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  • Obituary Berlin-born Reform Leader Albert Friedlander Dies at 77

    Albert Friedlander was 11 years old during Kristallnacht, the Nazi-inspired rampage in 1938 against synagogues and Jewish-owned institutions. Friedlander spent the night walking the streets of Berlin with his father only to find when he returned home that the police were looking for his father. The pair went back out into the night to avoid… More ▸

  • Obituary David Brody, ADL Lobbyist, Fought for Civil Rights and Against Boycott

    David Brody, an Anti-Defamation League lobbyist who for four decades helped lead the fight in Washington for Jewish interests and civil rights, has died. His widow, Beatrice, told JTA that Brody died Saturday in Washington of unknown causes. He was 88. As chief lobbyist at the ADL from 1965 through 1989, Brody nurtured relationships with… More ▸

  • Obituary Israel’s National Folk Musician, Naomi Shemer, Dies at Age 74

    It was a sign of the importance of Naomi Shemer to Israel’s national psyche that the singer’s death relegated the Israeli-Palestinian conflict to the inside pages of the nation’s newspapers. Saturday’s death of Israel’s national folk musician, at the age of 74 from cancer, spurred Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon to open his weekly Cabinet… More ▸

  • Obituary Henry Everett, 78, Remembered for His Devotion to Social Justice

    At a meeting of Fortune 500 companies about a dozen years ago, a man in a blue windbreaker went around giving the corporate executives in attendance literature attacking the tobacco industry. “Who let this outsider crash the meeting?” asked one participant at the annual meeting of Businesses for Social Responsibility. It was Henry Everett, the… More ▸

  • Obituary Comedian Alan King Was Model for Jerry Seinfeld and Billy Crystal

    Many young Americans know comedian Alan King’s work — they just don’t realize it. The observational style of King, who died this week of lung cancer at age 76, was a model for younger comedians such as Billy Crystal and Jerry Seinfeld. Crystal, a close friend, was one of those who paid tribute to King… More ▸

  • Obituary Samuel Lerer, an American Rabbi Who Converted Mexicans, Dies at 89

    Rabbi Samuel Lerer, who some say converted more people to Judaism than anyone in the past two centuries, has died at age 89. Lerer, who had retired to San Antonio, Texas, lived in Mexico City from 1968 to 1999 while leading English-language Beth Israel Community Center in the capital. He died peacefully on Feb. 5…. More ▸

  • Obituary Demographer Egon Mayer, 59, Advocate of Outreach, is Dead

    Edmund Case was leaving a career in corporate law for Jewish social work, anxious to tackle intermarriage issues. Case, at the time a graduate student at Brandeis University, called Egon Mayer, chairman of Brooklyn College’s sociology department. Mayer visited with Case for two hours and promised to help him. Case eventually launched an Internet publication… More ▸

  • Obituary David Friedman, a News Junkie and Former JTA Bureau Chief, Dies

    David Friedman, JTA’s former Washington bureau chief, died Dec. 2 after a long illness. He was 68. Friedman, a career journalist, worked at JTA in New York and later as the Jewish news service’s Washington bureau chief from 1981 until his retirement in 1992. “He was interested in emerging nations and wanted to be a… More ▸