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  • 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 ▸

  • Obituary Cyril Harris, Former Chief Rabbi of South Africa, Passes Away at 69

    The longtime chief rabbi of South Africa, Cyril Harris, has died of cancer at age 69. Harris, who was chief rabbi emeritus when he died Tuesday, led the Jewish community during South Africa’s historic transition from apartheid to a democratic order. His body was flown to Jerusalem for burial following a memorial service at Johannesburg… More ▸

  • Obituary Maurice Rosenblatt, D.c. Lobbyist Who Fought Mccarthy, is Dead at 90

    Maurice Rosenblatt, a lobbyist for the rescue of Holocaust refugees and the creation of the State of Israel who played a key role in the downfall of Sen. Joseph McCarthy, died Aug. 11 in Washington at age 90. Time Magazine once called Rosenblatt “the lobbyist with a green thumb for controversy.” After earning a degree… More ▸

  • Obituary Milton Wolf of Cleveland, 80, Ambassador and Jewish Leader, Dies

    Milton Wolf, a Jewish leader and U.S. ambassador, died Thursday of lymphoma in his Cleveland home. He was 80. A real estate developer who devoted himself to Jewish and civil service, Wolf was U.S. ambassador to Austria from 1977 to 1980, chairman of the Jewish Community Federation of Cleveland from 1985 to 1988 and president… More ▸

  • Obituary Former Israeli President and Air Force Founder Ezer Weizman Dies

    He was the ultimate Israeli highflier, literally as well as metaphorically, shepherding and shaping the Jewish state through war and peace with a singular, sometimes mordant charm. And though Ezer Weizman, who died Sunday at 80, ended his public career tainted by scandal, to many Israelis he typified a national ideal. “Ezer was a symbol… More ▸

  • Obituary Henri Wolff Dies; Survivor Took Kids on School Trips to Auschwitz

    Henri Wolff wanted to go to Poland for the recent ceremonies marking the 60th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, but he was too sick to make the trip. He had already been there; according to his granddaughter, Caroline Panige, Wolff had accompanied junior high and high school groups to Auschwitz 44 times. Many of… More ▸