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Jewish Week Travel Writer Gabe Levenson, 98

Sense of Jewish history and literary allusions filled his columns.
09/10/2012 - 20:00
Managing Editor

Gabe Levenson, The Jewish Week’s longtime travel writer, who teased out poignant and lyrical Jewish stories from Aruba to Zurich, Brussels to the Berkshires, died Aug. 23 in Great Barrington, Mass. He was 98.

Gabe Levenson: In his hands, travel writing was about more than mere destinations.

Esther Jungreis, Jewish Outreach Pioneer, Dies At 80

08/23/2016 - 17:24
Staff Writer

Esther Jungreis, a Hungarian-born Holocaust survivor who settled in Lawrence, L.I., and served as a pioneer in the outreach movement to unaffiliated Jews, died on Aug. 23 after a brief illness. Known as “the Rebbetzin” (rabbi’s wife), she was the founder of the Hineni organization, which sponsored a wide variety of educational and social events.

Esther Jungreis, seen in a photo from 2016, founded the organization Hineni to bring young Jews closer to Orthodox Judaism. JTA

Remembering Rabbi Maurice Lamm

Make a shiva call to a traditional home, and you’re likely to see a copy of Rabbi Maurice Lamm’s “The Jewish Way in Death and Mourning” in an accessible place. That book, published in 1969, has sold more than 350,000 copies.

Courtesy Jewish Publication Society

Abner Mikva, Liberal Judge And Lawmaker Who Mentored Obama, Dies at 90

07/11/2016 - 11:25
Staff Writer

Abner Mikva, a liberal Democratic legislator from Chicago who served in prominent positions in the three branches of government and mentored a young Barack Obama, helping to introduce the future president to leaders of the Jewish community, died July 4 of bladder cancer at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago. He was 90.

President Obama presents the Medal of Freedom to former U.S. representative Abner Mikva in 2014. Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images

Elie Wiesel Symbolized Memory

07/05/2016 - 10:28
Special To The Jewish Week

Memory was the most vital element of Elie Wiesel’s life.  That’s why such institutions as Washington’s Holocaust Memorial Museum, New York’s Museum of Jewish Heritage—A Living Memorial to the Holocaust, and Israel’s Yad Vashem were so dear to him. Especially Yad Vashem.

Elie Wiesel and wife Marion in 2014. Tim Boxer/JW

In Memory Of My Father, A Survivor Dedicated To Teaching Torah

06/28/2016 - 10:20

Editor’s Note: The following is excerpted from a June 14 eulogy for Rabbi Moshe Kasirer.

Suri Kasirer. Via kasirer.nyc

Anton Yelchin, Russian-Jewish ‘Star Trek’ Actor, Dies At 27

06/20/2016 - 16:46

Russian-Jewish actor Anton Yelchin, who starred in the new “Star Trek” movies reboot, was killed by his own car rolling down the driveway.

Anton Yelchin arriving to a screening of Dreamworks Pictures’ “Fright Night” in Hollywood, California, August 17, 2011. JTA

Morley Safer, Award-Winning ’60 Minutes’ Correspondent, Dies At 84

05/20/2016 - 09:44

Morley Safer, a “60 Minutes” correspondent for 46 years who as a reporter helped turn American public opinion against the Vietnam War with his coverage showing U.S. atrocities, died Thursday.

Morley Safer attends the “Veep” screening at the Time Warner Screening Room in New York City, Apr. 10, 2012. JTA

Walter Kohn, Nobel Prize Winner In Chemistry, Dies At 93

05/02/2016 - 14:33

Los Angeles – Nobel Prize winner Walter Kohn, who fled Nazi-ruled Austria one month before the start of World War II, has died.

Walter Kohn. Wikimedia commons

Author Imre Kertesz, Holocaust Survivor And Nobel Laureate, Dies At 86

03/31/2016 - 10:50

Imre Kertesz, a Holocaust survivor who won the Nobel Prize for Literature, has died.

Hungarian literature Nobel prize Imre Kertesz at the International Berlin Film Festival in 2005. Getty Images
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