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  • Veteran Israeli film producer Menahem Golan dies at 85

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    August 9, 2014 | 8:00 am

    Menahem Golan, a pioneer of Israeli cinema who made a splash in Hollywood with B-movie action flicks in the 1980s, died on August 8.  He was 85.

    The producer and director was on an evening stroll with relatives when he collapsed not far from his home in Jaffa and died after...

  • Gary David Goldberg, creator of ‘Family Ties,’ dies at 68

    June 24, 2013 | 11:13 am

    [New York Times] Gary David Goldberg, a writer and producer who created warmhearted television shows, most notably “Family Ties,” a leading comedy of the 1980s that propelled Michael J. Fox to stardom, died Saturday at his home in Montecito, Calif. He was 68.

    The cause was brain...

  • Jerusalem’s Pamela Weisfeld dies after brief battle with cancer

    August 21, 2012 | 11:02 am

    Pamela Weisfeld, an Israeli immigrant from New Jersey who became the subject of a social media campaign after discovering last month that she had cancer, has died.

    A mother of two young children, Weisfeld, 40, was diagnosed with brain, liver, breast and bone cancer in mid-July after...

  • Film critic Judith Crist dies at 90

    August 7, 2012 | 3:56 pm

    Film critic Judith Crist, a one-time mainstay of the “Today” show and TV Guide, has died at 90.

    Crist died Tuesday in Manhattan following a long illness, according to reports.

    She was born Judith Klein to parents Solomon Klein and the former Helen Schoenberg, spending her early...

  • Jewish surgeon drowns while saving boys in Lake Michigan

    August 7, 2012 | 11:04 am

    A pediatric surgeon from Chicago drowned in Lake Michigan after saving two boys who fell out of their kayak.

    Dr. Donald Liu jumped into the lake Sunday morning to save the boys, who were family friends, despite objections from his family, who were concerned about the choppy water,...

  • Jewish philanthropist Sami Rohr dies

    August 7, 2012 | 10:43 am

    Sami Rohr, a major philanthropist whose giving created and sustained hundreds of Chabad-Lubavitch houses around the world, died at 86.

    Rohr, who died Aug. 5 in South Florida and was buried Aug. 7 in Jerusalem, reportedly gave some $250 million to Jewish causes, especially Jewish...

  • Israeli protester who set himself on fire dies

    July 20, 2012 | 11:04 am

    Moshe Silman, who set himself on fire during a Tel Aviv rally last weekend, died Friday afternoon after succumbing to second- and third-degree burns.

    Silman, 57, had poured gasoline on his body and set himself on fire during a July 14 demonstration marking the one-year anniversary...

  • Omar Suleiman dies in U.S. hospital

    July 19, 2012 | 10:16 am

    Former Egyptian head of intelligence and one-time presidential candidate Omar Suleiman died in a U.S. hospital.

    Suleiman, a close confident of ousted President Hosni Mubarak, who named him vice president just days before he was deposed, died at the Cleveland Clinic after undergoing...

  • Milton Gralla, philanthropist, publisher dies at 84

    July 17, 2012 | 3:59 pm

    Milton Gralla, a Jewish philanthropist and longtime publisher of business magazines, died in Boca Raton, Fla., on July 11. He was 84.

    As an active philanthropist for Jewish causes, Gralla and his wife, Shirley, helped support a number of initiatives at Brandeis University, including...

  • Yitzhak Shamir, former Israeli Prime Minister, dies

    June 30, 2012 | 2:07 pm

    Yitzhak Shamir, the hawkish Israeli leader who balked at the vision promoted by the United States of trading occupied land for peace with the Palestinians, died on Saturday after a long illness. He was 96.

    The second longest-serving prime minister after Israel’s founder David...

  • Israeli seeking bone marrow dies on day of national donor campaign

    June 1, 2012 | 10:35 am

    An Israeli hoping to find a bone marrow match died Thursday—the same day that Israel was holding bone marrow drives throughout the country targeting non-Ashkenazi donors.

    Yosef Krichli, of Georgian origin, had leukemia, The Jerusalem Post reported.

    The bone marrow testing campaign,...

  • Tamara Brooks, noted choral conductor and wife of Theodore Bikel, dies

    May 22, 2012 | 10:15 am

    Tamara Brooks, a noted choral conductor, and the wife and musical partner of singer-actor Theodore Bikel, has died.

    Brooks, a Juilliard-trained pianist and conductor, suffered a heart attack on May 19. She was 70.

    She had a distinguished career as a conductor and educator who...

  • 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...

  • Former Nazi Guard John Demjanjuk dies at 91

    March 17, 2012 | 10:17 am

    John Demjanjuk, the Cleveland auto worker convicted as a death camp guard, died in a German nursing home.

    Demjanjuk, 91, died Saturday at an old-age home in southern Germany, where he was free while he appealed his conviction last year in the murder of 28,060 people at the Sobibor...

  • Hershel Walfish, leading Orthodox cantor, 89

    By Tom Tugend

    January 25, 2012 | 2:10 pm

    Hershel Walfish, a leading Orthodox cantor and survivor of several Nazi concentration camps, died Jan. 24 at 89, following a lengthy illness.

    For more than 55 years, Walfish inspired, sang and taught at Congregation Beth Israel, the oldest Orthodox synagogue in Los Angeles. His...

  • Shirley Levine, education icon, dies at 80

    By Ryan Torok

    January 12, 2012 | 6:52 pm

    Shirley Levine, a leader in Jewish education who founded Abraham Joshua Heschel Day School in Northridge, the first non-denominational Jewish community day school in Los Angeles, died on Jan. 9. She was 80. 

    “She was an incredible visionary and the impact she had on Jewish day...

  • Pro-Israel philanthropist Newton Becker dies at age 83

    By Ryan Torok

    January 4, 2012 | 4:35 pm

    Philanthropist Newton Becker died on Jan. 2, and with his death, the pro-Israel and Jewish communities have lost one of their biggest supporters. Becker, who lived near Los Angeles, died at 83 after a long illness.

    A prolific donor who had a reputation for humility, Becker donated...

  • Evelyn Handler, former Brandeis president, killed by car

    December 27, 2011 | 3:44 pm

    Evelyn Handler, who served as the fifth president of Brandeis University from 1983 to 1991, was killed last Friday after being struck by a car.

    Handler was crossing a street in Bedford, N.H. to meet her husband, Eugene, when she was hit. She was taken to Catholic Medical Center in...

  • 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).

  • Miss Sixty founder dies

    December 16, 2011 | 11:57 am

    Wicky Hassan, a Libyan-born Italian Jew who founded the popular Miss Sixty fashion brand, has died in Rome.

    Hassan died Friday after a four-year battle with cancer. He was 56.

    Born in Tripoli, Hassan arrived in Rome with his family in the late 1960s when thousands of Libyan Jews...

  • Christopher Hitchens: A rabbi remembers a friend and fellow debater

    By Rabbi David Wolpe

    December 16, 2011 | 11:02 am

    In his brilliant history of early modern England, “The Ends of Life,” historian Keith Thomas quotes a translator named George Petrie who wrote in 1581, “The only way to win immortality is either to do things worth the writing, or write things worth the reading.”  Christopher...

  • 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...

  • Paula Hyman, Jewish feminist and scholar, dies

    December 15, 2011 | 10:44 am

    Noted Jewish feminist Paula Hyman, who served as the first female dean of the Seminary College of Jewish Studies at the Jewish Theological Seminary, has died.

    Hyman died Thursday at the age of 65.

    She was the Lucy Moses Professor of Modern Jewish History at Yale University, a...

  • Last gay survivor of Holocaust dies

    August 8, 2011 | 11:00 am

    The last surviving man to be sent to a Nazi concentration camp because of his homosexuality has died at the age of 98.

    Rudolpf Brazda was arrested by the Nazis in 1937 in the town of Meuselwitz, and after a month in custody was forced to confess to having “felt love for his friend”...

  • WWII resistance heroine Nancy Wake dies

    August 8, 2011 | 10:31 am

    Nancy Wake, a New Zealand-born World War II heroine codenamed “The White Mouse” because of her ability to elude the Nazis, has died.

    Wake died in London on Aug. 7. She was 98.

    The resistance fighter, who grew up in Sydney, was Australia’s most decorated World War II...

  • Feminist writer E.M. Broner dies at 83

    June 23, 2011 | 3:46 pm

    Jewish feminist writer E.M. Broner, perhaps best known as the co-author of “The Women’s Haggadah,” has died.

    Broner, a longtime professor of English at Wayne State University, Sarah Lawrence College and other schools, died June 21 in New York at 83. The cause of death was...

  • ‘Schindler’s List’ typist dies at 91

    June 10, 2011 | 2:23 pm

    The man responsible for typing Oskar Schindler the famous list that saved more than 1,000 Jews during the Holocaust died Tuesday in Augsburg, Germany, at age 91.

    Mietak Pemper was set to be buried Friday in the city’s Jewish cemetery, and local officials plan to order flags to be...

  • Jewish philanthropist Jack Mandel dies

    May 16, 2011 | 10:31 am

    Jack Mandel, a leader in Jewish philanthropy in the United States and Israel, has died.

    Mandel died May 12; he was 99.

    He and his brothers, Morton and Joseph, started Premier Automotive Supply in a small storefront in Cleveland and built the business into one of the largest...

  • Sidney Harman, Newsweek chairman and entrepreneur, dies at 92

    April 13, 2011 | 10:47 am

    Sidney Harman, a Jewish entrepreneur who bought Newsweek magazine last year, has died.

    Harman died Tuesday in Washington one month after being diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia, his family said in a statement. He was 92.

    Harman, who was married to former U.S. Rep. Jane Harman...

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