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  • Aharon Davidi, retired Israeli general, dies at 84

    Aharon Davidi, one of Israel’s first paratroopers and a contemporary of Israeli founding fathers such as Moshe Dayan and Ariel Sharon, died Feb. 11 at 84. [[READMORE]] Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak described Davidi, a retired brigadier general, as "a leading combat officer, one of the molders of the IDF’s fighting force, who made an outstanding…

  • ‘Ranger’ Rick Kaufman, Calif. town’s ‘unofficial mayor,’ dies at 63

    Rick Kaufman, a decidedly eccentric character both tolerated and viewed with affection by residents of an equally eccentric northern California town, died Feb. 18 at 63. [[READMORE]] Kaufman was described in local press accounts in Occidental as “the beloved town ‘greeter’” who “kept the town swept, cleaned the pocket parks of Occidental, and helped people…

  • Fashion world ‘fixture’ Zelda Kaplan dies at 95

    New York fashion world “fixture” Zelda Kaplan died Feb. 15 at 95 after collapsing while attending a runway show during the city’s annual Fashion Week. The New York Times said Kaplan “exited this world much as she had lived in it for the last four decades or so of her 95 years – as an…

  • Hebron massacre survivor Yaakov Castel dies

    Yaakov Castel, described as one of the last remaining survivors of the massacre of Jews in Hebron in 1929, died Feb. 16. His age was not available. [[READMORE]] Castel was described as a “young child” during the events of August 1929, which led to the deaths of 67 Jews and their expulsion from Hebron at…

  • Journalist Jeffrey Zaslow dies in car crash at 53

    Journalist Jeffrey Zaslow, whose “beat” as a Wall Street Journal reporter, columnist, and author was the way regular people navigate the transitions and stages of their lives, died Feb. 10 at 53 in a car accident on a snowy road in northern Michigan on his way home from speaking about his newest book, “The Magic…

  • Soft-core filmmaker Zalman King dies at 70 (or maybe 69)

    Note: Some of the material in this article – and certainly many of the links to videos or photographs associated with filmmaker Zalman King – may very well be NSFW. This probably would have amused Zalman King. So, proceed with caution. Commercial “soft-core” filmmaker and one-time actor Zalman King, called variously an “erotic cinema maestro,”…

  • Roman Halter, Shoah survivor, artist, dies at 84

    Roman Halter, who turned his experiences during the Holocaust as a slave laborer, death camp survivor and death march escapee into searing art, died in London on Jan. 30 at 85. Karen Pollock, chief executive of England’s Holocaust Educational Trust, said: “He was a man who survived unimaginable experiences and who will be remembered by…

  • Jane Ising, 110, editor Harry Coen, 67, actor Ben Gazzara, 81 – not Jewish, but…

    In case you had seen headlines and were wondering, the subjects of this item, supercentenarian Jane Ising, 110, British editor Harry Coen, 67, and actor Ben Gazzara, 81, all of whom died in the last week, were not Jewish. But their stories are worth noting. [[READMORE]] Birthday celebrations at her suburban Chicago nursing home were…

  • Oklahoma oil exec and philanthropist Jack Zarrow dies at 86

    Jack Zarrow, a Tulsa, Okla., oil and gas supply company CEO and philanthropist whose foundation supported education, mental health and Jewish charities, died on Feb. 2 at 86. "Jack Zarrow was one of the kindest, warmest individuals I have ever met, and the legacy of his work and generosity will touch the Tulsa community for…

  • Bill Mardo, sportswriter who pushed for integrating baseball, dies at 89

    Bill Mardo, a longtime sportswriter for "The Daily Worker" and one of the leading voices for integrating baseball in the 1940s, died Jan. 20 at 89. Mardo’s efforts, along with other Jewish colleagues at the Communist newspaper, wrote columns and articles over a course of years that many have credited with creating the moral case…