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  • Hedda Boshes, pioneering Israeli TV critic, dies at 79

    Former Yedioth Ahronoth and Ha’aretz journalist Hedda Boshes, one of Israel’s first TV critics, died April 15 at 79. (Update – corrects English spelling of her name. Thanks to her friend and colleague Sylvie Keshet (see below) for the heads-up.) [[READMORE]]  Boshes was born into one of the founding families of Gedera and later moved…

  • Dennis Kay, mayor of Hudson Valley Town that fought ultra-Orthodox, dies at 65

    Dennis Kay, mayor of the Hudson Valley, NY, town of Airmont, which reached a settlement with the US government in 2011 over a lawsuit over exclusionary zoning, died April 15 at 65. [[READMORE]] He was elected to the Airmont Village Board of Trustees in 2002 and was mayor from 2007. Village Trustee Veronica Boesch told…

  • Computer pioneer Jack Tramiel dies at 83

    Jack Tramiel, an Auschwitz survivor and founder of Commodore International, which pioneered low-cost home computers, died April 9 at 83. [[READMORE]] "Jack Tramiel was an immense influence in the consumer electronics and computing industries. A name once uttered in the same vein as Steve Jobs is today, his journey from concentration camp survivor to captain…

  • Mike Wallace, Israel, and the Jews – continued

    Here are two more items to add to the “was Mike Wallace an Israel hater or self-hating Jew” debate that seem, insofar as the Eulogizer is concerned, to answer the question once and for all. [[READMORE]] In the Forward, CBS producer Barry Lando, who worked with Wallace for years, wrote an essay titled, “Remembering Mike…

  • Obits, Jewish obits, and the Grey Lady of New York

    The New York Times Public Editor (also known as an ombudsman) wrote an excellent piece the other day about the hows and whys of the Grey Lady’s Obits section. Columnist Arthur Brisbane offered insights into the way the section’s writers approach the process, and went into some detail about who gets selected for obits and…

  • Elan Steinberg described as ‘great activist’ and ‘irreplaceable loss to world Jewry’

    Tributes and statements of respect and admiration are pouring in for Elan Steinberg, the former executive director of the World Jewish Congress who died April 6 of complications from lymphatic cancer. He was 59.

  • Mike Wallace and Israel — a complicated legacy

    Legendary journalist Mike Wallace, who died this week at 93, was a passionate, provocative interviewer. He never hid his Jewish roots, but some have taken his reporting as anti-Israel. Is that so? [[READMORE]] I wasn’t going to file anything on Mike Wallace. What could the Eulogizer add that hadn’t already been said by the New…

  • Vermont retailer Louis R. Mazel dies at 99

    Louis R. Mazel, who developed Vermont’s first local, discount department store, and who was a longtime prominent member of Burlington’s business and philanthropic communities, died March 28 at 99. [[READMORE]] One of that relatively rare breed, a native-born Jewish Vermonter, Mazel began working in the family-owned department store, Mazel’s, in Burlington, as a teenager. Mazel’s…

  • Pioneering feminist poet Adrienne Rich dies at 82

    Adrienne Rich, who grappled publicly, artistically, and graphically with her feminism, lesbianism, and Jewish identity for decades in her groundbreaking poetry and essays, died at 82 on March 27. [[READMORE]] In the wake of her death, Rich was described as “pioneering,” “one of America’s foremost public intellectuals,” and “one of the country’s most honored and influential poets,” among…

  • James Endler, engineered WTC, West Point Jewish Chapel, dies at 82

    Engineer James R. Endler, whose work included massive projects such as the World Trade Center, Disney’s Epcot Center, and such personal desires as the West Point Jewish Chapel, died March 24 at 82. [[READMORE]] Endler learned his engineering at West Point and then in the Army Corps of Engineers. Along with the WTC and Epcot,…