• Rabbi David Lieber Dies at 83

    Rabbi David Lieber, the president emeritus of the American Jewish University, has died. Lieber died Monday of a lung ailment at his Beverly Hills home, the Los Angeles Times reported. He was 83. The first full-time president of the University of Judaism, Lieber oversaw its development from a small training program for Hebrew teachers into… More ▸

  • Emanuel Rackman, Leading Orthodox Thinker, Dies at 98

    Rabbi Emanuel Rackman, a leading Orthodox thinker and an early champion of women’s rights, died Monday in New York. He was 98. Tributes poured in from around the world this week, many of them praising Rackman for being an Orthodox pioneer in trying to ease the plight of agunot — women whose recalcitrant husbands denied… More ▸

  • Boy at Center of Legal Dispute Dies

    The 12-year-old Orthodox Jewish boy at the center of a legal dispute over what constitutes the end of life has died. Motl Brody’s heart stopped beating Saturday, 11 days after doctors at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington had declared the New York boy legally dead because his brain activity had ceased. Motl’s parents had… More ▸

  • Abie Nathan, “voice of Peace” for Middle East, Dies at 81

    Abie Nathan, the man who broadcast hope for a different Middle East from a rickety secondhand freighter ship in the Mediterranean Sea with his “Voice of Peace” pirate radio station, died Wednesday at the age of 81. For two decades, an announcer’s voice on Nathan’s station could be heard on radio dials across the Middle… More ▸

  • ‘tommy’ Lapid, a Brash Political and Media Figure, Dies at 77

    Yosef Lapid, among the most politically incorrect figures of Israeli politics, died of cancer Sunday. He was 77. Known to friends and foes alike as Tommy, a nickname from his native Yugoslavia, Lapid was a dominant figure among Israel’s intelligentsia. As playwright, journalist and commentator, he brought an old European brio to the nascent Jewish… More ▸

  • Commander of Exodus, Yossi Harel, Dies at 90

    On Monday, a white-haired former shipmate propped a gold-fringed, pale blue flag of the legendary Exodus ship next to the coffin of its commander, Yossi Harel. A short distance away sparkled the azure Mediterranean Sea, whose waters Harel sailed four times on clandestine journeys between 1945 and 1948, bringing a total of 24,000 Holocaust survivors… More ▸

  • Obituary Florence Melton Remembered

    Florence Melton will forever be immortalized in the schools of adult Jewish education around the world that bear her name. Melton, who died Feb. 8 in Florida at age 95, was a philanthropist, entrepreneur, lecturer, yoga teacher and poet who stayed active even in her advancing years. Born in Philadelphia to Russian immigrant parents, Melton… More ▸

  • Obituary Teddy Kollek, Prolific Builder of Jerusalem,

    Teddy Kollek, the longtime Jerusalem mayor who died this week at the age of 95, is being remembered as the most prolific builder of the city since King Herod. The man who in 28 years transformed the Israeli capital from a dusty backwater to an international city of parks, theaters and museums died Tuesday in… More ▸

  • Obituary His Term Was Short, but Gerald Ford Left Mark on Soviet Jewry Movement

    His presidency lasted less than 1,000 days, but it was enough time to support an international accord that provided a significant boost to the Soviet Jewry movement and marked a pivotal moment in the history of the Cold War. Gerald Ford, who died Tuesday at 93, signed the Helsinki Declaration in August 1975, along with… More ▸