Obituaries


Moshe Decter, 85, Activist for Soviet Jewry

By Jacob Victor

Moshe Decter, an activist and writer who was instrumental in raising world awareness about the plight of Soviet Jewry in the 1960s, died July 5 of congestive heart failure. He was 85.Read More


Remembering Poet and Translator Michael Hamburger

By Joshua Cohen

Michael Hamburger, poet and translator, died June 7 at the age of 83.Read More


Armond Cohen, 97, Led Cleveland Congregation for Decades

By Claire Levenson

Rabbi Armond E. Cohen, who witnessed 72 years of American Jewish history as the rabbi of Park Synagogue, Ohio’s largest Conservative congregation, died Monday, the eve of his 98th birthday.Read More


Yiddish Actor David Rogow Dies at 92

By Forward Staff

Yiddish actor David Rogow died April 17 in New York. He was 92.Read More


Israeli Judge Moshe Bejski, 86

By Beth Schwartzapfel

Moshe Bejski, a former Israeli Supreme Court justice and Holocaust survivor who was saved from the Nazis by Oskar Schindler, died Tuesday at the age of 86.Read More


Will Maslow, 99, Pioneer in Fight for Civil Rights

By Beth Schwartzapfel

Will Maslow, a prominent civil rights attorney who once served as executive director of the American Jewish Congress, died February 23 at his home in Manhattan. He was 99.Read More


In Memory of a One-man Yiddish Empire

By Zackary Sholem Berger

Mordkhe Schaechter, a linguist, lexicographer and rebbe of secular Yiddishists, died February 15. He was 79.Read More


Florence Melton, Founder of Adult Mini-Schools

By Jewish Telegraphic Agency

Florence Melton, a pioneer in Jewish education, died February 8 in Florida at age 95. She will be forever immortalized in the schools of adult Jewish education around the world that bear her name.Read More


Irena Kirkland, 81, Human Rights Advocate

By Beth Schwartzapfel

Human rights advocate Irena Kirkland died January 24 at her home in Washington. She was 81.Read More


Lisa Goldberg, 54, Foundation President

By Forward Staff

Lisa Goldberg, president of the Charles H. Revson Foundation, died Monday of a brain aneurysm. She was 54.Read More





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