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  • Obituaries: Week of April 8, 2016

    April 6, 2016 | 10:46 am

    Shirley Benjamin died Feb. 29 at 94. Survived by sisters Ruth Savin, Pauline Einstein; 3 nephews; 4 nieces. Mount Sinai

    Esther Berkowitz died Feb. 2 at 95. Survived by daughters Juliana (Scott) Lookholder, Miriam (Larry) Feldman; 3 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren. Mount...

  • Steven B. Sample, Former President of USC, 75

    By Ryan Torok

    April 6, 2016 | 10:33 am

    Steven B. Sample, who served as president of the University of Southern California for nearly two decades, died March 29 at 75.

    Sample, who was Episcopalian, significantly strengthened USC’s image within the Jewish community, according to Steven J. Ross, co-director of the Casden...

  • Obituaries: Week of March 18, 2016

    March 16, 2016 | 8:59 am

    Charlotte Alber died Feb. 7 at 101. Survived by son Irwin (Lana); 3 grandchildren; 7 great-grandchildren; sister Dorothy Decker; 1 niece. Mount Sinai

    Fred Ashkenasy died Feb. 8 at 90. Survived by son Lance (Diana); daughter Judy Barila; 6 grandchildren; 5 great-grandchildren....

  • Obituaries: Week of March 11, 2016

    March 9, 2016 | 11:05 am

    Myra H. Abramson died Feb. 5 at 90. Survived by daughters Nancy (Steven Weinstock) Schwartz-Weinstock, Susan Soffer; 5 grandchildren; 5 great-grandchildren; sister Frances Young. Mount Sinai

    Margot Bamberger died Jan. 30 at 94. Survived by sons Mark (Polly), John; 3...

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  • ‘Fifth Beatle’ George Martin, 90

    March 9, 2016 | 9:53 am

    George Martin, known as "the fifth Beatle" for his work in shaping the band that became one of the world's most influential music forces, has died at the age of 90.

    He was considered the most successful music producer ever, cited in the Guinness Book of Records for having more...

  • Nancy Reagan dies, former first lady recalled as ‘great friend’ of Israel by its leaders

    March 7, 2016 | 8:31 am

    Nancy Reagan was remembered as “a great friend” of Israel by its country’s leaders expressing their condolences on the former first lady’s death.

    Reagan died Sunday at her home in Bel-Air, California, of congestive heart failure, her assistant said. She was 94.

    She will be...

  • Alfred E. Mann, Jewish philanthropist, medical device-maker, 90

    By Avishay Artsy

    March 4, 2016 | 11:55 am

    Alfred E. Mann, a pioneer in biotechnology and medical devices, died Feb. 25 in Las Vegas of natural causes. He was 90. 

    A longtime Beverly Hills resident, Mann was the inventor of such things as the rechargeable pacemaker and the insulin pump. The entrepreneur was known as an...

  • Brian Hendler, award-winning photographer, dies

    February 25, 2016 | 2:11 pm

    Award-winning photographer Brian Hendler, who served for many years as JTA’s staff photographer in Israel, has died.

    Hendler, a South African immigrant to Jerusalem, died suddenly on Wednesday at 63, according to The Jerusalem Post, one of the many news outlets for which Hendler...

  • Rabbi Yehoshua B. Gordon, Chabad of the Valley founder, community educator, 66

    By Ryan Torok

    February 24, 2016 | 9:55 am

    Rabbi Yehoshua Binyomin Gordon, founder and executive director of Chabad of the Valley and spiritual leader of Chabad of Encino for more than 40 years, died Feb. 8. He was 66.

    Also known as Rabbi Joshua B. Gordon, the rabbi oversaw 26 Chabad centers in the area, including Hebrew...

  • Obituaries: Week of February 26, 2016

    February 24, 2016 | 9:03 am

    Rebecca Ann Adler died Jan. 26 at 51. Survived by husband Tony; sons Jacob, David; father Ronald Hopkins; mother Barbara Hopkins; brother Daniel Hopkins. Mount Sinai

    Jean V. Barth died Jan. 26 at 96. Survived by daughters Rochelle (Gary) Carmona, Harilyn (Adam) Fast; sons Jack...

  • Harper Lee, ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ author dies at 89

    February 19, 2016 | 8:48 am

    Harper Lee, who wrote one of America's most enduring literary classics, "To Kill a Mockingbird," about a child's view of right and wrong and waited 55 years to publish a second book with the same characters from a very different point of view, died at the age of 89 on Friday.

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  • Obituaries: Week of February 19, 2016

    February 17, 2016 | 8:51 am

    Harold Sidney Barach died Jan. 20 at 88.  Survived by wife Fran; daughter Debra (Steve) Barach Schaffer; sons David (Ronit), Paul (Julie); 8 grandchildren; sisters Yehudit Levy, Buni Cooper. Groman Eden

    Jerome Carl Bender died Jan. 24 at 99. Survived by son Harvey; daughter...

  • U.S. Supreme Court Justice Scalia, dead at 79

    February 13, 2016 | 3:02 pm

    Conservative U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, 79, has died, setting up a major political showdown between President Barack Obama and the Republican-controlled Senate over who will replace him just months before a presidential election.

    "On behalf of the court and...

  • Obituaries: Week of February 12, 2016

    February 11, 2016 | 12:43 pm

    Clara Berk died Jan. 16 at 94. Survived by cousins Sheli (Jay) Friedman, Leonard (Rebecca) Friedman, Rae Friedman. Mount Sinai

    David Lieb Berman died Jan. 3 at 81. Survived by cousin Andrea Easton O’Connor. Hillside

    Raymond Chapman died Jan. 14 at 89. Survived by son Steven...

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

    February 8, 2016 | 2:14 pm

    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

    February 3, 2016 | 9:23 am

    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

    January 26, 2016 | 1:37 pm

    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

    January 26, 2016 | 12:09 pm

    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...

  • Obituaries: Week of January 22, 2016

    January 20, 2016 | 9:12 am

    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 —...

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