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  • Obituaries: Week of February 27, 2015

    1 week ago

    Gerald Berke died Jan. 24 at 83. Survived by wife Judith; 5 grandchildren; sister Nancy Zepp. Mount Sinai

    David Joseph Berns died Jan. 27 at 98. Survived by wife Eva; daughters Alexis, Jacqueline; son Ira (Carol); 5 grandchildren. Mount Sinai

    Nettie Corwin died Jan. 27 at 97....

  • Moe (Moshe) Sharf, entrepreneur and businessman, 80

    2 weeks ago

    Moe (Moshe) Sharf died on Feb. 16, after a nearly 19-year battle with multiple myeloma.  He was 80.

    Moe was born in 1934 in Siminevka, Poland.  At five months, Moe’s family moved to what would become Israel and settled in the then farming village of Netanya.

    He led the life...

  • Obituaries: Week of February 20, 2015

    2 weeks ago

    Danny Arazi died Jan. 17 at 74. Survived by wife Rache; sister Ruth (Gabriel) Bach; nieces and nephews. Mount Sinai

    Alfred Baum died Jan. 24 at 92. Survived by wife Beverly; sons Bradley (Teri), Ken (Mary), Gary (Tracy); 5 grandchildren. Hillside

    Adele Beckenholdt died Jan. 23...

  • Lesley Gore, singer of ‘It’s My Party’ fame, dies

    2 weeks ago

    Singer-songwriter Lesley Gore, whose hit “It’s My Party” topped the charts in 1963 when she was 17, has died.

    Gore died Monday of cancer at a New York hospital. She was 68.

    “It’s My Party” was nominated for a Grammy Award and sold over 1 million copies. Other Gore hits included...

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  • David Shapell, developer and philanthropist, dies at 94

    3 weeks ago

    David Shapell, real-estate developer and philanthropist, died Feb. 8.  He was 94.

    For 60 years, Shapell and his wife, Fela, played a major role in furthering Jewish education and building the State of Israel. In 2013, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum announced the...

  • Rabbi Ariel Rav-Noy, shliach at Chabad Persian Youth Center, dies suddenly at 36

    By Jared Sichel

    January 29, 2015 | 1:44 pm

    Ariel Rav-Noy, a rabbi at the Chabad Persian Youth Center in Los Angeles, and father to seven children, died suddenly in his sleep early Wednesday. He was 36.

    According to crownheights.info, a Brooklyn-based community website for Chabad, Rav-Noy had no “known prior medical...

  • Obituaries: January 30, 2015

    January 28, 2015 | 9:58 am

    Ruth Angel died Jan. 6 at 92. Survived by daughter Judith (Bob Salvaria); son Stephen (Ellen); 3 grandchildren; 2 step-granddaughters; 4 great-grandchildren; sister-in-law Betty; brother-in-law Morris (Alice). Mount Sinai

    Martin August died Jan. 6 at 86. Survived by son Todd...

  • David Landau, Haaretz editor and JTA’s longtime Israel bureau chief, dies at 67

    January 27, 2015 | 2:58 pm

    David Landau, a British-born Israeli journalist who held top positions at several English-language publications, including JTA, has died.

    Landau died of brain cancer in Jerusalem on Tuesday. He was 67.

    Landau, who made aliyah in 1970, served part time as JTA’s Israel bureau...

  • Sacvan Bercovitch, American Studies scholar, Yiddish translator, 81

    By Anita K. Kantrowitz

    January 14, 2015 | 10:17 am

    Sacvan Bercovitch, an influential scholar in the field of American studies and a translator of Sholem Aleichem and other Yiddish writers, died Dec. 9 at 81. 

    Bercovitch’s early works — “The Puritan Origins of the American Self” (1975) and “The American Jeremiad” (1978) — quickly...

  • Los Angeles activist, Richard Giesberg; 91

    January 9, 2015 | 10:12 am

    October 26, 1924 - January 7, 2015 Richard "Dick" Giesberg passed away peacefully at home on January 7, 2015, surrounded by his family after a lifetime of civil rights and social action work which touched the lives of thousands.

    Born in Brookline, Massachusetts to Henriette and...

  • Claire Venze Gebler, former Beth Jacob congregant, 55

    January 7, 2015 | 10:58 am

    Claire (Cookie) Venze died on Dec. 20 in Massachusetts.

    Born in Baltimore on May 9, 1959, she moved to Beverly Hills at an early age and attended Hawthorne Elementary School, Beverly Hills High School and UCLA. She received her law degree from Cardozo Law School and worked as a...

  • Esther Lowy, Dean of Touro College L.A., 66

    By Ryan Torok

    January 7, 2015 | 10:47 am

    Esther Lowy, founding dean of Touro College Los Angeles, died Dec. 19 at the age of 66, of cancer, according to her husband, Rudolph. 

    Touro College is based in New York and caters to Orthodox individuals who might otherwise be uncomfortable with the secular aspects of college...

  • Ruth Popkin, Hadassah past national president, dies at 101

    January 5, 2015 | 11:02 am

    Ruth Popkin, who served as national president of Hadassah, the Women’s Zionist Organization of America, from 1984 to 1988, passed away on Friday, January 2, 2015 at the age of 101.

    “We have lost a leader of great dignity and accomplishment,” said Marcie Natan, Hadassah’s current...

  • Rabbi Menachem Gottesman, educator and builder of Modern Orthodox life in L.A., 84

    By  Orit Arfa

    December 30, 2014 | 12:56 pm

    Rabbi Menachem Gottesman, longtime dean of Harkham Hillel Hebrew Academy in Beverly Hills and the school’s heart, mind and soul for 42 years, died on Dec. 25, 2014, at 84. An inspiring, pioneering Jewish educator and institution-builder, Gottesman touched and influenced thousands...
  • Two Rabbis: Influences and Legacies

    December 29, 2014 | 8:00 pm

    Both Rabbi Harold Schulweis and Rabbi Leonard Beerman came to their rabbinate having grown up in the era of the Great Depression, the imprint of the Second World War and the birth of the State of Israel. Each of them would be part of a generation of clergy who would draw their...

  • The Great Leonard Beerman z”l: Inspiration through Word and Deed

    December 25, 2014 | 12:04 pm

    Last week witnessed the passing of two towering giants, each of whom left a profound mark on Los Angeles and also served as proud citizens of the world: Rabbi Harold Schulweis z”l and Rabbi Leonard Beerman z”l. Schulweis transformed Valley Beth Shalom in Encino into a unique center...

  • Guilford Glazer, leading Los Angeles philanthropist, dies at 93

    By Ryan Torok

    December 24, 2014 | 2:40 pm

    Guilford Glazer, a strong supporter of Israel, leading Los Angeles philanthropist and real estate developer, died in his Beverly Hills home on Dec. 23, 2014, at 93. 
     
    Glazer was well known for his support of Israeli universities, including Tel Aviv University (TAU) and...
  • Harold Schulweis: Founder of a Big Judaism

    By David Suissa

    December 24, 2014 | 10:43 am

    "I'm having trouble with the past tense,” Rabbi Uri Herscher said as he began his eulogy for his close friend Rabbi Harold Schulweis, who died on Dec. 18 at 89. With about 1,500 mourners looking on in the main sanctuary of Valley Beth Shalom (VBS), the synagogue Schulweis led for...

  • Founding Rabbi of Leo Baeck Temple, Leonard I. Beerman, dies at 93

    December 24, 2014 | 10:31 am

    Rabbi Leonard Beerman, founding rabbi of Leo Baeck Temple, renowned for his unremitting pacifism and for speaking out against injustice, died Dec. 24 at the age of 93.

    Beerman grew the reform congregation of Leo Baeck Temple from a small community of 28 members when he arrived in...

  • Rabbi Harold M. Schulweis, ‘Rabbi of Rabbis’ and world-renowned Jewish leader, dies at 89

    By Tom Tugend

    December 18, 2014 | 7:14 am

    Rabbi Harold Schulweis, regarded as the most influential synagogue leader of his generation, died at his home after a long struggle with heart disease. He was 89.

    Schulweis led the Conservative Valley Beth Shalom (VBS) in Encino for nearly 45 years, introducing significant...

  • Obituaries: Week of December 19, 2014

    December 17, 2014 | 9:24 am

    Barbara Sue Allen died Nov. 23 at 69. Survived by friends Douglas (Ronnie) Cohen, Larry Lederman, Diane Mink. Mount Sinai

    Ralph Altabet died Dec. 8 at 90. Survived by wife Sally; sons Michael, Keith (Laura) Small; daughters Susan (Steven) Altabet-Dydo, Karen (Michael)...

  • Doc Paskowitz, 1921-2014, Rode the Zionist Wave in Post World War II Hawaii

    November 13, 2014 | 9:56 am

    Surfer legend Dorian “Doc” Paskowitz—“a modern-day Duke Kahanamoku”—was one of two members of a “mighty minyan” of Jews who, after World War II, helped found Temple Emanu-el in Honolulu and then played a significant role in the Zionist movement during Israel’s birth pangs and early...

  • Dorian ‘Doc’ Paskowitz, surfing pioneer, 93

    November 11, 2014 | 11:48 am

    Dorian “Doc” Paskowitz, the Jewish,  Stanford-educated surfing pioneer, died on Monday in Newport Beach, California at age 93.

    “My angel, My daddy Died tonight, He is with Ha Shem,” his daughter Navah Paskowitz posted to her Facebook account announcing his death. 

    According to...

  • Obituaries: Week of November 7, 2014

    November 5, 2014 | 11:08 am

    Leo Adelman died Sept. 15 at 95. Survived by daughters Lesley, Debra; 3 grandchildren. Malinow and Silverman

    Marilyn Benton died Oct. 1 at 84. Survived by  daughter Marcie (Rick) Leoff; son Randall (Cindy); 4 grandchildren; 3 great-grandchildren. Hillside

    Harold Bidnick died...

  • Ralph I. Goldman, communal leader; 100

    October 23, 2014 | 10:08 am

    While remembering the past, it is essential to think about the future. The death of Ralph I. Goldman in Jerusalem on Oct. 7, at 100 years of age, made me, once again, understand how important it is to keep both in mind. 

    Ralph Goldman was a giant in the field of Jewish communal...

  • Will Korthof, philanthropist, volunteer energy activist, 36

    By Rabbi Lisa Edwards

    October 14, 2014 | 9:49 am

    On erev Yom Kippur I received a phone call from the mother of a beloved congregant, Will Korthof, telling me that Will had been killed in a motorcycle accident. It was the day after his 36th birthday.

    Will was a man loved by countless people in many diverse communities — he was a...

  • Meyer (Mike) Meyerson; October 16, 1925 - October 4, 2014

    October 13, 2014 | 3:49 pm

    Meyer (Mike) Meyerson, beloved husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, brother, uncle and friend to everyone he encountered, is survived by his son Alan Meyerson, his daughters Barbara Stallone and Andrea Meyerson, his step-son John Del Mano, his daughters-in-law Mary...

  • Erin Williams Hyman; 1972-2014

    September 18, 2014 | 4:35 pm

    Erin Williams Hyman, born May 6, 1972, died on September 18, 2014, in her recently restored modern home on the Central Coast. Diagnosed with a complex form of breast cancers almost three years ago, Erin was and is a model of strength, elegance and grace. With great magnanimity,...

  • Obituaries

    September 17, 2014 | 10:13 am

    Frances Angel died Aug. 29 at 72. Survived by daughter Atalia (John) Tucci; 5 grandchildren; brother Alan Silverman. Mount Sinai

    Sondra Arthur died Aug. 24 at 84. Survived by husband Irvin; daughter Corby (Bob Newland); son Adam (Wang Kuan); sisters Shirley (Richard) Becker,...

  • Obituaries

    September 3, 2014 | 9:46 am

    Rose Abbott died Aug. 9 at 87. Survived by daughter Robyn Rosenblum; son Harry Rosenblum; 4 grandchildren. Hillside

    Ilene Adelstein died Aug. 13 at 65. Survived by husband Wayne; daughters Marleigh (Lenny) Korpus, Lindsey; 2 grandchildren; mother Rhoda Diamond; brother Craig...

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