obituaries

  • 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 ▸

  • Obituary Community Leader Leon Wilder, 76, Was Leading Light of S. African Jewry

    Leon Wilder, known to many as the father of the Cape Town Jewish community, died suddenly on Feb. 3 at 76. A prominent businessman, Wilder held leadership positions across the entire spectrum of Jewish life in South Africa, and gained national and international recognition for his work on behalf of the Jewish community and Israel…. More ▸

  • Obituary Robert St. John, Non-jewish Writer Who Backed Israel, Dies at Age of 100

    Robert St. John, a journalist, author and tireless supporter of Israel, died Feb. 6 near Washington at age 100. During a 75-year career in which he worked on five continents, St. John chronicled World War II and befriended Israel’s founding fathers. An eloquent non-Jewish spokesman for Jewish causes, he maintained close ties with the Jewish… More ▸

  • Obituary Rabbi Steven Dworken Dead at 58; Orthodox Leader Felled by Heart Attack

    Rabbi Herschel Billet was home with the flu Monday and couldn’t answer when he received a call from Rabbi Steven Dworken, his longtime friend and colleague. But Billet, president of the Rabbinical Council of America, wasn’t surprised when he played the message. Dworken “just said, ‘It’s nothing much, just calling to see how you’re doing,… More ▸

  • Obituary Wayne Owens, Congressman and Mideast Peace Player, Dies at 65

    Advocates of Middle East peace are remembering Wayne Owens as a tireless worker who sought to bride the gaps between countries in the Middle East. Owens, a former Democratic congressman who went on to head a Middle East think tank, died Wednesday on the beach in Tel Aviv. He was 65. Owens represented Utah in… More ▸

  • Obituary ‘founding Father’ Abba Eban Spoke Eloquently on Israel’s Behalf

    After the outbreak of the 1967 Six-Day War, Abba Eban addressed the U.N. Security Council, striking a tone that simultaneously defended Israel and extended an olive branch for peace. “There is an intellectual tragedy in the failure of Arab leaders to come to grips, however reluctantly, with the depth and authenticity of Israel’s roots in… More ▸

  • Jdc’s Director for Hungary Dies from Cancer at Age of 60

    Israel Sela, the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee’s country director for Hungary, has died in Jerusalem at 60 after a four-year battle with cancer. Sela, an Israeli, took up his JDC position in Budapest in 1994. He was instrumental in developing a number of projects aimed at ensuring the future of the largest Jewish community… More ▸

  • Obituary Jewish Community Stunned by Sudden Death of Sen. Wellstone

    American Jewish leaders are mourning the tragic sudden death of Sen. Paul Wellstone, a two-term Democrat from Minnesota almost universally lauded as a “mensch.” Wellstone, 58, a Jew known for his liberal views on domestic and Middle East issues, died in a plane crash last Friday in Eveleth, Minn., less than two weeks before a… More ▸

  • Obituary Marlene Adler Marks Dies at 54; Wrote About Illness for Jewish Paper

    Marlene Adler Marks, a columnist and former managing editor of the Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles, died Sept. 5 at 54. Marks, who had been suffering from lung cancer, penned the column “A Woman’s Voice” and hosted an interview series, “Conversations with Marlene Marks.” She was the recipient of several Rockower and Smolar awards,… More ▸