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  • 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...

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  • 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...

  • Remembering Marty Milner

    By  Tom Tugend

    September 16, 2015 | 9:39 am

    Much has been written about the life — and the Sept. 6 death — of actor Martin “Marty” Milner, who starred in the 1960s television hit series “Route 66” and “Adam-12,” but the obit writers overlooked two important facts.

    One is that the red-haired, freckle-faced actor was the son...

  • Obituaries: Week of September 11th

    September 9, 2015 | 1:18 pm

    Bernard Aronson died Aug. 16 at 98. Survived by daughters Marcy (Al) Welland, Laurie (Chuck) Mondrus; 6 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren. Hillside

    Irwin Avers died Aug. 18, at 90. Survived by wife Eileen; daughter Joanne (Modi) Mordechai; 3 grandchildren; 5...

  • Jack Matloff, Cardiac Surgeon, 82

    By Tom Tugend

    September 2, 2015 | 9:55 am

    Pioneer heart surgeon Dr. Jack Matloff died Aug. 20 at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center following a lengthy illness. He was 82.

    Born in New Haven, Conn., the son of a milkman, Matloff “created cardiac surgery at Cedars-Sinai and belonged to the first generation of those who truly...

  • Obituaries: Week of September 4th, 2015

    September 2, 2015 | 9:41 am

    Janis Ballin died Aug. 8 at 78. Survived by husband Jules Rothman; sons Daniel (Joey), Matthew (Pamela), Joel (Anna). Mount Sinai

    Maurice Bash died Aug. 5 at 83. Survived by son Solomon (Shari); daughter Lisa; 4 grandchildren; brother Sydney. Mount Sinai

    Sylvia Bassit died Aug....

  • Obituaries: Week of August 28, 2015

    August 26, 2015 | 9:52 am

    Philip Held died July 19 at 57. Survived by wife Silvia; daughter Dara; stepson Charles Nagin; stepdaughter Leslie Garcia; 4 grandchildren; sisters Linda Shabot, Ellen Gordon. Hillside

    Martin Hyson died July 22 at 95. Survived by daughter Marie (Robert) Stiles; son Steven; 2...

  • Gerald Bubis, communal service pioneer and peace activist, dies at 91

    By  Tom Tugend

    August 22, 2015 | 10:40 am

    Gerald B. Bubis, who pioneered and shaped the field of Jewish communal service and was a passionate champion of a progressive Israel, died Friday evening (Aug. 21) at his Los Angeles home. His death at 91 followed a series of lengthy illnesses.

    Funeral services will be held at...

  • Obituaries: Week of August 21, 2015

    August 19, 2015 | 9:53 am

    P. Burton Bauer died July 12 at 88. Survived by wife Marilyn; daughters Jodi (Bill) Twomey, Leslie (Ted) Senet; 6 grandchildren; 1 great-granddaughter; sister Muriel Sachel. Groman Eden

    Ivan Chapel died July 11 at 71. Survived by wife Judy; daughters Jennifer, Kerri (Cole) Young,...

  • Goldie Steinberg, reportedly the world’s oldest Jewish person, dies at 114

    August 18, 2015 | 9:08 am

    Goldie Steinberg, reportedly the world’s oldest known Jewish person, died at age 114.

    Steinberg, according to Chabad.org, the Chabad-Lubavitch movement’s news site, died Sunday at the Grandell Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Long Beach, New York. She was two months away from...

  • Obituaries: Week of August 14, 2015

    August 12, 2015 | 10:42 am

    Solomon Alpert died July 7 at 99. Survived by daughters Nancy (Gregory) Francis, Ellen (Bruce) Mirovich; 4 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren. Mount Sinai

    Roslyn Benjamin died July 9 at 89. Survived by husband Melvin; daughters Cheryl (Mort) Kessler, Susan Spica; son Steven...

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