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  • John Tishman, whose company built World Trade Center and other skyscrapers, dies

    2 days ago

    John Tishman, an influential developer who oversaw the construction of the World Trade Center’s Twin Towers and Chicago’s John Hancock Center, has died at 90.

    Tishman, who donated to a variety of Jewish philanthropies, died Saturday of respiratory failure at his home in Bedford,...

  • Obituaries: Week of February 5, 2016

    1 week ago

    Frank Cahn died Jan. 8 at 94. Survived by wife Hannah; sons Howard (Julie), Steven (Rhonda), Randall (Kristine); 9 grandchildren. Hillside

    David Coolidge died Jan. 8 at 75. Survived by daughter Natalie. Hillside

    Howard Diamond died Jan. 9 at 73. Survived by wife Marilyn;...

  • Artificial intelligence pioneer Marvin Minsky dies; 88

    2 weeks ago

    Marvin Minsky, the artificial intelligence pioneer who helped make machines think, leading to computers that understand spoken commands and beat grandmasters at chess, has died at the age of 88, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology said.

    Minsky, who died on Sunday, suffered...

  • Actor Abe Vigoda, known for ‘Godfather’ role, dies at age 94

    2 weeks ago

    Abe Vigoda, an American actor best known for roles in "The Godfather" and the 1970s sitcom "Barney Miller," died on Tuesday at the age of 94, after spending three decades jokingly refuting rumors of his demise.

    Vigoda's daughter, Carol Vigoda Fuchs, said her father died at her...

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  • Obituaries: Week of January 22, 2016

    3 weeks ago

    Harry Auerbach died Dec. 22 at 108. Survived by son Marvin. Hillside

    Edith Barfus died Dec. 23 at 96. Survived by son Richard (Morgan Kelley); 4 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren. Hillside

    Edward Berg died Dec. 21 at 73. Survived by wife Victoria; daughter Michelle (Abbie)...

  • Alan Rickman, British actor, dies at 69

    January 14, 2016 | 8:16 am

    British actor Alan Rickman, whose roles ranged from Hollywood villains to Professor Snape in the Harry Potter films, has died after a battle with cancer aged 69.

    With his aquiline features and cultured - if often menacing - English accent, he became one of Britain's best-known...

  • Obituaries: Week of January 15, 2016

    January 13, 2016 | 9:02 am

    Donald August died Dec. 14 at 98. Survived by nieces and nephews. Hillside

    Norman Gerald Bernstein died Dec. 15 at 82. Survived by son Craig (Nathalie); daughter Lisa Bernstein Brant; 5 grandchildren; brother Donald. Mount Sinai

    Miriam Brucker died Dec. 2 at 108. Groman Eden

    ...

  • David Bowie, musical legend behind Ziggy Stardust, dies at 69 from cancer

    January 11, 2016 | 8:22 am

    Legendary British rock star David Bowie, who framed hits such as "Ziggy Stardust" with daringly androgynous displays of sexuality and glittering costumes, has died aged 69 after a secret battle with cancer.

    A chameleon and a visionary, Bowie straddled the worlds of hedonistic...

  • Avi Davis, journalist, AFA co-founder and president, 57

    By Ryan Torok

    December 30, 2015 | 8:50 am

    Avi Davis, a prolific writer and president of nonpartisan organization American Freedom Alliance (AFA), died Dec. 21 at UCLA Medical Center after suffering a heart attack while riding a bike, according to news reports. He was 57.

    Davis was a native of Melbourne, Australia, who...

  • Obituaries: Week of January 1, 2016

    December 30, 2015 | 8:40 am

    Sybil H. Adler died Nov. 29. Survived by daughters Robyn Pope, Jordana (Jay); son Sanford; 6 grandchildren; brothers Victor (Selda), Maynard (Helen) Hollander; son-in-law Joey. Mount Sinai

    Etty Alkanati died Dec. 4 at 79. Survived by cousins Ingrid Goldman, Brenda Moreno, Simone...

  • Obituaries: Week of December 18, 2015

    December 16, 2015 | 9:51 am

    Gregg Abraham died Nov. 2 at 62. Survived by mother Francine; sister Glennis (Jim) Malcolm; brother Judd Abrams. Mount Sinai

    Carole Ann Abrams died Nov. 20 at 77. Survived by husband Leon S. “Lee” Abrams; sons Scott (Marianna) Glovsky, Steven (Carmen) Glovsky; daughter Staci...

  • Beth Hersh Goldsmith, human rights advocate, community activist, 58

    December 16, 2015 | 9:45 am

    Beth Goldsmith never tired of telling the story.

    As a young Jewish-community professional, she led a 1984 mission of California state legislators visiting refuseniks in Moscow and Leningrad. It was bitter cold, the food was awful and her going-away present was a 45-minute...

  • Obituaries: Week of December 11, 2015

    December 9, 2015 | 8:34 am

    Carol Elaine Levy, Federation and community leader, social activist, 68

    Carol Elaine Levy, director of the Community Campaign for The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles and a longtime Jewish community activist, died Oct. 20, 2015. She was 68. 

    Levy was born in Los Angeles...

  • Tibor Rubin, Holocaust survivor and U.S. war hero, dies at 86

    By  Tom Tugend

    December 8, 2015 | 11:25 am

    Tibor Rubin survived two years in the Mauthausen concentration camp then 30 months in a Chinese prisoner of war camp during the Korean war, then waited more than 50 years to receive the Medal of Honor, America’s highest honor for bravery in combat. Rubin died of natural causes on...

  • Obituaries: Week of December 4, 2015

    December 2, 2015 | 9:20 am

    Sophia Bernert died Oct. 16 at 95. Survived by son Richard (Karen). Mount Sinai

    Jerome R. Bridge died Oct. 12 at 84. Survived by sister Dolores (Harold) Carolyn Greenfield; 3 nieces. Mount Sinai

    Mollie Campf died Oct. 12 at 86. Survived by daughter Beth (Rob) Novak; 4...

  • Obituaries: Week of November 27, 2015

    November 24, 2015 | 9:09 am

    Gedalia Arditti, 87, was born March 29, 1928, in Salonika (Thessaloniki), Greece, the second of four children of Abraham Arditti and Sara Bar-Zion. His father was a cantor in one of Salonika’s largest Sephardic synagogues. In April 1943, the Nazis transported the entire family —...

  • Obituaries: Week of November 20, 2015

    November 18, 2015 | 9:03 am

    Anne Berns died Oct. 5 at 92. Survived by daughter Tracy Oseran. Hillside

    Eli Brent died Oct. 1 at 89. Survived by wife Charlotte; son Stephen (Mila); daughter Louise (Craig) Taubman; 5 grandchildren; sisters Selma Stokols, Dorothy Watenmaker, Ida Sondheimer. Mount Sinai

    Harold...

  • Yitzhak Navon, 5th President of the State of Israel,  dies at 94

    By Rabbi Daniel Bouskila

    November 9, 2015 | 2:20 pm

    The Honorable Yitzhak Navon, 5th President of the State of Israel, Distinguished Chief of Staff of David Ben Gurion, Member of Knesset, Minister of Education, Author, Diplomat and outstanding representative of Classical Sephardic Judaism died on Nov.  7 at his home in Jerusalem. He...

  • Hedy Patricia Flesh, Holocaust survivor and businesswoman, 94

    November 4, 2015 | 2:59 pm

    Hedy Patricia Flesh of Los Angeles passed away Sept. 18 at 94. She is survived by her children, George Flesh of West Newton, Mass., Nancy Brundige of Los Angeles and Arlene Flesh of Los Angeles; and her grandchildren David, Emily, Joseph, Jacob, Hanna, Sara, Simon and Benjamin. 

    ...
  • Thomas Blatt, Sobibor escapee and author, 88

    November 4, 2015 | 2:50 pm

    Thomas Blatt, one of the few Jews to escape the Nazis’ Sobibor death camp and a key witness against camp guard John Demjanjuk, has died.

    Blatt, who escaped Sobibor in a group uprising in 1943, died Oct. 31 at his home in Santa Barbara, the Associated Press (AP) reported. He was...

  • Obituaries: Week of November 6, 2015

    November 4, 2015 | 2:41 pm

    Clara Abrahamson died Sept. 22 at 95. Survived by daughter Sondra Rae Schwartz; son Morris Harry Halperin; 3 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren. Groman Eden

    Patricia Asher died Sept. 14 at 92. Survived by daughter Sara (Richard Rae); son Michael (Susan Paradise); 3...

  • Obituaries: Week of October 30, 2015

    October 28, 2015 | 10:16 am

    George Aaron died Sept. 16 at 63. Survived by wife Susan; son Samuel; daughter Alexandra Rembac; brother Ronald (Mozelle); sister Roslyn (Louis) La-Liberte. Mount Sinai

    Berte Bass died Sept. 19 at 78. Survived by husband Lee; sons Paul, Howard; daughter Caryl (Gary); 3...

  • Rabbi Solomon F. Kleinman, social justice advocate, founder of first synagogue for the deaf, 95

    By Ryan Torok

    October 21, 2015 | 11:21 am

    Rabbi Solomon F. Kleinman, who served as rabbi of Temple Ahavat Shalom (TAS) in Northridge from 1973-1986, died Oct. 9. He was 95.

    His rabbinic career included a wide range of accomplishments, including serving as Southern California regional director of Union of American...

  • Obituaries: Week of October 16. 2015

    October 14, 2015 | 11:13 am

    Herbert Auerbach died Sept. 1 at 93. Survived by wife Emma; sons Edmond (Teresa), Brian Auerbach. Mount Sinai

    Sylvia Bender died Aug. 24 at 98. Survived by daughter Maureen Bennun; 2 grandchildren; 3 great-grandchildren; brother Gerald Bell.

    Beatrice Blonsky died Sept. 8 at 93....

  • Rabbi Jacob Pressman: New Year wishes

    October 8, 2015 | 1:07 pm

    Last Sunday morning, every seat was filled in Temple Beth Am’s main sanctuary for the funeral of Rabbi Jacob Pressman. Rabbi Pressman, spiritual leader of Temple Beth Am for 35 years, community leader and civil rights activist, died peacefully at his home on Oct. 1. Rabbi Pressman...

  • Obituaries: Week of October 2, 2015

    September 30, 2015 | 9:42 am

    Leo U. Arditte died Aug. 20 at 90. Survived by wife Zelda; sons Edward (Barbara), Bruce (Nancy); 5 grandchildren. Mount Sinai

    Florence Karpin died Aug. 21 at 88. Survived by son Michael; sister Charlotte Krasnoff; son-in-law Gerald Weiner. Groman Eden

    Janice Lisker died Aug. 23...

  • Steve Bickel, producer and studio executive, 64

    September 30, 2015 | 9:38 am

    Steve Bickel — a film studio executive who produced the 1980 Christopher Reeve-Jane Seymour romantic drama “Somewhere in Time," and held senior positions at Warner Bros. International, the Independent Film and Television Alliance (IFTA) and the Samuel Goldwyn Co. — died Sept. 4...

  • Ted Orden, Holocaust survivor, entrepreneur, philanthropist, 94

    September 24, 2015 | 9:38 am

    Ted Orden (Ordentlich), who died Sept. 11 at age 94, lived a life that exemplified the American dream. A survivor of the Holocaust who also lived through the scourge of communism, he immigrated to the United States in 1959 with his beloved wife, Hedy, and two young daughters. Ted...

  • Jackie Collins, best-selling novelist, dies at 77

    September 21, 2015 | 10:06 am

    Jackie Collins, whose steamy novels sold more than 500 million copies, has died following a six-year battle with breast cancer that she never divulged to the public.

    Collins, the daughter of a Jewish father and an Anglican mother, died Saturday in Los Angeles. She was 77.

    Her...

  • Obituaries: Week of September 18, 2015

    September 16, 2015 | 9:46 am

    Susanna Baratat died Aug. 20 at 86. Survived by daughters Adrienne (Stephen) Bunting, Lynn Bunting; 2 grandchildren. Hillside

    Keith Dumois died Aug. 15 at 57. Survived by brother Brian (Robin); sister Karen (Mark) Kandel. Mount Sinai

    Juliette Isabelle Greenfield Flaster died...

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