obituaries

  • Obituary Simcha Dinitz, Jewish Agency Head and Ambassador to U.s., Dead at 74

    It was October 1973, the Yom Kippur War was raging and Israel was facing the abyss. Kalman Sultanik, a World Zionist Organization executive, was riding through New York City with Israel’s ambassador to the United States, Simcha Dinitz, when Dinitz interrupted to call U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger. “Kissinger called him back right away,”… More ▸

  • Obituary Holocaust and Israel Informed Emil Fackenheim’s Philosophy

    While the world will remember Emil Fackenheim as a prominent philosopher and theologian, those eulogizing him at his funeral this week remembered a more personal side. Yossi Fackenheim shared memories of Fackenheim as a father and role model, and Michael Morgan, a close friend and former student of Fackenheim’s, recalled how his teacher and friend… More ▸

  • Obituary David Clayman Dies at 69, Was Leading U.S. Voice in Israel

    Rabbi David Clayman, one of the leading American Jewish advocates in Israel, died overnight Thursday from cancer at the age of 69. As the longtime director of the American Jewish Congress’ Israel office, Clayman walked a tightrope, prodding Israeli leaders on civil liberties and gender issues more popular in the United States than in Israel…. More ▸

  • Obituary Jews Recall Moynihan As an Ally on Israel, Fight for Soviet Jewry

    Daniel Patrick Moynihan once received a $1,000 political contribution from a woman who wrote that she would have doubled the amount if only Moynihan would spend less time speaking out against the infamous “Zionism Equals Racism” resolution in the United Nations. Moynihan, who had been U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, sent the check back,… More ▸

  • Obituary a Symbol of Czech Jewry, Prague Cantor Passes Away

    One of the most prominent spiritual figures in Prague’s Jewish community has passed away. At least 300 mourners attended the funeral Sunday of Viktor Feuerlicht, cantor of Prague’s world-famous Old-New Synagogue, who died last week at 84 after a long illness. Mourners included the Israeli ambassador to the Czech Republic, Arthur Avnon. “It was a… More ▸

  • Issar Harel, Israeli Spymaster Behind Eichmann Capture, Dies at 91

    Issar Harel, the Israeli master spy responsible for the capture of Nazi war criminal Adolf Eichmann, died this week at 91. Harel, one of the founders of Israel’s intelligence community, led the Shin Bet domestic security service for 15 years and the Mossad foreign intelligence agency for 11 years. Between 1952 and 1963, he simultaneously… More ▸