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  • Jenny Bluestein, St. Louis celebrity hair stylist, nurse, dies at 60

    Jenny Bluestein, a onetime nurse who became a prominent hair stylist and TV personality in St. Louis and who then opened her cancer battle to the public, died April 27 at 60 of a pulmonary embolism. [[READMORE]] “Our viewers loved her,” said Jennifer Blome, KSDK-TV news anchorwoman. “She took great pleasure in helping people be…

  • Mark Deitch, former Soviet dissident, dies in accident at 67

    Mark Deitch, 67, a former dissident who became a well-known journalist in Russia after the fall of the Soviet Union, died in Bali, Indonesia, in early May while saving a young girl from drowning. Accounts didn’t give the exact date. [[READMORE]] Deitch was a prominent anti-Soviet journalist before the fall of communism and worked for…

  • Maurice Sendak, children’s author, dies at 83

    Author and artist Maurice Sendak, writer of some of the darkest yet most beloved children’s books of the 20th century, died May 8 at 83. [[READMORE]] Sendak’s classics included 1963′s, "Where the Wild Things Are," whose yellow-toothed, grasping monsters were based on his relatives, "In the Night Kitchen," “Alligators All Around,” “Chicken Soup With Rice,”…

  • Only in Israel? Poster showing Prime Minister’s shiva for his father

    In Israel, posters announcing a death, the details of the funeral, the names of the mourners, and the location and dates of the shiva are found on buildings, lampposts, bulletin boards, and elsewhere. I took this picture of the death notice posted across Jerusalem noting the passing of Benzion Netanyahu, father of Israeli Prime Minister…

  • Readers respond to Eulogizer coverage of death of Ma Jaya Sati Bhagavati

    I asked you, the readers, to tell me if the Eulogizer was correct in posting a lengthy obituary of Ma Jaya Sati Bhagavati, a 71-year-old yogi and guru who was born Joyce Green to Jewish parents in Brooklyn’s Brighton Beach neighborhood, and your overwhelming response was that the article was appreciated. [[READMORE]] “I enjoyed the…

  • Benzion Netanyahu, historian, Israeli Prime Minister’s father, dies at 102

    Benzion Netanyahu, the father of Israel’s prime minister, a noted historian and a prominent Zionist thinker with direct ties to fabled Revisionist Zionist leader Ze’ev Jabotinsky, died April 30 at 102. [[READMORE]] Netanyahu was professor emeritus at Cornell University. His academic specialty was the golden age of Jewish history in Spain. His most well-known book…

  • Ma Jaya Sati Bhagavati, yoga teacher and ‘guru’ born Joyce Green, dies at 71

    Ma Jaya Sati Bhagavati, a yoga teacher and spiritual leader who was born Joyce Green in Brooklyn, died April 14 at 71, leaving behind a large and complex legacy including thousands of devoted followers, celebrity acolytes, disgruntled former colleagues, and intentional communities in Florida and elsewhere. (Note: Please click here or read below for a…

  • Jewish song pioneer Gladys Gewirtz dies at 84

    Gladys Gewirtz, who went from Juilliard to Camp Ramah to recording nursery rhymes for Jewish children to acting in a TV Holocaust film with Kirk Douglas, died April 14 at 84. [[READMORE]] Gewirtz, a graduate of the Juilliard School became the first music director of Camp Ramah. She and her sister, Roz Grossman, developed children’s…

  • Reginald Lewis, Canada’s oldest Bnai Brith member, dies at 98

    Reginald Lewis, one of Montreal’s first Jewish optometrists, a jazz musician and the man believed to be the oldest living member of Bnai Brith Canada, died March 27 at 98. [[READMORE]] “I was saddened to learn of Reggie’s passing,” said Allan Adel, national chair of the B’nai Brith League League for Human Rights. “He was…

  • Lee Javitch, ‘Giant’ supermarket chain former chairman, dies at 81

    Lee H. Javitch, who turned his father’s meat market into a supermarket chain of 30 stores and then sold it to an international conglomerate, died April 19 at 81. [[READMORE]] Javitch was active in Jewish organizations and had been on the boards of Jewish Theological Seminary of America, MAZON: A Jewish Response for Hunger, and…