Journalist David Twersky dies


(JTA) — David Twersky, a veteran journalist and former kibbutznik, has died.

Twersky died last Friday night at his home in West Orange, N.J., following a long battle with cancer. He was 60.

Twersky opened the Washington bureau of the Forward in 1990, at the end of the first President George Bush’s administration.

Following his stint in Washington, Twersky was named editor of the New Jersey Jewish News, which he led from 1993 to 2002. He later joined the New York Sun as foreign editor and columnist.

An editorial published Saturday in the Sun remembered Twersky, a former adviser to Israeli diplomat Abba Eban, as "one of the most remarkable journalists of his generation — a reminder of the impact that can be made by one person with a pen and a passion for the issues."

"He took up newspaper work relatively late in a life that had been devoted to Labor Zionism. He instantly showed an uncanny ability to analyze a political situation and sense a scoop where others weren’t looking — and an honesty that brooked no pleading on the right or left as he pursued the truth as he saw it and the Jewish cause for which he lived."

In recent years he worked for the American Jewish Congress as as senior adviser of international affairs.

Twersky lived in Israel on Kibbutz Gezer from 1974 to 1986, where he edited Shdemot, the English-language journal of Israel’s kibbutz movement.  

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