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  • Obituaries: Week of November 27, 2015

    6 days ago

    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 —...

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

    By Rabbi Daniel Bouskila

    3 weeks ago

    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...

  • Fred Sands, real estate leader and philanthropist, dies at 77

    By Ryan Torok

    October 27, 2015 | 5:20 pm

    Los Angeles real estate mogul and philanthropist Fred Sands — whose name became ubiquitous with for-sale signs across California — died Oct. 23 of a sudden stroke while in Boston, according to the Los Angeles Times. He was 77.

    At the time of his death, Sands was serving as...

  • 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, spiritual leader of Temple Beth Am, dies at 95

    By Michael Berenbaum

    October 1, 2015 | 4:55 pm

    Rabbi Jacob Pressman, spiritual leader of Temple Beth Am for 35 years, community leader and civil rights activist, died peacefully at his home on Thursday morning, Oct. 1.

    Funeral services will be held  Sunday, Oct. 4 at 10:30 a.m. at Temple Beth Am, 1039 S, La  Cienega Blvd.,...

  • 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.


  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Paul Goldenberg, ‘King of Big Screens’ and community philanthropist, 87

    August 17, 2015 | 1:32 pm

    Paul Goldenberg, founder of Paul’s TV and widely recognized by his famous slogan, “I am the king!” died of natural causes on Aug. 13 at his La Habra home. 

    Born April 22, 1928, the Los Angeles native grew up with a strong passion for film, which would play a formative role in the...

  • 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...

  • Obituaries: Week of August 7, 2015

    August 5, 2015 | 11:24 am

    Rosalyn Abrams died June 27 at 98. Survived by grandchildren Nadia (Jamie) Yuen, Damien Yuen. Groman Eden

    Sarah Matza Amira died June 27 at 95. Survived by daughters Genette A. (Kenneth) Simon, Marlene Betty (Larry) Hoffman, Rhonda Joyce Saldias; 4 grandchildren. Groman Eden


  • Obituaries: Week of July 31, 2015

    July 29, 2015 | 9:45 am

    Irving Arouh died June 29 at 89. Survived by wife Doris; son Marc; daughter Leslee (Tim) Ahsing; 3 grandchildren. Hillside

    Albert Berg died June 26 at 92. Survived by sons Ronald, Alan (Marie); daughter Susan (Robin) Richardson; 8 grandchildren. Hillside

    Rabbi Ben Zion Bergman...

  • Samuel Pisar, Holocaust survivor who was adviser to JFK, dies

    July 28, 2015 | 10:48 am

    Samuel Pisar, a Holocaust survivor who went to become a lawyer and writer, as well as an adviser to President John F. Kennedy, has died.

    Pisar, 86, died Monday in New York, it was announced Tuesday.

    A native of Poland, Pisar spent time in several Nazi camps, including Majdanek,...

  • Obituaries: Week of July 17, 2015

    July 15, 2015 | 11:27 am

    Richard Botwin died June 5 at 83. Survived by brothers Marvin, Harvey (Harriet); 1 niece; 1 nephew. Mount Sinai

    Yana Lisetsky Castillo died June 9 at 32. Survived by husband Jose; mother Marina Lisetsky; father Vitaly Lisetsky; grandparents Edward Berlyant, Tamara Berlyant, Minda...

  • Janet Hadda, Yiddish professor, author and psychoanalyst, 69

    July 8, 2015 | 11:03 am

    Dr. Janet Ruth Hadda died in Los Angeles of metastatic cancer on June 23 at the age of 69. 

    Hadda was born Dec. 23, 1945, the daughter of refugees from Nazi Germany, George and Annemarie (Kohn) Hadda. Her grandfather, Siegmund Hadda, was the last director of the Jewish Hospital...

  • Obituaries: Week of July 10

    July 8, 2015 | 10:59 am

    Marvin C. Abrams died June 7 at 84. Survived by wife Shirley; son Hal (Jennifer Lowery); daughter Gale (Ron) Frankel; 5 grandchildren. Mount Sinai

    Edward Bader died June 9 at 89. Survived by wife Pearl; sons Mitchell, Bruce (Wendy); 5 grandchildren. Mount Sinai

    Gary Bernard...

  • Obituaries: Week of July 3, 2015

    July 1, 2015 | 10:56 am

    Elvin J. Abels died May 30 at 88. Survived by wife Edith; daughter Wendy (Douglas) Eisenberg; son Matthew; 3 grandchildren. Mount Sinai

    Rahmatollah Ahdoot died May 6 at 84. Survived by wife Toby; sons Leon (Lina), Simon (Maral), Albert (Elham); 9 grandchildren. Groman Eden


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