Obituaries


Helen Suzman's Fight To 'Put Things Right'

By Tony Leon

Much of the civilized world is mourning the death of Helen Suzman, whose tireless efforts on behalf of the disenfranchised and the downtrodden were a bright and noble light that shone in the darkness of the apartheid parliament. She was the inspiration for my first political involvement more than 30 years agoRead More


Helen Suzman: Jew to the World, Not Always at Home

By Claudia Braude

Helen Suzman, who died January 1 at 91, has been praised worldwide for her long career and courage as an opposition politician in South Africa’s apartheid-era parliament. A daughter of Lithuanian Jewish immigrants, she was lionized by Jewish organizations in the United States and elsewhere as an exemplar of Jewish principles of equality in the face of the racism that oppressed the nonwhite majority of her country.Read More


Rabbi Arnold Wolf, 84, Was Progressive Leader

By Gabrielle Birkner

Rabbi Arnold Jacob Wolf, a prominent Chicago spiritual leader and rabbi emeritus of the Reform synagogue situated across the street from President-elect Barack Obama’s house, has died, apparently of a heart attack. He was 84.Read More


Cool and Dashing, Paul Newman Was a New Kind of Jewish Star

By Misha Berson

While in high school in the early 1960s, my older brother bore a fleeting, flattering resemblance to Paul Newman.Read More


Writer-Editor Ted Solotaroff, Literary Democrat

By Max Apple

Ted Solotaroff, who died August 8 at the age of 80, was, among his many literary virtues, a good writer of obituaries. He had his finger on the pulse of his era, and the press could count on him to sum up the lives and works of key literary figures — Irving Howe, Meyer Schapiro, Allen Ginsburg, Alfred Kazin.Read More


June Walker, 74, Chaired 
Presidents Conference

By Forward Staff

June Walker, chairwoman of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations and former national president of Hadassah, died July 29 after a seven-year battle with cancer. She was 74.Read More


Bruce Adler, 63, Star of Broadway and Second Avenue

By Lana Gersten

Bruce Adler, a two-time Tony-nominated actor who transitioned from the Yiddish theater to the Broadway stage, died Friday, July 25, in Davie, Fla., near Fort Lauderdale. He was 63.Read More


Goodbye to ‘Little Miss Sparkle’

By Caraid O’Brien

Esta Salzman, the last actress to be part of New York City’s Second Avenue musical theater scene during its heyday in the 1920s and ’30s, died April 23 at the age of 94.Read More


Herbert Friedman, 89, Major Philanthropist During Israel’s Early Years

By Jennifer Siegel

Rabbi Herbert A. Friedman, a dominant figure in American Jewish philanthropy during Israel’s formative years, died March 31 at his New York home. He was 89, and succumbed after a prolonged period of illness, according to his wife, Francine.Read More


Rabbi Eli Teitelbaum, Dial-a-Daf Creator, 68

By Anthony Weiss

Rabbi Eli Teitelbaum, an ultra-Orthodox educator and innovator who created a series of dial-in phone lines with lectures on sacred texts, died March 23 at the age of 68.Read More


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