death and dying

Julian Sandler, Hillel Board Chairman, 64

03/24/2009
Staff Writer
Julian Sandler, board chairman of Hillel: Foundation for Jewish Campus Life who died March 20 after a brief illness, was remembered this week for his keen analytical mind, his warmth, ever present smile and “sweet South African accent.” He was 64. “He made each of his friends feel special,” said Stephen Steinig, a friend who spoke at Mr. Sandler’s funeral Sunday at the Dix Hills Jewish Center where Mr. Sandler was a former president. “Julian was a leader among leaders.”

Burying The Last Taboo

06/24/2009
Staff Writer
Boca Raton, Fla. — Sandy Yacker of Boca Raton, whose friend’s husband had been sick for 10 years, hung up the phone after learning that he had died the previous night. “She’s having him cremated,” Yacker said matter-of-factly of the widow’s decision, in a conversation with a reporter moments later. “The family is in Chicago and they have just a few relatives here.”

Finding Comfort Where It Is To Be Found

When last I wrote, I had recently returned from Israel and visiting my very sick mother. Since then- just a little over two weeks ago- she died. I flew back to Israel for the burial, sat shiva with my sister for a few days, and then returned here to complete my shivah in my own community in Forest Hills. The day after I got up from shiva was the eve of Shavuot… It’s been a very long, and very exhausting few weeks.
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