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  • Follow @theEulogizer on Twitter for even more stories of Jewish lives well lived

    I cannot always get to every item and passing, as much as I would like. And I do not like to give short shrift to people just to get their names in the column. However, Twitter does provide an additional outlet these days. [[READMORE]] So, follow @theEulogizer on Twitter for tweet-only items and re-tweets from…

  • With Goldie Hawn as the mom, why don’t they just call the film ‘Sitting Shiva’?

    I have seen at least two stories touting the possibility that Goldie Hawn will join the cast of a proposed film that is set during a family shiva. [[READMORE]] Film and culture blog Cinema Blend reports that Hawn may also be joined by Jason Bateman,” High School Musical” star Zac Efron, and Leslie Mann to…

  • Jonathan Hoffman, Michigan teenager, dies at 17 in shooting; grandmother may face charges

    Jonathan Hoffman, a 17-year-old living with his grandmother in the Detroit suburb of West Bloomfield, Mich., died after being shot eight times with a handgun on May 20. [[READMORE]] The grandmother, Sandra Layne, 74, has been accused by police of shooting Hoffman. Layne’s attorney has said, in preliminary statements and court appearances, that she was…

  • Al Gordon, Emmy-winning comedy writer, dies at 89

    Al Gordon, who parlayed a chance wartime meeting with an entertainment troupe into an Emmy-winning career as a writer for Jack Benny, the Smothers Brothers and many others, died May 23 at 89. As told to the Los Angeles Times by his son, Neil, Gordon was in the Army Air Forces on a small island…

  • Zvi Aharoni, Israeli spy who first spotted Eichmann, dies at 91

    Zvi Aharoni, a member of the Israeli spy team that captured Nazi Adolf Eichmann in Argentina in 1960 and then brought him to Jerusalem for trial, died at 91 on May 19 in England, where he had lived for 24 years. [[READMORE]] "I saw him about two o’clock in the afternoon," Aharoni wrote in his…

  • Richard Tapper, chiropractor, community leader, dies in Winnipeg at 35

    The death of a young family man, passionate hockey fan, and community leader committed to good works, Richard Tapper, has made an impact on his hometown of Winnipeg, Canada. [[READMORE]] Tapper, a chiropractor and prominent figure in the western Canadian city’s Jewish community, died at 35 on May 19, less than five months after being…

  • Henry Denker, prolific playwright, novelist, screenwriter, dies at 99

    Henry Denker, a lawyer turned novelist, playwright, and screenwriter, whose work ranged from Christian-themed biblical epics to medical novels, died May 15 at 99. [[READMORE]] Denker was a prolific writer who approached his craft in a businesslike fashion: ““Writing is a business and should be practiced as such,” he was quoted as saying by The…

  • Sophie Goldstein, chronicler of Saratoga Springs Jewish history, dies at 102

    Sophie Goldstein, who chronicled the Jewish history of Saratoga Springs, an historic spa town north of Albany, NY, died May 14 at 102. [[READMORE]] Goldstein was born in Russia and moved to Syracuse with her family at age 3. She moved to Saratoga Springs in 1939 and lived there, with an exception of 10 years,…

  • Amos Vogel, influential film scholar, dies at 91

    Amos Vogel, who pioneered an appreciation for avant-garde and experimental film and who co-founded the influential New York Film Festival, died April 24 at 91. [[READMORE]] Philadelphia film writer Sam Adams said Vogel helped “give birth” to understanding that films could consciously set out to become art. “He didn’t just screen films,” Adams said. “He…

  • Notes on Maurice Sendak, Vidal Sassoon, death in the age of social media, and more

    What follows is a collections of links to articles and essays about celebrity deaths the Eulogizer missed recently (and for which I am full of regret) and the self-referential media echo-chamber that drives the cult of personality from which we all feed (for better or for worse): [[READMORE]] Vidal: A Jewish Soldier of the Hair…