• 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… More ▸

  • 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… More ▸

  • 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… More ▸

  • 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… More ▸

  • 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… More ▸

  • 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… More ▸

  • 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… More ▸

  • 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… More ▸