Obituaries


Rabbi Alfred Wolf, Camp Organizer, 88

Rabbi Alfred Wolf, who pioneered American Jewish summer camping and led the interfaith movement in California, died Sunday in Los Angeles at the age of 88.Read More


A Nation Mourns Naomi Shemer, Iconic Songstress

By Miriam Colton

On June 26, the woman known affectionately as the First Lady of Israeli Song died at the age of 74.It was indicative of songwriter Naomi Shemer’s place in the Israeli imagination that her death and the national grieving it engendered took over the front pages of Israel’s newspapers for two days running, forcing the intifada and theRead More


Peggy Tishman, 84, Communal Leader

Margaret “Peggy” Tishman, a communal leader and philanthropist for more than five decades, died March 5 at the age of 84 in Manhattan after an illness.Read More


Rabbi Who Converted Mexican Jews Dies at 89

Rabbi Samuel Lerer, who some say converted more people to Judaism than anyone in the past two centuries, died February 5 at age 89.Read More


Yiddish Activist Sara Mlotek Rosenfeld, 83, Passes

Sara Mlotek Rosenfeld, one of Canada’s leading Yiddish cultural activists for two generations and a member of a family of Yiddish culture icons, died in Montreal last month at 83.Read More


Mikey Butler, 24, Loses Fight Against Cystic Fibrosis

By Miriam Colton

Frank Michael “Mikey” Butler, the Pittsburgh native who publicly battled cystic fibrosis, died on January 26 at the age of 24.Read More


Dora Wasserman, Yiddish Theater’s Grand Dame, Dies

By Ariel Zilber

More than 600 friends, family and public figures gathered in Montreal to bid farewell to Dora Wasserman, the grand dame of Yiddish theater who fled war-ravaged Eastern Europe to form the only resident Yiddish theater in North America. Wasserman died December 15 of natural causes in Montreal. She was 84.Read More


Yiddish Literary Scholar Chaim Bader Dead at 83

By Boris Sandler

Chaim Bader, a Yiddish poet, author, journalist and literary scholar, died of cancer Sunday morning in New York. He was 83.Read More


Simcha Dinitz, 74, Former Ambassador

Simcha Dinitz, a former Israeli ambassador to the United States and past chairman of the Jewish Agency, has died. Dinitz, 74, died Tuesday of a heart attack in Jerusalem.Read More


Floyd Delaney, Who Embraced Judaism Late in Life, Succumbs at 80

By Eric Marx

Floyd Delaney, a pioneer in the air-conditioning trade who embraced Judaism in the final years of his life — flying to Israel during the first Gulf War to demonstrate his support for the Jewish state — died on September 2 in Summit, N.J. He was 80.Read More





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