Obituary

  • Jewish Sheriff in Los Angeles Dies During Re-election Campaign

    Sherman Block, the first Jewish sheriff in the 148-year history of Los Angeles County, has died at age 74. As head for 16 years of the nation’s largest county law enforcement agency, with 12,400 employees, Block was also the highest paid elected official in the United States, with an annual salary of $234,000 Born in… More ▸

  • Israeli Soldier Dies in Lebanon

    The fundamentalist Hezbollah has claimed responsibility for the death of an Israeli soldier in southern Lebanon. Ori Samuelov, 21, of Mevasseret Zion near Jerusalem, was killed Wednesday by a roadside bomb detonated near his army patrol. Four other Israeli soldiers were wounded in the explosion. Samuelov was the 10th Israeli solider killed in Lebanon this… More ▸

  • Uzi Narkiss, a Central Figure in Liberating Jerusalem, Dies

    The commander of Israeli troops that unified Jerusalem during the 1967 Six-Day War has died at the age of 72. Reserve Maj. Gen. Uzi Narkiss, who died in Jerusalem last week, had an army career that dated back to the days of the Palmach, the elite commando units of the Haganah, which was the precursor… More ▸

  • Hadassah Rosensaft, Leader in Survivor Community, Dies

    Dr. Hadassah Rosensaft, a Holocaust survivor who cared for 150 Jewish orphans at the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp and was later a spokeswoman for survivors, has died. She was 85 years old. Born Hadassah Bimko in Sosnowiec, Poland, in 1912, Rosensaft studied medicine at the University of Nancy in France and earned a doctorate as a… More ▸

  • Australian Acquitted in 1993 of Nazi War Crimes Dies at 81

    The only Australian to face trial for participating in Nazi crimes has died at the age of 81. In 1990, Ivan Polyukhovich was arrested and charged with murdering Jews and of being involved in the deaths of up to 850 others in Nazi-occupied Ukraine in 1942 and 1943. The day before his hearing was due… More ▸

  • Writer Leo Rosten Dies; Popularized Yiddish in U.S.

    Leo Rosten, who translated his mamaloshen into English and helped make words like `shlep’ and `nosh’ part of the American vernacular, has died. He was 88. Perhaps best known for “The Joys of Yiddish,” which was published in 1968, Rosten also authored dozens of books of fiction, including mysteries, and non- fiction, as an amateur… More ▸

  • Harold Trobe, Rescuer of Jews in Wartorn Europe, Dies at 82

    Harold Trobe, a Jewish official who played a central role in helping refugees escape wartorn Europe and North Africa, has died. Trobe, who was 82, died June 24 in Gainesville, Fla. He was born in Beaver Falls, Pa. In 1937, Trobe received his master’s degree from the Graduate School of Jewish Social Work, now part… More ▸

  • Founder of Ajcommittee Offices in Latin America, Israel Dies at 90

    Maximo Yagupsky, founder and director of the American Jewish Committee’s offices in Latin America and Israel, has died. Yagupsky, who was 90 years old, died Sunday in Buenos Aires. He was born in Argentina and was a lifelong advocate of improving Jewish relations in Latin America. In 1948, he established the AJCommittee’s South American headquarters… More ▸

  • Harold Jacobs, 81, Dies; Involved in Civics, Religion

    Harold Jacobs, a past president of the Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations Of America, died May 18 in Manhattan. He was 81. He grew up in the Crown Heights section of Brooklyn, N.Y. Jacobs, who lived in Lawrence, Long Island, was a former chairman of New York City’s Board Of Education and a successful businessman…. More ▸

  • Israeli Frogman Dies in Training

    An Israeli navy frogman drowned during a diving exercise last week. The army said that the body of Staff Sgt. Ron Haim Kimche, 19, of Tel Aviv, washed ashore after the Navy launched extensive search efforts. The navy commander, Ami Ayalon, ordered an official investigation into the incident. Kimche was the second Israeli soldier to… More ▸