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
Rebbetzin Miriam Adler-Huttler, a distinguished rabbinic figure in Los Angeles, died on Jan. 3. She was 78. A seventh-generation Jerusalemite and a descendant of the Zhvill and Lelov Chasidic dynasties, she was born Oct. 30, 1934, the only child of Grand Rabbi Elazar Adler and Rebbetzin Bilhah-BatSheva. Raised in Meah Shearim until the age of 9, Miriam and her mother left Palestine in July 1944 to join Rabbi Adler, who had established a congregation in the West Adams area after relocating to Los Angeles in 1938.
David Bennett died Nov. 20 at 94. Survived by daughter Michele Bennett; 2 nephews. Hillside
Three weeks ago, my ima, Peppi Feller, passed away at the age of 96. She was a remarkable woman — determined, honest to a fault, principled, sharp-witted, devoted, a fighter, a survivor.
Lorraine Berg died Nov. 15 at 87. Survived by daughter Ivy Kagan Bierman; sons Shelton (Julia), Mitchell (Susan); 12 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren; brother Leonard. Mount Sinai
Dr. Leon Morgenstern, Cedars-Sinai’s inaugural director of surgery and founder of its Center for Healthcare Ethics, died on Dec. 23. He was 93.
Barbara Lee Adler died Nov. 3 at 80. Survived by husband Donald; sons John (Alisa), Mitchell (Vicki), Jeffrey (Beverly); 5 grandchildren. Hillside
Actor Jack Klugman, who made up the sloppy half of the popular "Odd Couple," has died. Klugman, who also starred in the original film version of "12 Angry Men," died Monday at his home in Northridge, Calif.
Linda Axelrod died Oct. 23 at 72. Survived by daughter Lori (Deo); sons Glenn, Guy; 3 grandchildren. Mount Sinai
Zafira Abravanel died Oct. 1 at 73. Survived by husband Sylvin; sons Isidore, Mario; brothers Dario (Sara), Isaac Cabon; sister Anita (Beto) Nachmias; 2 grandchildren. Hillside
Lawrence J. Ramer died at his home on Nov. 2 after a long battle with cancer. He was 84.
Shirley Leah Adler died June 20 at 92. Survived by daughters Elissa (Bruce) Fishman, Marsha Warnick, Janet (Lee) Karson, Rochelle (Jeff) Fishman; son Stephen (Yvette); 11 grandchildren; 3 great-grandchildren. Eden
Phillip Binen died Aug. 7 at 83. Survived by sons Jack, Perry; stepson Lawrence Bizzell. Hillside
Anita Roslyn Anshen died July 30 at 94. Survived by daughter Barbara; son Edward (Susanne); 1 grandchild; sister Gloria Leronan. Mount Sinai
As bombs dropped over Germany, aerial photographer Arthur Oxenberg would lean out of a B-17 Flying Fortress with his camera to snap a photograph. His photos were a way the U.S. Army Air Forces could tell whether bombs hit their targets.
I called my 94-year-old father in Ohio on July 9. I told him how much I loved him, that he was the most wonderful father ever, that I would miss him, and that it was OK for him to let go.
Rabbi Morris (Moshe) Rubinstein, who served as rabbi of Valley Beth Israel in Sun Valley from 1972-2000, died July 24 at 78.
Ivor Alan-Lee died April 5 at 85. Survived by wife Ray; sons Howard (Allison), Craig (Sandra), Brett (Lauri); 8 grandchildren. Mount Sinai
Dr. David Rimoin, a pioneering physician and researcher in the field of medical genetics, died May 27, 2012 at the age of 75.
Ruth (Rivka) Levy, nee Wallach, died last year on April 22, 2011, at age 88. A truly great soul, she is lovingly remembered on her first yahrzeit.
Disney songwriter Robert Sherman, part of a team with brother Richard responsible for numerous film scores and children's songs, died in London on Monday aged 86.
The legacy of John O. (Johnny) Varble, who died on Oct. 19 at 83 on the Brandeis-Bardin Campus of American Jewish University, will live on forever. Johnny was a dedicated and beloved member of the Brandeis-Bardin community for more than 40 years, leading the ranch staff, and welcoming and supporting all who visited the campus. Johnny also was an award-winning horse trainer and breeder. I had the privilege of working with him for three years and of being his friend for many more. Johnny lived by a set of values that permeated all he did in life, and his devotion to Brandeis-Bardin was unparalleled. For thousands of people, he represented the heart and soul of Brandeis, and for several individuals, he was a mentor who greatly impacted their lives.
Hanan Porat, a former Israeli lawmaker and a leader of the Modern Orthodox movement, has died.
Frances R. Anson died Sept. 6 at 89. Survived by daughter Wendy; sons Jeffrey (Honglin Liu), David (Renae Jacobs); 3 grandchildren. Mount Sinai
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
Philanthropist Alan Slifka, founder of the Abraham Fund, has died. Slifka died Feb. 4 at his home in Los Angeles. He was 81. Slifka founded the Abraham Fund in 1989. The fund, which he ran with the late Haifa University professor Eugene Weiner, is a nonprofit dedicated to advancing coexistence and equality between Israel’s Jewish and Arab citizens.
There are probably few students of American Jewry equally comfortable arguing for more aggressive efforts to grow Jewish numbers through conversion as they are assailing the hostility towards Israel of reflexively liberal academics.