The Shalom Memorial Funeral Home is being sued by a Chicago-area family. Photo courtesy of Shalom Memorial Funeral Home

Botched burial traumatized mourners, says Chicago lawsuit

A Jewish family is suing a Chicago-area funeral home for botching a burial so badly that the casket toppled and splintered in the grave, exposing the deceased’s white shroud to a gathering of over 100 traumatized mourners.

After three months of trying unsuccessfully to settle the case, the family of tax attorney Paul Horowitz filed suit last week seeking $50,000 in damages in connection with the April 28 funeral in Arlington Heights, Illinois.

The complaint alleges that the Shalom Memorial Funeral Home was negligent during the burial, resulting in the desecration of the body, which caused the family mental suffering and anguish.

A representative of the funeral home told JTA, “We have no comment at this time.”

A family friend and the plaintiff’s attorney, Henry Gruss, said the deceased’s widow and children suffered post-traumatic stress superimposed on bereavement.

“It was too horrific for words,” wrote Ronnie Horowitz, the deceased’s widow, in a statement to the media. She described the family of the 66-year-old Horowitz as “devastated.”

The complaint alleges that as the casket was lowered into the ground, it came unloose from its doweled moorings and plummeted suddenly and unexpectedly into the grave, “causing the top of the casket to be dislodged and in an improper position in the grave.” The shroud was visible from the thigh down.

Mourners screamed, shouted and cried at the gravesite, and some fled to their cars, according to the complaint.

The rabbi and the director of another funeral jumped into the grave to piece the casket together and right it, according to a family friend, retired Judge Jerry Orbach. After 40 minutes or more, the graveside service proceeded.

“This is a dereliction of responsibility on the part of the cemetery,” Gruss said.

Orbach called it “a dishonor to the deceased.”

Rabbi Elchonon Zohn, director of the National Association of Chevra Kadisha – a coalition of Jewish burial societies — said it is not uncommon for a casket lid to shift during funerals in the New York area where plots are smaller and the grave diggers can’t always allow for adequate room or a smooth ground surface.

But in Illinois, burial vaults are mandatory and, in accordance with Jewish tradition, bottomless, so the casket rests on the earth.

“The body was in a disrespected state. It was a serious breach of respect,” Zohn said. “The cemetery was not helpful, and it should have been dealt with if what the family claims is true.”

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Obituaries, week of June 12

Marvin Bornstein died May 20 at 98. Survived by daughter Deena (Todd) Kobernick; son David (Lorrie) Bornstein; 6 grandchildren; 1 great-grandchild. Malinow and Silverman

James Eisenberg died May 22 at 76. Survived by wife Deborah; daughter Lindsy;
sons Alexander (Holly), Paul; 4 grandchildren. Hillside

Vivian Felsot died May 26 at 96. Survived by daughters Debra (Andy) Krasnoff, Nancy (Gerald) Love-Weeks; son Ron (Bobbi); 4 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren.
Groman Eden

Adrienne Filer died May 24 at 78. Survived by husband Armand; son Kirk Filer; brother Alan Nelson. Mount Sinai

Alice Fisher died May 24 at 91. Survived by daughters Linda (Rick Schwartz), Amy Sue; son Mark (Julia Phillips); 3 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren. Hillside

Donald P. Goodman died May 25 at 82. Survived by wife Sally; daughter Lesley Bloom; son Ken (Cindy); 5 grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Henrietta Goodman died May 22 at 93. Survived by daughter Paula (Alan) Harris.

Beatrice Gordon died May 22 at 94.  Survived by daughters Debra Gordon-Goldman, Adele (Gary) Sanders, Teri Rappaport; sons Howard, Mark (Melina); 8 grandchildren. Hillside

Stanley Gottlieb died May 24 at 93. Survived by wife Jacquelyn; daughter Phranc. Hillside

Morris “Moe” Grossblatt died June 3 at 88. Survived by wife Gloria; daughters Julie Etherington, Lynn Burr, Bonnie (Randy Todd) Grossblatt Todd; son Michael (Jane); 3 grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Florence Grover died June 2 at 86. Survived by daughter Marlea. Mount Sinai

Najieh Hakimpour died May 10 at 104. Survived by sons Naji, Khosrow. Chevra Kadisha

Marilyn Hall died June 5 at 90. Survived by husband Monty; daughters Joanna Gleason (Chris Sarandon), Sharon (Todd Ellis Kessler); son Richard; 5 five grandchildren; sister Peggy Cooper.

David Kauffman died May 26 at 92. Survived by wife Ruth; daughters Pamela Forrest, Brocha Friedman; 10 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Sheldon H. Levy died June 3 at 84. Survived by wife Marion; sons Loren (Candi), Adam (Kristie); stepdaughters Linda (Rodrigo) Gage, Lauren (Glen) Segal; stepsons Bradley (Adrian) Gage, Brian (Amy) Gage; 14 grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Klara Levyant died May 23 at 92. Survived by daughters Irina Landa, Alla Kushnir; 4 grandchildren; 4 great-grandchildren; sisters Tanya, Raya. Mount Sinai

Bernard Liebeskind died May 25 at 94. Survived by son Howard. Mount Sinai

Barbara Webber Livingston died June 2 at 85. Survived by daughter Robin Leonard; son Greg Gordon. Mount Sinai

Sylvia Maye died April 22 at 92. Survived by daughter Deni (Alan) Davidson; sons James (Dana) Hornstein, Donald (Amy Sheck) Hornstein; 5 grandchildren; 1 great-grandchild; sisters Esther Jackel, Evelyn Litwin, Shirley Perlin; brother Paul Woods. Hillside

Ronald Michelman died May 29 at 70. Survived by wife Gail; daughter Kimberly Font; son Ryan (Sara); 4 grandchildren. Hillside

Lewis Notrica died Aug. 15 at age 91. Survived by wife Mari; daughters Jody Notrica Benon, Judy Brassfield, Nicole; grandsons Sam Lewis Notrica Benon, Aron Lee Notrica Benon; 5 additional grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; brother Morrie. Hillside

Jerome Charles Porter died June 4 at 86. Survived by wife Eileen; daughter Janice (David) Gantenbein; son Jeffrey (Cari); 4 grandchildren; brother Hale (Sydney). Malinow and Silverman

Louis Pygin died May 31 at 90. Survived by son Alan (Cynthia); 2 grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Irwin Rappaport died May 19 at 88. Survived by 2 grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Lilyan Ross died May 20 at 102. Survived by daughters Judith Hanelman, Rebecca (Edmund) Green, Nancy (Mark) Schneider; 5 grandchildren; 6 great-grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Rose Scharf died June 3 at 91. Survived by sons Lee, Jay, Kenny; 4 grandchildren; 5 great-grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Bernard Selber died June 1 at 97. Survived by sons Richard, Michael. Mount Sinai

Ester Tepper died May 20 at 85. Survived by husband Nisan; daughter Bati (Brian) Prince; sons Yaniv (Nina), Gil (Dana), Danny; 12 grandchildren; 1 great-grandchild. Hillside

Ira West died May 21 at 78. Survived by brother Noland. Mount Sinai

Marilyn Joyce Wroobel died June 5 at 81. Survived by daughter Julie; son Barry; 2 grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Shira L. Young died May 30 at 67. Survived by mother Bina; sisters Naomi Young, Linda (Sol) Raviv. Adat Shalom Memorial Park, Michigan 

Thousands attend funeral in Israel for lone soldier from New Jersey

Thousands of mourners attended the funeral on Monday for a lone soldier from New Jersey who was killed when a grenade exploded in his jeep in the Golan Heights.

Sgt. Shlomo Rindenow, 20, was one of two soldiers who died in the incident Sunday, which is under investigation by the Israel Defense Forces.

The Hebrew-language news website Walla estimated that 3,000 people attended the funeral in Netzer Hazani near Rehovot in central Israel. Ynet put the figure at 2,000.

On Monday morning, Rindenow’s brother, Jeff, in an interview with Israel’s Channel 2, called on the Israeli public to attend the funeral.

“For most of the course of his [army] service my brother was alone,” he said. “He volunteered to the army because he wanted to be a warrior. We are requesting that at least for his final departure he won’t be alone.”

Rindenow’s parents, Mordechai and Mindy, arrived in Israel on Monday for the funeral. Ynet reported that Rindenow was buried in a non-military plot at the request of his parents, who want to be buried alongside him in the future.

Rindenow has nine siblings, and is one of five brothers who moved from Passaic, a New Jersey city with a large Orthodox Jewish population, to volunteer in the IDF. He spent a year volunteering with a search and rescue organization in Israel. Another brother reportedly currently is serving in a paratroopers unit.

“Shlomo would get into his head that he wanted to do things and then he’d just do them,” his brother Baruch reportedly said at the funeral. “He decided to come to Israel, learn Hebrew within a few months and get into the unit in the army he wanted. And he did it. I admired him so much, and I don’t think I even told him that. I told other people, I bragged about my brother, but I’m not sure if I told him.”

His sister Yocheved reportedly said, “You were wise like your namesake, King Shlomo, wise beyond your years. More mature than all of us. You loved us all so much, and I’m so sorry for what happened to you.

“When Shlomo joined the army, we weren’t even as worried as you would think. He was so responsible that we just assumed he’d be safe whatever he did. You taught us how to live with a pure and open heart. You’re part of our hearts and you always will be. I’m grateful that you were my brother.”

The explosion occurred near Majdal Shams, a Druze village located near Mount Hermon in southern Israel, and killed another soldier. Sgt. 1st Class Husam Tafish, 24, a reservist from the Druze village of Beit Jann, was buried Monday morning. Tafish, the driver of the jeep, reportedly was holding the grenade when it exploded. Three others were injured.

The army said it was not clear why the soldier was holding a grenade. The soldiers were part of a combat engineering corps battalion.

Father of 10 killed in terrorist shooting remembered as intellectual and giving man

More than 1,000 mourners attended the funeral for a father of 10 who was killed in a West Bank drive-by shooting.

The funeral of Rabbi Michael “Miki” Mark was held Sunday in the Otniel settlement in the West Bank followed by his burial in Jerusalem. Mark was killed Friday when terrorists opened fire on his car as he drove near Hebron.

President Reuven Rivlin, a distant relative of Mark, delivered remarks at his funeral.

“I stand in front of your coffin, Miki, Michael, in sorrow and anguish, and with me stand an entire nation, together grieving,” Rivlin said, according to Haaretz. “Even before the Sabbath began, the murderer’s hand robbed your family of you in cold blood, in front of two of your children, and in front of your beloved wife, Chavi, who was seriously injured.

“Miki, I am sorry to say that I learned about you, only after your death. I learned that you were a loving and beloved father, grandfather and son. An intellectual who was also a man of action. A person who loved hands-on work, but also excelled in the house of learning.”

Mark’s son Yeshoshua said that “as the years pass, we find greater depth. More people you helped. A community of admirers. You taught us to accept the other. You were a giving man with endless time, attention and thought. A man of perception at all levels.”

One of Mark’s daughter, Orit, called her father “the most amazing in the world.”

“How much you gave. How much you did,” she said.

His children, in a video posted on social media, had appealed for mourners to attend the funeral to memorialize their father.

“Come and hear how good our father was, and you’ll be better people, more loving people,” one of his daughters said.

Along with his wife, Chavi, being seriously wounded in the shooting, two of his children were lightly injured.

Rabbi Max Ticktin, leader in Hillel and Havurah movements, dies at 94

Rabbi Max Ticktin, a leader in the Hillel movement who also was central to the havurah movement, has died.

Ticktin, who also was a founder of the Breira group to express a left-wing perspective on Israel, died on Sunday at the age of 94.

Ticktin, who was ordained a Conservative rabbi by the Jewish Theological Seminary in 1946, and then traveled to Israel with his wife Esther to study at Hebrew University. They both joined the Haganah, the forerunner of the Israel Defense Forces.

The couple then returned to the United States, and Ticktin was tapped in 1950 to serve as Hillel director at the University of Wisconsin in Madison, a position he held until 1964, when he was tapped to serve as Hillel director at the University of Chicago. In 1970, Ticktin moved to Washington to serve as assistant director of National Hillel until 1980, when he left Hillel to teach on the college level.

Ticktin served for more than 30 years on the faculty of the George Washington University’s Program of Judaic Studies, retiring last year as professor of Hebrew Language and Literature. At the time of his retirement, the university established the the Max Ticktin Professorship of Israel Studies.

He was a founder of Breira in 1973 and served on its board until the group closed in 1977.

Following his work creating the “Upstairs Minyan” at the University of Chicago, a precursor to the Havurah movement, Ticktin helped found the Farbrangen Havurah and was an active member until his death.

His funeral will be held on Wednesday at 11:30 a.m. at Tiferet Israel Congregation in Washington DC

Hundreds turn out for Israel funeral of ex-Hasid who apparently killed herself

Hundreds of mourners attended the funeral of a formerly haredi Orthodox Israeli woman who was found dead in what is believed to be a suicide.

Esti Weinstein, 50, was buried in Petach Tikvah on Tuesday, the Times of Israel reported.

Weinstein’s body and a suicide note were discovered in her car at a beach in Ashdod on Sunday, a week after she went missing.

“In this city I gave birth to my daughters, in this city I die because of my daughters,” Weinstein wrote.

Six of her seven daughters had refused contact with their mother after she left the Gur sect of Hasidic Judaism eight years ago.

Tami Montag, the daughter who stayed in touch with Weinstein and who also left the haredi Orthodox community, gave a eulogy at the funeral in which she said, “You were everything to me, a friend and mother.”

According to Haaretz, Weinstein wrote a short memoir titled “Doing His Will” about life in the Gur community, her decision to leave it and the pain she felt after her daughters severed their relationships with her.

Weinstein, who married at 17, also wrote about her unhappy marriage in which she was required to follow numerous strict marital guidelines that are unique to the Gur sect. According to her memoir, the guidelines restrict couples to having sexual relations only twice a month.

In the book, Weinstein wrote of her ongoing pain at being cut off from her daughters.

“I thought it was a temporary matter, but the years are passing and time isn’t healing, and the pain doesn’t stop,” she wrote.

Estranged family members also attended and spoke at the funeral, according to the Times of Israel.

“It’s hard for me to speak about you. For me, you will always be like your first 43 years, when you were pure,” said her father, Rabbi Menachem Orenstein, according to Ynet.

Weinstein’s boyfriend also spoke at the funeral, The Times of Israel reported, but did not identify him.

“At the heart of every religion is a kernel of unity, and that’s the source of life. But unfortunately it’s turned into ideology,” he said. “Don’t let any rabbi lead you to hatred and to alienation. The pain from being cut off by your kids is massive.”

Rabbi Michael Lerner, Billy Crystal to speak at Muhammad Ali funeral

Liberal American Rabbi Michael Lerner has been invited to speak at boxing legend Muhammad Ali’s funeral.

“I am deeply humbled and honored to be invited to speak at Muhammad Ali’s funeral,” Lerner, the editor of Tikkun Magazine, wrote on Facebook. “It has been several decades since I worked with Muhammad Ali in the peace movement challenging the Vietnam War. The US government indicted both of us for our nonviolent actions against that war. But that was many decades ago. So imagine my surprise to receive a call on Sunday morning from Muhammad Ali’s family who invited him to be a speaker at the funeral/memorial ceremony.”

The funeral is scheduled for Friday in Louisville, Kentucky. Ali died last Friday at 74. He had Parkinson’s disease for more than 30 years.

Jewish actor-comedian Billy Crystal, who is know for his imitation of Ali, will also speak at the funeral, along with representatives of Islam, Christianity, Buddhism, Mormonism and Catholicism. Former U.S. President Bill Clinton will deliver a eulogy. Other speakers include Ali’s wife, Lonnie; his daughter Maryum, and sportscaster Bryant Gumbel.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and King Abdullah II of Jordan reportedly had been scheduled to speak at the ceremony and then were removed from the program due to the number of speakers.

The ceremony will be led by California imam and scholar Zaid Shakir. Jenazah, a traditional Muslim funeral service, will be held Thursday.

Lerner’s Tikkun reported that the Ali family member who called the rabbi to ask him to participate in the memorial ceremony told him that Muhammad Ali and his wife “had been fans of his for many, many years.” Lerner said he had not heard from Ali since 1995, when the boxer sent him a note to commend him on the book he wrote with Cornel West titled “Jews and Blacks: Let the Healing Begin.”

A funeral for Richard Lakin

“I want to thank him for teaching me how to ride a bike.  And for watching 'Charlotte's Web' with me over and over again.”  The granddaughter of the gentle man lying on a bier, shrouded in his tallit, began to weep.  Her mother, one of Richard Lakin's two children, rushed forward to comfort her child.  In the small, crowded room, filled with women and men, mostly in their thirties and forties, tears began to flow.

“His love overcomes even the brutality of the way he died” continued his granddaughter, fighting her way through the mounting sorrow.  “I can't believe I will never talk to him again.”

Along with all the older mourners gathered who had lost people they love, I wanted to say to this teenager, soon to celebrate her 17th birthday, “Yes, yes, you will talk to him again.  You will talk to him in your dreams, when you feel lonely, when you remember his voice and his hugs.  He is your grandfather forever and ever.”  But like everyone else, in silent submission to her pain, I kept quiet.

Richard Lakin was killed in a terror attack in Jerusalem in October 2015. Photo from Facebook

Richard Lakin made aliyah thirty years ago and met his death in a savage terrorist attack on a Jerusalem bus.  He fought valiantly through several operations before he succumbed.  The day he died our Sinai Temple group was meeting with entrepreneur Eli Wurtman, who grew up close to Lakin's son, Micah.  When our travel guide Orit Topf, told me the funeral would be in Beth Shemesh the next day, I decided to go along with a few members from our group.

We did not know what to anticipate. Funerals that get covered in the Middle East are usually bellicose affairs, with anguished accusations as prominent as weeping and mourning. We had seen the shock waves still rippling through Israel: hotels reported cancellations, tourist sites were far less crowded than before, and shops putting up “sale” signs left and right. Tension and anger was to be expected.

Yet everyone who read about him knew that Lakin's life was the antithesis of his death.  He and his wife Karen were active in the civil right movement where they grew up and believed deeply in the possibility of coexistence in their chosen home of Israel.  Back in the states they had created Camp King-Together, formed after the assassination of Martin Luther King, so children from different backgrounds could “get to know each other and establish a lasting and meaningful relationship.”

In 1984 the family came to Israel and on a fateful day thirty years later Richard was riding the bus in Jerusalem's Armon Hanatziv section. He is the third fatality from the attack carried out by two teenage terrorists from the adjoining Arab neighborhood of Jebl Mukaber.  Haim Haviv, age 78 and Alon Govberg, 51, were also killed and several others wounded.

Conducting the service was Rabbi Gilad Kariv, CEO of the Reform movement in Israel.  He spoke in measured Hebrew cadences, noting that last week's parasha was about the journey of Abraham to the land, and Richard Lakin's journey was also one of passion and devotion.  He pointedly referred to the knife wielded by Abraham at the Akedah, the binding of Isaac, a knife designated by God and prevented from doing harm, and contrasted it to the knife that fell on Richard and his fellow passengers, a murderous implement that did appalling and grievous harm.

Rabbi Kariv framed the sorrow, quoting the Mishna and Bialik, offering questions but no answers.  It was Lakin's family — his wife Karen and son Micah, his daughter  Manya, and in particular his granddaughter Shachar– who gave the love and color to a man whose life was devoted to education and affection.  Lakin spent years as a principal in Glastonbury Conn.,  and there published a book called “Teaching as an Act of Love.”  Once he arrived in Israel he began teaching English to children, both Israeli and Palestinian.  His Facebook page reads at the top “coexist” with a peace sign.  His every impulse was kindness and his every path was peace. This is the man that two Arab teens, aged 13 and 15, decided they needed to stab and shoot until he was lost to those whom he loved.

Walking with the long procession to the gravesite, I listened.  There was not a word of fury.  No one shook a fist or uttered an imprecation.  There were no promises of revenge or hints of hatred.  There was an overwhelming sadness; how could such a man come to such an end?  The procession, like the service, was a paradigm of dignity and closeness and solemn reckoning with the end of a beautiful life. I wish the world had been able to walk with us, to see whom we lost, and who mourns him.  To see the soul of a people.  Instead this devout spirit will be swallowed up in bromides about the “cycle” of terror.

When Lakin's wife Karen spoke, struggling to make it through her few words, she cited Frost's famous poem, “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening.”  She quoted the final stanza:

The woods are lovely, dark and deep

But I've got promises to keep

And miles to go before I sleep

And miles to go before I sleep.

She whispered that Richard still had far to go, his work was undone, there was much more he wanted to do.  Then she promised that she, and her family, and her community, would continue the journey begun by the partner of her life. 

A brutal murder does not become evil because its victim is a kind and giving man.  But the evil is made more poignant, more painful and far more clear when the person who is targeted has done everything in his power to improve the lives of people like those who chose to slaughter him.  God's image shined through Richard Lakin and was betrayed by those who killed him.

After his body was lowered and the grave covered and the final prayers were said, we all looked at each other with sadness.  The sadness was for Lakin and his family of course, but not only for him.  It was for Israel.  We have recited the El Maleh Rachamim too many times. Dirt has been dropped on the bodies of women, men and children cruelly taken since before the first day this state was founded. I knew how many in that group had gone not to one but to countless such funerals, hoping even as hope slipped away, wondering themselves how much longer decent and even noble lives would be silenced by savagery.  And we stood ringed around the grave knowing something that compounds the pain, that the loss of an Israeli to an act of terror would not for a moment disturb the sleep of a complacent world.

Still, standing around the grave of a fellow Jew who had given so much, it was not about the world.  It was not even about the callous and evil youths who had committed this murder.  It was about an exemplary life and the enduring solidarity and support of the Jewish people.  The kaddish was for Richard Lakin, but it was for all of us, for the dreams that have died and the promise that is mourned, again and again, by a people that so desperately wants to live in peace.

West Bank riots flare up after Palestinian baby’s funeral

An Israeli policeman was lightly wounded in one of several riots and attacks by Palestinians following the funeral of a baby who died in a fire near Nablus allegedly started by Jewish extremists.

The officer was wounded in eastern Jerusalem when he was hit by a stone hurled at him by a Palestinian during a riot near the Temple Mount Friday, Army Radio reported. Security forces arrested a suspect in connection with the incident.

Separately, unidentified individuals opened fire on an Israeli vehicle near the West Bank settlement of Kochav Hashachar. The car was hit by bullets, but the people inside were not hurt.

In a third incident, rioters in the Jerusalem-area Palestinian village of Isawiya threw firebombs and stones at police officers, resulting in no injuries.

The attacks occurred hours after the burial of Ali Saad Dawabsha, an 18-month-old baby who died in a fire started by unidentified individuals at his home in the Nablus-area village of Duma. The arsonists left Hebrew-language graffiti about revenge at the site, and Israeli police suspect Jewish extremists caused the fire.

Several of Dawabsha’s relatives, including his parents, were injured in the fire. His older brother has burns in 60 percent of his body. The arson occurred amid a string of violent attacks by Jewish extremists, including a near-fatal stabbing at the Jerusalem gay pride parade Thursday and the torching last month of a church in the Galilee.

In a statement to Palestinian media, Hamas said that “now every Israeli is a legitimate target” following the arson, according to Ma’ariv. The terrorist group also called for “a day of rage” to protest the killing and to “defend the Al Aqsa Mosque” in Jerusalem.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who visited the Dawabsha family at the Israeli hospital where several of them are recovering, spoke with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas on the phone Friday and said that everyone in Israel was shocked by the “reprehensible terrorism against the Dawabsha family,” his office wrote in a statement.

“We must fight terrorism together regardless of which side it comes from,” said Netanyahu, adding that he had ordered the security forces to use all measures to locate the murderers.

Abbas’ spokesperson has blamed Israel’s settlement policy for the killing and vowed to bring the case to the International Criminal Court.

Israeli President Reuven Rivlin said in a statement released in both Hebrew and Arabic that Israel had not done enough to combat Jewish extremists:  “I feel a sense of shame, and moreover a sense of pain. Pain over the murder of a small baby. Pain that from my people, there are those who have chosen the path of terrorism, and have lost their humanity.”

1 trampled to death, 3 critically hurt at Charedi rabbi’s funeral in Israel

One man was killed and three people were critically injured when mourners surged around the coffin during the funeral procession in Israel for a senior Charedi Orthodox rabbi.

Nearly 100,000 mourners came to Bnei Brak early Sunday morning for the funeral for Rabbi Shmuel Halevi Wosner, who died on Friday night, shortly before the start of the Passover holiday. He was 101.

The man trampled to death was identified as Mordechai Moti Gerber, 27, of Elad. He was a former student of the rabbi. Gerber is survived by a wife and his young son.

Among the three critically injured was a 14-year-old boy. The police have opened an investigation into possible negligence.

Wosner immigrated to Mandatory Palestine before the outbreak of World War II and later established the Chachmei Lublin Yeshiva in Bnei Brak. He is the author of the Shevet Halevi commentary on Jewish law. He had been hospitalized since March.

Hundreds attend funeral rites in Israel for 7 Brooklyn kids

Hundreds of mourners attended the funeral and burial in Israel of seven children who died in a house fire in Brooklyn.

“God Almighty took seven roses,” said their father, Gabriel Sassoon, in a eulogy at a Jerusalem cemetery on Monday afternoon, according to Ynet. “He took my children and my future grandchildren, maybe 70 or 80 of them, their smiles. To you, my God, I give my all. My soul, my all. That is how I feel.”

The mourners at the Givat Shaul Cemetery included close friends of the family, who had lived in Israel until two years ago, and strangers moved by the tragedy.

David Lau, Israel’s chief Ashkenazi rabbi, called the fire an unspeakable tragedy and urged the family to remain strong, Haaretz reported.

“Each one is a flower in God’s garden,” he said.

Gabriel Sassoon was out of town at a religious conference when the fire consumed his home shortly after midnight Saturday. Officials have blamed an unattended hot plate warming Shabbat meals as the cause.

His wife, Gayle, and one of his daughters, Tziporah, 15, both escaped the blaze by leaping from the house but are fighting for their lives in the hospital. They are unaware of the seven deaths of the children, who were ages 5 to 16.

Gayle Sassoon reportedly had planned to take the children out of town for the weekend — to her parents’ home in southern New Jersey — but stayed home because of a snowstorm that hit the New York area.

About 1,000 people attended a funeral for the children in Brooklyn on Sunday before the bodies were flown to Israel for burial.

“They were a burnt offering,” Sassoon said of his children at Sunday’s funeral, referring to the seven “unblemished” lambs that were to be brought to the Temple in Jerusalem on the first of the month; the children died on the first day of the Jewish month of Nissan. “I lost everything in the fire. Seven pure sheep. Those are my seven children.”

Thousands attend funeral in Jerusalem for victims of Paris supermarket attack

Thousands attended the funeral in Jerusalem of the four victims of the attack on a kosher supermarket in Paris.

Yoav Hattab, 21; Philippe Braham, 45;  Yohan Cohen, 22; and Francois-Michel Saada, 64, were buried Tuesday at the Givat Shaul Cemetery. They were killed Jan. 9 at the Hyper Cacher supermarket by an Islamic jihadist.

“Dear families, Yoav, Yohan, Philippe, Francois-Michel, this is not how we wanted to welcome you to Israel,” Israeli President Reuven Rivlin said in an address at the funeral. “This is not how we wanted you to arrive in the Land of Israel, this is not how we wanted to see you come home, to the State of Israel, and to Jerusalem, its capital. We wanted you alive, we wanted for you, life.

“At moments such as these, I stand before you brokenhearted, shaken and in pain, and with me stands an entire nation.”

The victims “were murdered on the eve of the Sabbath, in a kosher supermarket in Paris, in cold blood, because they were Jewish,” Rivlin said, adding, “This is sheer hatred of Jews; abhorrent, dark and premeditated, which seeks to strike, wherever there is Jewish life.”

He called on the leaders of Europe to work to “commit to firm measures” to protect their communities’ Jews.

The men were killed by Amedy Coulibaly, who took more than 20 people hostage at the market. Coulibaly was killed when police stormed the shop. He reportedly told the hostages during the standoff: “I will die today, but you before. You are Jewish, and today you are going to die.”

Some attending the funeral held signs in French reading “Je suis Juif” and “Je suis Israelien” — “I am Jewish” and “I am Israeli” — above photos of the victims.

The family members recited together the Mourner’s Kaddish after being assisted in tearing their clothes in the traditional Jewish sign of mourning. They then lit memorial torches for their loved ones.

“I have been saying for many years and I say it again today: These are not only enemies of the Jewish people, they are enemies of all mankind,” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said of the terrorists. “It is time for all people of culture to unite and uproot these enemies from our midst.”

Netanyahu issued a call, as he has several times since the attack, for Jews to make their homes in Israel.

“Jews have a right to live in many countries and have full security, but I believe that they know in their heart, there is one country which is their historic home, a state which will always accept them with open arms. This is the hope of the entire Jewish people,” he said.

French government minister Segolene Royal told the mourners in her native language that “Anti-Semitism has no place in France. Each hit suffered by a Jew is a hit suffered by the French people.”

Following her address, Royal bestowed the Order of the Legion of Honor, the country’s highest civilian honor, on each victim, and then went to each family member to express individual condolences.



At memorial for African Hebrew leader, signs of integration and respect

Yitzchok Elefant ascended the stage in his black hat and coat and turned to face an auditorium full of people in flowing white shirts and pants with matching scarves and caps.

Standing beneath a banner reading “A tribute to his majesty, our spiritual leader, the prince of peace, Ben Ammi,” Elefant, the haredi Orthodox chief rabbi of this small southern town, delivered a eulogy on Sunday for Ben Ammi Ben-Israel, the leader of the African Hebrew Israelites of Jerusalem.

Ben-Israel died Dec. 27 at age 75, nearly a half-century after leading a group of African-Americans to settle in Dimona.

“The Hebrew community is dear and loved to all of us in Dimona,” Elefant said. “The public in Dimona shares in your mourning of the distinguished leader Ben Ammi Ben-Israel.”

Such a tribute would have been unthinkable when Ben-Israel first arrived in Israel in 1969. Though the community does not identify as Jewish, Ben-Israel and his followers believe themselves to be descendants of the ancient Israelites, a claim that Israeli authorities met with suspicion.

For two decades, according to community spokesman Ahmadiel Ben Yehuda, a series of religious government ministers blocked the the group’s attempts to gain permanent residency permits.

But in recent years, the government’s attitude has shifted. Today, the African Hebrews enjoy permanent residency and a path to citizenship, and their children serve in the Israel Defense Forces. Ben-Israel gained Israeli citizenship in 2013.

At the service, Dimona Mayor Beni Bitton promised to advance plans to build a new neighborhood for the African Hebrews named for Ben-Israel. Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein, a senior member of the ruling Likud Party, also addressed the crowd.

“The Israelite community is a meaningful addition to our diversity,” Edelstein said. “Ben Ammi deserved that blessing, and made sure that people who followed him would be defined as Zionists, as a wonderful contribution to the mosaic of this population of Dimona in part and Israel in general.”

The approximately 3,000 African Hebrews in Israel consider Ben-Israel a “messianic leader.” Ben Yehuda referred to Ben-Israel’s death as a “transition” and the memorial service had an uplifting tone, with an upbeat dance performance, several songs and a video tribute. The crowd gave plenty of applause, along with shouts of “Hallelujah!” and “Ben Ammi lives!”

“Men like this that don’t come around so often, their death is not like a finality,” Ben Yehuda said. “They very much remain alive and pressed into service at a higher level. They only change their form.”

Born Ben Carter in Chicago in 1939, Ben-Israel was working as a steelworker when he claimed to have been visited by the archangel Gabriel, who instructed him to lead his followers to Israel. The group aimed to establish what Ben-Israel called the “Kingdom of God” in Israel, and the government repeatedly attempted to deport and detain his followers.

A detente between the group and the government in the late 1980s led to a compromise under which African Hebrew families gained citizenship in exchange for their children performing military service.

With the residency conflict over, the group focused on promoting health and sustainability in Israel and abroad. Its members eat a strictly vegan diet and wear clothes made of wool, silk, linen or cotton. They point to the growing number of Israeli vegans — nearly 5 percent of the country, according to a recent survey — as evidence that their values are spreading.

“Ben Ammi’s genius is reflected daily here and in other countries, where the Dimona model, the holistic life of the Hebrew Israelite community, is practiced,” said Zehorah Bat Israel, a community member. “In fact, in many parts of the world, Dimona has become a brand name for healthy living.”

The African Hebrews have also gained exposure among ordinary Israelis. In 2013, community member Ahtaliyah Pierce, then 17, performed on the Israeli version of “The Voice,” a reality show for emerging singers. About 300 African Hebrews have served in the IDF, several of whom performed in uniform at the service.

“This is our land,” Ben Yehuda said. “We want to demonstrate that to the Israeli public, but also to the Holy One of Israel, that we appreciate being here in this land.”


Rabbi Harold M. Schulweis remembered with tears and laughter at funeral

My immortality, if there be such for me, is not in tears, blame or self-recrimination.

But in the joy you give to others, in raising the fallen and loosening the fetters of the bound.

In your loyalty to God’s special children – the widow, the orphan, the poor, the stranger in your gates, the weak – I take pride.


As was often the case, Rabbi Harold M. Schulweis said it best, even at his own funeral service, in the excerpts, (a portion of which is reprinted above), from his poem “For Those Beloved Who Survive Me,” printed in the program.

Despite the rabbi’s admonition, there were tears at the funeral service on Dec. 21 among the more than 1,500 speakers friends, congregants and admirers who overflowed the large Valley Beth Shalom sanctuary and into adjoining rooms. Rabbi Schulweis died on Dec. 18 at 89.

But there was laughter, too, as rabbinical colleagues, family members and others profoundly touched by the rabbi’s warmth and wisdom recalled anecdotes from the rich life of the man who was arguably the most influential synagogue leader of his generation.

Three rabbis who had worked closely with him, Joshua Hoffman, Stewart Vogel and Noah Farkas, recalled Schulweis’ modesty, erudition and their difficulty in addressing their revered mentor as “Harold,” despite the latter’s insistence. “For most of us, the voice of God was Rabbi Harold Schulweis,” Vogel said. But he was also marked by “rabbinic humility.” Vogel added.

Rabbi Schulweis’ younger cousin, Harvey Schulweis, observed that when the former spoke “he looked into your soul, and there was no one else in the room but you and me.”

As if to illuminate these words, sunlight, reflected through a stained glass window, streamed across the bimah.

Janice Kamenir-Resnick, whom Schulweis enlisted as co-founder of the Jewish World Watch, thanked her mentor for “making us leave our comfort zone” and for “opening your mouth and opening my eyes.”


Over the past decade, I saw Rabbi Schulweis’ characteristic humility, warmth and charm fully evident in his one-on-one meetings with the many young teens who sought to interview him.  He treated each of these sit-downs with the same seriousness that he’d give to an LA Times reporter.  

During our Board meetings, if someone forgot a name or the disposition of a certain debate from a prior discussion—he was right there, following every word, filling in the blanks that no one else in the room remembered, even in recent months, when his health proved challenging and his energy was down. Right to the end, he would still, whenever possible, attend our meetings.  When he couldn’t make it, he always wanted a summary the next day—what was discussed? What was decided? Who attended?

And, we had a familiar ritual with each trip to Africa. He insisted on seeing us before we departed. He wanted to know our full itinerary and be reassured that we would be safe. And he would bless us.

He’d read every one of our blog entries, following every aspect of the trip. When we returned, he’d want a full debrief. How were our projects progressing? Who did we meet? He’d want stories about the people we encountered, the individuals, the children, the new connections. That is what mattered most to him. He hung on to every word, at times saddened by the reality of the situation and at times beaming with pride about our successes. It seems that through his desire for details and stories he was able to vicariously experience these difficult journeys.

My immortality, if there be such for me, is not in tears, blame of self recrimination, but in the joy you give to others, in raising the fallen and loosening the fetters of the bound.”

Of all of the visits and conversations I have had with Rabbi Schulweis, it is our very last conversation less than two weeks ago that was perhaps the most profound. It will stay with me forever. Already in quite a weakened state, Rabbi Schulweis was notably agitated about the events that lead to the death of Michael Brown in Ferguson Missouri, and the chokehold that killed Eric Garner in New York.  He said that these police practices are intolerable and racially biased. He asked why he was not hearing a louder voice of protest from the American Jewish community.  

Rabbi Schulweis was a man who simply could not tolerate injustice…even as his heart was fading — even as he knew his end was near…he would not give up his pursuit of and for justice.  And his expectation of us was clear as well— to continue this sacred work: 

“The fringes of the tallit placed on my body are torn, for the dead
cannot praise You, O Lord.
The dead have no mitzvot.
But your tallit is whole and you are alive and alive you are called to
You can choose, you can act, you can transform the world.”

A while later that afternoon, Stan Zicklin, Malkah, Rabbi and I were visiting, and Rabbi Schulweis posed a question. He asked, “How do you know if you have lived a good life? A worthwhile life?”.  After 40 years of being his student, I did a very Schulweisian thing.  I turned it back on him. I asked him, “How would YOU evaluate whether you’ve lived a good life—?”   Without hesitation he said “A rabbi who has brought people together – people who were divergent in their views and practices, people who ordinarily would not have connected, people who were estranged, or even simply irrelevant to one another….I would say, that such a rabbi has lived a good life.”  

What a remarkable moment to experience…a man, near death, evaluating the essence of his life’s purpose as a rabbi.

About 10 months ago when Rabbi Schulweis was ill, almost every board member of JWW sent me notes to deliver to him. I want to share with you the words of one such Jewish World Watch board member…words which demonstrate, so beautifully, that Rabbi Schulweis accomplished his dream.

Dear Rabbi Schulweis:   I don't think that I have ever told you what you and  JWW have meant in my life. By allowing me to be part of your extraordinary vision, you have altered my view, not only of the world, but of my place in it. By starting this organization, you have challenged me and many others to leave our comfort zones and recognize that we can in fact DO something in places that seem so far away and remote. I see the world and our interconnectivity differently because of you.

But most of all, I have been so touched by your inclusiveness. I love that JWW embraces anyone who needs us and that while steeped in Jewish tradition, we welcome and embrace all faiths. It is a powerful message that the world so desperately needs. Diana

Yes, Rabbi Schulweis was an intellectual giant; a profound philosopher; an eloquent and prolific writer; an original thinker and a masterful speaker.  Those attributes made Rabbi Schulweis a great rabbi.  But Rabbi Schulweis was more than just a great Rabbi. He was also one of the Greatest Human Beings that any of us will ever know…and that was the quality that made him so magnetic.  

At this year’s Walk to End Genocide, it took a very long time to bring Rabbi and Malkah in a golf cart from the parking lot at Pan Pacific Park down to the area of the Walk.  People of all ages thronged around the golf cart wanting him to stop for a photo—hundreds of people, from young kids to politicos and religious leaders, were taking selfies with Rabbi Schulweis and posting them on their Facebook pages. In an era full of superficial fame, Rabbi Schulweis provides the true model of celebrity.  Indeed, not only in Los Angeles, but across the US and far beyond, Rabbi Schulweis is a superhero of a movement—a movement he started in the last decade of his life!  How remarkable.    

Between the ages of 80 and 90 when most people would be slowing down, or stopping altogether, Rabbi Schulweis conceived of and helped to grow a new global human rights organization and he found room in his heart to make a whole new group of friends—…friends whose lives became intertwined with his.  Listen to this from one of our JWW board members—also from last March:

Dear Rabbi Schulweis.

Thank you.  Thank you for standing up.  Thank you for speaking on behalf of those who cannot speak.  For being a witness.  For calling on others to do so, when your eyes, and arms, could reach only so far.  Thank you for opening your mouth and for opening my eyes.  Thank you for helping teach me to recognize a different facet of myself than I knew before, for teaching me to better understand how much one person can do and, in reaching that realization, understanding that capacity can also mean responsibility.  Thank you for having such a strong gravitational force, and for allowing me to be pulled into your orbit. Please know that if it is you now having difficulty speaking, there is a chorus of voices here ready, willing and able to continue to sing your songs and continue to speak for those on behalf of whom you have been speaking. .. Peter

On one of our trips to Congo, a group of survivors asked us to pray with them for their safety and then asked us why we came to Congo.  

I told them about how Rabbi Schulweis for 50 years had asked “where were the people of conscience when our 6 million were murdered?” I told them about Rabbi Schulweis’ sense of despair at the end of the Rwandan genocide when we knew that 1 million people had been murdered in 100 days and about the shame he felt for not having mobilized and spoken out.  I told them about the vow Rabbi Schulweis made that he would never again be silent in the face of genocide and how that led him to propose Jewish World Watch when the tragedy emerging in Darfur became clear to the world. And then I told them that in our synagogues we also pray, but that Rabbi Schulweis has taught us to pray not only with our hearts, but also to pray with our feet.  One of the people in the room stood up and shook her head in approval and said “This Rabbi is a very wise man; I want to meet this wise man and learn from him.”  

We have met this wise man, and we have learned from him, and none of us will ever be the same.  

“My immortality, if there be such for me,… is in your loyalty to God's special children

— the widow, the orphan,

the poor, the stranger in your gates, the weak – [in this] I take pride.”

It has been the greatest privilege to stand in the bright light of Rabbi Harold Schulweis and to be part of a team to help amplify that light for the good of the world.  It has been the greatest privilege to learn from him, to partner in the repair of the world with him, and, above all, to share a deep friendship with him. I will hold in the highest esteem his exceptional relationship with his perfect match, Malkah and the grace with which Malkah and her children shared their patriarch with me, with you, and with the world.  

How perfectly apt that he left us during Chanukah—during the darkest time of the year, Chanukah’s flames create light—that is exactly what Rabbi Schulweis has done  in so many profound ways for all of the years of his life.

My immortality is bound up with God's eternity, with God's
justice, truth and righteousness.
And that eternity is strengthened by your loyalty and your love.”

A friend wrote: It is said that in the end, people are judged not only by what they did but also for what they caused. Rabbi Schulweis caused so much peace, caused the lives of so many to be so much better, in some cases, caused them to be at all. He caused the world to better understand the sacred power of conscience. 

“Mourn me not with tears, ashes or sackcloth…” Says Rabbi Schulweis,

Honor me with laughter and with goodness.
With these, the better part of me lives on beyond the grave”

Family, friends remember Joan Rivers at a private funeral

Family and friends bid farewell to Joan Rivers, the outspoken comedian who became famous around the world for her acerbic wit and brash style, at a private funeral on Sunday in Manhattan.

Journalists Barbara Walters and Diane Sawyer, comedian Whoopi Goldberg, tycoon Donald Trump, actress Sarah Jessica Parker and comedian Kathy Griffin were among the celebrities who attended the service at Temple Emanu-El, a landmark synagogue on New York's Fifth Avenue where Rivers, 81, was a member of the congregation.

As guests exited the service to the sound of bagpipes, and some mingled and hugged, many hundreds of fans, along with dozens of reporters, photographers and television crews waited behind barricades to get a glimpse of Rivers' friends and family, including her only daughter, Melissa.

Lisa Johnson, 45, who drove five hours from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania with her sister to be there, said she was a life-long fan of the comedian.

“I grew up watching her. And I have always thought she was just the most hilarious, trailblazing pioneer for women's comedy, women in general. I just love her irreverent take-no-prisoners kind of style. She says exactly what she feels, she offends people and owns it,” Johnson said.

Max Buccini, 30, held flowers and praised Rivers for her generosity and the impact she had on the gay community.

“She always delivered. She knew her audience. She was a pioneer in the entertainment industry and just a trendsetter,” he said.

The sharp-tongued, Brooklyn-born comedian who jokingly wrote about wanting an elaborate funeral, died on Thursday at the New York hospital to where she had been rushed a week earlier. She had been put on life support after she stopped breathing during an outpatient procedure at a medical clinic.

Rivers' cause of death was still unknown pending further tests, according to New York City Medical Examiner's Office.

The State Health Department was investigating the Yorkville Endoscopy Center where Rivers was treated. It is reviewing documents, medical records and interviewing staff and physicians at the clinic which opened in 2013.

During a career that spanned more than 50 years, Rivers was known for her raspy voice, numerous cosmetic procedures and the catchphrase “Can we talk?”

No topic or person was off-limits for Rivers, who joked about marriage and sex and was never apologetic about what she said.

She attributed her success to saying what everyone else was thinking. Her influence reached far beyond her New York roots. Tributes poured in from around the world.

Britain's Prince Charles described Rivers, who attended his 2005 wedding to the Duchess of Cornwall, as “an extraordinary woman with an original and indefatigable spirit.”

Israeli President Benjamin Netanyahu said in a statement that she would be deeply missed.

Rivers originally wanted to be an actress. She started as a comedy writer before doing stand-up. She worked her way up to regular guest host for Johnny Carson on NBC's popular “The Tonight Show.”

Carson and Rivers had a falling-out when she started her own late-night talk show in 1986 on the rival Fox network. Her show was canceled within a year due to low ratings. A few months later, her husband and manager, Edgar Rosenberg, committed suicide.

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.

Family of slain Palestinian refuses to receive Peres

The family of Muhammad Abu Khdeir, the teen killed in an alleged revenge attack, rejected a condolence visit by Israeli President Shimon Peres.

Peres’ security detail was turned away Monday when it came to prepare for the visit.

Other visits reportedly have been canceled by police and the Shin Bet security service due to security concerns, the Palestinian Maan news agency reported.

The family also rejected the condolence statement made by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, according to an unnamed family member who told Maan that that “we refuse to accept the condolences of someone who agrees on the murder of our people in Jerusalem, the West Bank and Gaza.”

A visit by a delegation of rabbis led by Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi David Lau was canceled, though it was unclear if it was because the family refused to receive the delegation or out of security concerns.

The rabbis condemned the murder of the Palestinian teen in statements on Monday.

“We as religious leaders need to lead with a conciliatory message to prevent continued pain and bereavement so that no one else is harmed,” Sephardi Chief Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef said.

Some Israeli government officials have come to the family’s home in eastern Jerusalem to offer their condolences, including Shelly Yachimovich, Amir Peretz and Avraham Burg of the Labor party.

The anti-racism organization Tag Meir was scheduled on Tuesday to bring over 600 Israelis by chartered buses for a visit Tuesday to the family’s mourning tent that the organization said was coordinated with the family.

Meanwhile, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas on Monday met with Tariq Abu Khdeir, the cousin of the murdered teen who was beaten by Israeli security forces during a riot on the day of the funeral. The teen’s family said he was the masked youth being beaten unconscious by Israeli soldiers in a video that is circulating on the Internet. The teen said he was not participating in the riot.

Sharon at funeral remembered as ‘friend, leader, military chief’

Former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon at his public funeral was remembered as a man of courage and strength on the battlefield and in the political arena.

“Sharon was a complex man who lived in complex times in a complex neighborhood,” U.S. Vice President Joe Biden said during the memorial ceremony Monday at the Knesset plaza in Jerusalem.

Sharon, said Biden, “engendered strong opinions. But like all historic leaders, he had a North Star that guided him. The North Star which he never — in my observation — deviated from. His North Star was the survival of the State of Israel and the Jewish people. ”

Biden was among some 1,000 guests who attended the public funeral, including Knesset members, Cabinet ministers, military leaders and 21 delegations from other countries.

[Related: Ariel Sharon dead at 85]

Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, now the ambassador of the Mideast diplomatic Quartet, recalled that Sharon was not comfortable in formal meetings, tending to repeat himself or read from prepared texts. Blair said that when Sharon accepted an invitation to his home for dinner, he saw “a different Arik — warmhearted, humorous and charming, and passionate.”

Blair said that despite agreeing to the road map for peace, evacuating Gaza settlements and forming the centrist Kadima Party, Sharon’s “strategic goal never wavered: [Israel] had to be protected for future generations. When that meant fighting, he fought. When that meant making peace, he sought peace with the same iron determination.”

Israeli President Shimon Peres called Sharon “a friend, a leader, a military chief.”

He added, “Arik, you were a rare man. You turned the impossible into great opportunities. Rest in peace, great leader.”

Current Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu acknowledged in his eulogy that he and Sharon did not always agree with each other, but said they served in each other’s governments and supported each other “for Israel’s sake.”

Netanyahu called Sharon “one of the greatest generals that the Jewish people and the Israel Defense Forces had ever known.”

Shimon “Kacha” Kahaner, who fought alongside Sharon in the fabled Unit 101 in the 1950s, called Sharon, “my commander, teacher and rabbi.”

“Arik’s strength came from his love of the land and from what the land gave him. It was a two-way relationship,” Kahaner said.

Settler leader Ze’ev “Zambish” Hever, a close friend of Sharon, called Sharon a “hero of Israel” and said his last two years in office, referring to the expulsion of Jews from Gaza settlements, “painful and difficult.”

“The questions go unanswered. But as you commanded, we will not give up. We will not give up,” Hever said.

Sharon’s casket was taken to the Latrun Armored Corps Museum and Memorial, where 15 Israeli major generals saluted the late military and political leader. Some drivers  stopped on the highway for the procession and got out of their cars to salute the military vehicle as it drove by; others filmed it on their cellphones.

The convoy then continued to Sharon’s Sycamore Ranch in the Negev for a private funeral attended by family and close friends, after which Sharon was buried next to his wife, Lily.

World pays homage to Mandela in mass memorial service

World leaders, from U.S. President Barack Obama to Cuba's Raul Castro, will pay homage to Nelson Mandela at a mass memorial in South Africa on Tuesday that will recall his gift for bringing enemies together across political and racial divides.

Obama and Castro, whose countries maintain an ideological enmity lasting more than 50 years, are among the designated orators at a Johannesburg soccer stadium where 23 years earlier Mandela – freshly freed from apartheid jail – was hailed by cheering supporters as the hope for a new South Africa.

Coinciding with U.N.-designated Human Rights Day, the memorial service for Mandela in the 95,000-seat Soccer City stadium is the centerpiece of a week of mourning for the globally-admired statesman, who died on Thursday aged 95.

Tens of thousands of ordinary South Africans will be joining scores of leaders from across the world to honor a leader whose life of imprisonment and political struggle made him a global symbol of integrity and forgiveness.

The fact that the visiting leaders – more than 90 are expected – include some from nations still locked in antagonism, such as Cuba and the United States, adds piquancy and resonance to the homage being held at the gigantic bowl-shaped stadium, the venue of the 2010 World Cup final.

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe and former British Prime Minister Tony Blair will both be there. Blair has called Mugabe a dictator who should have been removed from power. Mugabe has called Blair an imperialist and once told him to “go to hell”.

Such antagonisms will be put on mute on Tuesday as the life of someone who put his faith in reconciliation into practice to successfully unite a multi-racial nation is remembered.

“What he did in life, that's what he's doing in death, he's bringing people together from all walks of life, from the different sides of opinion, political belief, religion,” Zelda la Grange, Mandela's former personal assistant, told Reuters.


South African officials had initially said Iranian President Hassan Rouhani would also be there, raising the possibility of a first face-to-face meeting with Obama. But Rouhani's name was not on an official list of attendees.

A flock of celebrities are also expected, including U.S. talk show host Oprah Winfrey, singers Peter Gabriel and Bono, supermodel Naomi Campbell and entrepreneur Richard Branson.

While Tuesday's event will reflect Mandela's global stature, ordinary South Africans will also pack the stadium to hail their beloved “Tata Madiba”. Madiba is Mandela's clan name and “Tata” is the Xhosa word for father.

Huge screens in three other soccer stadiums in Johannesburg, South Africa's largest city and commercial hub, will relay the memorial service to hundreds of thousands more mourners, with others following from around the country.

A huge security operation will be in force, private cars are banned from the area around the Soccer City stadium and citizens are being asked to travel there by public transport.

U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon will also speak, and will hold Mandela's example up as a beacon of justice, equality and human rights to be followed to create a better world.

“The people of South Africa and the entire world have lost a hero. His legacy is profound, immortal and will continue to guide the work of the United Nations,” Ban said in a tribute at the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory in Johannesburg on Monday.


South African President Jacob Zuma will give the keynote address. He is hoping the wave of emotion triggered by Mandela's passing can buoy his African National Congress (ANC) government as it faces popular protests over persisting poverty, crime and unemployment six months ahead of elections.

The mourning for Mandela has distracted attention from corruption scandals affecting Zuma and his administration. But memories of the former president's five-year tenure up to 1999 have reminded many just how distant Zuma's South Africa still is from the “Rainbow Nation” ideal of shared prosperity and social peace that Mandela proclaimed after his 1994 election.

South Africa remains one of the most unequal societies on the planet.

Besides Obama, three former U.S. presidents – Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush – will also be in Johannesburg.

Israel, which many South Africans criticize for arming the apartheid rulers who kept Mandela behind bars for 27 years, is sending neither its prime minister nor president, Israeli officials said.

Pope Francis will also not be there, sending an African cardinal in his place.

After Tuesday's event, Mandela's remains will lie in state for three days at the Union Buildings in Pretoria, where he was sworn in as president in 1994.

He will then be buried on Sunday, December 15, in Qunu, his ancestral home in the rolling, windswept hills of the Eastern Cape province, 700 km (450 miles) south of Johannesburg.

Only a few world leaders are due to attend the Qunu ceremony, which is likely to be a more intimate family affair.

Writing by Pascal Fletcher; Editing by

One in 800,000 at Rav Ovadia’s funeral

I didn’t need to ask directions.

Stepping out of the Jerusalem Central Bus Station, I saw them, men in hats and coats walking together slowly, a steady stream moving  east along one of Jerusalem’s central thoroughfares to the funeral of Rabbi Ovadia Yosef. At 5 p.m., an hour before the funeral, the streets were already closed to cars — the capital’s rush-hour rigmarole giving way to foot traffic that was softer but no less intense.

From a distance it looked homogenous — aerial photographs would later show a sea of black choking the broad avenues of haredi Orthodox northern Jerusalem. But as the group coalesced, men in polo shirts mixed with boys in sweatshirts and soldiers in full uniform – some still holding their guns. Knit kippot bobbed in the crowd with black hats, Sephardi haredim in wide fedoras walked with Ashkenazi  hasidim in bowlers. A man in a black coat made conversation with another in short sleeves. Women, almost all in modest dress and vastly outnumbered, mostly stood to the side.

The men talked, they shook hands. A few took out their cellphones, perhaps not ready to begin the public mourning of a public leader who, to many, still felt so close. Everyone in Israel knew Ovadia Yosef’s name, but in public his followers would hardly use it, opting instead to call him Maran, our master.

On the sidewalk, a half-dozen men stood at a long table offering a sugary orange drink. Behind them, a speaker blared a recording on loop, quoting a common blessing:

“’To give life to every living soul!’ Come say a blessing over a cold drink to benefit the soul of Maran, may his holy righteous memory be blessed!”

The faithful heeded the call, crowding around a spigot, holding cheap plastic cups that formed a growing pile on the ground once the mitzvah was fulfilled.

Behind them, on the street, men and boys stood with oversize tins collecting charity. Paper printouts taped to the cans promised that Maran approved of the collection.

As the sun began to set, a traditional Sephardic chant pierced through the air. It was not the funeral itself; we saw, minutes later, that we would not come close to the ceremony, blocked by the throngs that had arrived an hour, two hours before us. Even the loudspeaker that broadcast the service seemed almost out of sight. Some men began to strategize, to find anywhere to sit or stand in peace. Dozens of boys climbed onto a ledge a story above the street, sitting in a row like fans on a bleacher.

The rest of us pressed on, most trying to draw as close as possible to the body, the remainder swept along with the horde. The small space between individuals evaporated as the thousands behind us pushed forward, packing us in a unified mass and forcing us on, past a row of ambulances, past a soldier standing straight on the roof of a van, almost at attention. Was he on duty, or was he one of the many just trying to get a better view?

We settled into place, some by squeezing off into a side street, others using their elbows to create an inch of breathing room. With our view limited to the thousands surrounding us, only vaguely aware of the hundreds of thousands beyond, most of us turned our attention to the songs that coursed through the air, prayers of repentance usually sung ahead of the High Holidays. Many of us murmured a traditional call-and-response. Others whispered silently.

One man, spotting a friend sitting on a ledge across the street, called out his name with a smile. Another snapped a picture with his cellphone.

With the crowd, we said the Shema. Over and over, we declared that God is the true God. We screamed the 13 attributes of mercy. We begged for forgiveness.

A few of us began to cry, but the soft tears were soon outmatched by the screams amplified through the speakers. Rabbi after rabbi repeated the same biblical phrases. Some, unable to control their wailing, recited their eulogies in a chant, almost as if they were reading Torah.

“My father, my father, the chariot of Israel and its horsemen!” So began many of the eulogies, invoking the prophet Elisha’s mourning of Elijah, spoken now not only by Ovadia Yosef’s sons, but by colleagues, students, chief rabbis, politicians.

Two and a half hours after the funeral began, the sky dark and the air cold, the streets were still massed with people who spilled out of alleyways, side streets, boulevards, houses. Tables once featuring bottles of water were now littered with cups. Only an hour later did the crowds begin to disperse, leaving behind streets freckled with trash. Myriads dissolved back into Jerusalem’s maze-like haredi district. The rest of us walked back to the bus station. Only then, catching the news, did I hear that 800,000 people had come to pay respects to Ovadia Yosef. It was 10 percent of the country.

Small fractions of that crowd overwhelmed the bus station, Jerusalem’s transportation hub, making lines impossible and schedules irrelevant. Buses bound for Tel Aviv, usually departing every 20 minutes, came and went as fast as they could fill up.

But one thing didn’t change. As soon as they were separated from the grief and the prayers, passengers began to scream, push and curse trying to board the bus — as if it were any other night at the Jerusalem Central Bus Station. Only then did it seem that things would, before long, return to normal.


Sheldon Abrams died July 15 at 74. Survived by wife Tanya; sons Jeffrey (Michelle Breslauer), Steven (Natalia); 3 grandchildren; sister Beverly Manekofsky; brother Marvin. Hillside

Karen Berman-Riddle died July 14 at 51. Survived by husband John; daughter Marie; mother Helen Berman; sisters Freda Berman, Debby (Scott) Carlson. Mount Sinai

Sam Boris died July 10 at 98. Survived by son Michael; niece Joanne Rolston-Martin. Hillside

Sandra Clayman died July 14 at 69. Survived by husband Robert Bloom; daughters Rachel (David) Chalk, Heidi (Robert) Goldfobel; 3 grandchildren; sister Karen Levine; brother Joel Geller. Mount Sinai

Faye Farber died July 7 at 93. Survived by daughter Linda (Dana) Fadler; daughter-in-law MaryAnn; son-in-law James Gillespie; 2 grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Lillian Gefter died July 10 at 103. Survived by daughter Joan Stern; 8 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren. Hillside

Dorothy Grumet died July 13 at 85. Survived by sons David, Jack (Victoria), Matthew; 3 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren. Hillside

Jeanne Hopp died July 10 at 90. Survived by daughters Vivian (Michael) Gordon, Marlin (Mark) Killen; sons David, Lawrence (Anne), Martin (Randy); 12 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Jakir Kalev died July 9 at 77. Survived by wife Rina; daughter Dorit; sister Violet Gurfinkle. Hillside

Ruth Kay died July 14 at 94. Survived by brother Bernard (Teri). Mount Sinai

Doris King Perlstein died July 17 at 88. Survived by husband Ray; daughter Charlotte (Michael) Stone; son Martin Novom; 2 grandchildren. Hollywood Forever

Florence Koplin died July 10 at 95. Survived by daughter Megan; son Larry; 4 grandchildren. Hillside

Stella Kornberg died July 13 at 96. Survived by sons Jacob (Peg), Steven (Cheryl); 5 grandchildren. Malinow and Silverman

Marlene Koshinsky died July 10 at 81. Survived by daughter Susan (Al) Moreno; son Steve; 5 grandchildren; 1 great-grandchild. Hillside

Walter Levi died July 15 at 87. Survived by wife Jerri; daughter Gina (Lisa Bone); 1 grandchild; 3 great-grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Sanford Levy died July 17 at 76. Survived by wife Susan; sons Alan (Sheree), Danny and David (Cristina); stepson Danny Stepner; 11 grandchildren; 7 great-grandchildren; brother Edward (Sunnie); sister Helene Marcatoris. Mount Sinai

Roberta Madison died July 13 at 81. Survived by son Jerry (Nancy) Solomon; daughter Susan Vann; 6 grandchildren; brother Mickey. Hillside

Samuel Manson died July 7 at 94. Survived by daughters Margaret (Elliot) Entis, Hilary (Ethan) Stone, Carolyn (David),  JoAnn (Chris); son Richard; 11 grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Harold Marcus died July 8 at 80. Survived by wife Eve; daughters Beth (Jeff Ring), Elaine, Madeline (Glenn Simpson); 2 grandchildren; sister Myra (Amnon) Feffer; brother Gerald (Ann). Mount Sinai

Estelle Nelson died July 11 at 104. Survived by daughter Norma (Gene) Berman; 2 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren. Mount Sinai

William Rosen died July 13 at 89. Survived by wife Bella; son Steven (Charlotte). Mount Sinai

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

Ary Shapiro died July 15 at 74. Survived by wife Zhanna Radinsky; daughters Shelly (Jorge) Radinsky-Varela, Yevlana (Boris) Zukovski; son Kirill (Osha); 5 grandchildren; brother Henry (Marina) Zhitnitsky; sister-in-law Anna (Marik) Balyasmy. Mount Sinai

Lev Sokol died July 12 at 75. Survived by wife Lisa; daughter Angela Rosenberg; sons Gene, Robert (Olga), Vitaly (Danielle); 7 grandchildren. Hillside

Mark Stern died July 16 at 56. Survived by father Roger; sister Ilene Procida; brother Frank. Malinow and Silverman

Rosalie Stillman died July 13 at 60. Survived by husband Stephan; daughter Rachel (Joey) Rifkin; son Aaron (Sabrina); mother Ruthie; sister Susan Cutler; brother Lawrence Goldstein. Hillside

Gladys Watenmaker died July 8 at 96. Survived by husband William; daughter Julia; sons Alan, Eric; 4 grandchildren. Hillside

Jack Wax died July 7 at 82. Survived by wife Lenore; daughter Eva; son William; 5 grandchildren. Hillside

Arlene Weger died July 12 at 88. Survived by daughters Roberta (Bob) Knox, Elsa; 5 grandchildren; 1 great-grandchild. Hillside

Marjorie Jacobson Wesler died July 17 at 95. Survived by daughters Laurie (Robert Marmor) Wesler, Sanda Wesler Warner; 4 grandchildren; 4 great-grandchildren; sister Rhoda Nason. Mount Sinai

Beatrice Westen died July 11 at 91. Survived by daughter Susan (Robert) Gilson; son Steven (Marlee); 3 grandchildren; 3 great-grandchildren. Hillside


Morris Avzaradel died June 30 at 84. Survived by daughters Cheryl Hedden, Reesa (Malcolm) Lawton; son Bob (Sandy); 6 grandchildren; sister Rosalie Behar. Mount Sinai

Selma Benveniste died June 18 at 89. Survived by nieces and nephews. Malinow and Silverman

Wolodmyr Bilynskyj died June 30 at 81. Survived by daughters Helen Pearson, Stephanie; son Stephen; 3 grandchildren; 1 great-grandchild; companion Bertha Bilynski. Hillside

Teddy Charach died July 1 at 82. Survived by sister Annette Israel; nephew Ron Israel.  Mount Sinai

Irving Cheslaw died July 2 at 91. Survived by wife Ruth; daughter Ann; son Paul; 6 grandchildren; brother Fred (Phyllis) Gottlieb. Hillside

Carol Cohen died June 7 at 82. Survived by daughter Stephanie. Malinow and Silverman

Roslyn Cook died July 1 at 88. Survived by daughters Andrea Easton, Lauren Lichtman; son Jeffrey Lichtman; stepdaughter Gail (Peter Yessne) Bates; stepson David (Lilly); 2 grandchildren. Hillside

Harriett Dorn died June 17 at 76. Survived by daughter Ellen (Rob) Dodman; 3 grandchildren; sister Ilene McGrath. Malinow and Silverman

David Dubov died July 3 at 87. Malinow and Silverman 

Grace Ettinger died May 17 at 82. Survived by husband Sanford; daughter Susan; son Robert (Jane); 2 grandchildren. Groman Eden

Walter Flexo died June 14 at 88. Survived by son Seth. Malinow and Silverman

Mark Franklin died July 2 at 83. Survived by wife Shirley; daughters Edie Ramirez, Karen (Jon Winston); son Michael; 6 grandchildren; brother Herbert. Hillside

Alfred Goldfarb died July 3 at 84. Survived by wife Alice; daughters Karen (Michael) Barton, Susan; 4 grandchildren; brother Jack (Anne). Hillside

George Gourrich died June 6 at 85. Survived by wife Dorothy; daughters Kathy, Teri; son Tom; 10 grandchildren. Malinow and Silverman

Anita Jick died June 17 at 85. Survived by sons Bryan (Marina), Randy; 4 grandchildren. Malinow and Silverman

Donna Klarin died July 1 at 66. Survived by son Todd; sister Bonnie Burst; brothers Dennis (Adelyn), Richard (Tina). Malinow and Silverman 

Lawrence Lesser died July 4 at 91. Survived by daughter Pamela (Norman) Shear, Linda; sons Allen, Chuck (Leslie); 6 grandchildren; 4 great-grandchildren. Hillside

Gerald Malenbaum died June 16 at 90. Survived by wife Inge; daughter Ruth; son Mark; 3 grandchildren.

Steven Marcus died June 21 at 67. Survived  by wife Nancy; daughter Rabbi Deborah (Sebastian Eickholt); son David (Diana Stein). Malinow and Silverman 

Samuel Most died June 13 at 82. Survived by sister Rebecca Labensky; brother Bernard. Malinow and Silverman

Nedra Novick died June 30 at 95. Survived by daughters Toni (Mitch) Reinis, Jill (Tom) Rooney; 7 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren. Hillside

Earl Rosado died July 6 at 61. Survived by wife Carol; daughter Leah; mother Emily; mother-in-law Gloria Luger; brothers Don (Maggie), Carl (Gale), Glen (Laura), Luis (Shelle); sister-in-law Lorraine (Dennis) Luger; brother-in-law Andrew (Ellen) Luger. Mount Sinai

Edward Rubin died July 3 at 87. Survived by daughter Brenda (Fred) Carlos; sons Jeff, Steve (Bonny); 6 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Marlene Segal died June 21 at 79. Survived by husband Barry; sons Howard (Faith), Mickey (Lee), Sheldon (Debby); 8 grandchildren; sister Carol (Robert) Green. Malinow and Silverman

Rita Siegel died July 3 at 93. Survived by son Steve (Mary Jo); 6 grandchildren; 4 great-grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Robert Siev died July 6 at 87. Survived by wife Beatrice; daughter Carol (Stuart) Mirell; 2 grandchildren; 1 great-grandchild; brother-in-law Ellis Spector. Mount Sinai

Sidney Singer died July 4 at 83. Survived by daughter Julie (Charles Fleming); 5 grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Diane Suddleson died July 5 at 69. Survived by husband Ken; sons Eric (Anna), Geoffrey (Amy); mother Ella Deutsch; sister Julie Loats; brother Gary Deutsch; 5 grandchildren. Hillside

Irving Thau died July 2 at 74. Survived by sons Andrew (Christina), David (Rachel); sister Beverly Gracy; 4 grandchildren. Hillside

John Weiss died July 6 at 58. Survived by wife Janis; daughters Sarah, Charlotte; son Jacob; father Robert; mother Floretta; mother-in-law Evelyn R. Goodman; brothers Louis, Robert (Ofra). Mount Sinai

Beatrice Wiener died July 6 at 89. Survived by daughter Terry (Tom); son Stephen (Rosemary); 8 grandchildren; 3 great-grandchildren. Hillside

Phyllis Winograd died July 6 at 71. Survived by daughters Carrie Kaufman, Risa; son Brad; 4 grandchildren. Hillside


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


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


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


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


Rupert Adler died April 18 at 92. Survived by wife Rona; great-niece Lisa (Victor) Kohn. Mount Sinai

Leontine Altagen died April 20 at 97. Survived by daughters Judy (Peter) Fonda, Elaine Lopez; 4 grandchildren; 1 great-granddaughter; sisters Zoe Sorkin, Rosalie (Al) Weiner. Mount Sinai

Sally Bierstein died April 21 at 93. Survived by daughter Marilyn (Barry) Tanner; 5 grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Joseph Cahn died April 20 at 95. Survived by daughter Rhesa (Lester) Adler; son Bruce (Mavie); 1 grandchild. Mount Sinai

Romo Chernoff died April 14 at 99. Survived by daughters Myrna (Marshall) Barth, K. Nastassja; son Fred; 3 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Jack Cooper died April 17 at 80. Survived by wife Gillian; daughters Tracey (Yigal) Lelah, Beverly  Matus; sons Gary, Simmie (Linda); 6 grandchildren. Mount Sinai

David David died April 19 at 75. Survived by wife Vera; daughter Lisa David Dean; son Eric (Lacy); sister Karen Chilowitz; brother Sammy; 3 grandchildren. Hillside

Lila Epstein died April 15 at 87. Survived by daughter Deborah Solon; 3 grandchildren; 1 great-grandchild. Malinow and Silverman

Shirley Fields died April 19 at 87. Survived by sons Howard (Heidi), Robert; daughter Deborah (Marc) Stassevitch; son-in-law Bob Mellen; 2 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren. Hillside

Dorothy Gayle died April 18 at 91. Survived by daughter Bonnie Sorosky; son Richard; 3 grandchildren; 7 great-grandchildren. Hillside

Jerry Goldman died April 15 at 77. Survived by wife Beverly; daughter Karen (Todd Reznik); son Michael (Maria); 4 grandchildren; brother Robert (Roz) Goldman. Mount Sinai

Roza Gowin died April 18 at 83. Survived by husband Russell; daughters Gayla Albrecht, Tina Cielen, Mari Short; sons Larry Coons, Jim; 10 grandchildren; 5 great-grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Elaine Jacobs died April 14 at 59. Survived by husband Steven; daughters Anna, Elyssa; son Adam; sister Judy Gilder; brother Mark Gilder. Shalom Memorial 

Helen Katz died April 18 at 81. Survived by husband Dov; daughter Robin (Hyatt) Seligman; son Zachary Katz; 5 grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Gerald Kravitz died April 17 at 75. Survived by wife Judy; sons Rob and Mike. Malinow and Silverman

Allan Krescent died April 20 at 64. Survived by wife Marcy; sons Andrew (Nicole), David; mother Hannah; sister Gloria Weir. Mount Sinai

Elaine Kriegstein died April 16 at 84. Survived by sons Barry, Stuart (Cathy); 1 grandchild. Hillside

Gertrude Kurt died April 14 at 99. Survived by daughter Cynthia (Wayne) Schwartz; 3 grandchildren; 5 great-grandchildren. Hillside

Marvin Lubick died April 14 at 94. Survived by sons Joseph Bille, Harold Lubick; 2 grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Ruth Marks died April 15 at 89. Survived by husband Harold Marks; daughter Diane Cogert; son Richard (Ann); 6 grandchildren, 5 great-grandchildren; sister Pearl. Mount Sinai

Charles Mesnick died April 19 at 99. Survived by sons Michael, Richard; 1 grandchild; 2 great-grandchildren. Hillside

David Mintzer died April 18 at 55. Survived by sister Robin (David) Mintzer-Davis; brother Eric Mintzer; partner Cynthia Welden. Mount Sinai

Marilyn Rittenburg died April 13 at 83. Survived by daughter Lynn (William) Kramer; son Lee; 3 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren; sister Ruth Rich. Hillside

Leon Rofe died April 20 at 45. Survived by mother Marlene; father Albert; sister Danielle. Malinow and Silverman

Edward Rubin died April 18 at 46. Survived by mother Barbara; brother Daniel. Hillside

Scott Savitch died April 16 at 35. Survived by mother Janine; father David; brother Aaron. Hillside

Nancy Schneider died April 16 at 62. Survived by husband Dennis; daughter Beth (Jeff) Wachner; son Aaron (Julie); 2 grandchildren; sister Linda (Bob) Brown. Hillside

Joseph Shore died April 16 at 94. Survived by wife Beverly; daughters Diane (Tom) Casey, Melanie Levin, Karen; sons Douglas (Robin), Laurence, Ronald (Samuel Bernstein); 9 grandchildren, 7 great-grandchildren; sister Betty Dornbush. Mount Sinai

Vivian Vallens died April 18 at 83. Survived by husband Leon; daughter Judith (Samuel) Reece; sons Gary, Howard (Lauren); 6 grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Barbara Wachner died April 19 at 68. Survived by daughter Andrea; sons Jeff (Beth), Michael (Robin); 2 grandchildren; 1 great-grandchildren; brother Dough Harris. Hillside

Sarelle Ward died April 14 at 76. Survived by daughters Nancy (John) Bigley, Robin (Stephen) Ward Bender; 6 grandchildren. Mount Sinai


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

Press photo group stands by winning shot of Gaza funeral

World Press Photo says it has confirmed the veracity of an award-winning photograph of a Gaza funeral.

Bloggers had raised doubts earlier this week about the veracity of Paul Hansen’s photograph, claiming the winner of the World Press Photo of the Year 2012 had significantly altered the original image.

But following an investigation by Dartmouth computer science professor Hany Farid and Kevin Connor, CEO of Fourandsix Technologies, WPP said the image had been confirmed as authentic.

“We have reviewed the RAW image, as supplied by World Press Photo, and the resulting published JPEG image,” Farid and Connor concluded, according to a statement posted on WPP’s website Tuesday. “It is clear that the published photo was retouched with respect to both global and local color and tone. Beyond this, however, we find no evidence of significant photo manipulation or compositing.”

Another photography expert, Eduard de Kam, also claimed to have examined the raw files and came to the same conclusion.

Doubts were  raised about Hansen’s photograph on Sunday when Neil Krawetz, author of The Hacker Factor Blog, published a detailed analysis of the image and concluded that Hansen’s photograph was probably a composite of several he had taken of the scene.

On Monday, Sebastian Anthony, writing on the website Extreme Tech, further explained how Hansen had manipulated the image.

Hansen was named winner of the World Press Photo competition in February for a picture of a funeral in Gaza taken in November. The picture, which shows a group of weeping men carrying two children’s bodies through an alley, has a luminescent, almost cinematic quality that raised questions about the acceptable limits of digital touch-ups of news photographs.


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