Jojo Greenberg, Whitman High School sophomore, dies

Remembered by friends and family as a vivacious and friendly young woman, Walt Whitman High School sophomore Jordana “Jojo” Greenberg, of Bethesda, died Nov. 27. She was 16 and had battled depression. According to a death notice The Washington Post, she had a strong sense of adventure and “whacky” sense of humor. She would wear… Read More

Washington theater critic Joel Markowitz dies at 60

Joel Markowitz, a connoisseur of and tastemaker for the Washington region’s theater scene who founded and edited the DC Metro Theater Arts website, died on Nov. 7 in Bethesda. He was 60. His brother Bruce Markowitz, said the cause of death was ALS — also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease. The theater writer was diagnosed… Read More

Obituaries for Oct. 19

Marc Klionsky, master portrait painter, dies at 90 Marc Klionsky, a Soviet-Jewish émigré to New York who gained worldwide prominence painting portraits of such eminent figures as Golda Meir and Elie Wiesel, has died. Klionsky, who died last month at 90, was the youngest artist to have his paintings exhibited in the renowned Tretiakov Gallery… Read More

Obituaries for Oct. 12, 2017

Martha Koenig Bindeman, founded event planning business Martha (Koenig) Bindeman, of Chevy Chase, died Oct. 5. She was 69. She was born in Washington to Rose and Nathan Koenig and graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School in 1965. She graduated from the University of Michigan in 1969 and from The George Washington University law school… Read More

Obituaries for Oct. 5, 2017

Seymour Greene, 97, musician, entertained World War II troops On Sept. 27, 97-year-old Seymour Greene of Potomac was buried; he died the previous day. He was an amazing musician, and a warm and wonderful mensch. I loved talking with him about his service during World War II as a trombone player in Irving Berlin’s band…. Read More

Obituaries for Sept. 26, 2017

Ramona Blank Ramona Blank, of Rockville, died Sept. 16. She was the devoted wife of the late Irving Blank; beloved mother of Di-Ann (Steven) Zepnick and Louise (Michael) Dreuth. She is also survived by three sisters, four grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. Contributions can be made to the Hebrew Home, Rockville. Arrangements by Sagel Bloomfield Danzansky… Read More

Obituaries for Sept. 21, 2017

Calvin Kalman Chizever Calvin Kalman Chizever, of Rockville, died Sept. 14. He was the beloved husband of the late Bobbie Chizever; devoted father of Randi Saks, Carol McDowell, Karen Askin, Ron (Debbie) Gallant and Lisa (Joe Raeder) Gallant; and loving brother of Delly Epstein. Also survived by Tony (Melissa) Busillo, Sarah (Michael) Cohen, Zachary (Katharina)… Read More

Obituaries for Sept. 14, 2017

Maria Slepak, former Soviet refusenik, dies Maria Slepak, a Prisoner of Zion and Soviet Jewry leader with her husband before they were finally allowed to immigrate to Israel, has died. Slepak and husband, Vladimir, were permitted to leave the Soviet Union in October 1987, 17 years after they first applied for an exit visa. Their… Read More

Obituaries for Sept. 7, 2017

Rivkah Goli, worked with Rep. Tom Lantos Rivkah Goli died at her home in Washington on Aug. 30. She was 61. Born in the Ivory Coast of Africa, she came to work for UNESCO in Paris. Attracted to Judaism, she met with a rabbi there who said to her, “Rivkah, you will have three challenges…. Read More

Obituaries for Aug. 31, 2017

‘Cheers’ actor Jay Thomas, known for playing Jewish characters, dies at 69 ay Thomas, a character actor who said he was often mistakenly thought to be Jewish because of his convincing portrayal of Jewish characters, has died at 69. Thomas, an actor and radio personality whose work on the television series “Murphy Brown” won him… Read More