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  • 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 ▸

  • Obituary Benjamin Meed, Who Was Key in Holocaust Remembrance, Dies

    When Benjamin Meed and other survivors were organizing a conference of thousands of Holocaust survivors in Washington in 1983, police met with them to tell them that white supremacists were planning to organize a counter-rally. “So we thought about this for a minute and we gave the police the following: Just go ahead and tell… More ▸

  • Obituary Iconic Italian Journalist Fallaci Fought Fascism and Anti-semitism

    The crusading Italian journalist Oriana Fallaci spent the last years of her life issuing fiery warnings against a Muslim world that she saw poised to overrun the West. Critics accused Fallaci of sowing racial and religious hatred, but she became a heroine to many Jews and Israelis for her vocal defense of Israel and denunciations… More ▸

  • Obituary Paul Spiegel, Holocaust Survivor and German Jewish Leader, Dies at 68

    The head of Germany’s Jewish community, Paul Spiegel, died Sunday of complications from cancer. He was 68. Spiegel, who had leukemia and also suffered a heart attack earlier this year, had been placed in an artificial coma in February. He awoke in early April but recently suffered a setback, according to reports. A small funeral… More ▸

  • Obituary Arthur Hertzberg, Rabbi, Thinker and Iconoclast, is Dead at Age 84

    Years ago, David Twersky asked his secretary to give Rabbi Arthur Hertzberg a call. “She asked, Can you hold for David Twersky?” recalls Twersky, now the director of international affairs for the American Jewish Congress. When he picked up the receiver, however, he found that Hertzberg had hung up. When Twersky called back, Hertzberg told… More ▸

  • Obituary Caspar Weinberger, Aide to Reagan and Jonathan Pollard Nemesis, Dies

    Caspar Weinberger, the former U.S. secretary of defense who pushed for a life sentence for Jonathan Pollard and oversaw U.S. forces in Lebanon, has died. Weinberger led the Pentagon under President Reagan from 1981 to 1987. He died Tuesday in a Maine hospital at age 88. Weinberger was best known for his entanglement in the… More ▸

  • Obituary Shoshana Damari, Israeli Folk Singer with Yemenite Flavor, Dies at Age 83

    Shoshana Damari, the singer who brought an Oriental flavor to Israeli folk music, died Tuesday. She was 83. The Yemeni-born Damari helped shape popular culture in Israel with nature ballads and patriotic tunes, putting on spirited performances until she was brought down by pneumonia. “It feels good to know that I am leaving so much… More ▸

  • Obituary Wendy Wasserstein Chronicled the Plight of Contemporary Women

    Playwright Wendy Wasserstein was known for her wry portrayal of strong, conflicted women. While not always overtly Jewish, her characters still bore the mark of the playwright’s traditional Jewish upbringing in New York. Later in her life, the feminist writer became a Jewish mother, though perhaps not in the way her own Jewish mother pictured…. More ▸