Tuesday, August 4, 2020



Eulogies:Avner Sharoni

Avner Sharoni, owner of Tempo restaurant in Encino, died April 13 at the age of 49. In 1977, Sharoni, then a 24-year-old Israeli, moved to Los Angeles after he served in the Israel Defense Force. He bought Art\'s International Sidewalk Cafe and within a few weeks, had added hummus and pita to the menu and changed the name to Tempo, after the popular Israeli soda.

Eulogies:Albert Spiegel

Albert Spiegel, former president of The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles, died at the age of 86. Spiegel\'s commitment and dedication to our community was surpassed only by the passion and zeal he displayed as he worked tirelessly to fulfill the Jewish tradition of tikkun olam -- making our world a better place.

A Voice Silenced: Daniel Pearl

Up until the very last moment, the family of murdered journalist Daniel Pearl never lost hope that he would be released by his Pakistani kidnappers and return safely.\n\n

Eulogies: Rosalind Glaser Peters

Rosalind Glaser Peters died on Jan. 6, 2002, at the age of 92.

Eulogies:Rabbi Melvin Goldstine

Eulogies:Rabbi Melvin Goldstine.

Eulogies: George Konheim

George Konheim, philanthropist, business entrepreneur and a pillar of the Los Angeles Jewish community, died Saturday, Dec. 8, at the age of 84.

Eulogies:Nathan Pollak

The passing of Nathan Pollak on Oct. 26 sent shock waves throughout the Jewish community. Nathan was a dynamic worker for many Jewish causes, and his sudden demise left an enormous spiritual and physical vacuum.



Rabbi Eliezer Shach, Religious Giant, Dies

\"We won\'t be seeing his likes again\" is the kind of elegaic hyperbole one so often hears at funerals and reads in obituaries. Rarely is it a literal truth. In the case of Rabbi Eliezer Menachem Shach, who died early last Friday and was buried the same day in Bnei Brak -- his age estimated at anywhere from 103 to 108 -- the statement is indeed fact.

Eulogies: Sadie Scheiner, 102

Sadie Scheiner, 102, matriarch of a family of pioneer Orthodox Jewish community leaders and ardent Zionists in her native St. Louis and later in Los Angeles, died peacefully on Oct. 22. She was the last surviving child of the Talmudist HaRav Levi Friedberg (nee Melamud), an early arbiter (\"posik\") of Jewish law in the Midwest at a time when Torah scholarship was limited primarily to the Northeast and Chicago. In Los Angeles, her children and grandchildren were among the founders and leaders of Young Israel of Northridge, Young Israel of Beverly Hills and B\'nei Akiva. She and her husband, Sam Scheiner, were primarily responsible for the growth of a then-small Orthodox congregation in the fledgling Pico-Robertson area -- Anshe Emet (where her husband served as president for 15 years). Under their dynamic leadership, membership swelled in the 1950s and \'60s and scores of Jews were attracted to the neighborhood.


On May 27, 2001, artist Morris Aaron Feinerman died at the age of 80. Morris\' passion was painting. He came to America as a young boy and lived in the Jewish neighborhoods of Brooklyn. His experience of discrimination and economic hardship led to a lifelong interest in ethnic art.

Scott Elliott Sraberg

Scott Elliott Sraberg, infant son of Karen and Brad Sraberg, died Sept. 3.

Ethel Lozabnick: Community Leader

A community activist, whose commitment to the Jewish community and Zionist causes was locally and nationally recognized, passed away Aug. 17, 2001. Ethel Lozabnick had served as National Vice President of Hadassah the largest woman\'s volunteer organization in the United States and the largest Zionist organization in the world and was a member of Hadassah\'s National Board. For her zionist activities, she received the distinguished Women of Merit Award in 1965, and in 1999 was one of three outstanding veteran local zionists honored by the American Zionist Movement with a Lifetime Achievement Award. Her commitment, dedication and tireless efforts on behalf of Israel led her to that country more than 40 times, including travel to Egypt, Lebanon, Syria and Jordan as a woman\'s representative to early peace discussions.

Henry Rosmarin

Henry Rosmarin, a Holocaust survivor, supporter of the Survivors of the Shoah Visual History Foundation and harmonica enthusiast, died Aug. 28 at the age of 75.

Eliot "E.J." Safirstein

Eliot \"E.J.\" Safirstein, an award-winning playwright, died July 31 at the age of 39.\n\nA childhood survivor of cancer, Safirstein wrote the 1988 John Cauble Award-winning short play \"Waterworks,\" which was performed at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. His first television script, a \"Family Law\" episode titled \"Generations,\" was broadcast on Dec. 11, 2000.\n\n

Bruce Hochman

Bruce I. Hochman, a former president of The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles, died Aug. 11 at the age of 72.



Author Mordecai Richler Dies at 70

Mordecai Richler, a Canadian Jewish literary giant, died of cancer Monday. He was 70.

Page Dies

Leopold Page, a Holocaust survivor who was the catalyst for both the movie \"Schindler\'s List\" and the book on which it was based, died March 9 at the age of 87.

Obituaries:Josif Kirtsman, 50

Josif Kirtsman was born in 1951 in Odessa, Ukraine. His whole family planned to follow his aunt and uncle, who had emigrated to America in 1912.

Stanley Kramer, 87

Legendary filmmaker Stanley Earl Kramer, best known for films such as the classic western \"High Noon,\" died on Feb. 19 of pneumonia. He was 87.


Barry Anisman abramson died Sept. 30, at the age of 52. He is survived by his son, Adam; brother, Jon ; sister, Mary Lou Yharra; and stepfather, John May. Groman Mortuary.\n

How to Make a Yiddish Musical

When I got the call from Montreal, fortunately I was sitting down. The woman said her name was Bryna Wasserman, and she wanted to produce a musical based on the film I had made about Harry Houdini in 1976.

The Lucky and the Strong

Sunday\'s memorial for former Chief Justice Rose Elizabeth Bird, who died last month at 63 from complications of breast cancer, was more than a final tragic good-bye to (in the words of Rabbi Leonard Beerman) a \"woman of valor,\" the first woman to serve on the California high court.

Four Visitors

A full complement of interesting visitors met with the Jewish Journal in recent days, starting with the wife of a presidential candidate and continuing with a museum director from Berlin, an Israeli cabinet minister, and the first Arab woman to serve in Israel\'s parliament.

Changing Teens’ Thinking

The fresh-faced teenager looks like the girl next door until she displays her swastika tattoo in an episode of \"The Teen Files,\" which continues this week on UPN. \"I think the Holocaust was a good thing,\" she says, serenely. \"[Hitler] probably should have done more.\"

New Articles

Niall Horan, the 1975 and More British Pop Stars Condemn Anti-Semitism After Rapper Wiley’s Tweets

"All forms of racism have the same roots — ignorance, lack of education and scapegoating.”

Special Envoy Elan Carr Discusses How to Fight Rising Anti-Semitism in AJC Webinar

He said the best way to fight it is to teach others about the Jewish community's positive contributions to humanity.

Jewish Agency Chair Says Seth Rogen Apologized for Israel Comments, Rogen Denies Apologizing

Rogen also claims that he never gave Herzog permission to publicize the conversation.

Israeli Army Says It Thwarted Attack on Syrian Border by Infiltrators Who Planted Explosives

A spokesperson for the army said the Syrian regime was responsible.

White House Criticizes Twitter for Censoring Trump and Not Iran’s Khamenei Calling for Destruction of Israel

White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany said the administration is submitting a petition to the FCC for proposed regulatory changes to hold social media companies accountable for their censorship.

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