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  • Ayelet Galena, 2-year-old whose plight moved thousands, dies

    This is almost too sad to report, but her short life and tragic end have been public: Ayelet Galena, who had suffered from a rare bone disease, died Jan. 31. Galena’s parents, Seth and Hindy Poupko Galena, worked through their own emotions and raised funds and awareness about Ayelet’s illness on a blog. Gabrielle Birkner…

  • Vade Bolton, ‘Volunteers for israel’ head, dies at 72

    Vade Bolton, president of the board of Volunteers for Israel died Dec. 26, 2011, at 72 after complications from knee surgery. [[READMORE]] Volunteers for Israel connects Americans to Israel by partnering with military and civilian organizations that enable volunteers to work side-by-side with Israelis. The program began in1982, during the first war with Lebanon, when…

  • Israeli children’s author Shraga Gafni dies at 85

    Shraga Gafni, a prolific Israeli children’s author whose work was beloved by children in previous decades but whose nationalist political agenda has been a subject of much criticism, died Jan. 19 at 85. Under a variety of pen names, including Amos Carmeli and On Sarig, Gafni created such iconic Israeli youth fiction series as Dani…

  • Legendary agent Frank Cooper, tied to Sinatra and Eastwood, dies at 99

    Legendary Hollywood talent agent Frank Cooper, who discovered Frank Sinatra and who helped develop pioneering TV programs and films, died Jan. 19 at 99 in Encino, Calif. Trade publication Billboard said in 1943 that Cooper was the “forgotten man” in the complicated deal that freed Sinatra from his contract with the Tommy Dorsey band and gave…

  • American airman Matthew Ryan Seidler dies in Afghanistan at 24

    US Air Force bomb disposal technician Matthew Ryan Seidler, 24, died Jan. 5 from injuries after an improvised explosive blew up in southern Afghanistan, becoming the 40th Jewish fatality in the ongoing US wars in the Middle East and the first in 2012. Two other airmen died in the attack. [[READMORE]] “He was almost the…

  • Irving Belfer, Shoah survivor who built a museum, dies at 97

    Irving Belfer, a Holocaust survivor who built what had become a remarkable Holocaust-themed museum in his own home, died in Los Angeles at 97 on Jan. 20. Belfer collected and constructed more than 400 items, including miniature buildings and personal artifacts that he showed to visitors for years until he moved into a senior citizens…

  • Wolfie’s deli owner Samuel Kaye dies at 94

    Samuel Kaye, an entrepreneur whose career included management of Wolfie’s, a fabled Miami Beach deli, died in Florida on Jan. 15 at 94. Kaye, who ran an import-export business and an answering service company, bought Wolfie’s in 1962 and ran it for 20 years until it closed and a Denny’s replaced it. A classic photo…

  • The Eulogizer celebrates life

    The Eulogizer apologizes for being irregular and minimalist in filing items in recent weeks. We have been preparing for and then celebrating our son’s bar mitzvah, and the joys of celebrating life have made filing items for this blog a challenge. The celebrations and post-event activities are nearly done, and the Eulogizer expects to rev…

  • Frederica Maas, one of Hollywood’s oldest, dies at 111

    Frederica Sagor Maas, whose tell-all memoir of her experiences in early Hollywood made her a celebrity at nearly 100, died Jan. 5 at 111, the second-oldest Californian and the world’s 44th oldest. Maas’s memoir,  "The Shocking Miss Pilgrim," told wild tales of rampant sex, corporate shenanigans, and theft of her creative efforts. She wrote about…

  • Jay Miller, ACLU director on Nixon’s ‘enemies list,’ dies at 83

    Jay A. Miller, a passionate advocate of civil liberties for decades, whose work earned him a spot on Richard Nixon’s infamous “enemies list,” died in Skokie, Ill., on Jan. 3 at 83. "He really felt that that established his civil liberties (credentials) in a way that nothing else did," said Colleen K. Connell, ACLU director….