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  • Media full of commentary, cheeky and loving, about Christopher Hitchens, who died Dec. 15

    There has been an outpouring of loving, affectionate, and cheeky commentary on the death and life of critic and writer Christopher Hitchens, described in his JTA obituary as an “iconoclastic critic (who) discovered his Jewish heritage late in life.” Here are a few choice  (and certainly not the last) items abiout Hitchens, who died at…

  • Paula Hyman, pioneering Jewish feminist historian, dies at 65

    Paula Hyman, a professor of Jewish history at Yale and known for her feminist scholarship, died Dec. 15 at 65. According to the Jewish Women’s Archive, while still a graduate student in 1976, Hyman and two colleagues, Charlotte Baum and Sonya Michel, published a "pioneering work, "The Jewish Woman in America," which "gave pride of…

  • Tsirl Waletzky, papercut pioneer, 90, and Lynn Margulis, radical biologist, 73

    The Forward offered well-done appreciations of Yiddish artist Tsirl Waletzky and biologist Lynn Margulis. Waletzky, who died Dec. 8 at 90 was "one of the major artists of the American Yiddish cultural world and an innovator in the art of Jewish papercutting….Over three decades, her many drawings, paintings and papercuts illustrated book covers, Yiddish children’s…

  • Rocket scientist Boris Chertok update: He wanted to go into space

    Russian rocket scientist Boris Chertok, who died Dec. 14 at 99, not only made rockets, he wanted to ride in them, too, the New York Times reported:  In 2001, a Soyuz-U booster blasted two Russian astronauts and an American millionaire, Dennis A. Tito, into orbit for a rendezvous with the International Space Station. Mr. Tito paid…

  • Russian rocket science pioneer Boris Chertok dies at 99

    For Boris Chertok, it really was rocket science. Chertok, a Russian rocket scientist who played key roles in everything from the nuclear arms race, to Sputnik, to putting the first man in space, died Dec. 13 at 99. A Russian website described Chertok, who was born in Lodz, Poland, and moved to Moscow, with his family…

  • Albert D. Cohen, who brought Sony to Canada, dies at 97

    Albert D. Cohen, who brought Sony to Canada in the 1950s and rode his connection with the Japanese conglomerate into his country’s business stratosphere, died Nov. 21 in Winnipeg at 97. Cohen had an eye for new and innovative products. Along with Sony’s mid-50s transistor radios, he brought Paper Mate pens to Canada, and built…

  • Comics artist and ‘Joker’ creator Jerry Robinson dies at 89

    Jerry Robinson, a major figure in the development of comic books and superheroes in the 20th century for his early artwork and storytelling, including creating Batman’s arch-nemesis, The Joker, and his sidekick, Robin, as well for books and museum exhibits on the history of comics, died Dec. 8 at 89. "The streets of Gotham City…

  • Larry Rickles, son of comedian Don Rickles, dies at 41

    TV writer and producer Larry Rickles, the only son of comedian Don Rickles, died Dec. 3 in Los Angeles at 41 of complications from pneumonia. The younger Rickles worked in the entertainment industry throughout his professional career. He began by working in production and then became a writer for CBS sitcom "Murphy Brown" in 1997….

  • Sydney Cohen, early IAF leader, dies at 90

    Sydney Cohen, whose contributions to Israel’s War of Independence as an early leader in the nascent Israeli Air Force are still remembered, died Dec. 1 at 90 in his Ramat Hasharon home. Cohen, a native of South Africa, flew Czech Spitfires to Israel in the early days of the war and was an early commander…

  • Stanley ‘Ned’ Rosenbaum, professor and intermarriage consultant, dies at 71 in car crash

    Stanley Rosenbaum, an adjunct professor in the Jewish Studies program at the University of Kentucky, and interfaith marriage consultant and co-officiant, died Nov. 29 at 71 in a car accident. "In spite of the tragic circumstances, it’s hard not to smile when you think of Ned," said Jeremy Popkin, the Jewish Studies program director at…