Obituaries


Howard Metzenbaum, 90, Former Ohio Senator

By JTA

Former Ohio senator Howard Metzenbaum has died at the age of 90.Read More


Erica Jesselson, Philanthropist, 86

By Forward Staff

Erica Jesselson, a longtime Jewish philanthropist who helped establish the Yeshiva University Museum, died March 12 at her home in the Riverdale section of the Bronx. She was 86 years old.Read More


William Berkowitz, 83, Leading New York Rabbi

By Marissa Brostoff

Rabbi William Berkowitz, a longtime spiritual leader of a major New York City synagogue, died February 3. He was 83.Read More


Victor Erlich, 93, Scholar of Russian Literature

By Marissa Brostoff

Victor Erlich, a path-breaking scholar of Russian literature, died November 29. He was 93.Read More


Norman Mailer: A Man of Letters Inspired by the People of the Book

By Ezra Cappell

The Norman Mailer who died in New York last Saturday at the age of 84, and whom I met in November 2006, was not the brash showman — arm-wrestling with Muhammad Ali, boxing with Jose Torres, hobnobbing with Jackie Onassis at a New York society dinner. This Mailer looked more like my beloved rabbinic grandfather: nearly blind, practically deaf and maneuvering around painfully with the use of two steel canes. Yet at this late date, as Mailer’s famous deep-blue eyes sparkled, his spirit of Jewish mischief, which animated both his life and work, remained undimmed.Read More


Labor Leader Israel Kugler, 90

By Marissa Brostoff

Israel Kugler, a leader of teachers’ and Jewish labor organizations, died October 1 in Chevy Chase, Md. He was 90.Read More


Rabbi Judah Nadich, Eisenhower Adviser

By Claire Levenson

Rabbi Judah Nadich, an adviser to Dwight Eisenhower on Jewish affairs and later a prominent New York rabbi, died Sunday. He was 95.Read More


Raul Hilberg, Pioneering Scholar of Holocaust

By Michael Berenbaum

Raul Hilberg, the pioneering scholar in the academic study of the Holocaust, died of lung cancer August 4 in Burlington, Vermont. He was 81.Read More


Sherwin Wine, Founder of Humanistic Judaism

By Jacob Victor

Rabbi Sherwin T. Wine, a writer, scholar and community leader who founded the first congregation of Humanistic Judaism, died Saturday. He was 79.Read More


Abraham Klausner, Shoah Survivors’ Advocate

By Forward Staff and JTA

Rabbi Abraham Klausner, the first Jewish chaplain in the U.S. Army to enter the Dachau concentration camp after its liberation, died June 28 at his home in Santa Fe, N.M. He was 92.Read More





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