Gunmen launch deadly attack on Munich shopping mall, whereabouts unknown


Gunmen attacked a busy mall in the German city of Munich on Friday evening, killing at least eight people and sending shoppers running for their lives from what police said was a terrorist attack.

Authorities told the public to get off the streets as the city – Germany's third biggest – went into lockdown with transport halted and highways sealed off.

A police spokesman said three gunmen were on the run after the initial shooting subsided. The city was placed under a state of emergency as police hunted for them.

“We are telling the people of Munich there are shooters on the run who are dangerous,” he said. “We are urging people to stay indoors.”

Police said later that eight people had been killed and an undetermined number wounded. A ninth body had also been found and they were checking to see it was one of the gunmen.

Munich newspaper TZ said one of the shooters was dead. German news magazine Focus said a gunman had shot himself in the head. Reuters could not immediately confirm either report.

As special forces deployed in the city, some people remained holed up in the Olympia shopping centre which police said had been evacuated.

“Many shots were fired, I can't say how many but it's been a lot,” said a shop worker hiding in a store room inside the mall.

It was the third major act of violence against civilians in Western Europe in eight days. Previous attacks in France and Germany were claimed by the Islamic State militant group.

A police spokesman said there was no immediate indication that it was an Islamist attack but it was being treated as a terrorist incident.

Friday is also the five-year anniversary of the massacre by Anders Behring Breivik in Norway in which he killed 77 people. Breivik is a hero for far-right militants in Europe and America.

IS SUPPORTERS CELEBRATE

There was no immediate claim of responsibility but supporters of Islamic State celebrated on social media.

“The Islamic state is expanding in Europe,” read one Tweet.

Two witnesses told n-tv television that they saw a man dressed as Santa Claus walking away from the scene of the shooting with a crowd of people. One said the man had blonde hair, was not carrying a weapon but had a suitcase.

A video posted online – whose authenticity could not be confirmed – showed a man dressed in black outside a McDonalds by the roadside, drawing a handgun and shooting towards members of the public.

A worker at a shop in the mall, Harun Balta, said: “We are still stuck inside the mall without any information, we're waiting for the police to rescue us.”

Police spokeswoman said six people were killed and an undetermined number wounded. Thye were treating it as a terrorist incident.

Witnesses had seen shooting both inside the mall and on nearby streets, he said.

Munich's main railway station was also evacuated. BR television said police had also sealed off many highways north of Munich had been shut down and people were told to leave them.

The shopping centre is next to the Munich Olympic stadium, where the Palestinian militant group Black September took 11 Israeli athletes hostage and eventually killed them during the 1972 Olympic Games.

Friday's attack took place a week after a 17-year-old asylum-seeker wounded passengers on a German train with an axe. Bavarian police shot dead the teenager after he wounded four people from Hong Kong on the train and injured a local resident while fleeing.

German Justice Minister Heiko Maas told Bild newspaper's Friday edition before the mall attack that there was “no reason to panic but it's clear that Germany remains a possible target”.

The incidents in Germany follow an attack in Nice, France, on Bastille Day in which a Tunisian drove a truck into crowds, killing 84. Islamic State claimed responsibility for that attack.

Norwegian Foreign Minister Borge Brende said on Twiiter: “Horrible killings in Munich. Taking place on the same day as we mourn & remember the appalling terror that hit Norway so hard five years ago.”

U.S. President Barack Obama pledged support for Germany.

“We don't yet know exactly what's happening there, but obviously our hearts go out to those who may have been injured,” Obama said.

Israeli farmer beaten to death, reportedly by Palestinians


An Israeli farmer died at the Assaf Harofeh Medical Center after being found severely beaten in a field.

The 60-year-old Rehovot resident was discovered Wednesday afternoon in central Israel after reportedly having been beaten by Palestinians who had crossed into Israel without permits, the Times of Israel reported.

The farmer died of injuries several hours after arriving at the hospital.

The motives of his assailants have not been determined.

Lou Reed dies at 71


Musician Lou Reed, the frontman for the band Velvet Underground as well as a solo artist, has died.

Reed, who was born to a Jewish family, died Sunday at 71. A cause of death was not made public.

He had a liver transplant last year after years of alcohol and drug abuse.

Reed, born Lewis Allan Reed in Brooklyn, N.Y., became influential in rock by blending art and music in New York in the 1960s through Velvet Underground’s collaboration with pop artist Andy Warhol.  The band was inducted into the Rock and Roll of Fame in 1996.

Reed quit the band in 1970 and focused on his solo career, which featured the 1972 hit song “Walk on the Wild Side.”

He visited Israel five years ago with his musician wife Laurie Anderson during her world tour.

Reed reportedly was coy about his Jewish roots. He was quoted as saying, “My God is rock ’n’ roll” and “The most important part of my religion is to play guitar.”

Obituaries


David Davis died June 27 at 87. Survived by wife Arlene; daughter Andrea (Philipp) Bowman; son Greg; 2 grandchildren; 4 great-grandchildren. Hillside

Ebi Gabor died June 29 at 86. Survived by daughter Erika Baum; son Ron (Elsie) Monitz; 7 grandchildren; 3 great-grandchildren; 1 nephew; ex-husband Richard (Sandra Feinberg) Monitz. Mount Sinai

Irwin Ginsberg died June 29 at 95. Survived by daughters Randel (Robert) Gibson, Margaret (Jorge) Schiavon; son Richard (Imelda); 7 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren. Hillside

Thelma Gordon died June 27 at 93. Survived by nephew David. Hillside

Marilyn Grobeson died June 27 at 80. Survived by sons Jay, Mitchell (Dana); 2 grandchildren. Hillside

Sam Leff died June 26 at 97. Survived by daughter Renee (Milton Kaplan) Leff-Kaplan; 3 grandchildren; 4 great-grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Yvette Lerner died June 28 at 88. Survived by son Glenn (Elizabeth); grandson Steven. Hillside

Milton Levitt died June 25 at 96. Survived by wife Celia; daughter Beverly; sons Dennis (Jane Gordon), Reuven (Gila); 4 grandchildren; nephew Rabbi Michael (Jody) Comins. Mount Sinai

Martin Lieberman died June 25 at 63. Survived by wife Ricki; sons Bret, Kevin; mother-in-law Charlotte Smuckler; sister Lauren Morrison; brother-in-law Eric Michael Smuckler. Mount Sinai

Eunice Rosenberg died July 14 at 89. Survived by son Alan; daughter-in-law Dariea; 4 grandchildren; 5 great-grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Murray Saltzberg died June 29 at 88. Survived by daughter Myrna; son Ken (Barbara); 2 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren; sister Natalie Levey; brother Irving. Mount Sinai

Susan Schick died June 27 at 81. Survived by daughter Lynn (David) Pollock; son Mark Flaisher; 5 grandchildren; sister Barbara Gordon. Mount Sinai

Rose Schwartz died June 25 at 95. Survived by sons Alan (Karen), Carl (Jocelyn), Paul; 1 grandchild. Hillside

Nathan Shaphran died June 25 at 91. Survived by wife Ilene; daughter Shelley (Roy) Lothringer; son Bruce (Jennifer Bjordahl), Wayne (Joan Osder); 7 grandchildren; 3 great-grandchildren. Hillside

Frederic Steinberg died June 24 at 76. Survived by sons Giles, Oliver; brothers Arnold, Herbert. Mount Sinai

Steven Weisman died June 25 at 46. Survived by wife Hana; stepdaughter Shayna York; mother Francine; father Gerald; brother Robert (Michelle) Gavin; stepsister Tara Plotkin. Mount Sinai

Keri Wolman died June 29 at 61. Survived by father Lane; brother Randy (Nancy); sister Valerie (Jim) McDonald; 4 nieces; 1 great-niece. Mount Sinai

Percy Zanger died June 26 at 92. Survived by wife Shirley; sons Jeffrey, Jonathan (Daniel), Robert (Sasivipa Pukklanun); stepdaughter Nancy (Leigh) Mesh; stepson Lawrence Wu; 3 grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Obituaries


Bertha Abrams died May 30 at 99. Survived by daughters Terry (Harvey) Goldbaum, Arleen (Stanley) Kaller; 6 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren. Malinow and Silverman

Gloria Arbiter died May 31 at 83. Survived by husband Stanley; son Ross; 7 grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Elsie Austin died May 29 at 98. Survived by daughter-in-law Marjorie; 3 grandchildren. Malinow and Silverman

Albert Azus died May 27 at 92. Survived by wife Hedi; sons Jeffrey (Alice), Lee (Rob), Mitchell; 5 grandchildren. Malinow and Silverman

Shirley Beerman died May 30 at 99. Survived by nieces Roberta Crandall, Ilene (Gene) Pliler; nephew Michael (Evelyn) Klein; great-niece Jodi (Howard) Sears; great-nephews Darryl Henick, Jim Klein, Todd Martin. Mount Sinai

Stanley Chazen died May 27 at 89. Survived by wife Loretta; sons Robert, Stephen (Donna); 2 grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Helen Chestney died June 3 at 91. Survived by husband Mark; daughters Melinda Mason, Holly Schuman; sister Francine Liftig; 2 grandchildren. Malinow and Silverman

Ann Kirkland De Graff died May 26 at 85. Survived by daughters Kimberly (Matthew) Seidman, Cheryl Prideaux; 2 grandchildren; 3 great-grandchildren. Hillside

Simon DeSoto died May 27 at 88. Survived by daughter Linda; sister Betty Sapsowitz; brother-in-law Henry Nahoum. Hillside

Marion Drasin died May 27 at 95. Survived by daughter Dianne (Matt) Forger; sons Earl Koppleman, Mark, Steve; 4 grandchildren; 6 great-grandchildren. Hillside

Carl Ellisman died May 26 at 94. Survived by wife Bertha; sons Avery (Madeline), Mark (Varda Levram); 5 grandchildren. Malinow and Silverman

Roberta Feld died June 2 at 74. Survived by husband Louis; daughter Debra (David) Goldfarb; son Mitchell; 3 grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Eva Frankl died May 23 at 89. Survived by daughter Judith; nephew Zoltan Harkany. Chevra Kadisha

Larry Franklin died June 3 at 82. Survived by wife Geraldine; daughter Lorraine; son Barry (Debbie); 2 grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Bernice Galen died May 25 at 82. Survived by husband Robert; daughter Deborah; son Jeffrey (Lani); 2 grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Alan Gershman died June 3 at 75. Survived by wife Brenda; daughter Tara (Danny) Fink; son Ken (Jenny); brothers Arthur (Phyllis), Barry (Marilyn), Burton (Marilyn); 3 grandchildren. Hillside

Lori Halpern died May 30 at 90. Survived by husband Felix; daughters Linda (Michael) Shevitz, Bernice Cartier; 6 grandchildren; 1 great-grandchild. Mount Sinai

Shari Horowitz Epstein died May 27 at 62. Survived by husband Norman; sons Max, Sam; 1 grandchild; sisters Joy, Penina; brother Steve; friend Mitch Evall. Hillside

Harry Kandel died May 24 at 85. Survived by brother Jack. Mount Sinai

Shirley Kaplan died May 31 at 84. Survived by nephew Cary. Malinow and Silverman 

Gerald Kasmer died May 23 at 89. Survived by wife Irene; daughter Lauren; sons Bruce, Jeff; 1 grandchild. Mount Sinai

Marion Kasoff died May 29 at 84. Survived by daughter Traci (Roy) Salter; 2 grandchildren. Groman Eden

Khana Kheyfets died May 28 at 89. Survived by husband Zelman Dorfman; daughters Galina (Mikhail) Dudnik, Polina (Alex) Gutman; 3 grandchildren; 4 great-grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Gretta Kibrick died May 29 at 83. Survived by husband Sidney; daughter Jane (Martin) Lipsic; 2 grandchildren; 3 great-grandchildren. Hillside

Marion Kissel died May 30 at 87. Survived by daughters Lisa (Mike) Dolan, Debra (Alan) Weinstock; son Robert; 6 grandchildren; 5 great-grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Rose Kunst died May 23 at 91. Survived by daughter Marleen McKenzie; 3 grandchildren; 5 great-grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Carissa Lee died May 28 at 40. Survived by husband Kevin Rex; daughters Emma, Maxie; mother Virginia; father William; mother-in-law Laurie Zaer; fathers-in-law Steven Rex, Doug Zaer; brother Patrick; brothers-in-law David Rex, Brett Zaer. Mount Sinai

Ezra Levy died May 27 at 88. Survived by wife Margot Webb; daughters Diana (Tony) Friedman, Linda (William) Levy Brenden; son Dan (Sandy); 5 grandchildren; 3 great-grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Jeannette Levy died May 29 at 91. Survived by daughter Bonnie (Gene) Horwitz; son Marshall; 2 grandchildren; 3 great-grandchildren; sister Helen Zavack; nephew Gary Zavack. Mount Sinai

Victor Ludwig died May 26 at 98. Survived by wife Miriam; sons David, Michael, Peter; 4 grandchildren. Hillside

Marshall Mamin died May 25 at 52. Survived by sisters Victoria Korson, Cynthia; brother John. Hillside

Dagobert Menschenfreund died May 29 at 86. Survived by cousin Michael (Diane) Ziering. Hillside

George Meyerson died June 1 at 93. Survived by wife Lillian; son Steve (Robin); stepdaughter Donna Workman; stepsons Barry Schneider, Dean (Judy) Schneider; 7 grandchildren; 5 great-grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Sylvia Schway died May 26 at 94. Survived by daughter Heidi (Ernest) Hutchins; son Michael (Nina Richardson); 2 grandchildren; 1 great-grandchild. Malinow and Silverman

Howard Seedman died May 27 at 92. Survived by wife Carole; son Jan; stepson Evan (Teri) Littig; brother Marvin (Phyliss); 2 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren. 

Sidney Senter died May 26 at 99. Survived by daughters Jacquelyn (Royce) Walker, Sheri; 3 grandchildren; 1 great-grandchild. Hillside

Seymour Seplow died May 30 at 94. Survived by son Alan (Bonnie). Hillside

Stuart Smith died May 27 at 63. Survived by mother Bernice Maslen; stepfather Maurice Maslen; sister Denise (Leonard) Horowitz. Hillside

Lawrence Solig died May 22 at 80. Survived by wife Pamela; daughter Lisa; son Larry; 3 grandchildren; brother Martin (Suzanne). Malinow and Silverman

Mildred Swern died May 28 at 92. Survived by sons Bruce (Cynthia) Henkin, Richard (Sonia); brother Edward (Toby) Trabin; 4 grandchildren; 1 great-grandchild. Hillside

Donna Tuna died May 28 at 85. Survived by husband Michael; daughter Susan (Michael) Wagner; son Mark (Valerie); 4 grandchildren; 1 great-grandchild; sister Karola Davidman. Hillside

Murray Winagura died May 23 at 88. Survived by wife Marion; sons Lance (Rachel) Robbins, Stephen (Eva); 5 grandchildren; 1 great-grandchild. Hillside

Gunman kills five in Santa Monica, shot dead by police


A gunman dressed in black killed five people in a string of shootings through the seaside California town of Santa Monica on Friday before he was shot dead by police in a community college library, law enforcement officials said.

Five other people were wounded, one of them critically, in the shooting rampage that unfolded just a few miles from where President Barack Obama was speaking at a political fundraiser elsewhere in Santa Monica, west of Los Angeles.

As the gunman lay dead on a sidewalk outside the Santa Monica College library, a second individual was taken into custody near the campus and described by police as a “person of interest” in the case. He was later released.

Police initially said six people were killed by the gunman, who was described only as a man between the ages of 25 and 30.

Obama completed his remarks at his event without interruption and left for a summit with Chinese President Xi Jinping near the desert resort community of Palm Springs. The bloodshed did not appear to be related to Obama's visit and the Secret Service called it a “local police matter.”

The killing spree marked the latest in string of high-profile mass shootings over the past year, including a December attack in Connecticut that killed 20 children and six adults at an elementary school and a shooting last July at a suburban Denver movie theater that killed 12 people.

Those attacks have helped reignite a national debate over gun violence in America that spurred Obama and his fellow Democrats to push for expanded background checks for gun buyers – an initiative defeated in the U.S. Senate.

Santa Monica Police said the carnage began at a home east of the college, where the gunman shot two people dead before apparently torching the home. The Los Angeles Times, citing law enforcement sources, reported that the first two victims were believed to be the gunman's father and brother.

“I was in my apartment when I heard five to seven shots, then a pause, then two shots and I knew it was guns,” neighbor Janet Carter told Reuters.

'HORRIFIC EVENT'

Carter said she walked outside and saw a woman sitting in her car with blood trickling from her head. One of the windows in the car had been blown out, and the woman was lucid and on her cell phone talking to her husband.

Carter said she and another neighbor placed cold compresses around the woman's shoulder area, where there was blood, and she noticed in the meantime that an old wood house across the street was consumed by flames.

Santa Monica Police Sergeant Richard Lewis said that after leaving the home, the gunman carjacked a woman and ordered her to drive. Along the way he fired at least several rounds at a city bus, wounding three people.

Arriving at the college, the gunman opened fire on a red sport utility vehicle in a staff parking lot, killing the driver and critically wounding his passenger, Lewis said.

The gunman, who was armed with an AR-15 style rifle and at least one handgun, then shot and killed another person at the college before he died in an exchange of gunfire with police, Lewis said.

He said investigators had not yet determined a motive for the rampage, adding: “It's a horrific event that everybody wishes never happened.”

Students at the campus library described a scene of pandemonium as the sounds of gunfire rang out, sending some scurrying for cover.

One student inside the library, Cyrus Jabari, 19, said that through a window he could see a man dressed in black with a buzz-style haircut carrying what appeared to be an assault rifle.

“The only thing between me and him was a glass door,” he told Reuters.

Rabbi Eli Levitansky, who runs Santa Monica College’s Chabad club, said he has been in touch with student locked down on campus and had not heard of any Jewish students wounded in the attacks as of 2:30 Friday afternoon.

“I am actually in contact with them [the Jewish students on lockdown] right now. I’m on the phone with them, pretty much every other minute, speaking to them, calming them,” Levitansky told the Journal this afternoon.

When the shooting occurred, Levitansky was walking en route to campus from his home as part of a regular ritual he does four times a week to help students on campus wrap tefillin. He lives only two blocks away. The sight of students running and the swift arrival of campus police alerted him to the shooting. He said he did not hear gunshots.

Levitansky described seeing SWAT teams, sheriff helicopters, ambulance trucks and dozens of police officers. “It’s like a warzone,” said Levitansky, who also serves as rabbi at the nearby Chabad of Santa Monica.

Natasha Nemanim, 24, tried to get onto the campus to turn on a final paper early Friday afternoon but turned back after seeing helicopters in the air and heavily armed security personnel at the entrance to the campus on Pico and 18th street.

“It was stressful definitely; those guns are pretty big and they make you wonder what’s happening in there,” Nemanim said. She spoke to The Journal on Friday from Kehillat Ma’arav, a Conservative synagogue about a mile from the campus.

“It appears to be controlled as long as you’re not on campus,” said Nemanim, who spent two years as a student at SMC before transferring to UCLA, where she studied psychology. “But if you were on campus, I have to imagine your cortisol levels would be through the roof.”

Police officers during a search at Santa Monica College following a shooting on campus on June 7. Photo by Jonathan Alcorn/Reuters

Reporting and writing by Steve Gorman; Additional reporting by Jonah Lowenfeld (Jewish Journal) Ron Grover (Reuters), Alex Dobuzinskis(Reuters); Editing by Cynthia Johnston and Eric Walsh

Obituaries


Regina Adatto died Jan. 20 at 85. Survived by daughter Carol (Chuck) Rozner; 3 grandchildren. Groman Eden

Bernice Beck died March 7 at 92. Survived by daughters Barbara (Peter) Goodkin, Susan Weiland; son Robert (Marti); 6 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren. Hillside

Sally Beck died March 12 at 77. Survived by daughters Barbara Deridder, Judy Lebron; sons David, Jeff, Robert (Kristina); 11 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren. Hillside

Jean Bowman died March 4 at 103. Survived by daughter Muriel (Charles) Kahsen; son Robert; 5 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren. Hillside

Mara Brener died Feb. 27 at 60. Survived by daughter Madeline (Courtney) Wesh; sister Susan (Steve Rosenthal) Berlin; nephew Gary (Jennifer) Feldman; grandniece Mya Feldman. Chevra Kadisha

Albert Calderon died March 11 at 96. Survived by daughter Susan (Harry) Lippman; son Richard (Mary); 4 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren. Hillside

Hyman Cohen died March 3 at 90. Survived by wife Sylvia; son David Cohen; 2 grandchildren. Hillside

Marvin Cohen died March 4 at 73. Survived by wife Cynthia; son Barney (Rachelle); daughters Jody (Darren) Greenblat, Shelley (Doug) Kauffman, Mindy (Ron) Siegel; brothers Ira, Sheldon (Barbara); 9 grandchildren. Hillside

Michael Cohen died March 11 at 75. Survived by wife Rachelle; sons Matthew (Stephanie), Robert (Juan), Ted (Iris); 4 grandchildren; brother Irving Cohen. Hillside

Sidney Fried died Jan. 14 at 99. Survived by son Harvey (Bari) Fried. Hillside

Alvin Gilmour died March 2 at 83. Survived by wife Barbara; daughter Susan (Tim) Hanigan; son David (Robin); 4 grandchildren. Hillside

Charles Gold died March 9 at 96. Survived by wife Regina; sons David (Caryn), Robert (Karen); 2 grandchildren. Hillside

Sherman Grancell died March 9 at 103. Survived by son Norin (Nona); brother Alvin Grancell; 2 grandchildren; 5 great-grandchildren. Hillside

Myer Huniu died March 1 at 87. Survived by daughter Lori Escalera; 1 grandchild; sister Mary Ann Kravitz. Hillside

Manja Kramer died Jan. 25 at 89. Survived by daughters Michelle, Josea; sons David (Pam), Steven (Teresa); 4 grandchildren; 1 great-grandchild; sister Helga Unkeless; brothers Herbert, Manfred (Goldie) Liverant. Hillside

Heidi Laff died March 13 at 67. Survived by husband Stuart; daughter Danielle (Brad) Sterling; son Jeff; 4 grandchildren; sisters Asceneth Backus, Oveta Popjoy. Hillside

Doris Malin died March 2 at 74. Survived by husband Stanley; daughters Tamara (Douglas) Wynn, Raquel (Daniel Jr.) Armendariz; son Kevin; 5 grandchildren; brother Abner Yablon. Hillside

Phillip Marko died March 2 at 88. Survived by wife Betty, daughters Barbara, Suzette; stepsons David Finkelstein, Reuben Finkelstein; stepdaughter Miriam Reisman; 1 grandchild. Hillside

Farhad Mobin died March 7 at 81. Survived by wife Fereshteh; son Fardad (Sheila); daughter Caroline (Fred) Delijani; 7 grandchildren. Hillside

Harriett Nemer died March 2 at 97. Survived by daughters Janet Factor, Joan Green; son Gary (Sheila); 8 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren. Hillside

Harry Parker died March 6 at 88. Survived by wife Nina; daughters Kathleen (Grant), Carol (Bill); sons David (Suzanne), George, Stuart (Lisa); 9 grandchildren. Hillside

Rona Perley died March 4 at 75. Survived by husband Howard; daughters Robin (Jim Benton), Sue; son Steven; 2 grandchildren. Malinow and Silverman 

Jeffrey Port died March 3 at 62. Survived by wife Vicki; daughters Ashley Bogart, Jade, Paige, Whitney; son Ryan; mother Florence; brother Randolph. Hillside

Livia Raskin died March 4 at 87. Survived by daughters Michelle (Alan) Buchsbaum, Annette (Dan) Shapiro; 4 grandchildren; 1 great-grandchild. Hillside

Nathan Rosen died March 1 at 93. Survived by brother Leo Rosen; niece Moraye Bear. Hillside

Susan Rosett died March 3 at 76. Survived by husband Thomas Edelman; daughter Martha; sons Danny, David (Consuelo); 2 grandchildren; sister Abigail Hellwarth. Hillside

Raydelle Samuels died March 11 at 89. Survived by daughter Barbara (Gary) Miller; son Steven (Helen); 4 grandchildren; 3 great-grandchildren; brother Bernard (Ethel) Kolbor. Hillside

Terry Segel died March 10 at 94. Survived by sister Marilyn; sons Jerry (Dianna), Norman (Marjie); 2 grandchildren. Hillside

Iris Weiss died March 4 at 78. Survived by husband Miklos; sons Lawrence, Steven (Joyce); daughter Sheri Weiss Schwartz; 4 grandchildren. Hillside

Pamela Windisch-Brownfield died March 9 at 64. Survived by daughter Patricia Farzaneh; 3 grandchildren; mother Regina; father Robert; sister Bobbi Windisch-Ludwig; brother Mark Windisch. Hillside

Obituaries


Judith Aarons died March 12 at 65. Survived by husband Michael; sons Brett (Lenka), Kelly; 4 grandchildren; father Allan Adler; sisters Edie Bogoff, Melony (Gary) Linza, Terry (Bill) Rogoway; brother Craig Adler. Mount Sinai

Leonard Adelman died March 6 at 90. Survived by wife Belle; son Alan (Juanita); 2 grandchildren; and brother Seymour. Mount Sinai

Ida Ardell died March 17 at 100. Survived by daughter Elaine Brandenburg; son Gene (Sharon); 3 grandchildren; 3 great-grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Gerald Belinkoff died March 11 at 74. Survived by partner Daniel Fidelman; brother Alan (Sigrid). Mount Sinai

Edwin Berman died March 12 at 68. Survived by brother Myer (Joan); 2 nieces. Mount Sinai

Lillian Bloom died March 8 at 89. Survived by son Perry. Mount Sinai

Charles Brucker died March 6 at 90. Survived by wife Rita; daughters Linda Dreyfuss, Michelle (Joe) Millstone, Maria; son Barry (Sue); 8 grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Anne Cherman died March 8 at 103. Survived by sons Mel (Marilyn), Stephen; 4 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Roslyn Collender died March 9 at 96. Survived by sons Jack (Ellen), Michael (Phyllis), Robert (Susan); 4 grandchildren. Malinow and Silverman 

Zvia Devito died March 7 at 70. Survived by daughter Sharon (Sanford); son Tomer; 5 grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Arlene Dick died March 13 at 75. Survived by son Leonard (Lisa); 3 grandchildren; brother Murray Balshin. Mount Sinai

Ronald Drucker died March 15 at 79. Survived by wife Sari; daughter Pamela (Lindsay Mann) Drucker Mann; son David (Jennifer); 3 grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Marcia Edmond died March 7 at 75. Survived by husband Stanley; sons Donald (Susan), H. Allen (Dawn), Richard (Valerie); 4 grandchildren; sister Jackie (Peter) Kuyper; brother H. Edward Silver. Mount Sinai

Linda Gabriel died March 20 at 64. Survived by husband Allan; daughters Allyson (Jeremy Blumberg), Amanda (Randy Mitzman), Melissa (Jordan Cassel); 2 grandchildren. 

Abraham Greenwald died March 16 at 100. Survived by daughter Ethel Epstein; son Steven (Shelley); 2 grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Beverly Handler died March 21 at 87. Survived by son Edward (Fran); 4 grandchildren.

Jacob Hershkowitz died March 5 at 77. Survived by wife Miriam; daughter Smadar (Mordechai) Hershkowitz-Brafman; sons Alon (Ana), Eric (Sandy), Isaac (Mira); 6 grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Gertrude Horwitz died March 10 at 97. Survived by son David (Estelle); 7 grandchildren; 4 great-grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Rose Josephson died March 18 at 99. Survived by daughter Bonnie Lerner; cousin Arnold Gillis. Mount Sinai

Adam Krispow died March 11 at 89. Survived by son Jeff (Paula); 2 grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Robert Lieberman died March 9 at 72. Survived by wife Susan; son Matthew; brother William London. Malinow and Silverman 

Martin Mandell died March 7 at 94. Survived by sons Lee, Rick. Malinow and Silverman  

Sidney Papel died March 10 at 93. Survived by son Richard Papel. Mount Sinai

Ezra Parsakar died March 13 at 87. Survived by wife Farzaneh; son Simon. Malinow and Silverman  

Carl Reitzenstein died March 20 at 91. Survived by wife Miriam; daughter Anne (Larry) Hopp; son Henry (Cindy); 4 grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Sylvia Rothschild died March 9 at 90. Survived by daughter Melanie (Larry Garf); 2 grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Fira Salganik died March 8 at 86. Survived by husband Efim Salganik; daughter Ada Rozenblat; 2 grandchildren; 1 great-grandchild. Mount Sinai

Louisca Seidel died March 13 at 92. Survived by sons Arthur, Ernest (Diane), Ken; 7 grandchildren; 7 great-grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Selma Shpall died March 16 at 77. Survived by husband Murray; sons David, Joel (Marina); 1 grandchild. Mount Sinai

Rani Sitty died March 13 at 33. Survived by mother Dasi; father Eli; brothers Barrak, Gal. Mount Sinai

Jerome Urfrig died March 12 at 75. Survived by wife Suzanne; daughter Julianne (Neal) Shanblatt; son Stuart (Shelly); 5 grandchildren; mother Anne; sister Wendy (Michael) Temple; brother Donald (Carole). Mount Sinai

Sarah Weiner died March 13 at 84. Survived by son Michael (Irene) Jarett; 4 grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Albert Weiss died March 6 at 92. Survived by daughter Diane. Malinow and Silverman 

Gail Willingham died March 9 at 74. Survived by husband Bob; daughters Gloria (Richard) Frankie, Diane Gordon. Mount Sinai

Renee Zamost died March 9 at 77. Survived by daughter Tracy; son Donald (Nanette); daughter-in-law Diane; 5 grandchildren.

Maria Zelyony died March 7 at 89. Survived by son Michael. Mount Sinai

Sandra Zimmerman died March 13 at 58. Survived by husband Harry; sons Evan, Zachary; brother Harold (Amy) Masor. Mount Sinai

Obituaries


Selma Bluestein-Paikin died Feb. 20 at 86. Survived by husband Leon Paikin; daughters Sheryl Bluestein, Diane (Jim) Bluestein Reed; son Kenneth (Laurie) Bluestein; stepdaughters Lisa (Mark) Watson, Gail (Leonard) Bartnick; stepsons Michael Paikin, Mark (Cindy) Paikin; 11 grandchildren; 9 great-grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Fay Dicker died Feb. 17 at 90. Survived by daughters Gail Pinsker, Rochelle; 2 grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Robert Eichner died Feb. 15 at 70. Survived by wife Cookie; daughters Lori (Tommy) Cobb, Debi (Tony) Berk; son Todd (Teresa); 8 grandchildren; mother Fay. Mount Sinai

Adrienne Felderman died Feb. 16 at 73. Survived by husband Arthur; sons Mark (Liliana) Tyler, Steven (Julie); 4 grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Allan Fink died Jan. 4 at 54. Survived by companion Jane Zachary; father Norman; stepmother Lynn; sister Jennifer Fink; brothers Bryan, Loran. Hillside

Bebe Friedman died Feb. 23 at 99. Survived by daughter Gerri Finkelstein; sons Bo Fink, Marvin (Harriet) Fink; 5 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Bella Friedman died Feb. 16 at 87. Survived by husband Saul; daughter Marianne (Stephen) Cohen; sons Leonard (Nancy), Lester (Simone); 8 grandchildren; 4 great-grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Lily Glucksman died Feb. 18 at 93. Survived by daughter Vivian (Mitch Weiss) Glucksman-Weiss; son David (Alicia); 4 grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Daniel Goldfarb died Feb. 19 at 82. Survived by wife Harriet; daughter Lynnore; son Sid (Judy); 1 grandchild; brother Eli. Mount Sinai

Dorothy Gould died Feb. 18 at 89. Survived by sons David (Deborah Chankin), Marc; 2 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Stewart Grossberg died Feb. 18 at 77. Survived by sons Norm (Linda), Robert (Theresa), Sam (Cheryl); 5 grandchildren. Hillside

Paul Herman died Feb. 15 at 95. Survived by daughter Francine Regos; 2 grandchildren; 3 great-grandchildren. Hillside

Milton Kamins died Feb. 21 at 95. Survived by daughters Rebecca (Jordan) Goldson, Linda; 3 grandchildren; sister Claudia (Sylvan) Senit. Hillside

Jeanne Kaufman died Feb. 16 at 93. Survived by sons Edward (Eleanor), Rabbi James (Sue), Jeffrey; 10 grandchildren; 5 great-grandchildren. Malinow and Silverman

Francis Kent died Feb. 15 at 93. Survived by sons Gary (Marianne), Alan (Sue); 4 grandchildren; 1 great-grandchild. Hillside

Steve Klenetsky died Feb. 17 at 68. Survived by wife Irene; daughter Sarah; son Carey; 2 grandchildren; sister Geri Klenetsky. Mount Sinai

Roger La Plante died Feb. 21 at 52. Survived by wife Diana; son Mauricio; mother Joyce (James) Rodgers; brother Marshall. Mount Sinai

Charlotte Levy died Feb. 22 at 88. Survived by sons Ron (Nancy) Delia, Marc (Susan); 1 grandchild. Mount Sinai

Gerald Linderman died Feb. 9 at 61. Survived by sisters Vivian Linderman O’Connell, Ellen Hausman; brother Shachna; 11 nieces and nephews; 9 grandnieces and grandnephews. Chevra Kadisha

Sylvia Lipton died Feb. 16 at 98. Survived by son Martin (Robbin Mashbein); 2 grandchildren; brother Charles (Dorothy) Schlang. Mount Sinai

Sara Litmanovich died Feb. 23 at 88. Survived by daughter Miriam (Michael) Carmona; son Moshe (Sheila) Litman; stepson Levi (Ahoua) Litmanovich; 7 grandchildren; 4 great-grandchildren. Hillside

Sydney Litwack died Feb. 12 at 85. Survived by wife Charleen; daughters Marni (Howard) Witkin, Dana (Justin Thomason); son Mark (Michelle); 4 grandchildren; sister Basha Holtz. Chevra Kadisha

Evelyne Melamet died Feb. 17 at 95. Survived by daughter, Beryl Geber; 2 grandchildren; 6 great-grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Arthur Milicov died Feb. 16 at 91. Survived by daughters Joyce (Elliott) Edelson, Laren; son Richard (Elizabeth Erchyl); 2 grandchildren; 3 great-grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Steve Mintz died Feb. 19 at 73. Survived by wife Marcy; daughter Michele (Jonathan) Gathrid; sons Brian (Tina), Michael (Laurel), Ricky (Cindy), Ron (Michelle); 8 grandchildren; sister Linda Colozzi. Mount Sinai

Dolores Musen died Feb. 22 at 82. Survived by sons Jordan, Ken (Ebba-Marie), Mark; 4 grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Melville Nahin died Feb. 18 at 83. Survived by wife Alice; sons Bruce, Richard (Annette); 4 grandchildren; sister Diana Tisch. Hillside

Izhak Navaro died Feb. 3 at 57. Survived by wife Dalia; daughters Danna Navaro Gil, Debbie; 2 grandchildren; mother Palomba; sister Ketty Yulzary, brother Yacov; 5 nieces and nephews. Chevra Kadisha

Sol Newman died Feb. 17 at 91. Survived by daughters Sharon Braverman, Vicki; 1 grandchild. Hillside

Selma Pokress died Feb. 19 at 72. Survived by husband Steven; sons Charles, David (Kelly); 2 grandchildren; brother Arnold Otchin. Hillside

Stephen Rosemarin died Feb. 15 at 85. Survived by daughters Judy (Mark) Newlun, Suzie Smith. Malinow and Silverman

Philip Rosen died Feb. 16 at 60. Survived by partner Joanne Hecht; mother Adrienne; father Leonard; sister Robin (Steven) Paul; brother Steven. Mount Sinai

Birdie Schulman died Feb. 19 at 85. Survived by husband Arnold; sons Avi (Eve Ben-Ora), David (Ava Thomas), Jay (Lisa Pavlevsky), Martin (Tarra); 8 grandchildren; sister Emma Cohn. Malinow and Silverman

Gershon Shapiro died Feb. 17 at 90. Survived by wife Emma; daughter Phyllis Sunkees; 2 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren; sister Ruth (Bernard) Brown. Hillside

David Smith died Feb. 22 at 95. Survived by wife Harriet; daughters Joy (Ron Wilson), Nina (Michele Parsons); son Lee (Susan Black-Smith); 3 grandsons. Mount Sinai

Susan Sobo died Feb. 17 at 85. Survived by daughters Debra Burnett McKennon, Sandee; sons James Gordon and Steven (Pam); 3 grandchildren. Hillside

Beverly Solomon Cherep died Feb. 17 at 63. Survived by sister Sheri Gorman; brother Rick Solomon.

Mildred Stark died Feb. 17 at 92. Survived by daughter Kathy (Richard Gordon) Stark-Gordon; son John (Mary); 1 grandchild. Mount Sinai

Sarah Tepper died Feb. 22 at 97. Survived by daughter-in-law Lauri Tepper; 3 grandchildren; 4 great-grandchildren; sister Rose Zimmerman. Hillside

Obituaries: Nov. 29-30, 2012


Vivianne Gaon died Nov. 29 at 56. Survived by mother Juliette; brother Roger. Hillside

Norman Huberman died Nov. 30 at 65. Survived by wife Dalia Huberman; daughter Felicia (Guy) Mizrahe; son Jason (Stacey); 3 grandchildren; sisters Evette Knight, Mimi Assanti; brother Bernard. Mount Sinai

Ruth Mishler died Nov. 30 at 48. Survived by mother Susan; father Arthur; sister Sharon (Dan) Mishler Moskovitz. Mount Sinai

Arnold Rosenbloom died Nov. 30 at 89. Survived by wife Arlyne; daughter Candace (Michael Gershman); son Alan (Deborah); 4 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Edith Wanamaker died Nov. 30 at 95. Survived by daughter Lisa (Dow) Lebowski; son Marc; 2 grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Nell Wayne died Nov. 30 at 85. Survived by daughter Diane Kramer. Sholom Chapels

Rosalyn Wiesner died Nov. 30 at 78. Survived by daughter Lori (Ken) Miller; son Ira Gluck; 4 grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Police: Toronto couple murdered in Florida were asphyxiated


A Toronto Jewish couple found dead in their Florida townhouse in January were asphyxiated, police said.

Police Chief Dwayne Flournoy of Hallandale Beach, Fla., said Wednesday that there were at least two perpetrators, and police have “no reason to believe the people responsible were known to [the couple].” The January murders of Toronto snowbirds David “Donny” Pichosky and Rochelle Wise in South Florida were “senseless,” Flournoy added.

Wise, 66, was a retired preschool administrator at Bialik Hebrew Day School in Toronto and a former director of a day camp. Pichosky, her husband of four years, was a retired businessman who volunteered with Jewish seniors. The couple belonged to Toronto's Shaarei Shomayim Congregation. Their deaths shocked Toronto's Jewish community.

Investigators quickly ruled their deaths a double murder but chose not to release the cause of death after receiving the results of toxicology tests. Flournoy and other member of his team visited Toronto in January to gather leads.

In February, police released video surveillance footage shot the day before the couple's bodies were discovered of a woman carrying an unidentified item toward the back of the townhouse Wise and Pichosky shared.

Police are awaiting the results of further forensic testing, Flournoy said. There are also numerous surveillance tapes to be studied. He refused to comment on whether anything was stolen from the home.

CrimeStoppers and private donors have offered a reward of $51,000 for information that would help solve the case.

Obituaries: Oct. 21-Dec.12, 2012


Salamon Alaton died Nov. 25 at 98. Survived by daughter Sara (Isaac) Avigdor; sons Kalev (Maria), Saul (Sara); 6 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren. Chevra Kadisha

Evelyn Alpert died Dec. 5 at 96. Survived by daughter Michelle Urcis. Malinow and Silverman

Yuri Feldman died Dec. 11 at 64. Survived by wife Galina; daughters Alla (Alex Makh), Irene (Igor) Lapsin; 2 grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Esther Geller died Dec. 7 at 98. Survived by daughters Laura, Miria, Irene, Rochelle; 5 grandchildren; 6 great-grandchildren; 1 great-great-grandchild. Mount Sinai

Makhlyusa Gershkovich died Dec. 10 at 87. Survived by daughter Nataly Gersh; 1 grandchild. Hillside

Enayat Ghodsian died Dec. 3 at 87. Survived by wife Akhtar Gabbay Ghodsian; daughters Edna (Sammy) Kahen, Jilla (Steve) Carpey, Fariba (Nathan) Fischel, Neli (Ramin) Roofian; 10 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren. Chevra Kadisha

Irwin Bernard Goldstein died Dec. 9 at 83. Survived by wife Judith; sons Stephen (Jennifer), David Miles (Michelle), Kenneth (Leslie Sands); 6 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren; brother Norman (Gigi); sister Dorothy Krieger. Mount Sinai

Milton Gornbein died Nov. 22 at 81. Survived by wife Judy; daughters Sharon, Cindy; sons Howard, Hershel; 13 grandchildren; sister Sarah Horowitz; brother Louis.

Bala Isaacs died Dec. 12 at 94. Survived by daughter Joan; 1 grandchild. Hillside

Mildred Blossom Karpman died Dec. 10 at 90. Survived by daughter Ilene; son Alan (Rochelle); 2 grandchildren; 1 great-grandchild Eva; brother-in-law Harold. Mount Sinai

Ephraim Aaron Lazaroff died Dec. 9 at 90. Survived by daughter Sharon (Richard) Tauber; son David; sister Edith Tannenbaum; nieces; nephews. Mount Sinai

Louis Levine died Dec. 11 at 47. Survived by mother Patsy; sister Jul Vann. Mount Sinai

Louis Lunsky died Dec. 8 at 89.  Survived by wife Eugenie; daughters Ann, Laurie; son Benjamin (Maggie); 5 grandchildren. Hillside

Harry Marks died Dec. 12 at 85. Survived by wife Harriett; daughters Donna (Tom) Bonar, Shelly Chandler; son Jerry (Chamuntal); 8 grandchildren; 9 great-grandchildren. Hillside

Florence Markson died Dec. 9 at 84. Survived by husband Leland; daughter Laurie; sons Brett (Rosemary), Bill (Robin); 5 grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Sidney Morhar died Dec. 12 at 97. Survived by daughters Barbara “Bobi” (Jeff Zarrus) Harberson, Marilyn “Mickey” Alper; 2 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Rhea Reta Parker died Dec. 12 at 96.  Survived by son Keenan; daughter Joi; 4 grandchildren; 7 great-grandchildren. Hillside

Rose Marie Pauker died Dec. 12 at 90. Survived by daughter Gabrielle (Tony) Nassaney; son Avram; brother Al; 2 grandchildren; 3 great-grandchildren. Hillside

Jeffrey Phelps died Dec. 7 at 53. Survived by daughter Sarah (Josh) Ariza; son Lucas; mother Lyn; brother Steven; aunt Rochelle Abrams. Mount Sinai

Michael Robbins died Dec. 12 at 72. Survived by wife Louise; sons Scott (Shannon), Andrew (Kate); 4 grandchildren; brother Jeff (Nancy); sister Judy (Henry) Wollman. Hillside

David Sokol died Oct. 21 at 91. Survived by daughter Claudine Unterman; son Aaron; 7 grandchildren. Chevra Kadisha

Comedy writer Sol Weinstein dies at 84


When I first moved to California from Philadelphia in 1978, Leon Brown, editor of the Jewish Exponent, told me to look up his friend Sol Weinstein. 

I already knew of Weinstein, as I had one of the books in his “Israel Bond Oy-Oy-7” series, “Loxfinger.” I did connect with him, and over the last 34 years, I was proud to be his friend.

Weinstein was born and raised in Trenton, N.J. In the 1950s, he wrote for his local newspaper, The Trentonian, before turning his sharp wit to comedy sketches and songs for variety show performers. He married Eleanor Eisner in 1955, and they had two children, David and Judee.

He started writing gags for Joe E. Lewis, Alan King and, years later, for Bob Hope’s and Dean Martin’s shows. His show-biz pals were Sammy Davis Jr., Gene Kelly and Dom DeLuise.

In 1962, Weinstein wrote the ballad “The Curtain Falls” for Bobby Darin’s act, which the singer used as his finale for years. The song was also recorded by Hope, and Steve & Eydie, and was featured in the Darin biopic “Beyond the Sea.”

Weinstein conceived his Israel Bond capers, starting with “Loxfinger,” in 1965. The series of four books — including “Matzohball,” “On the Secret Service of His Majesty, the Queen” and “You Only Live Until You Die” — sold more than 400,000 copies and gained him national exposure.

In the ’70s, Weinstein moved to Los Angeles and wrote for such television shows as “The Love Boat,” “The Jeffersons” and “Three’s Companywith writing partner Howard Albrecht. 

Weinstein moved to New Zealand in 2002 to be near his son. He was a real mensch, fun to be with, funny, he loved jazz, loved being Jewish and speaking Yiddish, and he loved life itself. 

Of his writing partner, Albrecht said, “Sol was the most interesting, knowledgeable, talented — but, more important, the most gentle — man I have ever known.”

Weinstein, writer, composer, jazz fanatic and sweetheart, died of pancreatic cancer on Nov. 25 in his home in Plimmerton, New Zealand, surrounded by his loving family. He was 84. 

Predeceased by wife, Eleanor, Weinstein is survived by his daughter, Judee; son, David; and granddaughter, Eleanor. 

Kenny Ellis is cantor of Temple Beth Ami, a Reform synagogue in Santa Clarita.

Obituaries: Sept. 2 – Oct. 17, 2012


Jacqueline Alvy died Oct. 12 at 86. Survived by husband Reuben; son Ralph David (Ashley Wrobel); stepdaughter Sarah Wrobel; stepson Jonathan Wrobel. Mount Sinai

Michael Asher died Oct. 15 at 69. Survived by cousins Rayna Kraman, Manfred Linder. Hillside

Leon Barankiewicz died Oct. 13 at 90. Survived by daughter Ilana (Arie) Goldberg; son David (Iris); 5 grandchildren. Malinow and Silverman

Marian Block died Oct. 9 at 93. Survived by daughter Sherry (Richard Harris) Radis; son Steven (Sunny Franklin); sister Blanche (Roland) Young; 6 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren. Hillside

Leonard Boasberg died Oct. 9 at 89. Survived by wife Lore; daughter Judith (Mark Landry); sons Mark (Enid), Daniel (Linnie Radman); 4 grandchildren. Malinow and Silverman

Frances Corn died Oct. 15 at 75. Survived by husband Charles; sons Richard (Soheila), Gerry (Silene); 3 grandchildren. Chevra Kadisha

Emanuel Diamant died Oct. 11 at 83. Survived by daughters Adrienne (David) Weil, Melissa; 4 grandchildren. Hillside

Josef Fikhman died Oct. 11 at 65. Survived by wife Lisa; sons Mikhail (Edita), George (Natasha), William (Simona Byk); brother Stanley (Irena); mother Manya; 4 grandchildren. Hillside

Arthur Frankel died Oct. 16 at 70. Survived by wife Carol; daughter Deborah (Graham) Marshall; son Sean (Emilia); sister Toni (Gerardo) Wolff; 2 grandchildren. Malinow and Silverman

Lawrence J. Gartner died Oct. 13 at 67. Survived by sister Barbara. Mount Sinai

Maurice B. Goodman died Oct. 15 at 84. Survived by wife Elaine; son Steve (Abbe); daughters Wendy (Jon) Hauptman, Bonnie (Ronny) Bensimon; 9 grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Sally Grunwald died Oct. 10 at 86. Survived by daughter Esther Gutierrec; son Michael (Shela); 5 grandchildren; 4 great-grandchildren; sister Anja Ickowitz; brother Joseph (Rivi) Poslun. Mount Sinai

David Kagan died Oct. 9 at 78. Survived by wife Joan; sons Jeffrey (Briana), Andrew (Miriam); daughter Debra (Rod) Luciz; 4 grandchildren. Hillside

Elliott H. Kajan died Oct. 17 at 74. Survived by wife Judy; sons Jordan (Michelle), Evan; 1 grandchild; sister Gloria Weiner. Mount Sinai

Nasha Kamberg died Oct. 16 at 92. Survived by daughter Caren (Michael Kosecoff). Hillside 

Dorothy Kaplan died Oct. 15 at 84. Survived by daughter Andrea (Walter) O’Brien; sons Hunter (Harriett), Randy; 7 grandchildren. Hillside

David J. Knell died Oct.16 at 95. Survived by daughter Sandra Kievman; sons Ronald (Lori Russo), Gary (Kim Larson); 8 grandchildren; 4 great-grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Ella Kohn died Oct. 12 at 96. Survived by sons Steve, Harvey. Malinow and Silverman

Harold Leventhal died Oct. 10 at 89. Survived by wife Gayle; son Rob; daughter Nancy Burt; stepsons Randy (Kimberly), Ronald Magnin; 6 grandchildren. Hillside

Stanley Lever died Oct. 16 at 88. Survived by wife Evelyn; daughter Susan; son Kevin (Jonda); brother Ron (Doreen). Malinow and Silverman

Harvey Levich died Oct. 9 at 81. Survived by wife Susan; daughter Deborah; son David; sister Ruth Mogol; 4 grandchildren. Hillside

Marvin Levin died Oct. 8 at 87. Survived by wife Sylvia; daughter Ann (Winthrop Morgan); sons Andrew (Mazel), Fred (Anna); brothers Clinton, Gilbert; grandchildren. Malinow and Silverman

Albert Mandell died Oct. 14 at 92. Survived by daughters Marlene (Fred) Berns-Weissman, Debbie; son Gary; 3 grandchildren. Hillside

Eugene Manusov died Oct.17 at 83. Survived by wife Sari “Sunnie”; daughters Vicki Guay, Valerie; 3 grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Lillian Marks died Oct. 14 at 92. Survived by daughter Sue Shenfeld; son Arnold (Jann); 3 grandchildren; 6 great-grandchildren. Eden

Jeffrey Persky died Oct. 9 at 63. Survived by wife Debbie; daughter Tina; sons Evan, Nicholas; brother Hank (Katherine). Hillside

Howard Pincus died Oct. 17 at 90. Survived by wife Maud; sons Glen (Jill), Phil (Kathleen); 4 grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Molly Plotkin died Oct. 10 at 92. Survived by daughters Michele Levenstein, Charlene (Lawrence) Huston-Bernstein; Janet (Robert) Plotkin-Bornstein; 5 grandchildren. Malinow and Silverman

Mitchell Popick died Oct. 17 at 79. Survived by daughters Cindy (Jonathan) Petrak, Randy (Glenn Lipson) Kasper; son Jeffrey (Debbie); 4 grandchildren; sister Felice Durazo; brother Harriman. Mount Sinai

Beatrice Powell died Oct. 8 at 93. Survived by daughter Gail (Alex) Glikmann; sons Bruce (Debby), Zachary (Jill); 9 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren. Malinow and Silverman

Marlene Pressman died Oct. 9 at 90. Survived by daughter Ellen (Jeff); sons Joel (Judy), Robert (Barbara); 7 grandchildren; sister Claire Winer; brother Abe Klein. Mount Sinai

Rita Reier died Oct.16 at 86. Survived by husband Melvin; daughters Sarah Tyack, Ellen, Nancy, Alice; son David; 10 grandchildren; 3 great-grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Portia Fisher Rose died Sept. 2 at 88. Survived by husband Edward; daughter Elisa (Allen) Wax; son Marc; 4 grandchildren. Chevra Kadisha

Blanche Schimmel died Oct. 13 at 107. Survived by daughter Bella Desser; son David; 1 grandson. Malinow and Silverman

Marvin Schlezinger died Oct. 8 at 84. Malinow and Silverman

Bailey Schwartz died Oct. 14 at 95. Survived by daughters Joni Lavick, Reva Zane. Malinow and Silverman

Harry Schwartz died Oct. 10 at 85. Survived by daughter Joyce; son Paul (Ellen); 2 grandchildren; sister Marion (Hyman) Kuritz. Mount Sinai

Eric Seif died Oct 13 at 87. Survived by wife Sally; daughters Rita (David) Reifman, Judy (Mitchell) Cohen; son Jeffrey; 4 grandchildren; sister Gita Schwarz. Eden

Larry Sloan died Oct. 14 at 89. Survived by wife Eleanor; daughters Claudia (John Sacret Young), Bonnie (Greg) Derin, Liz (Joe) Fallet, Amy Harrison; son Scott Harrison; 6 grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Ethel Spalter died Oct. 9 at 84. Survived by sons Michael (Julie), Matthew (Karen); 3 grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Morton Waldow died Oct. 16 at 93. Survived by daughters Marcia, Sheila (Mark) Matusow; 2 grandchildren; 1 great-grandchild. Malinow and Silverman

Jack Weinstock died Oct. 13 at 100. Survived by wife Elaine; daughters Tobi (Alan) Pepper, Maxine Bleakley; stepson Eric Abrams; 3 grandchildren; 5 great-grandchildren. Hillside

Leon Weiss died Oct. 11 at 82. Survived by son Steve (Carol) Chudy; daughter Leona (Harris) Cohen; 3 grandchildren; 3 great-grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Obituaries: Aug. 17-23, 2012


Leon Aberle died July 3 at 81. Survived by wife Petrina; daughter Carla (Steven) Lenhoff; son Matthew; 3 grandchildren; brother Charles (Saron). Hillside

Jeffrey Allyn died July 8 at 75. Survived by wife Harriett; sons Russell (Romel Valerio), Hal (Chantal); 3 grandchildren; sister Flo Barker. Hillside

Norman Beck died July 7 at 89. Survived by wife Harriett; daughter Marilee (Andrew Safir); sons Dennis (Pamela), Ronald (Cynthia); sister Evelyn Goldberg; 11 grandchildren. Hillside

Susan Bender died June 17 at 67. Survived by husband Richard; daughter Stephanie (Allan) Bernstein; son Andrew (Andrea); 3 grandchildren; brother David Praver; sister Marcia Praver-Cole. Hillside

Cary Brooks died July 1 at 54. Survived by wife Chonticha; mother Rosalind; sisters Marcie, Sandi Shively, Laurie Dulson; brother Ron. Malinow and Silverman

Roger Dee died June 18 at 81. Survived by daughters Vicki (David) Dee-Rock, Lisa; 3 grandchildren; brother Chuck Buchanon. Hillside

Joseph Einberg died July 3 at 91. Survived by daughters Myra, Barbara; son Howard; 3 grandchildren; 1 great-grandchild. Hillside

Barbara Felman died June 20 at 66. Survived by husband Mark; daughter Shari Lambrinos; son David; father Milton Golden; sister JoAnne Golden. Hillside

Roberta Jean Firestone died July 6 at 78. Survived by husband William; sons Randall S. (Ying), Jeffrey (Wantana), Gary (Lamai); 2 grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Harry Fradkin died June 22 at 89. Survived by daughters Laurie (Harvey) Robinson¸ Shelly (Tom) Helberg; son David (Andi) Korshak; 6 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren; brother Abe. Hillside

Michael Friedman died June 17 at 66. Survived by companion Tanya Nord; son Eugene; mother Khaya; brother Yuri (Zhenya). Hillside

Alice Hemar died June 19 at 92. Survived by sons Peter, Richard (Lynn); sister Sophie; 4 grandchildren; 1 great-grandchild. Hillside

Bernice Klein died July 3 at 92. Survived by daughter Carol Mark; sons Ron, Louis. Hillside

Michael Levine died July 2 at 67. Survived by sons Ryan, Blake (Sydney); father Bill; sister Geri Levine Loe; brother Robert (Seethamma). Hillside

Mindy Limardi died July 4 at 61. Survived by mother Alice Oran. Mount Sinai

Alexander Meshekow died June 23 at 97.  Survived by wife Beatrice; daughter Paula; son Marc; 1 grandchild. Hillside

Shirley Miller died July 2 at 90. Survived by nephews Fred (Karen DeMott) Lowe, Greg Lowe. Mount Sinai

Semyon Minkov died July 4 at 84. Survived by wife Ida; son Mikhail (Irina); 2 grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Ida Minkova died July 7 at 81. Survived by son Mikhail “Mike” (Irina) Minkov; 2 grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Alice Sarah Olins died July 5 at 99. Survived by sons Jay, Evan; 3 grandchildren; 7 great-grandchildren; sister June (Milton) Torn. Mount Sinai

Steven Platt died July 5 at 64. Survived by wife Carolyn “Lulu”; daughters Jackie, Felicia; brother Larry (Karen). Mount Sinai

Lillian Popkin died July 5 at 87. Survived by sons Stuart, Bruce (Barbara), Marty; 1 grandchild; 1 great-grandchild. Mount Sinai

Gloria Rose died July 4 at 90.  Survived by sons Clark (Patricia), Larry (Jane); 4 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren. Hillside

Carl Roseman died July 2 at 74. Survived by wife Paula; daughter Jenna Sobelman; son Marc; 1 grandson; sister Betty Abramson. Mount Sinai

James Robert Rosen died July 2 at 69. Survived by daughter Cindy; son Ricci; 1 grandchild. Hillside

Adelyne Ross died July 6 at 86. Survived by daughter Diane (Michael) Ross-Glazer; sons Richard (Robyn), Robert (Cathie); 8 grandchildren; 1 great-granddaughter. Mount Sinai

Sol Rubin died July 5 at 94. Survived by wife Neddy; daughter Judith; son Donald. Hillside

Helen N. Salz died July 6 at 93. Survived by husband Moritz; daughter Judy (Mel) Grossman; son Rubin (Susan); 4 grandchildren; 4 great-grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Jack Sanow died June 18 at 81.  Survived by nephew Warren (Joan) Kessler. Hillside

Elaine Simon died July 1 at 89. Survived by sons Alan (Lisa), Gary (Betty Ann), Mittchell (JoAnn); 6 grandchildren; 3 great-grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Rebecca Spector died July 4 at 38. Survived by mother Benita; father Michael. Hillside

Martin Stolzoff died July 5 at 88. Survived by wife Barbara; son Gary (Suzi Alexander); stepsons Steven (Jennifer) Jacob, Richard Jacob, Robert (Carolyn) Jacob; 4 grandchildren; sister Irene Geller. Mount Sinai

Betty Sulkin died June 22 at 90.  Survived by husband Maurice; son Jeffrey (Ajah-Denise Fambo); 1 grandchild. Hillside

Sandra Vrono died July 2 at 78. Survived by sister Jacqueline Steingold; close friends Linda Turetsky, Basha Pierce. Mount Sinai

Elaine Widawer died July 6 at 69. Survived by daughter Allison (Michael) Weiss; son David (Lisa) Stiles; 4 grandchildren; mother Gertrude Perlick; sister Pamela Dixon Frost. Mount Sinai

Marian Edith Wolfson died July 2 at 93. Survived by daughters Lisa (Richard) Goldstein, Marta (Richard) Meyers, Roberta Cox; 4 grandchildren; sister Zelda. Mount Sinai

Barbara Alice Yellen died July 7 at 95.  Survived by daughter Francine (Jeffrey) Light; son Robert (Judy); 4 grandchildren. Hillside

Acclaimed writer Nora Ephron dead at 71


Writer and film director Nora Ephron, known for work on movies such as “When Harry Met Sally,” has died in New York at age 71, according to media reports Tuesday night, hours after it was first revealed that she was gravely ill and near death.

A spokeswoman for her agency, Los Angeles-based Creative Artists Agency, declined to comment on the reports. Nicholas Latimer, a spokesman at publishing company Random House, told Reuters Ephron was “gravely ill.”

He could not confirm reports that she had died, which was reported by The New York Times, The Washington Post and show business newspaper Daily Variety.

Earlier on Tuesday, New York based gossip columnist Liz Smith told entertainment industry website The Hollywood Reporter that she had spoken to Ephron’s son, Jacob Bernstein, and the family is already planning a funeral.

“I was told this morning that she was dying, but I can’t confirm it,” The Hollywood Reporter quoted Smith as saying.

ABC News posted a story on its website citing sources close to the family as telling the TV network Ephron is “gravely ill.”

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Ephron, known for screenplays “When Harry Met Sally,” “Sleepless in Seattle” and more recently, “Julie & Julia,” which she also directed, had not publicly addressed suffering from any illness in recent months.

During a long career, Ephron has written for newspapers and magazines. She published books and essays, but is perhaps best known for her work in movies.

She was nominated for three Academy Awards for writing romantic the comedies “Harry Met Sally,” “Sleepless in Seattle” and drama “Silkwood.”

Reporting By Piya Sinha-Roy; Editing by Bob Tourtellotte and Philip Barbara

Egypt’s Hosni Mubarak ‘clinically dead,’ state news service says


UPDATE [2:54 pm]: Egypt’s ousted President Hosni Mubarak, jailed for life this month and who has been hospitalized for more than a year, is unconscious and on a respirator but is not clinically dead, two security sources told Reuters on Tuesday.

“He is completely unconscious. He is using artificial respiration,” one military source told Reuters, after the state news agency reported he was clinically dead after being taken from a prison medical facility to a military hospital.

Another separate security source gave the same account and dismissed the report issued by the state news agency saying: “It is still early to say that he is clinically dead.”


UPDATE [2:49 pm]: Egypt’s Mubarak unconscious and on respirator, not clinically dead, two security sources tell Reuters.


[2:46 pm]: Hosni Mubarak, who ruled Egypt for three decades until overthrown by a revolution in the “Arab Spring” last year, was declared clinically dead by his doctors on Tuesday, the state news agency MENA said in a report confirmed by a hospital source.

Mubarak is 84 and had been sentenced to life in prison earlier this month.

“Former president Hosni Mubarak has clinically died following his arrival at Maadi military hospital on Tuesday evening,” MENA said, quoting medical sources.

“Mubarak’s heart stopped beating and was subjected to a defibrillator several times but did not respond.”

Reporting by Alastair Macdonald; Editing by Kevin Liffey

Obituaries: June 15-21, 2012


Barbara Billing died April 18 at 75. Survived by sister Joan Feifer. Hillside

Wilma Marine Braun died April 25 at 77. Survived by daughters Alison (Benjamin Malay); Stacey (Geoff); brother Irwin Marine. Mount Sinai

Robert Daryl Canfield died April 19 at 66. Survived by wife Susan. Sholom Chapels

Forrest “Woody” Cole died April 19 at 72. Survived by wife Linda; daughters Michelle (Randy) Godden, Marlene (Eron Ben-Yehuda); 3 grandchildren. Hillside

Lillian C. Elman died April 22 at 93. Survived by daughter Jeri (Ron) Sobel; 1 grandson; brother Eli Catran. Mount Sinai

Nicolas Faigin died April 21 at 47. Survived by mother Anne; father Thomas; sister Cecelia. Mount Sinai

Murray Finebaum died April 28 at 70. Survived by wife Harriett; daughter Elizabeth; son Bruce; sister Lenore; 1 grandchild. Hillside

Lila Fink died April 20 at 81. Survived by husband Fred; daughter Patty; sons Larry, Steve; 7 grandchildren; 1 great-grandson.

Lenore Fenster died April 20 at 88. Survived by daughter Debra (Richard)Lebby; son Arthur Fleischer; brother Nate. Mount Sinai

Beatrice Marlene Fletcher died April 27 at 83. Survived by sons Arnold (Cynthia) Burke, Mark Irwin (Jerese) Burke; stepdaughters Eileen, Robin Johnson, Patti Maxine Zanghi; 4 grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Ira Friedman died April 18 at 75. Survived by wife Judie Stein; daughters Nicole, Jessica; son Eric. Mount Sinai

Berta Gales died April 17 at 92. Survived by daughters Debbie Stern, Lili Rubin, Susan Hochstein; son Ron; grandchildren. Sholom Chapels

Jean Gandel died April 22 at 91. Survived by daughters Judith Golden, Suzanne Hinman; son Robert; 2 grandchildren; 1 great-grandchild. Hillside

Jeanette Goldberg died April 26 at 88. Survived by sons Neil (Carol), Ross (Susan); 6 grandchildren; 4 great-grandchildren. Hillside

Michael Grossman died April 16 at 98. Survived by wife Millie; daughter Lynn Braitman; son R. David Stephens; 2 grandchildren. Hillside

Eleanor “Alice” Howard died April 21 at 85. Survived by husband Leo J.; daughter Jane Howard Blitz; sons Alan, Scott (Marcie); 8 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Eunice Kagan Kleinfeld died April 21 at 86. Survived by husband Kenneth; daughter Nancy; son Alan; sister Dorothy Weinberger. Groman Eden

Ruth Kroll died April 18 at 97. Survived by husband Sol; daughters Judith, Elise; sons Jerry, Elliott; 9 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren. Hillside

Gerald Labgold died April 27 at 86. Survived by wife Ruth; daughters Robbin Velasco, Lori (Robin) Roques; son Richard; 2 grandchildren; 3 great-grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Theodore Levine died April 24 at 90. Survived by wife Shirley; sons David, Jay, Mark; 4 grandchildren. Sholom Chapels

Zena Lewis died April 22 at 87. Survived by son Jeffrey (Cindy). Hillside

Ruth Morris died April 19 at 75. Survived by husband Percy; son Aaron (Andrea). Sholom Chapels

Irwin Nebron died April 22 at 84. Survived by wife Ruth; daughter Catherine; 1 grandchild. Hillside

Elaine Pasternack died April 16 at 76. Survived by sons Dan (Amy), Ben, Ira; 1 grandchild; sister Bobbie Teperman. Hillside

Marcia Pflug died April 24 at 84. Survived by husband Howard; daughter Andrea (Barry) Forman; son Robert (Renalee); 2 grandchildren. Hillside

Robert Rippner died April 24 at 99. Survived by wife Carolyn; daughter Joan; sons James, David; 2 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren. Hillside

Ilona Ross died April 23 at 98. Survived by niece Gloria Caris. Mount Sinai 

Madrian “Mady” Schneider died April 28 at 75. Survived by husband Stanley; daughters Andrea (Patrick) Murray, Lisa (Eddie) Iannone, Lynn (John) Eissele, Lori (Dan) Gense; son Gary (Karen); 9 grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Hal Stearns died April 20 at 98. Survived by sons Gary (Rachel), Steve (Janice); 4 grandchildren; 5 great-grandchildren, sister Ray Gere; brother Sid. Hillside

Rose Wegner died April 20 at 99. Survived by daughter Felicity Johnson. Sholom Chapels

Phyllis Zeldin died April 23 at 85. Survived by sons Steward, Lloyd; 3 grandchildren; 8 great-grandchildren. Hillside

Obituaries: May 25-31, 2012


Sheldon Allen died April 1 at 85. Survived by wife Marilyn; daughter Deborah (Jay Layman) Worth; son Scott (Corkey Ahrendt); 4 grandchildren; 1 great-grandchild. Mount Sinai

Ira Bacher died April 2 at 81. Survived by wife Ellen; daughter Nicole. Mount Sinai

Jerome Bauer died March 26 at 79. Survived by wife Shirley; brother Philip (Joan); sister Judy Coulton. Hillside

Joseph Beck died March 25 at 87. Survived by wife Janice, daughters Terry, Sandra; 3 grandchildren.

Lucile Shapiro Bendick died March 12 at 99. Survived by daughter Susan (Philip) Bendick Tesler; son Marc (Mary Lou); 2 grandchildren.

Cecille J. Berlin died March 26 at 91. Survived by daughter Marilyn (Larry Burdman); son Edward; 1 grandchild; caregivers Doreen Campbell, Pauline Laurence. Mount Sinai

Ethel Bol died March 27 at 90. Survived by daughter Lea Zaslavsky; son Igor; 5 grandchildren; 3 great-grandchildren; companion Moisey Vysokiy. Mount Sinai

Regine Cohen died March 28 at 88. Survived by daughter Sandy (Manny) Kreitenberg; son Robert (Shari); 6 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Scott Epstein died March 29 at 52. Survived by wife Rebecca; daughter Lauren (Johnny) Siroonian; son Landon; mother Sandra; father Norman; brother Mark; sister Lisa; in-laws Anthony Martinez, Celia Martinez. Mount Sinai

Lillian Erenberg died March 25 at 95. Survived by daughters Sharen (Allan) Krojansky, Sandy (Dan) Pister, Jacqueline (Tom) Hartmann; 3 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Sue Feinberg died March 29 at 57. Survived by husband Richard Lubman; daughters Rachel, Louisa “Lulu” Lubman; mother Elaine; brothers George (Julie), Don (Blanca). Mount Sinai

Max Fields died March 26 at 89. Survived by wife Betty; sons Sy, Ken (Karen), Jeff (Allison); 5 grandchildren; brother David (Gladys). Mount Sinai

William H. Fox died March 26 at 89. Survived by wife Ruth; daughter Judith Ellen; son Michael Steven (Linda); 4 grandchildren; sister Renee Brown. Mount Sinai

Louis Hamos died March 23 at 77. Survived by wife Eileen; sons Ron (Andrea), Bryan (Regina), Aaron; 5 grandchildren; 1 sister. Groman

Karen M. Honigberg died March 25 at 67. Survived by husband John Hendershot; sons Darel (Amy), Jason (Leslie); brother Robert (Linda) Axel; caregiver Digna Barbieto. Mount Sinai

Frances Joseph died March 31 at 91. Survived by daughter Barbara (Thomas) Cooper. Mount Sinai

Fanchon Louise Klein died March 28 at 92.  Survived by daughter Deborah (Jeffrey) Kaye; 2 grandchildren. Mount Sinai.

Marjorie Koenig died March 25 at 86. Survived by daughter Denise; sons Clifford (Mary), David; sisters Shirley Gitlen, Eleanor Kalin, Harriet Levitz. Mount Sinai

Jerry Kravitz died March 25 at 78.  Survived by wife Mary Ann; daughter Dina; sons Kenneth, Mike (Sharon); 3 grandchildren. Hillside

Ronald Leff died March 25 at 79. Survived by wife Joan; daughter Kathy Leverson; son Michael (Elizabeth); sister Dede Adler; 4 grandchildren. Hillside

Dawn Messenger died March 27 at 79. Survived by daughters Sheri Rubolino, Teri Goupille, Randi Aichel. Mount Sinai 

Hilda Paul died March 24 at 88. Survived by husband Leonard Farber; son Matt (Lorraine Hanna) Fisher; stepson Russ Farber. Mount Sinai

Victoria Soorani died March 24 at 94. Survived by daughters Vivian (Howard) Krepack, Vera (David) David; sons James (Soshana), Emil (Edlyn); 9 grandchildren; 9 great-grandchildren. Hillside

Bernard Schlom died March 26 at 93. Survived by wife Ruth; daughter Carol; brothers Irwin, Alvin; sister Charlotte Dinovitz; 4 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren. Hillside

Daniel Whalen died March 28 at 76. Survived by wife Ellen; daughter Katey (Mitch) Garnick; son Shanan (Laura); 4 grandchildren; sister Lenore Fisher. Hillside

Benson Wohl died March 29 at 87. Survived by wife Leila; sons David (Terri), Alan (Susan); 2 nieces. Mount Sinai

Obituaries: May 18-24, 2012


Annette Adest died March 18 at 93. Survived by daughters Adele Yellin, Wendy; 2 grandchildren; 1 great-grandchild. Mount Sinai

Frederick Aladjem died March 19 at 91. Survived by daughter Eva (Bill) Fraser-Harris; sons David (Margaret Grayden), Dan (Laurie); 2 grandchildren; sister Herta Marsh. Mount Sinai

Arlene Bakke died March 19 at 84. Survived by brother Howard (Sherri) Goldsmith. Mount Sinai

Betty Bazar died March 20 at 97.  Survived by sons Gerald, Kenneth (Athena); 2 grandchildren; 1 great-grandchild. Hillside

Annabelle Brasler died March 18 at 95. Survived by daughter Myrna (George Green) Odwak; 5 grandchildren; 6 great-grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Rachel (Annie) Charnes died Feb. 18 at 83. Survived by daughter Lisa Charnes-Sarokin (Danny).

Kenneth Diamond died March 22 at 92. Survived by nephews Dennis (Kathleen Dice) Rockway, Robert (Joyce); niece Lucy; great-niece Rachel Rockway; great-nephew Kevin Rockway. Mount Sinai

Marcia Genser died March 23 at 89.  Survived by daughter Harriet Beck; sister Edith Zane; 1 grandchild. Hillside

Natalia Graiwer died March 23 at 89. Survived by sons Jonathan (Shelah), Manuel; 7 grandchildren; 8 great-grandchildren; brothers Moises Witemberg, Leon Witemberg. Mount Sinai

Shirley Greer-Figoten died March 24 at 90. Survived by daughter Pamela Greer; son Edward Greer; 3 grandchildren. Hillside

Bernard Kaidin died March 20 at 66. Survived by wife Cheryl; daughter Shari Norton; son Adam; stepdaughters Cami Reed, Kirsten Johnson; stepson Joel Buchanan; mother Pearl; brother Marty (Linda); sister Linda (Charles). Mount Sinai

Theo Kaswick Marcus died March 22 at 91.  Survived by husband Raymond; daughter Karen (Nick) Lockwood; son Jon (Rosa); brother Mark Melhado; 5 grandchildren. Hillside

Marvin Meyer died March 20 at 91.  Survived by wife Elaine, sons Steve (Cheryl) Weiner, Harvey Weiner; sister Millie Samson; 2 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren. Hillside

Marian Meyers died March 21 at 89. Survived by daughter Robin; son Barry (Pam); 2 grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Adolph Nussbaum died March 21 at 89. Survived by daughter Linda R. (Lawrence Ross); son David (Sandi); 4 grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Dorothy Pearl Sway Ostroff died March 22 at 91.  Survived by husband Sam; daughter Anita; sons Joel, Robert. Hillside

Marscia Pereira died March 19 at 70. Survived by husband Neal; daughter Elana; son Eric (Denise); 2 grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Evelyn R. Powell died March 22 at 88. Survived by daughter Bonnie (Howard) Goodman; 2 grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Ronald Rosen died March 21 at 79. Survived by wife Judith; sons Philip (Galit), Matthew; 3 grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Alex Soll died March 24 at 88.  Survived by daughter Susan (Ed) Loughman; son Jack (Rhonda); 2 grandchildren. Hillside

Ethel Spizer died March 24 at 99.  Survived by nephew Mark Bloom; niece Rosalie Sederoff. Hillside

Marvin Steinberg died March 22 at 74. Survived by wife Doris; daughters Risa (Jose) Hernandez, Felicia (Michael) Hyman; son Greg (Michelle) Schwabe; 7 granddaughters; brother Bernie. Mount Sinai

John Szeps died March 20 at 71.  Survived by daughters Christina (Michael) Dixon, Lauren Mathews, Marisa; son Kevin Mathews; 1 granddaughter; sister Elisabeth; former spouse Lianne Mathews. Mount Sinai

Sue Taines died March 17 at 78. Survived by son Craig; 2 grandchildren. Hillside

Henrietta Tanuska died March 21 at 91.  Survived by daughter Yvonne (James) Roach, 3 grandchildren; 9 great-grandchildren. Hillside

Rose Toog died March 22 at 91. Survived by daughters Sheila (Harry) Goldstein, Barbara Fishman; 4 grandchildren; 8 great-grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Jay Trustman died March 23 at 72. Survived by wife Linda; daughter Merredith Jones; mother Blossom. Mount Sinai

Ruth Willer died March 23 at 93. Survived by daughter Beth (Mark Horwitz) Willer-Horwitz; sons Kenneth (Denise), Marc (Mary). Mount Sinai

Lillian Wirth died March 17 at 97. Survived by son Michael (Greta); 3 grandchildren; 4 great-grandchildren. Hillside

Obituaries: May 11-17, 2012


Rosella Applebaum died March 11 at 88. Survived by daughters Pamela McCormick, Debra Shapiro; 2 grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Ellen Bagelman died March 11 at 63. Survived by father Sam Bubrick; brother Paul Bubrick. Hillside

Samuel Benton died March 13 at 85. Survived by wife Marilyn; daughter Marcia Leoff; son Randy; 4 grandchildren. Hillside

Felicia Barron died March 17 at 94. Survived by daughters Barbara Fully, Reggie Visner, Suzanne Chiat; 5 grandchildren; 6 great-grandchildren; sister, Sylvia Oppenheim. Mount Sinai

Sylvia P. Berger died March 15 at 95. Survived by son Mel; 4 grandchildren; 6 great-grandchildren; 1 great-great-grandchild. Mount Sinai

Jeanette Block died March 12 at 87. Survived by husband Louis; stepdaughter Marlene (Stephen) Cain. Hillside

Manuel Briefman died March 17 at 94. Survived by son David (Delaine). Hillside

Leon Brush died March 12 at 87. Survived by wife Natalie; daughter Allison. Hillside

Edna Cozen died March 12 at 96. Survived by daughter Cathy Jo; son Harry Jay. Hillside

Thelma “Tema” Dunoff died March 14 at 103. Survived by daughter Sandy (Norman) Greenbaum; son-in-law Tom Lindauer; 2 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren; sisters Sonia Spinka, Gertrude Klein. Mount Sinai

Diana Franzblau Gozansky died March 11 at 99. Survived by daughter Joyce Kitay; 2 grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Ruth L. Gaynes died March 14 at 88. Survived by daughter Roberta (Victor) Barabash; brother Jack (Barbara) Levin. Mount Sinai

Lawrence Glass died March 16 at 57. Survived by wife Karen; daughter Julianne; sons Evan, Dan; mother Sally. Mount Sinai

Nora Gordon died March 14 at 88. Survived by daughter Bonnie; sons Ronald (Lisa), Michael; 6 grandchildren. Hillside

Evon Gotlieb died March 10 at 80. Survived by husband Jerry; daughters Heidi (Robert) Smith, Lori; son Jeff; 3 grandchildren. Hillside

Edythe Karon died March 13 at 87. Survived by daughter Diana Karon Ginsburg; sons Steve (Susan), Jeffrey (Nancy); sister Sara (George) Collen; brother Max (Ruth) Avrick; 7 grandchildren; 5 great-grandchildren. Hillside

Martin Keller died March 11 at 75. Survived by wife Diane; daughter Robin Glugatch; son Jerry; 4 grandchildren; brother Joel (Laraine). Mount Sinai

Ivan Lane died March 12 at 87. Survived by wife Batyia; sons Linnard (Natalie), Scott (Jan); 2 grandchildren. Hillside

Jill Beth Cherneff Laverty died March 13 at 64. Survived by husband Rocky; daughter Molly; son Rory (Jessica); sister Merle Lambeth; brother Ric Rosenbaum; 1 grandchild. Hillside

Steven Lehrer died March 12 at 72. Survived by daughter Lauren; sister Judith Villa; former wife Elodia. Mount Sinai

Lillian Levy died March 13 at 95. Survived by son Donald (Shelly); 3 grandsons; 2 great-grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Earl Lewis died Feb. 4 at 88. Survived by daughter Madeline; son David (Terry); 1 grandchild; brother Marshall (Judy). Eden

Esther Link died March 15 at 94. Survived by daughters Barbara (Ronald) Cimorelli, Gale (Cris) Garzal; son Robert; sister Rose Varga; brothers Sanford Raab, Louis Piltz; 6 grandchildren; 5 great-grandchildren. Hillside

Sylvia Kummer Margolis died March 15 at 89. Survived by fiance Munroe Silver; daughters Roberta Czyzyk, Sharon (Ed) Kummer-Eberts, Darleen (Marty) Feig; son Neil (Frances) Kummer; 7 grandchildren; 5 great-grandchildren; brother Jack (Geraldine) Weichman. Mount Sinai

Betty Morris died March 13 at 98. Survived by son Henry Chaim Brent; 2 grandchildren; 1 great-grandchild. Hillside

Milton Piller died March 16 at 89. Survived by wife Evelyn; sons Dean, Corey; 2 grandsons. Mount Sinai

Shirley Pollock died March 14 at 91. Survived by daughter Eileen Weber; son Robert. Hillside

Martin Rose died March 8 at 78. Survived by wife Lucy; daughter Carie Ann (Alain) Baron; 2 granddaughters. Mount Sinai

Bernice Rosen died March 15 at 89. Survived by daughter Manette (Joel Paul) Bender; son Richard (Nancy); 2 grandchildren; sister Edith Kotter. Mount Sinai

Ida Jane Sall died March 16 at 93. Survived by 2 granddaughters; son-in-law Marvin (Linda) Lotz; caregiver Carla Galvez. Mount Sinai

Herman Salomon died March 17 at 89. Survived by daughters Frieda, Esther Kurta; 3 grandchildren; 1 great-grandchild. Mount Sinai

Rose Salter died March 9 at 88. Survived by daughter Sharon Salter Balfour; sons Randy, Brad (Lida); 2 grandchildren; brother Albert (Renee) Solnit. Mount Sinai

Irwin Shapiro died March 16 at 85. Survived by wife Rita; sons Steve (Gail), Daniel (Annette); sister Sylvia Steinberg; 4 grandchildren. Hillside

Ralph Sheplow died March 9 at 81. Survived by sister Bernice (Nathaniel) Stein; 1 niece; 1 nephew. Mount Sinai

Florence Frances Shield died March 12 at 98. Survived by daughter Alita Berger. Hillside

Harold Silverman died March 7 at 75. Survived by 3 nieces; 1 nephew. Inglewood Cemetery

Iser “Izzy” Sofer died March 18 at 81. Survived by wife Dina; daughters Vera Sofer Hendler, Marsha Miller; 3 grandchildren; 3 great-grandchildren. Hillside

Edith Wachtel died March 15 at 86. Survived by stepdaughter Susan (Claudio) Kaiser-Blueth; brother Walter Arlen. Hillside

Rae Weiner died March 12 at 88. Survived by sons Jeff (Tracy), Benjamin (Arlene); 3 grandchildren; sister Sarah Schwartz. Mount Sinai

Obituaries: April 27-May 3, 2012


Sharon Asher died Feb. 3 at 57. Survived by son Aviv Kleinman; mother Bernice Lipsitz; brother Robert Linden; sisters Linda Haim, Joyce Black; nieces and nephews. Sholom Chapels

Ruth Baskin died Feb. 12 at 96. Survived by son James. Mount Sinai

Marti Bekey died Feb. 25 at 100. Survived by daughter Hanna (Sam) Schiffman. Malinow and Silverman

Betty Breindel died Feb. 14 at 101. Survived by daughter Regina Myers; son Barry (Nora); 2 grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Sylvia Cutler died Feb. 11 at 98. Survived by daughters Lois (Richard) Propper, Bobbie (Ernie) Pascale; son Martin Ogulnick; 8 grandchildren; 8 great-grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Gilbert Dunayer died Feb. 19 at 83. Survived by wife Marilyn; son Lee (Marti); 2 grandsons. Mount Sinai

Ethel Ellenbogen died Feb. 19 at 94. Survived by daughter Susan; 3 grandchildren; 5 great-grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Lola Elman died Feb. 22 at 90. Survived by daughter Rosalie Olson; sons Paul, Marcus. Malinow and Silverman 

Marvin Fischer died Feb. 11 at 92. Survived by daughters Ilene, Nancy Devra. Sholom Chapels

Stephen Frailich died Feb. 18 at 59. Survived by wife Mary; daughters Jaela, Rachel; son Joseph (Claudia); mother Harriet; sisters Linda (Jeff) Nerenberg, Shari (Paul) Cohen; sister-in-law Lillian Murray; nephew Michael Ellison. Mount Sinai 

Manuel Fredgant died Feb. 14 at 86. Survived by daughter Claudia (Troy Stevenson) Brodie; sons Perry, Daniel; brother William. Mount Sinai

Steven Allan Garber died Feb. 11 at 64. Survived by wife Mary Beth; son Greg (Marlene); 2 grandchildren; mother Ruth Olgin; brother Paul. Mount Sinai

Marilyn Goldflam died Feb. 16 at 77. Survived by Sheldon; son Scott; daughter Shanna Berkovits; brother Stuart Bart. Sholom Chapels

Zambilica Goldstein died Feb. 3 at 84. Survived by daughter Dina; son Don; grandchildren. Sholom Chapels

Ruth Goss died Feb. 19 at 90. Survived by daughter Sharon; son Jeff; brother William. Eden

Thelma Lee Grossman died Feb. 13 at 88. Survived by daughters Tina (David) Borenstein, Sandra (Robert) Ludlow; sons Robert (Sue), Jack (Deborah) Wallace; sister Jean Gaulden; brother Harold (Irene) Wagner. Mount Sinai

Miriam Himelfarb died Feb. 14 at 68. Survived by husband Isaac; daughters Liz Blum, Karen Himelfarb; son David; 5 grandchildren. Sholom Chapels

Paul Hoppenfeld died Feb. 14 at 86. Survived by daughter Ellen (Hal) Arnstein; sons David (Arlene), Eric; 6 grandchildren; sister Isabelle Sakofsky. Mount Sinai

Morris Lachman died Feb. 21 at 88. Survived by daughter Maxine (Leslee Jacobs); son Gary (Jeanette); 4 grandchildren; sister-in-law Lucille (Don) Krug. Mount Sinai

David Libraty died Feb. 7 at 93. Survived by daughter Luisa; sons Sam, Robert. Sholom Chapels

Allan Marshall Edward Licht died Feb. 16 at 74. Survived by niece Janet. Sholom Chapels

Isidor Nussenbaum died Feb. 9 at 84. Survived by daughter Sharon (Mike Rose); grandchildren. Sholom Chapels

Daniel Reuben died Feb. 8 at 74. Survived by daughters Galit, Orit; grandchildren. Sholom Chapels

Sheldon Rosen died Feb. 22 at 85. Survived by wife Sylvia. Malinow and Silverman

Phoebe Rothman died Feb. 20 at 97. Survived by daughter Lynne (Will) Moffitt; sons Jay (Bette), Robert; 8 grandchildren; 8 great-grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Esther Saltzberg died Feb. 9 at 90. Survived by son Ronald (Mary) Weiner; brother Sam Malta; grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Sholom Chapels

June Schechter-Lindner died Feb. 13 at 69. Survived by husband Stanley; daughter Marci; sons Marc (Tracy), Steven (Lisa), Alan (Marcella); 5 grandchildren; brother Edward (Sherri) Goldman; niece Lindsay (Marc) Goldman. Mount Sinai

Ruth Siebler died Feb. 12 at 101. Survived by son Alan (Barbara Jacobs); 2 grandchildren; 3 great-grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Esther Silber died Feb. 9 at 100.  Survived by daughters Helene, Deborah (Charlie), son Richard; 4 grandchildren; 3 great-grandchildren; sister Sylvia Lupkin. Forest Lawn 

Simona Shalom died Feb. 11 at 66. Survived by husband David; daughter Ronit Compton; son Kenan (Jessica); 3 grandchildren; 8 brothers and sisters. Mount Sinai

Willard “Duke” Stone died Feb. 21 at 86. Survived by wife Rosalie; daughter Sandee (Michael) Shapiro; son Jeffrey (Grace); 5 grandchildren; 4 great-grandchildren; cousin Mark (Sharon) Friedman. Mount Sinai

Louis Stonefield died Feb. 11 at 84. Survived by wife Cruz; daughter Sharon; son David; and grandchildren. Sholom Chapels

Barbara Tirsch died Feb. 15 at 70. Survived by husband Jerome; sons Jeffrey (Melissa), David (Wendy); daughter Michele (fiance Keith Phillips) Williams; 7 grandchildren; parents Solomon and Florence Altchuler; brother Daniel (Eileen Hawarth) Altchuler. Mount Sinai

Florence Warren died Feb. 20 at 91. Survived by daughter Janan (Peter) Whelan; son Jeffry; 4 grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Vernon Wintroub died Feb. 11 at 91. Survived by daughter Denise (Eugene) Kipnis; son Marc; 2 granddaughters; brother Raymond (Bertha). Mount Sinai

Bob Zeman died Feb. 24 at 76. Survived by wife Nancy; daughters Ilyse (Robert) Curtis, Leslee Newman; 3 grandchildren. Hillside 

Paul T. Zemel died Feb. 19 at 72.  Survived by wife Nitza; daughter Sharon (Glenn) Weiss; son Daniel (Andrea); 3 grandchildren; sister-in-law Margarit (Merrill) Lisch; brother-in-law Gidon (Debbie) Vardi. Mount Sinai

Obituaries: April 13-19, 2012


Clarice Bailey died Feb. 4 at 85. Survived by daughter Ferrel (Jeff) Rimer; son Steve (Suyen); sister Helene (Jerry) Slaten; brothers Larry (Florine), Sheldon Slaten; 4 grandchildren; 4 great-grandchildren. Hillside

Robert Bass died Jan. 31 at 87. Survived by wife Suzonne; daughter Ellen Armijo; son Jerry (Michelle); stepdaughter Cindy Festa; stepsons Brian Reich, Jeff Warner; 11 grandchildren. Hillside

Ella Wallace Barnes died Feb. 3 at 95. Survived by daughters Sandy (Fred) Singer, Bobbi (Art) Kroot, Phyllis (Paul) Margolis; 6 grandchildren; 5 great-grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Isaac Behar died Feb. 6 at 85. Survived by wife Trudi; daughters Miriam (Mark Kornbluh), Sara; 3 grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Caroline Bergal died Jan. 31 at 86. Survived by daughter Lisa; son Mark. Eden

Rosa Bershadsky died Feb. 6 at 87. Survived by son Ilya (Inna); 1 granddaughter. Mount Sinai

Saul Brand died Feb. 6 at 85. Survived by wife Constance; daughter Lisa Brand Held (Robert); son Michael (Paula); 4 grandchildren. Hillside

Harry Michael Brener died Jan 11 at 57. Survived by wife Mara Eve; daughter Madeline Esther. Chevra Kadisha

Brenda Cane died Feb. 2 at 72. Survived by husband Bennett; daughter Leslie (Mark) Schneiderman; son David (Leora); 4 grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Jacqueline Cyrlin died Jan. 29 at 76. Survived by daughters Helene, Beth (Louis) Elperin; son Alan; 3 grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Harriet Dubin died Feb. 4 at 87. Survived by daughter Ellen Roundtree; son Howard; 3 grandchildren; 7 great grandchildren; sister Nancy (Al) Cohen; brother Elliott (Brenda) Kleinman. Mount Sinai

Evelyn Fleishman died Feb. 6 at 73. Survived by sons Ron, Jeff (Arlene); 4 grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Loretta Gallant died Jan. 30 at 90. Survived by daughter Lesley (Alan) Stein; 3 grandchildren; 4 great-grandchildren; sister Muriel Davis.  Mount Sinai

Jean Goode died Feb. 4 at 88. Survived by son Terrance (Carolyn); 1 grandchild. Hillside

Helene Goodman died Feb. 6 at 79. Survived by husband Arthur; daughters Roberta (David) Goodman-Rosenberg, Deborah Cohen; son Ira (Helen); 4 grandchildren; sister Phyllis Roslow; brother Norman (Lorraine) Rosenblatt. Mount Sinai

Jacqueline Gordon died Feb. 1 at 82. Survived by daughter Melissa (Kim) Albertson; son Justin; 2 grandchildren; brother-in-law Bernard Gordon. Mount Sinai

Daniel Gourarie died Feb. 1 at 79. Survived by wife Hadassah; daughter Ora (Udi Shorr); son Eran; 4 grandchildren. Home of Peace

Bill Greene died Jan. 30 at 46. Survived by partner Dennis Munoz; mother Gail; father Fred; sister Leslie Martin. Mount Sinai

Ruth Hoffman died Jan. 30 at 93. Survived by daughters Beth (Jack) Koonan, Carla (Ted) Munsat; 2 grandchildren; 6 great-grandchildren; sisters Janet Marx, Muriel “Sockie” Ellis. Mount Sinai

Fay Helen Kozberg died Feb. 4 at 89. Survived by daughter Gale (Tim) Boonstra; son Joel; sister Shirley (Perry) Sparks; 5 grandchildren; 3 great-grandchildren. Hillside

Molly “Mickey” Kurshan died Feb. 5 at 85. Survived by many friends; 2 caregivers. Mount Sinai

Reeva Marcus died Jan. 30 at 89. Survived by sons Jonathan, Brian (Yvonne); daughter Pamela (Robert) Hunau; 6 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren; brother Harold (Shirley) Cozen; sister Ruth Snyder. Hillside

Mavis Mermelstein died Jan. 21 at 95. Survived by daughter Sharon Felsen; 1 granddaughter. Hillside.

Edward Newlander died Feb. 5 at 100. Survived by daughters Ruth (Dan) Merritt, Judith (Melvin) Selzer; son Ira (Ronna); 10 grandchildren; 15 great grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Valerie O’Krent died Jan. 31 at 68. Survived by husband Arthur Nabel; brother Gary; sister-in-law Emily Kayne; niece Charlene (Russ) Krasnoff. Mount Sinai

Shirley Perlmutter died Feb. 2 at 97. Survived by sons Dan (Sandra), David (Vangie); 4 grandchildren; 4 great-grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Albert Rosen died Feb. 1 at 66. Survived by wife Marian; daughter Melissa; son Joshua (Kathryn); 1 grandchild. Mount Sinai

Alan Mark Rosenberg died Jan. 30 at 62. Survived by wife Pamela; daughter Rachel; son Daniel; mother Charlotte; sisters Carol, Nancy Edelman; brother Robert. Hillside

Sam Ross died Jan. 31 at 98. Survived by sons Garry (Shelly), Douglas (Judith); 4 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren. Hillside

Geraldine Satz died Feb. 4 at 72. Survived by daughters Jody (Neal) Marder, Michelle (Doug) McKenzie, Diane (Ken) Porter; 6 grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Sy Schoenwetter died Jan. 31 at 80. Survived by wife Gloria; daughter Marcia (Don) Pompan; son Michael (Corrie); 4 grandchildren; sister Florence Penkin. Mount Sinai

Lillian Senitzky died Jan. 31 at 87. Survived by husband Israel; daughters Judith Reichman, Naomi Galili; 5 grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Harriet Share died February 1 at 87. Survived by mother Betty German; daughter Karen; sister Franchie German; 2 grandchildren. Hillside

Robert Silverstein died Jan. 29 at 89. Survived by wife Anita; daughter Suzanne Silverstein Chiaramonte; son Rob (Susan); stepdaughter Blair (Paeper) Tefkin; 5 grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Stephen Harris Thatt died Dec. 23 at 53. Survived by wife Cheryl; stepson Ernest Stone; mother Beverly; sister Stacey Haviv. Chevra Kadisha

Diane Weiss died Feb. 1 at 78. Survived by husband Ronald; daughters Julie (Jim) Gerard, Kerie Schwartz, Leslie Weiss; 6 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren. Hillside

Mike Zweig died Feb. 4 at 88. Survived by daughters Constance, Jane. Hillside

Obituaries: March 23-29, 2012


Irving Belfer died Jan. 20 at 97. Survived by daughter Terry (Jeffrey) Ellis; 2 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren.  Groman Eden

Frank Benton died Jan. 20 at 66. Survived by wife Ann. Sholom Chapels

Susan Carl died Jan. 13 at 66. Survived by husband Harvey; son Ryan; stepchildren Darren and Tracy; brother-in-law Rabbi Haim Asa; sister-in-law Elaine Asa. Malinow and Silverman

William Adam Capozzi died Jan 9 at 45. Survived by sons Thomas, Mark; brother Mark Andrew; parents Judith Ortega and Thomas Capozzi.

Frank Cooper died Jan. 19 at 99.  Survived by wife Sylvia; daughter Pamela; sons Martin (Shelley), Jeffrey (DeeJay); 6 grandchildren; 3 great-grandchildren; sister Sylvia Glasser; brother Bill (Lorraine).  Mount Sinai

Rita Cooper died Jan. 20 at 92.  Survived by daughter Linda; sister Trudie Cara. Mount Sinai

Freeman Crawford died Jan. 18 at 93.  Survived by wife Gloria; son Robert; daughter Barbara Perry, 4 grandchildren;  6 great-grandchildren. Hillside

Jack Galen died Jan. 21 at 86.  Survived by son David (Deirdre); 2 grandchildren; brother Robert (Bernice).  Mount Sinai

Harriett Glickstein died Jan. 18 at 87.  Survived by daughters Harry (Phil) Mendelson, Paula; son Gary (Joanie); 10 grandchildren; 6 great-grandchildren.  Hillside

Dolores Goodman died Jan. 18 at 83.  Survived by daughter Sheryl Modesti; sister Joan Kushell. Mount Sinai

Marjorie Ruth Gorby died Jan. 17 at 92.  Survived by daughters Phyllis, Janis Kummer, Laurie Shapira; 4 grandchildren; sister Beverly Rudin. Hillside

Marilyn Gotz died Jan. 20 at 88. Survived by sons Jonathan (Cindy), Steven (Laura),  Michael (Rosalie), Donald (Vilma); 8 grandchildren; 3 great-grandchildren. Hillside 

Norman Greenberg died Jan. 4 at 85. Survived by daughter Nancy (Carl) Cedar; sons Jerry (Teresa), Steven (Patricia); 5 grandchildren. Malinow and Silverman

Arnold Hoffman died Jan. 12 at 85. Survived by wife Mildred; daughter Judy; sons Maury (Sheenah), Larry (Dori);  5 grandchildren; sister Sharlene (Mel) Leventhal. Malinow and Silverman

Natalie Hoffman died Jan. 17 at 86. Survived by husband Louis; daughter Pamela (Martin) Brown; sons David, Michael (Gillian); 6 grandchildren; sister Evelyn Brown; brother Daniel Wilson. Malinow and Silverman 

William Hurwitz died Jan. 10 at 97. Survived by wife Helen; sons Stephen, Ron, Scott (Reyna), Jeff; 2 grandchildren; 7 great-grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Florence Kaufman died Jan. 19 at 95.  Survived by sons Bruce M. (Lynn), Jack; 6 grandchildren; 7 great-grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Beverlee Kert died Jan. 20 at 86.  Survived by daughters Sheila, Carol.  Mount Sinai

Victor Klein died Jan. 3 at 82. Survived by wife Barbara;  daughter Randi (Paul) Levine; son Steven (Shira); 4 grandchildren;  brother Allen. Malinow and Silverman

Beverly Y. Kline died Jan. 18 at 81.  Survived by husband Sidney; daughters Sandy, Carrie; sons-in-law Ralph Rodley, Jerry Shapiro; 5 grandchildren; 4 great-grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Milton Kressh died Jan. 2 at 88. Survived by wife Etta; daughter Evynne Cohen; sons Brian, Perry (Linda). Malinow and Silverman

Gerald Kushner died Jan. 10 at 59. Survived by wife Ronda; sons Joshua, Collin; brother Leslie (Lynn).  Malinow and Silverman

Shirley Lapidus died Jan. 7 at 93. Survived by daughters Deborah (Harold Sweet) Lapidus, Martie Koskoff; 2 grandchildren; sisters Audrey Sacks,  Zelda Siegel .Malinow and Silverman

Leon Levi died Jan. 4 at 88. Survived by wife Dory; daughter Viviana (Dr. Howard) Wynne; son Alexander Levi.  Malinow and Silverman

Robert Margolis died Jan. 17 at 75.  Survived by daughter Lisa; son Daniel; 1 grandchild; brother Michael.  Mount Sinai

Ira George Marks died Jan. 17 at 93.  Survived by wife Ann; daughter Ellen (Richard Teague); sons Harold (Susan), Steven (Maria); 7 grandchildren; 3 great-grandchildren; sister Irene Reess; brothers Stanley, Kenneth (Pearl), Bertram (Arlene), Harold (Ruth). Mount Sinai

Farideh Merel died Jan. 18 at 78.  Survived by husband Saul; brothers Abdulah (Sorya) Safizadeh, Salim (Fauzieh) Niksefat. Mount Sinai

Libby Millet died Jan. 19 at 95.  Survived by son Mike.  Mount Sinai

Charlotte P. Mintz died Jan. 18 at 85.  Survived by daughter Cindy (John) Petty; son Charles; 3 grandchildren.  Mount Sinai

Diane Sonia Perkins died Oct. 16 at 64. Survived by husband Elzo; son Michael; daughter Marissa. Chevra Kadishan

Evelyn Posner died Jan. 20 at 67.  Survived by husband David Sadava; daughters Carol, Michele; stepdaughter Dana Sadava; brothers Gerald, Alan Eichwald; stepsister Seba Roberts. Hillside

Patricia Rassiner died Jan. 18 at 87.  Survived by daughters Marguerite, Glynis (Selwyn) Gerber; son Brian (Gillian); 6 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Seymour Reinstein died Jan. 16 at 76. Survived by wife Rita; daughter Susan (Chris) Burr; son Steven (Diana);  8 grandchildren; 5 great-grandchildren. Malinow and Silverman

Barbara Rona died Jan. 16 at 88.  Survived by partner Beverly Moore; daughter Shoshana; son Jeff (Kelly); 5 grandchildren; 1 great-grandchild. Hillside

Selma Sabah died Jan. 21 at 78.  Survived by daughters Ivy (Alex) Kessel, Debra Sabah Press; son Howard Turner; 6 grandchildren.  Mount Sinai

Raymond Shonholtz died Jan. 7 at 68.  Survived by wife Anne; daughter Kelley (Drake);  son Patrick; 1 grandson; brother Barton (Marlene).

Rae M. Simon died Jan. 19 at 86.  Survived by daughter Beth (Russ) Wageman; son David; 8 grandchildren; 4 great-grandchildren.  Mount Sinai

Alex Sklut died Jan. 17 at 45. Survived by aunt Edith (Joseph) Gerson.  Hillside

Gertrude “Gert” Swerdlow died Jan. 19 at 86.  Survived by husband David; daughters Marsha (Steve) Senft, Cathy (Ken) Unthank; 3 grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Lillian Teplitz died Jan. 18 at 86.  Survived by daughters Arlene H. (Jeff Levine) Wilkoff, Janis (Don) Florez; 4 grandchildren; 1 great-grandchild; sisters Mary (Dan) Speare, Mildred Sacks. Mount Sinai

Benjamin Wachtel died Jan. 3 at 97. Survived by daughter Carolyn (Allan) David; sons Jack, Elliot (Felise); 8 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren. Malinow and Silverman

Barnard Weiss died Jan. 17 at 92.  Survived by daughter Debra; 1 grandchild. 

Susan L. Werner died Jan. 18 at 66.  Survived by daughter Laura; son Daniel H. (Flora); 2 grandchildren.  Mount Sinai

Ruth Zax died Jan. 16 at 91.  Survived by daughter Larraine (Louis) Rosner; son Brian. Hillside

Four killed in shooting at French Jewish school


Four people—a teacher and three students—were shot dead outside a Jewish school in Toulouse, France, officials said.

A man riding a motorbike reportedly opened fire Monday morning outside the Ozar Hatorah School, where students were waiting to enter the building at the start of the school day. The shooter then entered the building and continued shooting at students and teachers before fleeing on his motorbike.

Several students also were injured inside the building, according to reports. The dead are reported to be a teacher and his two sons, as well as the daughter of the school’s principal. 

Some 200 students attend the school, according to Israel Radio.

French Interior Minister Claude Gueant ordered security to be tightened around all Jewish schools in France after the attack, the French news agency AFP reported.

Gueant and French President Nicolas Sarkozy traveled toToulouse. Sarkozy called the attack a “national tragedy” and vowed to find the killer

The attack followed the fatal shootings of three off-duty soldiers in and near Toulouse by a gunman on a motorbike over the past week. It was not known if the attacks were connected.

“We are horrified by this attack and we trust the French authorities to shed full light on this tragedy and bring the perpetrators of these murders to justice,” Israeli Foreign Ministry spokesman Yigal Palmor told AFP.

“Whoever did this is looking to target the Jewish community at its weakest point, its youth, in the hopes of spreading fear throughout the community,” said Moshe Kantor, president of the European Jewish Congress, in a statement. “They will not succeed. The Jews of Europe in general and the Jews of France in particular have a long history of standing firm against hatred and violence, and I know as a community French Jewry will send a message of strength and resilience in the face of those who wish to terrorize them.

“This is a brazen assault on France and French society, and another telling reminder of the dangers that exist for Jewish communities in today’s world,” said David Harris, executive director of the American Jewish Committee, in a statement. “We count on French authorities to pursue the investigation vigorously, arrest whoever is involved, and prosecute to the fullest extent of the law, as well as review security at Jewish institutions. We have confidence they will.”

Security group asks U.S. Jewish groups to be on alert


The security arm of the U.S. Jewish federations asked Jewish officials to remain vigilant in the wake of a deadly attack on a French Jewish school, citing the possibility of copycat attacks.

“While this event initially appears to be localized, we are always concerned about the possibility of copycat attacks,” a spokesman for the Secure Community Network, the Jewish Federations of North America’s security initiative, told JTA. “We’ve been in contact with our European partners and are continuing to monitor the situation.”

Four people—a teacher and three students—were shot dead Monday outside a Jewish school in Toulouse. A man riding a motorbike reportedly opened fire outside the Ozar Hatorah School, where students were waiting to enter the building at the start of the school day.

The shooter then entered the building shooting at students and teachers before fleeing on his motorbike.

John Demjanjuk, convicted of war crimes in Germany, dies stateless and in limbo


Though the death last weekend of John Demjanjuk brought a close to the seemingly never-ending quest for justice in the case of a man long accused of being a Nazi war criminal, it also brought a premature end to the legal battle over his legacy.

Though Demjanjuk, 91, was convicted by a German court of being an accessory to the murder of 27,900 Jews in the Sobibor concentration camp, he was living freely in a German nursing home pending appeal. His son said Demjanjuk’s death before the legal process was exhausted meant he had died an innocent man. But the Simon Wiesenthal Center and Jewish leaders said he should be remembered as being guilty of war crimes and crimes against humanity.

Demjanjuk died Saturday at an old-age home in southern Germany, where he was free while he appealed his conviction last year for his role as a guard at the Sobibor death camp in Poland.

“My father fell asleep with the Lord today as both a victim and survivor of Soviet and German brutality from childhood till death,” Demjanjuk’s son, John Demjanjuk Jr., said in a statement from his home in Seven Hills, a Cleveland suburb.

The elder Demjanjuk, who was born and raised in Ukraine, moved to suburban Cleveland after immigrating to the United States following World War II. In 1952, living in the U.S., he changed his first name to John from Ivan. He died stateless, in the process of trying to regain his U.S. citizenship.

“Ivan Demjanjuk died guilty of his service in the Sobibor death camp and that is how he should be remembered, not as a person falsely accused, but as an individual who volunteered to serve in the SS, and who at the height of his physical powers spent months helping to mass murder innocent Jews deported to that death camp,” said Efraim Zuroff, the Jerusalem-based chief Nazi hunter for the Simon Wiesenthal Center, in a statement following the announcement of Demjanjuk’s death.

“Justice was unfortunately delayed in this case, and hindered by complicating factors, but was ultimately achieved to the credit of the prosecutors in the U.S. and Germany who handled the case.”

Following Demjanjuk’s conviction by a German court in May 2010, Zuroff reopened “Operation Last Chance,” a last-ditch effort to track down Nazi war criminals.

“Previously the German prosecutors only brought cases in which they could find evidence of a specific crime with a specific victim, but in the wake of the Demjanjuk conviction, that no longer had to be the case,” Zuroff told JTA last October.

Many have called Demjanjuk’s German trial the last big Nazi trial.

Demjanjuk was convicted on May 12, 2011and later sentenced by a Munich court to five years in prison, but was released to a nursing home pending his appeal.
Munich state prosecutors appealed the court’s decision to free Demjanjuk and also sought a longer sentence, saying the five years was too lenient.

Demjanjuk in the 1970s had been identified as “Ivan the Terrible,” a notoriously sadistic guard at the Treblinka death camp. Holocaust survivors had identified his photo during a photo spread as part of the investigation of Treblinka concentration camp guard Feodor Fedorenko.

The U.S. Justice Department in 1977 requested that Demjanjuk’s citizenship be revoked since he lied about his Nazi service on his application to enter the country.
In 1986, U.S. authorities deported Demjanjuk to Israel to stand trial on charges of being Treblinka’s “Ivan.”

A special Israeli court sentenced Demjanjuk to death, but the Israeli Supreme Court in 1993 in a 400-page decision overturned the verdict, saying there was reasonable doubt that Demjanjuk actually was “Ivan the Terrible.” However, substantial evidence did emerge during the trial identifying Demjanjuk as a guard at Sobibor.

Demjanjuk returned to the Cleveland area in 1993, where he was greeted by protests outside his home by Holocaust survivors and activists, some wearing striped prison garb, led by activist Rabbi Avi Weiss of Riverdale, N.Y.

Demjanjuk’s citizenship was restored by U.S. District Court Judge Paul Matia in 1998.

One year later, the Justice Department again filed a request to strip Demjanjuk of his citizenship, citing his service in Sobibor. Matia ruled in 2002 that Demjanjuk’s citizenship should be stripped. His attorneys appealed the case up to the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which upheld the lower court rulings.

Demjanjuk was deported from the U.S. in 2009 and flown to Germany, which had requested his extradition.

Judge Dalia Dorner, who sat on the Jerusalem District Court panel that convicted John Demjanjuk of war crimes and crimes against humanity in 1988—the ruling that was overturned—remains convinced that the verdict was just.

“I believe without a shadow of a doubt that he was ‘Ivan the Terrible,’ ” Dorner told Ynet following his death. “But I still support the Supreme Court verdict that ruled he could not be convicted due to reasonable doubt.

“The most important thing is that these terrible times are on the public agenda again and they must be remembered, so such things never happen to us again.”

Alcohol poisoning suspected in man’s death after Florida Purim celebration


A man was found dead, apparently of alcohol poisoning, in the parking lot of a Florida Chabad center following a Purim celebration.

Jesse Allen, 28, was found dead on the morning of Mar. 9 in the parking lot of the Chabad Lubavitch of Greater Daytona by the synagogue’s rabbi, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reported on Thursday.

Allen had attended the synagogue’s Purim party the night before. Rabbi Pinchas Ezagui said there was no alcohol served at the party, but several people had brought their own

The death was apparently due to alcohol poisoning but police are awaiting the results of a toxicology report to determine the cause, Ormond Beach police Lt. Kenny Hayes told the paper.

Ezagui said Allen had become so intoxicated at the party that he had urinated on himself. Another member of the synagogue escorted Allen outside to sleep off his drunkenness on the grass.

“It is a very unfortunate situation,” Ezagui said. “We don’t know the guy. He is not of the Jewish faith.”

Allen’s mother Lynn said her son loved Jewish tradition and was struggling to overcome an alcohol problem.

Obituaries: Feb. 24-Mar. 1, 2012


Sylvia Ashmann died Dec. 26 at 98.  Survived by daughter Rita (Morris) Eagle; son Warren (Amy); 5 grandchildren; 3 great-grandchildren.  Hillside

Shirley Molly Berg died Dec. 19 at 77.  Survived by husband Wilbert; daughter Marci (Ken) Chmielewski; son Neal (Rosalyn); 2 grandchildren.  Mount Sinai

Douglas Brill died Dec. 25 at 84.  Survived by daughters Syndee Brill, Jana (Sean) Roche; sons Matthew (Sylvia), Michael (Nancy); 3 grandchildren; sister Jesse (Phyliss).  Hillside

Ruth P. Camins died Dec. 19 at 98. Survived by daughter Diane Siegel; son Martin (Joan); 2 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren. Malinow and Silverman

Eli Cutler died Dec. 15 at 91. Survived by sister Bernice Krock. Hebrew Cemetery

Maurice Dahan died Dec. 20 at 68.  Survived by daughter Sabrina; son Dustin; sisters Nadine Kaufman, Ann Crosner, Natalie Selzer, Fortune Elgrably; brother David. Hillside

Leonard Elgenson died Dec. 25 at 92.  Survived by wife Esther; sons David, Gary (Denise), Richard. Mount Sinai

Diane Finkel died Dec. 9 at 80.  Survived by husband Harry; daughters Bonnie Kurnick, Holly Magady; grandchildren. Sholom Chapels

Andrew Fischer died Nov. 20 at 46.  Survived by father David; sister Pamela (Chris) Phillips; brother Jeffrey (Susan). Mount Sinai

Diane N. Fortuna died Dec. 16 at 76.  Survived by husband Vincent; daughter Deborah Ann (Randy Orlik) Kerr; sons Michael Alan (Kari) Kerr, Bentley Theodore (Mercedes) Kerr; 9 grandchildren; 3 great-grandchildren; sister Bea (Norm) Winkel. Mount Sinai

Marion Freed died Dec. 22 at 77.  Survived by husband Herbert; daughters Polly Segal, Elizabeth Segal; brother Richard Sobol. Hillside

Esther Friedman died Dec. 24 at 82.  Survived by husband Howard; daughters Nancy (Jerry) Sherman, Sharon (Mitchell) Levine; son Douglas (Elfreda); 8 grandchildren.  Hillside

Stuart Stanley Friedman died Dec. 19 at 87.  Survived by wife Sonia; sons Robert (Shari), Rick; 9 grandchildren; 3 great-grandchildren. Mount Sinai

 Linda Joy Ginsburg died Dec. 24 at 68.  Survived by son Joseph Maisel; sister Judy Pollock. Hillside

Rachela Gorodenzik died Dec. 8 at 51. Survived by husband Amir; daughters Kiat, Danielle; son Jonathan; father Avraham Lichter; brother Yoav Lichter.  Sholom Chapels

Buelah Hammond died Dec. 24 at 98.  Survived by sons Steven, Michael (Ellen), Eugene Korney; 6 grandchildren; 7 great-grandchildren. Hillside

Clarisse A. Hananel died Dec. 27 at 83.  Survived by husband Samuel; daughter Joyce; son Jeffrey Ira (Sylvie); 2 grandchildren; brother Edmond Agabra; sister-in-law Rosemary Agabra. Mount Sinai

Marie Jabin died Dec. 24 at 86. Survived by daughters Marta, Risa. Sholom Chapels

Alfred Katz died Dec. 16 at 100. Survived by sons Roger, H. Victor. Mount Sinai

Hinda Kleinmuntz died Dec. 16 at 85. Survived by husband Max “Manny”; daughter Nomi; son Josh (Victoria Adler); 2 grandchildren; brother Marvin (Goldie) Bookstein. Mount Sinai

David Laurie died Dec. 20 at 85.  Survived by son John (Joanne); 3 grandchildren.  Mount Sinai

Mathilda Levy died Dec. 16 at 88. Survived by daughter Grace Sussman; sons Eli, Samuel (Janet). Malinow and Silverman

Irving Lynn died Dec. 17 at 99.  Survived by daughter Lorraine D. (Martin) Korn; son Alan; 3 grandchildren; brother Jack. Mount Sinai

Al Mandel died Dec. 27 at 89.  Survived by wife Dora; daughters Cheryl, Debra; stepdaughters Nesa (Roger) Weir, Ora (Jeffrey) Nadrich; 3 grandchildren.  Mount Sinai

Harriett B. Margolin died Nov. 21 at 81. Survived by daughter Denise Hankins (Tim); sons Scott (Songmi), Guy (Elisa), Zachary (Robin) ; 5 grandchildren; 1 great-granddaughter;  sister Zenita Sawyer (Clifford). Hillside

Phyllis Mirsky died Dec. 24 at 78.  Survived by daughter Lyn (Chris) Heller-Altona; son Hal (Chris); 4 grandchildren; sister Norma (Lee) Laine; brother Steve (Rochelle) Kasten. Mount Sinai

Max Mittleman died Dec. 20 at 89.  Survived by daughter Leah (Simon) Goldseker; son Michael (Erica); 4 grandchildren; 4 great-grandchildren; sisters Helen Roseman, Faye Swartz. Sholom Chapels

Charlotte Myers died Dec. 8 at 91. Survived by daughter Rhonda (Klaus) Rosebrock; sons Richard (Roberta), Russell (Adela), Robert (Lynn); 6 grandchildren. Sholom Chapels

Harry Leon Naiman died Dec. 22 at 90.  Survived by wife Dorothy; daughter Marlene (Kenneth) Jones; son Alan (Sandi); 4 grandchildren; 1 great-grandchild; sister Lila Hansen. Mount Sinai

Sharon Nicholson died Dec. 18 at 64.  Survived by sons Adam Moskowitz, Jonathan Moskowitz; 5 grandchildren; sister Barbara Klein.  Sholom Chapels

Jeanette Pastor died Dec. 18 at 101.  Survived by daughter Susan (Richard) Fishman; son Mark (Bonnie); 4 grandchildren; 3 great-grandchildren. Hillside

Harry Robbins died Dec. 24 at 93.  Survived by wife Ida; daughter Roberta (Gary) Decker; sons Jeff (Timea), Michael (Mary Anne); 3 grandchildren; 1 great-grandchild.  Mount Sinai

Ann Shaftel died Dec. 19 at 71.  Survived by daughters Gerri-Ann Constant, Elayne Gammage, Abby Reeve; 4 grandchildren; 1 great-grandchild; sister Gloria (Matthew) Stewart; brothers Sanford (Bobbi) Robbins, Joel (Susan) Robbins. Mount Sinai

Irene Sklar died Dec. 17 at 86.  Survived by daughter Maureen (Steve) Sloan; 3 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren.

Bertha Smith died Dec. 15 at 99. Survived by daughter Bonnie. Malinow and Silverman 

Benjamin Solow died Dec. 17 at 94. Survived by daughter Beth Mills; son Andrew; 2 grandchildren. Malinow and Silverman

Harold Spector died Dec. 24 at 83.  Survived by wife Goldie; sons Warren, Steven, David, Scott; 9 grandchildren.  Mount Sinai

Rabbi Seymour Stern died Dec. 10 at 91.Chevra Kadisha

Kathleen Stone died Dec. 25 at 99.  Survived by sons Richard Vincent, Ronald Tansky; 5 grandchildren; 6 great-grandchildren. Hillside

Samuel Stone died Dec. 22 at 62.  Survived by wife Susan; son Dan.  Sholom Chapels

Mildred Targon died Dec. 19 at 87. Survived by sons Lenny, Michael (Robin); 5 grandchildren; 3 great-grandchildren.  Mount Sinai

Richard Unger died Dec. 23 at 76.  Survived by father Ronald Shilton; daughters Elizabeth (Eric) Levitt, Ami Shilton; 3 grandchildren. Hillside

Ruth Weglein died Dec. 26 at 90.  Survived by daughter Naomi (Sean) Greene; son Stephen David (Chouket); 3 grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Helen Wolloch died Dec. 20 at 88. Survived by daughter Harriet Krause; son Phil; 5 grandchildren; 8 great-grandchildren. Sholom Chapels

The Jewish Journal publishes obituary notices free of charge.  Please send an e-mail in the above format with the name, age and survivors of the deceased to obits@jewishjournal.com.  If you have any questions, e-mail or call (213) 368-1661, ext. 116.

Remembering Kim Jong-Il’s victims


The pictures accompanying the news of the leadership change in North Korea are those of the dead dictator, Kim Jong-Il, and his son and heir apparent, Kim Jong-Un.

But there are some other Koreans whose names and photos, though absent from the front pages, tell the real story.

Ri Hyon Ok was a 33-year-old mother of three who was publicly executed by the North Korean government on June 16, 2009, for the crime of giving away Bibles. Her husband and children were banished to North Korea’s vast political prison system the day after she was killed.

Son Jong Nam was tortured by North Korean authorities and imprisoned for three years, from 2001 to 2004. He lost 70 pounds while in captivity and emerged walking with a permanent limp. Arrested again in 2006 after police found Bibles at his home, he was sentenced to death by firing squad.

Soon Ok Lee is a survivor of the Kaechon prison camp. She testified on April 30, 2003, at a hearing of the House Subcommittee on International Terrorism, Nonproliferation, and Human Rights that women political prisoners in North Korea “were unconditionally forced to abort because the unborn baby was also considered a criminal by law.” She testified, “Women in their eighth or ninth month of pregnancy had salt solutions injected into their wombs to induce abortion. In spite of these brutal efforts, some babies were born alive, in which case the prison guards mercilessly killed the infants by squeezing their necks in front of their mothers. The dead babies were taken away for biological tests. If a mother pleaded for the life of her baby, she was publicly executed under the charge of ‘impure ideology.’ ”

Kang Chol Hwan is another survivor of the North Korean prison camps. He met with President George W. Bush in the Oval Office in June 2005. He’s spoken of how when one prisoner was hanged, “Thousands of prisoners were made to form one line and passed by the hanged person and threw stones at the dead body, shouting, ‘Let’s get rid of the people’s traitor.’ And because of throwing so many stones by thousands of prisoners, the faces and muscles were all torn up. Some women with weak heart, they didn’t obey and didn’t throw the stone. Then the officers condemned them, saying your ideology is doubtful. And beat them.”

And those are just a few whose names are known in the West. As the American special envoy for human rights in North Korea stated in a January 2009 report, “The names and stories of most of the approximately 200,000 political prisoners in North Korea are unknown outside of the country.”

President Barack Obama’s press secretary reacted to the news of Kim Jong-Il’s death with a statement about American commitment “to stability on the Korean peninsula, and to the freedom and security of our allies.” Very nice, but our allies are already free. How about some freedom for the North Koreans, or a recognition that North Korea’s “stability” isn’t much consolation if you are about to be executed for having a Bible in your home? Not to mention that the hundreds of North Korean experts reportedly helping Iran’s nuclear missile program aren’t exactly adding to “stability.”

Jay Lefkowitz, who served from 2005 to 2009 as United States Special Envoy on Human Rights in North Korea, recommends making future food aid to North Korea conditional on Pyongyang’s first de-nuclearizing and opening up North Korean society. Otherwise, we’d just be feeding the North Korean military and the guards in those political prisons.

Mr. Lefkowitz said to me about Kim Jong-Il’s death: “This is a real opportunity.”

Here’s hoping that America and other powers with influence in the region seize the opportunity. The alternative is who-knows-how-many-more horribly grim tales from the North Korean gulag.