cancer Nov. 22 at the age of 72. Working from his well-known Jules Porter Photographer's studio on Pico...

  • Obituaries

    November 26, 2008 | 5:47 pm

    Irving Brecher, Radio, Stage, Screen Comedy Writer, 94

    Irving Brecher, a comedy writer whose career in radio, television and film included writing two Marx Brothers comedies and co-writing the Judy Garland musical, "Meet Me in St. Louis," has died. He was 94.

    Brecher died of...

  • Obituaries

    November 20, 2008 | 2:39 am

    Daniel Abrams died Nov. 3 at 25. He is survived by his parents, David and Marion; and brother, Aaron. Malinow and Silverman

    Morris Ackerman died Nov. 16 at 80. He is survived by his wife, Miriam; daughters, Fran (Marc) Rifkin and Rachelle (Andrew) Doherty; three grandchildren; and...

  • Obituaries

    November 13, 2008 | 12:35 am

    Gabriel Almond died Oct. 12 at 97. He is survived by his wife, Hilda; sons, Laurence and Paul; and brother, Nathan. Chevra Kadisha

    Gerald Bemel died Oct. 23 at 76. He is survived by his son, Kevin (Melanie); daughters, Melissa and Marla; and two grandchildren. Sholom Chapels


  • Obituaries

    October 30, 2008 | 12:46 am

    Arthur Baer died Oct. 20 at 41. He is survived by his son, Ashton; parents, Sheldon and Miriam; sister, Leni (Ralph) Ceglia; nephews, Brandon and Jordan Ceglia; niece, Frances Ceglia; and partner, Pamela Edwards. Mount Sinai

    Helene Bayer died Oct. 17 at 77. She is survived her sons,...

  • Obituaries

    October 23, 2008 | 2:10 am

    Samuel Baseman died June 6 at 88. He is survived by wife, Dora; daughter, Sarah Perlis (Morris); four grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; brother, Ben (Naomi); niece; and three nephews.

    Meyer Blank died Oct. 12 at 89. He is survived by his children, Sandra Goldstein and...

  • Obituaries

    October 16, 2008 | 12:41 am

    Dorothy Green, Heal the Bay founder, dies at 79

    My personal wake up call to the plight of our oceans -- and my introduction to Dorothy Green -- came 22 years ago.

    At the time, my wife and I and our baby daughter lived in Santa Monica, just two blocks from the ocean. One day, while...

  • Obituaries

    October 10, 2008 | 1:04 am

    Helen Daniels, Barrier Breaker, Dies at 85

    Dedicated volunteer and former social worker Helen Daniels died Sept. 28 at age 85 of metastatic cancer.

    She was born in Brookline, Mass., and was the only child of Joseph Ettinger and Eva Frutman. After her mother's death when she was 6...

  • Paul Newman—Hollywood’s most famous half-Jew—dies at 83 [VIDEO]

    By Tom Tugend

    September 28, 2008 | 3:54 pm

    Paul Newman, superstar, director, race car driver, liberal activist, philanthropist and Hollywood's most famous half-Jew, died Friday at 83.

    He passed away at his farmhouse near Westport, Conn., following a long battle with lung cancer.

    Over a half-century career, Newman acted in 59...
  • Obituaries

    September 25, 2008 | 1:08 am

    Siegfried Halbreich, Holocaust Survivor Who Dedicated Life to Shoah Education, Dies at 98

    Siegfried Halbreich, whose lifelong dedication and commitment to Holocaust education followed five and one-half years as a prisoner in World War II Nazi concentration camps, died of heart...

  • Obituaries

    September 17, 2008 | 9:20 pm

    Our thoughts go to the families of the men and women who were killed in the Metrolink Train 111 crash in Chatsworth on Friday, Sept. 12.

    We also send our prayers to the families of the men, women and children who were killed when a passenger jet, en route from Moscow to Perm in...

  • q 4 u re metrolink

    By Steve Greenberg

    September 17, 2008 | 8:55 pm


  • Obituaries

    September 11, 2008 | 1:20 am

    Betty Balkin died Aug. 28 at 80. She is survived by her daughters, Bonnie Anketell and Renee Wouters; three grandchildren; and brother, Sheldon (Elaine) Sternberg. Mount Sinai

    Daniel Bernstein died Aug. 31 at 94. He is survived by his daughters, Michel and Thea. Malinow and Silverman...

  • Obituaries

    September 3, 2008 | 10:53 pm

    Rhonda Lee Abrams, Community Advocate, Dies at 56

    Rhonda Abrams never made a friend she didn't keep. She was a devoted wife, mother, community advocate and confidante who served as a bridge to bring people together from various facets of her life. More than 400 of these friends and...

  • Obituaries

    August 28, 2008 | 12:40 am

    Rabbi Levi Meier, a Shloshim Remembrance

    Writer-producer David Brandes offers this eulogy for his friend and mentor, Rabbi Levi Meier.

    Rabbi Weil, Marci and family, friends:

    It's hard to believe it's been 30 days. Like any significant event, it feels like yesterday and an eternity...

  • Obituaries

    August 21, 2008 | 1:07 am

    Elias Eshaghian, Renowned Iranian Educator, Dies at 78

    Elias Eshaghian, a pivotal educator and director of many Jewish schools throughout Iran during 20th century, died at 78 on Aug. 8, following a 20-year fight with lung cancer. More than 500 local Iranian Jews recently packed...

  • Obituaries

    August 14, 2008 | 1:58 am

    Harold Ackerman died July 30 at 96. He is survived by his son, Jerrold; and daughter, Tobi Chinsky. Hillside

    David Alper died Aug. 2 at 84. He is survived by his wife, Estelle; daughters, Elizabeth Keran and Joan; and sons, L. Andrew and Robert. Hillside

    Jeanette Brauner died July...

  • Obituaries

    July 23, 2008 | 11:48 pm

    Sue Lynn Alexander died July 1 at 74. She is survived by her husband, Joel; sons, Glenn and Marc; daughter, Stacy; and two grandchildren. Groman

    Samson Asch died July 4 at 100. He is survived by his daughters, Hella (Charles) Hershson and Basia (Larry) Frank; son, Morris (Linda); and...

  • Obituaries

    July 17, 2008 | 1:33 am

    Rabbi Levi Meier, Whose Pulpit Was Hospital Rooms, Dies at 62

    It's often hard to distinguish between one memorial and the next, especially when you're dealing with prominent members of the community. Family members, friends, colleagues and rabbis will get up and pour out their praise...

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