No-holds-barred comedian Joan Rivers dies at age 81


Joan Rivers, the pioneering comedian known for her acerbic wit, classic put-downs and for asking “Can we talk?,” died on Thursday at the age of 81 in a New York hospital a week after her heart stopped during an outpatient medical procedure.

Melissa Rivers, the comedian's only child, said her mother died peacefully, surrounded by family and friends, at 1:17 p.m. EDT.

“My mother's greatest joy in life was to make people laugh. Although that is difficult to do right now, I know her final wish would be that we return to laughing soon,” Melissa Rivers added in a statement.

There were no immediate details about a funeral or memorial service.

Rivers was the second leading American comedian to die in less than a month. Groundbreaking comedy star and actor Robin Williams, 63, hanged himself on Aug. 13 in California.

As news of her death spread, photographers, reporters and television crews gathered outside the hospital where Rivers died, and fans placed bouquets of flowers at the entrance to her apartment on Manhattan's Upper East Side.

The Brooklyn-born comedian, who once described herself as “the plastic surgery poster girl” and often joked about her numerous cosmetic enhancements, suffered cardiac arrest during a procedure on her vocal cords at a Manhattan clinic on Aug. 28. She was rushed to Mount Sinai Hospital, where she was put on life support.

Friends and fellow comedians on Thursday expressed their grief and sadness and praised Rivers.

“No one loved life, laughter, and a good time more than Joan. We would have dinner and laugh and gossip and I always left the table smiling,” said journalist Barbara Walters.

“She was a brassy, often outrageous, and hilarious performer,” she added in a statement.

Israeli President Benjamin Netanyahu expressed his condolences to Rivers' family and said she would be deeply missed.

“Joan Rivers brought laughter to millions around the world and was proud of her Jewish heritage and a vocal supporter of the State of Israel,” he said in a statement.

The New York State Department of Health said on Thursday it is investigating the comedian's death. A telephone message seeking comment from the clinic where Rivers was treated was not immediately returned.

Earlier this week, a representative for Rivers said media reports that her family was planning to sue the clinic were not true.

Among others praising and remembering Rivers was actress Liza Minnelli who described her as a dear friend.

“I will always remember the laughter and friendship she brought into my life,” she said in a posting on Facebook.

Comedian Louis C.K. praised Rivers' talent and genius. “I never saw someone attack a stage with so much energy. She was a controlled lightning bolt,” he said in a statement.

Property mogul Donald Trump, who hosted the reality TV competition show “The Apprentice,” which Rivers won in 2009, described her as “an amazing woman and a great friend.”

“Her energy and talent were boundless. She will be greatly missed,” he added on Twitter.

Joan Alexandra Molinsky was born on June 8, 1933, in Brooklyn and grew up there and in a nearby town, the daughter of a doctor and a housewife. The Barnard College graduate began pursuing an entertainment career with the last name Rivers, which she borrowed from her agent.

Her lengthy career included stand-up comedy, television, writing and an Emmy Award-winning daytime talk show, “The Joan Rivers Show.” But she originally wanted to be an actress.

She got into comedy after writing sketches for television's “The Ed Sullivan Show.” A career in stand-up followed. She later worked as a regular guest host for Johnny Carson on NBC's “The Tonight Show.”

When she started her own late-night talk show in 1986, on the rival Fox network, it caused a falling-out with Carson that lasted until he died in 2005. Rivers' show was canceled after seven months due to low ratings.

A few months later, her husband and manager, Edgar Rosenberg, committed suicide and Rivers fell into depression.

Later in her career, Rivers and her daughter starred in the reality TV show “Joan & Melissa: Joan Knows Best?”, with Rivers living with her grown child.

Most recently, Rivers was the host of cable television channel E!'s “Fashion Police,” commenting on the unfortunate red carpet choices of Hollywood celebrities.

Actress Anna Kendrick, a target of Rivers' barbed comments, said she will be truly missed.

“RIP Joan Rivers. Being publicly told that my dress is hideous will never feel quite as awesome,” she tweeted.

Reporting by Eric Kelsey in Los Angeles; Editing by G Crosse and Jonathan Oatis

Robin Williams found dead in apparent suicide


Oscar-winning actor and comedian Robin Williams was found dead on Monday from an apparent suicide at his home in Northern California, Marin County Sheriff's Office said. He was 63.

The sheriff's coroner's division said it suspects the death was a suicide due to asphyxia, but the cause of death is still under investigation.

“This morning, I lost my husband and my best friend, while the world lost one of its most beloved artists and beautiful human beings. I am utterly heartbroken,” Williams's wife Susan Schneider said in a statement.

Williams, who won an Academy Award for his role as a fatherly therapist in 1997's “Good Will Hunting,” had been suffering from severe depression recently, his publicist Mara Buxbaum said.

Williams, who introduced his frenetic style on late 1970s TV series “Mork & Mindy” and had struggled with addiction in the past, had entered a Minnesota rehabilitation center last month to help him maintain sobriety.

His representatives at the time said Williams was not using drugs or alcohol but had gone to the center to “fine-tune and focus” his sobriety after working a longer-than-usual schedule.

The Marin County Sheriff's office said it received an emergency call about noon local time on Monday, saying that Williams was unconscious and not breathing at his home near Tiburon, north of San Francisco.

Fellow comedic actor Steve Martin said in a tweet: “I could not be more stunned by the loss of Robin Williams, mensch, great talent, acting partner, genuine soul.”

Reporting by Eric Kelsey and Alex Dobuzinskis; Editing by Mary Milliken and Ken Wills

Longtime Washington power broker Robert Strauss dies at 95


Robert Strauss, who once headed the Democratic National Committee, served as U.S. trade representative and ambassador to Moscow, and advised presidents from both parties, died in Washington on Wednesday at age 95.

“We can confirm that Robert Strauss passed away peacefully on March 19,” the law firm he helped found, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer and Feld, said in a statement.

Strauss died of natural causes at his home in Washington, the Dallas Morning News reported.

Considered one of Washington's master power brokers, the colorful Texas-born Strauss was known as “Mr. Democrat.” But in an era when Washington was less polarized, Strauss easily crossed partisan lines and wielded influence in law, government and politics under a succession of presidential administrations.

“He is absolutely the most amazing politician,” former first lady Barbara Bush wrote of Strauss. “He is everybody's friend and, if he chooses, could sell you the paper off your own wall.”

Born on Oct. 19, 1918 in Lockhart, Texas, the son of a dry-goods merchant, Strauss went to the University of Texas where he befriended future Texas Governor John Connally and worked on Lyndon Johnson's first run for Congress in 1937.

After graduation, he joined the FBI in 1941, where his job was “watching out for Communists,” he told the New York Times in a 1991 interview.

Strauss left the FBI several years later, becoming a successful Dallas lawyer and businessman.

After helping Connally win the Texas governorship in 1962, Strauss became involved in the national Democratic Party organization and served as its treasurer from 1970 to 1972.

Looking to recover from George McGovern's landslide presidential defeat in 1972 at the hands of Republican President Richard Nixon, the Democrats turned to Strauss, a centrist with close ties to the party establishment, as national chairman, a post he held until 1977.

During Strauss' tenure, Democrat Jimmy Carter won the White House in 1976. He named Strauss as U.S. trade representative and later a special Middle East envoy.

MOVER AND SHAKER

Strauss returned to his law practice after helping run Carter's unsuccessful bid for re-election in 1980. But even under the Republican presidencies of Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush, Strauss remained a key player in Washington, moving freely in Democratic and Republican circles and forming close friendships on both sides of the political aisle.

He held advisory posts under Reagan and was named U.S. ambassador to Moscow by Bush in 1991, months before the Soviet Union's collapse. Strauss remained in Moscow through 1992 as ambassador to Russia.

Strauss told the Dallas Morning News in 1993 he had no regrets after his decades as a political mover and shaker.

“I like the whole damn deal,” he said.

Reporting by Peter Cooney; Additional reporting by Sharon Bernstein in Sacramento; Editing by Lisa Shumaker

Comic great Sid Caesar of ‘Your Show of Shows’ dies at 91


Comic showman Sid Caesar, a pioneer of American television sketch comedy as the star and creative force of “Your Show of Shows” during the 1950s, died on Wednesday at age 91, according to his friend and former collaborator Carl Reiner.

Reiner told Reuters he learned of Caesar's death from a mutual friend, actor and writer Rudy De Luca, who had recently visited Caesar at his Los Angeles-area home. He said the veteran entertainer had been ill for at least a year.

While he enjoyed a career on TV, film and stage that spanned six decades but was marred by years of substance abuse, he is best-known for his work with comedienne Imogene Coca on the landmark “Your Show of Shows,” which aired on NBC from February 1950 to June 1954.

One of the most ambitious and demanding of all TV enterprises, “Your Show of Shows” was 90 minutes of live, original sketch comedy airing every Saturday night, 39 weeks a year. It is widely considered the prototype for every U.S. TV sketch comedy series that followed, including “Saturday Night Live.”

“He was a unique talent, and he was a pioneer of television and entertainment when television was in its infancy,” said Eddy Friedfeld, who helped Caesar write his 2003 autobiography “Caesar's Hours: My Life in Comedy, with Love and Laughter.”

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“Your Show of Shows” and its successor series, “Caesar's Hour,” became an incubator for some of the greatest comic minds in American show business, with a roster of writers that included Neil Simon, Woody Allen, Mel Brooks, Reiner (who also co-starred on the show) and Larry Gelbart.

Nominally hosted each week by a different star (much like “Saturday Night Live”), “Your Show of Shows” also featured a cadre of regular singers and dancers, as well as ballet and opera performances to lend an air of cultural refinement.

But the series became a hit for the comic chemistry between Caesar and Coca, a former vaudeville performer nearly 14 years his senior who died in 2001 at age 92.

TV GOLDEN AGE INNOVATOR

Together they satirized historical events in a recurring bit titled “History as She Ain't,” played marital strife for laughs in the husband-and-wife skit “The Hickenloopers” and poked fun at Hollywood with such parodies as “From Here to Obscurity” (a lampoon of the film “From Here to Eternity”).

By all accounts, the writers' room could be a raucous place. Caesar, a tall, strapping presence, acknowledged he once was so angry at Brooks that he grabbed the diminutive writer and dangled him from a hotel window by his ankles.

Reiner later drew on his experiences with Caesar as material for the TV sitcom classic “The Dick Van Dyke Show.”

Some of Caesar's most popular bits were built around pompous or outlandish characters – such as Professor von Votsisnehm – in which he spoke in a thick accent or mimicked foreign languages in comic but convincing gibberish.

“He was the ultimate, he was the very best sketch artist and comedian that ever existed,” Reiner said of his friend. “His ability to double talk every language known to man was impeccable.”

Said Mel Brooks in a statement: “Sid Caesar was a giant, maybe the best comedian who ever practiced the trade. And I was privileged to be one of his writers and one of his friends.”

Woody Allen saluted him as “one of the truly great comedians of my time.”

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In a 2001 interview with Reuters, Caesar said his ear for language grew from frequent boyhood visits to his father's restaurant in a blue-collar neighborhood of Yonkers, New York.

“Men used to come in – there was a French table, a German table, a Russian table and an Italian table,” he recalled. “By taking up dishes during lunch hour, I'd pick (languages) up. You know, the first thing they teach you is the dirty words.”

The son of Jewish immigrants, Caesar got his start playing saxophone in a dance band and performing comedy on the “Borscht Belt” circuit of the Catskill Mountains of upstate New York.

After serving in the Coast Guard during World War Two, Caesar appeared in a Broadway musical revue called “Tars and Spars” and a movie musical of the same name, landing a guest spot on Milton Berle's weekly TV show.

“Your Show of Shows” evolved from an earlier series, “The Admiral Broadway Revue,” which ran briefly in 1949 on NBC and the old DuMont Television Network and first paired Caesar with Coca.

The two parted ways at the end of the “Your Show of Shows” run and never managed to replicate their success, even when reunited four years later on the 1958 show “Sid Caesar Invites You,” which lasted just four months.

The waning of Caesar's TV career coincided with a two-decade addiction to alcohol and pills, although he earned a Tony nomination starring in Neil Simon's 1962 Broadway musical “Little Me” and had a role in the madcap 1963 ensemble comedy film “It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World.”

After he conquered his struggle with substance abuse by the late 1970s, Caesar turned up as Coach Calhoun in the box-office hit “Grease,” a role he reprised for a 1982 sequel. He continued to make occasional TV appearances through the 1990s, including a guest turn as Uncle Harold on a 1997 episode of NBC sitcom “Mad About You,” with Paul Reiser and Helen Hunt. 

Reporting by Alex Dobuzinskis, writing and additional reporting by Steve Gorman; Piya Sinha-Roy also contributed to this report; editing by G Crosse and Matthew Lewis

Former Israeli PM And military commander Ariel Sharon dead at 85


Former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, the trailblazing warrior-statesman who transformed the region and was reviled by Arab foes, died on Saturday aged 85, after eight years in a coma caused by a stroke.

Sharon left historic footprints on the Middle East through military invasion and Jewish settlement-building on land the Palestinians seek for a state but also with a shock decision to withdraw from the Gaza Strip.

The United States and other foreign powers mourned Sharon as a peacemaker, noting his late pursuit of dialogue with the Palestinians. Those talks continue under Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, though differences remain wide.

Sharon died at Sheba Medical Center, near Tel Aviv, where he had been in a coma since being hit by a stroke at the pinnacle of his power as prime minister in January 2006. His condition had declined precipitously since the middle of last week.

“Arik was a valorous soldier and a bold statesman who contributed much to the security and building up of the State of Israel,” said President Shimon Peres, a former political ally of Sharon and, with the ex-premier's death, the last of the Jewish state's founders still in public life.

“Arik loved his people, and his people loved him,” Peres said, using the nickname of Sharon, a famously burly and blunt figure with a prizefighter's rolling gait.

“He knew no fear and never feared pursuing a vision.”

Officials said Sharon, who took power in 2001 soon after the start of a second Palestinian uprising that raged until 2005, would be given a state funeral to which foreign dignitaries would be invited.

PALESTINIANS EMBITTERED

Palestinians accused Sharon of sparking their “Intifada” with a provocative visit to the al Aqsa mosque plaza in Jerusalem's Old City.

He further embittered them with a crushing army sweep of self-rule areas of the West Bank in 2002 after a wave of Palestinian suicide bombings, and his siege of Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat in his Ramallah compound.

But he surprised many by withdrawing soldiers and settlers from Gaza in 2005 under a policy of “disengagement” from conflict and a pursuit of dialogue with the Palestinians.

The pullout, however, led to Gaza's takeover by the Palestinian Hamas Islamists who, unlike the West Bank-based President Mahmoud Abbas, spurn co-existence with Israel.

As Sharon's finance minister in 2005, Netanyahu quit in protest at the Gaza plan. Netanyahu points to Hamas's rise in balking at similar West Bank withdrawals sought by Abbas.

Mourning Sharon, Netanyahu emphasized his military, rather than political, exploits: “He was first and foremost a brave warrior and great strategist, among the greatest of Israel Defence Force commanders.”

Palestinians in Gaza were handing out sweets to passersby and motorists in celebration of Sharon's passing.

“We have become more confident in victory with the departure of this tyrant (Sharon),” said Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri.

“Our people today feel extreme happiness at the death and departure of this criminal whose hands were smeared with the blood of our people and the blood of our leaders here and in exile.”

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“THE BULLDOZER”

A rancher in private life renowned for his big appetite, Sharon became known as “the Bulldozer”, in part for his headlong pursuit of hardline policies that included settlement expansion in territory Israel captured in the 1967 Middle East war.

As a young paratroop officer in the 1950s, he championed night-time reprisals – one of which killed dozens of civilians in the village of Qibya – for cross-border Arab guerrilla raids on the fledgling Israel.

He was widely hated by Arabs over the 1982 massacre of hundreds of Palestinian refugees in Beirut by Lebanese Christian militiamen allied to Israel.

An Israeli state inquiry found Sharon, who as defence minister engineered Israel's 1982 invasion of Lebanon and war against Palestinian guerrillas there, indirectly responsible for the camp killings, and he was forced to resign his post.

“The Palestinian people remember what Sharon did and tried to do to our people and their dream of forming a state,” Wael Abu Youself, a senior member of Abbas's umbrella Palestine Liberation Organisation, told Reuters.

“Despite the settlements and wars that he launched against us, here and in Lebanon and with the war crime of Sabra and Shatila (camps), Sharon has departed and the Palestinian people remain on their land.”

Sharon's devastating illness struck shortly after he quit the right-wing Likud party and founded a centrist faction with the declared aim of advancing peace with the Palestinians, whose 2000-2005 uprising he had battled as prime minister.

OBAMA: COMMITTED TO PEACE

Former U.S. President George W. Bush, a Republican, saw in Sharon's strategy a reflection of his own “war on terror” and they formed a close alliance. On Saturday, appreciation for Sharon came from both sides of the U.S. political divide.

“We reaffirm our unshakable commitment to Israel's security and our appreciation for the enduring friendship between our two countries,” said President Barack Obama, a Democrat.

“We continue to strive for lasting peace and security for the people of Israel, including through our commitment to the goal of two states living side by side in peace and security,”

“As Israel says goodbye to Prime Minister Sharon, we join with the Israeli people in honoring his commitment to his country.”

British Prime Minister David Cameron called Sharon “one of the most significant figures in Israeli history”, saying he “took brave and controversial decisions in pursuit of peace”.

“Ariel Sharon … has been a major actor in the history of his country. After a long military and political career, he made the choice to turn towards dialogue with Palestinians,” French President Francois Hollande said in a statement.

Many Israelis will remember Sharon as a maverick military leader who fought in the 1948 war of Israel's founding and went on to earn a reputation for trigger-happy disobedience, but also for battlefield bravery and brilliance.

Sharon's nurse Marina Lifschitz said he had not suffered while lying comatose, though he had at times given basic responses to stimuli. She recalled at one point holding up a picture of his late wife Lily for him to view.

“And suddenly I saw a tear simply rolling out of his eye. That is very difficult to forget,” Lifschitz told reporters.

Additional reporting by Nidal al-Mugrabi in Gaza, Ali Sawafta in Ramallah and Steve Holland in Washington; Editing by Andrew Roche

Palestinian teenager shot by IDF dies of wounds


A teenager shot by Israeli troops in Gaza died of his wounds, Palestinian medical sources said.

The 16-year-old died Friday afternoon from gunshot wounds sustained Thursday after he and several other Palestinians approached the security fence separating Israel from the Gaza Strip, according to a report Friday on Israel Radio.

The teenager was identified by the Ma’an news agency as Adnan Abu Khater. He was shot near a section of the border fence near Jabaliya in the northern Gaza Strip, according to the report.

Separately, the Israel Air Force struck four targets in the Gaza Strip on Friday in retaliation for the shooting of a rocket Thursday from Gaza to the western Negev region. No one was hurt in the explosion.

The IDF Spokesperson unit said in statement the strikes targeted three rocket launchers in the northern strip and another target in the central strip which the IDF termed part of terrorist infrastructure.

There were no reports of casualties in the air strikes.

UCLA alum dies, hit-and-run driver still at large


David Pregerson, the 23-year-old struck by a hit-and-run driver in Pacific Palisades in the early hours of Dec. 27, died Tuesday morning, Dec. 31.

After being found at around 3:20 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 27, Pregerson was transported to the UCLA medical center for surgery, where he remained in critical condition for several days.

A recent graduate of UCLA, Pregerson’s Facebook page says that he was a film producer and studied film directing in college.

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Nelson Mandela, apartheid fighter and former South African president, dies at 95


Nelson Mandela guided South Africa from the shackles of apartheid to multi-racial democracy, as an icon of peace and reconciliation who came to embody the struggle for justice around the world.

Imprisoned for nearly three decades for his fight against white minority rule, Mandela emerged determined to use his prestige and charisma to bring down apartheid while avoiding a civil war.

“The time for the healing of the wounds has come. The moment to bridge the chasms that divide us has come,” Mandela said in his acceptance speech on becoming South Africa's first black president in 1994.

“We have, at last, achieved our political emancipation.”

In 1993, Mandela was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, an honour he shared with F.W. de Klerk, the white Afrikaner leader who freed him from prison three years earlier and negotiated the end of apartheid.

Mandela went on to play a prominent role on the world stage as an advocate of human dignity in the face of challenges ranging from political repression to AIDS.

He formally left public life in June 2004 before his 86th birthday, telling his adoring countrymen: “Don't call me. I'll call you”. But he remained one of the world's most revered public figures, combining celebrity sparkle with an unwavering message of freedom, respect and human rights.

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Whether defending himself at his own treason trial in 1963 or addressing world leaders years later as a greying elder statesman, he radiated an image of moral rectitude expressed in measured tones, often leavened by a mischievous humour.

“He is at the epicentre of our time, ours in South Africa, and yours, wherever you are,” Nadine Gordimer, the South African writer and Nobel Laureate for Literature, once remarked.

Mandela's years behind bars made him the world's most celebrated political prisoner and a leader of mythic stature for millions of black South Africans and other oppressed people far beyond his country's borders.

Charged with capital offences in the 1963 Rivonia Trial, his statement from the dock was his political testimony.

“During my lifetime I have dedicated myself to this struggle of the African people. I have fought against white domination, and I have fought against black domination.

“I have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons live together in harmony and with equal opportunities,” he told the court.

“It is an ideal I hope to live for and to achieve. But if needs be, it is an ideal for which I am prepared to die.”

DESTINED TO LEAD

Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela was born on July 18, 1918, destined to lead as the son of the chief councillor to the paramount chief of the Thembu people in Transkei.

He chose to devote his life to the fight against white domination. He studied at Fort Hare University, an elite black college, but left in 1940 short of completing his studies and became involved with the African National Congress (ANC), founding its Youth League in 1944 with Oliver Tambo and Walter Sisulu.

Mandela worked as a law clerk then became a lawyer who ran one of the few practices that served blacks.

In 1952 he and others were charged for violating the Suppression of Communism Act but their nine-month sentence was suspended for two years.

Mandela was among the first to advocate armed resistance to apartheid, going underground in 1961 to form the ANC's armed wing, Umkhonto weSizwe, or 'Spear of the Nation' in Zulu.

He left South Africa and travelled the continent and Europe, studying guerrilla warfare and building support for the ANC.

After his return in 1962, Mandela was arrested and sentenced to five years for incitement and illegally leaving the country. While serving that sentence, he was charged with sabotage and plotting to overthrow the government along with other anti-apartheid leaders in the Rivonia Trial.

Branded a terrorist by his enemies, Mandela was sentenced to life imprisonment in 1964, isolated from millions of his countrymen as they suffered oppression, violence and forced resettlement under the apartheid regime of racial segregation.

He was incarcerated on Robben Island, a penal colony off Cape Town, where he would spend the next 18 years before being moved to mainland prisons.

He was behind bars when an uprising broke out in the huge township of Soweto in 1976 and when others erupted in violence in the 1980s. But when the regime realised it was time to negotiate, it was Mandela to whom it turned.

In his later years in prison, he met President P.W. Botha and his successor de Klerk.

When he was released on Feb. 11, 1990, walking away from the Victor Verster prison hand-in-hand with his wife Winnie, the event was watched live by television viewers across the world.

“As I finally walked through those gates … I felt even at the age of 71 that my life was beginning anew. My 10,000 days of imprisonment were at last over,” Mandela wrote of that day.

ELECTIONS AND RECONCILATION

In the next four years, thousands of people died in political violence. Most were blacks killed in fighting between ANC supporters and Zulus loyal to Mangosuthu Buthelezi's Inkatha Freedom Party, although right-wing whites also staged violent actions to upset the moves towards democracy.

Mandela prevented a racial explosion after the murder of popular Communist Party leader Chris Hani by a white assassin in 1993, appealing for calm in a national television address. That same year, he and de Klerk were jointly awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

Talks between the ANC and the government began in 1991, leading to South Africa's first all-race elections on April 27, 1994.

The run-up to the vote was marred by fighting, including gun battles in Johannesburg townships and virtual war in the Zulu stronghold of KwaZulu Natal.

But Mandela campaigned across the country, enthralling adoring crowds of blacks and wooing whites with assurances that there was a place for them in the new South Africa.

The election result was never in doubt and his inauguration in Pretoria on May 10, 1994, was a celebration of a peoples' freedom.

Mandela made reconciliation the theme of his presidency. He took tea with his former jailers and won over many whites when he donned the jersey of South Africa's national rugby team – once a symbol of white supremacy – at the final of the World Cup in 1995 at Johannesburg's Ellis Park stadium.

The hallmark of Mandela's mission was the Truth and Reconciliation Commission which investigated apartheid crimes on both sides and tried to heal the wounds. It also provided a model for other countries torn by civil strife.

In 1999, Mandela, often criticised for having a woolly grasp of economics, handed over to younger leaders – a voluntary departure from power cited as an example to long-ruling African leaders.

A restful retirement was not on the cards as Mandela shifted his energies to fighting South Africa's AIDS crisis.

He spoke against the stigma surrounding the infection, while successor Thabo Mbeki was accused of failing to comprehend the extent of the crisis.

The fight became personal in early 2005 when Mandela lost his only surviving son to the disease.

But the stress of his long struggle contributed to the break-up of his marriage to equally fierce anti-apartheid campaigner Winnie.

The country shared the pain of their divorce in 1996 before watching his courtship of Graca Machel, widow of Mozambican President Samora Machel, whom he married on his 80th birthday in 1998.

Friends adored “Madiba”, the clan name by which he is known. People lauded his humanity, kindness, attention and dignity.

Unable to shake the habits of prison, Mandela rose daily between 4 a.m. and 5 a.m. to exercise and read. He drank little and was a fervent anti-smoker.

An amateur boxer in his younger days, Mandela often said the discipline and tactics drawn from training helped him to endure prison and the political battles after his release.

RAINBOW NATION

But prison and old age took their toll on his health.

Mandela was treated in the 1980s for tuberculosis and later required an operation to repair damage to his eyes as well as treatment for prostate cancer in 2001. His spirit, however, remained strong.

“If cancer wins I will still be the better winner,” he told reporters in September of that year. “When I go to the next world, the first thing I will do is look for an ANC office to renew my membership.”

Most South Africans are proud of their post-apartheid multi-racial 'Rainbow Nation'.

But Mandela's legacy of tolerance and reconciliation has been threatened in recent years by squabbling between factions in the ANC and social tensions in a country that, despite its political liberation, still suffers great inequalities.

Mandela's last major appearance on the global stage came in 2010 when he donned a fur cap in the South African winter and rode on a golf cart, waving to an exuberant crowd of 90,000 at the soccer World Cup final, one of the biggest events in the country's post-apartheid history.

“I leave it to the public to decide how they should remember me,” he said on South African television before his retirement.

“But I should like to be remembered as an ordinary South African who together with others has made his humble contribution.”

Writing by Andrew Quinn and Jon Herskovitz; Editing by Pascal Fletcher and Angus MacSwan

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The night Lou Reed came to my house


Lou Reed’s death on Sunday has made me think not just of his music but of his life, and specifically about when his life and mine briefly intersected, back when my brother Frank and I entertained him at our parents’ Philadelphia home, unbeknownst to mom and dad.

It was 1969 and Frank, then in high school, was covering rock music for a local underground paper, The Distant Drummer, a paper that I, too, used to write for.

The Velvet Underground used to play fairly regularly — every six weeks or so, Frank says — at a club called the Second Fret. Frank was friendly with the house band and its manager and got to know Lou Reed and the rest of the Velvets.

So much so that twice Frank brought Reed over to our parents’ Center City brownstone after their gig to party. I don’t recall anything raucous on either occasion. In fact, the first time our parents slept through the whole thing.

It was the end of the summer and I had just returned to Philadelphia after a cross-country drive. Some friends I had traveled with were staying at our house before moving on. I’m not even sure that I went to the Velvets’ gig that night, but Frank was there. Afterward he turned up at home with Lou Reed and (I think) Doug Yule, another member of the band. Frank still can’t figure out why they came.

“I have no idea how that even happened,” he told me. “Why go over to this high school kid’s place were there was no dope and not much to do?“

Sill, we broke open jugs of my father’s probably ghastly homemade wine and finished it all. And it was on this occasion that Lou Reed told us that he didn’t do drugs.

“He told me that that ‘Heroin’ was him being a reporter,” Frank recalls.

In the morning, I’ll never forget our folks’ reaction when we revealed what had been going on as they slept. “What!” my mother said. “You had the Velvet Underground here and didn’t wake us up?”

The second Velvets party was a few months later. Again, Reed and maybe someone else from the band came over after a show. It was a real party this time, with other friends invited. One memory stands out from that night. The Rolling Stones album “Let it Bleed” had just come out, and for almost the entire evening Reed stayed upstairs, away from the other guests, in the room where my parents had a stereo, a real piece of furniture with speaker consoles the size of upright trunks.

The whole night (or so I remember) he stayed there, crouched down, his ear glued to the speaker, playing one track over and over and over: “Gimme Shelter.” I never hear that song without thinking of that night.

Walking on the wild side and returning to the sacred side: Or becoming a rabbi because of Lou Reed


Word of Lou Reed walking beyond the wild side, never to return, reached me as I was leaving campus, having just finished teaching a class on Modern Jewish Philosophy. As I recovered my copy of Take No Prisoners on my i-Phone and flicking to his 1978 strung-out rendition of “Sweet Jane”, I wondered why Lou Reed ( March 2, 1942, Brooklyn, as Lewis Allan Rabinowitz, later changed to Reed,) was not included on my syllabus for the study of Modern Jewish philosophers! After all, Lou Reed was probably the greatest abiding influence in my life’s journey that lead me to the rabbinate— Lewis Allan Reed was my “Satellite of Love”, leading me time and again back New York from Toronto on a never-ending pilgrimage to CBGB’s in what was then a frightening trip in the Bowery and Bleeker Bob’s in the West Village from my high school days onwards. What was it about this renegade rocker, the punk zeyde I never had, that inspired me to the point of teaching about him in one of my year-long men’s group, strategically nestled off site from my synagogue, once Beeber’s The Heebie Jeebie’s at CBGB’s: A Secret History of Jewish Punk Rock (2006) was finally released. Perhaps Lou Reed— who sang so poignantly about “make-believe love” on that 1978 live recording from the no longer extant legendary West Village watering hole, The Bottom Line—was not included as a Jewish philosopher for the same reason that I had subconsciously excluded Gillian Rose. After all, in the final year of her life, she gave an extraordinary lecture in 1994 with an intense reading of the Rilke sonnet that begins Sei allem Abschied voran or “Be ahead of all departures”. In that same live recording from 1978, decades before his own actual death —even if every moment of his music was always Sein-zum-Todt or “being-towards-death” —Lou quoted Yeats’ poem, “The Second Coming” (1919), while attempting to keep hecklers at bay in his inimitable way, when he retorted: “The best lack all conviction, while the worst/Are full of passionate intensity’—so you try and figure out where I’m at right now!” At that ever-recurring moment of confronting one’s own death, with less than a year to live, in Rose’s last masterpiece, Love’s Work (1996), she confirmed that studying philosophy at Oxford almost destroyed her passion of the mind, and furthermore “the earnest stupidity of her schooling” was succeeded by “the deeper stupidity of reading philosophy at university.” What Lou Reed, and to a lesser degree Gillian Rose, have taught me is that life is a laboratory and that university should never get in the way of your education about love’s work in life. That struck me the first time I heard “Walk on the Wild Side” – I was fifteen and in love for the first time with Kaza in art school. Something about crossing the lines, and walking on the other side together– the wild side that Kaza took me to– was transformational. Years later, Lou Reed remained that abiding force of embracing the role of the real ‘ivri or Hebrew, which I later learned is how Hasidic master, Reb Nahman of Bratzlav defined the Jew as epitomizing the ‘boundary-crosser’. I came to appreciate this again years later at one of Lou Reed’s “last suppers” at the Downtown Seder that he haunted with his third wife, Laurie Anderson. Last year, Laurie was the Tam or “simple child” intoning “The Dream Before” while Lou was always called upon as the resident Hakham or “wise child” doing his riff on Bob Marley’s “Exodus”. Years earlier, I recall a Downtown Seder in 2004 when Lou was called on again to occupy his seat as the Hakham when he chose to incorporate his recent project of setting of Edgar Allen Poe’s “The Raven” to music at an SRO room full of New York Jews reciting his re-writing of the classic in these words: “Sometimes I wonder who am I?/Who made the trees?/Who made the sky?/Who made the storms?/Who made a heart break?/I wonder how much life I can take?”

Lou Reed was that “Wild Child” he sang about on his debut album in 1972. He troubled his Jewish parents— accountant, Sidney Reed and his wife and former beauty queen, Toby Futterman Reed— to the point where they sent him for weeks of electroshock therapy at Creedmoor State Psychiatric Hospital in Queens. Not such a usual chapter for an all-American Jew growing up in Freeport, Long Island. That was only the beginning of Lou Reed’s descent into his decades long inferno, so that even in 1959, while beginning his music studies at New York University, he underwent further treatment. Reed’s transfer to Syracuse University brought him momentary solace inside the circle surrounding American Jewish poet, writer, and English professor, Delmore Schwartz. When Reed met Schwartz, the latter was only six years away from his death in a Bowery room flophouse (doors away from what would later become the renowned punk club, CBGBs). While Lou would ride around on his motorcycle, clad in leather with his guitar slung over his shoulder, never to be caught dead in any frat—much less a Jewish one—he did allow himself to become the mascot for the Jewish “Sammies” of Sigma Alpha Mu, given they were the most progressive of the lot and served as one of his most receptive audiences throughout his career. Unsurprisingly though, Lou skipped classes frequently to play in black bars with his band, LA and Eldorados (for Lewis, his given name, and Allen the first name of childhood friend, Allen Hyman). Although Syracuse University was a time when Lou flourished, the scars of his electrified, broken heart would never fully mend. By the time Blue Mask (1982) was released— a partial eulogy to his all-American Jewish mentor, Delmore Schwarz referred to explicitly in “My House” as “My friend and teacher [who] occupies a spare room/He’s dead—at peace at last the Wandering Jew” —Reed’s scars irrupted as he decried: “Take the blue mask down from my face/and look me in the eye/…Don’t take death away”. By daring to stare death in the face and continue to embrace life as a Jew, Lou Reed defined his own rock n’ roll path as a uniquely Jewish path. Daring to do more than “walk on the wild side” but enter into the realm the Jewish mystics call the Sitra Ahra or the “Other Side” and then return to the Sitra de’Kedusha or the “Sacred Side” was something I only experienced in his music. This musical journey of Lou Reed—one that in 1965 accompanied Warhol’s Exploding Plastic Inevitable— is what inspired me along my path to the rabbinate. Through his music as life, Lou Reed reminded me of that annual obligation of crossing all boundaries with the utter seriousness of carnivale that Jews still call Purim—that “Halloween Parade”. That same album New York from1989 is where Lou confronts the Nazi fugitives like Kurt Waldheim and anti-semitic candidates like Jesse Jackson, so that with “Good Evening Mr. Waldheim” Lou dares to remove the mask! Reed saw the absurdity of life surrounding him and despite it all–following Fackenheim’s call for the 614th commandment not to grant Hitler a posthumous victory–he embraced life! May the memory of rock n’ roll animal, Louis Rabinowitz— Lou Reed, be a blessing, and in the final words of the Warsaw Ghetto rebbe in 1943: Es zol zich zingen a shira —“So shall the song sing itself.”

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.”

Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, founder of Shas and Sephardic sage, dies at 93


Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, the Israeli sage who founded the Sephardic Orthodox Shas political party and exercised major influence on Jewish law, has died.

Yosef died Monday at Hadassah Ein Kerem Hospital in Jerusalem. He was 93.

He served as Israel’s Sephardic chief rabbi from 1973 to 1983, and extended his influence over the ensuing decades as the spiritual leader of Shas, which politically galvanized hundreds of thousands of Sephardic Israelis, though Yosef himself never served in Knesset. In 1999, at its height, Shas was the third-largest Knesset party, with 17 seats.

Though he adhered to a haredi Orthodox ideology, Yosef, a charismatic speaker, published relatively liberal Jewish legal rulings and drew support both from traditional and secular Sephardic Israelis. Known to his followers as Maran, “our master” in Hebrew, Yosef’s main Jewish legal goal was to take diverse Jewish practices from the Middle East and North Africa and mold a “united legal system” for Sephardic Jews.

As his influence grew, Yosef presided over a veritable empire of Sephardi religious services. Shas opened a network of schools that now has 40,000 students. Yosef managed a kosher certification called Beit Yosef that has become the standard for many religious Sephardim. And he was a dominant power broker when it came to electing Sephardic chief rabbis and appointing Sephardic judges in religious courts. This year, Yosef’s son — and preferred candidate — won the Israeli Sephardic chief rabbi election.

Through his work, Yosef hoped to raise the status of Israel’s historically disadvantaged Sephardic community, both culturally and socioeconomically. He dressed in traditional Sephardic religious garb, including a turban and an embroidered robe, even as most of his close followers adopted the Ashkenazi haredi dress of a black fedora and suit.

As a scholar, Yosef was known for his ability to recite long, complex Jewish tracts from memory. His best-known works, “Yabia Omer,” “Yehave Da’at” and “Yalkut Yosef,” cover an array of Jewish legal topics.

“He was a character that people capitulated in front of, a man of Jewish law that created a political entity with strong influence on Israeli politics and culture,” said Menachem Friedman, an expert on the haredi community at Bar-Ilan University. “It raised up Middle Eastern Jewish culture, gave legitimacy to Middle Eastern Jewish traditions.”

Outside the religious community, Yosef was best known for his sometimes controversial political stances. His authority within Shas was virtually absolute, and even in his ninth decade he remained closely involved in the party’s decisions.

While Yosef favored policies that served the religious community’s interests, he also supported peace treaties involving Israeli withdrawal from conquered territory. He argued that such deals were allowed under Jewish law because they saved Jewish lives.

In the 1990s and 2000s, Shas joined left-wing governing coalitions multiple times, allowing for the advancement of the Israeli-Palestinian peace process — though Yosef opposed the 2005 Israeli withdrawal from the Gaza Strip because it was done unilaterally.

In his later years, Yosef also stirred controversy with a number of inflammatory statements, often made at a weekly Saturday-night sermon. In 2000, he said that Holocaust victims were reincarnated sinners, and in 2005 he said that the victims of Hurricane Katrina deserved the tragedy “because they have no God.” In 2010, Yosef said, “The sole purpose of non-Jews is to serve Jews.”

“Rabbi Ovadia was a giant in Torah and Jewish law and a teacher for tens of thousands,” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in a statement Monday. “He worked greatly to enhance Jewish heritage and at the same time, his rulings took into consideration the times and the realities of renewed life in the State of Israel. He was imbued with love of the Torah and the people.”

Ovadia Yosef was born Abdullah Yosef in Baghdad, Iraq, on Sept. 23, 1920. Four years later his family moved to Jerusalem, in what was then Palestine, where Yosef studied at the Porat Yosef yeshiva, a well-regarded Sephardic school. At 20, he received ordination as a rabbinic judge, and at 24 he married Margalit Fattal. She died in 1994.

Yosef began serving as a rabbinic judge in 1944, and in 1947 moved to Cairo to head the rabbinic court in the Egyptian capital, returning in 1950. He continued serving as a religious judge until becoming Sephardic chief rabbi of Tel Aviv in 1968, a position he held until he was elected Sephardic chief rabbi of Israel in 1973. During that period, he began publishing his well-known works, beginning with his Passover Haggadah, “Hazon Ovadia,” in 1952. In 1970, the government awarded him the prestigious Israel Prize in recognition of his books.

Yosef defeated a sitting chief rabbi in the 1973 election, itself a controversial move. In the wake of the Yom Kippur War that year, he ruled that women whose husbands were missing in action could remarry. Later in his term, he endorsed the Ethiopian Jews’ claim to Judaism, helping them immigrate to Israel under the Law of Return.

Yosef founded Shas in 1984, one year after finishing his term as chief rabbi. The party now holds 11 Knesset seats.

Save for four years, Shas was part of every governing coalition between 1984 and 2013, acting as a kingmaker in Israeli politics. Because the party represents both haredi and poor Sephardim, it advocates a unique mix of dovish foreign policy, conservative religious policy and liberal economic policy. Yosef took an active role in shaping Shas through this year’s elections, heading a council of rabbis that chose the party’s slate and mediating leadership conflicts.

What was most impressive about Yosef, says Friedman, was his influence over almost every aspect of Sephardic religious and political life – making it unlikely that another rabbi will be able to take his place.

“He’ll create an empty space politically and an empty space religiously,” Friedman said. “He was a source of strength and great control in Middle Eastern Jewish religious society. I don’t know what will happen.”

Rav Ovadia Yosef: A personal eulogy


It was early Monday morning here in the Old City of Jerusalem. We had just finished our minyan in the Rabban Yohanan Ben Zakkai synagogue, the same synagogue where generations of Sephardic Chief Rabbis have been crowned as the Rishon L’Zion. I walked over to the bookcase, and my heart was drawn to a large volume titled “Yabia Omer.” I sat over coffee studying, and when I turned on the radio, I heard that Rav Ovadia Yosef was in critical condition. I spent the morning immersed in “Yabia Omer,” until the bitter news was announced: “Rav Ovadia Yosef has passed on to heaven.” He was 93.

“Yabia Omer” is one of several halakhic books written by Rav Ovadia Yosef, arguably this generation’s most knowledgeable rabbinic scholar. I have enjoyed a lifelong personal history with Rav Ovadia and his books, dating back to my childhood in Los Angeles. In his memory, I would like to share two personal experiences with Rav Ovadia that will always stay with me, and that were ever present in my mind as I walked with hundreds of thousands to lead him to his final resting place in Jerusalem.

In 1975, when Rav Ovadia first came to Los Angeles, I was 11 years old. Our entire school went to the airport to greet him with songs, and the few Sephardim amongst us approached him to kiss his hand, as is our custom. After speaking at our school, Rav Ovadia was scheduled to speak all over Los Angeles. A schedule of his appearances was distributed, and my father promised to take me to hear him every night. I was excited, because I thought his robe and turban were from another world, and he looked so cool in his dark sunglasses. (His eyes were very sensitive to light.) I was also amazed at how he stood in front of audiences without a single book or note cards, and quoted pages of Talmud by heart.

My father took me to hear him for three consecutive nights. One night, my father had to work late, and he asked my mother to take me. Of all nights to ask my mother, this was the one night where Rav Ovadia was speaking in a yeshiva, where no women would be in attendance. My mother took me, and upon arrival, she was, indeed, the only woman there. We stood outside contemplating what to do, when Rav Ovadia suddenly arrived. As he walked by us, he greeted my mother, and when I kissed his hand, he gave me a loving caress on my cheek. I guess by now he recognized me from the previous nights! He walked into the Beit Midrash, and my mother and I stayed outside. Apparently he noticed that we did not come inside, for, less than a minute later, he walked back outside and signaled to us to come in. As we walked in  – a woman in pants with her 11-year-old son – to a room filled with men, Rav Ovadia respectfully asked the men in the first row to make room for me and my mother. He then got onto the stage to speak, and started by looking at my mother and saying, “Blessed are the parents who raise their children in the path of Torah.”

Many years later, with this warm memory of Rav Ovadia embedded deep in my heart, I found myself in New York in my third year of Yeshiva University’s rabbinical program. It was 1991, and Rav Ovadia was scheduled to visit us for a week. As one of the few Sephardic rabbinical students at YU, I was given a tremendous honor: To be his shamash (personal assistant) for the week. I spent morning, noon and night with him, getting to know him personally. I met the family man, studied with the scholar, and even got a glimpse of the powerful politician. Of the many experiences that I was privileged to be a part of that week, one stands out in my mind.

A group of us were walking with Rav Ovadia on Amsterdam Avenue, on the Washington Heights campus of Yeshiva University. Dressed in his majestic robe and turban, Rav Ovadia was scheduled to give us a lecture explaining why – contra to all other rabbinic opinions – he had boldly recognized the Ethiopians as Jews, thus paving the way for their acceptance in Israel. As a Sephardic Jew who had suffered from discrimination in Israel, he was sensitive to their plight. As we approached the auditorium, a Latino-Catholic family was walking toward us, and they saw the rabbi dressed in his robe. They sensed he was a holy man, and as they approached us, they came before him and bowed in reverence. You had to see the look on all of the rabbi’s faces when Rav Ovadia stopped and reverently bowed back to them.

I have studied Rav Ovadia’s books my entire life, including this morning. But more than anything he’s ever written, these two experiences taught me life lessons of Derech Eretz. They also taught me that underneath the at times harsh exterior of this larger than life public figure, there was a sweet, sensitive and kind-hearted man.

Thousands of kapparot chickens die in New York heat


Thousands of chickens designated for the pre-Yom Kippur kapparot ritual died in New York due to unseasonable heat.

An estimated 2,000 chickens died Wednesday in the Brooklyn neighborhood of Borough Park on Wednesday, when temperatures climbed into the mid-90s, the New York Daily News reported.

Chaim Singer, 32, told the newspaper that water and shade were provided for the animals. But activists have long claimed that thousands of chickens suffer and die unnecessarily during the kapparot ritual, in which a chicken is swung over the head in a symbolic transference of a person’s sins.

“I am horrified, I am upset, but I am not surprised,” said Rina Deych, 57, a member of the Alliance to End Chickens as Kaporos.

[Related: Atonement chickens — swung and tossed]

Last Hitler Bunker witness Rochus Misch dies at 96


Rochus Misch, the last surviving witness of Adolf Hitler's final days in the Berlin bunker who always referred to the Nazi dictator as “the Boss,” has died in his home at the age of 96, his book agent said on Friday.

Misch, who told Reuters in a 2007 interview at his home that there was a strange silence in the bunker as the battle for Berlin raged above in April 1945, had been suffering from the effects of a recent heart attack when he died on Thursday.

“His family was with him when he died,” Misch's agent, Michael Stehle, said. Misch died in the modest house in south Berlin where he had lived since 1938.

In the 2007 interview, Misch – who worked as Hitler's bodyguard, phone operator and courier for five years – said: “Life in the bunker was pretty normal. Hitler was mostly very calm.”

He said historians, filmmakers and journalists always got it wrong when they described the mood in the bunker as Soviet forces closed in on Hitler in the final days of the Nazi regime.

“It was much less dramatic than shown by many historians, filmmakers and journalists,” said the former soldier. “The worst thing was the silence … Everybody was whispering and nobody knew why. That's why it felt like the bunker of death.”

Misch remained neutral on Hitler up to his death.

“History is history, it was the way it was and nobody should lie about it,” he said, refusing make judgments about the past.

Misch was not ashamed to talk about pleasant moments with Hitler just as was depicted in the internationally acclaimed 2004 German film “Downfall”, which drew controversy for showing Hitler's rarely explored human, as well as brutal, side.

SUMMERS AT THE BERGHOF

When asked about the happiest time in his life, Misch pulled out pictures of Hitler and his close associates at the Nazi leader's summer Berghof residence in the Bavarian Alps.

“The best time I ever had was Berghof,” Misch said. He pointed to a picture showing Hitler, surrounded by children and the Third Reich's architect, Albert Speer. “It was wonderful, like a holiday. The boss was very relaxed when he was there.”

Misch was the last survivor of the final days of the bunker. Another, Bernd von Freytag Loringhoven, died in 2007. Misch was a burly man with silver hair and appeared in a number of documentary films about Hitler and the bunker.

“No matter who wanted to see Hitler, no matter if it was (propaganda chief Joseph) Goebbels, (Luftwaffe chief Hermann) Goering or anyone else, they had to get past me,” said Misch. “Regardless of who called, I picked up the phone.”

The only soldier allowed to carry a weapon in the bunker, Misch joined the SS in 1937 aged 20 and was wounded in 1939 in Poland. He recovered and was reassigned to Hitler's chancellery.

He was captured after the war and spent nine years in Soviet prisons. Back home, he launched a house-painting business.

Misch said he stayed in the bunker even after Hitler let others leave. He said it was his duty as a soldier. With the war clearly lost, Hitler killed himself on April 30, 1945.

“I was prepared for it and was just waiting for the moment,” Misch said. “When the door opened I saw Eva (Braun) lying with her legs bent so that her knees almost reached her chin. I will never forget that.”

Later, Misch saw Hitler's corpse covered by blankets and with only his shoes protruding. “There was a complete silence,” he said. “I went to the commander and said: “'The Fuehrer is dead'. My colleague then said, 'Now the boss is to be burnt'.”

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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

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Helen Abrams died June 11 at 94. Survived by daughters Marilyn Cohen, Lanette Finn, Anna Helfman, Candy Sieroty; sons Bert, David; 8 grandchildren; 6 great-grandchildren. Hillside

Selma Baraz died June 11 at 94. Survived by daughter Susan; son James; 3 grandchildren; 5 great-grandchildren. Hillside

Ann Bernell died on June 12 at 92. Survived by daughter Ellen Mead; son Lester (Stephanye); 4 grandchildren; 3 great-grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Gerald Breitbart died June 10 at 80. Survived by daughter Tracey Breitbart Karadizian; daughter-in-law Susannah; 7 grandchildren. Hillside

Madelon Cohen died June 11 at 87. Survived by daughters Felicia Ricks, Samantha Varona; son Stuart; 5 grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Irene Ellis died June 11 at 76. Survived by husband Cantor Larry; daughter Lisa (Jonathan) Mandel; sons Evan Kanes, Jason (Jamie) Kanes; stepsons James, Mark (Pat); six grandchildren; sisters Adele Steirman, Janet (Bernard) Tohl. Groman Eden

Anita Goldfarb died June 9 at 84. Survived by husband Adolph; daughters Fran (James Devine), Lyn; son Martin; 2 grandchildren; sister Barbara Welden. Mount Sinai

Jack Gollob died June 9 at 83. Survived by sister Joan Cohan; niece Deboarah Rummelhart; nephews Jud (Chris) Cohan, Steve (Joy) Cohan. Mount Sinai

Dorothy Kelber died June 13 at 91. Survived by daughter Becky; son Bruce; brother Richard (Sandy) Pullinger, Robert (Lucy); brother-in-law Robert Hamilton. Hillside

Samuel Kunin died June 11 at 78. Survived by wife Nancy; sons Gordon (Dina) Bernat-Kunin, Douglas (Natalie), Kenneth (Kathy); 7 grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Paul Mayman died June 11 at 92. Survived by daughter Paula Ashton; son Robert (Linda); 7 grandchildren; 8 great-grandchildren; sister Shirley Hartman. Mount Sinai

Beatrice Minkoff died June 10 at 102. Survived by daughter Corrine (Leonard) Naiman; sons Bob, Michael; 4 grandchildren; 4 great-grandchildren. Hillside

Bernard Rabins died June 11 at 86. Survived by wife Florence; daughter Karen (David) Pranke-Lewis; son John (Nancy Powell); 3 grandchildren, 1 great-grandchild; sister-in-law Evelyn Bergman. Mount Sinai

Beatrice Raymer died June 9 at 89. Survived by daughters Joanne Albrecht, Judi (Bonnie) Grey, Barbara (Marc) Witzer; 8 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren. Hillside

Martha Rosen died June 10 at 87. Survived by daughters Arlene Bauer, Judy Jordan. Hillside

Harvey Tiger died June 10 at 77. Survived by daughters Jordana (Mary Mitchell), Rena; son Steve (Raue Magadia); 4 grandchildren; 1 great-grandchild. Mount Sinai

Harriet Weisshar died June 10 at 85. Survived by daughter Susan (Mimi Matsik); sons Allan (Marcy), David; 4 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren. Groman Eden

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Jack Adelman died June 6 at 89. Survived by sister Sybil (Martin) Sage; brother Joseph; 1 niece; 1 nephew. Hillside

Joseph Beveniste died June 7 at 83. Survived by wife Sally; daughter Grace (Joel Grodstein); son Morris (Gabriella Siegel); 5 grandchildren; brother Isaac (Donna). Malinow and Silverman

Arvin Cohen died June 6 at 75. Survived by wife Harriette; daughter Rita (Darren) Shuster; son Charles; 3 grandchildren; sister Florence Bernstein. Mount Sinai

Donald Cortum died June 6 at 88. Survived by husband David Jacob; daughters Dominica, Michelle; sons Chris, Curt, Greg, John, Mark; 11 grandchildren; 6 great-grandchildren; sister Faye McAdams. Hillside

Buddy Epstein died June 4 at 64. Survived by wife Christine Kim; brother David. Hillside

Leah Esquenazi died June 6 at 2. Survived by mother Francesca; father Zev; brother Nicholas; grandmother Maurine Cereghino. Hillside

Barbara Goldenberg died June 3 at 67. Survived by brother Marvin; aunt Celeste (Harold) Erdley; companion Bill Strauss. Mount Sinai

Michele Gross died June 3 at 59. Survived by daughter Andree Granados; mother Florence; sisters Ricki Jones, Rhona Winchell. Mount Sinai

Florence Gutman died June 6 at 78. Survived by brother Harvey. Mount Sinai

Allen Jaffy died June 5 at 84. Survived by wife Eleanor; daughters Susan (Rabbi Jeffrey) Marx, Karen (Nick) Paris; 1 grandchild. Malinow and Silverman

Susan Kapit died June 6 at 66. Survived by husband Roger; daughter Samantha (Marc) Sedaka; sons Richard Cherniss, David (Cathy) Millen, Scott (Tommy Stuckland) Millen; 3 grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Anna Langsam died June 8 at 90. Survived by husband Harry; daughter Esther (Michael) Friedberg; 6 grandchildren; 9 great-grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Hank Leids died June 8 at 73. Survived by sister Rhoda Weintraub; niece Lynn Gerichter. Mount Sinai

Saul Lipszyc died June 7 at 78. Survived by wife Mirta; daughters Ekaterina, Nadia; sons Sergio, Monti; 4 grandchildren. Hillside

Jerry Miller died June 3 at 57. Survived by wife Lynn; son Justin; father Harold; brother Rick. Hillside

Marilyn Rabin died June 8 at 82. Survived by daughter Beth (Gordon) Goldsmith; son Andrew (Sydell) Hersh; 4 grandchildren. Hillside

Rose Riback died June 8 at 72. Survived by husband David; daughter Kimberly; 1 grandchild; brother Michael Sims. Mount Sinai

Tola Richman died June 4 at 99. Survived by son Stuart; nieces Marilyn Gaims, Ruth (James) Fleisher. Mount Sinai

Deborah Rose died June 7 at 62. Survived by sisters Diana Rose Townsend, Michele, Pamela, Stephanie. Mount Sinai

Shirlee Rovner died June 6 at 68. Survived by husband Gary; daughters Stephanie (Andrew) Serotta, Dana (Noah Abelman); 3 grandchildren; brother Abram Furman. Hillside

Jules Schwartz died June 6 at 85. Survived by wife Marion; daughters Rochelle (Steve) Hall, Carolyn (Tom) Krupa; son Steve (Liz); 6 grandchildren. Hillside

Dorothy Shinderman died June 5 at 95. Survived by husband William; son Allen Bloomfield; 2 grandchildren. Hillside

Sylvia Strachan died June 4 at 90. Survived by son Gerald; sister Bella Zuloff. Malinow and Silverman

Sybelle Subotnick died June 7 at 92. Survived by daughters Linda (Richard) Campf-Weinstein, Andrea (Lon) Magdich; sons Joel (Lisa), Jory (Sheryl); 3 grandchildren; 3 great-grandchildren. Hillside

Ruth Wainwright died June 6 at 90. Survived by sons Alan, Howard (Vicki), Ronald (Joanne); sister Rachel Dunbar; brother Bernard Cash; 5 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren. Hillside

Gloria Wheeler died June 4 at 77. Survived by son Larry. Malinow and Silverman

Ernest Wilson died June 8 at 92. Survived by wife Inez; sons Reed (Alisa), Stephen; 1 granddaughter; brother A. Charles Wilson. Hillside

Gerald Winikoff died June 7 at 83. Survived by wife Marilyn; daughters Karyl (Steve) Capan, Cyndi (Rik) Zelman; son Lee (Michele); 7 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren. Malinow and Silverman

Vladimir Zaltsman died June 7 at 65. Survived by wife Galina; sons Mark, Paul. Mount Sinai

RIP Dennis Farina, aka Cousin Avi


To most people, Dennis Farina, who died Monday at age 69, may be best remembered as a tough-talking Chicago cop (which he actually was, for 18 years, before becoming an actor) or as a tough-talking New York City police detective, which he ably played for two seasons as Joe Fontana on “Law & Order.”

But I think of Cousin Avi, the foul-mouthed, kipah-wearing Jew that Farina played in “Snatch,” the delightful British comedy crime movie (2000) directed by Guy Ritchie. The film, which opens with Brad Pitt playing a jewelery thief disguised as a hasidic Jew, showcased quintessential Farina. Here’s a taste:

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

Obituaries


Lillian Alschuler died May 10 at 85. Survived by daughters Teresa Gindi, Barbara (Joseph) Rhoades, Donna; brother Morrie Fields. Hillside

George Aronow died May 7 at 88. Survived by sister Bernice Pitler; nieces Janice Pitler, Robin (Mark) Pitler-Cohen. Mount Sinai

Morris Bayer died May 10 at 86. Survived by sons Bruce, Richard. Hillside

Thomas Berger died May 14 at 84. Survived by wife Joyce; daughter Margie; son Bob (Scott). Mount Sinai

Alan Binder died May 9 at 58. Survived by wife Nora; daughter Kimberly; brother Don (Lauren). Hillside

Jay Bisno died May 7 at 73. Survived by wife Alice; children. Malinow and Silverman

Martha Cohn died May 12 at 99. Survived by daughter Nancy (Carl); son Steven (Patricia); 1 grandchild; 1 great-grandchild. Malinow and Silverman

Esther Feldman died May 12 at 90. Survived by husband Benjamin; sons Charles, Daniel, Harold, Samuel (Robin). Hillside

Edythe Filene died May 13 at 96. Survived by sons Kenneth, Myron, Roger (Robin); 4 grandchildren; 3 great-grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Beatrice Friedman died Feb. 22 at 91. Survived by daughter Ruth Haas; 2 granddaughters; 6 great-grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Arnold Gillen died May 5 at 81. Survived by wife Maria; daughters Gloria (Ron) Orefice, Cathy (Dean), Cindy; sons Cesar (Lorena), Danny (Stephanie), Mark (Linda); 15 grandchildren; 5 great-grandchildren. Hillside

Harold Greene died May 8 at 92. Survived by wife Norma; daughter Jill (Fred) Greene Spinrad; son Richard (Eileen); 4 grandchildren; 6 great-grandchildren. Hillside

Ron Katz died March 25 at 46. Survived by mother Sylvia; father Jehuda; sister Tammy (Dennis) Brotman; brother Michael (Jeanine); nieces and nephews. Chevra Kadisha

Yetta Keiner died May 11 at 87. Survived by her daughter Barbara Gottesman; 5 grandchildren; 4 great-grandchildren. Malinow and Silverman

Sarah Lefrancois died May 14 at 91. Survived by son Norman (Susan); 4 grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Fleur Levine died May 11 at 77. Survived by daughter Arlene (Gary) Dyne; son Mark (Moira); 7 grandchildren; 1 great-grandchild. Chevra Kadisha

Mae Mendelson died May 10 at 98. Survived by daughters Karen Lebow, Gail (Garon) Wickenberg; son James (Naomi); 5 grandchildren; 5 great-grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Daniel Miller died May 8 at 86. Survived by wife MaryAnn; sons Jeffery (Rebecca Morrissey), Jon, Greg (Doretta); 6 grandchildren. Hillside

Michael Miller died May 13 at 74. Survived by wife Carole; daughter Gayle; son David (Celes); stepdaughter Leslie Gold; stepson Randy (Michelle) Gold; 5 grandchildren; brother Fred (Barbara) Miller. Hillside

Chaim Morgenstern died May 11 at 94. Survived by wife Sara; daughters Raisa (Isaac) Sadigursky, Ana; 3 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Masha Peterson died May 12 at 86. Survived by son Richard (Gloria) Shaw; 2 grandchildren; 5 great-grandchildren. 

Alexander Raskin died May 10 at 42. Survived by wife Irena; sons Samson, Zak; father Roman; mother Natalia; brother Stewart. Mount Sinai

Alan Rauchman died May 11 at 89. Survived by daughter Karen (Greg) Hanen; son Steven (Paula); 5 grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Sheldon Ritter died May 11 at 89. Survived by wife Patricia; daughter Gail (Joseph) Steinberg; sons Ira (Donna), Michael; 4 grandchildren. Hillside

Toby Schwartz died May 14 at 93. Survived by daughters Marilyn (Lenny) Sloan, Joan; 3 grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Mae Seigel Eisenberg died May 12 at 84. Survived by daughter Marlene Van De Walker; son Russell. Hillside

Judith Solomon-Marks died May 8 at 61. Survived by daughter Emily Marks; father Alvin (Barbara) Solomon; brother Michael (Lori) Solomon. Mount Sinai

Herbert Steiger died May 7 at 78. Survived by wife Marilen; daughter Laurie Sullivan; son Robert; 2 grandchildren; sister Madeline (Arnold) Beckerman; brother Daniel (Barbara). Malinow and Silverman

Carole Weiner died May 7 at 67. Survived by daughter Naomi; son Aaron; sisters Barbara Bainbridge, Susan Crager, Nan; brother Richard. Hillside

Harold Weiss died May 9 at 95. Survived by daughters Barbara (Jack) Elliott, Eileen (Larry) Weiss-Bergmann, Rhoda; 3 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren. Hillside

Joann Yuster died May 11 at 70. Survived by husband Richard; daughter Shana Stark; son Steve; 3 grandchildren; sister Marsha Caldwell. Malinow and Silverman

Louis Zuckerman died May 6 at 90. Survived by daughter Ellen (Philip Fields); son Edward (Liza); 2 grandchildren. Hillside

Herb Citrin, a.k.a. Mr Valet, dies at 91


Herb Citrin, who pioneered valet parking in Los Angeles and was known to many as Mr. Valet, died on June 15 at the Jewish Home for the Aging in Reseda following a long illness. He was 91.

Born in 1922, Citrin grew up in Boyle Heights and then Glassell Park, where his mother kept a traditional Jewish home in an area he described as “99 percent gentile” during a 2002 interview with the Jewish Journal. Because his mother didn’t drive and his father worked nights and slept during the day, Citrin didn’t have a traditional Jewish education and never had a bar mitzvah.

A month before his 16th birthday, he joined his father parking cars six nights per week at restaurants, including Lawry’s The Prime Rib, even before he had a driver’s license. Citrin briefly attended Los Angeles City College before joining the Navy in 1942, where he worked as a radio and sonar operator aboard submarines in the Pacific during World War II. 

Following his discharge in 1945, around the time of his marriage to Harriett Rosenmeyer, Citrin took over the parking concession at Lawry’s. Citing sloppy dress among valets at the time, he brought formality to the industry by having employees dress in military uniforms and wear white gloves. 

After founding Valet Parking Service (VPS) in 1946, Citrin went on to handle parking for more than 20 restaurants along La Cienega Boulevard. VPS switched the uniforms for black ties and vests and expanded its client list to include hotels, department stores and Los Angeles International Airport as well as such Hollywood events as the Oscars, Emmys and Golden Globes.

Wanting to retire, Citrin sold VPS in 2003. 

A supporter of The Jewish Federation, the Jewish Home for the Aging and Gateways Hospital, Citrin joined Rabbi Isaiah Zeldin to help found Stephen S. Wise Temple in 1963. His first wife, Harriet, who died in 1987, made sure their children got the Jewish education Citrin didn’t have access to when he was younger.

In 2002, at 80 years old, Citrin had the bar mitzvah he missed when he was 13. His son, Rabbi Paul Citrin, officiated during the service at Stephen S. Wise Temple, while his grandson Rabbi Micah Citrin, then a student at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, sang and accompanied him on guitar.

Citrin is survived by second wife Ione, daughter Laurie Briskin, son Rabbi Paul Citrin, six grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

Gary David Goldberg, in memoriam


There is popular culture that is explicitly Jewish, and there is popular culture that is implicitly so.

“Family Ties,” the iconic 1980s show about onetime hippies grappling with their Republican preppie kid, was of the latter variety. I don’t remember explicit references to the dad’s Jewishness, but the name of the actor (Michael Gross), his wandering hippie gestalt, the fact that his non-Jewish wife was played by an actress, Meredith Baxter Birney, whose career was launched playing the non-Jewish wife of a Jewish guy, and who then married the Jewish actor playing the Jewish guy — it all added up.

The show’s creator, Gary David Goldberg, confirmed as much to the L.A. Jewish Journal a few years back; he had based the parents on himself and his wife. And there was another nugget about Israel as romantic destiny:

Dating non-Jews was forbidden, but he broke that taboo (and many others) upon going off to Brandeis University on a sports scholarship. After he was expelled for ditching classes around 1970, he hooked up with Irish-Catholic Diana around 1970 and set off on a world tour with a Labrador named Ubu. Two years later, they conceived their first child in Israel, but ran out of money and had to beg the airfare home.

Goldberg’s family promptly embraced non-Jewish Diana “because by that point, they were relieved I didn’t turn up with a black man,” he says.

He and Diana Meehan stayed together and unmarried until 1990, and then married and stayed together forever.

Goldberg, who died Sunday, posited a world in which conservatives and liberals were members of the same family, and differentiated in love. May his memory be for a blessing.

Yoram Kaniuk, Israeli author and journalist, dies at 83


Yoram Kaniuk, an acclaimed author and journalist who had the designation Jewish removed from his Israeli identification card, has died.

Kaniuk died Saturday night after fighting cancer for many years. He was 83.

Born and raised in Tel Aviv, Kaniuk wrote 17 novels, including “Himmo, King of Jerusalem” (1965); “Adam Resurrected” (1968); “Rockinghorse” (1974); “The Last Jew” (1982); and his most recent, “1948,” for which he was awarded the Sapir Prize for Literature in 2011.

He also won the Brenner Prize for literature, the Bialik Prize and the President’s Prize, as well as being named an officer in France’s Order of Arts and Letters.

Kaniuk was wounded while fighting in Israel’s War of Independence.

[Related: Kaniuk’s writerly riffs probe Israeli psyche]

In 2011, Kaniuk successfully fought to have the designation Jewish removed from his Israeli identification card. He was permitted to identify himself as “without religion,” the same as his Christian-American wife and son.

Senator Frank R. Lautenberg 1924-2013


Frank Lautenberg’s rise to wealth and prominence is a classic rags-to-riches story. Born in Paterson, N.J., the son of Polish and Russian immigrants who came to the United States through Ellis Island, his early life was unsettled as his parents moved about a dozen times while struggling to support the family. Lautenberg's father, Sam, worked in the silk mills, sold coal, farmed, and once ran a tavern. When Lautenberg was 19, his father died of cancer. Lautenberg blamed his father’s untimely death on the environmental conditions he faced and he later became a champion of protecting the environment. To help his family, he worked nights and weekends until he graduated from Nutley High School.

Lautenberg served in the Army Signal Corps in Europe during World War II, where he reached the rank of corporal. He was the last of the greatest generation to serve in the Senate. Following the war, he attended Columbia University on the GI Bill of Rights, which helped convince him of the efficacy of government programs, the hallmark of his liberalism. He later sponsored a new GI Bill for soldiers who served in post 9/11 military.

Lautenberg worked as a marketing specialist in Henry Taub's accounting practice. By sheer salesmanship, and later by strategic acquisitions, he helped the business grow rising to president and later CEO of Automatic Data Processing [ADP], which had the then unique idea of outsourcing payroll processing. Lautenberg, along with his partners, developed ADP into one of the largest computing services companies in the world, processing the payrolls of hundreds of thousands of companies. He rewarded his workers with a stock ownership plan and they rewarded their officers by refusing to unionize.

As he amassed a fortune, he entered Jewish life, rising to be national chairman of the United Jewish Appeal, then at the pinnacle of Jewish fundraising and president of the American Friends of the Hebrew University. His philanthropy in New Jersey and in Israel is vast. Numerous institutions bear the Lautenberg name.

He was proud of the Lautenberg the Lautenberg Center for Immunology and Cancer Research at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, which was directed by Lautenberg’s cousin Dr. David Weiss, a most prominent Israel scientist.

Denied a Jewish education in his youth, he learned basic synagogue skills only as an adult. But his Jewish identity was central to his philanthropy as well as to his sense of self. I was with him in the Choral Synagogue in Moscow during the peak of the Soviet Jewry movement when he received the “kohen aliyah” and told the Soviet Jews we met how as an adult he came to get a basic Jewish education.

As a Senator, he sponsored the Lautenberg Amendment which passed in October 1989, and facilitated the emigration of former Soviet Jews by relaxing the stringent standards for refugee status, granting immigrant status to those who could show religious persecution in their native lands. It has also helped Jews from Iran and people of many faiths who had to flee their homelands because of persecution.

Before running for office, Lautenberg served as a New York/New Jersey Port Authority commissioner (1978–82) and as a commissioner of the New Jersey Economic Development Authority. Lautenberg, running as a Democrat for a New Jersey senatorial seat, beat veteran congresswoman Millicent Fenwick, then 72. He campaigned as the young upstart against a veteran incumbent who had long served in combat – he called her a national monument. It was a tactic that was later to be used against him as he developed seniority and aged in office. He was elected twice after the age of 78 and even after being diagnosed with cancer was reluctant to announce his retirement when his term expired in 2014. He was not pleased when Mayor Corey Booker announced his interest in Lautenberg’s seat. Lautenberg wanted to go out as he had lived — on his own terms.

Lautenberg came to the world of public service from the world of Jewish philanthropy, the transition was natural. His values remained constant, only his stage had changed, his reach expanded, and so too, his potential impact. And he was always proud of what he had achieved as a Jew in the United States, proud of his service to Israel and the Jewish people which he saw as a seamless statement of all he held dear.

I recall his incredulity when right-wing and hawkish Jews challenged his pro-Israel credentials. Their “holier than thou” attitude baffled him and then annoyed him and they stood open mouthed as he reeled off the charities he supported in Israel, the institutions he founded, the trips he had made and the projects he had launched.

Over his first three terms in the U.S. Senate, Lautenberg built a solid record of accomplishment on a broad range of issues. He voted against the use of military forces in the Persian Gulf, a position that he defended even after the American victory by castigating Saudi Arabia and Kuwait for not honoring their commitments. He was best known for his anti-smoking campaign and for his advocacy of mass transportation essential to his New Jersey constituents. A New Jersey Transit Rail Transfer Station in Secaucus proudly bears his name.

I remember being with him shortly after Governor Chris Christie refused to spend the funds that New Jersey would have to contribute toward the new mass transit tunnel under the Hudson River. Lautenberg, who had worked tirelessly to amass the Federal funds, was seething. He well understood its implications for future generations.

Lautenberg retired from the U.S. Senate in 2000 at the age of 76, a decision he soon regretted. He was still vigorous and an ardent skier—in his eighties he was injured taking a ski run that people half his age would not dare—he missed the action of the Senate. Fate provided him with an opportunity when his fellow Democrat and acrimonious rival Robert Torricelli got caught up in a scandal and was forced to withdraw from the race. Democratic Party leaders turned to Lautenberg to preserve the Democratic seat. With his widespread name recognition and his own funding and fundraising prowess—Torricelli would not give him a penny of the $5.1 million campaign chest he had amassed–as well as assistance from the Democratic Senate Campaign Committee, Lautenberg ran again and won handily, returning to the Senate after a two years' absence. With his loss of seniority, he was freed from leadership responsibilities and became an ardent critic of the Bush Administration, calling Vice President Dick Cheney, a “chicken hawk” for having avoided military service but sending others to die in battle.

Among his accomplishments in the Senate: he was instrumental in passing laws that raised the legal drinking age to 21, prohibited domestic-violence convicts from buying guns and required companies to disclose the chemicals they release into the environment, an early “right-to-know” provision that became a model for others. He helped Amtrak gain more than $20 billion in governmental funding.

He also was a lead champion of women’s rights, advancing laws mandating sex education and keeping pharmacists from invoking religious beliefs in order to deny service to women seeking birth control medications.

Lautenberg was a proud Jew. When President Reagan went to Bitburg, Lautenberg went to Germany. The day before, he visited Dachau with a survivor of the camp and from there he went to Munich to pay tribute to the 11 Israeli athletes murdered by Palestinian terrorists at the 1972 Olympics. As the President toured Bitburg, Lautenberg went to the massive U.S. military cemetery at Henri Chapelle in Belgium, where Lautenberg laid wreaths on the gravestones of three New Jersey soldiers — one Jewish and two Christians. He had opposed the grand gesture of the Holocaust Memorial Council resigning to protest the President’s visit. Twenty years after its successful opening and 35 million visitors later, with Regan long gone and German Chancellor Kohl only a distant memory, Lautenberg’s caution seems vindicated.

I worked with Frank Lautenberg for many years, first on the President’s Commission on the Holocaust and later on the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. Lautenberg served on the President's Commission on the Holocaust and was both a Congressional and a citizen appointee to the Museum’s governing Council.

We travelled together on business and he was a friend of many years. I could approach him to support projects and to help young scholars. He was generous in ways large and small.

Two personal stories come to mind that give a measure of the man. We first traveled together when I was in my early 30s. Given the imbalance of resources between us, Lautenberg graciously picked up the bills for our food. Young and somewhat brazen, I once reached for the check and he looked at me as if I had taken leave of my senses. I said: “At least let me take you to breakfast” and that became our custom, he would treat me to lunch and dinner, and breakfast would be on me. For many years even as he served in the Senate, I would get a call, “I’m running low on funds and I need someone to pick up the breakfast tab.” It became a running joke with us.

As I think of the government sequester, I remember the time that Lautenberg and I served together on a foundation board. One day the Executive Director came in and proposed a five percent across-the-board cut to meet a budget deficit. Much to the surprise of the rest of the board, Lautenberg immediately called for an Executive Session. He began the session by telling a story: “When I was a young man, I was broke, my company was broke; my mother and my in-laws were mortgaged to the hilt; so too, my partners and their families. We were going broke but we had a fantastic product. A friend put his arm around my shoulder and said, ‘triple your marketing budget and suspend your development people.’ Either your marketing people will be able to sell the product and the company will make it or you will have to go bankrupt in three months. And that’s what we did. The result is ADP. Anyone who suggests across the board cut is not managing. Make strategic choices where to invest and where to cut.”

We came out of the Executive Session and told the stunned Executive Director that an across the board cut was unacceptable; decisions had to be made and justified. When the next meeting was held, strategic choices were made and the foundation was far stronger to the exercise.

Frank Lautenberg never forgot where he came from and how far he had traveled. He was grateful for all that he had been achieved and he knew that to those to whom a lot is given, a lot is expected. He welcomed that responsibility. He never forgot his friends and his stood proudly with his people.

In Senate, Lautenberg maintained commitment to the Jewish community


In 1982, Frank Lautenberg was running for New Jersey’s U.S. Senate spot at a time when  Democrats in the state were down on their political fortunes.

The Jewish community knew and liked Lautenberg, a data processing magnate who died Monday at 89 after serving more than 30 years in Washington. Lautenberg had been chairman of the United Jewish Appeal in the previous decade and turned the charity around during a parlous economy.

But Jacob Toporek, who managed Lautenberg’s Jewish campaign that year, recalls that New Jersey Jews were skeptical of Lautenberg’s chances: How likely was this political neophyte to win when the Republicans were on the rise both in the state and nationally?

“We ran an ad in Jewish papers with a picture of him with Golda Meir, with a simple caption: ‘Commitment then, commitment now,’ ” said Toporek, who now directs the New Jersey State Association of Jewish Federations.

The pitch worked, and the Jewish vote helped vault Lautenberg to 30 years in the Senate, where he made good on the implicit promise in the ad, becoming a history-making champion of Soviet Jewry.

“When he became involved in electoral Jewish politics, he didn’t forget his Jewish involvement,” said Mark Levin, the director of NCSJ, formerly the National Council of Soviet Jewry. “He became one of the leading advocates for Jews in the Soviet Union.

Lautenberg died Monday morning of viral pneumonia, his office said in a statement that outlined an array of far-reaching legislation in which he had a hand. It included laws that kept convicted domestic abusers from owning guns, banned smoking on planes and made 21 the minimum drinking age.

Those who were closest to Lautenberg said the law that had the most meaning for him was the one that bears his name.

The Lautenberg Amednment, passed in October 1989,  facilitated the emigration of Soviet Jews by relaxing the stringent standards for refugee status, granting immigrant status to those who could show religious persecution in their native lands.

At a tribute in New York to Lautenberg last week hosted by Hillel: The Foundation for Jewish Campus Life, Lautenberg’s wife, Bonnie, called the amendment his “proudest achievement.” Bonnie Lautenberg accepted the award in his stead because the senator was too ill to attend.

Lautenberg grew up in Paterson, N.J., the son of poor Jewish immigrants from Poland and Russia. He liked to say his parents “could not pass on valuables, but left me a legacy of values,” according to a release from his office.

He served in the U.S. Army Signal Corps in World War II and then earned a degree in economics at Columbia University through the G.I. Bill. The role of government in giving a poor kid from Paterson a shot at an Ivy League education undergirded Lautenberg’s subsequent commitment to social justice.

He started Automatic Data Processing and built it into the largest data processing firm in the world by 1974, when he became chairman of the United Jewish Appeal. Within a year Lautenberg had increased its charitable intake to the second-highest in its history — an extraordinary accomplishment at a time when the United States was reeling from the energy crisis.

Obituaries


Rubin Barasch died March 31 at 87. Survived by wife Lillian; daughters Marsha Evans, Cindy (Larry) Shilkoff; sons Billy, Daniel, Shel (Terry Logan); 6 grandchildren.

Eunice Berman died April 2 and 106. Survived by daughter Reeva Grown; two grandchildren; 3 great-grandchildren. Hillside

Abraham Borts died April 9 at 86. Survived by daughter Rabbi Barbara; son Jerry Borts. Mount Sinai

Jay Cohen died March 31 at 60. Survived by son Jayson (Lauren); stepson Timothy Hall; sisters Terri (Jay) Decker, Diana (Mark) Wright, Sandi. Hillside

Melvin Cole died April 9 at 88. Survived by daughter Claudia (Tom) O’Connell; 3 grandchildren; sister Harriet Sherman. Mount Sinai

Rose Dickens died April 6 at 95. Survived by daughters Susan (Jerry) Schlichter, Marjorie (Richard Posey); 3 grandchildren; 1 great-grandchild. Hillside

Benjamin Felton died April 1 at 82. Survived by wife Ellen; daughter Carol Malnick; sons Don (Joan Splinter), James (Robin Abrams); 6 grandchildren; sister Esther Heffler. Mount Sinai

Florence Fink died April 6 at 85. Survived by husband Burton; daughters Melissa Truitt, Lauren Wayne; stepdaughters Elaine Lowry, Janet, Susan; 4 grandchildren; cousins Elliott (Natalie) Taft, Martin (Ethel) Taft. Mount Sinai

Gloria Frankl died April 6 at 85. Survived by daughter Laura (Robert) Mosqueda; son David (Mary Blenkush); 4 grandchildren; sister Lucille Kanstein. Hillside

Judith Goldberg died April 2 at 97. Survived by daughters Arlene Hendler, Golda Kunin; son George (Clara); 7 grandchildren; 4 great-grandchildren; sister Jeanette Miller. Mount Sinai

Miriam Goldin died April 3 at 87. Survived by daughter Elizabeth (Larry) Bergher; sons David (Christine), Jared (Trish); 6 grandchildren; sister Jackie. Malinow and Silverman 

Judith Goldkorn died April 3 at 84. Survived by daughter Carmella (Philip) Glezer; son Peter (Ruthee); 4 grandchildren; sisters Esther Agranat, Rina Zamie. Mount Sinai

Sophie Gorowitz died March 30 at 93. Survived by daughters Joyce Neubert-Finley, Marilyn (Alan) Popiel; 7 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren. Hillside

Harriet Goldstock died April 6 at 91. Survived by daughter Gila (Albert) Lucero; son Alan (Rhoda);  2 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren. Hillside

Harry Goodman died April 9 at 101. Survived by wife Annette Pizer Goodman; daughter Lynne; 6 grandchildren; and sister Rose Poller. Mount Sinai

Howard Jaffe died April 2 at 76. Survived by wife Barbara; daughters Melanee Rubinstein, Mara (David) Schumann; sons Michael (Elizabeth) Rubinstein, Lawrence (Ann); 5 grandchildren; sister Sue (Jay) Caplan. Mount Sinai

Julius Kaplan died April 3 at 92. Survived by wife Pauline; daughters Janet (Steven) Kaller, Sharon (Stuart) Siegel, Laura (Gary) Rothman; 5 grandchildren; 3 great-grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Norman Karas died April 5, 2013 at 73. Survived by wife Esther; son Steven (Nanci); daughter Michele (Edward) Fischer; 5 grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Stuart Kline died March 30 at 80. Survived by wife Susan; daughter Lisa; son Paul (Paula); 6 grandchildren. Hillside

Charles Kraus died April 1 at 85. Survived by sons Mark (Michelle), Michael (Cara); 3 grandchildren; sister, Paulette (Herb) Wild. Mount Sinai

Beatrice Kummer died April 5 at 84. Survived by daughter Jill (Mark) Arkin; sons Alan (Debbie), Jonathon; 5 grandchildren; 4 great-grandchildren. Hillside

Renee Leitner died April 7 at 62. Survived by husband John Elkholy; daughter Adina (Richard) Aguirre; son David (Hilah); 2 grandchildren; sisters Michelle Dangott, Elizabeth Finder-Sletten. Mount Sinai

Brad Marer died March 30 at 86. Survived by daughter Beth (David) Rubin; son Carl; 3 grandchildren; sister Sally. Hillside

Vivian Moss died April 4 at 89. Survived by daughter Cindy (William) Abrahams; 2 grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Dorothy Neiman died April 3 at 95. Survived by daughters Elaine (Dan Kuperberg), Sondar (Allen Taplin); son Jack (Lola); 5 grandchildren; 1 great-grandchild. Mount Sinai

Lydia Pierce died April 7 at 91. Survived by sons Curtis (Marsha), Justin (Pamella);  2 grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Edward Rader died March 30 at 90. Survived by daughter Shelly (Noah) Rosenberg; son Charles (Bonnie); 4 grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Rita Ravitz died April 4 at 81. Survived by companion Irving Brook; daughters Denise Scher, Joi, Linda; sister Faye Slognick; brother Harry Sasson; 4 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren. Hillside

Aristide Rosman died March 31 at 87. Survived by wife Mariana; daughter Cynthia (James) Miller; son Daniel; 3 grandchildren. Hillside

Albert Sacks died April 4 at 104. Survived by wife Claire; daughter Carole Rubinstein-Mendel; sons Elliott (Cindy), Stephen (Jan); stepsons Richard (Stephanie), Marc (Pat); 9 grandchildren; 9 great-grandchildren. Hillside 

Paul Samek died April 7 at 89. Survived by wife Arlene; daughter Rene (Bryan Jacobson) Rosman; sons Mark (Jamie Persky) Rosman, Ben (Tracy); 4 grandchildren. Mount Sinai 

Marge Schneider died March 30 at 98. Survived by daughter Iris (Paul); sons Brian (Donna), Martin (Ann); daughter-in-law Linda; 8 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren. 

Sanford Simon died April 3 at 97. Survived by daughters Barbara (Marty) Lashenick, Judy; sons Olen (Debi), Zach (Renee); 9 grandchildren, 5 great-grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Theodore Snyder died April 8 at 88. Survived by daughters Judianna Castle, Linda; son Rodney; 1 grandchild; sister Barbara (Al) Levy. Mount Sinai

Stanley Wacow died April 9 at 81. Survived by wife Gaile; daughter Marla (Stephen) Landis; sons David, Louis, Michael (Tracie); 5 grandchildren; sister Muriel (Harris) Kaplan. Mount Sinai

Frederic Wallach died April 1 at 89. Survived by wife Gloria; daughter Joan (Harold) Tyndall; sons Richard (Karee), John (Amanda); 9 grandchildren; 1 great-grandchild. Hillside

Jacqueline Weinberg died April 4 at 71. Survived by husband Kenneth; daughters Michelle (Jim) Hardy, Suzanne (Jeff) Wilson, Renee; 7 grandchildren; sisters Linda Montez, Jeanie Webster; sister-in-law Linda Rinaldi. Mount Sinai

Herman Yager died April 7 at 87. Survived by daughters Molly (Esene) Hofacre, Allison (Joe Schneider); 5 grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Rosette Zack died April 7 at 96. Survived by cousin David Piller. Mount Sinai

Obituaries


Bernard Brown died March 25 at 89. Survived by wife Sylvia; daughters Wendy (Zack) Gugenheim, Darlene (Paul) Solotkin, Pamela (Daniel) Vancott; 5 grandchildren; 3 great-grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Sylvia Cooper died March 22 at 97. Survived by daughter Pamela Cooper; sons Jeffrey (Dee Jay), Martin; 5 grandchildren; 3 great-grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Helen Elson died March 21 at 98. Survived by daughters Marcia (Craig) McKenzie, Vicki (Richard); son David (Barbara); 5 grandchildren; 3 great-grandchildren. Hillside

Jason Erlichman died March 25 at 77. Survived by daughters Sheryl (Michael) Dade, Helene (Glenn) Phillip; son Darrin; 7 grandchildren; ex-wife Sondra. Mount Sinai

Joe Fialkoff died March 25 at 86. Survived by daughter Staci; son Scott; 2 grandchildren; brother Maurice. Mount Sinai

Josie Gardner died March 23 at 74. Survived by cousin Steven Ehrlich; friend Margarita (Gerber) Barrios. Hillside

Sarah Glasser died March 23 at 100. Survived by sons Bernard (Susan), Martin (Shelly); 7 grandchildren; 8 great-grandchildren; sister Eleanor Schwartz. Hillside

Agnes Goodman died March 23 at 92. Survived by daughter Cynthia (Todd) Kesselman; sons Barry (Tessie), Victor (Janice); 3 grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Harriett Heller died March 23 at 85. Survived by daughter Judy Quinn; son Mark (Monika); 7 grandchildren; 1 great-grandchild. Hillside

Lorraine Holtz died March 21 at 83. Survived by daughters Janet (Mike) Brisson, Jill (Joe) Feldman, Joni (Chris Clarke) Micals, Jeanne (Diamond) Shamji; son Jim (Yumi); 6 grandchildren; 1 great-grandchild. Mount Sinai

Arline Isaacs died March 18 at 85. Survived by husband Abraham; daughter Ellen (Larry) Rappaport; son Dean (Andrea); 4 grandchildren; sister Marilyn (Cliff) Hauck. Hillside

Deena Katz died March 21 at 48. Survived by husband David; daughter Serena; son Skyler; mother Sylvia Garner; father Lester Garner; sister Mitzi (Bill) Fiero; brother Gary (Lauren) Garner; mother-in-law Frances; brothers-in-law Barry (Debbe), Norm (Robin). Mount Sinai

Esther Ketzlach died March 18 at 92. Survived by daughters Marcia (Jerry) Gale, Karen Schneider; son Kalman (Regina); 7 grandchildren. Malinow and Silverman

Noah Langholz died March 19 at 21. Survived by mother Susan Auerbach; father Bryan; brother Benjamin; grandmother Fay; grandfather Isak. Malinow and Silverman

Lucille Levin died March 22 at 91. Survived by son Dennis (Susan); 1 grandchild; 2 great-grandchildren; sister Jane Rifkin. Mount Sinai

Lester Lewis died March 19 at 45. Survived by wife Tracy; sons Casey, Charles; mother Sherry. Hillside

Jane Lipstone died March 25 at 82. Survived by husband Howard; sons Greg (Meg), Louis (Shirley); 3 grandchildren; brother Ira Norris. Hillside

Gertrude Maier died March 19 at 101. Survived by daughters Linda (Daniel) Rosenson, Sue Elmore; 7 grandchildren; 6 great-grandchildren; brother Bay Kaplan. Hillside

Herman Neuman died March 17 at 66. Survived by fiancée Heidi Rubin; daughter Sarah; son Ryan (Suzanne); stepson Brett (Christine Wilson) Rubin; stepdaughter Jessica Rubin, Jami (Joncarlo) Mark; 6 grandchildren. Hillside

Louis Piltz died March 20 at 91. Survived by wife Sylvia; daughter Janice (Robin) Keith; son Fred (Kathryn); 5 grandchildren; brother Sandy Raad. Hillside

Constance Schoenfeld died March 24 at 80. Survived by husband Arnold; sons Mark, Richard; 4 grandchildren; sisters Pearl Liff, Dottie Sealfon. Mount Sinai

Florence Silverman died March 18 at 84. Survived by daughter Linda Pony; son Jeffrey (Mollie); 3 grandchildren; brother Donald (Rocky) Brown. Hillside

Helen Sirott died March 24 at 82. Survived by daughters Robin (Jeffrey) Reid, Adrienne (Owen) Rooney, Laura; 6 grandchildren; brother Raymond (Judy) Nakelsky. Mount Sinai

Stanley Straus died March 24 at 88. Survived by wife Zelda; daughter Nan (Ron) Falk; sons Mark, Neal (Laura). Malinow and Silverman 

Evelyn Wagner died March 23 at 87. Survived by daughter Janet (Mark); son Richard. Mount Sinai

Henry Weiss died March 17 at 91. Survived by wife Anita; daughters Rochelle (William) Handy, Donna (Cantor Nathan) Lam; son Jeffrey (Rita); 6 grandchildren; 3 great-grandchildren. Malinow and Silverman  

Kristen Whitmer died March 22 at 39. Survived by mother Diana Long; father Fred (Diana) Long; brother Brian (Kathy) Long. Hillside

Joel Zneimer died March 23 at 83. Survived by companion Betty Fink; daughters Carol (Rami) Rosenthal, Susan (Martin Chetlen); son Alan (Ann); 10 grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Obituaries


Louis Alexander died Jan. 21 at 96. Survived by wife Edith; sons Michael (Lulu), David (Ruth); 2 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Thelma Rolnik Altshul died Jan. 12 at 79. Survived by daughter Debra (Chris) Matsumoto; 1 grandchild. Mount Sinai

Shirley Arbeitman died Feb. 3 at 79. Survived by daughters Faryl, Michelle; sister Celia Kayle. Malinow and Silverman

Richard Arinsberg died Feb. 9 at 75. Survived by sisters Susan (Michael) Blakely, Margie (Robert) Frank; nephew Darren Frank. Mount Sinai

Minnie Aronoff died Feb. 6 at 94. Survived by daughter Esther (Mitch) Persons; sons Jeffrey (Annette), Stuart (Susan); 4 grandchildren. Hillside

Josephine Baranov died Jan. 30 at 88. Survived by daughter Rochelle (Alan) Kleiman; son Robert (Robin); 4 grandchildren; 8 great-grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Herman Barish died Jan. 22 at 90. Survived by wife Harriet; daughters Pamela (Michael) Bluestein, Sherry (Dr. Steven) Stiles; son David (Mati); 5 grandchildren; 3 great-grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Jean Reiss Berlfein died Feb. 13 at 88. Survived by husband Harold; daughters Jan (Rick) Burns, Davia Rivka, Eliana, Judy; 6 grandchildren; sister Ann (Bert) Lane; brother Richard (Linda) Reiss. Hillside

Bill Berman died Feb. 14 at 77. Survived by wife Rochelle; daughters Jill (Russel) Neuman, Jodi (Marc) Schwartz; sons Brad, John (Eileen); 7 grandchildren; sisters Ann (Paul) Kalsman, Norma Saken. Mount Sinai

Marvin Berman died Jan. 29 at 85. Survived by daughter Linda; 3 grandchildren; companion Marsha Weinstein. Hillside

David Binder died Feb. 12 at 36. Survived by mother Judith; father Steven; daughter Alissa Binder; brother Adam (Angela); uncle Gene Binder. Hillside

Beatrice Blankley died Jan. 12 at 97. Survived by daughter Margaret (David Simpson); 3 grandchildren; sister-in-law Lynn Davis. Mount Sinai

Rhoda Block died Jan. 29 at 90. Survived by daughter Karen (Steven Clayton); sons Jeffrey (Mary), Richard; 6 grandchildren; 7 great-grandchildren; 2 step-grandchildren; sister Sylvia Kaplan. Mount Sinai

Jason Blum died Jan. 31 at 44. Survived by father Barry; mother Ellen; brothers Joshua (Karina), Matthew (Wendy); nephew Oliver. Mount Sinai

Jessie Bright died Jan. 29 at 90. Survived by 1 daughter; 3 sons. Malinow and Silverman

Jean Brodsly died Jan. 15 at 85. Survived by son Richard. Hillside

Adele Broffman died Feb. 1 at 83. Survived by husband Edwin, sons Jeff (Jane), daughters Candace (Barry) Weisz, Jill (Tim) Gerrity; 6 grandchildren; sister Rita Hausman. Hillside

Miriam Brown died Jan. 29 at 92. Survived by daughter Jan Hogrewe; son Rick. Sholom Chapels

Marvin Calmenson died Jan. 12 at 98. Survived by wife Thelma; daughters Lisa, Nina, Carla (Ron), Martha; 3 grandchildren; 3 great-grandchildren. Hillside

Muriel Clark died Jan. 28 at 85. Survived by daughter Robin (Dennis) Evans; son Jeff (Liz) Koppelman; 5 grandchildren; 1 great-grandchild. Mount Sinai

Marilyn Cohen died Feb. 2 at 88. Survived by daughter Neisha Cohen; son Nelson (Kelly); 2 grandchildren. Hillside

Claire Cole died Jan. 17 at 94. Survived by daughter Barbara (David) Mann; sons Bruce (Nanette), David (Steve Cox). Hillside

Sophia Cole died Feb. 3 at 93. Survived by son Alex. Sholom Chapels

Richard Collins died Feb. 14 at 98. Survived by daughter Judith Collard; son Michael; 2 grandchildren; 1 great-grandchild. Mount Sinai

Ida Conn died Jan. 28 at 97. Survived by daughter Patricia (Tomas) Ganz; son Richard (Cathryn); 5 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren; sister Shirley Tauber; caregiver Blanca Urrutia. Mount Sinai

Suzan Corbin died Feb. 7 at 65. Survived by husband Michael; daughter Shana (Matthew) Zarcufsky; sons Matthew (Ashley) Levin, Jason; 8 grandchildren. Hillside

Yola Crispi died Feb. 14 at 92. Survived by daughter Tilda (Barry) Mann; son David (Diana); 5 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Seymour Croft died Jan. 24 at 90. Survived by wife Audrey; daughters Deborah (Mark) Kornheiser, Phyllis (Benzion) Lieberman; sons Alan (Melanie), Michael (Janis); 9 grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Bette Dashoff died Jan. 14 at 91. Survived by daughter Julie Wolfe. Mount Sinai

Charles Dauer died Jan. 28 at 92. Survived by daughters Marcine (Brent) Kline, Diane (Herold) Ursenbach; 2 grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Dorothy Demain died Jan. 24 at 83. Survived by daughter Tani; 2 nephews; 1 niece. Mount Sinai

Myra Diamond died Jan. 15 at 81. Survived by daughters Carol Schauer, Cathy (Seth), Lynne (Gary), Nancy, Susan; son Mark (Cheryl); 12 grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Bonny Dore died Feb. 1 at 65. Survived by husband Sanford Astor; daughter Stacy (Stanley) Shaul; stepdaughter Shelley (Richard) Wyne; stepson Bryon (Andria) Astor; 7 grandchildren; brothers Thomas Barnes, William (Susan) Barnes; niece Katie Barnes. Mount Sinai

Mary Dorfman died Jan. 26 at 96. Survived by daughter Barbara Hollander; son Alan; 3 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Lillian Dubin died Feb. 12 at 100. Survived by daughter Patti (Harvey) Miller; son Larry; 3 grandchildren; 5 great-grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Edward Dworsky died Jan. 24 at 85. Survived by wife Corinne; daughter Karen (Joan); son Harlan (Amy); 2 grandchildren; brother David Dorsey. Mount Sinai

Marilyn Edelman died Feb. 4 at 89. Survived by son Cory Alan (Joni). Hillside

Jack Farbstein died Feb. 2 at 94. Survived by wife Margaret; daughter Ellen (Philip) Stein; son Mark (Hannah); 3 grandchildren. Malinow and Silverman 

George Feinstein died Feb. 3 at 99. Survived by daughters Margo (Peter) Connolly, Susan (Richard) Gurman; 5 grandsons. Mount Sinai

Beatrice Feldman died Jan. 13 at 76. Survived by daughters Leslie (Richard) Feldman Douglas, May Starky, Debra McCoy; 5 grandchildren; 3 great-grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Paula Feldman died Jan. 29 at 79. Survived by husband Nils; daughters Leslie Powell, Molly Toika; son Michael Friedman; 4 grandchildren; 1 great-grandchild; sister Sandra McGinely. Malinow and Silverman

Oscar Fetter died Jan. 23 at 88. Survived by daughters Fay (Scott) Goldman, Lillian (Howard) Hellman; 4 grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Adell Fink died Jan. 27 at 75. Survived by daughter Laurie Kossoff; sons Brian, Scott; sister Roseann Zigman; brother Earl Cohen. Mount Sinai

Hyman Finkle died Jan. 20 at 93. Survived by daughter Marcia (Alan) Litt; son Steven; 4 grandchildren; 3 great-grandchildren; sister Anne Zussman. Hillside

Etta Fisch died Feb. 1 at 86. Survived by daughter Judith (Dale) Cooper; sons Lawrence (Mona), Tony (Jeannie); 8 grandchildren; sister Betty Phillips. Hillside

Toni Fleishman died Jan. 19 at 50. Survived by daughter Gloria Fleishman; father Leon; mother Gloria; sisters Bari (Patrick) Fairly, Cari (Kyle) Edlund; uncle Harry (Brandice) Friedman. Mount Sinai

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

Sally Galante died Jan. 31 at 90. Survived by daughters Lea, Mercedes. Malinow and Silverman

Felice Gallenberg-Zieve died Feb. 1 at 75. Survived by husband Stan Zieve; daughters Dana Gallenberg, Eve (Craig) Smith; granddaughter Shannon Smith. Mount Sinai

William Gersh died Jan. 19 at 85. Survived by sons Bruce (Sharon), Jack. Hillside

Dorothy Gichtin died Jan. 28 at 85. Survived by husband Abraham; 4 children; grandchildren. Sholom Chapels

Nada Gildred died Jan. 12 at 85. Survived by daughters Laurie Gildred, Susie (Jeff) Heimler, Janet Somers; son David (Nanci) Somers; 3 grandchildren. Hillside

Florence Gilman died Jan. 26 at 91. Survived by daughter Roberta (Peter) Gilman Feinstein; sons Don, Bruce (Sheila); 5 grandchildren; 5 great-grandchildren. Hillside

Ida Mae Gittelson died Jan. 22 at 90. Survived by husband Arnold; sons Michael (Tina), Robert (Angela); grandson Max. Mount Sinai

Charlotte Glatt died Feb. 4 at 90. Survived by daughter Janet (Paul) Kaufman. Sholom Chapels

Eugene Glick died Feb. 3 at 90. Survived by daughters Debbie George, Honey; sons Adam (Sandy), Matthew (Robin); 6 grandchildren. Hillside

Helen Glick died Feb. 11 at 95. Survived by son Philip (Drucy Borowitz) Glickman; 2 grandchildren; 3 great-grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Albert Gold died Feb. 5 at 85. Survived by wife Carolyn; daughter Julie Gold; sons Rich, Gary (Andrea), Max (Eniko); stepdaughters Mindy (Todd) Klein, Karen Todd; stepson John (Elaine) Bosco; 11 grandchildren. Hillside

Miriam Goldberg died Feb. 2 at 89. Survived by daughters Helen (David) Miles, Nancy (Jack) Mishkin; son Maurice (Marcia); 5 grandchildren; 5 great-grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Henry Goldfield died Jan. 30 at 93. Survived by wife Jean; son Robert; daughter Jackie; 2 grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Leona Goldman died Jan. 20 at 95. Survived by friends Beatrice Cord, Bernard and Phyllis Sosner, Harold (Gail) Sosner, Howard (Elaine) Sosner. Mount Sinai

Jerald Goldring died Jan. 20 at 66. Survived by wife Tova; daughter Amy (Steven) Firestein; sons Kenny (Samantha), Steven (Dora); 4 grandchildren. Chevra Kadisha

Hermina Goldstein died Jan. 25 at 98. Survived by daughter Judy (Ernest) Grossman Kossacoff; 3 grandchildren; 6 great-grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Ann Goodman died Feb. 9 at 88. Survived by daughter Barbara (Warner) Kimball; sons Barry, Richard (Nina Juels); 2 grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Arthur Goodman died Jan. 26 at 90. Survived by daughters Deborah Cohen, Roberta (David) Goodman-Rosenberg; son Ira (Helen); 4 grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Elaine Goodman died Jan. 28 at 81. Survived by daughters Bonnie (Ronny) Bensimon, Wendy (Jon) Hauptman; son Steve (Abbe) Goodman; 9 grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Jack Gordon died Feb. 2 at 83. Survived by wife Barbara. Sholom Chapels

Sam Gotlieb died Jan. 26 at 96. Survived by wife Sally; daughter Peggy (David) Laine; son Laurence (Ginny); 5 grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Ernest Gottlieb died Jan. 22 at 90. Survived by wife Elaine; daughter Charlotte (Alan) Meyer; 2 grandchildren; 3 great-grandchildren; sister Wilma Sheftell. Mount Sinai

Blossom Hackworth died Feb. 3 at 87. Survived by daughters Debra Kendall, Allene Raphael; 2 grandchildren; sister Elayne Bernstein. Mount Sinai

Klara Halberstadt died Jan. 16 at 91. Survived by niece Betty (David) Lazarus. Hillside

Ronni Harris died Jan. 23 at 65. Survived by mother Charlotte Harris; brother Don Harris; friend Elena Azma. Hillside

Jack Hassan died Jan. 18 at 89. Survived by sons David, James (Gloria), Steven (Karen); 5 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Fred Hearn died Feb. 5 at 69. Survived by wife Miriam; sons David, Steve (Debbie); sister Sharon (Bruce Naliboff). Mount Sinai

Goldyne Hearsh died Jan. 30 at 90. Survived by daughters Bonnie (Paul) Yeager, Terri; 2 grandchildren; 3 great-grandchildren. Hillside

Nathan Hieger died Jan. 12 at 98. Survived by wife Gloria; daughter Joanie; sons Carl (Anne Glaskin), Robert; brother-in-law Harold (Adele) Greenberg. Mount Sinai

Sam Hodes died Jan. 26 at 83. Survived by daughters Cathy (Bob) Greenly, Sheri (Michael) Krems; 4 grandchildren; 1 great-grandchild; sister Renee Ozur; brothers Jerry, Morrie. Malinow and Silverman

Jack Israel died Jan. 17 at 95. Survived by wife Katherine; daughter Marcia (Robert) Weingarten; 2 grandsons. Malinow and Silverman

Martin Jacobs died Jan. 15 at 70. Survived by sons Ari (Diane), Matthew (Ann Mason); 5 grandchildren; sisters Dorothy (Sidney) Lit, Helen Osborne, Miriam (Bernard) Siegel; brother Harry Jacobs; ex-wife Maia Barens. Hillside

Ruth Jacoby died Jan. 24 at 83. Survived by sons Jeff (Adele), Scott (Debbie); 5 grandchildren; sister Jan (Alan) Ashberg, Eleanore (Harold) Fonberg, Norma (Leo) Rosen; brother, Alfred (Cindy) Levine. Mount Sinai

Jack Joseph died Jan. 22 at 95. Survived by sons Alan (Patricia), Barry, Lee; 2 grandchildren; 3 great-grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Harry Kahn died Feb. 13 at 91. Survived by daughter Teri (Steven Czinn); sons Clifford (Melanie), Douglas (Deborah Mueller); 6 grandchildren. Malinow and Silverman

Roslyn Kaiser died Jan. 16 at 86. Survived by daughters Susan Brownstein, Stacy Kaye; sister Charlotte Migdal. Sholom Chapels

Ronald Kaplan died Jan. 18 at 72. Survived by wife Martha; daughter Mindy Beth Ulselmann; stepson Brian Jackson; granddaughter Lydia. Mount Sinai

Sol Karnovitz died Feb. 6 at 91. Survived by daughter Chloe Nelson; son Cary (Ann) Karr; 2 grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Mildred Kasdin died Feb. 4 at 84. Survived by husband Paul; daughter Jane Monterroso; sons Andrew, Mitchell, Stuart (Kate Bruhn); 3 grandchildren; sister Minna Welkind. Malinow and Silverman

Helen Kasof died Feb. 2 at 90. Survived by daughter Audrey Foster; son Joseph; one grandchild. Hillside

Yefim Kats died Jan. 12 at 87. Survived by son Dimitriy (Tatyana); 3 grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Jack Kaye died Feb. 14 at 98. Survived by sons Michael, Larry (Marilyn). Malinow and Silverman

Malka Kheyfets died Jan. 14 at 88. Survived by husband Izrail; sons Gregory (Tatiyana), Rafail (Victoria); 2 grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Morrie Kingston died Jan. 12 at 92. Survived by wife Cesia; daughter Marilyn (Harry) Cinnamon; son Abbe (Helene); 4 grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Florabel Kinsler died Jan. 26 at 83. Survived by daughter Sandra (Brian Leshon); son Warren (Kay); 2 grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Greta Kleinman died Jan. 30 at 93. Survived by daughters Vivien (Bob) Diamond, Madeleine; 3 grandchildren; 4 great-grandchildren. Chevra Kadisha

Irving Klitsner died Jan. 24 at 91. Survived by daughters Ronni (Jeffrey) Weiss, Cheri (David) Levenson, Kathy Ellison; son John; 8 grandchildren; 3 great-grandchildren; sister Miriam Drucker. Hillside

Stephen Knapp died Jan. 27 at 60. Survived by mother Rose Langton; brothers George, William. Sholom Chapels

Mounette Kornblum died Jan. 13 at 82. Survived by husband David; son Gerard Mosse; 1 grandchild; 2 great-grandchildren; sisters Marcelle Costa, Solange Mallaroni. Hillside

Sol Kramarz died Jan. 14 at 88. Survived by sons Robert (Jennifer), Ken (Felicia); 3 grandchildren; 2 stepgrandchildren. Mount Sinai

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

Marie Lasher died Feb. 1 at 102. Survived by son Lewis; niece Barbara (Peter) Weiss. Mount Sinai

Claude Lefeber died Feb. 10 at 88. Survived by wife Rufina; son Tony (Frances); 2 grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Roberta Leon died Jan. 16 at 64. Survived by several cousins. Malinow and Silverman

Louis Lesser died Jan. 29 at 96. Survived by daughters Terese (Jack) Ford, Kathy Sanson; 4 grandchildren; 6 great-grandchildren. Hillside

Rebekka Levi died Jan. 15 at 92. Survived by husband Efim; daughter Lana Chernin. Sholom Chapels

Mary Lieberman died Feb. 11 at 85. Survived by daughters Julie (Steven) Wedel, Gail Caplan; son Terry (Don) Caplan; 2 grandchildren; 1 great-grandchild; sister Leatrice Nash. Hillside

Sonia Linde died Feb. 5 at 98. Survived by daughter Eileen (Lester) Traub; son Ian (Linda); 5 grandchildren; 1 great-grandchild. Hillside

Pearl Lipner died Jan. 14 at 91. Survived by daughters Robyn (Paul Rupert), Sharon; son Scott; 2 grandchildren; sister Marcia Koptisky; sister-in-law Natalie Yasgoor. Mount Sinai

Betty Lipsman died Feb. 6 at 93. Survived by daughter Helene (Jon) Schnider-Dobrer; son William (Tina); 2 grandchildren; 5 great-grandchildren. Hillside

Audrey Lipson died Feb. 5 at 80. Survived by daughters Beth Gomez, Sharon Simon; stepson Alan Lipson; 5 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren; brother Tony (Sonja) Nicholson; sisters Joy (Ernie) Dunlevie, Sheila Sterling. Mount Sinai

Sol Mahler died Jan. 24 at 93. Survived by sons Bruce (Susan), Craig (Miriam), daughter Gail Mahler; 5 grandchildren; 1 great-grandchild; sister Lucille Cohen. Hillside

Molly Mansky died Jan. 13 at 83. Survived by son Terry. Sholom Chapels

Ida Markenson died Feb. 13 at 87. Survived by son Wesley (Sarah) Markenson. Malinow and Silverman

Fred Mashat died Feb. 9 at 87. Survived by wife Bernice; daughters Lana (Sasan) Najibi, Joey (Jacques Heim); 2 grandchildren; 5 brothers and sisters. Mount Sinai

Sylvia Mattel died Jan. 22 at 98. Survived by granddaughter Stacey (Sidney) Monyei; grandsons Adam, David, Robert (Robby); daughter-in-law Gail Mattel; caregiver Virgie (Manny) Desiorna. Mount Sinai

Jack Meyer died Feb. 1 at 100. Survived by sons Irving, Murray. Malinow and Silverman

Beverly Meyers died Feb. 10 at 77. Survived by husband William; daughter Diana; son Larry. Mount Sinai

Monica Mihai died Jan. 29 at 61. Survived by husband Pavel; daughter Miruna (Ernie) Lujan; son Codrin; 1 grandchild; mother Aurelia Listeveanu. Malinow and Silverman

Lillian Millard died Feb. 5 at 94. Survived by sons Mark (Barbara), Richard (Marilyn); 3 grandchildren; 3 great-grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Leonid Moiseyev died Jan. 29 at 63. Survived by wife Anna; sons Alex (Diana), Yevgeny (Marina); 2 grandchildren; brothers Garik (Maria), Peter (Valentina). Mount Sinai

Sherman Moldavon died Feb. 3 at 93. Survived by wife Ida; sons Gary, Martin (Ilona), Robert (Barbara), Ronald; 6 grandchildren; brother Jerome Cohen. Mount Sinai

Helene Moore died Jan. 19 at 90. Survived by cousins Ephraim (Anita), Leonard Hirsch. Hillside

Frank Morgenstern died Feb. 10 at 64. Survived by wife Laura Green; daughters Audry (Jeff) Davidson, Ashley; 2 grandchildren; brother Steven (Phyllis). Mount Sinai

Helen Moscovitch died Feb. 10 at 93. Survived by son Jerry (Linda) Moss; 4 grandchildren; sister Rose Wallace. Mount Sinai

Gerome Moss died Jan. 15 at 87. Survived by wife Suzette; son Scot (Sally); one grandchild. Hillside

Lillian Naideth died Feb. 7 at 95. Survived by sons Philip (Marsha), Stuart; 6 grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Ellin Naness died Feb. 2 at 75. Survived by daughter Elisa (Chris) Clark; son Howard; 4 grandchildren. Malinow and Silverman

Alan Nash died Feb. 8 at 60. Survived by wife Barbara; daughter Rachel; son Matt; sister Sharon Naznitsky; brother Burt Naznitsky. Mount Sinai

Madeleine Nathan died Feb. 2 at 72. Survived by husband Allan; daughters Lisa (Gary) Sheeran, Marsha (Bill) Williams; 6 grandchildren; sister Enid (Harvey) Goldstein. Mount Sinai

James Newman died Jan. 24 at 96. Survived by niece Anne Trinajstich. Mount Sinai

Zeta Perry died Jan. 30 at 76. Survived by sons Eric (Hilda), Marc Fliegel, Rod (Hannah); 4 grandchildren; 1 great-grandchild; sister Auriel Cowen. Hillside

Nellie Pesner died Feb. 8 at 104. Survived by daughter Roberta Becker; son Stanley (Lila). Malinow and Silverman

Lloyd Phillips died Jan. 25 at 62. Survived by wife Beau St. Clair; sister Avril Tantrum. Hillside

Mikhail Pinskiy died Feb. 1 at 48. Survived by son Valeriy; mother Ninel Pinskaya; brother Gregory (Irina). Hillside

Henry Polakow died Jan. 21 at 89. Survived by daughter Cheryl (Dan) Knight; son Michael (Daniel) Polakow; 3 grandchildren. Hillside

Ruth Pollard died Jan. 16 at 91. Survived by son Marc. Sholom Chapels

Ethel Posner died Feb. 7 at 88. Survived by husband Arthur; sons Gregory (Lisa), Jeffrey (Merilee), Lee (Elinore); 6 grandchildren; 1 great-grandchild. Hillside

Anne Radon died Jan. 14 at 86. Survived by daughter Robin (Stephen) Radon; son Jeff (Carmela) Radon; 3 grandchildren; sister Rhoda (Morrie) Wood. Mount Sinai

Carol Rechteger died Jan. 13 at 90. Survived by husband Albert; daughters Laurie (Susan) Beth-Rechteger, Heidi (Nathan). Mount Sinai

Lynne Reinschreiber died Feb. 5 at 74. Survived by daughter Debra (Peter) Cappos; son Mark (Christine); 3 grandchildren; sister Mimi Pauline. Mount Sinai

Sidney David Resnick died Jan. 25 at 87. Survived by wife Norma; daughter Laura Ellen Resnick Hoveras; sons Allan, Michael (Alexander Werner); 7 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Gertrude Richaman died Jan. 16 at 84. Survived by husband Merrill; daughter Lisa (Ed) Pennington; sons David (Dorene), Steven (Linda); 5 grandchildren; brother Leo Stavinsky. Hillside

Joseph Robbins died Feb. 9 at 90. Survived by wife Vivian; daughters Linda (David) Kates, Ellen (Steve) Linder, Terry; son Richard (Carille Morales); 7 grandchildren; 1 great-grandchild; sister Claire (Melvyn) Green. Mount Sinai

Mary Rodman died Jan. 23 at 97. Survived by son Steven (Diane Rowe) Rodman; daughters Linda (Lawrin) Lewin, Janice; 5 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Barbara Rosen died Jan. 22 at 76. Survived by daughters Rebecca Crickard-Rosen, Deborah (Reno) Goodale, Stephanie; 4 grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Arnold Rosenbaum died Feb. 6 at 90. Survived by daughter Joyce (Murray Harreschou); son Alan (Helene); 5 grandchildren. Hillside

Emma Rotstein died Jan. 12 at 81. Survived by daughter Krsana Henry; son David (Linda); 5 grandchildren; sister Ann Todd; brother Billy Lester. Hillside

Anne Rubel died Feb. 14 at 94. Survived by daughters Vivien Cohen, Melody Jorenson, Joyce Leskin, Sarah Londer, Belle Temkin, Sharon; 10 grandchildren; 4 great-grandchildren. Malinow and Silverman 

Alan Rubin died Feb. 9 at 64. Survived by sister Amy (Marvin) Richman; nephews Keith (Michelle) Richman, Mark Richman. Mount Sinai

Natalie Salzman died Jan. 12 at 87. Survived by husband Sheldon; sons David (Toni), Scott (Michell), Steven (Mary Fukuto); 6 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren; sister Sylvia Weiner. Mount Sinai

Fay Sanders died Feb. 2 at 92. Survived by sons Glenn, Mark (Linda), Spencer; 2 grandchildren; brother Paul Feldman. Mount Sinai

Daisy Sardi died Jan. 15 at 91. Survived by sons Peter (Sara), Rudolf, Thomas (Kee); 2 grandchildren; sister Marta Furst; brother Tibor (Katja) Roth. Mount Sinai

Gersten Schachne died Feb. 14 at 81. Survived by wife Gayle; daughter Jill (Scott) Sanders; son Joel (Michelle); 3 grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Laurie Schneider died Feb. 14 at 41. Survived by husband Michael Patrick; daughter Cordelia; sons Julian Miller, Rolland; mother Pari; father Bob Levin; brother Jeffrey (Katy) Levin. Hillside

Paulina Schneider died Jan. 28 at 86. Survived by 5 nieces and nephews; 8 great-nieces and great-nephews. Sholom Chapels

Irving Schreiber died Jan. 21 at 87. Survived by sons David (Rika), Mark (Sharon), Stuart (Tes). Hillside

Luci Schule died Jan. 30 at 94. Survived by daughter Esther (Alex) Rozenblum; son Martin Schule; 4 grandchildren; 4 great-grandchildren. Malinow and Silverman

Aron Shapiro died Feb. 11 at 97. Survived by daughter Svetlana (Arnold) Belavsky; 1 grandchild; 2 great-grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Jeanette Shapiro died Jan. 19 at 87. Survived by husband Michael; daughter Rhonda (Steve) Millman; son Mark; 2 grandchildren; brother Paul (Barbara) Freeman. Mount Sinai

Sylvia Sher died Feb. 1 at 99. Survived by daughter Abby Sher; sons Merritt, Ronald; sister Edna Orlins; 6 grandchildren; 4 great-grandchildren. Malinow and Silverman

Stuart Shulman died Feb. 7 at 51. Survived by mother Rosalie; brother Douglas; aunt Arlene Minovitz. Mount Sinai

Jack Singer died Jan. 12 at 93. Survived by wife Helen; daughter Shari; son Ronald (Rachel); 3 grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Donald Sitnick died Jan. 22 at 81. Survived by daughter Gail Nettles; 1 grandchild; brother Al (Janet) Sitnick. Mount Sinai

Norman Snider died Jan. 22 at 83. Survived by wife Chevi Geldman; daughter Janis (George) Schnitzer; son Howard; 5 grandchildren; 1 great-grandchild. Mount Sinai

Marian Snyder died Feb. 14 at 90. Survived by daughter Michelle (Henry) Wisch; son Larry (Bobbie); 2 grandchildren. Mount Sinai

David Solomon died Dec. 12 at 90. Survived by nieces Paula Harris, Marnie Komar. Mount Sinai

Sylvia Spector died Jan. 13 at 96. Survived by daughter Amy Applebaum; son Stephen (Jane McDonough); 7 grandchildren; 5 great-grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Florence Spencer died Feb. 11 at 91. Survived by daughter Diane (Bruce) Ehrlich; son Barry (Colleen) Bagus; 2 grandchildren; 6 great-grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Frederic Sperber died Jan. 12 at 79. Survived by daughters Shelley (John) Carey, Lori (Todd) Neiman; sons Jeff (Susan) Weinstein, Craig (Tina); 12 grandchildren; 4 great-grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Miriam Spiegel died Jan. 18 at 97. Survived by daughter Susan Luntz; son David Steinberg; stepson Philip (Jana) Spiegel. Hillside

Harry Stanoff died Jan. 28 at 100. Survived by daughter Maxine Stanoff Lewis. Hillside

Bernard Stein died Jan. 18 at 92. Survived by wife Florence; daughter Marsha (Peter) Fleming; son Martin (Natalie); 5 grandchildren; 8 great grandchildren. Malinow and Silverman

Eva Steinman died Jan. 13 at 94. Survived by brother Jack Adelman. Hillside

Burton Sterman died Jan. 23 at 79. Survived by wife Beverly; daughters Lani (Jeff) Kreshek, Alissa, Nan (Curt Wittenberg); son Wes; 6 grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Mary Ann Stone died Jan. 26 at 72. Survived by husband Stanley; daughters Bonnie (Ira) Pincus, Robin (Eric) Tuchman; son Steven (Samantha); 9 grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Shirley Swack died Feb. 14 at 89. Survived by husband Sol; daughter Jeanne; sons David (Maria), Michael (Veronique); grandchildren; brother Richard (Joanne) Spiers. Malinow and Silverman

Ernest Tabori died Jan. 23 at 100. Survived by daughter Marianna Riemer; son-in-law George Riemer; 1 grandchild; 2 great-grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Dorothy Tatiner died Jan. 16 at 89. Survived by husband Ralph; sons Don (Christine Callina) Alhanati, Howard (Marilynn), Joe (Teresa); 9 grandchildren. Hillside

Leah Taylor died Jan. 19 at 95. Survived by nieces Estelle (Kenneth) Markson, Suzanne (Harvey) Colton; nephew Leonard (Lynn) Roberts; grandniece Deborah; grandnephew David. Mount Sinai

Samuel Tooch died Feb. 1 at 78. Survived by wife Rachel; sons Daron (Jean Cooper), Marc (Angela), Neil; 5 grandchildren; sister Ita Malkinson. Mount Sinai

Barbara Tucker died Jan. 23 at 80. Survived by husband Nathan; daughter Carol Tucker; 3 grandchildren; sister Ruth Levine; daughter-in-law Gabrielle Tucker. Mount Sinai

Sylvia Uram died Feb. 3 at 97. Survived by daughters Frances (Yael Merav) Le Vine, Maryann Litrov; 2 grandchildren; 3 great-grandchildren. Hillside

Semyon Volodinsky died Jan. 13 at 88. Survived by wife Maria; daughters Bella (Simon) Inzil, Lana Mitsevich; sons Michael (Maya), Yuri (Olga); 8 grandchildren; 8 great-grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Harold Weinerman died Jan. 30 at 74. Survived by wife Mona; daughter Lori; sons Dave (Jill), Spencer (Traci); 5 grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Alice Weiss died Jan. 23 at 86. Survived by son Dean Weiss; 7 grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Rose Weitzen died Feb. 14 at 88. Survived by daughters Debbie (Peter) Martin, Monica Richter, Frieda Weitzen; 4 grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Lea Winter died Feb. 6 at 89. Survived by husband Herbert; sons Kurt (Lyndia), Richard (Sheryl); 4 grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Seymour Wynn died Feb. 4 at 90. Survived by daughters Margaret, Victoria; 1 grandchild; brother Melvin Wynn. Mount Sinai

Michael Yamma died Jan. 29 at 84. Survived by wife Lois; daughter Jodi Fuller; son Mark (Linda); 3 grandchildren; sister-in-law Ruth Martin. Mount Sinai

Julian Zalben died Jan. 30 at 94. Survived by niece Marva Semet; nephew Marshall Zablen. Hillside

Zola Zevit died Jan. 31 at 96. Survived by daughter Lynda Shapiro; son Ziony (Rachel); 5 grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Irving Zinger died Feb. 5 at 91. Survived by wife Evelyn; daughter Anita (Donald) Price; son Lester; stepdaughter Audrey (Moe) Cooperman; 5 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren; brother Charles (Margie) Zinger. Hillside