Don Rickles, insult comedian and actor, is dead at 90

NEW YORK — Don Rickles, the bullet-headed comedian and actor whose pioneering brand of insult comedy earned him the nickname “Mr. Warmth,” has died at 90. Rickles died Thursday morning at his home in Los Angeles from kidney failure, according to his publicist. He would have turned 91 on May 8. Bald and squat, Rickles… Read More

Obituaries for April 6, 2017

Rabbi Amnon Haramati, Jewish scholar and teacher, dies at 86 Rabbi Amnon Haramati died on March 30. He was 86. Haramati was born in Jerusalem in 1930, son of Shmuel and Sarah (nee Mirkin) Haramati. As a teenager, he was recognized as an exceptional student and began a teaching career before his 16th birthday. During… Read More

Obituaries for March 30, 2017

Woman who earned doctorate 80 years after Nazis’ denial, dies at 104 Ingeborg Syllm-Rapoport, a German neonatologist who passed her doctoral defense exam nearly eight decades after she was denied the opportunity by the Nazis, has died at 104. She reportedly died March 23 in Berlin. A funeral will be held in the German capital… Read More

Obituaries for March 23, 2017

Adam Krief, Jewish father of 3 whose bone marrow search inspired celebrities, dies Adam Krief, a Jewish cancer patient whose search for a bone marrow donor captured the attention of social media and celebrities including Kim Kardashian, Mayim Bialik and Jason Biggs, has died. Krief, a father of three from Los Angeles, died March 14,… Read More

Hamantashen or latkes? A debate without end

The argument that latkes are better than hamantashen or vice versa may seem, on its face, silly. And it is. And the silly debate on March 8 at Adas Israel Congregation made the case for each holiday food’s merits while debaters kept a straight face. Take Diana Cohen Altman’s argument, in a style reminiscent of… Read More

Obituaries for March 16, 2017

Alan Colmes, sparring partner of Fox’s Sean Hannity, dies Alan Colmes, the longtime, moderate liberal sparring partner of Fox News’ Sean Hannity, died of lymphoma on Feb. 23, The New York Times reported. He was 66. His death was confirmed by his wife, Jocelyn Elise Crowley, a professor of public policy at Rutgers University. The… Read More