Obituaries for January 5, 2017

Rabbi Lionel Blue, the first openly gay British rabbi, dies at 86 Rabbi Lionel Blue, the first openly gay British rabbi and a popular on-air personality, has died. Blue, a broadcaster on BBC Radio 4’s “Thought for the Day” show for 30 years, died Dec. 19 at 86. He had suffered from Parkinson’s disease for many… Read More

Obituaries for Dec. 29, 2016

British pop star George Michael, who had Jewish roots, dies at 53 British pop singer George Michael, who disclosed a decade ago that he had Jewish roots, died unexpectedly at the age of 53. Michael died at his home in England of heart failure, his publicist said. His family asked for privacy during this time…. Read More

Obituaries for December 22, 2016

Henry Heimlich, inventor of maneuver to save choking victims, dies at 96 Henry Heimlich, who invented the life-saving technique to save choking victims, has died. Heimlich died on Dec. 17 at a hospital in Cincinnati at the age of 96 from complications of a massive heart attack he suffered on Dec. 12. Heimlich used the… Read More

Obituaries for Dec. 15, 2016

Adolf Burger, last of ‘Hitler’s counterfeiters,’ dies at 99 PRAGUE — Adolf Burger, a Holocaust survivor who was forced by the Nazis to counterfeit British banknotes during World War II, has died in Prague at 99, his family said. Burger, a native of Slovakia, was a typographer by profession. He was arrested in 1942 for… Read More

Obituaries for Dec. 1, 2016

Rabbi Ben Zion Shenker, a composer and singer of Chasidic niggunim, or melodies, died on Nov. 20 in Brooklyn, the New York Times reported. Mordechai Wincorn wrote in Hamodia: “Thousands of Jewish families welcome Shabbos with his ‘Eishes Chayil’ and sing his ‘Mizmor l’Dovid’ shortly before they bid it farewell. Few chasunos go by without… Read More

Obituaries for Nov. 22, 2016

Ruth C. Boorstein On Nov. 17, Ruth C. Boorstein died peacefully in her home in Kensington Park. Beloved wife of the late Edward Boorstein; loving mother of Eli (Sally Hausman) Nadel and Susan (Gary) Tabach; loving grandmother of Jennifer (Matthew) Gerst, Michelle (Arden) Farhi, Alyssa (Norman) Chao, Gabrielle Nadel and Tori Nadel; loving great-grandmother of… Read More

Ruth Gruber, journalist who helped Holocaust survivors, dies at 105

Ruth Gruber, an American journalist who escorted 1,000 Jewish Holocaust refugees from Europe to the United States, has died. She was 105. Gruber died Nov. 18 in her Manhattan home, The Washington Post reported. She was known for her 1944 journey from Italy to New York aboard a ship carrying refugees from concentration camps. Despite the… Read More

Obituaries for November 16, 2016

Yaffa Eliach, pioneering Holocaust historian, dies at 79 Yaffa Eliach, a prominent historian of the Holocaust who opened the first center for Holocaust studies in the United States, has died. Eliach, a Holocaust survivor, died Nov. 9 at 79, The Jewish Press reported. In 1974, she opened the Center for Holocaust Studies in Brooklyn. It later merged… Read More

Leonard Cohen, whose Jewish-infused poetry and songs inspired generations, is dead at 82

Leonard Cohen, the Canadian singer-songwriter whose Jewish-infused work became a soundtrack for melancholy, has died. He was 82. “It is with profound sorrow we report that legendary poet, songwriter and artist Leonard Cohen has passed away,” his Facebook page said late Thursday. “We have lost one of music’s most revered and prolific visionaries.” It did… Read More